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Sweden says it could be part of U.N. peacekeeping in Ukraine - 18/02 12:14 am

By Andrea Shalal and Robin Emmott MUNICH (Reuters) - Sweden would be open to providing troops to a U.N. peacekeeping mission in eastern Ukraine if Russia and the West agreed, the country's defense minister said on Saturday as Western officials consider a force led by non-NATO nations. More than 10,000 people have been killed since April 2014 in a conflict that pits Ukrainian forces against Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested a limited ..

Russian mercenaries, a discrete weapon in Syria - 17/02 6:39 pm

The death of Russian citizens in Syria from a US coalition strike last week, which has been played down by both Moscow and Washington, has exposed the role of Russian mercenaries in the multi-front conflict. The incident followed a steady trickle of reports about Russians dying in battle in Syria while employed as guns for hire in a privately-owned outfit whose role may be securing oilfields for President Bashar al-Assad. Russia on Thursday has finally recognised that five Russian citizens, not ..

Guantanamo trial of Cole bombing suspect halted - 17/02 9:47 am

The Guantanamo trial of the chief suspect in the deadly 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen was shut down Friday as defense lawyers refused to return to the case, Pentagon officials said. Military commissions judge Air Force Colonel Vance Spath halted the case, which could lead to the death penalty for Abdel Rahim al-Nashiri, in frustration that he could not compel Nashiri's main lawyers to show up in court. "The USS Cole bombing trial ... military judge has abated indefinitely the pre-trial ..

American figure skater Vincent Zhou is brilliant, bemusing - 17/02 8:25 am

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) The personality of American figure skater Vincent Zhou, who made his Olympic debut with a superb short program Friday, was neatly summed up by his social media response to a fan who recently asked what era he would visit if he could travel back in time.

'Putin's chef' among Russians indicted by Mueller - 17/02 8:14 am

MOSCOW (AP) He's known as "Putin's chef" a wealthy Russian businessman and restaurateur who gained favor with Vladimir Putin through his stomach.

Lawyer: California man in Russia probe 'has made mistakes' - 17/02 6:47 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) A California man who pleaded guilty earlier this month to unwittingly selling bank accounts to Russians meddling in U.S. elections made a mistake and is coming to terms with his role in the matter, his attorney told The Associated Press on Friday.

Turkey, US to 'work together' in Syria after crisis - 17/02 5:22 am

Turkey and United States on Friday agreed to work together in Syria after weeks of tensions over Ankara's latest cross-border operation that raised fears of a military confrontation between the two NATO allies. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu said after talks in Ankara that the two sides would set up working groups to solve key issues that have bedevilled relations. "We are not going to act alone any longer, not US doing one thing, Turkey doing ..

French serial killer 'admits' cold case murder of British girl - 17/02 5:18 am

Serial killer Michel Fourniret has finally "confessed" to murdering British language student Joanna Parrish in France nearly three decades ago, the family lawyer told AFP on Friday. "It's a new development, a resolution of the affair, it seems, in a remarkable way," he added.

Teen to be tried as adult in South Carolina school shooting - 17/02 4:58 am

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) A boy who was 14 when he was charged in the shooting death of his father at their home and a first-grader on a South Carolina elementary school playground will be tried as an adult, a judge ruled Friday.

Zimbabwe arrest over Grace Mugabe's 'fake' PhD - 17/02 3:25 am

Zimbabwean anti-corruption investigators said Friday they had arrested a university professor over the suspected fraudulent awarding of a doctorate to former first lady Grace Mugabe. Levi Nyagura, the vice chancellor of the University of Zimbabwe, was arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission following an investigation into the PhD. It emerged that Grace was awarded the degree by the university in 2014 after just months of study.

