One of the 11 Israelis who were flown home after being quarantined on a cruise ship in Japan has tested positive for the new virus that emerged in China late last year, the first case to be reported inside Israel, officials said Friday.
Kathy Gannon and Matthew Lee, Associated Press | PostedFeb 21st - 4:48am
The countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States to end the 18 years of war in Afghanistan will begin on Friday night, when the seven-day “reduction of violence" promised by the Taliban will go into effect, a senior U.S. State Department official said. The deal will be signed on Feb. 29.
A Ukrainian village where residents clashed with riot police and threw rocks at buses while protesting the local quarantine of people evacuated from China is under control, but the unrest may continue, Ukraine's prime minister said Friday.
Herbert Moyo, Associated Press | PostedFeb 21st - 4:18am
Lesotho’s prime minister failed to show up in court on Friday to be charged with murder in the killing of his estranged wife, and police said he might have gone to neighboring South Africa for an undisclosed ailment.
David McHugh and Frank Jordans, Associated Press | PostedFeb 21st - 1:33am
Hundreds of grieving people flocked to Friday prayers in the mosques of the German town of Hanau, two days after a racially motivated shooting shook the country and prompted fresh calls for a crackdown on far-right extremism.
U.S. and Afghan officials have announced a seven-day period of reduced violence as part of a countdown to the signing of a peace agreement between the Taliban and the United States to end 18-years of war in Afghanistan. The period of reduced violence will begin at midnight Friday local time (1930 GMT, 2:30 p.m. EST). A senior U.S. State Department official says a peace agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban will be signed in Doha, Qatar, on Feb. 29. That will pave the way for a withdrawal of U.S. troops and intra-Afghan negotiations. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the agreement will lead to an eventual permanent cease-fire.
Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press | PostedFeb 20th - 6:55pm
Ukraine’s foreign minister said Thursday that Russia remains “blind and deaf” to international appeals to end its occupation of Crimea and key areas in the east of his country, but his government is hoping for another “very, very small step” of a second exchange of about 200 prisoners.