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Ex-Guantanamo detainee asks to go back

posted: 02/19/2017 3:40 a.m. Discuss

Dressed in a thick jacket and wool hat on a cool winter evening, counting the coins for his bus fare, Hedi Hammami looks like any other Tunisian on his way to work.

Filipinos protest drug-war killings

posted: 02/19/2017 3:39 a.m. Discuss

Thousands of Catholics joined a march with church leaders in Manila on Saturday in one of the largest shows of opposition against President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly crackdown against illegal drugs and attempts to revive the death penalty.

Pakistan shuts second key Afghan border crossing

updated: 02/19/2017 3:17 a.m. Discuss

Pakistani authorities shut down a second key border crossing into Afghanistan, halting trade supplies to the neighboring landlocked country and increasing tensions between the two nations in the wake of a bloody suicide bombing at a beloved shrine in Pakistan, officials said Saturday.

19 killed in crash of bus in Argentina

posted: 02/19/2017 3:16 a.m. Discuss

A passenger bus flipped over on an Andean highway in Argentina, killing 19 of the 42 people aboard, police said Saturday.

Chinese shut off coal from N. Korea

updated: 02/19/2017 3:14 a.m. Discuss

China will suspend all imports of coal from North Korea until the end of the year, the Commerce Ministry announced Saturday, in a move that would cut off a major financial lifeline for Pyongyang and significantly enhance the effectiveness of U.N. sanctions.

N. Korean arrested in killing

updated: 02/19/2017 3:12 a.m. Discuss

A man from North Korea was arrested in Malaysia in the killing of Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean leader's half brother, as a diplomatic dispute started over the body.

Putin signs order for separatist IDs

posted: 02/19/2017 3:10 a.m. Discuss

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday signed an executive order recognizing passports and other documents issued by Russian-backed separatists in southeast Ukraine, a step that brings Moscow closer to recognition of the breakaway republics.

Informants for Iraq risk all to spy on enemy in Mosul

updated: 02/19/2017 3:08 a.m. Discuss

The Iraqi intelligence agent knew something was wrong. An Islamic State group member working for him as an informant in the city of Mosul called him on his cellphone, but he didn't identify himself by the code name they always used in their communications. Then the informant started talking to him about selling his car.

The World in Brief

updated: 02/19/2017 2:53 a.m. Discuss

Turkey detains 26 after car-bomb attack

Pakistan response lethal

updated: 02/18/2017 3:12 a.m. Discuss

ISLAMABAD -- An attack on a Sufi shrine that killed 88 people raised fears that the Islamic State extremist group has become emboldened in Pakistan, aided by an army of homegrown militants benefiting from hideouts in neighboring Afghanistan, analysts and officials said Friday.

Attack in Iraq kills militia 8

posted: 02/18/2017 3:10 a.m. Discuss

BAGHDAD -- The Islamic State extremist group attacked a battalion of state-sponsored militia southeast of Tikrit on Friday, killing at least eight militia members, an intelligence official said.

Uganda: Strained by 400,000 refugees

posted: 02/18/2017 3:10 a.m. Discuss

KAMPALA, Uganda — Uganda warned Friday that its resources are strained by the more than 400,000 refugees who have poured into the country in recent months from South Sudan’s civil war — a sign that its widely praised tolerance might be fraying.

Blair calls for Britain to stay in EU

updated: 02/18/2017 3:06 a.m. Discuss

LONDON -- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair launched a campaign Friday to persuade the United Kingdom to rethink its decision to leave the European Union, saying those who want to remain should "rise up" and make their wishes known.

Pence trip aims to reassure allies

updated: 02/18/2017 3:02 a.m. Discuss

MUNICH -- Making his debut on the world stage, Vice President Mike Pence is looking to reassure skeptical allies in Europe about U.S. foreign policy under President Donald Trump, who has made his "America First" motto a centerpiece of his new administration.

New secretary of state holds first talks with Chinese equal

updated: 02/18/2017 3 a.m. Discuss

BONN, Germany -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with his Chinese counterpart for the first time since becoming America's top diplomat and urged China to do more to rein in North Korea's provocative actions.

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