Mourners gather for first Parkland funeral - 17/02 2:04 am

Mourners gathered for the funeral of 14-year-old Alyssa Alhadeff in Parkland, Florida on Friday, the first for a victim since the shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Civilians have no place to run as Turkey offensive drags on - 17/02 1:42 am

BEIRUT (AP) One-month-old Heyim Hassan was receiving treatment for a chest infection in the Afrin general hospital in northern Syria when a shell landed a few meters (feet) away. His panicked father whisked him out of the building and spent hours looking for nebulizers to aid the infant's breathing. No one was killed in the attack, but nearly 30 children had to be evacuated to safety.

Netanyahu to visit White House: US official - 17/02 1:23 am

Embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit the White House next month, a senior US administration official told AFP on Friday. The March 5 visit comes after a war of words between the Israeli and US governments over settlements, and a scandal that has seen police recommend Netanyahu be indicted for graft. US officials reacted furiously this month when Netanyahu suggested he had discussed annexing settlements in the occupied West Bank with Washington.

Novartis readies to auction U.S. generic pills business: sources - 17/02 1:10 am

Switzerland's Novartis AG is preparing to auction its U.S. generic pill business, looking to shed a unit that has struggled amid fierce price competition, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The move illustrates how the unit has diverged from the fortunes of the rest of Novartis' $10 billion Sandoz generics and biosimilars division. The company has fared better in manufacturing hard-to-make generic drugs, such as injectables and inhalables, than it has with easier to produce pills.

US, Turkey return from brink, aim to 'normalize' ties - 16/02 11:09 pm

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) The United States and Turkey pulled back from the brink of a potentially disastrous crisis on Friday, agreeing to normalize badly strained relations over Syria and other issues that had threatened the NATO allies' longstanding ties.

Qualcomm rejects $121 bn hostile Broadcom bid, again - 16/02 10:45 pm

US mobile chipmaking giant Qualcomm on Friday rejected for a second time a hostile $121 billion takeover bid from Singapore's Broadcom, but said it was open to "further discussions" on a tie-up. Two days after a meeting of top executives of the two computer chipmakers, Qualcomm chairman Paul Jacobs said the recently revised bid remained unacceptable. "Our board is open to further discussions with Broadcom to see if a proposal that appropriately reflects the true value of Qualcomm shares, and ..

Tesla now makes almost 1,000 Model 3s a week, Bloomberg tracker estimates - 16/02 9:00 pm

Production numbers for Tesla electric cars have always been slightly murky. The Tesla Model 3 has endured a long, painful, and somewhat public "production hell" as the company struggles to get it into steady, automated, high-volume production at the necessary levels of quality. DON'T MISS: Tesla Model 3 choke point: automated battery line equipment still in Germany?

Russian toll in Syria battle was 300 killed and wounded: sources - 16/02 7:31 pm

By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW (Reuters) - About 300 men working for a Kremlin-linked Russian private military firm were either killed or injured in Syria last week, according to three sources familiar with the matter. A Russian military doctor said around 100 had been killed, and a source who knows several of the fighters said the death toll was in excess of 80 men. The timing of the casualties coincided with a battle on Feb. 7 near the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor where, according to U.S. officials ..

The Latest: Hundreds at vigil mourn school shooting victims - 16/02 12:13 am

PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) The Latest on a deadly school shooting at a Florida high school (all times local):

These are the lives lost in the Florida high school shooting - 16/02 9:43 am

When a gunman opened fire with an AR-15 at a large high school in south Florida, the 17 dead included students and school workers, young and old. Here is a look at the 17 confirmed dead by authorities in the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School:

Suspended California lawmaker sues for reinstatement - 16/02 8:26 am

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A California lawmaker suspended amid a sexual misconduct investigation sued the state Senate on Thursday, seeking reinstatement and arguing he's been unfairly treated by his colleagues.

U.S. officials warn 'intense' flu season to continue, urge shots - 16/02 7:21 am

(Reuters) - Adults who get a flu shot are 36 percent less likely to get the disease, while for children the figure was an unexpectedly high 59 percent, U.S. health officials said on Thursday, predicting that the current "intense" season could continue for weeks. Anyone not already immunized should get a flu shot despite the lateness of the season, because "some protection is better than none," one of the officials told a news briefing. A total of 63 children in the United States have died of ..

