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Bahrain sentences prominent activist to 5 years in prison

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:00am

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.

2 French soldiers killed in Mali by explosive device

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:52am

Two French soldiers died in Mali when their armored vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device.

US says drone strike in Somalia kills 3 al-Shabab extremists

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:49am

The United States military says it has carried out a drone strike against al-Shabab extremists in Somalia, killing three "terrorists."

Spain: Judge orders arrest of separatist if she returns

Aritz Parra and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:22am

A Spanish judge on Tuesday ordered the arrest of a leading Catalan separatist politician if she returns to Spain from Switzerland, where she has moved to avoid a judicial inquiry.

Explosion at bank in northern Myanmar kills 2, wounds 21

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:12am

A bomb exploded Wednesday in a bank in the northern city of Lashio, a region where there is fighting between the government and ethnic minority guerrillas, killing two people and injuring 21 others, Myanmar authorities said.

UK Supreme Court: Police liable for failings in rapist case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:02am

Britain's Supreme Court says police can be held liable for failing to bring serious criminals to justice — a ruling that could open U.K. forces to a wave of lawsuits from victims.

Pakistan's top court rules against disqualified PM Sharif

Zarar Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:00am

Pakistan's Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, declaring that anyone disqualified from holding office cannot serve as head of a political party.

Russian FM Lavrov criticizes the West's policies in Balkans

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 7:57am

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov is criticizing Western policies toward his country, urging European countries to maintain good relations with Moscow despite the Russia-West divisions.

German court hands Swede life sentence for 1992 killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 7:51am

A German court has sentenced a Swede to life in prison for shooting dead a woman in Frankfurt 26 years ago.

Turkey to develop unmanned tanks, president says

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 7:40am

Turkey's president says the country will develop unmanned tanks to minimize risks to soldiers in combat.

French government unveils bill with new asylum procedure

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 7:28am

French President Emmanuel Macron's government on Wednesday presented a bill to enforce tougher immigration rules, which human rights organizations criticize as repressive toward asylum-seekers.

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

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 7:26am

New airstrikes and shelling of the besieged, rebel-held suburbs of the Syrian capital killed at least 10 people and wounded dozens more on Wednesday, a rescue organization and a monitoring group said, adding to a staggering casualty toll that has overwhelmed paramedics and doctors in the past few days.

Macedonia replaces road signs in goodwill gesture to Greece

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:58am

Macedonian authorities have begun replacing road signs on the country's main highway named by the previous government after the ancient warrior king Alexander the Great, in a goodwill gesture toward neighboring Greece.

At least 25 dead as bus veers off cliff in Peru

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:53am

Police say at least 25 people were killed when their bus veered off a highway and tumbled 200 meters (about 650 feet) down a cliff in southern Peru.

Only on AP: Migrant recounts forced deportation from Israel

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:48am

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.

Only on AP: Migrant recounts forced deportation from Israel

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:46am

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.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe marks 94th birthday in near solitude

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:44am

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.

Vatican's sex abuse investigator hospitalized in Chile

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 6:06am

Vatican's sex abuse investigator hospitalized in Chile.

A look at the scandals surrounding Israel's prime minister

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 5:42am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting for his political life as a dizzying array of scandals has engulfed him, his family and his inner circle.