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UN chief calls for immediate cease-fire in Syria's northwest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 12:01pm

The United Nations chief called Friday for an immediate cease-fire in Syria’s war-torn Idlib province “to avoid an uncontrollable escalation” and urged donors to contribute an additional $500 million to help hundreds of millions of people fleeing the violence.

Judge: High-profile corruption trial to stay in Puerto Rico

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 11:25am

A federal judge on Friday denied a request to move an upcoming corruption trial against former Puerto Rico Education Secretary Julia Keleher to the U.S. mainland.

Slovaks mark anniversary of slayings of journalist, fiancee

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:34am

Thousands of people rallied in Bratislava and across Slovakia on Friday to mark the second anniversary of the slayings of an investigative reporter and his fiancee.

Italy sees confirmed virus cases more than quadruple due to an emerging cluster in the country's north

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:21am

Italy sees confirmed virus cases more than quadruple due to an emerging cluster in the country's north.

Tokyo delays Olympic volunteer training because of virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:16am

While again stating there are no plans to cancel or delay the Tokyo Olympics, local organizers postponed training sessions for volunteers on Friday for at least two months because of the virus outbreak spreading from China.

Mexico extradites son of Jalisco cartel to face US charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:54am

Mexico extradited the son of the leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel to face drug charges in the United States, leading to fears his gang may stage retaliations.

Survivor: German shooter emptied magazine, calmly walked out

Christoph Noelting, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 6:56am

Piter Minnemann and his friends were eating when they heard shots fired outside the door of the snack bar in Hanau where they had gathered.

Israel says cruise passenger flown home from Japan has virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 5:00am

One of the 11 Israelis who were flown home after being quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan has tested positive for the new virus that emerged in China late last year, the first case to be reported inside Israel, officials said Friday.

IS supporter pleads guilty to St. Paul's Cathedral bomb plot

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:53am

ABritish woman who supported the Islamic State group pleaded guilty Friday to plotting to bomb St. Paul's Cathedralin London.

US, Taliban to begin a countdown to Afghan peace deal

Kathy Gannon and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:48am

The countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States on Feb. 29 to end the 18 years of war in Afghanistan will begin at midnight Friday, when a seven-day “reduction of violence” promised by the Taliban goes into effect, an Afghan official said.

US official: 7-day 'reduction of violence' promised by Taliban starts tonight; US-Taliban deal to be signed Feb. 29

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:44am

US official: 7-day 'reduction of violence' promised by Taliban starts tonight; US-Taliban deal to be signed Feb. 29.

Italy sees virus cases quadruple in day as cluster emerges

Luca Bruno and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:18am

The number of people in Italy infected with the new virus from China more than quadrupled Friday due to an emerging cluster of cases in the country's north that prompted officials to order schools, restaurants and businesses to close.

Iran reports 2 more deaths, 13 new cases of new coronavirus

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:18am

Iranian health authorities Friday reported two more deaths from the new virus that emerged in China and said the fatalities were from among 13 new confirmed cases of the virus in Iran.

Lesotho's PM fails to show in court to face murder charge

Herbert Moyo, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 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.

Iran reports 2 more deaths from the new virus that emerged in China, says they were from among 13 new confirmed cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:10am

Iran reports 2 more deaths from the new virus that emerged in China, says they were from among 13 new confirmed cases.

Grief, anger and calls for action after shooting in Germany

David McHugh and Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:33am

Hundreds of grieving people flocked to Friday prayers in the mosques of the German town of Hanau, two days after a racially motivated shooting shook the country and prompted fresh calls for a crackdown on far-right extremism.

South Korea has reported additional 48 cases of a new virus, raising its total to 204

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:05am

South Korea has reported additional 48 cases of a new virus, raising its total to 204.

New Zealand killer of British backpacker sentenced to life

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 12:59am

A New Zealand man was sentenced to life in prison Friday for murdering a young British backpacker, whose mother told the court the stealing of her daughter's life had ripped a hole in her heart.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 1:40 p.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 20th - 10:40pm

U.S. and Afghan officials have announced a seven-day period of reduced violence as part of a countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States to end 18-years of war in Afghanistan. The period of reduced violence will begin at midnight Friday local time (1930 GMT, 2:30 p.m. EST). A senior U.S. State Department official says a peace agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban will be signed in Doha, Qatar, on Feb. 29. That will pave the way for a withdrawal of U.S. troops and intra-Afghan negotiations. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the agreement will lead to an eventual permanent cease-fire.