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World leaders urge Syria cease-fire as fighting escalates

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:32pm

World leaders called Thursday for an urgent cease-fire in Syria as government forces pounded the opposition-controlled eastern suburbs of the capital in a crushing campaign that has left hundreds of people dead in recent days.

The Latest: Russia's amended Syrian UN resolution circulated

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:22pm

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North Korea criticizes UN chief over support for sanctions

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:58pm

North Korea sharply criticized U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday for supporting sanctions to pressure the country into negotiations with the U.S. on denuclearization, saying he appears to be acting as a "henchman" representing the United States.

UNICEF official resigns after allegations made

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:49pm

A senior official at the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said Thursday he resigned after allegations of inappropriate behavior during an earlier stint at Save The Children because of "the danger" of damaging both organizations.

Anti-fascist demonstrators clash with police in Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:36pm

Anti-fascist demonstrators have clashed with police in the northern Italian city of Turin as another night of violence has erupted in the waning days of Italy's divisive election campaign.

African asylum seekers facing expulsion have embraced Israel

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:44pm

Even as he faces a potential deportation from Israel, 30-year-old Eritrean asylum seeker Johny Goytiom Kafl brims with satisfaction as he looks out upon thousands of fellow protesters rallying against the impending expulsions, all while peacefully secured by police.

Haiti suspends Oxfam pending investigation into sexual abuse

Evens Sanon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:42pm

Aid group Oxfam Great Britain will be suspended from operating in Haiti for the next two months pending an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by its employees, a government official said Thursday.

Argentina: Drug seizure at Russian embassy leads to arrests

Almudena Calatrava, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:40pm

A former Russian diplomatic official and an Argentine police officer were among those arrested in connection with the seizure of a large cocaine shipment at the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires that prompted a yearlong investigation into an international drug ring, officials said Thursday.

University experts to lead Puerto Rico storm death review

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:39pm

Puerto Rico's governor announced Thursday that a team of experts at George Washington University will lead an independent, in-depth review to determine the number of deaths caused by Hurricane Maria amid accusations that the U.S. territory has undercounted the toll.

Dutch lawmakers label massacre of Armenians as genocide

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:20pm

Lawmakers in the Netherlands overwhelmingly voted Thursday to label as genocide the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks more than a century ago. Turkey condemned the move, which is likely to further ratchet up diplomatic tensions between the two countries.

Montenegro police: US Embassy attacker ex-soldier

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:56pm

The man who hurled a bomb into the U.S. Embassy compound in Montenegro's capital, and then killed himself, was an ex-soldier apparently decorated by former Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic after NATO's bombing of Serbia and Montenegro in 1999, authorities said Thursday.

The Latest: US: Montenegro attack not part of ongoing threat

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:52pm

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Ex-rising star of French far right steps into US limelight

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:36pm

The rising star of France's far-right National Front until abruptly leaving politics last year stepped into the limelight on the other side of the Atlantic, decrying the European Union and immigration in a speech Thursday at a major forum for American Conservatives.

AP Interview: Qatari envoy calls for emergency aid to Gaza

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:18pm

Qatar's point man for Gaza on Thursday urged the world to send urgently needed humanitarian aid to the territory, warning that the war-ravaged coastal strip is "on the verge of collapsing" and could plunge into a new round of fighting with Israel if conditions do not improve.

UK police probe 'racist' package sent to Harry and Meghan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:54am

Police are investigating a suspicious package that was sent to Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle as a racist hate crime, Scotland Yard said Thursday.

Parents: 101 Nigerian girls missing after Boko Haram attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:50am

More than 100 girls are still missing three days after suspected Boko Haram extremists attacked their school in northern Nigeria, parents said Thursday, as fears grew that they may have been kidnapped like those from Chibok town nearly four years ago.

Jimmy Carter warns against one-state for Israel-Palestine

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:47am

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is warning that the two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict "is being overtaken by a one-state reality which will have dire consequences for Israel in the long-term."

Online dating couple jailed in UK for IS-inspired bomb plot

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:30am

A man and woman who met on a Muslim dating website were handed prison sentences Thursday for plotting an Islamic State-inspired bomb attack in Britain.

Parents say 101 Nigerian girls still missing days after suspected Boko Haram attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 10:18am

Parents say 101 Nigerian girls still missing days after suspected Boko Haram attack.