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More big parties join Venezuela ballot boycott: official

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 8:07am

A Venezuelan opposition official says the largest parties in the broad anti-government coalition have decided to boycott an upcoming presidential election they say won't be free or fair.

The Latest: Syria envoy decries violence in Damascus suburbs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 8:06am

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

Syrian Kurdish militia confirms Syrian troops entered Afrin to deploy along border with Turkey and help defend enclave

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 8:06am

Syrian Kurdish militia confirms Syrian troops entered Afrin to deploy along border with Turkey and help defend enclave.

Russian officials look to blame someone for curler's doping

Chris Lehourites, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 8:00am

After confirming that both of Alexander Krushelnitsky's doping samples tested positive for the heart drug meldonium, the officials in charge of the Russian team at the Pyeongchang Olympics sought to blame just about anyone other than the curler himself.

Syrian TV reports Turks shelling area where pro-government forces have entered Afrin enclave, journalists flee

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 7:45am

Syrian TV reports Turks shelling area where pro-government forces have entered Afrin enclave, journalists flee.

Rights groups want probe of civilians held by Myanmar army

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 7:26am

Rights groups are urging authorities in Myanmar to investigate and release information about two ethnic Kachin civilians believed to be held by soldiers in the country's north, where fighting has raged between government forces and armed Kachin rebels.

Pro-government Syrian fighters begin entering Kurdish enclave of Afrin despite Turkish threats

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 7:25am

Pro-government Syrian fighters begin entering Kurdish enclave of Afrin despite Turkish threats.

Czechs to open satellite center to serve intelligence, NATO

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 7:20am

The Czech Republic's army says it is planning to open a new satellite center to serve the country's military intelligence and NATO.

South African president announces "lifestyle audits"

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 7:20am

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says public representatives will undergo "lifestyle audits" as part of his campaign to clean up the government.

3 detained in southern France over 2017 Barcelona attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 7:17am

The French prosecutor's office says three people have been detained in France in connection with August's deadly attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils.

300 arrested after Sufis clash with Iran police, killing 5

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 7:17am

Overnight clashes between followers of a Sufi Islam leader and Iranian police killed five members of the security forces and injured 30, Iranian media reported Tuesday, the latest tension between the mystical order and authorities. Over 300 were arrested.

Oxfam apologizes over handling of Haiti abuse scandal

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 7:06am

Oxfam's leadership apologized Tuesday for downplaying the significance of a sexual misconduct scandal in Haiti and sought to stem the tide of cancelled donations.

Fire closes Malta's only airport, flights diverted to Sicily

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:59am

A fire in the arrivals lounge has forced the temporary closure of Malta's only airport.

EU border chief warns migrant pressures will stay high

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:56am

The number of migrants trying to reach Europe through the Mediterranean will remain high this year, with more expected to arrive through Spain, the head of European Union border agency Frontex warned Tuesday.

Activists: 98 dead in assault on rebel-held Damascus suburb

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:46am

Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes on rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed at least 98 people in what was the deadliest day in the area in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said Tuesday.

Thai court gives Japanese man custody of 13 surrogate kids

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:34am

A Thai court on Tuesday granted legal custody of 13 babies carried by surrogate mothers to a secretive Japanese millionaire who is their biological father, reviving a bizarre tale that captured tabloid headlines four years ago, but leaving some basic questions unanswered.

Danish royals attend private funeral for Prince Henrik

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 6:26am

Danish royals and officials on Tuesday attended a private funeral for Denmark's late Prince Henrik, husband of Queen Margrethe, at a Copenhagen chapel.

Bangladesh ex-PM appeals 5-year jail sentence in graft case

Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 5:52am

Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia appealed a five-year prison sentence in a corruption case on Tuesday, with her lawyers arguing that the verdict was politically motivated and influenced by the government.

Russia's Foreign Ministry says "several dozens" of Russians hospitalized after being injured in fighting in Syria.

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 20th - 5:47am

Russia's Foreign Ministry says "several dozens" of Russians hospitalized after being injured in fighting in Syria. .