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Egypt policeman's conviction overturned in protester's death

Sunday, February 14, 2016 5:20am

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2015 photo, 32-year-old mother Shaimaa el-Sabbagh holds a poster during a protest in downtown Cairo. Egypt's highest appeals court on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016 overturned the conviction of a police officer sentenced to 15 years in prison for the killing of a el-Sabbagh in a January 2015 shooting captured on video and photos. (AP Photo/Mohammed El-Raaei, File)CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's highest appeals court on Sunday overturned the conviction of a police officer sentenced to 15 years in prison for the killing of a female protester in a January 2015 shooting captured on video and photos.


Saudi troop deployment in Syria up to U.S.-led coalition: foreign minister

Sunday, February 14, 2016 5:17am

Saudi Arabia said on Sunday that any move to deploy Saudi special forces into Syria would depend on a decision by the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State insurgents. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Friday he expected both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to send special operations forces to Syria to help local opposition fighters in their campaign to retake the city of Raqqa, Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria.

Hopes for peace as Central Africans vote in presidential run-off

Sunday, February 14, 2016 5:17am

People queue at a polling station in Bangui to vote in the Central African Republic second round of the presidential and legislative elections on February 14, 2016Voters in the Central African Republic were casting their ballots Sunday in delayed legislative elections and a presidential run-off which they hope will bring peace after the country's worst sectarian violence since independence in 1960. "What we want first and foremost is security to give a new impetus to the country," said a soldier who gave his name as Ndadder as he waited to vote in PK5, a Muslim-majority area in the capital Bangui which had been the scene of bloody religious violence. The first round on December 30 was won by ex-premier Anicet Georges Dologuele, a 58-year-old former central banker known as "Mr Clean" for his attempts to bring transparency to murky public finances when in office.


The Latest: Syria condemns Turkish shelling

Sunday, February 14, 2016 5:09am

FILE - In this file photo dated Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, the Turkish border crossing with Syria, is closed near to the town of Kilis, in southeastern Turkey, as some thousands of Syrian migrants are known to be moving toward the border, fleeing from fierce fighting inside Syria. Despite the wintry weather in southern Europe, the flow of migrants has not abated and European countries are trying to impose order on its external border, while keeping the cherished notion of freedom of movement across European internal borders. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the civil war in Syria (all times local):


Central African Republic voters seek leader to end chaos

Sunday, February 14, 2016 4:50am

Voters queue to cast their ballots in the second round of presidential election and the fourth district of Bangui, Central African Republic, Sunday Feb. 14, 2016. Two former prime ministers, Faustin Archange Touadera and Anicet Georges Dologuele, are running neck-and-neck in the second round of presidential elections to end years of violence pitting Muslims against Christians in the Central African Republic. Central Africans will also vote in Legislative elections. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Central African Republic went ahead with a presidential runoff vote Sunday that many hope will solidify a tentative peace after more than two years of sectarian fighting left untold thousands dead and forced nearly half a million people to flee to neighboring countries.


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