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As deadly shells fall, fear spreads anew in Syrian capital

Albert Aji and Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:17pm

As the Syrian government escalates its attacks on opposition-held suburbs of Damascus, rebels in outlying towns are retaliating with volleys of mortar shells and rockets into the capital, killing more than 25 civilians in the past two weeks and spreading fear among its 4 million residents.

The Latest: Afghan official says at least 3 killed in south

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:07pm

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Several bombs set off around troubled Myanmar state, 1 hurt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:30pm

One of several bombs targeting government offices and other places in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state exploded Saturday morning, injuring a police officer, authorities said.

Ivanka Trump to push for 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

Errin Haines Whack and Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:28pm

U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter toured the 2018 Winter Olympics on Saturday, the morning after telling South Korea's president that she will use her visit to the Pyeongchang Games to advocate maximum pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear program.

Afghan interior ministry spokesman says an explosion has occurred in Kabul

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:15pm

Afghan interior ministry spokesman says an explosion has occurred in Kabul.

UN to vote Saturday on humanitarian cease-fire in Syria

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:50pm

The U.N. Security Council delayed a vote on a resolution demanding a 30-day humanitarian cease-fire across Syria until Saturday in hopes of closing a gap over the timing for a halt to fighting.

Suspect in Filipina's death in Kuwait arrested, wife sought

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:18pm

A Lebanese man suspected in the death of a Filipina maid whose body was found stuffed in a freezer in Kuwait has been arrested, the Philippine foreign secretary said Friday.

Deaths mounts in Syria as UN weighs cease-fire resolution

Bassem Mroue and Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:10pm

Syrian government warplanes carried out a sixth day of airstrikes Friday in the rebel-held suburbs east of Damascus, killing 32 people, activists said, as the death toll from a week of bombardment soared over 400.

The Latest: UN delays vote on 30-day Syria cease-fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:44pm

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Gang rapes and beheadings: UN reveals new South Sudan abuses

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:04pm

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.

Iranian official panned for rights abuses to visit UN body

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

An upcoming visit to the United Nations' top human rights body by Iran's justice minister is attracting criticism since the European Union has issued sanctions against him for rights violations.

18 killed as 2 blasts, gunfire rock Somalia's capital

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:06pm

Two car bomb blasts in Somalia's capital killed at least 18 people on Friday and shattered a months-long period of calm in Mogadishu, which is often the target of attacks by the al-Shabab extremist group.

The Latest: Al-Shabab claims Somalia blasts that kill 18

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:41pm

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Autopsy aside, Israeli army says tear gas killed Palestinian

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 12:03pm

An initial inquiry suggested that a Palestinian whose beating by soldiers was caught on video died from tear gas inhalation, the Israeli military said Friday, ahead of a planned autopsy.

France unveils broad new plan to tackle radicalization

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:56am

France unveiled a wide-ranging new program on Friday to counter radicalization, as French jihadis return from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq and the watch list grows of people showing risk signs.

At least 18 people killed in pair of explosions in Somalia's capital, ambulance service says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:30am

At least 18 people killed in pair of explosions in Somalia's capital, ambulance service says.

Switzerland: 2 killed in apparent murder-suicide in Zurich

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:06am

A man fired several shots at a woman and then shot himself in Zurich on Friday, Swiss police said, adding that both died in what appeared to have been a "relationship crime."

8 charged in murder of wildlife conservationist in Tanzania

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:58am

A U.S.-based wildlife conservation group says authorities in Tanzania have arrested and charged eight people for the murder of the group's co-founder Wayne Lotter, who was shot in Dar es Salaam last year.

Mexico finds 103 migrants abandoned in freight trailer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:56am

Mexican immigration agents say they have found 103 Central American migrants in a freight trailer left by a roadside near the U.S. border.