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Iraqi PM announces operation launch to retake half of Mosul from Islamic State

Iraqi PM announces operation launch to retake half of Mosul from Islamic State

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces have launched an operation to retake the western half of Mosul from the Islamic State group. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the operation early Sunday morning on state television, saying government …

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North Korean Regime Blamed As Kim Jong Nam Death Investigation Widens

North Korean Regime Blamed As Kim Jong Nam Death Investigation Widens

South Korea’s government says it’s convinced the North Korean regime orchestrated the bizarre poisoning death of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “We are observing this pointless and merciless incident with grave …

Muslim groups criticize Wilders' 'Moroccan scum' comments

Muslim groups criticize Wilders’ ‘Moroccan scum’ comments

Muslim organizations in the Netherlands on Sunday criticized disparaging comments about Moroccans made by anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders, but say they are just the latest in a long string of insults. Launching his campaign Saturday for the Netherlands …

US Vice President Visits Former Nazi Concentration Camp

US Vice President Visits Former Nazi Concentration Camp

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is touring the site of a former Nazi concentration camp. Pence is paying a somber visit to the Dachau camp near Munich that was established by the Nazis in 1933. The vice president has been joined by a survivor of the camp …

Malaysia searches for 4 N. Korean suspects who left country after Kim Jong Nam's death

Malaysia searches for 4 N. Korean suspects who left country after Kim Jong Nam’s death

This combination of file photos shows Kim Jong Nam, left, exiled half-brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, in Narita, Japan, on May 4, 2001, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on May 9, 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Kim Jong Nam, 46, was …

U.S. deploys carrier to contentious South China Sea

U.S. deploys carrier to contentious South China Sea

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The United States deployed aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to patrol the increasingly contentious South China Sea on Saturday despite Beijing’s warnings not to challenge its sovereignty in the resource-rich sea. In a statement …

Iran’s Foreign Minister Tells Europe: ‘Iran Is Unmoved by threats’

Iran’s Foreign Minister Tells Europe: ‘Iran Is Unmoved by threats’

MUNICH, Germany — Iran’s foreign minister, in words that seemed aimed directly at the new American president, said Sunday that his country would not be bullied. “Iran is unmoved by threats,” Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said in a speech at the Munich …

Iran says 'unmoved by threats' after new U.S. pressure

Iran says ‘unmoved by threats’ after new U.S. pressure

Iran’s foreign minister brushed aside pressure from the United States on Sunday, declaring that they respond well to respect, saying the country is “unmoved by threats.” President Trump has criticized the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran, the U.S. and …

Iran dismisses new US pressure, calls for 'mutual respect'

Iran dismisses new US pressure, calls for ‘mutual respect’

Iran’s foreign minister brushed aside new pressure from the United States on Sunday, declaring that his country is “unmoved by threats” but responds well to respect. President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran …

4 North Koreans sought in mysterious death of Kim Jong Nam

4 North Koreans sought in mysterious death of Kim Jong Nam

Kuala Lumpur (CNN)Malaysian police are looking for four more suspects, all of them North Korean, in connection with the mysterious death of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Authorities said they are treating the …

Al-Shabab Opposes Election of New President in Somalia

Al-Shabab Opposes Election of New President in Somalia

A senior al-Shabab official has said his Islamic rebel group opposes the election of Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo as Somalia’s president. Hassan Yaqub Ali, who is a member of al-Shabab leadership and the extremist group’s governor of Galgudud region …

Iraqi forces launch push to retake western half of Mosul from ISIS

Iraqi forces launch push to retake western half of Mosul from ISIS

Iraqi forces launched an operation on Sunday to retake the western half of Mosul from the Islamic State group. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the operation start on state television saying government forces were moving to “liberate the …

Malaysia searching for 4 N. Korean suspects who left country

Malaysia searching for 4 N. Korean suspects who left country

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s police are looking for four more North Korean suspects who they say left the country the same day the North Korean leader’s brother died after being attacked at the Kuala Lumpur airport. Deputy national police …

