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Palestinian leader calls for peace conference by mid-2018

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 1:32pm

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ruled out the United States as a broker for peace with Israel on Tuesday, calling for an international peace conference by mid-2018 with the key goals of full U.N. membership for the state of Palestine and a timeframe for a two-state solution.

More big parties join Venezuela ballot boycott: official

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 12:38pm

Venezuelan's major opposition groups edged closer Tuesday to an all-out boycott of an upcoming presidential election, warning the vote won't be free or fair.

The Latest: Envoy says US extends hand to Palestinians

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 12:36pm

The Latest on the U.N. Security Council meeting on Mideast issues (all times local):

AP Explains: Syria's starved, rebellious suburb under attack

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 12:26pm

The airstrikes came at a rate of one a minute, with horrible results: civilians fleeing collapsing buildings, children trapped under slabs of concrete, paramedics grimly rushing the bloodied victims away on stretchers. At least 100 people were killed in one day.

Iran TV airs images of site of airplane crash that killed 65

Amir Vahdat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 12:20pm

Iranian search-and-rescue teams on Tuesday offered the first images of the site of an airplane crash in southern Iran that killed 65 people, with officials hoping to reach the aircraft's "black boxes" to learn exactly what downed the flight.

Netanyahu confidant identified as scandals mount

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 12:02pm

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, already reeling from a damaging police report into alleged corruption, faced yet another scandal on Tuesday — with allegations that a longtime confidant attempted to bribe a judge in exchange for dropping a corruption case against the Israeli leader's wife.

17 Turks reach Greek island, to apply for asylum in Greece

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 11:43am

A group of Turks who reached a Greek island by dinghy from Turkey are seeking political asylum in Greece, authorities in Athens said Tuesday.

Egypt opens border with Gaza temporarily

Ashraf Sweilam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 11:30am

Egyptian officials say the country will open its border with the Gaza Strip amid a military campaign against Islamic insurgents in restive northern Sinai Peninsula.

UK Labour chief says Communist spy claims 'ridiculous smear'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 11:24am

The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party says a claim that he gave information to a Czechoslovak spy during the Cold War is "a ridiculous smear."

Insiders: Russia troll farm even zanier than indictment says

Raphael Satter and Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 11:15am

A Clinton-Obama sex tape using body doubles. A Facebook page promoting Texas independence riddled with grammatical mistakes. Islamic State anthems blasting out during the nightshift.

Zimbabwean opposition leader Tsvangirai buried in rural home

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 10:52am

Thousands of people in Zimbabwe gathered on Tuesday for the burial of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, whose death from cancer exacerbated divisions within a movement preparing for elections just months away.

The Latest: Erdogan: Pro-Syrian forces pushed back in Afrin

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 10:18am

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Ukraine's president signs bill on Russia-backed regions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 10:04am

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a bill aimed at reintegrating the territory in the country's east controlled by Russia-backed separatists.

Turkey's Erdogan confirms pro-Syrian government fighters pushed back from Afrin, warns against 'wrongful steps'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 10:02am

Turkey's Erdogan confirms pro-Syrian government fighters pushed back from Afrin, warns against 'wrongful steps'

Brazil's lower house approves military intervention in Rio

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 10:00am

Brazil's lower house approved a decree to put the military in charge of Rio de Janeiro's security forces early Tuesday as soldiers and police spread out throughout in the city to combat rising crime.

Parts of Warsaw Ghetto wall to become historic monuments

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 9:54am

Two sections of the wall that isolated the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II should be added to a list of historical monuments, a regional conservation official in Poland said Tuesday.

More than 100 killed in Syria assault on Damascus suburb

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 9:44am

Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes on rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed nearly 130 people in two days, marking some of the deadliest bombardment of the rebellious region in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said Tuesday.

Kosovo to vote on revised demarcation deal with Montenegro

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 9:44am

Kosovo's government has asked parliament to vote later this week on a revised version of a border demarcation deal with Montenegro.

Oxfam apologizes over handling of Haiti abuse scandal

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 9:32am

Oxfam's leadership apologized Tuesday for downplaying the significance of a sexual misconduct scandal in Haiti as they were grilled by British lawmakers and sought to stem the tide of cancelled donations.