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UAE sentences 4 to death for Islamic State involvement

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 11:10am

A court in the United Arab Emirates has sentenced four people to death in absentia after finding them guilty of involvement with the Islamic State group.

Saudi Arabia and allies gather for major military exercises

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 11:10am

Saudi Arabia says troops from 20 countries are gathering in the oil-rich nation for large-scale military exercises.

Russia blocking Ukraine trucks in response to protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 10:41am

Russia's Transport Ministry has ordered that Ukraine-registered trucks be stopped from entering in Russia, in response to growing efforts by protesters in Ukraine to block Russian trucks.

Former Lebanese premier calls for ending presidential vacuum

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 10:40am

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has called on the Lebanese to put aside differences and vote for a new president to end a vacuum that has lasted nearly two years.

Turkey shells Kurdish positions in Syria for 2nd day

Zeina Karam and Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 10:30am

Turkey shelled positions held by a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in northern Syria for a second day on Sunday, drawing condemnation from the Syrian government, whose forces are advancing against insurgents in the same area under the cover of Russian airstrikes.

Danes mark anniversary of victims killed in gunman attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 10:00am

Danes have honored the two victims of attacks by a gunman at a cultural center and synagogue a year ago in the capital, Copenhagen, with flowers, speeches and a torchlight parade.

UK band members killed after car crashes into Swedish canal

Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 9:50am

Five British men, including members of British indie band Viola Beach, were killed when their car drove through a barrier and plunged into a canal near Stockholm.

US pushing Albania to enact judicial, legislative reforms

Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 9:40am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday pushed Albania to enact a major package of judicial and legislative reforms, backed by U.S. money that also is intended to help the Balkan nation take in Iranian refugees from Iraq.

Putin, Obama discuss Syria, Ukraine

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 9:40am

Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama have held a telephone conversation about the Syrian war and the unresolved conflict in Ukraine.

The Latest: France calls on Syria to halt airstrikes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 9:00am

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

Spain: Popular Party official quits amid corruption claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 9:00am

The president of the Madrid branch of Spain's center-right Popular Party resigned Sunday amid allegations that the party benefited from irregular funding.

Suspect arrested with guns, bullets at Greece-Turkey border

Costas Kantouris, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 8:52am

Greek police say they arrested a British citizen on the main border crossing to Turkey carrying a large weapons cache.

Haiti lawmakers elect Senate chief as provisional president

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 8:30am

Haitian lawmakers on Sunday chose the country's Senate chief to lead a caretaker government that will fill the void left by last week's departure of former President Michel Martelly and perhaps ease lingering tensions that recently pushed the deeply polarized nation into political crisis.

Netanyahu: US Vice President Biden may visit Israel

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 7:30am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says staffers for U.S. Vice President Joe Biden are arriving in Israel ahead of a possible Biden visit.

Dutch minister to EU members: Don't shut borders to migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 7:10am

Dutch foreign minister Bert Koenders has urged EU member states not to close their borders to migrants, suggesting that "effective border control is more important."

Egypt policeman's conviction overturned in protester's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 6:20am

Egypt's highest appeals court on Sunday overturned the conviction of a police officer sentenced to 15 years in prison for the killing of a female protester in a January 2015 shooting captured on video and photos.

1 dead, 3 wounded in stabbing at asylum center in Sweden

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 6:10am

Swedish police say they have arrested a man suspected of killing one person and wounding three others during a fight between asylum-seekers.

Seoul: N. Korea used money from joint factories for weapons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 5:40am

North Korea channeled about 70 percent of the money it received for workers at the now-shuttered Kaesong industrial park into its weapons programs and to buy luxury goods for the impoverished nation's tiny elite, South Korea said Sunday.

Syrian opposition figure slams Russia for continued bombing

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 14th - 5:30am

A top Syrian opposition figure criticized Russia on Sunday for continuing with its bombing in Syria, insisting that people in the country need to see action rather than words.