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Venezuela seeks UN support against 'military aggression'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 3:45pm

Venezuela's U.N. Mission is inviting ambassadors of 46 countries to an informal meeting Friday with Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza to underline the U.N. Charter's commitment to noninterference in a nation's internal affairs and oppose "threats of military aggression."

Official: 8 armed men detained in Haiti could be sent to US

Evens Sanon and Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 3:10pm

An official with Haiti's communications ministry said Wednesday that eight men, including five U.S. citizens, who authorities say were detained over the weekend with automatic weapons and other arms could be transferred soon to the United States.

16 killed in attack by suspected herdsmen in Nigeria

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 2:30pm

An official in the central Nigerian state of Benue says 16 people have been killed in an attack apparently staged by herdsmen.

Nicaraguan poet-priest Cardenal leaves hospital, thanks pope

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 1:52pm

Renowned Nicaraguan poet and priest Ernesto Cardenal was released from a hospital Wednesday two weeks after he entered for treatment for an infection that provoked other ailments.

Nielsen says Central America to do more to curb caravans

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 12:29pm

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday that Central American nations have agreed to do more to stop migrant caravans and fight transnational crime.

Powerful political leader warns against squandering peace

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 12:28pm

A prominent Afghan political leader who once had the support of some officials to lead Afghanistan's negotiating team with the Taliban, warned the president Wednesday against squandering the best opportunity at peace in more than 17 years of war.

French far-right EU candidate says his party equals progress

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 10:44am

The top far-right candidate seeking to represent France in the European Parliament said Wednesday his party's goal to extract and protect people from a globalized world epitomizes progress.

Ukraine's president wants UN options for peace force in east

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 10:13am

A U.N.-mandated peacekeeping operation could be decisive in ending the conflict in Ukraine's east with Russian-backed separatists — and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres should send an assessment mission to come up with options, Ukraine's president said Wednesday.

Zimbabwe launches new currency measure

Farai Mutsaka, 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, and electronic funds to float freely 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."

Putin sternly warns US against putting missiles in Europe

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 9:02am

Russian President Vladimir Putin sternly warned the United States against deploying new missiles in Europe, saying Wednesday that Russia will retaliate by fielding new weapons that will take just as little time to reach their targets.

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

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 7:14am

Italy is investigating if the daughter of a former North Korean diplomat posted to Italy had been forcibly returned to Pyongyang after her parents disappeared in an apparent defection, the Italian foreign minister said Wednesday, as lawmakers and rights activists demanded to know what happened to her.

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

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

President Emmanuel Macron's security has been affected by the conduct and actions of an ex-aide at the center of a political scandal, French senators said in a report released Wednesday that sharply criticized the presidency's functioning.

Morocco: Arab Spring anniversary brings reflection, beatings

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.