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Ruling party candidate leads in Ecuador's presidential vote

Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 9:55pm

The hand-picked candidate of socialist President Rafael Correa headed to victory in the opening round of Ecuador's presidential election, although it was uncertain late Sunday whether he would get enough votes to avoid a runoff against his nearest rival.

Trump steps up security aide search, focuses on health care

Catherine Lucey, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 9:54pm

President Donald Trump brought more contenders for national security adviser to his Palm Beach club for in-person interviews Sunday, hoping to fill the job in the coming days as he seeks to refocus his young administration.

'Golden Girls'-inspired café opens in NYC

Jessica Moskowitz, CNN  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 9:49pm

"Golden Girls" fans now have the perfect place to gather with pals and confidants.

Tribes hope Trump's 'America first' helps first Americans

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 9:05pm

Native Americans hope President Donald Trump doesn't forget America's first inhabitants as he promises to put "America first."

Asian shares mixed as investors await Fed, company earnings

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 8:22pm

Asian stocks were mixed in early trading Monday as investors looked for fresh leads while they awaited economic and corporate earnings reports and Fed meeting minutes due out this week.

On frozen fields, North Korean farmers prep for battle ahead

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 6:52pm

Plug your noses and ready your "Juche fertilizer." It's time to prep the frozen fields in North Korea.

Colorado town getting a drive-through marijuana shop

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 5:31pm

The western Colorado town of Parachute is getting a drive-through marijuana shop, believed to be the first in the state.

'Lego Batman' stays No. 1, conquers 'The Great Wall'

Jake Coyle, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 2:40pm

"The Great Wall" was a hit in China. In North America, it was a dud.

Lawmakers revise bill governing release of police videos

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 2:31pm

Wyoming lawmakers have revised a bill that governs public release of video from police body and car cameras.

Official: Tribal gaming ban bill could cause legal problems

Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 2:30pm

An attorney general's legal review of legislation seeking to ban lucrative video gaming at tribal casinos in Idaho says the measure could spark multiple legal headaches for the state and has holes in its language.

Kraft Heinz withdraws $143B bid to buy Unilever

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 12:53pm

Ketchup maker and packaged food giant Kraft Heinz has withdrawn a $143 billion offer to buy Unilever, backing away after the mayonnaise, tea and seasonings maker rejected the bid as too low.

Iran, NKorea officials: Let's strengthen relationship

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 12:00pm

Officials from both countries say Iran and North Korea want to strengthen relations.

Mattis to decide soon on troop levels in Afghanistan

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 10:35am

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he plans to make some decisions soon on whether to recommend an increase in the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and whether the totals should be based on military requirements rather than pre-set limits.

Spate of protests breaks out in Belarus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 10:20am

News media in Belarus are reporting sizable protests in five cities against an unpopular labor law that obliges citizens to pay the equivalent of $250 if they work less than half the year and do not register with state labor exchanges.

Doctor-lawmaker tries to restrict smoking in tobacco country

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 8:40am

When Dr. Ralph Alvarado was elected to the Kentucky state Senate in 2014, he found his new colleagues had something in common with most of his patients: They knew smoking was bad, they just couldn't quit.

Thousands protest in Georgia to back opposition TV station

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 8:40am

Thousands of Georgians have rallied in the capital in support of the country's opposition-minded television station that they suspect is about to be transferred to a more government-friendly owner.

SpaceX launches a rocket from NASA's historic moonshot pad

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 7:40am

SpaceX launches a rocket from NASA's historic moonshot pad.

UAE seals deal with China's CNPC for onshore oil project

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 7:20am

The United Arab Emirates' main state oil company has signed a deal giving China National Petroleum Company an 8 percent stake in a major onshore oil project.

As Mugabe turns 93, an anxious Zimbabwe wonders who's next

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 7:05am

As the world's oldest head of state approaches his 93rd birthday on Tuesday, Zimbabwe has been planning a party for thousands of people in honor of President Robert Mugabe. For weeks, state television has led its broadcasts with tributes.

Iraq says proven oil reserves rise to 153 billion barrels

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 6:53am

Iraq says new exploration has revealed an additional 10 billion barrels of oil, bringing its total proven reserves to 153 billion barrels.