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Protester chains himself to Russian security agency's doors

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 10:33am

A Russian activist was detained Monday after he chained himself to the front doors of the nation's top security agency to protest its handling of a controversial criminal case.

No Bull: German court rules dogs not too big to be miniature

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 10:23am

A German court has decided a Duesseldorf dog dispute, ruling Monday that not only size matters in determining whether a dog is officially "miniature."

Popular Rwandan gospel musician found dead in police cell

Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 7:22am

A popular Rwandan gospel musician who in 2015 was found guilty of conspiracy to murder or harm President Paul Kagame was found dead in a police cell Monday in the capital, Kigali, authorities said.

Suicide bomber in SW Pakistan kills 8 at Islamist rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 7:19am

A powerful suicide bombing killed eight people and wounded 16 others in Pakistan's restive Baluchistan province on Monday, local police said, when it struck an Islamist rally in the regional capital.

Virus fears rise after Cambodia's acceptance of cruise ship

Sopheng Cheang, Eileen Ng, and Grant Peck, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 5:24am

The feel-good story of how Cambodia allowed a cruise ship to dock after it was turned away elsewhere in Asia for fear of spreading the deadly virus that began in China has taken an unfortunate turn after a passenger released from the ship tested positive for the virus.

Quarantine ruling: Russia sends woman back after she escapes

Daria Litvinova, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 5:21am

A Russian court on Monday ordered a woman who escaped from a virus quarantine to return back to the hospital she fled and stay under quarantine for at least two more days. The ruling underlined the chaotic public health approaches being taken to stop the spread of the new coronavirus from China.

Amid protests, Greece suspends migrants detention plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 4:51am

Greece's government says it is suspending an emergency plan to build migrant detention camps on Greek islands near the Turkish coast to allow for negotiations with local authorities who strongly oppose the move.

Portugal leaders rally around racially abused soccer player

Barry Hatton, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 3:46am

The president and the prime minister of Portugal added their voices to a national outcry Monday over racist abuse aimed at a black FC Porto soccer player who walked off the field after hearing monkey chants.

After gains in northern Syria, Assad predicts total victory

Albert Aji and Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 2:12am

Syrian President Bashar Assad congratulated his forces Monday for recent gains in northwestern Syria that led to his troops consolidating control over Aleppo province, pledging to press ahead with a military campaign to achieve complete victory “sooner or later.”

Japan confirms 99 more cases of people infected by new virus on quarantined ship Diamond Princess, bringing total to 454

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 2:11am

Japan confirms 99 more cases of people infected by new virus on quarantined ship Diamond Princess, bringing total to 454.

China says it may postpone March annual congress, its biggest political meeting of the year, because of virus outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 17th - 1:48am

China says it may postpone March annual congress, its biggest political meeting of the year, because of virus outbreak.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 10:40pm

More than 300 American cruise ship passengers, including 14 who tested positive for coronavirus, are being quarantined at military bases in California and Texas after arriving from Japan on charter flights overnight. One plane carrying cruise passengers touched down at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California just before midnight Sunday. Another arrived at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas early Monday. The passengers will be quarantined at the bases for two weeks. Japan's defense minister tweeted earlier that Japanese troops helped transport 340 U.S. passengers from the port to Tokyo's airport. About 380 Americans were on the cruise ship. 

Chinese health report says 80% of virus cases have been mild

Marilynn Marchione, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 6:24pm

2.8% for males versus 1.7% for females.

Mainland China sees slight upturn in new virus cases, death toll rises by 105 to 1,770

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 6:04pm

Mainland China sees slight upturn in new virus cases, death toll rises by 105 to 1,770.

Assad's forces make advances, further securing Aleppo region

Albert Aji and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 3:04pm

Syrian troops have made significant advances against the last rebel held enclaves in the country's northwest, state media said on Sunday, consolidating the government's hold over the key Aleppo province.

Denmark arrests 27 people on suspected cocaine smuggling

Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 10:20am

Danish police say they have arrested 27 people for suspected drug smuggling after finding some 100 kilograms of cocaine on a Bahamas-registered cargo vessel plying Danish waters.

French health minister to run for Paris mayor to end scandal

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 10:11am

France's Health Minister Agnes Buzyn was named on Sunday as a new candidate for mayor of Paris, a late entry by the country's governing party after a scramble to replace the original contender who abruptly withdrew after a leak of sex videos on social media.

UN: Warring parties in Yemen agree on major prisoner trade

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 9:26am

Yemen’s warring sides have agreed to implement a long-delayed and major prisoner swap, the United Nations said on Sunday, in a sign that talks to end the disastrous war between the country's internationally recognized government and its Houthi rebels could be making progress.

Ivanka Trump lauds Saudi, UAE on women's rights reforms

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 16th - 7:59am

Ivanka Trump lauded Sunday a handful of Mideast countries, including close U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, for embarking on “significant reforms” to advance women's rights, while speaking at a gathering of women entrepreneurs and regional leaders in Dubai.