AQUABA, Jordan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Kerry is in Jordan to meet with its king about Mideast peace.
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was convicted of sodomy Friday in a fresh threat to the career of a charismatic politician who helped turn around the country's once-hapless opposition. His lawyers say they will appeal to the Federal Court, Malaysia's highest. Anwar, 66, who dramatically fell from the pinnacle of Malaysia's long-ruling party in the late 1990s amid controversial charges of sodomy and corruption, condemned the ruling. Sodomy is illegal in Muslim-majority Malaysia.
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Palestinian president says there's "no way" he'll recognize Israel as a Jewish state and accept just a portion of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital.
MOSCOW (AP) — The speaker for Russia's upper house of parliament says Crimea would be welcome as an "equal subject" in Russia if the region votes to leave Ukraine in an upcoming referendum.
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian activists say at least 17 rebels have been killed in a battle with government troops for an opposition stronghold near the border with Lebanon.
Ukraine is ready for talks with Russia, but Moscow must first withdraw its troops, abide by international agreements and halt its support for "separatists and terrorists", Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Thursday. He said he had requested a second telephone call with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Crimea's pro-Moscow leadership, which took power when Russian troops seized the region last week, announced on Thursday its parliament had voted to join Russia immediately and hold a referendum on the issue on March 16.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — There appears to be another arcane world record in Grand Rapids, this time for the most people wearing sunglasses at night.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's efforts to de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine are met with no understanding, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. "Regardless of all the efforts of our president, his readiness to explain Russia's position practically on a daily basis, we still hit a wall of no understanding," Peskov said in comments due to broadcast on state television Rossiya 24 on Sunday. "It is rather sad and what is worse is that it is very bad from the point of view of possible repercussions." He added Moscow was not orchestrating events in Ukraine.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Rand Paul's biggest political decision is approaching: whether to run for president in 2016 or focus solely on re-election to his U.S. Senate seat. A Republican lawmaker from his home state wants to free him from the potential dilemma by letting him run for both.
The Congolese warlord Germain Katanga was on Friday convicted of being an accessory to crimes including murder and pillage committed during an attack on a village in a diamond-rich region of Congo in 2003, in which some 200 civilians were killed. Reading the verdict, only the second conviction in the International Criminal Court's 11-year history, presiding judge Bruno Cotte said that without Katanga's aid in procuring firearms, the attack would not have been as bloody.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — A former girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius has testified at the double-amputee runner's murder trial that their relationship ended when he cheated on her with Reeva Steenkamp, the woman he fatally shot last year.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court has convicted a rebel leader of charges including murder and pillage during a deadly attack on a village in eastern Congo, but acquitted him of rape, sexual slavery and using child soldiers.
Britons' expectations for an interest rate hike over the next year are on the rise even as their inflation forecasts have fallen, a quarterly poll commissioned by the Bank of England showed on Friday. The BoE's inflation attitudes survey showed that 40 percent of Britons expect a rate rise over the next 12 months, up from 34 percent in November and its highest since May 2012. However, inflation expectations over the next year fell to 2.8 percent from 3.6 percent and hit its lowest in four years. Inflation expectations over the next two and five years also fell to their lowest levels since August 2012.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court convicts rebel in deadly 2003 attack on eastern Congo village.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan provincial official says a motorcycle bomb was remotely detonated in a crowded market in the country's south, killing five people and wounding eight.
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