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Brex-split: 7 lawmakers quit Labour over EU, anti-Semitism

Seven British lawmakers have quit the main opposition Labour over its approach to Brexit and anti-Semitism, in the biggest shakeup in years to Britain’s main political parties


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 18, 2019, 6:39 p.m.

China accuses U.S. of trying to block its tech development

China’s government on Monday accused the United States of trying to block its industrial development by alleging that Chinese mobile network gear poses a cybersecurity threat to countries rolling out …


Haitians seek water, food as businesses reopen after protest

Businesses and government offices slowly reopened across Haiti on Monday after more than a week of violent demonstrations over prices that have doubled for food, gas and other basic goods …


First private Israel lunar mission launching from Florida this week

A nonprofit Israeli consortium said Monday that it hopes to make history this week by launching the first private spacecraft to land on the moon.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 18, 2019, 6:45 p.m.

Ancient site linked to Caesar’s murder to open to public

A complex of ancient temples in Rome that are linked to the scene of Julius Caesar’s murder will be opened to the public.


Kashmir tensions increase as 7 killed in fighting

Tensions escalated in the aftermath of a suicide attack in disputed Kashmir, with seven people killed Monday in a gunbattle that broke out as Indian soldiers scoured the area for …


Brex-split: 7 lawmakers quit Labour over EU, anti-Semitism

Seven British lawmakers quit the main opposition Labour Party on Monday over its approach to issues including Brexit and anti-Semitism – the biggest shake-up in years for one of Britain’s …


Besieged IS militants refuse to surrender, ask for an exit

More than 300 Islamic State militants surrounded in a tiny area in eastern Syria are refusing to surrender to U.S.-backed forces and are trying to negotiate an exit, Syrian activists …


‘Taking their last breath’: Once-dominant

Once in control of about a third of Syria and Iraq, Islamic State militants now are down to what officials describe as a small tented village atop a network of …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 17, 2019, 9:59 p.m.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe remains mum on reports he nominated President Donald Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his chief spokesman declined Monday to say if Abe had nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize, though they praised Trump for …


Family: U.K. teen who joined Islamic State has baby in Syria

Relatives of a British teen who ran away with other London schoolgirls to join the Islamic State extremist group says she has given birth to a baby boy in Syria …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019, 9:36 p.m.

Merkel defends Iran deal, multilateralism but Pence resists

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has robustly defended European powers’ decision to stand by the Iran nuclear deal, but U.S. Vice President Mike Pence promptly accused Europe of once again undermining …


Bombshell book alleges a Vatican gay subculture, hypocrisy

A gay French writer has lifted the lid on what he calls one of the world’s largest gay communities, the Vatican, estimating that most of its prelates are homosexually inclined …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 16, 2019, 8:18 p.m.

Vatican defrocks former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

The Vatican says Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession.


U.S. military aircraft to deliver more aid to Venezuela border

The Trump administration is sending another large shipment of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan border in Colombia, for the first time using U.S. military aircraft as it increases pressure on …


Maduro reveals secret meetings with US envoy

A month into Venezuela’s high-stakes political crisis, President Nicolas Maduro revealed in an Associated Press interview that his government has held secret talks with the Trump administration. He also predicted …


Main suspect in Sweden’s royal jewels heist confesses

The main suspect in the theft of royal funeral artifacts from a Swedish cathedral confessed Friday to stealing them after his DNA was found on the items that were pulled …


Haiti to unveil economic measures to quell violent protests

Haitians on Friday vowed to keep protesting until President Jovenel Moise resigns, despite his announcement of upcoming economic measures designed to quell more than a week of violent demonstrations across …


IS militants cling to last square mile in eastern Syria

Islamic State group militants clung to their last square mile of land in eastern Syria on Thursday with an unknown number of civilians trapped inside, officials said.


Kenya inquest says police killed baby in poll protest

An inquest in Kenya says five police officers are liable for the death of a six-month-old baby who was hit by baton-wielding police during skirmishes following the disputed 2017 presidential …


Car bomb kills 33 Indian soldiers, wounds 20 in Kashmir

At least 33 soldiers were killed and about 20 others wounded Thursday in a car bomb attack on a paramilitary convoy along a key highway in Indian-controlled Kashmir, security officials …


UK’s May suffers embarrassing defeat on Brexit strategy

British Prime Minister Theresa May suffered an embarrassing defeat by lawmakers Thursday in a vote that left her bid to secure a European Union divorce deal stuck between an intransigent …


Trump to warn of ‘dangers of socialism’ in speech

U.S. President Donald Trump will warn of “the dangers of socialism” Monday in a speech in support of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.


Philippine agents arrest journalist critical of president

The award-winning head of a Philippine online news site that has aggressively covered President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration was arrested Wednesday by government agents in a libel case.


Bus plunges into ravine in North Macedonia, killing 13

A bus carrying workers in North Macedonia crashed into a small ravine outside the capital Skopje, killing 13 people and injuring about 30 others Wednesday, the newly renamed European nation’s …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 6:44 p.m.

Ex-Vatican prelate convicted of corruption in smuggling case

Italian news agency ANSA says a monsignor who had worked as a senior Vatican accountant has been convicted of corruption in connection with a failed cash-smuggling plot.


UN court has jurisdiction to hear part of Iran-US dispute

The International Court of Justice ruled Wednesday that it has jurisdiction to hear part of a case brought by Iran against the United States that seeks to claw back around …


UK government downplays suggestion it will seek Brexit delay

On the eve of more divisive votes in Parliament over Brexit, the British government on Wednesday downplayed a report that it plans to offer lawmakers a choice between backing Prime …


State-run news agency in Iran is reporting a suicide bombing in the country’s southeast has killed at least 20 elite Revolutionary Guard personnel and wounded 20

A suicide bombing targeting a bus carrying personnel of Iran’s elite paramilitary Revolutionary Guard force killed at least 20 people and wounded 20 in the country’s southeast, state media reported. …


Polar bears invade Russian town; locals delighted but wary

Russian wildlife specialists are heading for an Arctic archipelago to try to resolve a situation that has both terrified and delighted the locals: Polar bears who have moved into a …