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Polish official: no criminal charges under Holocaust law

The Washington Post | Wednesday February 21, 2018

A Polish government official says a controversial law makes it a criminal act to blame Poles for Holocaust crimes they did not commit will not lead to criminal charges.

Philippines to court: Declare communist groups as terrorists

The Washington Post | Wednesday February 21, 2018

Justice officials asked a court Wednesday to formally designate the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army, as terrorist groups in a move that could further damage chances of a resumption of stalled peace talks.

Spain helps keep alive archaic language of Sephardic Jews

The Washington Post | Wednesday February 21, 2018

A language still spoken by the descendants of Jews expelled from Spain 500 years ago is getting a helping hand from the Spanish Royal Academy to keep it alive.

Snow isolates Moroccan mountain villages more used to sun

The Washington Post | Wednesday February 21, 2018

Bitter cold and exceptionally heavy snowfall have beleaguered parts of Morocco this winter, disrupting schools, closing national highways — and delighting residents in cities where it hadn’t snowed for decades.

AP PHOTOS: Athletes, fans embrace flags as symbols of pride

The Washington Post | Wednesday February 21, 2018

Flags play an integral role at the Olympics as symbols of national pride.

Did the U.S. ‘hack back’ at Russia? Here’s why this matters in cyberwarfare.

The Washington Post | Wednesday February 21, 2018

CIA Director Mike Pompeo dropped a big hint last week.

More than 90 Nigerian schoolgirls missing after Boko Haram attack: sources

Reuters | Wednesday February 21, 2018

BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - More than 90 Nigerian schoolgirls are feared missing after Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram attacked a village in the northeastern state of Yobe, two sources told Reuters on Wednesday.

Charity Save the Children apologizes for inappropriate behavior by ex-CEO

Reuters | Wednesday February 21, 2018

LONDON (Reuters) - Save The Children UK apologized on Wednesday for historic inappropriate behavior by its former chief executive and said procedures had not been properly followed in reviewing three complaints against him during his time at the charity.

Cyprus: Gas search to continue despite Turkey’s opposition

The Washington Post | Wednesday February 21, 2018

Cyprus’ president says a search for offshore gas will carry on as planned despite strong opposition from Turkey and the ethnically split island nation’s breakaway Turkish Cypriots.

EU anti-trust watchdog imposes big cartel fines

The Washington Post | Wednesday February 21, 2018

The European Union’s anti-trust watchdog is sounding the warning to business cartels by announcing fines totaling more than half a billion euros ($600 million) in three anti-trust cases.

Sri Lanka bus explosion injures 19, including 12 soldiers

The Washington Post | Wednesday February 21, 2018

An explosion on a passenger bus in Sri Lanka injured 19 people, including 12 military personnel, the military said Wednesday.

Column: Let’s hope gay Olympians spark even greater change

The Washington Post | Wednesday February 21, 2018

They are the stars of the Winter Games, and not for what they’ve done on the ice and slopes.

Bodies recovered from Iran plane crash site

Reuters | Wednesday February 21, 2018

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The bodies of seven victims of Sunday's air crash in Iran were brought down from the mountainous crash site on Wednesday, according to Mizan, the official news site of the Iranian judiciary.

Stakes rise in Turkey's Afrin assault as pro-Assad militia arrive

Reuters | Wednesday February 21, 2018

BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey warned of grave consequences on Wednesday after pro-Syrian government forces entered Syria's Afrin region to help Kurdish fighters repel a Turkish offensive.

Polish minister sees 'catharsis' in new Holocaust law

Reuters | Wednesday February 21, 2018

WARSAW (Reuters) - Patryk Jaki, the politician behind Poland's new Holocaust law, wants to end what he calls a misleading culture of shame surrounding his country's treatment of Jews in World War Two.

Confidant of Israel's Netanyahu turns state witness in corruption case: media

Reuters | Wednesday February 21, 2018

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to turn state's witness in one of several corruption investigations posing a serious threat to the conservative leader's political survival, local media said.

Chad and Qatar restore ties cut in wake of Arab states rift

Reuters | Wednesday February 21, 2018

DOHA/N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad and Qatar have restored diplomatic relations, their governments said, six months after the West African nation cut ties with Doha in the wake of a rift among Arab states.

Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia to discuss regional security

The Washington Post | Wednesday February 21, 2018

Moldova is to host a conference on the security challenges facing three former Soviet republics where there are ongoing concerns about Russian influence.

French government unveils bill with new asylum procedure

The Washington Post | Wednesday February 21, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron’s government is presenting its first big immigration bill, which human rights organizations criticize as repressive toward asylum-seekers.

New strikes kill 10 in rebel-held suburbs of Syrian capital

The Washington Post | Wednesday February 21, 2018

The Syrian Civil Defense rescue organization says 10 people have been killed by government airstrikes and shelling on a town in the suburbs of Damascus.