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Merkel urges China to join disarmament efforts

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 3:17am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling on China to join international disarmament negotiations after the collapse of a Cold War-era treaty on nuclear weapons in Europe.

US-backed fighters squeezing IS gunmen in eastern Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 3:07am

A commander with the U.S.-backed force in Syria says they are fighting members of the Islamic State group in a tiny area in Deir el-Zour province.

The Latest: Nigerian president 'disappointed' by poll delay

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 3:02am

The Latest on Nigeria's postponed presidential election (all times local):

The Latest: EU says current agreement is "best possible"

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 2:22am

The European Union presidency says the deal with Britain on leaving the bloc is the "best possible agreement" and preferable to a "no-deal" Brexit.

France: Syrian suspect accused of crimes against humanity

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 2:17am

French authorities have filed preliminary charges of complicity in crimes against humanity against a Syrian suspected of involvement in a bloody secret police crackdown on opposition activists.

Pope defrocks ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick for sex abuse, punishing the U.S. churchman on eve of crisis summit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 2:01am

Pope defrocks ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick for sex abuse, punishing the U.S. churchman on eve of crisis summit.

8 miners rescued in Zimbabwe; others remained trapped

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 1:50am

Eight artisanal miners who were trapped underground for several days after heavy flooding in Zimbabwe have been rescued, though some of their co-workers are still missing and feared dead.

Nigerians wake to find a delayed election, with some angry

Hilary Uguru and Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 1:39am

Nigerians awakened on Saturday to find the presidential election delayed a week until Feb. 23 because of what the electoral commission called unspecified "challenges."

Iran threatens retaliation over car bombing that killed 27

Ebrahim Noroozi, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 1:01am

The head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard threatened to retaliate against neighboring Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates over a suicide car bombing this week that killed 27 members of the elite organization.

AP Explains: What are India's options after Kashmir attack?

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 12:40am

With India's national elections barely months away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is under heavy pressure from his supporters to punish archrival Pakistan for a suicide attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy that killed at least 41 soldiers in disputed Kashmir.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 4:40 a.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 10:41pm

Police say a 15-year employee being fired from a manufacturing company started shooting in its suburban Chicago plant, killing five co-workers and wounding five police officers before he was fatally shot. Aurora, Illinois, Police Chief Kristen Ziman said 45-year-old Gary Martin "was being terminated" before he started shooting at the Henry Pratt Co.

Saudi crown prince delays visit to Pakistan by a day

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 9:33pm

Pakistani officials said Saturday a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Islamabad has been delayed by a day, a sudden announcement that surprised many Pakistanis, who were preparing to welcome the Saudi delegation amid extraordinary security in the capital.

Explosive device found, disarmed in Mexican mall

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 7:10pm

Authorities on the outskirts of Mexico's capital are investigating a homemade explosive device found in a shopping mall bathroom.

Nigeria's electoral commission delays presidential election until Feb. 23 over 'challenges'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 6:51pm

Nigeria's electoral commission delays presidential election until Feb. 23 over 'challenges'

Graham: US should be stronger on Canadians detained in China

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 4:36pm

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday the response by the United States to China detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese Huawei executive has not been strong enough.

Locals find monarch colony in Mexico after yearslong search

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 1:44pm

For years, park rangers and conservationists working around Mexico's Nevado de Toluca volcano chased rumors of a monarch butterfly colony that wintered high in a forest of oyamel firs in some corner of the 132,000-acre (53,419-hectare) national reserve.

Authorities in Nigeria's Kaduna state say at least 66 have been killed just before the country's presidential election

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 11:22am

Authorities in Nigeria's Kaduna state say at least 66 have been killed just before the country's presidential election.

New UN Syria envoy sees opportunity in constitution process

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 10:38am

The new U.N. envoy for Syria said Friday that the long-delayed formation of a committee to draft a new constitution for Syria is "a potential door-opener for the political process" and he hopes to see it meet in Geneva "as soon as possible."

North Macedonia probes cause of bus crash that killed 14

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 9:42am

Ten victims from a bus crash that killed 14 people in North Macedonia have been buried in the western city of Gostivar, as authorities are still trying to determine the causes of the accident.