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Macedonia replaces road signs in goodwill gesture to Greece

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:58am

Macedonian authorities have begun replacing road signs on the country's main highway named by the previous government after the ancient warrior king Alexander the Great, in a goodwill gesture toward neighboring Greece.

At least 25 dead as bus veers off cliff in Peru

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:53am

Police say at least 25 people were killed when their bus veered off a highway and tumbled 200 meters (about 650 feet) down a cliff in southern Peru.

The Latest: Victims overwhelm doctors in Damascus suburb

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:46am

The Latest on the Syrian civil war (all times local):

Only on AP: Migrant recounts forced deportation from Israel

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:46am

Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. He could not dare return to his native Eritrea, a country he risked his life to flee in 2010. He also hoped to avoid the fate of compatriots who languished in a notorious desert jail for illegally staying in Israel.

Spain: Judge orders arrest of separatist if she returns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:46am

A Spanish judge has ordered the arrest of a leading Catalan separatist politician if she returns to Spain from Switzerland, where she has moved to avoid a judicial inquiry.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe marks 94th birthday in near solitude

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:44am

Zimbabwe's former leader Robert Mugabe was celebrating his first birthday since his resignation in near solitude on Wednesday, far from the lavish affair of years gone by.

French government unveils bill with new asylum procedure

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:28am

French President Emmanuel Macron's government on Wednesday presented a bill to enforce tougher immigration rules, which human rights organizations criticize as repressive toward asylum-seekers.

New strikes kill 10 in rebel-held suburbs of Syrian capital

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:18am

New airstrikes and shelling of the besieged, rebel-held suburbs of the Syrian capital killed at least 10 people and wounded dozens more on Wednesday, a rescue organization and a monitoring group said, adding to a staggering casualty toll that has overwhelmed paramedics and doctors in the past few days.

Vatican's sex abuse investigator hospitalized in Chile

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:06am

Vatican's sex abuse investigator hospitalized in Chile.

Bahrain sentences prominent activist to 5 years in prison

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:04am

A prominent human rights activist in Bahrain was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison over tweets alleging prison torture in his country and misconduct in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, despite wide international criticism of his trial.

A look at the scandals surrounding Israel's prime minister

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:42am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting for his political life as a dizzying array of scandals has engulfed him, his family and his inner circle.

Japanese father of 13 surrogate children veiled in mystery

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:24am

A Japanese man who has won legal custody of 13 surrogate children in Thailand has remained virtually anonymous in the Japanese media.

Polish official: no criminal charges under Holocaust law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:20am

A controversial law that makes it a criminal act to blame Poles for Holocaust crimes they did not commit will not lead to criminal charges, a Polish government official said Wednesday.

Snow isolates Moroccan mountain villages more used to sun

Mosa'ab Elshamy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:10am

Bitter cold and exceptionally heavy snowfall have beleaguered parts of Morocco this winter, disrupting schools, closing national highways — and delighting residents in cities where it hadn't snowed for decades.

Philippines to court: Declare communist groups as terrorists

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:04am

Justice officials asked a court Wednesday to formally designate the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People's Army, as terrorist groups in a move that could further damage chances of a resumption of stalled peace talks.

Spain helps keep alive archaic language of Sephardic Jews

Cristina Fuentes-Cantillana, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:00am

A language still spoken by the descendants of Jews expelled from Spain 500 years ago is getting a helping hand from the Spanish Royal Academy to keep it alive.

Indonesia mobilizes to combat health-damaging forest fires

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:45am

Four Indonesian provinces have declared emergencies in anticipation of worsening forest fires that each year spread health-damaging haze across much of Southeast Asia.

Sri Lanka bus explosion injures 19, including 12 soldiers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:33am

An explosion on a passenger bus in Sri Lanka injured 19 people, including 12 military personnel, the military said Wednesday.

Mudslides block only road to New Zealand town after storm

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:32am

Mudslides blocked the only road to a small New Zealand town Wednesday after a powerful Pacific storm caused disruptions across parts of the country.