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Election commission: Afghan president Ghani wins 2nd term

Tameem Akhgar and Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 8:15am

Ashraf Ghani won a second term as president of Afghanistan, the country's independent election commission announced Tuesday, more than four months after polls closed.

Israeli court says Prime Minister Netanyahu corruption trial to begin March 17, two weeks after national elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 7:05am

Israeli court says Prime Minister Netanyahu corruption trial to begin March 17, two weeks after national elections.

Afghanistan election commission says Ashraf Ghani has won a second term as president with 50.64% of the vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 6:04am

Afghanistan election commission says Ashraf Ghani has won a second term as president with 50.64% of the vote.

Ethiopia says US plans 'substantial financial support'

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 5:03am

America’s top diplomat in his final Africa stop on Tuesday discussed dramatic political reforms with Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister, and the U.S. plans to provide “substantial financial support” to strengthen them, Ethiopia said.

AP Interview: UN chief says new virus poses 'enormous' risks

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 4:38am

The U.N. secretary general said Tuesday that the virus outbreak that began in China poses “a very dangerous situation” for the world, but “is not out of control.”

UN secretary-general tells AP new coronavirus outbreak "not out of control" but a "very dangerous situation.”

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 4:31am

UN secretary-general tells AP new coronavirus outbreak "not out of control" but a "very dangerous situation.”.

Storm-swollen rivers surge in UK, severe flood alerts issued

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:18am

Residents in central England and Wales piled up sandbags, readied water pumps and hoped for the best Tuesday as rivers peaked after a weekend storm brought up to 6 inches (150 mm) of rain to an already waterlogged region.

Japan says 88 more virus cases confirmed on quarantined ship

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:17am

Japanese health authorities said Tuesday they have confirmed 88 more cases of the new virus on a quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo.

Iran sentences alleged US spies to up to 10 years in prison

Amir Vahdat, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:15am

Iran sentenced eight environmental activists, including an Iranian who reportedly also has British and American citizenship, to prison sentences ranging from four to 10 years on charges of spying for the United States and acting against Iran's national security, the judiciary said Tuesday.

Turkish court acquits 9 civil activists of terror charges

Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:09am

A court in Istanbul on Tuesday acquitted nine leading Turkish civil society activists of terrorism-related charges related to anti-government protests, including a renowned philanthropist who has been jailed for more than two years.

Japan health authorities say 88 more cases of virus found on quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo, bringing total to 542.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 2:43am

Japan health authorities say 88 more cases of virus found on quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo, bringing total to 542.

Bomb kills Pakistani policeman assigned to anti-polio team

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 12:02am

A roadside bombing targeted a police vehicle in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing a policeman and wounding three others, officials said. The police were assigned to escort health workers during an anti-polio vaccination campaign in the region.

Turkey seeks 695 arrests over links to U.S.-based cleric

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 11:52pm

Turkish prosecutors have issued detention warrants against 695 people suspected of links to the U.S.-based Muslim cleric blamed by Turkey for a failed coup attempt in 2016, state media reported Tuesday.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 10:40pm

The Boy Scouts of America is hoping its operations across the U.S. can continue intact even after it has filed for bankruptcy protection. The filing is an attempt to work out a potentially mammoth compensation plan for victims of sex-abuse and put their lawsuits on hold.  Scores of lawyers are seeking settlements on behalf of several thousand men who say they were molested as boys by scout leaders decades ago. The organization could be forced to sell off some of its vast property holdings to raise money for a compensation fund that could surpass $1 billion.

Virus claims life of hospital director in hard-hit Wuhan

Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 7:44pm

As a mysterious new virus enveloped central China's Wuhan early this year, Liu Zhiming mobilized all the resources of his hospital in the city's Wuchang district to deal with the thousands of sick people arriving daily, threatening to overwhelm the local health care system.

UN: Impact of long Libya war on civilians is `incalculable'

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 6:39pm

The U.N humanitarian coordinator for Libya said Monday the impact of the country’s nine-year war on civilians “is incalculable,” pointing to its intensity escalating “exponentially” since a rebel commander launched an offensive last April, casualties rising and almost 900,000 people now needing assistance.

Killing of 7-year-old stokes anger in Mexico over femicides

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 5:59pm

The killing of a 7-year-old girl on the southern outskirts of Mexico City has stoked rising anger over the brutal slayings of women, including one found stabbed to death and skinned earlier this month.

China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98 amid report 80% of cases have been mild

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 5:16pm

China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98 amid report 80% of cases have been mild.

Protester chains himself to Russian security agency's doors

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 10:33am

A Russian activist was detained Monday after he chained himself to the front doors of the nation's top security agency to protest its handling of a controversial criminal case.