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EU Commission chief urges Macedonia to resolve name dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:32am

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has urged Macedonia to resolve a long-standing naming dispute with neighboring Greece so the country can open membership talks with the European Union.

Syrian Kurdish leader detained in Prague on Turkey's request

Bassem Mroue and Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:21am

Czech authorities detained a former leader of a Syrian Kurdish political party under an Interpol red notice that was based on Turkey's request for his arrest, Turkish and Syrian Kurdish officials said Sunday.

UNICEF: Basic needs of young Syrian refugee children not met

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:13am

The U.N. agency for children said Sunday that 85 percent of Syrian refugee children in Jordan live in poverty, 38 percent are not in school and almost half of those under the age of five don't have access to proper health care.

Cambodia's ruling party claims sweeping win in Senate vote

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 8:04am

The ruling party of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen claimed a sweeping win in Sunday's elections for the country's Senate, a victory that it assured itself by eliminating any serious opposition from the contest.

Campaigning for Egypt's presidential vote underway

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 7:57am

Campaigning is now underway in Egypt's presidential elections, a two-candidate vote that's virtually certain to be won by the incumbent, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

China paves way for Xi Jinping to extend rule beyond 2 terms

Gillian Wong, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 7:51am

China's ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country's president, the official news agency said Sunday, appearing to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023.

Avant-garde mosque angers hard-liners in Iran

Nasser Karimi and Mohammad Nasiri, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 7:24am

A newly built avant-garde mosque in the heart of Iran's capital would have hard-liners shouting from the minarets — if there were any.

2 lions saved from Mideast wars head to South Africa refuge

Sam McNeil, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 7:13am

Two African lions rescued from war zones in Iraq and Syria are heading to a permanent home in South Africa, after resting in Jordan where they recuperated from physical and psychological trauma.

The Latest: Germany, France press Putin on cease-fire deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 7:09am

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Thousands march in memory of slain Russian opposition leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 6:37am

Thousands of people have marched down a central Moscow boulevard to mark the third anniversary of the slaying of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.

Pakistan: Blasphemy suspect who jumped off building healing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 6:28am

A Pakistani official says a blasphemy suspect who suffered serious injuries after jumping off a federal building is now in stable condition.

A 13-year-old dies after falling from a cliff in French Alps

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 6:02am

French authorities say a 13-year-old boy has died after falling from a cliff in the French Alps while his 10-year-old brother survived.

Syrian capital, its suburbs calm after UN cease-fire vote

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 5:41am

The Syrian capital and its embattled eastern suburbs were relatively calm Sunday despite some violence that killed at least three people, following the U.N. Security Council's unanimous approval of a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria, opposition activists and residents of Damascus said.

France thwarts 2 attempted terror attacks since January

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 5:17am

France's interior minister says two potential terror attacks have been thwarted in France since January.

Parents release names of 105 missing Nigerian girls

Haruna Umar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 4:29am

Parents in Nigeria have released a list of the 105 young women they say are still missing nearly a week after Boko Haram militants attacked a northern town, demanding that residents direct them toward the school for girls.

Germany's Merkel to name her team for new Cabinet

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 4:09am

Chancellor Angela Merkel is preparing to name her ministerial team for a new German government, amid reports that she plans to promote an ambitious conservative critic.

Column: Americans over-promise, under-deliver in SKorea

Paul Newberry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 4:03am

They had their moments, without a doubt.

Afghan official: Drive-by attack kills lawmaker, bodyguard

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 3:30am

An Afghan official says that a former lawmaker and one of his bodyguards were killed after gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in the capital, Kabul.

Switzerland: 1 dead, 3 injured after being hit by avalanche

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 3:12am

Swiss police say a woman has died after being hit by an avalanche in the Alps near the Italian border.