McCain: Suppressing Free Press ‘How Dictators Get Started’

McCain: Suppressing Free Press ‘How Dictators Get Started’

U.S. Senator John McCain, defending the media against the latest attack by President Donald Trump, warned that suppressing the free press was “how dictators get started.” The Arizona Republican, a frequent critic of Trump, was responding to a tweet in …

Graham: Trump must punish Russia for election interference

Graham: Trump must punish Russia for election interference

A senior Republican senator says President Donald Trump needs to take action against Russia over allegations that Moscow interfered in the election that brought him to power. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham told the Munich Security Conference he …

China bans all coal imports from North Korea amid growing tension

China bans all coal imports from North Korea amid growing tension

(CNN)China says it’ll halt all coal imports from North Korea from Sunday for the rest of 2017, amid growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula following Pyongyang’s most recent missile test last week. China’s Ministry of Commerce, in a public notice jointly …

Myanmar Forces Hurt in Border Clash with Militants

Myanmar Forces Hurt in Border Clash with Militants

Two members of Myanmar’s security forces were injured in a clash with militants on the troubled Rakhine State border with Bangladesh, Myanmar state counselor’s office said, casting doubt on the government’s claim that the region had stabilized.

U.S. Policy on North Korea ‘Not Working,’ Chinese Official Says

U.S. Policy on North Korea ‘Not Working,’ Chinese Official Says

The U.S. policy of maintaining sanctions and military pressure on North Korea while refusing to talk to the country isn’t working and will only make matters worse, a Chinese official said Saturday, venting Beijing’s impatience with the stalemate over …

Thai Police Order Thousands From Buddhist Temple

Thai Police Order Thousands From Buddhist Temple

Thai police ordered thousands of worshippers to leave the country’s biggest Buddhist temple Sunday so it can intensify its search for its former abbot, who is wanted on money-laundering charges. Thailand’s ruling junta used a special emergency law …

Iraq launches offensive to recapture western Mosul from Islamic State

Iraq launches offensive to recapture western Mosul from Islamic State

Iraqi forces early Sunday began a large-scale offensive to seize the western side of Mosul, Islamic State’s de-facto capital in Iraq. It was the second phase of the campaign to liberate the city from Islamic State. An earlier offensive had taken the …

Kim Jong Un’s Half-Brother Killed: Four More North Korean’s Wanted by Police

Kim Jong Un’s Half-Brother Killed: Four More North Korean’s Wanted by Police

KUALA LUMPUR — In the latest twist in the suspected assassination of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Malaysian police say they are now hunting for four North Korean suspects. Kim Jong Nam died on Monday after being …

Iraqi PM announces operation launch to retake half of Mosul from Islamic State

Iraqi PM announces operation launch to retake half of Mosul from Islamic State

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces have launched an operation to retake the western half of Mosul from the Islamic State group. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the operation early Sunday morning on state television, saying government …

Turkish premier promotes presidential system at German event

Turkish premier promotes presidential system at German event

MUNICH – Turkey’s prime minister has promoted a switch to a presidential system in his country at an event in Germany attended by about 10,000 people. Turkey is set to hold a referendum April 16 on changing to the new system, and about 1.4 million Turks …

US carrier starts 'routine' patrols in South China Sea

US carrier starts ‘routine’ patrols in South China Sea

(CNN)The United States deployed aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to the disputed waters of the South China Sea on Saturday as part of maritime “routine operations.” USS Carl Vinson will be under US command during that period, the Navy said in a statement.

China Bans Coal Imports From North Korea Over Missiles

China Bans Coal Imports From North Korea Over Missiles

China on Sunday began a suspension of all coal imports from North Korea for the rest of the year as it increases pressure on its communist neighbor to give up its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The ban is in line with U.N. Security Council …

Iraq Launches Offensive to Re-Take Part of Mosul From ISIS: Prime Minister

Iraq Launches Offensive to Re-Take Part of Mosul From ISIS: Prime Minister

Iraq’s prime minister on Sunday announced an offensive to seize control of the western coast of the city of Mosul from the terror group ISIS. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on state television Sunday morning that the new push has begun.

