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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:40pm

 Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is lumping the “Democratic establishment” in with the corporate and Republican one and saying they can’t stop him. Sanders is the favorite in Saturday’s Nevada caucuses after winning New Hampshire and essentially tying for first in Iowa. His rivals and some party centrists have become alarmed that the self-declared democratic socialist could win the nomination as his opponents split the non-Sanders vote.Sanders is an independent who caucuses with Democrats. In Nevada he has stressed his independence from the party. On Friday night he went further yet. He said the establishment was “getting worried” about a multiracial coalition that wants higher wages and health care. 

South Korea reports 142 new cases of the virus, most in Daegu and nearby regions, bringing the total to 346

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 6:11pm

South Korea reports 142 new cases of the virus, most in Daegu and nearby regions, bringing the total to 346.

Virus cases jump in S Korea to 346, China daily count drops

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 6:05pm

South Korea on Saturday reported a six-fold jump in viral infections in four days to 346, most of them linked to a church and a hospital in and around the fourth-largest city where health workers scrambled to screen more than 9,000 worshipers.

China reports major daily drop in virus cases to 397, slight fall in daily death toll to 109, most in epicenter of Hubei

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 5:52pm

China reports major daily drop in virus cases to 397, slight fall in daily death toll to 109, most in epicenter of Hubei.

School bus draped with message targets UK's Prince Andrew

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 2:53pm

A yellow school bus with a banner depicting the face of Britain's Prince Andrew drove past Buckingham Palace on Friday, urging him to testify in the investigation of the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Dominican government asks OAS to investigate e-vote failure

MartÍn JosÉ Adames AlcÁntara, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:11pm

Officials in the Dominican Republic announced Friday that they have asked the Organization of American States to investigate the failure of an electronic voting system some believe was tampered with in an incident that sparked protests and delayed municipal elections.

UN chief calls for immediate cease-fire in Syria's northwest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 12:01pm

The United Nations chief called Friday for an immediate cease-fire in Syria’s war-torn Idlib province “to avoid an uncontrollable escalation” and urged donors to contribute an additional $500 million to help hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the violence.

Syrian war pulls in major foreign actors, increasing tension

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 11:34am

In northern Syria, heavy exchanges between Syrian and Turkish troops are erupting with more frequency, threatening to escalate into full-blown conflict. Russian and U.S. convoys crisscross each other on remote dirt roads, the tension between them on full display. U.S. troops even have had a deadly clash with Syrian gunmen at a checkpoint.

Judge: High-profile corruption trial to stay in Puerto Rico

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 11:25am

A federal judge on Friday denied a request to move an upcoming corruption trial against former Puerto Rico Education Secretary Julia Keleher to the U.S. mainland.

Slovaks mark anniversary of slayings of journalist, fiancee

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:34am

Thousands of people rallied in Bratislava and across Slovakia on Friday to mark the second anniversary of the slayings of an investigative reporter and his fiancee.

Italy sees confirmed virus cases more than quadruple due to an emerging cluster in the country's north

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:21am

Italy sees confirmed virus cases more than quadruple due to an emerging cluster in the country's north.

Tokyo delays Olympic volunteer training because of virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:16am

While again stating there are no plans to cancel or delay the Tokyo Olympics, local organizers postponed training sessions for volunteers on Friday for at least two months because of the virus outbreak spreading from China.

Son of Mexican drug kingpin pleads not guilty to US charges

Ashraf Khalil, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:54am

The son of a fugitive Mexican drug kingpin pleaded not guilty Friday to federal drug charges during an appearance in U.S. District Court after his overnight extradition from Mexico.

Survivor: German shooter emptied magazine, calmly walked out

Christoph Noelting, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 6:56am

Piter Minnemann and his friends were eating when they heard shots fired outside the door of the snack bar in Hanau where they had gathered.

Israel says cruise passenger flown home from Japan has virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 5:00am

One of the 11 Israelis who were flown home after being quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan has tested positive for the new virus that emerged in China late last year, the first case to be reported inside Israel, officials said Friday.

IS supporter pleads guilty to St. Paul's Cathedral bomb plot

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:53am

ABritish woman who supported the Islamic State group pleaded guilty Friday to plotting to bomb St. Paul's Cathedralin London.

US, Taliban truce takes effect, setting stage for peace deal

Kathy Gannon and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:48am

A temporary truce between the United States and the Taliban took effect on Friday, setting the stage for the two sides to sign a peace deal next week aimed at ending 18 years of war in Afghanistan and bringing U.S. troops home.

US official: 7-day 'reduction of violence' promised by Taliban starts tonight; US-Taliban deal to be signed Feb. 29

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:44am

US official: 7-day 'reduction of violence' promised by Taliban starts tonight; US-Taliban deal to be signed Feb. 29.

Italy reports 1st virus death, cases more than quadruple

Luca Bruno and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:18am

Italy reported its first death from the new virus from China early Saturday and the number of people infected more than quadrupled due to a cluster of cases that prompted officials to order schools, restaurants and businesses to close.