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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 10:40pm

Attorney General William Barr has told people close to him he’s considering quitting his post after President Donald Trump wouldn’t heed his warning to stop tweeting about Justice Department cases. That's according to an administration official who spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press. The revelation comes days after Barr said in a television interview that Trump’s tweets about Justice Department cases and staffers make it “impossible” for him to do his job. The next day, Trump ignored Barr’s request and insisted that he has the “legal right” to intervene in criminal cases. Barr’s spokeswoman says the attorney general "has no plans to resign.”

New virus cases in China continue downward trend with 1,749 new infections, 136 new deaths for total of 2,004

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 5:13pm

New virus cases in China continue downward trend with 1,749 new infections, 136 new deaths for total of 2,004.

UN report questions police, highlights violence in Haiti

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:07pm

The United Nations issued a scathing report on Tuesday that accused Haitian police of not protecting an impoverished neighborhood from corrupt officers and gang leaders they say shot at people and set fire to homes and cars in a recent three-day attack.

UN-backed government in Libya says it is suspending UN-brokered talks with rivals following attack on port.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 2:28pm

UN-backed government in Libya says it is suspending UN-brokered talks with rivals following attack on port.

Russia is temporarily banning Chinese nationals from entering the country to stop the spread of the new virus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 12:16pm

Russia is temporarily banning Chinese nationals from entering the country to stop the spread of the new virus.

UN envoy warns `dire' military situation risks Yemen peace

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 11:23am

The U.N. special envoy for Yemen warned Tuesday the “increasingly dire” military situation in the Arab world's poorest country is putting U.N. efforts to end the five-year conflict at “great risk” and causing dozens, and perhaps hundreds, of civilian casualties.

Russia and Turkey agree on more talks on Syria amid crisis

Suzan Fraser and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 8:53am

Talks between Russia and Turkey meant to reduce tensions in northwestern Syria did not yield a “satisfactory result” for Ankara, but both sides agreed to continue negotiations, a spokesman for Turkey's president said Tuesday.

Election commission: Afghan president Ghani wins 2nd term

Tameem Akhgar and Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 8:15am

Ashraf Ghani won a second term as president of Afghanistan, the country's independent election commission announced Tuesday, more than four months after polls closed.

Israeli court says Prime Minister Netanyahu corruption trial to begin March 17, two weeks after national elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 7:05am

Israeli court says Prime Minister Netanyahu corruption trial to begin March 17, two weeks after national elections.

Afghanistan election commission says Ashraf Ghani has won a second term as president with 50.64% of the vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 6:04am

Afghanistan election commission says Ashraf Ghani has won a second term as president with 50.64% of the vote.

Ethiopia says US plans 'substantial financial support'

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 5:03am

America’s top diplomat in his final Africa stop on Tuesday discussed dramatic political reforms with Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister, and the U.S. plans to provide “substantial financial support” to strengthen them, Ethiopia said.

AP Interview: UN chief says new virus poses 'enormous' risks

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 4:38am

The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday the virus outbreak that began in China poses “a very dangerous situation” for the world, but “is not out of control.”

UN secretary-general tells AP new coronavirus outbreak "not out of control" but a "very dangerous situation.”

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 4:31am

UN secretary-general tells AP new coronavirus outbreak "not out of control" but a "very dangerous situation.”.

Storm-swollen rivers surge in UK, severe flood alerts issued

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:18am

Residents in central England and Wales piled up sandbags, readied water pumps and hoped for the best Tuesday as rivers peaked after a weekend storm brought up to 6 inches (150 mm) of rain to an already waterlogged region.

Japan says 88 more virus cases confirmed on quarantined ship

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:17am

Japanese health authorities said Tuesday they have confirmed 88 more cases of the new virus on a quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo.

Iran sentences alleged US spies to up to 10 years in prison

Amir Vahdat, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:15am

Iran sentenced eight environmental activists, including an Iranian who reportedly also has British and American citizenship, to prison sentences ranging from four to 10 years on charges of spying for the United States and acting against Iran's national security, the judiciary said Tuesday.

Turkish philanthropist detained in new case after acquittal

Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:09am

Turkish prosecutors detained a prominent philanthropist for alleged ties to a 2016 coup attempt Tuesday night, just hours after a court acquitted him on terrorism-related charges and ordered his release from jail after 840 days.

Japan health authorities say 88 more cases of virus found on quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo, bringing total to 542.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 2:43am

Japan health authorities say 88 more cases of virus found on quarantined cruise ship near Tokyo, bringing total to 542.

Bomb kills Pakistani policeman assigned to anti-polio team

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 12:02am

A roadside bombing targeted a police vehicle in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing a policeman and wounding three others, officials said. The police were assigned to escort health workers during an anti-polio vaccination campaign in the region.