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N. Korea will “reject” autopsy results of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, ambassador says

In this June 4, 2010 file photo, Kim Jong Nam, the eldest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, waves after his first-ever interview with South Korean media in Macau, China. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia –At a hospital morgue in Malaysia’s capital, the …

Cheering Supporters Greet Trump at Rally in Florida

Cheering Supporters Greet Trump at Rally in Florida

U.S. President Donald Trump declared his administration has been making “incredible progress” but complained again about dishonest reporting by American news media during a large campaign-style rally in Florida Saturday. A large crowd of supporters …

160,000 join pro-refugee protest in Barcelona

160,000 join pro-refugee protest in Barcelona

Feb. 18 (UPI) –Tens of thousands marched through the streets of Barcelona on Saturday, demanding the Spanish government honor a 2015 pledge to take in more refugees. Many protesters in Spain’s second-largest city carried signs with the slogan “Enough excuses!

Mike Pence promises to hold Russia accountable

Mike Pence promises to hold Russia accountable

Vice President Mike Pence walks with members of his delegation ahead of bilateral talks during the 53rd Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Feb. 18, 2017. Last Updated Feb 18, 2017 8:58 AM EST MUNICH– Vice President Mike Pence vowed Saturday …

Leaflets dropped over western Mosul to warn of Iraqi military offensive

Leaflets dropped over western Mosul to warn of Iraqi military offensive

(CNN)The Iraqi Air Force dropped millions of leaflets over western Mosul late Saturday warning residents of an offensive by ground forces on the ISIS-held part of the city, which has so far been targeted only by airstrikes. Iraqi forces have had control of …

ICRC Appeals for Release of Staff Abducted in Afghanistan

ICRC Appeals for Release of Staff Abducted in Afghanistan

The International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, called Saturday for the safe and unconditional release of two staff members abducted in northern Afghanistan earlier this month. The abductees were part of an ICRC convoy transporting food for livestock …

AP Top Stories February 18 P

AP Top Stories February 18 P

AP Top Stories February 18 P Here’s the latest for Saturday, February 18: President Trump holds a campaign rally in Florida; Vice President Pence talks NATO at the Munich Security Council; Spaniards demand government take in refugees; Venezuelans protest …

Executive Order That Incarcerated Japanese Americans Signed 75 Years Ago

Executive Order That Incarcerated Japanese Americans Signed 75 Years Ago

Satsuki Ina was born behind barbed wire in a prison camp during World War Two, the daughter of U.S. citizens forced from their home without due process and locked up for years following Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Roughly 120,000 Japanese immigrants …

Turkish President Erdogan eyes Kurdish town in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan eyes Kurdish town in Syria

Feb. 18 (UPI) –After nearly securing the Islamic State-held city of al-Bab in Syria, Turkish forces will next train their fire on a Kurdish held town, setting up a potential confrontation between a NATO ally and an ethnic group that’s proven a stable …

Russia Announces Another Ceasefire Deal With Ukraine Amid Tensions With West

Russia Announces Another Ceasefire Deal With Ukraine Amid Tensions With West

European powers are backing a new ceasefire agreement announced Saturday for embattled eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists have been locked in conflict for three years. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the deal …

Mexicans form 'human wall' along US border to protest Trump

Mexicans form ‘human wall’ along US border to protest Trump

Ciudad Juárez (Mexico) (AFP) - Thousands of Mexicans linked arms to form a “human wall” on their country’s border with the United States, protesting President Donald Trump’s plan to build a massive barrier between the countries. The protest, organized by …

Storm Leaves at Least 3 Dead in California; More Rain Approaching

Storm Leaves at Least 3 Dead in California; More Rain Approaching

A huge Pacific storm that parked itself over Southern California and unloaded, ravaging roads, opening sinkholes and leading to the deaths of at least three people, eased off Saturday. But it was only a temporary reprieve as new storms took aim farther north.

