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North to send another senior delegation for Olympic closer

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:30am

South Korea's Unification Ministry says North Korea will send a high-level delegation led by Kim Yong Chol, a senior party official suspected of leading two deadly attacks on the South in 2010, to the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Drug overdose at private school hospitalizes Australian boys

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:14am

Five teenage boys remained in an Australian hospital on Thursday, a day after suffering drug overdoses at a private school.

African asylum seekers facing expulsion have embraced Israel

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:28am

Even as he faces a potential deportation from Israel, 30-year-old Eritrean asylum seeker Johny Goytiom Kafl brims with satisfaction as he looks out upon thousands of fellow protesters rallying against the impending expulsions, all while peacefully secured by police.

France plays catch-up coping with radicalized prisoners

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:28am

If there were ever a time for France to seriously tackle Islamic radicalism in its overpopulated, understaffed and underfunded prisons, it would be now.

Blinded investigator to Indonesia graft fighters: Stay brave

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:26am

An anti-corruption investigator blinded by an acid attack is urging graft fighters to "stay brave" as he returns to Indonesia after months of medical treatment.

Afghan official: Taliban attack local police, killing 8

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:23am

An Afghan official says Taliban fighters have attacked a police security post in central Ghazni province, killing eight local police.

Philippine rebels reject terror tag but still open to talks

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 11:42pm

Communist guerrillas said Thursday a Philippine government court petition to have them designated as terrorists is a desperate attempt to alienate them from the people, but insisted they are still open to talks to peacefully settle one of Asia's longest-raging insurgencies.

Mexican candidate: government erred in not going after arms

Mark Stevenson and E. Eduardo Castillo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:02pm

Ruling-party presidential candidate Jose Antonio Meade said Wednesday the Mexican government made a mistake by focusing more on seizing drugs headed for the United States than on weapons headed into Mexico.

Mystery cloaks Japanese dad of 13 born from Thai surrogates

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:32pm

A Japanese businessman who won legal custody of his 13 children born from surrogates in Thailand is virtually anonymous in his home country.

AP Exclusive: Migrant recounts his deportation from Israel

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 7:29pm

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.

50 girls missing from Nigerian town after Boko Haram attack

Haruna Umar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 7:20pm

About 50 girls have been missing since Boko Haram extremists attacked a village in northern Nigeria that has a girls' boarding school, provoking fears they may have kidnapped like those from the town of Chibok nearly four years ago.

Colombia arrests cop who got Escobar for money laundering

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 7:20pm

The Colombian cop who commanded the operation that killed drug kingpin Pablo Escobar has been arrested for laundering money on behalf of a demobilized right-wing militia.

Mexico judge rules arrest of alleged cartel boss was illegal

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:32pm

A judge in Mexico ruled Wednesday that this week's arrest of an alleged top drug cartel boss in a city bordering Texas was illegal.

UN vote expected on 30-day cease-fire in Syria to help needy

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:25pm

Sweden and Kuwait called for a vote Thursday on a U.N. resolution ordering a 30-day cease-fire throughout Syria to enable delivery of humanitarian aid to millions of people in acute need, and the evacuation of the critically sick and wounded.

Magnitude-4.8 quake strikes off Greek island of Zakynthos

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:52pm

Greek authorities say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 has struck off the western island of Zakynthos, but no injuries or damage have been reported.

Ferry blast injures passengers in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:24pm

An explosion ripped through a ferry as it unloaded passengers in the Caribbean beach city of Playa del Carmen on Wednesday, hurting as many as 25 people, but authorities said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Hospitals overwhelmed by bombing blitz of Damascus suburbs

Philip Issa and Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:19pm

Doctors in Syria's rebel-controlled suburbs of Damascus said Wednesday they were unable to keep up with the staggering number of casualties, amid a ferocious bombing campaign by government forces that has targeted hospitals, apartment blocks and other civilian sites, killing and wounding hundreds of people in recent days.

Venezuela's Maduro calls for early Congress vote as well

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:44pm

President Nicolas Maduro is doubling-down on plans to concentrate power by calling Wednesday for early congressional elections to coincide with a presidential vote in April that opponents hours earlier said they would boycott unless steps are taken to ease fears it's rigged.

Former UN chief says Koreas dialogue must be kept alive

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 4:41pm

Former U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday the dialogue between the two Koreas that began during the Winter Olympics must be kept alive so it can hopefully lead to reconciliation, peace and the denuclearization of North Korea.