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German raids on 4 political, Turk says

posted: 02/18/2017 2:58 a.m. Discuss

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s top religious official suggested on Friday that the German authorities’ raids on the apartments of four Islamic clerics were political moves fueled by “Islamophobia” ahead of elections in the country.

The world in brief

updated: 02/18/2017 2:57 a.m. Discuss

Car bombing killsboy, 3, in Turkey

Police chief: Woman tricked into attack on North Korean leader's half brother

posted: 02/17/2017 9:07 a.m. Discuss

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The Indonesian woman arrested for suspected involvement in the killing of the North Korean leader's half brother in Malaysia was duped into thinking she was part of a comedy show prank, Indonesia's national police chief said Friday, citing information received from Malaysian authorities.

Thai-temple raid fails to find abbot

posted: 02/17/2017 3:23 a.m. Discuss

Thai police raided the head temple of a controversial Buddhist sect Thursday but failed to find and arrest the abbot, who faces criminal charges over accepting $40 million in embezzled money.

Israel-envoy pick apologizes for insults, vows to change

updated: 02/17/2017 3:06 a.m. Discuss

The attorney President Donald Trump picked as his ambassador to Israel sought to repair the damage from past attacks on political opponents, telling lawmakers he regretted using inflammatory language and promised to be "respectful and measured" should he be confirmed.

U.S. signals no shift on Russia

updated: 02/17/2017 2:59 a.m. Discuss

President Donald Trump's administration signaled Thursday that there will be no change soon in U.S.-Russia relations, putting the onus on Moscow to prove itself if it wants closer cooperation with Washington. Russia's support for Ukrainian separatists was underscored as a test case of its willingness to change behavior.

U.N., Arab bloc: 2 states favored

updated: 02/17/2017 2:57 a.m. Discuss

The United Nations and the Arab League on Thursday issued a joint statement in support of the establishment of a Palestinian state, a day after President Donald Trump said it's up to Israel and the Palestinians to agree on the form of a final settlement.

Malaysia now holding 3 suspects

posted: 02/17/2017 2:54 a.m. Discuss

Malaysian authorities announced two more arrests Thursday in the death of the North Korean leader's half brother.

The world in brief

updated: 02/17/2017 2:47 a.m. Discuss

Baghdad car-lot blast fatal to 55

Pentagon: Used depleted-uranium rounds in ISIS raids

posted: 02/17/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

Months after the Pentagon said it wouldn’t use a type of armor-piercing ammunition that has been blamed for long-term health complications, U.S. aircraft fired thousands of the rounds during two high-profile air raids in Syria in November 2015, the Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday.

At least 75 die in blast at Pakistani Sufi shrine

posted: 02/17/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

A suicide bomber turned a spiritual dance celebration at a religious shrine into a slaughterhouse Thursday, killing at least 75 people and wounding more than 250 in the worst act of terrorism to hit Pakistan in months.

Islamic State attack on Pakistan shrine kills 75

posted: 02/16/2017 1:19 p.m. Discuss

KARACHI, Pakistan — The death toll from an Islamic State suicide bombing at a famous shrine in Pakistan has climbed to 75, with another 200 people wounded.

Foreign ministers from 20 of world's leading nations meet in Germany

posted: 02/16/2017 11:24 a.m. Discuss

BONN, Germany — Foreign ministers from 20 of the world's leading nations met Thursday in the former German capital to discuss current conflicts and ways to prevent future crises against a backdrop of uncertainty among allies and adversaries over the direction of U.S. foreign policy.

3 arrested in death of North Korean leader's half brother in Malaysia; autopsy completed

updated: 02/16/2017 10:24 a.m. Discuss

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian authorities announced two more arrests Thursday in the death of the North Korean leader's half brother, whose apparent assassination this week unleashed a wave of speculation and intrigue: a pair of female assailants, a broad-daylight killing and a dictator-sibling out for blood.

U.S. shifts on Mideast 2-state bid

posted: 02/16/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both declined to commit to the internationally accepted recipe of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a diplomatic shift for both governments.

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