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Donors pledge $510 million to West Africa's Sahel region

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:48am

International donors on Friday pledged 414 million euros ($510 million) to five impoverished countries in West Africa's Sahel region, much of it to fund a new counterterror force.

Gang rapes and beheadings: UN reveals new South Sudan abuses

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:44am

The witness accounts remain appalling. One South Sudanese man returned home after hiding from government soldiers to find they had blinded his mother, gouging out her eyes with spears.

The Latest: Opposition group: Russia shouldn't vote on Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:29am

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The Latest: $510 million pledged for West Africa's Sahel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:08am

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Top EU diplomat says donors pledge 414 million euros ($510 million) for Africa's Sahel region

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:58am

Top EU diplomat says donors pledge 414 million euros ($510 million) for Africa's Sahel region .

Palestinian president says he is in good health after tests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:38am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he has undergone medical tests while in the United States and that he is in good health.

Ivanka Trump receives red-carpet welcome for Olympic visit

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:18am

Ivanka Trump received a red-carpet welcome in South Korea on Friday as head of the U.S. delegation to this weekend's closing ceremony for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Germany says another citizen detained in Turkey released

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:11am

The German government says one of its citizens held in Turkey has been released, but must remain in the country.

US envoy summoned after Duterte named in threat report

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:52am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's top aide has summoned the U.S. ambassador to discuss a global threat assessment by American intelligence agencies that mentioned Duterte along with dangers facing democracy in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.

5 Congolese refugees killed in protests, Rwandan police say

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:42am

Five Congolese refugees have been killed during protests over reduced food rations, with the U.N. refugee agency saying Friday that police fired at the angry protesters.

Rain hampers search for Indonesian landslide victims, 7 dead

Agus Basuki, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:32am

Heavy rains hampered the search Friday for victims of a landslide on the Indonesian island of Java as authorities raised the death toll to seven.

China orders 2 detained for posing in Japanese army uniforms

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:29am

Chinese police have ordered two men detained for 15 days after they posted pictures on the internet of themselves wearing Japanese World War II army uniforms at the site of one of the war's worst atrocities.

More deaths in Syria bombing campaign near Damascus

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:18am

Syrian government warplanes supported by Russia continued their relentless bombardment of the rebel-controlled eastern suburbs of Damascus for a sixth day Friday, killing five people, opposition activists and a war monitor reported. The death toll from the past week climbed to more than 400.

French army says several jihadis killed in Mali operation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:45am

France's armed forces spokesman says that French soldiers killed "around 10" jihadis last week in Mali during an operation near the Niger border.

German food bank criticized for turning away foreigners

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:34am

A food bank in Germany is being criticized for its decision to stop serving more foreigners, who make up a growing percentage of its users.

Aide to Russian opposition leader sentenced to 30 days

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:10am

The chief of staff for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to 30 days in jail on charges of violating public order in connection with an unsanctioned protest rally.

Japanese men nabbed in shooting at de facto N. Korea embassy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:02am

Police said they arrested two Japanese men believed to be right-wing activists for shooting early Friday at North Korea's de facto embassy in Tokyo.

Putin is heir to Russia's long disinformation experience

Jim Heintz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:44am

Vladimir Putin doesn't tweet and he claims he doesn't have a smartphone. At first sight, the Russian president's reluctance to adopt the hyperconnected world's technology might seem at odds with the widespread belief that he signed off on a campaign to undermine the United States via social media.

Australia deputy leader quits Cabinet over harassment claim

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:40pm

Australia's beleaguered deputy prime minister resigned from the Cabinet on Friday over allegations that he sexually harassed a woman, but said he would not resign from Parliament.