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February 10, 2016 - 8:57pm
1 day 14 hours ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his military chief executed for corruption.

If true, the execution of Ri Yong Gil would be the latest in a series of killings, purges and dismissals since Kim took power in late 2011.

Details about North Korea's opaque government are notoriously difficult for outsiders to get, even national governments, and South Korean officials have a spotty record of tracking...

February 10, 2016 - 8:45pm
1 day 14 hours ago

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's deputy prime minister has announced he plans to retire, with the prime minister likely to announce a cabinet reshuffle before elections due this year.

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, who is minister for regional development and infrastructure, told Parliament on Thursday he will retire at the next election.

Truss also resigned as leader of The Nationals party, the government's junior coalition partner. His...

February 10, 2016 - 6:10pm
1 day 14 hours ago

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Police say two female backpackers from Europe have been savagely attacked on a remote Australian beach by a traveling companion they had met hours earlier.

A 59-year-old Australian man was charged Wednesday with a string of offenses including attempted murder and unlawful sexual intercourse following the attack that left both women, aged in their 20s, in hospital.

The court suppressed the man's name and police have not...

February 10, 2016 - 6:09pm
1 day 14 hours ago

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The prosecution has requested that Chad's former dictator Hissene Habre be sentenced to life imprisonment if convicted of crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes in an unprecedented trial in which one African country is prosecuting the former ruler of another.

Senegal prosecutor Mbacke Fall made the recommendation Wednesday after his closing arguments. He also requested Habre's assets be confiscated.

The Extraordinary...

February 10, 2016 - 6:03pm
1 day 14 hours ago

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's Supreme Court has ordered a lower tribunal to open a civil prosecution against former President Mauricio Funes for possible illicit enrichment.

Wednesday's ruling also freezes Funes' bank accounts and the titles to eight automobiles in his and a son's names.

The civil case does not involve criminal charges.

Nine of the 15 justices voted for the ruling after considering a report...

February 10, 2016 - 4:23pm
1 day 14 hours ago

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's army says it has arrested two soldiers trying to ferry a large quantity of arms and ammunition to Boko Haram Islamic extremists.

Army spokesman Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman says the two worked in an explosive ordinance unit and may have trained insurgents in bomb-making.

Usman made the announcement Wednesday when he told journalists that in recent days the military has killed 35 extremists and rescued about 300 civilians...

February 10, 2016 - 4:18pm
1 day 14 hours ago

MUNICH (AP) — U.S. officials say Russia has proposed a March 1 ceasefire in Syria, but the United States believes the fighting must stop immediately.

One official says the U.S. believes the Russians are giving themselves and the Syrian military on the ground three weeks to launch harsher attacks on opposition forces.

And the U.S. is worried that the opposition could suffer irreversible losses in northern and southern Syria.


February 10, 2016 - 4:05pm
1 day 14 hours ago

ROME (AP) — Prosecutors say police in Italy and abroad have arrested more than 100 suspected Laudani Cosa Nostra members, dealing a heavy blow to the Mafia clan which has terrified businesses in the Catania area on Sicily for years.

Throughout Wednesday, police arrested 103 of 109 suspected members of the clan who were sought on warrants for extortion and other crimes. Among those arrested are three women accused of managing so-called "protection" money systematically...

February 10, 2016 - 1:43pm
1 day 15 hours ago

PARIS (AP) — A French court has postponed the trial of a former French budget minister accused of tax fraud and money laundering until September, to give higher courts time to decide a legal issue raised by his lawyers.

The much-awaited trial of Jerome Cahuzac, a one-time champion in the fight against tax evasion, started Monday but was adjourned Wednesday before any debate could be held on the fraud case itself.

On the opening day, his lawyers...

February 10, 2016 - 1:31pm
1 day 15 hours ago

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Health and rescue officials say two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeast Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 56 people.

They say a further 78 people are being treated for wounds in the twin explosions Tuesday morning in a camp of some 50,000 people driven from their homes by the Boko Haram Islamic uprising.

Officials blamed the extremists for the bombings at Dikwa, 85 kilometers (55 miles) northeast...

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