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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. Netanyahu calls Israeli attack on Palestinians ‘terror’ Suspected Jewish extremists attack a Palestinian village in the West Bank and torch two homes, killing a toddler and critically wounding his 4-year-old brother and parents. 2. Cecil the lion’s Read More…

West Bank attack kills toddler, wounds child

DUMA, West Bank — A sleeping toddler was burned to death when suspected Jewish assailants set fire to two Palestinian homes in a West Bank village early Friday, an attack that also critically wounded the child’s 4-year-old brother and parents and outraged both Israelis and Palestinians. The attack threatened to set off another violent escalation Read More…

Dentist who killed Cecil could face extradition to Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe intends to seek the extradition of an American dentist who killed a lion that was lured out of a national park and shot with a bow and a gun, and the process has already begun, a Cabinet minister said Friday. “Unfortunately it was too late to apprehend the foreign poacher as Read More…

Tracking debris that washed ashore back to MH370 might be impossible

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — If it’s confirmed that a wing fragment found on a remote island in the Indian Ocean is from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, lost more than 500 days ago, could scientists use their knowledge of ocean currents to trace back its path and pinpoint the bulk of the wreck? Australian oceanographer David Read More…

Beijing gets 2022 Olympics, becomes first city to host summer and winter games

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Beijing was selected Friday to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, defeating the bid from Almaty in a surprisingly close vote to become the first city awarded both the winter and summer games. Beijing won the secret vote of the International Olympic Committee by 44-40, with one abstention. The vote was conducted Read More…

Billions spent, bombs dropped, but Islamic State no weaker than when campaign started

WASHINGTON — After billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State group is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago, American intelligence agencies have concluded. The military campaign has prevented Iraq’s collapse and put the Islamic State under increasing pressure in Read More…

Germany shelves Nazi war crimes investigation of 96-year-old Minnesota man

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have shelved their Nazi war crimes investigation of a retired Minnesota carpenter whom The Associated Press exposed as a former commander in an SS-led unit, saying Friday that the 96-year-old is not fit for trial. Munich prosecutor Peter Preuss told the AP that Michael Karkoc’s attorney had refused to allow Read More…

Hillary to make case for Cuba in Miami appearance

MIAMI — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday will call on Congress to end the trade embargo the U.S. has imposed against Cuba since 1962. The position, which Clinton already outlined in her 2014 book “Hard Choices,” puts her in line with President Barack Obama, who moved in December to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba and Read More…

Cecil’s death only most recent problem for lions; population’s been in trouble for decades

WASHINGTON — The circle of life is closing in on the king of the jungle. When Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer killed Cecil the lion, the Internet exploded with outrage. But scientists who have studied lions say the big cats have been in big trouble for years. They’ve watched the African lion population shrink by more Read More…

Federal judge tries to take nuanced approach in terror cases

MINNEAPOLIS — U.S. District Judge Michael Davis had seen this in his courtroom before — a young Somali-American who hadn’t previously been a troublemaker was now accused of conspiring to leave the U.S. and join the Islamic State group. The 6-foot-5 Davis, who can make defendants fidget with his long, drawn-out silences, stressed the gravity Read More…