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Zimbabwe launches new currency measure

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 9:35am

Zimbabwe, without its own currency for a decade, took steps to address its worsening economic crisis by allowing its surrogate currency, bond notes, to float against other major currencies, abandoning an official but artificial parity with the dollar.

Lithuania detains 26, including judges, in corruption probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 9:06am

A Lithuanian official says 26 people, including eight judges in different courts, have been detained in a corruption probe, suspected of "large-scale bribery, trading in influence and abuse of powers in the court system."

Mexico seizes more than 1,300 pounds of cocaine at sea

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 8:54am

Mexico's navy says it has seized more than 1,300 pounds (630 kilograms) of cocaine from a speedboat off the country's Pacific coast.

US, North Korean envoys to meet in Hanoi ahead of summit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 8:38am

U.S. and North Korean special envoys are to meet in Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, to make final preparations for a second summit next week between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Turkey seeks life terms for 16 activists over 2013 protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 7:29am

Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors have charged a prominent philanthropist businessman and 15 other people with seeking to overthrow the government by allegedly supporting anti-government protests in 2013.

Court rejects far-right party's lawsuit against Berlin mayor

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 7:18am

A court has rejected a lawsuit against the mayor of Berlin by the far-right Alternative for Germany party, which accused him of unlawful, one-sided support of a protest against it.

Italy's checking if NKorean envoy's daughter was forced back

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 7:14am

Italy's foreign minister says Italy is investigating whether the daughter of a former North Korean diplomat was forcibly returned to Pyongyang as her parents apparently tried to defect.

French senators: Macron security affected by ex-aide's acts

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 7:14am

French senators say they think President Emmanuel Macron's security has been affected by the conduct and actions of an ex-aide at the center of a political scandal.

Moroccan police crackdown on protesting teachers

Amira El-Masaiti, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 7:03am

Moroccan police fired water cannons at protesting teachers who were marching toward a royal palace and beat people with truncheons amid demonstrations around the capital Wednesday.

EU slams Romanian govt for diluting anti-corruption fight

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:39am

The European Union is appealing to Romania to not to dilute efforts to fight high-level corruption after the government enacted a measure that critics say will exert more political control over the judiciary.

India suspends key bus service to Pakistani part of Kashmir

Roshan Mughal, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:39am

India halted a key bus service with the Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir, cutting the only land route linking the divided Himalayan region, Pakistani and Indian officials said Wednesday.

Ruling party endorses Uganda's Museveni for 6th term

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:30am

The highest decision-making body of Uganda's ruling party has endorsed longtime president Yoweri Museveni to be its nominee for president in the 2021 elections.

Reports: Russian medical aid arrives in Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:18am

Russian news agencies say a shipment of Russian medicine and medical equipment has arrived in Venezuela.

Thais give Russia, US right to extradite hacking suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 6:01am

A Thai court ruled Wednesday that a Russian man who allegedly was part of a gang that stole millions of dollars online from bank accounts can be extradited to the United States to stand trial, but the suspect could end up in Russia anyway.

Israeli official: Netanyahu-Putin meeting in Moscow delayed

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 5:45am

An Israeli government official says a planned meeting in Moscow between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin has been postponed.

South Sudan rife with human rights abuses, says UN report

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 5:31am

The "lawless" activities of South Sudan's national security and military intelligence risk turning the war-torn country into a police state run on fear and corruption, said the United Nations on Wednesday.

EU, US call on Albania opposition to avoid violence in rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 5:12am

The European Union and the United States have warned Albania's opposition against violence and its lawmakers not to boycott parliament over the government's alleged corruption.

The Latest: Case filed in Sweden against Syrian officials

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 4:52am

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Croatian court detains sister after body found in freezer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 4:50am

A Croatian court on Wednesday ordered one month's detention for a woman suspected of killing her younger sister, whose body was found in a freezer more than 18 years after she went missing.