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The Latest: France also urges ceasefire in Syria's Ghouta

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:58:29 GMT2018-02-21T21:58:29Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the Syrian civil war (all times local):...



Mexico finds illegal avocado plantation in Monarch reserve

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:53:32 GMT2018-02-21T21:53:32Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican environmental inspectors said Wednesday they found 7.4 acres (3 hectares) of illegal avocado plantations in the Monarch butterfly wintering grounds west of Mexico City....



Ferry explosion injures 25 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:50:26 GMT2018-02-21T21:50:26Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- An explosion ripped through a ferry as it unloaded passengers in the Caribbean beach city of Playa del Carmen on Wednesday, hurting 25 people, but authorities said none of the injuries were life-threatening....



Venezuela opposition demands fair presidential election

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:49:23 GMT2018-02-21T21:49:23Z

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's opposition threatened to boycott an election challenging socialist President Nicolas Maduro unless the government drops a ban on major candidates and takes other steps to ease fears it's rigged, leaders said Wednesday....



The Latest: Brits pays tribute to Manchester bomb victims

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:36:11 GMT2018-02-21T21:36:11Z

LONDON (AP) -- The Latest on the Brit Awards (all times local):...



French government unveils tough measures for asylum-seekers

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:31:41 GMT2018-02-21T21:31:41Z

PARIS (AP) -- French President Emmanuel Macron's government on Wednesday presented a bill to enforce tougher immigration rules, decried by human rights organizations as repressive toward asylum-seekers....



Argentina truckers gridlock traffic to protest Macri reforms

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:26:58 GMT2018-02-21T21:26:58Z

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Argentines joined a demonstration on Wednesday organized by truckers and other labor unions in the first major protest so far this year against President Mauricio Macri's austerity measures....



Trump Jr: 'Nonsense' that family's profiting from presidency

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:20:44 GMT2018-02-21T21:20:44Z

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Donald Trump Jr. said that any talk of his family profiting from his father's presidency is "nonsense" during a trip to India that has raised ethical concerns about using the name of the American president to promote international business ventures....



Brit Awards adopt white rose symbol to signal 'Time's Up'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:16:50 GMT2018-02-21T21:16:50Z

LONDON (AP) -- Homegrown London talents Stormzy and Dua Lipa were among winners at Wednesday's Brit Awards, where many music stars wore white roses to support campaigns against sexual harassment and assault....



Vandalism, violent incidents mark Italy's election campaign

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:12:37 GMT2018-02-21T21:12:37Z

ROME (AP) -- More acts of vandalism, intimidation and violence have been taking place during Italy's tense election campaign, including a bullet placed in mail destined for a candidate for Parliament, and the knifing of two people affixing campaign posters....



Hospitals overwhelmed by bombing blitz of Damascus suburbs

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:03:26 GMT2018-02-21T21:03:26Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- Doctors in Syria's rebel-controlled suburbs of Damascus said Wednesday they were unable to keep up with the staggering number of casualties, amid a ferocious bombing campaign by government forces that has targeted hospitals, apartment blocks and other civilian sites, killing and wounding hundreds of people in recent days....



Top Greek politicians facing probe over pharma scandal

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:47:07 GMT2018-02-21T20:47:07Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- In a heated debate set to last more than 14 hours, Greek lawmakers were to decide on whether to launch an investigation into 10 senior politicians, including two former prime ministers, over allegations they were involved in a pharmaceutical bribery scandal....



50 girls missing from Nigerian town after Boko Haram attack

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:40:55 GMT2018-02-21T20:40:55Z

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- About 50 young women remained missing Wednesday after Boko Haram extremists attacked a village in northern Nigeria that is home to a boarding school for girls, provoking fears that they may have met the same fate as those kidnapped from the town of Chibok nearly four years ago....



At least 44 dead as bus veers off cliff in Peru

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:36:14 GMT2018-02-21T20:36:14Z

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- A double-deck bus ran off the Panamerican Highway and tumbled 200 meters (about 650 feet) down a cliff in southern Peru on Wednesday, and police said at least 44 people died....



Russia criticizes Western pressure to turn away from Moscow

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:30:38 GMT2018-02-21T20:30:38Z

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Russia's foreign minister on Wednesday criticized Western policies toward his country, blasting the European Union for failing to maintain good relations with Moscow despite the divisions over Ukraine and many other issues....



Protests in Greece swell against property auctions

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:57:37 GMT2018-02-21T19:57:37Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's powerful Communist Party has vowed to step up protests against online auctions of homes with defaulted mortgages, putting more pressure on the government which has promised bailout creditors it will speed up the auction process....



