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Africa's largest democracy finally goes to vote, a week late

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 1:55am

A voting card and a metal rod for self-defense are both close at hand in Christopher Obiorah's tiny bookshop but he hopes to use just one of them when Africa's largest democracy goes to the polls on Saturday, one week after a surprise delay.

India top court orders an end to assaults against Kashmiris

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 1:16am

India's top court has ordered state authorities to stop threats, assaults and social boycotts of thousands of Kashmiri students, traders and professionals in an apparent retaliation for the killing of 40 paramilitary soldiers in a suicide attack in the Indian portion of Kashmir last week.

Nigeria leader says many feared 'the worst' after vote delay

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 22nd - 12:07am

Nigeria's president in a final appeal to the nation before Saturday's election says many "thought the worst might happen" after a surprise week-long delay but he pledges that people can go to the polls free from fear.

From Syria, IS slips into Iraq to fight another day

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 11:18pm

Islamic State fighters facing defeat in Syria are slipping across the border into Iraq, where they are destabilizing the country's fragile security, U.S. and Iraqi officials say.

Saudi crown prince meets Chinese official on Beijing visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 11:01pm

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Friday with a Chinese vice premier in a bid to strengthen relations in the face of criticism from the West over the kingdom's human rights record and its war in Yemen.

India seeks to control rivers into Pakistan as punishment

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:39pm

India says it is building dams to stop its share of water from flowing into Pakistan-controlled Kashmir as it seeks to punish its longtime rival for an attack on paramilitary soldiers last week that left 40 dead.

Battle of the bands: Venezuela power struggle turns to music

Christine Armario and Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:08pm

Venezuela's power struggle is set to become a battle of the bands Friday when musicians demanding President Nicolas Maduro allow in humanitarian aid and those supporting his refusal sing in rival concerts being held at both sides of a border bridge where tons of donated food and medicine are stored.

Worry about US-SKorea alliance grows before Trump-Kim summit

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:44pm

As President Donald Trump seeks a nuclear deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week in Vietnam, some in Seoul are wondering if the fate of Washington's decades-long military alliance with South Korea could be at stake.

Japan's Akihito seen as devoted to duties, open to new ideas

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 9:02pm

Japan's Emperor Akihito has devoted his 30-year reign to making amends for a war fought in his father's name, while adapting the 1,500-year-old monarchy to draw the Imperial Family closer to the public.

Australian who drove into crowd, killed 6, sentenced to life

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 7:15pm

A man who drove a stolen car into lunchtime crowds in downtown Melbourne and killed six people was sentenced to life imprisonment Friday in what the judge described as "one of the worst examples of mass murder in Australian history."

Nicaragua's Ortega says he will restart talks with opponents

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 6:49pm

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said Thursday he will restart talks with his opponents, seven months after the last round of dialogue broke down and the government unleashed a round of arrests.

Amid loss of leaders, unknown militant rises in Philippines

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 6:38pm

Unlike many of his slain comrades, the touted new leader of the Islamic State group in the southern Philippines lacks the bravado, clan name or foreign training.

UN chief discusses Yemen, Venezuela with Pompeo

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 4:14pm

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has held talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo focusing on the redeployment of forces from Yemen's key port and the situation in Venezuela.

Mexican Senate approves quasi-military National Guard

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 3:38pm

Mexico's Senate voted unanimously Thursday to approve a more civilian-oriented version of the militarized National Guard that the government wants to use to combat a rising wave of crime.

Italy: Teacher's 'experiment' with black pupil arouses anger

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 1:49pm

An elementary school teacher in central Italy who told his students a black classmate was "ugly" is learning about the outrage his action caused.

Pacific typhoon expected to lash Guam with gusty wind, rain

Caleb Jones and Grace Garces Bordallo, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 11:54am

A growing typhoon in the Pacific is heading toward the Mariana Islands and could lash Guam with strong winds, rain and surf this weekend.

Verdict pending for Swiss veteran who joined anti-IS militia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 11:52am

A Swiss military official says a verdict is expected Friday in the trial of a former sergeant accused of jeopardizing Switzerland's standing as a neutral nation by joining a foreign Christian militia to fight the Islamic State group in Syria.

Withdrawal of 1,000 Burundian soldiers from Somalia begins

Eloge Willy Kaneza, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 11:08am

An official in Burundi says the withdrawal of 1,000 Burundian soldiers from the African Union regional force in Somalia has begun.

UN: Central African Republic peace deal may be turning point

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 21st - 10:44am

The peace agreement signed earlier this month by the Central African Republic's government and 14 rebel groups "could be a turning point" in the history of the conflict-torn country despite persistent dangers, the U.N. envoy for the impoverished nation said Thursday.