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Prince Philip won’t be charged in U.K. car crash

Prince Philip won’t face charges in connection with a car collision that left two women injured, British prosecutors said. The decision came just days after Buckingham Palace said the 97-year-old royal would stop driving. Read More

Japanese same-sex couples sue for equal marital rights

On Thursday, Valentine’s Day, Kozumi and Aiba are joining a dozen other same-sex couples in Japan’s first lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the country’s rejection of same-sex marriage. Read More
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Philippine agents arrest journalist critical of Rodrigo Duterte

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Maria Ressa, who was selected by Time magazine as one of its Persons of the Year last year, was arrested over a libel complaint from a businessman which Amnesty International condemned as “brazenly politically motivated.” Read More

Crystal meth is North Korea’s trendiest Lunar New Year’s gift

Like many across East Asia, North Koreans have been exchanging presents this month to celebrate the Lunar New Year. But rather than tea, sweets or clothing, some in this impoverished, isolated country are giving the gift of crystal meth. Read More

Australia to reopen island detention camp after refugee bill

The Australian government said it would reopen a mothballed island detention camp in anticipation of a new wave of asylum seekers arriving by boat after Parliament passed legislation that would give sick asylum seekers easier access to mainland hospitals. Read More
 

Pompeo warns Eastern Europe on Chinese and Russian meddling

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today invoked the 30th anniversary of the demise of communism to implore countries in Central and Eastern Europe to resist Chinese and Russian influence. Read More
 

Malaysia seizes record 30-ton pangolin haul, wildlife group says

Malaysian authorities have seized a record 30 tons of pangolin and pangolin products in eastern Sabah state on Borneo, the biggest such bust in the country, a wildlife monitoring group said Tuesday. Read More

Macedonia prepares for name change by removing signs

Macedonian authorities began today removing official signs from government buildings to prepare for the country’s new name: North Macedonia. Read More

Military helicopter crashes in Istanbul: 4 soldiers killed

A military helicopter crashed today in a residential area of Istanbul while trying to make an emergency landing, killing four soldiers on board, Turkish officials said. Read More

Israel wants Dutch case against ex-army chief dropped

The Israeli Justice Ministry today said the government has asked a Dutch court to dismiss war crimes allegations against Benny Gantz, an ex-military chief who is challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in April elections. Read More

Cyprus, Egypt, Greece say gas search in sea won’t be stopped

The speaker of Egypt’s parliament appeared to push back today at Turkey’s opposition to offshore drilling operations that Turkey isn’t part of, saying cooperation between Egypt, Cyprus and Greece sent a message to any countries that tried to stop them. Read More

U.S.-backed fighters close in on last IS-held village in Syria

A spokesman for U.S.-backed Syrian forces says they have captured 41 positions held by Islamic State group militants and destroyed their fortifications in the last tiny pocket they hold in eastern Syria. Read More
 

Hungary to give women with 4 or more kids life tax exemption

Hungary’s government is greatly increasing financial aid and subsidies for families with several children. It’s a move meant to encourage women to have more children and reverse Hungary’s population decline. Read More

South Korea, U.S. sign new cost-sharing deal for U.S. troops

South Korea and the United States struck a new deal Sunday on how much Seoul should pay for the U.S. military presence on its soil, official said, after previous rounds of failed negotiations caused worries about their decades-long alliance. Read More

Questions, criticism of Brazil soccer club where 10 teens killed

Under mounting criticism today, Brazilian soccer club Flamengo defended its management of the training ground where a fire killed 10 of its academy players — all between 14 and 16 years old — at a dormitory that had been registered with the city as a parking lot. Read More

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