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EU officials urge Albania opposition not to block reform

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:33am

A senior European Parliament politician on Wednesday called on the Albanian opposition Democratic Party not to block a judicial reform — the main step toward launching Albania's membership negotiations with the European Union.

Would-be jihadi jailed by Dutch tried to reach Syria twice

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:22am

A Dutch court has convicted a man who twice attempted to join a jihadi group in Syria and sentenced him to 31 months for terrorism offenses.

Iraqi Shiite militias push to take villages west of Mosul

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 7:14am

Iraq's government-sanctioned paramilitary forces, made up mainly of Shiite militiamen, launched a new push Wednesday to capture villages west of the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants, officials said.

Netanyahu is first Israeli prime minister to visit Australia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:53am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is praising Australia for being "courageously willing to puncture U.N. hypocrisy" on anti-Israel resolutions.

Stolen Nazi concentration camp gate returned to Dachau

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:50am

The wrought iron gate to the Nazis' Dachau concentration camp that was stolen two years ago, prompting an international outcry, has been returned to the German memorial site.

Somalia's new leader inaugurated, vowing to restore dignity

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:43am

Somalia's new leader was inaugurated Wednesday while promising to restore dignity to the troubled Horn of Africa nation but warning it will take another two decades to "fix" the country.

Partner of UK author Helen Bailey convicted of her murder

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:43am

The partner of British children's author Helen Bailey was convicted Wednesday of killing her and dumping her body in a cesspool in a financially motivated murder.

Philippines to deport convicted US pedophile

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:43am

The Philippines' Bureau of Immigration said Wednesday it had arrested a convicted American pedophile wanted by U.S. authorities for a string of crimes.

Ex-Iraqi soldier tells German court he held heads on orders

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:34am

A former Iraqi army soldier has admitted at the start of his war-crimes trial in Germany that he posed for a photo holding the severed heads of two Islamic State fighters killed in combat, but said he was only following orders.

Wilders' security officer held for suspected data leak

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:27am

Dutch police have detained a security official in the group responsible for protecting anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders on suspicion of leaking classified information, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Want to run for French president? Join the crowd

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:25am

More and more people want to join France's unpredictable presidential race, with a once-prominent centrist expected to join the field Wednesday along with other hopefuls who will never win — but might garner enough votes to tilt the outcome.

Body of Egypt's so-called Blind Sheikh brought home from US

Heba Afify, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:25am

The body of a blind Egyptian cleric convicted of plotting terror attacks in New York was brought back to Egypt and handed over to his family for burial on Wednesday, following his death in a U.S. federal prison over the weekend.

Russia: Syria safety zones need to be agreed with Damascus

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:25am

Russia's foreign minister says Moscow is open for dialogue with the United States on safety zones in Syria, noting that any such initiative needs to be coordinated with the Syrian government.

Police: Suspects in N. Korean death coated hands with poison

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:10am

The two women suspected of fatally poisoning a scion of North Korea's ruling family were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals and then wipe them on his face, police in Malaysia said Wednesday, announcing they were seeking a North Korean diplomat in connection with the attack.

Intelligence chief says more Islamic extremists in Germany

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 6:02am

The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency cautioned Wednesday that the number of Islamic extremists in the country is on the rise and that the threat of an attack remains high.

Germany approves faster deportation of failed asylum-seekers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:44am

Germany's Cabinet approved a plan Wednesday that will make it easier to deport rejected asylum-seekers.

Afghan official says bomb blast killed 3 in eastern

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:31am

A motorcycle bomb went off at a busy market in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing three people, while a Taliban ambush targeting a military convoy in the country's northeast killed four civilians, officials said.

Cyprus peace process falters after latest talks called off

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:31am

Talks to reunify ethnically-split Cyprus suffered another blow after the leader of breakaway Turkish Cypriots backed out of a scheduled meeting aiming to push negotiations forward, officials said Wednesday.

Planes, tanks, ships: Russian military gets massive upgrade

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:23am

The Russian military received a sweeping array of new weapons last year, including 41 intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the wide-ranging military modernization will continue this year, the defense minister said Wednesday.