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Kosovo celebrates decade of independence, challenges ahead

Sylejman Kllokoqi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 3:05pm

Kosovo is celebrating 10 years of independence from Serbia in two-day festivities that started Saturday amid reminders of the obstacles to the country's full acceptance.

7.2 quake damages homes, but Mexico avoids major destruction

Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 2:54pm

Mexico escaped major destruction from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that jolted southern and central parts of the country, authorities said Saturday, with mostly minor damage and no deaths directly caused by the temblor five months after two other quakes killed hundreds.

Collision of Greek boat, Turkish vessel caught on video

Demetris Nellas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 2:23pm

Video footage surfaced Saturday of the moment a Turkish coast guard vessel collided with a stationary Greek patrol boat near a pair of Aegean Sea islets over which the two countries almost went to war in 1996.

The Latest: Kosovo president laments EU disunity on status

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 1:37pm

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UK party sacks leader in fallout from racist Markle texts

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 1:29pm

The troubled U.K. Independence Party ousted its leader Saturday after a scandal over racist text messages sent by his girlfriend, leaving the future of the right-wing party that played a key role in Brexit once more uncertain.

The Latest: Ex-Russian diplomat calls US charges 'fantasies'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 1:14pm

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Mexicans hold mournful procession for endangered porpoise

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 1:13pm

Activists and artists in Mexico held a mournful, dirge-like procession Saturday for the critically endangered vaquita porpoise as the species' numbers fell below 30.

Israeli military: 4 soldiers wounded in Gaza border blast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 12:18pm

The Israeli military said Saturday that four soldiers were wounded, two seriously, in an explosion along the Israeli border with Gaza.

Kurdish doctors report suspected Turkish gas attack in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 11:12am

Six civilians suffered breathing difficulties and other symptoms indicative of poison gas inhalation after an attack launched by Turkey on the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, local doctors and Syria's state-run news agency reported Saturday.

Jordan's military says it foiled smuggling plot: report

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 11:01am

The state news agency Petra reports that Jordan's military says it has foiled a plot to smuggle in weapons, drugs and terrorists by using an old pipeline linking the kingdom with Syria and Iraq.

The Latest: 50 homes damaged after Mexico quake

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 10:44am

The latest on the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit southern Mexico (all times local):

Trump adviser: Russian meddling 'incontrovertible'

Desmond Butler and David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 10:33am

President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Saturday there was "incontrovertible" evidence of a Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election, a blunt statement that shows how significantly the new criminal charges leveled by an American investigator have upended the political debate over his inquiry.

Ethiopia vows no military takeover amid latest emergency

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 9:31am

Ethiopia's defense minister on Saturday ruled out a military takeover a day after the East African nation declared a new state of emergency amid the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century.

3 asylum-seekers held after Cyprus reception center damaged

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 9:30am

A Cyprus court has ordered the detention of two asylum-seekers on suspicion that they instigated a small uprising at an immigrant reception center, causing extensive damage to offices and setting fire to furniture and trash bins.

The Latest: US 'strongly disagrees' with Ethiopian emergency

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 9:15am

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Thirteen dead, 15 injured after helicopter assessing quake damage crashes in southern Mexico, prosecutor's office says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 8:54am

Thirteen dead, 15 injured after helicopter assessing quake damage crashes in southern Mexico, prosecutor's office says.

Wales rattled by magnitude 4.4 quake

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 8:35am

The British Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.4 quake has shaken southern Wales.

Top German diplomat: 'We no longer recognize our America'

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 7:57am

Germany's foreign minister slammed the "America first" approach of President Donald Trump's administration Saturday, saying that close U.S. ties with a strong European Union are as much in Washington's interest as they are in Europe's.

Merkel calls for progress on common EU asylum system

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 17th - 6:07am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants the European Union to make progress on a common asylum system, warning that member states who expect financial support from the bloc need to show solidarity when it comes to migrants too.