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Parts of New Zealand flood as remnants of Cyclone Gita hit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 3:16am

Parts of New Zealand declared an emergency Tuesday as a powerful storm hit, causing flooding and forcing some people to evacuate their homes.

300 arrested after Sufis clash with Iran police, killing 5

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 3:09am

Overnight clashes between followers of a Sufi Islam leader and Iranian police killed five members of the security forces and injured 30, Iranian media reported Tuesday, the latest tension between the mystical order and authorities. Over 300 were arrested.

The Latest: UNICEF decries killings in rebel Damascus suburb

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 3:04am

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

Activists: 98 dead in assault on rebel-held Damascus suburb

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:54am

Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes of rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed at least 98 people in what was the deadliest day in the area in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said Tuesday.

Seeking Swiss safety, Catalan activist snubs Spanish probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:53am

A leading Catalan politician is vowing to carry on advocating for Catalan independence from her current base in Switzerland where she is evading a Spanish judicial probe for her role in last year's illegal secession attempt.

Lawmakers to question Oxfam on handling of abuse scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:50am

British lawmakers are set to question officials of two anti-poverty charities Tuesday amid concern sex predators are targeting aid organizations because of the chaotic environments in which they work.

Australia resettles Cambodian activist's family as refugees

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:46am

Australia has accepted the family of a murdered Cambodian political activist as refugees, a lawmaker said Tuesday, as the Australian government encourages its rejected refugees to resettle in Cambodia.

Prosecutors: German angered by immigration attacked refugees

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:39am

Prosecutors in southwest Germany say a man who attacked and wounded three migrants with a knife apparently acted because he was angry about the government's refugee policy.

Rebel chief: IS-linked Marawi attackers plotted for 2nd city

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:26am

Islamic State group-linked militants planned but failed to attack another southern Philippine city shortly after troops crushed their siege of Marawi last year, the leader of the country's largest Muslim rebel group said Tuesday.

US fighter jet dumps fuel tanks near fishermen in Japan lake

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 2:04am

A U.S. fighter jet dumped two fuel tanks into a lake in northern Japan on Tuesday, creating a fuel slick, as about 10 fishermen were catching clams in boats below, officials said. No one was injured.

Police name Netanyahu associates in Israeli corruption probe

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 1:56am

Israeli police on Tuesday named the two close associates of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who have been arrested for their suspected role in a wide-ranging corruption probe that has cast a further pall of suspicion over the longtime Israeli leader.

Ramaphosa tells South Africa: get some morning exercise

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 1:52am

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is winning some fans with his habit of early morning jogs and walks in which he interacts with the public.

UNICEF says Pakistan is riskiest country for newborns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 1:46am

The U.N. children's agency has singled out Pakistan as the riskiest country for newborns, saying that out of every 1,000 children born in Pakistan, 46 die at birth.

Thai court gives Japanese man custody of surrogate kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 1:39am

A Thai court has granted legal custody of 13 babies carried by surrogate mothers to a Japanese millionaire who is their biological father.

Police: Angry mob kills suspects in murder of girl in India

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 1:33am

Around 1,000 people dragged two suspects out of a police station and beat them to death in anger after the rape and killing of a 5-year-old girl in India's remote northeast, police said Tuesday.

Syrian activists, paramedics say 98 people were killed in government shelling of rebel-held Damascus suburbs on Monday

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 1:17am

Syrian activists, paramedics say 98 people were killed in government shelling of rebel-held Damascus suburbs on Monday.

German man fined $258,000 for cheating at self-service till

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 1:03am

A German man has been fined 208,000 euros ($258,000) for cheating at a supermarket self-service till.

Pakistan: Indian troops open fire in Kashmir, killing boy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 12:42am

Pakistan's foreign ministry says Indian troops have opened fire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing an 8-year-old boy.

Report: Iran summons Swedish envoy over granting citizenship

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 11:57pm

Iran's official IRNA news agency says the foreign ministry has summoned Sweden's ambassador over the Nordic country decision to grant citizenship to an Iranian researcher who is in jail in Tehran.