Trump to Interview at Least 4 Candidates for National Security Adviser

Trump to Interview at Least 4 Candidates for National Security Adviser

As he seeks to get his struggling administration back on track, President Donald Trump is interviewing at least four potential candidates to serve as his new national security adviser. White House spokesman Sean Spicer says that Trump will interview his …

West Mosul residents told battle is imminent as Iraqi forces begin moving

West Mosul residents told battle is imminent as Iraqi forces begin moving

BAGHDAD - Iraqi planes dropped millions of leaflets on the western side of Mosul warning residents that the battle to dislodge Islamic State is imminent as troops began moving in their direction, the Defense Ministry said on Saturday. The militants are …

New U.S. travel ban to spare green card holders: Trump official

New U.S. travel ban to spare green card holders: Trump official

MUNICH (Reuters) - A new version of a Trump administration travel ban will not stop green card residency holders or travelers already on planes from entering the United States, U.S. Secretary for Homeland Security John Kelly said on Saturday. U.S …

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Gambia's President Adama Barrow sworn in on home soil

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow sworn in on home soil

Iraq starts final push to liberate Mosul from ISIL extremists

Iraq starts final push to liberate Mosul from ISIL extremists

Malaysia police say four Kim Jong Nam murder suspects now in custody

Malaysia police say four Kim Jong Nam murder suspects now in custody

Malaysia seeks four North Koreans over Kim Jong-nam murder

Malaysia seeks four North Koreans over Kim Jong-nam murder

The Gambia: Adama Barrow sworn in on home soil as president

The Gambia: Adama Barrow sworn in on home soil as president

Colombia peace deal: FARC rebels complete final march

Colombia peace deal: FARC rebels complete final march

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It’s a wrap! Berlinale comes to a close with a ‘surprise award-winner’

Trump re-launches attack on media at Florida rally

Trump re-launches attack on media at Florida rally

South Africa: Farmers oppose chicken influx from EU

South Africa: Farmers oppose chicken influx from EU

Ukraine reflects on deadly 'Revolution of Dignity'

Ukraine reflects on deadly ‘Revolution of Dignity’

Closure of Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossings causes chaos

Closure of Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossings causes chaos

President Trump defends first month in office

President Trump defends first month in office

France rallies against police violence after alleged rape of detainee

France rallies against police violence after alleged rape of detainee

New Ukrainian ceasefire to start on Monday

New Ukrainian ceasefire to start on Monday

Huge pro-refugee protest in Barcelona

Huge pro-refugee protest in Barcelona

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Walls of Shame: The US-Mexican Border - Featured Documentary

Hungarian drama wins top prize at Berlin Film Festival

Hungarian drama wins top prize at Berlin Film Festival

US: Thousands march against Trump ahead of President's Day

US: Thousands march against Trump ahead of President’s Day

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Diverse trends on display at London Fashion Week

Myanmar pushes for Rohingya citizenship

Myanmar pushes for Rohingya citizenship

South Korea: Rival rallies held over President Park scandal

South Korea: Rival rallies held over President Park scandal

Ecuador goes to the polls to elect new president

Ecuador goes to the polls to elect new president

Woman in landmark US abortion ruling dies

Woman in landmark US abortion ruling dies

Netherlands: Wilders vows to ban Muslims

Netherlands: Wilders vows to ban Muslims

Spain: Thousands take part in pro-refugee rally in Barcelona

Spain: Thousands take part in pro-refugee rally in Barcelona

US: 1993 World Trade Centre bombing 'plotter' dies in prison

US: 1993 World Trade Centre bombing ‘plotter’ dies in prison

US pledges support for NATO and Europe

US pledges support for NATO and Europe

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