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  • South African court rules against ICC withdrawal

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:44:40 GMT

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African court has ruled that the government's decision to withdraw from the International Criminal Court was unconstitutional.

  • GOP members of Congress face Trump foes at town halls

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:41:26 GMT

    BLACKSTONE, Va. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. David Brat, who rode voter anger to a historic political upset nearly three years ago, was on the receiving end of constituent angst about the Trump administration as he held a town hall in Virginia.

  • South African court rules that government's decision to withdraw from International Criminal Court is unconstitutional.

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:39:50 GMT

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African court rules that government's decision to withdraw from International Criminal Court is unconstitutional.

  • Police: Suspects in N. Korean death coated hands with poison

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:27:53 GMT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The two women suspected of fatally poisoning a scion of North Korea's ruling family were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals then wipe them on his face, police in Malaysia said Wednesday, announcing they were seeking a North Korean diplomat in connection with the attack.

  • Conservative forces clash in Trump's early days

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:23:55 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Milo Yiannopoulos represented the conservative movement's struggle with powerful and conflicting forces in the early days of Donald Trump's presidency, even before he lost his job and speaking slot in this week's Conservative Political Action Conference.

  • 'It saved my life': Talk of Obamacare repeal worries addicts

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:19:56 GMT

    CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (AP) — While the Affordable Care Act has brought health coverage to millions of Americans, the effects have been profound, even lifesaving, for some of those caught up in the nation's opioid-addiction crisis.

  • US shutting down Dakota Access oil pipeline protest camp

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:19:12 GMT

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers' plan to close a Dakota Access pipeline protest camp that's been around for more than six months isn't likely to be the demise of on-the-ground opposition in North Dakota.

  • Trump admin lays out new approach to illegal immigration

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:13:55 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump the presidential candidate made no secret of his desire to crack down on illegal immigration, but once elected, he repeatedly offered varying interpretations of just how tough he would be in the White House.

  • The Latest: North Korea says women suspects should be freed

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:12:29 GMT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Un's half brother, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (all times local):

  • Egypt activist out of prison but still only half free

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:03:57 GMT

    CAIRO (AP) — It's that time of day — just before 6 p.m. to be exact — when Ahmed Maher must leave his family and spend the night in a tiny room in the local police station. It's a grim routine that will likely define the life of the iconic "revolutionary" for the next three years.

  • North Korean diplomats urge immediate release of "innocent females" arrested in airport death

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:56:38 GMT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — North Korean diplomats urge immediate release of "innocent females" arrested in airport death .

  • Gang member accused in officer's slaying was on probation

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:46:28 GMT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials say a California criminal justice reform initiative played no role in the length of the prison sentence of a gang member who is accused of shooting two police officers, one of whom died.

  • Mexicans weigh the daunting prospect of deportee camps

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:19:57 GMT

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans fear deportee and refugee camps could be popping up along their northern border under the Trump administration's plan to start deporting to Mexico all Latin Americans and others who entered the U.S. illegally through this country.

  • Turkey detains 35 IS suspects in Istanbul raids

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:18:30 GMT

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says anti-terrorism police in Istanbul have detained 35 people suspected of links to the Islamic State group.

  • Long road ahead for justice and accountability in Syria

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:04:17 GMT

    GENEVA (AP) — A fresh round of Syrian peace talks is set to begin in Geneva on Thursday. And while the U.N-sponsored talks may represent the best opportunity in years to make progress toward an end to the conflict, the burning question for many Syria observers is whether justice will be sacrificed in the name of peace.

  • Asian stocks drift higher as investors await Fed minutes

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:59:30 GMT

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were mixed with subdued movements on Wednesday, getting little push from Wall Street's record high overnight, as investors awaited the Fed's latest meeting minutes due later in the day for clues about the U.S. central bank's views on interest rates.

  • Experts: Science behind 'abortion reversal' is flawed

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 06:31:06 GMT

    CHICAGO (AP) — Lawmakers in several states are considering requirements for doctors to inform women seeking medical abortions about an unproven procedure called "abortion reversal."

  • Even at anything-goes Carnival, these lyrics raise eyebrows

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:00:53 GMT

    SAO PAULO (AP) — The typical notion of Carnival in Brazil is that anything goes: no headdress too big, no outfit too small, no song too ribald. This year, some organizers of the world's best known street party are saying: "Enough!" At least to the lyrics.

  • Philippines to deport convicted US pedophile

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:34:51 GMT

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' Bureau of Immigration said Wednesday it had arrested a convicted American pedophile wanted by U.S. authorities for a string of crimes.

  • The Latest: Son of slain N. Korean not in Malaysia: police

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 04:17:59 GMT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Un's half brother, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (all times local):

  • The Latest: N. Korean embassy official sought in Kim killing

    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:54:48 GMT

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Un's half brother, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (all times local):