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UN envoy says Libya truce nearly broke down amid fighting

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 10:06am

The U.N. envoy for Libya on Friday denounced the near breakdown of a fragile truce between the country’s warring sides, citing a “serious violation” over the last 24 hours — attacks on the capital including an early morning shelling of Tripoli’s airport.

UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting on Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 9:10am

The U.N. Security Council has scheduled an emergency meeting on the escalating conflict in Syria’s northwest Idlib region, the last major opposition stronghold in the conflict-torn country.

Former Prague Muslim leader sentenced on terror charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 7:42am

A Czech court on Friday convicted a former Prague Muslim leader of being part of a terror group and financing terrorism, sentencing him to 10 years in prison.

Stocks fall sharply on Wall Street; Dow Jones sinks 3.8%

Damian J. Troise, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 7:04am

U.S. stocks fell sharply in early trading Friday and were on track for their worst week since October 2008 as the spreading coronavirus threatens to derail the global economy.

Turkey moves ahead with its threats to send refugees to EU

Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 6:40am

Hundreds of refugees and migrants in Turkey have begun heading for the country’s land and sea borders with Greece, buoyed by Turkish officials’ statements indicating they will not be hindered from crossing the frontier to head into Europe.

Afghan ex-leader welcomes peace deal; criticizes US legacy

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 5:29am

On the eve of a potentially historic deal with the U.S. and the Taliban to end 18 years of war in Afghanistan, former Afghan President Hamid Karzai welcomed the signing of the agreement, thanked Americans for their generosity, but had harsh words for the U.S. government and military.

Ex-Philippine official warns of `tragedy’ if US pact ends

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 4:37am

A former Philippine foreign secretary warned Friday that the president’s decision to end a key U.S. security pact will undermine the ability of American forces to help the country deal with major disasters and deter aggression in the disputed South China Sea.

Italy tries a return to some normalcy after virus closures

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 4:12am

Authorities in Italy moved Friday to reopen schools and museums amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country which has the most cases outside of Asia. Italians yearned for a return to normal life even as other European countries were introducing restrictions or closures to rein in the spread of the disease.

Nigeria confirms 1st case of new virus in sub-Saharan Africa

Bashir Adigun and Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 4:10am

Nigerian authorities on Friday confirmed the first case of the new coronavirus in sub-Saharan Africa as the outbreak spread to a region with some of the world's weakest health systems.

Thousand to gather in southwest England for climate march

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 3:42am

Thousands are expected to gather Friday in southwest England for a climate march to be joined by activist Greta Thunberg.

Iran's Health Ministry spokesman says the new coronavirus has killed 34 people amid 388 confirmed cases in Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 3:27am

Iran's Health Ministry spokesman says the new coronavirus has killed 34 people amid 388 confirmed cases in Iran.

Bach tries to boost Olympic morale in Japan, speaks to media

Stephen Wade, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 2:55am

Hoping to boost morale in Japan by assuring people that the Tokyo Olympics will be held as scheduled, IOC President Thomas Bach held a conference call limited to three of Japan's main media outlets — newspapers Asahi and Yomiuri, and the Kyodo news agency.

Swiss government bans all events involving more than 1,000 people amid virus outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 2:23am

Swiss government bans all events involving more than 1,000 people amid virus outbreak.

Parents of 'terrified' Africans stranded in China want help

Rodney Muhumuza and Patrick Onen, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 2:01am

She wakes every day long before dawn to chat with her three stranded daughters on the other side of the world in China's locked-down city of Wuhan, anxious to see they have started a new day virus-free.

Japanese island of Hokkaido declares state of emergency over pace of virus transmission, urges residents to stay home

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 1:55am

Japanese island of Hokkaido declares state of emergency over pace of virus transmission, urges residents to stay home.

South Korea reports 315 more virus cases, bringing its increase for the day to 571 and total infections to 2,337

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 1:07am

South Korea reports 315 more virus cases, bringing its increase for the day to 571 and total infections to 2,337.

Ardern calls out Australia: Don't deport 'your problems'

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 12:40am

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called out her Australian counterpart at an extraordinarily abrasive joint news conference Friday for his country's rigid policy of deporting foreign criminals to homelands they left as children.

NATO urges Syria, Russia to halt airstrikes as migrants move

Lorne Cook and Costas Kantouris, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 28th - 12:35am

NATO on Friday called on Syria and Russia to halt their airstrikes following the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in northeastern Syria, as scores of migrants gathered at Turkey's border with Greece seeking entry into Europe.

Malaysian king rejects Mahathir's call as turmoil deepens

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 27th - 11:53pm

Malaysia's king on Friday said he will let party leaders nominate prime ministerial candidates, rejecting interim leader Mahathir Mohamad's call for a vote by Parliament to chose a new leader and deepening the country's political turmoil following the collapse of the ruling coalition.