Kathy Gannon and Matthew Lee, Associated Press | PostedFeb 21st - 4:48am
The seven-day “reduction of violence" deal promised by the Taliban will begin on Friday night, a senior U.S. State Department official said, without specifying the exact time. That will start the countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States at the end of the month.
A Ukrainian village where residents clashed with riot police and threw rocks at buses while protesting the local quarantine of people evacuated from China is under control but the unrest may continue, Ukraine's prime minister said Friday.
Herbert Moyo, Associated Press | PostedFeb 21st - 4:18am
Lesotho’s prime minister failed to show up in court on Friday to be charged with murder in the killing of his estranged wife, and police said he might have gone to neighboring South Africa for an undisclosed ailment.
German authorities will step up the police presence throughout the country and keep a closer watch on mosques and other sites after the racially motivated shootings that killed nine people,the country's top security official said Friday.
Japan's health minister said the last cruise ship passengers who tested negative for a new virus will leave the Diamond Princess on Friday after a much-criticized quarantine of the vessel ended. The ship has the most COVID-19 cases outside of China, with 634 confirmed cases and two deaths among former passengers. Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said the mass disembarkation is set to end Friday, while dozens of foreign passengers return home, many to face second quarantines. Israel returned 14 people early Friday, and Australia said two of its returnees tested positive.
Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press | PostedFeb 20th - 6:55pm
Ukraine’s foreign minister said Thursday that Russia remains “blind and deaf” to international appeals to end its occupation of Crimea and key areas in the east of his country, but his government is hoping for another “very, very small step” of a second exchange of about 200 prisoners.
Kim Tong-Hyung and Tong-Hin Kim, Associated Press | PostedFeb 20th - 4:51pm
South Korea's government banned major rallies in its capital and declared a health emergency in its fourth largest city as 100 new virus cases were reported Friday, bringing the country's total to 204.