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Lawyer says Assange shouldn't face 'political' extradition

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 10:32am

A lawyer for Julian Assange argued Wednesday that the WikiLeaks founder should not be sent to the United States because a U.K.-U.S. treaty bans extradition for political offenses.

UK offers guarantee over evidence in Grenfell fire probe

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 10:27am

Britain’s attorney general offered a guarantee Wednesday not to use oral comments from witnesses testifying before the Grenfell Tower Inquiry in subsequent prosecutions over the fire that killed 72 people.

AP Interviews: Swimmers concerned Olympics will be canceled

Andrew Dampf, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 9:35am

If any thoughts were creeping into their minds that the Tokyo Olympics might be canceled because of a viral outbreak, elite swimmers Katinka Hosszú, Chad le Clos and Sarah Sjöström certainly didn’t show it during a strenuous two-hour training session Wednesday.

World powers: 'serious concerns' about Iran's atom program

Philipp Jenne and David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 8:28am

The world powers that remain party to the nuclear deal with Iran expressed "serious concerns" Wednesday about Tehran's violations of the pact, while acknowledging that time was running out to find a way to salvage it.

Brazil confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America

Marcelo By Sousa and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 8:25am

Brazil's government confirmed on Wednesday that a 61-year-old Brazilian man who traveled to Italy this month has Latin America's first confirmed case of the new coronavirus spreading worldwide.

Brazilian officials report first confirmed case of new coronavirus in Latin America

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 7:36am

Brazilian officials report first confirmed case of new coronavirus in Latin America.

Duterte says Philippines can survive without America

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 7:20am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said Filipino forces can fight insurgents and Muslim extremists without American military help, in a defense of his recent decision to terminate a U.S. security pact.

Johnny Depp in UK court for hearing on tabloid libel lawsuit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 6:48am

A lawyer for Johnny Depp told a British judge on Wednesday that the star's ex-wife Amber Heard lied when she accused him of domestic abuse.

Syrian troops push into last rebel area, hit civilian sites

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 6:36am

Shelling and airstrikes by Syrian government forces killed at least three people on Wednesday in northwestern Syria, where dozens of villages, including major rebel strongholds in the last opposition-held area, have been captured over the past few days.

Strike on 2 Greek islands to protest migrant plans

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 5:56am

Local authorities declared a 24-hour strike on two eastern Greek islands Wednesday to protest government plans to build new migrant detention camps there.

Italy seeks to calm fears in Europe as cases, deaths rise

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 5:41am

Italy sought to rally international support for its virus containment efforts Wednesday even as its caseload reached 400, people linked to Italy fell ill across Europe and as far away as Brazil, and the U.N.'s health agency urged a scaled-up response.

US, South Korea militaries face new enemy in viral outbreak

Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Hyung-Jyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 3:44am

The U.S. and South Korean militaries, used to being on guard for threats from North Korea, face a new and formidable enemy that could hurt battle readiness: a virus spreading around the world that has infected more than 1,200 people in South Korea.

Egypt holds full-honors military funeral for Mubarak

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 3:44am

Egypt held a full-honors military funeral Wednesday for the country's former autocratic President Hosni Mubarak, who ruled for nearly three decades before he was ousted in the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that swept much of the region.

3 Irish soldiers injured in Mali roadside bomb attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 3:30am

Three Irish soldiers were injured in a roadside bomb attack on a multinational convoy of United Nations peacekeepers in Mali, the German military said Wednesday.

An increasingly isolated Iran tries to control virus crisis

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 2:50am

Iran girded Wednesday for a long battle against the coronavirus that is spreading rapidly across the country and the wider Middle East, even though officials in the Islamic Republic had earlier minimized the outbreak that has now killed 19 people, the highest toll outside of China.

Israeli foreign minister slams Sanders 'horrifying comment'

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 2:47am

Israel's foreign minister denounced Democratic front-runner Bernie Sanders on Wednesday for what he called his “horrifying comment" about Jerusalem, saying that those who support Israel would not back Sanders' presidential candidacy after such remarks.

State TV says 19 killed by new virus in Iran amid 139 confirmed cases; official urges limiting nonessential travel

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 2:38am

State TV says 19 killed by new virus in Iran amid 139 confirmed cases; official urges limiting nonessential travel.

Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad says he will return as prime minister if he has majority support from lawmakers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 1:57am

Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad says he will return as prime minister if he has majority support from lawmakers.

Ethiopia skips latest US talks with Egypt over dam dispute

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 26th - 1:42am

Ethiopia will skip the latest round of U.S.-brokered talks this week on a disputed Nile dam project with Egypt and Sudan, the country’s water ministry announced Wednesday.