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Israel: 'Professional error' cited in air force crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:31am

The Israeli military says a "professional error" by a flight crew caused an air force jet to be struck and crash during an attack on a target in Syria earlier this month.

Violence drops in Syrian capital, its suburbs after UN vote

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:26am

Despite a drop in intensity, shelling and bombardment in the Syrian capital and its embattled eastern suburbs killed at least six people Sunday following the U.N. Security Council's unanimous approval of a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria, opposition activists and residents of Damascus said.

Campaigning for Egypt's presidential vote underway

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:22am

Campaigning began in Egypt's presidential elections this weekend, a contest pitting a little-known, face-saving candidate against the incumbent, general-turned-president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who is virtually certain to win.

Nigeria's government acknowledges 110 girls still missing after Boko Haram militants attacked town nearly a week ago.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:12am

Nigeria's government acknowledges 110 girls still missing after Boko Haram militants attacked town nearly a week ago.

Red Cross: 21 resigned or fired since 2015 in sexual misconduct cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 11:04am

The International Committee of the Red Cross has joined the list of prominent charities that have uncovered sexual misconduct among its staff.

Romanians protest minister's putdown of top graft prosecutor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:43am

Hundreds of Romanians are protesting the justice minister's call for the removal of the country's chief anti-corruption prosecutor.

Argentina fires on Chinese vessel 'fishing illegally'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:35am

Argentina's coast guard says it has opened fire on a Chinese vessel illegally fishing in its waters.

China paves way for Xi Jinping to extend rule beyond 2 terms

Gillian Wong, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:34am

China's ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country's president, the official news agency said Sunday, appearing to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023.

The Latest: Germany's Merkel to put critic in new Cabinet

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 10:20am

The latest on Germany's new government (all times local):

EU Commission chief urges Macedonia to resolve name dispute

Konstantin Testorides and Demetris Nellas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 9:31am

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker urged Macedonian officials Sunday to resolve a long-standing naming dispute with neighboring Greece so the country can open membership talks with the European Union.

Syrian Kurdish leader detained in Prague on Turkey's request

Bassem Mroue and Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 9:21am

Czech authorities detained a former leader of a Syrian Kurdish political party under an Interpol red notice that was based on Turkey's request for his arrest, Turkish and Syrian Kurdish officials said Sunday.

Israeli navy kills Palestinian off Gaza coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 9:05am

The Israeli military says it has opened fire on a Palestinian boat off the Gaza coast, killing one man who was on board.

Egyptian mediators in Gaza press Palestinians to reconcile

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:54am

A team of Egyptian officials is in the Gaza Strip to renew efforts to push for reconciliation between the rival Fatah and Gaza factions.

Rohingya see no end in sight, 6 months after attacks began

Tofayel Ahmad and Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:33am

Their houses are often made of plastic sheets. Much of their food comes from aid agencies. Jobs are few, and there is painfully little to do. The nightmares are relentless.

UNICEF: Basic needs of young Syrian refugee children not met

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:13am

The U.N. agency for children said Sunday that 85 percent of Syrian refugee children in Jordan live in poverty, 38 percent are not in school and almost half of those under the age of five don't have access to proper health care.

Cambodia's ruling party claims sweeping win in Senate vote

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:04am

The ruling party of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen claimed a sweeping win in Sunday's elections for the country's Senate, a victory that it assured itself by eliminating any serious opposition from the contest.

Avant-garde mosque angers hard-liners in Iran

Nasser Karimi and Mohammad Nasiri, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 7:24am

A newly built avant-garde mosque in the heart of Iran's capital would have hard-liners shouting from the minarets — if there were any.

2 lions saved from Mideast wars head to South Africa refuge

Sam McNeil, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 7:13am

Two African lions rescued from war zones in Iraq and Syria are heading to a permanent home in South Africa, after resting in Jordan where they recuperated from physical and psychological trauma.

The Latest: Germany, France press Putin on cease-fire deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 7:09am

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):