Malaysia’s attorney general says two women suspects in killing of North Korean will be charged in court on Wednesday

February 28, 2017

Malaysia’s attorney general says two women suspects in killing of North Korean will be charged in court on Wednesday.…

Australian accused of planning to help IS develop missiles

February 28, 2017

Australian counterterrorism police arrested a man on Tuesday who officials say was planning to advise the Islamic State group on how to develop missiles.…

The irony of Republicans complaining about McCarthyism

February 28, 2017

The GOP looks to squash inquiries into Russia and President Trump.…

Japanese emperor departs for visit to Vietnam and Thailand

February 28, 2017

The emperor and empress of Japan have left Tokyo for a one-week trip to Vietnam and Thailand.…

ADB says Asia needs to double infrastructure spending

February 28, 2017

Developing countries in Asia and the Pacific will need to spend up to $1.7 trillion a year, or $26 trillion through 2030, to meet their infrastructure needs and to maintain the region’s growth momentum, the Asian Development Bank said in a report Tuesday.…

Taiwan marks crackdown anniversary amid China tensions

February 28, 2017

Taiwan is marking the 70th anniversary of a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters that is widely seen as a rejection of China’s claims to the self-governing island democracy.…

Rights group says Thai prisons fall short of world standards

February 28, 2017

Thailand’s prisons fail to meet international standards, with inmates routinely shackled, stuffed into overcrowded cells and forced to work in harsh conditions, an international human rights group said Tuesday.…

Chilean homes without water; 3 dead, 19 missing in floods

February 28, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of homes in communities around Chile’s capital remained without water Monday as authorities struggled to restore service following floods caused by Andean rainfall.…

Fallen Argentine troops’ relatives wait for identification

February 28, 2017

The body of Jose Antonio Reyes Lobos rests in the Falkland Islands along with those of more than 100 other fallen Argentine soldiers. But his 79-year-old mother says she doesn’t want to leave this world without putting a flower on a grave bearing the name of her son killed in combat more than three decades ago.…

Mexico ex-president Felipe Calderon donates pension

February 28, 2017

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon says he will donate his government pension to a nonprofit group that helps children with cancer.…

Authorities investigate killing of hippo at El Salvador zoo

February 28, 2017

El Salvador’s widespread violence reached an unexpected corner with the brutal and fatal beating of the national zoo’s beloved hippopotamus Gustavito.…

IS militants in north Sinai showing their strength

February 28, 2017

In the past three days, Islamic State militants in Egypt’s volatile northern Sinai region abducted four men accused of collaborating with the government, three of them during a brazen raid in the middle of a public market. Two of the men have been found slain while the others remain missing; Egyptian officials say that one of the slain men had his eyes plucked out and was set on fire before being shot to death.…

Vancouver police prepare for protests at new Trump tower

February 28, 2017

Police in Canada are preparing for protests when President Donald Trump’s two oldest sons officially open a new Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver on Tuesday.…

UN condemns NKorea’s provocative attempts to evade sanctions

February 28, 2017

The Security Council on Monday condemned North Korea’s “irresponsible and provocative” attempts to evade U.N. sanctions.…

Turkey orders German newspaper journalist jailed until trial

February 27, 2017

A Turkish court ordered a journalist for Germany’s Die Welt newspaper jailed on Monday pending a trial on charges of terrorist propaganda and inciting hatred, media reports said. The action came amid a continuing crackdown on journalists and press freedom in Turkey.…

The Latest: Head of al-Qaida affiliate derides Syria talks

February 27, 2017

The latest on developments in Syria and at the Geneva talks (all times local):…

UN welcomes Moroccan pullout from Western Sahara buffer area

February 27, 2017

The United Nations is welcoming the pullout of Moroccan security forces from the tense border strip in southern Western Sahara and is calling on the Polisario Front independence movement to also withdraw its fighters.…

Dancers dress as devil in popular Argentina carnival

February 27, 2017

To the beat of drums, more than 300 people dressed as devils descend a sacred hill as one of the most singular Carnival events in South America begins.…

Israel to probe German submarine purchase

February 27, 2017

Israel’s Attorney General has ordered an investigation into the purchase of German submarines months after it emerged that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attorney represented the German firm involved in the $1.5 billion deal.…

US embassy condemns far-right march with US flag in Croatia

February 27, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Croatia on Monday strongly denounced a march by far-right nationalists in the capital of Zagreb who waved an American flag and reportedly voiced support for President Donald Trump.…

Warplanes pound northwest Syria as Geneva meetings continue

February 27, 2017

Airstrikes on Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province killed at least 11 people on Monday, opposition activists said, in the latest spasm of violence to mar U.N.-brokered talks in Geneva between the government and the opposition.…

Telecom giant MTN lists 2016 losses from Nigeria fine, forex

February 27, 2017

African telecommunications giant MTN warned shareholders Monday to expect big losses caused by a $1 billion regulatory fine in Nigeria, damaging foreign exchange rates and a share offering to promote black empowerment in South Africa.…

Norwegian diplomat named to mediate Venezuela-Guyana dispute

February 27, 2017

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday appointed a Norwegian diplomat who dealt with the Colombian peace process to try to settle the longstanding border dispute between Venezuela and Guyana by the end of the year.…

