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World › Mexico fumes at 'hostile' Trump immigration rules as U.S. talks loom

1 hour 56 min ago
Mexico reacted with anger on Wednesday to what one official called "hostile" new U.S. immigration guidelines as senior Trump administration envoys began arriving in Mexico City for talks on the volatile issue. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security unveiled plans on Tuesday to consider almost all illegal immigrants subject to…

World › Trump administration to lift transgender bathroom guidance

2 hours 6 min ago
The Trump administration will revoke federal guidelines that tell public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity, the White House said Wednesday. The decision would be a reversal of an Obama-era directive advising public schools to grant bathroom access to students in…

World › Malaysia names N Korean diplomat wanted for questioning in murder case

2 hours 10 min ago
Malaysian police on Wednesday named a North Korean diplomat along with a state airline official who are wanted for questioning over the murder of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader. Kim Jong Nam, 46, was killed at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Feb 13, while preparing…

World › Civilians start fleeing homes after Mosul offensive begins

2 hours 11 min ago
A few hundred civilians have fled their homes in the outskirts of western Mosul, the first reported displacement since a U.S.-backed offensive on the jihadists' remaining stronghold there began at the weekend. A Reuters correspondent saw about 200 women and children being transported on buses by federal police on Wednesday…

World › Syria opposition seeks direct negotiations with regime

2 hours 21 min ago
Syria's main opposition group said Wednesday it wanted face-to-face discussions with government representatives, a day before the start of a new round of peace talks in Geneva. "We ask for direct negotiations... It would save time and be proof of seriousness instead of negotiating in (separate) rooms," Salem al-Meslet, spokesman…

World › U.N. needs $4.4 bil for famine relief in four countries

4 hours 19 min ago
U.N. aid agencies need $4.4 billion in emergency funding to address famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday. More than 20 million people face starvation in the four countries and action is needed now to avert a humanitarian disaster, Guterres told a…

World › Suspects in N Korean's murder coated hands with poison

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 05:55
The 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 said Wednesday, announcing they were now seeking a North Korean diplomat in connection with the attack. Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu…

World › New Zealand unveils national memorial for 2011 quake victims

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 03:48
The New Zealand city of Christchurch unveiled a national memorial Wednesday to commemorate the 185 people who died in an earthquake six years ago. Prime Minister Bill English joined other dignitaries to unveil the memorial wall on the anniversary of the 2011 quake. "The earthquake, we saw so dramatically, took…

World › Millions living in U.S. illegally targeted for possible deportation under Trump rules

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 00:10
Millions of people living in the United States illegally could be targeted for deportation — including people simply arrested for traffic violations — under a sweeping rewrite of immigration enforcement policies announced Tuesday by the Trump administration. Any immigrant who is in the country illegally and is charged or convicted…

World › Trump targets many more illegal immigrants for possible deportation

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 22:10
Many more people living in the United States illegally could face rapid deportation — including people simply arrested for traffic violations — under a sweeping rewrite of U.S. immigration enforcement policies announced Tuesday by the Trump administration. Any immigrant who is in the country illegally and is charged or convicted…

World › Trump targets many more immigrants for possible deportation

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 22:10
Many more people living in the United States illegally could face rapid deportation — including people simply arrested for traffic violations — under a sweeping rewrite of U.S. immigration enforcement policies announced Tuesday by the Trump administration. Any immigrant who is in the country illegally and is charged or convicted…

World › Trump denounces anti-Semitism

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 22:05
President Donald Trump on Tuesday condemned recent threats against Jewish community centers in the U.S. as "painful reminders" of lingering prejudice and evil, his first full-throated comments on the rise of anti-Semitic venom after pressure for him to speak out forcefully. With his somewhat delayed denunciation, Trump sought to reset…

World › Bodies of 74 migrants heading to Europe wash up in Libya

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 21:48
At least 74 bodies of African migrants have washed ashore in western Libya, the Libyan Red Crescent said Tuesday, the latest tragedy at sea along a perilous but increasingly popular trafficking route to Europe. The bodies were found near the western Libyan city of Zawiya on Monday, Red Crescent spokesman…

World › Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State set to storm airport, clear way to western Mosul

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 21:45
U.S.-backed Iraqi forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul prepared on Tuesday to storm the airport and a nearby military base on its southern outskirts to create a bridgehead for a thrust into the city. Since ousting the militant group from eastern Mosul last month, Iraqi…

World › U.S.-backed fighters advance on IS in Syria's east

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 21:42
An alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters seized more than a dozen villages in eastern Syria on Tuesday in their drive to encircle the Islamic State group bastion of Raqa. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) made a major incursion into the oil-rich province of Deir Ezzor as part of…

World › More tests needed on Russian U.N. ambassador's cause of death

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 21:29
Medical examiners who performed an autopsy on Russia's ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday that more tests are needed to determine how and why he fell ill in his office and later died. Vitaly Churkin, who died Monday, a day before his 65th birthday, had been Russia's envoy at…

World › Kardashian heist suspects talk, but no sign of jewels

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 18:56
A diamond that "everyone was scared to sell": More than a month after French police arrested the suspected robbers of TV star Kim Kardashian, investigators are piecing together what happened -- they just haven't found the jewels yet. Ten suspects were charged last month in connection with the hold-up of…

World › 4 U.S. tourists, pilot killed after small plane crashes into Melbourne shopping center

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 06:46
An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday shortly after takeoff in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said. The five were on a twin-engine Beechcraft Super King Air that crashed about…

World › 5 killed after small plane crashes into Melbourne shopping center

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 01:38
A light aircraft exploded Tuesday in a "massive fireball" with police saying none of the five people aboard survived as it smashed into a shopping center near the Australian city of Melbourne. The Beechcraft plane veered just after take-off into the shopping centre, that was still closed, next to Essendon…

World › Amid protests, UK lawmakers debate downgrading Trump visit

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 21:34
Thousands of protesters against U.S. President Donald Trump rallied outside Britain's Parliament on Monday, while lawmakers inside urged the government to rescind its offer to the president of a state visit stamped with pomp, pageantry and royal approval. In a passionate debate that's unlikely to change the British government's position,…