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February 18, 2015 - 5:05am
1 week 3 days ago

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland says it will pay 230,000 euros ($262,000) in compensation to two terror suspects held at a CIA secret prison that Poland agreed to host from 2002-2003.

Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna made the statement Wednesday after the European Court of Human Rights rejected Poland's appeal of its earlier ruling.

The court ruled in July that Poland violated the rights of two terror suspects — Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and Abu...

February 18, 2015 - 4:49am
1 week 3 days ago

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's defense minister says he will investigate a senior officer's comment that an Indian coast guard vessel had destroyed a Pakistani "terror boat" late last year, contradicting the ministry's position that the men on board blew up their own boat.

The Indian Express newspaper reported Wednesday that coast guard officer B.K. Loshali had said he had given the order to blow up the boat. Loshali later said he had been misquoted, but the newspaper released...

February 18, 2015 - 4:01am
1 week 2 days ago

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis says Greece's request for a loan extension from other eurozone countries will be worded in such a way as to be acceptable to both the Greek and European sides of the divide.

The issue of Greece requesting an extension to its bailout has been a major sticking point in teetering negotiations between the new Greek government and the rest of the 19-member eurozone, with Greece's future in the joint currency at stake....

February 18, 2015 - 3:57am
1 week 3 days ago

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A special tribunal dealing with war crimes involving Bangladesh's 1971 independence war has convicted and sentenced a leading war collaborator to death for crimes including mass killing, arson and looting.

The head judge of a three-member panel, Obaidul Hasan, delivered the verdict Wednesday in a packed courtroom in the nation's capital, Dhaka, against 79-year-old Abdus Subhan of the Jamaat-e-Islami political party.

Subhan is...

February 18, 2015 - 3:54am
1 week 3 days ago

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's unpopular Beijing-backed leader has called on residents of the southern Chinese city, rocked last year by months of pro-democracy protests, to be more like "mild and gentle" sheep.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said in his Lunar New Year message Wednesday that after a year "rife with differences and conflicts," he hoped Hong Kongers would "take inspiration from the sheep's character and pull together" for the city's future....

February 18, 2015 - 3:48am
1 week 3 days ago

BERLIN (AP) — Swiss prosecutors say they've opened a money-laundering investigation against a local subsidiary of HSBC following a report that the bank turned a blind eye to illegal activities of arms dealers and traders in blood diamond traders while helping rich people evade taxes.

Geneva prosecutors said the premises of HSBC's Swiss private bank in the city were searched on Wednesday. They said in a statement that they opened an investigation into suspected aggravated...

February 18, 2015 - 3:34am
1 week 3 days ago

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The brother of detained Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian says a new lawyer chosen by the family has been unable to meet with the Iranian-American journalist to complete formalities that would allow him to represent him.

Ali Rezaian told The Associated Press on Wednesday that defense attorney Masoud Shafiei has tried unsuccessfully three times in recent days to meet with the journalist, who must personally sign paperwork to...

February 18, 2015 - 3:23am
1 week 3 days ago

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The defense attorney for those convicted of attacking the U.S. embassy in 2012 says a Tunisian court has handed down new, stiffer penalties.

Attorney Anwar Ouled Ali said Wednesday that the court handed down two-year sentences to six of the convicted attackers and three-year sentences to the 14 tried in absentia.

Hundreds stormed the U.S. embassy in Tunis on Sept. 14, 2012 in response to a U.S. film deemed insulting to Islam,...

February 18, 2015 - 2:51am
1 week 3 days ago

CAIRO (AP) — In Egypt, hundreds of thousands of Muslims are celebrating the birthday of a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

The Moulid al-Hussein celebration is one of the largest in Egypt, which draws worshippers from all over the country and takes place at Al-Hussein mosque in Cairo. Families enjoy carnival rides and food, as well as solemnly mark the day with prayer at the mosque. Those who couldn't enter the mosque pressed themselves Tuesday night into its gate for...

February 18, 2015 - 2:39am
1 week 2 days ago

ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president says six servicemen were killed during the withdrawal from the fiercely contested town of Debaltseve.

The Interfax news agency also cited Petro Poroshenko as telling a meeting of the national security council late Wednesday that more than 100 were injured in the pullout.

Poroshenko earlier in the day announced the withdrawal from the town where Ukrainian forces had been under intense siege from Russia-...

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