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Turkish court rules 3 academics committed terror propaganda

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:45am

Turkey's official news agency says a court has ruled that three academics who signed a peace petition committed terror propaganda but deferred a final verdict for five years.

Philippines: Suspect in Filipina's freezer death arrested

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:36am

One of two suspects in the gruesome death of a Filipina maid whose body was found stuffed in a freezer in an apartment in Kuwait has been arrested in Lebanon, the Philippine foreign secretary said Friday.

Social media helps French police find WWI soldier's relative

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:32am

A fallen soldier's letter from World War I that was discovered in France has touched authorities so much they launched a successful search for the soldier's living relatives.

Donors pledge $510 million for West Africa anti-terror force

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:08am

International donors on Friday pledged 414 million euros ($510 million) to help five impoverished countries in West Africa's vast Sahel region set up a new counterterror force as a deadly jihadist threat grows.

Ivanka Trump to push for 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

Youkyung Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:08am

Ivanka Trump told South Korea's president on Friday that she will use her visit to the Winter Olympics to advocate maximum pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear program.

US Embassy in Montenegro reopens after bomb incident

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:08am

The U.S. embassy in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica has reopened a day after an ex-Yugoslav soldier hurled a hand grenade into the compound and then killed himself with another one.

France unveils vast new plan to tackle radicalization

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:59am

France has unveiled a vast new program to counter radicalization, as jihadis return from the battlefields of Syria and Iraq and the watch list of people showing risk signs grows.

The Latest: Turkish army strikes convoy near Syria's Afrin

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:58am

The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):

Gang rapes and beheadings: UN reveals new South Sudan abuses

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:49am

The witness accounts remain appalling. One South Sudanese man returned home after hiding from government soldiers to find they had blinded his mother, gouging out her eyes with spears.

South Sudan sentences South African rebel adviser to death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:46am

South Sudan's special high court has sentenced a South African military veteran to execution by hanging.

Parents fear worst for missing girls after Nigeria attack

Haruna Umar and Krista Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:16am

The sound of gunfire rang out as residents gathered for evening prayers at the mosque. Soon the armed fighters showed up in their trucks and made their target clear: Where was the girls' school, they asked.

Israeli army says tear gas, not beating, killed Palestinian

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:04am

The Israel military says an initial inquiry suggests that a Palestinian whose beating by soldiers was caught on video may have died from tear gas inhalation.

Modi hugs Trudeau amid Indo-Canada invitation embarrassment

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:52am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on Friday with a hug, one day after embarrassed Canadian diplomats had to revoke a party invitation for a man convicted of attempting to kill an Indian politician.

The Latest: $510 million pledged for West Africa's Sahel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 5:08am

The Latest on European Union meeting on West Africa's Sahel region (all times local):

Top EU diplomat says donors pledge 414 million euros ($510 million) for Africa's Sahel region

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:58am

Top EU diplomat says donors pledge 414 million euros ($510 million) for Africa's Sahel region .

Palestinian president says he is in good health after tests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:38am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says he has undergone medical tests while in the United States and that he is in good health.

Germany says another citizen detained in Turkey released

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:11am

The German government says one of its citizens held in Turkey has been released, but must remain in the country.

US envoy summoned after Duterte named in threat report

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:52am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's top aide has summoned the U.S. ambassador to discuss a global threat assessment by American intelligence agencies that mentioned Duterte along with dangers facing democracy in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand.

5 Congolese refugees killed in protests, Rwandan police say

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:42am

Five Congolese refugees have been killed during protests over reduced food rations, with the U.N. refugee agency saying Friday that police fired at the angry protesters.