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Muslim groups criticize Wilders' 'Moroccan scum' comments

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 4:20am

Muslim organizations in the Netherlands have 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.

Graham: Trump must punish Russia for election interference

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 4:01am

A senior U.S. Republican senator on Sunday urged President Donald Trump to take action against Russia over allegations that Moscow interfered in the election that brought him to power.

Malaysia searches for 4 N. Korean suspects who left country

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 4:01am

Investigators are looking for four North Korean men who flew out of Malaysia the same day Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean ruler's outcast half brother, apparently was poisoned at an airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian police said Sunday.

Islamic extremists denounce Somalia's new president

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 3:40am

A commander of Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels denounced said the country's recent election of a new president and vowed to continue fighting the government, the first official comment from al-Shabab since the president's election earlier this month.

Europeans wonder if Trump will act on Pence's reassurances

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 3:14am

Vice President Mike Pence was the latest in a trio of high-ranking Trump emissaries to tell European allies in person that the United States will steadfastly support NATO and demand that Russia honor its commitments to end fighting in Ukraine.

Israeli leader lauds 'new day' in relations with Trump's US

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 3:10am

An Israeli newspaper reported Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-American Secretary of State John Kerry, in apparent contradiction to his stated goal of involving regional powers in resolving Israel's conflict with the Palestinians.

10 dead after boat capsizes off Sri Lanka's southwest coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 3:00am

Sri Lankan police say at least 10 people were killed and seven others were rescued after the boat they were traveling in capsized off the country's southwestern coast.

Iraqi forces launch push to take western Mosul from IS

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 2:42am

Iraqi forces have launched the push for Mosul's militant-held western half just over four months after the operation to retake the city from the Islamic State group officially began.

Sudan's president accompanies UAE's rulers to defense show

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 2:20am

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has accompanied two of the United Arab Emirates' most-powerful rulers to a defense show.

Iraqi forces launch push to retake western Mosul from IS

Bram Janssen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 1:51am

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched a large-scale military operation on Sunday to dislodge Islamic State militants from the western half of Mosul, the latest phase in a four-month-old offensive to retake Iraq's second largest city.

Malaysia police say they're searching for 4 more North Korean suspects in death of N. Korean leader's half brother

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 12:20am

Malaysia police say they're searching for 4 more North Korean suspects in death of N. Korean leader's half brother.

Iraqi prime minister announces launch of the operation to retake the western half of Mosul from the Islamic State group

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 10:40pm

Iraqi prime minister announces launch of the operation to retake the western half of Mosul from the Islamic State group.

Pence says US to hold Russia accountable, stand with NATO

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 5:52pm

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday conveyed a message to jittery partners that the Trump administration will "hold Russia accountable" and maintain steadfast support for NATO, a military alliance the American commander in chief once dismissed as "obsolete."

New Gambian president promises reforms, freedoms

Abdoulie John and Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 3:56pm

Gambia's new president promised greater freedom, an improved economy and better education as thousands attended a ceremony Saturday marking his inauguration after a tense political standoff with the country's former longtime leader.

The Latest: Pence offers Ukraine's president support

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 3:33pm

The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Europe (all times local):

26 people detained after Turkey car bomb attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 3:10pm

Turkish officials say 26 people have been detained following a car bomb attack, which killed two people in the southeast of the country.

Serbia's pro-Russia leader is urged to drop presidency bid

Jovana Gec, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 1:42pm

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic should drop his idea of running for a second term this spring, a senior leader in Serbia's ruling coalition urged Saturday.

Pence offers 'unwavering' NATO pledge, leaves open questions

Geir Moulson and David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 1:34pm

America's commitment to NATO is "unwavering," U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday, reassuring allies about the direction the Trump administration might take but leaving open questions about where Washington saw its relationship with the European Union and other international organizations.

Turkish Cypriot leader: Fix trust first, peace talks later

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 18th - 12:46pm

The leader of the breakaway Turkish Cypriots says talks to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus can resume once the island's Greek Cypriot president moves to restore deeply shaken trust.