Colombia says increasing number of Venezuelans involved in ELN attacks - 16/02 6:34 am

Colombia on Thursday said an increasing number of Venezuelans were taking part in attacks by Marxist ELN rebels and in criminal activity, as hundreds of thousands of migrants flee over the border to escape a humanitarian crisis at home. Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said he had expressed concern to his Venezuelan counterpart General Vladimir Padrino in a telephone conversation, and that they had agreed to meet to coordinate security plans at the border. Villegas said ..

Tillerson meets Turkey's Erdogan for 'open' talks after weeks of strain - 16/02 6:05 am

By Yara Bayoumy and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) - Top U.S. diplomat Rex Tillerson and Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan had a "productive and open" talk on Thursday about improving ties strained recently over their policies on Syria, in a meeting following weeks of escalating anti-American rhetoric from Ankara. Tillerson arrived in Turkey on Thursday for two days of what officials have said would likely be uncomfortable discussions between the allies, whose relations have frayed over a number of ..

Lots of talk, little action in Congress after shootings - 16/02 5:37 am

WASHINGTON (AP) For a brief moment after the Las Vegas massacre last fall, Republicans and Democrats in Congress talked about taking a rare step to tighten the nation's gun laws. Four months later, the only gun legislation that has moved in the House or Senate instead eases restrictions for gun owners.

Russian mother grieves for son killed by US strike in Syria - 16/02 5:18 am

KEDROVOYE, Russia (AP) For Russian mother Farkhanur Gavrilova, the blow came a week ago when an acquaintance called her to say that her son was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria that pitted Russian and U.S. combatants against each other for the first time in the Syrian war.

Venezuela's Maduro to attend Americas summit, defying host Peru - 16/02 4:55 am

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday he will attend a summit of Western Hemisphere nations in April despite host Peru saying he is unwelcome. Peru's Prime Minister Mercedes Araoz hit back at Maduro's comments. Peru had said on Tuesday that Maduro's "presence will no longer be welcome" after a decision to hold early presidential elections in his crisis-torn country without reaching an agreement with the opposition.

'Do you fear me?': Venezuela's Maduro vows to gatecrash regional summit - 16/02 4:34 am

By Alexandra Ulmer and Vivian Sequera CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's unpopular socialist president Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday his right-wing Latin American counterparts showed intolerance by trying to exclude him from an upcoming summit in Lima - and he vowed to go anyway. Because come rain or shine, by air, land, or sea, I will attend the Summit of the Americas," Maduro told foreign journalists at the Miraflores presidential palace. Peru's center-right government this week said Maduro ..

Pentagon looks to counter rivals' hypersonic missiles - 16/02 4:12 am

Even as the Pentagon hustles to ensure that its defenses keep pace with North Korea's fast-growing rocket program, US officials increasingly are turning attention to a new generation of missile threat. The hypersonic missiles could change the face of future warfare, as they can switch direction in flight and do not follow a predictable arc like conventional missiles, making them much harder to track and intercept. "China's hypersonic weapons development outpaces ours... we're falling behind," ..

Raisman feels empowered by posing for SI swimsuit issue - 16/02 2:58 am

NEW YORK (AP) Olympic gold-medal gymnast Aly Raisman is a survivor, and she's got the word on her body to prove it. The six-time medalist poses with nothing more than that, and some other powerful words, in the 2018 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

Violence during Rio carnival 'unacceptable:' minister - 16/02 2:42 am

Brazilian Defense Minister Raul Jungmann has called violent crime during Rio de Janeiro's carnival "unacceptable" and promised more security. "It is clear to us that the situation in Rio during the carnival was unfortunate," Jungmann said in comments after meeting President Michel Temer late Wednesday. Jungmann was referring to a rash of robberies and assaults during the biggest event of the year in Rio, which saw massive street parties before culminating earlier this week with the samba ..