US stock indexes veer higher in afternoon trading; oil rises

February 27, 2017

The major U.S. stock indexes veered slightly higher in afternoon trading Monday after spending much of the morning wavering between small gains and losses. Investors were looking ahead to President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress on Tuesday for details of promised tax cuts and infrastructure spending. Energy stocks led the gainers as the price of crude rose. Phone companies lagged the most.…

The latest poll numbers in Ecuador are a bad sign for Julian Assange

February 27, 2017

The right-wing challenger who is leading has pledged to evict the WikiLeaks founder from the country’s embassy in London.…

These moving photos show what it feels like to see the ocean for the first time

February 27, 2017

Martin Bogren photographed a group of men from Rajasthan seeing the ocean for the first time.…

Albania to send infantry platoon to Iraq’s anti-IS coalition

February 27, 2017

Albania’s defense minister says it plans to send an infantry platoon to become part of the anti-IS coalition in Iraq.…

Azerbaijan loses 5 soldiers in Nagorno-Karabakh clash

February 27, 2017

Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry says it has removed the bodies of five of its soldiers who were killed in fighting on the fringes of Nagorno-Karabakh.…

Egypt’s parliament expels lawmaker who had criticized it

February 27, 2017

Egypt’s parliament has expelled a lawmaker who spoke out against alleged corruption and criticized the body for its handling of human rights issues.…

Kyrgyz court orders opposition leader kept in custody

February 27, 2017

A court in Kyrgyzstan has ordered a prominent opposition leader to be kept in custody on fraud and corruption charges that his supporters see as politically driven.…

Lawyer: German client held in Rome jail after wife vanishes

February 27, 2017

An Italian lawyer says his German client is being held for investigation of murder after his wife vanished during a Mediterranean cruise.…

Mahershala Ali is the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar. Some Muslim countries would deny that.

February 27, 2017

Ali belongs to the persecuted Ahmadiyya sect of Islam.…

Iranians celebrate Oscar-winning film with sarcastic thanks to Trump’s travel ban

February 27, 2017

Did Trump give Iran a helping hand in the Oscar hunt? Iran’s version of Variety thinks so.…

Saudi king reported to be taking 506 tons of luggage, including two limos, on trip to Indonesia

February 27, 2017

King Salman will be joined by a 1,500-person entourage on his nine-day visit.…

Philippine militant group posts video claiming to show beheading of German hostage

February 27, 2017

Abu Sayyaf had demanded a $600,000 ransom for the release of Jürgen Kantner.…

In Japan, a scandal over a school threatens to entangle Abe

February 27, 2017

With a questionable land deal and allegations of racism, the scandal is shaping up to be the biggest of Abe’s tenure.…

2 convicted of murder for deadly drag race in Germany

February 27, 2017

Two men have been convicted of murder for a midnight drag race along a chic Berlin boulevard that ended with the death of another motorist.…

Deported woman’s UK family launch campaign for her return

February 27, 2017

The British family of a grandmother deported to Singapore launched a campaign on Monday to raise money to fund a legal fight for her return.…

Prosecutors probe possible ‘junta’ within Turkey’s military

February 27, 2017

A prosecutor in Istanbul launched an investigation Monday into the possible existence of a clique within the Turkish military capable of “obstructing” the government, the state-run news agency reported.…

The dirty dozen: UN issues list of 12 most worrying bacteria

February 27, 2017

The World Health Organization has issued a list of the top dozen bacteria most dangerous to humans, warning that doctors are fast running out of treatment options.…

Hungary building 2nd border fence to stop migrants

February 27, 2017

Hungary has begun building a second fence on its border with Serbia to stop migrants from freely entering the country, the government said Monday.…

Macedonia opposition leader finds support to form government

February 27, 2017

Macedonia’s left-wing opposition leader has submitted signatures from three ethnic Albanian parties as proof he has secured enough support in parliament to form a government.…

How the Oscars put Syria in the spotlight

February 27, 2017

As the Oscar-winning documentary was named, the White Helmets in war-torn Syria were rescuing a child. “That’s the real win,” the group said.…

Fleeing anger in America, James Baldwin found solace in 1960s Turkey

February 27, 2017

Baldwin made an impression in Turkey, but signs of his decade there are now hard to find.…

Gerald Kaufman, UK’s longest-serving lawmaker, dies at 86

February 27, 2017

Gerald Kaufman, the longest-serving lawmaker in Britain’s House of Commons, has died aged 86.…

Iraqi commander says troops push deeper into western Mosul

February 27, 2017

Iraqi federal police units pushed deeper into western Mosul on Monday, gaining control of a neighborhood along the Tigris River and the foot of one of the city’s five bridges amid intense clashes with Islamic State militants, a senior Iraqi police commander said.…

Seoul: 4 N. Korean spies involved in Kim killing in Malaysia

February 27, 2017

South Korea’s intelligence service told lawmakers Monday that four North Korean government spies were involved in the killing of the estranged half brother of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un.…

Detained Philippine senator asks court to nullify arrest

February 27, 2017

A Philippine senator and leading critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly crackdown on illegal drugs petitioned the Supreme Court on Monday to nullify an arrest warrant for her on drug charges and release her from jail.…

Trump’s taunts are stirring a level of nationalism Mexico hasn’t seen in years

February 27, 2017

The U.S. president’s policies are tapping into Mexico’s historic grievances.…

Afghan President: Taliban shadow governor killed in Kunduz

February 27, 2017

A senior Taliban commander was killed Sunday in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province, according to the Afghan president and the militant group.…

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