US lawmakers say it's time to restore staff at Cuba embassy

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:54:49 GMT2018-02-21T19:54:49Z

HAVANA (AP) -- U.S. lawmakers visiting Cuba urged the State Department on Wednesday to restore embassy staff pulled from the country last year in response to mysterious ailments among diplomats and their families....



Vatican sex abuse investigator hospitalized in Chile

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:40:01 GMT2018-02-21T19:40:01Z

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- The special envoy sent by Pope Francis to investigate allegations that a bishop had covered up sex abuse underwent gallbladder surgery Wednesday in Chile, church officials said....



Authorities in northern Nigeria say as many as 50 girls remain missing after an attack by ...

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:31:30 GMT2018-02-21T19:31:30Z

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Authorities in northern Nigeria say as many as 50 girls remain missing after an attack by Boko Haram extremists....



2 French soldiers killed in Mali by explosive device

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:27:28 GMT2018-02-21T19:27:28Z

PARIS (AP) -- Two members of a French counter-terrorism force in Mali were killed on Wednesday when their armored vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in a border region with Niger, authorities said....



Polish kidnap suspect says British model agreed to plot

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:17:43 GMT2018-02-21T19:17:43Z

MILAN (AP) -- A Polish man charged with kidnapping a British model for ransom testified Wednesday that she agreed to the scheme in a bid to boost her career, denying his previous statements to investigators that he was trying to make money so he could seek treatment for leukemia....



Egypt arrests 6 on a farm owned by Islamist politician

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:50:32 GMT2018-02-21T18:50:32Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's official news agency says police have arrested six suspected Muslim Brotherhood members on a farm allegedly owned by a recently detained Islamist politician....



Former UN chief says Koreas dialogue must be kept alive

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:43:35 GMT2018-02-21T18:43:35Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the dialogue between the two Koreas that began during the Winter Olympics must be kept alive so it can hopefully lead to reconciliation, peace and denuclearization of North Korea....



Mexican front-runner promotes 'well-being of the soul'

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:35:28 GMT2018-02-21T18:35:28Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Religion has been the electrified "third rail" of Mexican politics since anti-clerical laws in the 1920s sparked a bloody uprising by Catholics in which thousands died....



State witness turning point in Netanyahu corruption case

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:23:37 GMT2018-02-21T18:23:37Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Now that one of Benjamin Netanyahu's closest confidants has turned state witness, according to Israeli media reports Wednesday, it may mark a turning point for the beleaguered prime minister facing a slew of corruption allegations that could topple him from power....



Watchdog group: Countries move too slowly against corruption

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:15:32 GMT2018-02-21T18:15:32Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Corruption continues to be a global problem and the majority of countries are moving too slowly in their efforts to combat it, a watchdog group said Wednesday....



US Jewish group sparks anger in Poland with Holocaust video

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:04:38 GMT2018-02-21T18:04:38Z

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A prominent Jewish-American foundation sparked outrage in Poland and beyond on Wednesday with a video calling on the United States to sever its ties with Poland to protest a controversial new Holocaust law, and by repeatedly using the historically inaccurate term "Polish Holocaust."...



Macedonia replaces road signs in goodwill gesture to Greece

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:47:37 GMT2018-02-21T17:47:37Z

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Macedonian authorities began replacing road signs Wednesday on the country's main highway named by the previous government after the ancient warrior king Alexander the Great, in a goodwill gesture toward neighboring Greece....



Bank of England's Carney predicts UK living standards boost

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:31:03 GMT2018-02-21T17:31:03Z

LONDON (AP) -- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney sought Wednesday to quantify the short-term hit of Brexit to British households, but expressed hope that living standards will finally start to improve this year following a period of rising inflation....



Liberia's new president pays visit to France

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:04:52 GMT2018-02-21T17:04:52Z

PARIS (AP) -- Newly-elected Liberian President George Weah and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have announced the creation of a fund to support sport projects in Africa....



Mexican network fires producer after actress' allegation

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:03:24 GMT2018-02-21T17:03:24Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's largest television network said Wednesday it has severed ties with independent producer Gustavo Loza after actress Karla Souza said she was raped early in her career by a producer she did not name....



UK Supreme Court: Police liable for failings in rapist case

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:58:38 GMT2018-02-21T16:58:38Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police can be held liable for failing to bring serious criminals to justice - a judgment that could open U.K. forces to a wave of lawsuits from victims....