Tillerson says Hezbollah role is a threat to Lebanon - 16/02 1:59 am

By Yara Bayoumy and Lisa Barrington BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Lebanon on Thursday that the Iran-backed Hezbollah group's growing arsenal and involvement in regional conflicts threatened Lebanon's security. Speaking alongside Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri in a Beirut news conference, Tillerson also said the United States was engaging with Lebanon and Israel to ensure their border remained calm. Israel regards Hezbollah as the biggest direct threat ..

Florida high school shooting survivor skewers Tomi Lahren's tweet on gun .. - 16/02 1:25 am

A Florida high school student who survived Wednesday's mass shooting spoke out about the horrifying experience in response to FOX News' Tomi Lahren's comments on gun control. Lahren,an outspoken conservative commentator, took to Twitter after the attack to voice her thoughts on the shooting, which claimed the lives of at least 17 people. "Can the Left let the families grieve for even 24 hours before they push their anti-gun and anti-gunowner agenda?" she wrote.

Moscow says five citizens likely killed in US Syria strikes - 16/02 1:24 am

Five Russian citizens were likely killed in a US-led coalition bombing on pro-regime Syrian fighters last week, Moscow said Thursday, acknowledging non-military casualties in the attack for the first time. "We are possibly talking about the deaths of five people, supposedly citizens of the Russian Federation. At the time of the attack in Deir Ezzor last Wednesday, the Russian defence ministry insisted it had no servicemen in the eastern province of Syria.

Ethiopia's prime minister submits resignation after protests - 16/02 1:07 am

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) Ethiopia's prime minister announced Thursday he has submitted a resignation letter after the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century, saying he hoped the surprise decision would help planned reforms succeed and create a "lasting peace."

Zimbabwe's president leads tributes to opposition leader Tsvangirai - 16/02 12:53 am

By Alfonce Mbizwo HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa led tributes to late opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai on Thursday, describing the long-time rival of recently ousted president Robert Mugabe as a dedicated defender of democracy. Arguably Zimbabwe's most popular politician, Tsvangirai died on Wednesday evening aged 65 after a long battle with cancer. Tsvangirai will receive a state funeral, but will not be buried at the National Heroes' Acre, largely reserved for ..

Murdered French girl Maelys will 'haunt' killer, says mother - 16/02 12:50 am

Pont-de-Beauvoisin (France) (AFP) - The mother of a murdered French girl whose remains were found this week said her child would "haunt" the ex-soldier who has finally confessed to killing her after months of interrogation. France has been gripped by the case of Maelys de Araujo, who vanished in the early hours of August 27 while attending a wedding near the Alps town of Chambery with her parents. On Wednesday, local man Nordahl Lelandais, who was also a guest at the wedding, admitted to ..

Ramaphosa elected president of South Africa, vows anti-corruption fight - 16/02 12:31 am

By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as South Africa's president in a parliamentary vote on Thursday and pledged to tackle endemic corruption after scandal-ridden Jacob Zuma resigned on orders from the ruling African National Congress. Ramaphosa faces an uphill battle in revitalizing growth, creating jobs and stamping out a culture of graft in a nation still polarized by race and inequality more than two decades after the end of white-minority rule. Ramaphosa, in ..

Russia: 5 citizens probably killed by US strike in Syria - 16/02 12:19 am

MOSCOW (AP) After a week of unanswered questions, Russia acknowledged Thursday that five of its citizens may have been killed by a U.S. strike in Syria, the first time Russians have died at U.S. hands in Syria's chaotic battlefield.

Tillerson in Beirut wades into Lebanon-Israel border dispute - 15/02 11:26 pm

BEIRUT (AP) U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday said there are "constructive" discussions underway on how to break a "stalemate" between Lebanon and Israel over gas drilling rights along the countries' disputed maritime border and maintain calm along the volatile frontier.

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