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February 14, 2016 - 2:09am
1 hour 17 min ago

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United Nations says civilian injuries in Afghanistan's long war with the Taliban rose last year, with women and children again bearing the brunt of the violence.

In a report released Sunday, the U.N. says a total of 3,545 civilians were killed in 2015 as a result of the war. Another 7,457 were wounded, it says.

The figures mark a 4-percent drop in civilian deaths, but a 9-percent rise in civilian injuries, compared to...

February 14, 2016 - 1:32am
1 hour 17 min ago

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Voters in Central African Republic are returning to the polls to cast ballots in a historic presidential runoff vote.

The long awaited election is being held after more than two years of sectarian fighting between Muslim and Christian communities left thousands dead and nearly 1 million people displaced.

Armed U.N. peacekeepers stood guard as voters lined up to vote Sunday in the Fatima neighborhood of the...

February 14, 2016 - 1:11am
1 hour 17 min ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says most of the money it paid to North Korea for the now-shuttered jointly run industrial park was channeled into weapons programs and used to buy luxury goods for the impoverished nation's elite.

In a brief Sunday statement, the South Korean Unification Ministry says about 70 percent of the 616 billion won ($560 million) paid to the North since the park was established in 2004 was used to develop nuclear weapons, missiles and for...

February 14, 2016 - 12:51am
1 hour 17 min ago

NEW DELHI (AP) — India says it is disappointed with the United States' decision to sell eight nuclear-capable F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan and does not believe such an arms transfer would help combat terrorism.

The U.S. ambassador to India, Richard Verma, was summoned Saturday to the External Affairs Ministry where a top bureaucrat conveyed India's displeasure about the deal announced in Washington.

The U.S. government said Friday that it had...

February 13, 2016 - 11:30pm
1 hour 17 min ago

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese nationalist newspaper says Americans politicians are resorting to petty actions after the Senate approved a bill to rename the plaza in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington after an imprisoned Chinese political dissident.

The Communist Party-controlled Global Times on Sunday called the move provocative and says it's intended to outrage Beijing, although China would not consider it a big deal.

Senate Bill 2451, as...

February 13, 2016 - 8:27pm
6 hours 37 min ago

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A magnitude-5.8 earthquake has shaken the New Zealand city of Christchurch but there are no immediate reports of injuries or major damage.

The quake Sunday comes nearly five years after a 2011 earthquake destroyed much of the center of New Zealand's second largest city and killed 185 people.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that Sunday's quake was centered 17 kilometers (11 miles) east of the city at a relatively...

February 13, 2016 - 7:16pm
7 hours 57 min ago

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say they have arrested two heavily armed suspects near the border with Turkey.

A high-ranking security official, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on an ongoing investigation, said the suspects were both Iraqi-born British subjects in their 20s.

The two were arrested Saturday night by coast guard officers near the port of the northeastern...

February 13, 2016 - 5:49pm
8 hours 27 min ago

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu says his country's military fired at Kurdish fighters in northern Syria in response to a provocation along the border.

Davutoglu said late Saturday that Turkish forces retaliated against a Kurdish faction "that presented a threat in Azaz and its environs" in line with the country's rules of engagement.

He accuses the Kurdish People's Protections Units, or YPG, of carrying out "harassing actions"...

February 13, 2016 - 4:53pm
8 hours 27 min ago

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in Puerto Rico say they have arrested the alleged head of an auto theft gang whose other members have been arrested in last month's killing of a prosecutor.

Corrections Secretary Einar Ramos Lopez says 33-year-old James O. "Pilin" Santana Gonzalez was arrested Friday night in a San Juan neighborhood after authorities received a confidential tip.

The suspect had escaped from custody last year and was...

February 13, 2016 - 3:41pm
9 hours 17 min ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek farmers protesting planned tax hikes and pension changes have left a central Athens square where they had been camped out since Friday but are vowing to keep protesting until the government listens.

The farmers, who had set up 68 blockades with tractors and agricultural vehicles on highways across Greece, will convene Monday to decide how to proceed, farmers' representative Vangelis Boutas said. He said they also want measures to lower...

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