AP Exclusive: Migrant recounts his deportation from Israel

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:54:26 GMT2018-02-21T16:54:26Z

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. He could not return to Eritrea, a country he risked his life to flee in 2010. He hoped to avoid the fate of compatriots who languished in a desert jail for illegally staying in Israel....



German court hands 'Laserman' life sentence for 1992 killing

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:46:46 GMT2018-02-21T16:46:46Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A German court on Wednesday sentenced a Swedish man to life in prison for fatally shooting a woman in Frankfurt 26 years ago....



President says Egypt 'scored a goal' with Israel gas deal

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:42:43 GMT2018-02-21T16:42:43Z

CAIRO (AP) -- The Egyptian president declared on Wednesday that his country "scored a goal" by signing a $15 billion deal with an Israeli company to supply natural gas that will help turn Egypt into a regional energy hub....



AP PHOTOS: Bolivians pick their Andean god of abundance

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:35:28 GMT2018-02-21T16:35:28Z

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Juan Ricaldi may not yet be rich, but he's the very image of the god of abundance in the eyes of celebrating devotees in the Bolivian capital....



Amid a flood of plastic, big companies try to clean up image

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:32:43 GMT2018-02-21T16:32:43Z

LONDON (AP) -- Once a month, accountant Michael Byrne pulls on his rubber boots and makes his way to a spot on the banks of the River Thames....



European space probe prepares to sniff Martian atmosphere

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:17:01 GMT2018-02-21T16:17:01Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A European space probe has swung into position around Mars in preparation to analyze its atmosphere for possible signs of life....



Madrid art fair yanks photo exhibit amid political spat

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:00:52 GMT2018-02-21T16:00:52Z

MADRID (AP) -- Madrid's International Contemporary Art Fair on Wednesday yanked a photo exhibition called "Political Prisoners in Contemporary Spain," prompting charges of censorship against the government-funded body which operates the event venue....



Bahrain sentences prominent activist to 5 years in prison

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:59:13 GMT2018-02-21T15:59:13Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A prominent human rights activist in Bahrain was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison over tweets alleging prison torture in his country and misconduct in Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen, despite wide international criticism of his trial....



US says drone strike in Somalia kills 3 al-Shabab extremists

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:48:49 GMT2018-02-21T15:48:49Z

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- The United States military says it has carried out a drone strike against al-Shabab extremists in Somalia, killing three "terrorists."...



Scientists in Germany improve malaria drug production

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:34:24 GMT2018-02-21T15:34:24Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Scientists in Germany who developed a new way to make a key malaria drug several years ago said Wednesday they have come up with a technique to make the process even more efficient, which should increase global access and reduce the cost....



The Latest: Bjoergen becomes most decorated Winter Olympian

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:28:13 GMT2018-02-21T15:28:13Z

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) -- The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):...



Latvian official misses ECB meeting as investigation deepens

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:23:09 GMT2018-02-21T15:23:09Z

RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- Latvia's banking chief missed a meeting Wednesday of the European Central Bank's top council, amid a suspected corruption scandal that is rattling confidence in the Baltic state's political and financial world....



Spain: Judge orders arrest of separatist if she returns

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:21:24 GMT2018-02-21T15:21:24Z

MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish judge on Tuesday ordered the arrest of a leading Catalan separatist politician if she returns to Spain from Switzerland, where she has moved to avoid a judicial inquiry....



Drought over: US women win 1st Olympic cross-country medal

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:11:44 GMT2018-02-21T15:11:44Z

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) -- As she headed up the steepest, most grueling hill of her life in third place, Jessica Diggins thought to herself just winning an Olympic medal was no longer good enough....



Explosion at bank in northern Myanmar kills 2, wounds 21

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:11:26 GMT2018-02-21T15:11:26Z

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A bomb exploded Wednesday in a bank in the northern city of Lashio, a region where there is fighting between the government and ethnic minority guerrillas, killing two people and injuring 21 others, Myanmar authorities said....



South Africa's FM under scrutiny ahead of Cabinet reshuffle

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:59:00 GMT2018-02-21T14:59:00Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's finance minister has announced the first increase in the value-added tax in a quarter-century as the country seeks to bring in new revenue....



Pakistan's top court rules against disqualified PM Sharif

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:58:26 GMT2018-02-21T14:58:26Z

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, declaring that anyone disqualified from holding office cannot serve as head of a political party....



Turkey to develop unmanned tanks, president says

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:39:33 GMT2018-02-21T14:39:33Z

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's president says the country will develop unmanned tanks to minimize risks to soldiers in combat....