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Death toll from twin blasts in Somalia's capital rises to 21

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:24am

Authorities say the death toll in a pair of explosions Friday evening in Somalia's capital has risen to 21.

Egypt court fines leading activist over insulting judiciary

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:20am

An Egyptian court has fined one of the leading activists behind the 2011 uprising 10,000 Egyptian pounds ($565) during his re-trial over insulting the judiciary.

Inmates escape Philippine jail after guard leaves

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 3:49am

At least 29 detainees escaped from a jail in the southern Philippines on Saturday when a guard briefly left his post, but 17 of them were immediately captured when law enforcers fired warning shots, police said.

Estonia celebrates 100 years of independence declaration

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 3:45am

Estonia is celebrating the centenary of its independence declaration with festivities and a military parade.

Officials say suicide bomber kills 2 in Afghan capital

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 3:15am

A suicide bomber killed at least two and wounded seven in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group in the diplomatic area of Afghanistan's capital on Saturday, and at least 18 soldiers died in an attack on a checkpoint by Taliban insurgents in the country's west, authorities said.

Pakistan promises to expedite steps to curb terror financing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 2:25am

Pakistan's interior minister says the Islamic nation will expedite steps to curb terror financing and money laundering a day after the country avoided ending up on a terror watch list by a global task force.

As deadly shells fall, fear spreads anew in Syrian capital

Albert Aji and Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 2:18am

As the Syrian government escalates its attacks on opposition-held suburbs of Damascus, rebels in outlying towns are retaliating with volleys of mortar shells and rockets into the capital, killing more than 25 civilians in the past two weeks and spreading fear among its 4 million residents.

The Latest: Official: 18 soldiers killed in west Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:03am

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Ivanka Trump at Olympics for politics, to back athletes

Errin Haines Whack, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:59pm

U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter toured the 2018 Winter Olympics on Saturday, the morning after telling South Korea's president that she would use her visit to the Pyeongchang Games to advocate maximum pressure on North Korea to halt its nuclear program.

Defense Ministry says 18 soldiers killed in Taliban attack in western Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:57pm

Defense Ministry says 18 soldiers killed in Taliban attack in western Afghanistan.

Islamic State group in statement on website claims responsibility for suicide bombing attack in Afghan capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 11:46pm

Islamic State group in statement on website claims responsibility for suicide bombing attack in Afghan capital.

Several bombs set off around troubled Myanmar state, 1 hurt

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:30pm

One of several bombs targeting government offices and other places in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state exploded Saturday morning, injuring a police officer, authorities said.

Afghan interior ministry spokesman says an explosion has occurred in Kabul

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:15pm

Afghan interior ministry spokesman says an explosion has occurred in Kabul.

UN to vote Saturday on humanitarian cease-fire in Syria

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:50pm

The U.N. Security Council delayed a vote on a resolution demanding a 30-day humanitarian cease-fire across Syria until Saturday in hopes of closing a gap over the timing for a halt to fighting.

Suspect in Filipina's death in Kuwait arrested, wife sought

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 7:18pm

A Lebanese man suspected in the death of a Filipina maid whose body was found stuffed in a freezer in Kuwait has been arrested, the Philippine foreign secretary said Friday.

Deaths mounts in Syria as UN weighs cease-fire resolution

Bassem Mroue and Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 4:10pm

Syrian government warplanes carried out a sixth day of airstrikes Friday in the rebel-held suburbs east of Damascus, killing 32 people, activists said, as the death toll from a week of bombardment soared over 400.

The Latest: UN delays vote on 30-day Syria cease-fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:44pm

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Gang rapes and beheadings: UN reveals new South Sudan abuses

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:04pm

The witness accounts remain appalling. One South Sudanese man returned home after hiding from government soldiers to find they had blinded his mother, gouging out her eyes with spears.

Iranian official panned for rights abuses to visit UN body

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 2:02pm

An upcoming visit to the United Nations' top human rights body by Iran's justice minister is attracting criticism since the European Union has issued sanctions against him for rights violations.