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  • Palestinians attack Gaza UN compound after aid suspended

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Dozens of Palestinians attacked a United Nations compound in Gaza City following the world body's suspension of an aid program for victims of last year's war. The Palestinians involved in the Wednesday incident were protesting the decision to halt aid because of a shortfall of funding from donor countries. The...

  • Man hid cocaine inside prosthetic leg in his car, police say

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Police say a Delaware drug suspect went out on a limb to transport a stash of cocaine, but he was busted when officers discovered the drug hidden inside his prosthetic leg. Dover Police say 39-year-old Marlow Holmes was arrested Monday afternoon during a traffic stop. They said police dogs alerted officers to the presence of...

  • Libyan group loyal to Islamic State claims hotel attack

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility Wednesday for an attack on a Tripoli luxury hotel that killed 10 people, including an American and four Europeans. The group, calling itself "Islamic State in Tripoli Province," said it launched the attack Tuesday to avenge the death of Abu...

  • Video: UPS driver throws box, urinates against Texas house

    HOUSTON (AP) — A UPS driver has been fired after a Houston homeowner posted security video that shows the delivery man throwing a parcel over a gate and urinating against a house. UPS officials apologized to homeowner Ben Lucas for the Jan. 8 incident. Lucas said Tuesday that he checked his surveillance video after finding that the parcel was...

  • After being hit by car Tampa cat crawls back from grave

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — If cats have nine lives, Bart the black and white feline from Tampa, Florida, has certainly used up one. The Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/1y4JxZZ ) reports that when 1 ½-year-old Bart was hit by a car earlier this month, owner Ellis Hutson was so distraught he couldn't stand the thought of burying the cat. So he asked...

  • Bahrain opposition leader denies charges as trial opens

    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A lawyer for the head of Bahrain's leading Shiite opposition group says the cleric has denied all charges against him at the start of a closely watched trial in the strategic Gulf island nation. Defense attorney Jalila al-Sayed said Ali Salman was allowed to briefly meet his wife and appeared in court wearing his...

  • Bill would grant war powers to fight Islamic State militants

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel is introducing a bill to authorize President Barack Obama's war against the Islamic State group. Congressman Adam Schiff of California says he wants to spark debate in Congress over a new authorization to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and says lawmakers...

  • Extremists rampage in northeast Nigeria, no troops fighting

    YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Residents say Islamic extremists are rampaging through villages in northeast Nigeria's Adamawa state and no troops have deployed to protect civilians. They say more than 40 people have been killed in seven villages, houses and mosques have been burned down and businesses and homes looted this week. State legislator Adamu...

  • Russian govt details spending cuts in view of crisis

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian government, facing its worst economic crisis in a decade, on Wednesday detailed how it intends to cut spending over the next three years in all parts of the economy except military and social programs. Russia's economy has been battered by lower energy prices, a collapse in the value of the ruble and Western sanctions...

  • Russia considers condemning "annexation" of East Germany

    MOSCOW (AP) — The speaker of the Russian Duma has asked a parliamentary committee to study a proposal to condemn the reunification of Germany in 1990. Sergei Naryshkin earlier this week faced scathing criticism of Russia's annexation of Crimean peninsula when he spoke at the Parliament Assembly of Europe. Russian news agencies say Communist...

  • One-day strikes planned for Duesseldorf, Cologne airports

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's ver.di trade union says private security personnel at the country's Duesseldorf and Cologne-Bonn airports will stage a one-day warning strike Thursday in an ongoing dispute over wages. Union representative Andrea Becker told the dpa news agency Wednesday that after three unsuccessful rounds of talks, ver.di hopes to put...

  • Pope warns of 'absentee fathers' in new chapter on family

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging fathers to be more involved in the lives of their children, warning that many problems adolescents run into can be traced to "absentee fathers" who are physically at home but don't take time to actually be with their kids. Francis has frequently praised the role mothers play in families, but turned...

  • Thailand summons US diplomat over critical remarks

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military government summoned the U.S. charge d'affairs for talks on Wednesday after a top U.S. diplomat roiled the junta during a visit by calling for an end to martial law and saying the impeachment of a former prime minister could be politically motivated. Daniel Russel, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for...

  • Amal Clooney on legal team in Armenian genocide case

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Lawyer Amal Clooney is going before Europe's top human rights court to argue against a man convicted for denying the 1915 Armenian genocide. Clooney is arguing on an appeal before the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights, which ruled in favor of the man, Dogu Perincek, in December 2013. Perincek argued his...

  • Lawyer: Sri Lankan gov't reinstates impeached chief justice

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The new Sri Lankan government has temporarily reinstated the chief justice whose impeachment two years ago was condemned internationally as an arbitrary political move, the country's bar association leader said Wednesday. The government recognized Shirani Bandaranayke as the legitimate chief justice because her...

  • Malaysia to issue interim report on missing plane on March 7

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Civil aviation authorities in Malaysia will release a required report on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 a day before the one-year anniversary, but it won't have any conclusion on what happened because the search is ongoing. The report to be released March 7 will focus on investigations into the...

  • China criticizes Alibaba in report withheld until after IPO

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese regulators accused e-commerce giant Alibaba of permitting sales of fake goods and hurting consumers in a report that was withheld until now to avoid disrupting the company's U.S. stock market debut. Alibaba, one of China's biggest private companies, responded Wednesday with a statement accusing the regulator of bias and...

  • Court: Man admits setting fire on bus in China, injuring 33

    BEIJING (AP) — A man admitted on Wednesday that he set a fire that spread through a bus in eastern China and injured 33, entering his plea from a hospital bed wheeled into a courtroom because of his own injuries in the blaze, a court said. Bao Laixu said he started the fire last July in the city of Hangzhou to take revenge against society and...

  • Trans-Pacific balloon crew: It's like camping in the sky

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An international team is piloting the helium-filled Two Eagles balloon across the Pacific Ocean in an effort to break a pair of major ballooning records. Five things to know about the challenge: THE GOAL. Accomplished balloon pilots Troy Bradley, of Albuquerque, and Leonid Tiukhtyaev (too-kh-TY'-yev) of Russia,...

  • Famed SC civil rights protesters to have records erased

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nine black men are getting a new day in court in South Carolina, 54 years after they served a month of hard labor for ordering food at a whites-only lunch counter. A prosecutor is expected to ask a judge to vacate the trespassing and breach-of-peace convictions of the men known as the Friendship Nine. Eight Friendship...

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