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Guatemalan prosecutors seek to question former first lady

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 3:43pm

Guatemalan prosecutors sought Friday to summon Patricia Marroquín de Morales, the wife of ex-president Jimmy Morales, for questioning in connection with possible fraud.

US accuses Mexican ex-governor of corruption, cartel bribes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 1:33pm

The U.S. government on Friday announced the public designation of a former governor of the Mexican state of Nayarit under the Magnitsky Act, accusing him of “involvement in significant corruption” and drug cartel ties.

Mexico confirms first 2 cases of coronavirus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 12:02pm

Mexico's assistant health secretary announced Friday that the country now has two confirmed cases of the new coronavirus.

Cruise ship sails to St. Maarten after COVID-19 scare

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 10:10am

A British cruise ship turned away by the Dominican Republic after passengers suffered flu-like symptoms was awaiting approval to dock on the island of St. Maarten on Friday, officials said.

UN envoy says Libya truce nearly broke down amid fighting

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 10:06am

The U.N. envoy for Libya on Friday denounced the near breakdown of a fragile truce between the country’s warring sides, citing a “serious violation” over the last 24 hours — attacks on the capital including an early morning shelling of Tripoli’s airport.

UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 9:10am

The U.N. Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting on the escalating conflict in Syria’s northwest Idlib region, the last major opposition stronghold in the conflict-torn country.

Former Prague Muslim leader sentenced on terror charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 7:42am

A Czech court on Friday convicted a former Prague Muslim leader of being part of a terror group and financing terrorism, sentencing him to 10 years in prison.

Stocks sink again, heading for the worst week since 2008

Alex Veiga and Damian J. Troise, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 7:04am

U.S. stocks sank again on Wall Street Friday, pushing the S&P 500 index down another 2.8% and putting the market on track for its worst week since October 2008.

Turkey moves ahead with its threats to send refugees to EU

Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 6:40am

Hundreds of refugees and migrants in Turkey have begun heading for the country’s land and sea borders with Greece, buoyed by Turkish officials’ statements indicating they will not be hindered from crossing the frontier to head into Europe.

Afghan ex-leader welcomes peace deal; criticizes US legacy

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 5:29am

On the eve of a potentially historic deal with the U.S. and the Taliban to end 18 years of war in Afghanistan, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai welcomed the signing of the agreement, thanked Americans for their generosity, but had harsh words for the U.S. government and military.

Ex-Philippine official warns of `tragedy’ if US pact ends

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 4:37am

A former Philippine foreign secretary warned Friday that the president’s decision to end a key U.S. security pact will undermine the ability of American forces to help the country deal with major disasters and deter aggression in the disputed South China Sea.

Italy moves to curb virus impact as more countries get cases

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 4:12am

Italian health authorities asked residents in northern Italy to ride out shuttered schools, closed factories and other public health measures for a little longer Friday as the country's count of coronavirus cases rose to 888, the most by far of any nation outside Asia.

Nigeria confirms 1st case of new virus in sub-Saharan Africa

Bashir Adigun and Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 4:10am

Nigerian authorities on Friday confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa as the outbreak spread to a region with some of the world's weakest health systems.

Thousand to gather in southwest England for climate march

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 3:42am

Thousands are expected to gather Friday in southwest England for a climate march to be joined by activist Greta Thunberg.

Iran's Health Ministry spokesman says the new coronavirus has killed 34 people amid 388 confirmed cases in Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 3:27am

Iran's Health Ministry spokesman says the new coronavirus has killed 34 people amid 388 confirmed cases in Iran.

Bach tries to boost Olympic morale in Japan, speaks to media

Stephen Wade, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 2:55am

Hoping to boost morale in Japan by assuring people that the Tokyo Olympics will be held as scheduled, IOC President Thomas Bach held a conference call limited to three of Japan's main media outlets — newspapers Asahi and Yomiuri, and the Kyodo news agency.

Swiss government bans all events involving more than 1,000 people amid virus outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 2:23am

Swiss government bans all events involving more than 1,000 people amid virus outbreak.

Parents of 'terrified' Africans stranded in China want help

Rodney Muhumuza and Patrick Onen, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 2:01am

She wakes every day long before dawn to chat with her three stranded daughters on the other side of the world in China's locked-down city of Wuhan, anxious to see they have started a new day virus-free.

Japanese island of Hokkaido declares state of emergency over pace of virus transmission, urges residents to stay home

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 1:55am

Japanese island of Hokkaido declares state of emergency over pace of virus transmission, urges residents to stay home.