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  • Ukrainian photojournalist killed in shelling in restive east

    26 minutes ago

    (AP) ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian photojournalist has been killed in shelling in eastern Ukraine. Serhiy Nikolayev, a staff photographer for the Segodnya newspaper, was killed Saturday in the village of Pisky, according to Kateryna Perepelitsa, an editor at the ...

  • Iran offers to protect Iraqi artifacts after militant attack

    58 minutes ago

    (AP) TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has offered to safeguard potentially at-risk Iraqi artifacts after a video released by the Islamic State group showed its militants using sledgehammers to smash relics in Iraq's northern city of Mosul. Mohammad Hassan Talebian, a ...

  • German-based anti-Islam group holds first rally in England

    1 hour, 10 minutes ago

    (AP) LONDON (AP) — The German-based anti-Islam group PEGIDA has held its first rally in Britain, sparking scuffles as police tried to keep the group away from counterdemonstrators. Five people have been arrested. Police said Saturday that about 375 people joined ...

  • US Forest Service names new chief at Lake Tahoe

    1 hour, 18 minutes ago

    (AP) SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has a new chief at Lake Tahoe. Jeff Marsolais was named new forest supervisor for the agency's Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. He replaces Nancy Gibson, who retired Jan. 1. ...

  • Nemtsov killing follows slaying of other Kremlin critics

    1 hour, 26 minutes ago

    (AP) MOSCOW (AP) — Prominent Russian opposition figure Boris Nemtsov's killing follows the slaying over the past decade of several other high-profile critics of President Vladimir Putin and his policies. Here is a look at some of the best-known cases. ___ ...

  • Activists say al-Qaida fighters overrun Syrian rebel bases

    2 hours, 6 minutes ago

    (AP) BEIRUT (AP) — Activists and local residents say intense clashes between a Western-backed rebel group and al-Qaida's Syrian affiliate have killed at least 20 fighters on the outskirts of the northern city of Aleppo. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human ...

  • Afghan avalanche death toll rises amid rescue effort

    2 hours, 16 minutes ago

    (AP) KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death toll from a massive avalanche in an Afghan valley rose yet again Saturday as rescue crews cleared roads to try to gain access to rural villages buried under deep snow for days. Mohammad Aslam ...

  • 8 convicted over Harry Winston jewel heists in Paris

    2 hours, 17 minutes ago

    (AP) PARIS (AP) — A defense lawyer says eight people have been convicted in connection with a spectacular 2008 holdup at a Harry Winston jewelry shop in Paris in which three cross-dressing gunmen stole some $92 million in loot. Lawyer Philippe ...

  • UNICEF: Hundreds of South Sudanese boys believed abducted

    2 hours, 23 minutes ago

    (AP) JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The U.N. children's agency says it believes hundreds of children were abducted two weeks ago by an armed group in South Sudan that is believed to have ties with the country's military. UNICEF had previously ...

  • Poland's 'Barbie' candidate dashes hope for left's revival

    2 hours, 28 minutes ago

    (AP) WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's main left-wing party was once a major player. It helped bring Poland into the European Union, sent troops to Iraq and let the CIA operate a secret prison for terror suspects. Today the Democratic Left ...

  • Italy's anti-immigrant movement brings protest rally to Rome

    3 hours, 26 minutes ago

    (AP) ROME (AP) — Thousands of Northern League protesters have poured into Rome from their political base in the north to demand the Italian government keep out immigrants. Matteo Salvini's regional-based party drew 40,000 people a few months ago in Milan ...

  • Report: Egypt court declares Hamas a 'terrorist' group

    3 hours, 40 minutes ago

    (AP) CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state news agency is reporting that a Cairo court has declared Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, a "terrorist organization." The short report Saturday by MENA said the Court For Urgent Matters, presided over by Judge ...

  • Egypt state news agency reports that Egyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization'

    3 hours, 41 minutes ago

    (AP) CAIRO (AP) — Egypt state news agency reports that Egyptian court declares Hamas a 'terrorist organization'

  • Singapore founding father Lee's condition improves slightly

    3 hours, 54 minutes ago

    (AP) SINGAPORE (AP) — Singapore's government says the condition of Lee Kuan Yew, the country's 91-year-old founding father, has improved slightly as he remains on life support in intensive care, where he is being treated for severe pneumonia. A statement from ...

  • Zimbabwe's Mugabe celebrates 91st birthday

    3 hours, 56 minutes ago

    (AP) VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe (AP) — Thousands of people have packed the grounds of a plush hotel in Zimbabwe to celebrate the birthday of President Robert Mugabe, who turned 91 on Feb. 21. Officials on Saturday sang praises to the former ...

  • Cameroonians demonstrate against attacks by Boko Haram

    4 hours, 3 minutes ago

    (AP) YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Thousands of Cameroonian youths say they marched through the capital to show support for the military's battle against Nigeria's Islamic extremists in the country's north. In recent months Nigeria's Boko Haram rebels have crossed the border ...

  • Icelandic volcano eruption ends; threat to aviation reduced

    4 hours, 25 minutes ago

    (AP) REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland officials say the eruption of the Bardarbunga volcano that began in August has come to an end. Officials said Saturday the area will be closely monitored for any changes that might pose a threat to ...

  • Iran official criticizes Israeli leader's 'scaremongering'

    4 hours, 29 minutes ago

    (AP) TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top nuclear negotiator says "scaremongering" by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won't stop the Islamic Republic and world powers from reaching a final nuclear deal. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the world should not ...

  • 3rd man suspected of helping gunman jailed in custody

    4 hours, 54 minutes ago

    (AP) COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A man suspected of providing a bullet-proof jacket to the gunman who killed two people in attacks in Copenhagen has been jailed for 26 days. The 18-year-old man, who cannot be named under a court order, ...

  • Prince William evokes Diana memories in Japan tsunami trip

    5 hours, 47 minutes ago

    (AP) KORIYAMA, Japan (AP) — Britain's Prince William is spending the latter half of his four-day stay in Japan, starting Saturday, in the country's tsunami-ravaged northeast, a visit certain to draw global attention to the stories of survival and continuing suffering ...

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