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Polish official: no criminal charges under Holocaust law

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:20am

A controversial law that makes it a criminal act to blame Poles for Holocaust crimes they did not commit will not lead to criminal charges, a Polish government official said Wednesday.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe marks 94th birthday in near solitude

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:14am

Zimbabwe's former leader Robert Mugabe was celebrating his first birthday since his resignation in near solitude on Wednesday, far from the lavish affair of years gone by.

Snow isolates Moroccan mountain villages more used to sun

Mosa'ab Elshamy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:10am

Bitter cold and exceptionally heavy snowfall have beleaguered parts of Morocco this winter, disrupting schools, closing national highways — and delighting residents in cities where it hadn't snowed for decades.

Philippines to court: Declare communist groups as terrorists

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:04am

Justice officials asked a court Wednesday to formally designate the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People's Army, as terrorist groups in a move that could further damage chances of a resumption of stalled peace talks.

Spain helps keep alive archaic language of Sephardic Jews

Cristina Fuentes-Cantillana, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:00am

A language still spoken by the descendants of Jews expelled from Spain 500 years ago is getting a helping hand from the Spanish Royal Academy to keep it alive.

Indonesia mobilizes to combat health-damaging forest fires

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:45am

Four Indonesian provinces have declared emergencies in anticipation of worsening forest fires that each year spread health-damaging haze across much of Southeast Asia.

Sri Lanka bus explosion injures 19, including 12 soldiers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:33am

An explosion on a passenger bus in Sri Lanka injured 19 people, including 12 military personnel, the military said Wednesday.

Mudslides block only road to New Zealand town after storm

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:32am

Mudslides blocked the only road to a small New Zealand town Wednesday after a powerful Pacific storm caused disruptions across parts of the country.

The Latest: Turkey vows to press on with Syria offensive

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:22am

The Latest on the Syrian civil war (all times local):

Israeli media: Netanyahu confidant to testify against him

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:12am

Israeli media reported Wednesday that one of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's closest confidants has turned state witness and will incriminate him in corruption allegations, the latest in a dizzying series of developments that threaten to topple the beleaguered Israeli leader.

New strikes kill 10 in rebel-held suburbs of Syrian capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 3:06am

New airstrikes and shelling on the besieged, rebel-held suburbs of the Syrian capital killed at least 10 people on Wednesday, a rescue organization and a monitoring group said.

Pakistan looks to avoid being added to terror financing list

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:47am

Pakistan says it has been given three months to prove it is doing enough to stay off an international watch list for countries that fail to curb the financing of terror groups.

Migrant deported by Israel back to Africa recounts ordeal

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:36am

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.

Migrant deported by Israel back to Africa recounts ordeal

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:34am

Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. He could not return to Eritrea, a country he risked his life to flee in 2010. He hoped to avoid the fate of compatriots who languished in a desert jail for illegally staying in Israel.

In South Korea's Olympic hills, traces of the North abound

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:32am

A former seaside villa for North Korea's ruling Kim family. A captured North Korean spy submarine. A front-line observatory that allows curious visitors to peer at parts of a picturesque North Korean mountain across the heavily-mined Demilitarized Zone.

French government unveils bill with new asylum procedure

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:28am

French President Emmanuel Macron's government is presenting its first big immigration bill, which human rights organizations criticize as repressive toward asylum-seekers.

Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia to discuss regional security

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:23am

Moldova is to host a conference on the security challenges facing three former Soviet republics where there are ongoing concerns about Russian influence.

Australia boosts Indian Ocean travel safety after MH370

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 2:00am

Australian authorities say they have helped make the Indian Ocean safer for air and sea travelers since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 vanished in the vast expanse four years ago through search and rescue training with island nations.

Bahrain sentences prominent activist to 5 years in prison

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 1:52am

A prominent human rights activist in Bahrain was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison over tweets alleging prison torture in his country and misconduct in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, despite wide international criticism of his trial.