Former US Attorney General Eric Holder negotiating MTN fine

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s regulatory agency says former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is leading negotiations for South Africa-based telecommunications giant MTN about a $3.9 billion fine. Spokesman Tony Ojobo of the Nigerian Communications Commission said...

Germany: over 91,000 asylum-seekers arrived in January

BERLIN (AP) — More than 91,000 asylum seekers arrived in Germany last month, the government said Thursday, underlining the pressure the country faces to diminish the influx of migrants. The Interior Ministry said 91,671 people were registered as asylum seekers in January,...

Syrian refugees struggle to buy food as aid dwindles

KAWERGOSK CAMP, Iraq (AP) — Perwin Shamsaddeen Ali, a Syrian refugee living in a tent camp in northern Iraq, has been reduced to cooking one meal a day for her family of four. “I cook at 11 o’clock and we eat the leftovers in the evening. Why? Because we have no...

Israeli military seals off Palestinian attackers’ village

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says it has imposed a closure on the Palestinian village where three men who staged an attack in Jerusalem the previous day lived. Citing “situation assessments,” the military says Thursday that no one can exit or enter the...

Seoul, Tokyo threaten to intercept N. Korean rocket debris

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and Japan vowed to shoot down any debris that falls on their territories from a long-range rocket that North Korea plans to fire this month, with Seoul saying Thursday that it has detected launch preparations by Pyongyang. North Korea...

Leaders seek funds for Syria, elusive stability for region

LONDON (AP) — Leaders and diplomats from 70 countries are meeting in London to pledge billions to help millions of Syrians displaced by war — and try to slow the chaotic exodus of refugees to Europe. Thursday’s conference aims to agree plans for economic and...

North Korea’s rocket plans seen as disrespectful of China

BEIJING (AP) — The timing couldn’t have appeared worse. North Korea announces it will launch a long-range rocket smack in the middle of a top Chinese envoy’s visit to Pyongyang. In diplomatic terms, it was yet another sign of disrespect for North Korea’s...

Assange to accept arrest if UN rules against him

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says he will accept arrest by British police if a U.N. working group on arbitrary detention decides that the three years he has spent holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy does not amount to illegal detention. Writing on...

Health officials want more Zika samples, data from Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil is not sharing enough samples and disease data to let researchers determine whether the Zika virus is, as feared, linked to the increased number of babies born with abnormally small heads in the South American country, U.N. and U.S. health...

Seoul: North Korea pushing forward with rocket launch plans

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday it has detected preparations by rival North Korea to fire a long-range rocket and warned that Seoul will shoot down any rocket parts flying over South Korean territory. North Korea told international organizations Tuesday...