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Iraqi forces facing stiff resistance in western Mosul

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 3:02am

An Iraqi commander says special forces troops are progressing through western Mosul and encountering stiff resistance from entrenched Islamic State fighters.

Inside the fight against IS sleeper cells in liberated Mosul

Susannah George and John Beck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 2:54am

Two crudely armored pickup trucks cruised along an eastern Mosul highway. A masked Iraqi officer riding shotgun yelled "Go! Go! Go!" and switched the radio from Iraqi folk music to fast, patriotic battle hymns as the vehicles sped up and weaved through the busy afternoon traffic.

Twin attacks on Syrian security buildings kill at least 30

Albert Aji, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 2:31am

At least 30 people were killed, including a branch director of the feared Military Intelligence services, in a pair of attacks on two security locations in the central Syrian city of Homs on Saturday, state media and officials reported.

Germany's Merkel: keep working on 2-state Mideast solution

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 2:30am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stressing the need to work for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after President Donald Trump signaled that he could accept a different outcome.

Indonesia says Indonesian suspect in death of Kim Jong Un's half brother was paid $90 for what she believed was a prank

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 1:50am

Indonesia says Indonesian suspect in death of Kim Jong Un's half brother was paid $90 for what she believed was a prank.

Homs provincial governor: Multiple explosions strike a security building in Syrian city of Homs, killing more than 20

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:53am

Homs provincial governor: Multiple explosions strike a security building in Syrian city of Homs, killing more than 20.

Afghan official: IS militants kill 11 in mosque ambush

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 12:46am

An Afghan official says that 10 police officers and the wife of a police commander have been killed by Islamic State militants in northern Zawzjan province.

AP Explains: Who competes and how Carnival parades judged

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 10:41pm

Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parade is world famous for the samba dancing, costumes that leave little to the imagination and the magnificent floats that roll down Avenida Marques de Sapucai, also known as the "sambadrome." For the competitors, getting to the big show is months in the making.

Haiti gov't creates commission to probe prison conditions

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 8:22pm

Haiti announced a new government commission on Friday to probe the country's prisons and other overcrowded lockups and make recommendations to improve desperate conditions for inmates.

Leading critic of Philippine leader arrested on drug charges

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 7:54pm

A Philippine senator and leading critic of President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly crackdown on illegal drugs said she won't be intimidated by a leader she called a "serial killer" after police arrested her on drug charges.

Guatemala orders expulsion of abortion ship, crew

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 7:41pm

Guatemala's immigration office on Friday ordered the expulsion of a ship run by a Dutch nonprofit organization that performs free abortions onboard in international waters.

US to seek extradition of ex-Guatemalan vice president

Sonia Perez D., Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 7:01pm

The U.S. government will seek the extradition of former Guatemalan Vice-President Roxana Baldetti and ex-Interior Minister Hector Mauricio Lopez Bonilla on drug trafficking charges, the embassy said in a statement Friday.

UN Syria sanctions vote sought next week; Russia vows veto

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 6:46pm

Nations urging the U.N. to ban helicopter sales to Syria and impose other sanctions over chemical weapons use are seeking a Security Council vote next week, saying the body needs to take action after attacks the U.S. envoy called "barbaric." But Russia is vowing a veto.

Ukrainian lawmaker visits rebel east, urges prisoner release

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 5:07pm

A Ukrainian lawmaker visited the rebel-held east on Friday to meet with Ukrainian prisoners there, a trip that irked many in Ukraine.

Paris mayor, Clooney fire back at Trump for insulting city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:57pm

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, France's foreign minister and an American cinema luminary pushed back at U.S. President Donald Trump for insulting the City of Light on Friday in a speech.

Peru's president tells Trump he prefers 'bridges to walls'

Franklin Briceno and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 4:43pm

The first Latin American president to visit Donald Trump at the White House told the U.S. leader Friday he prefers "bridges to walls," sending him a gentle rebuke of his controversial proposal to build a wall along the border with Mexico.

France opens full fake jobs inquiry into candidate Fillon

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 3:28pm

The French financial prosecutor's office decided Friday to open a judicial inquiry surrounding the allegedly fake parliamentary aide jobs that conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon gave to his wife and two of his children, pushing the case to a higher and riskier level for the man hoping to become the next president of France.

1 killed as bandits raid livestock in drought-plagued Kenya

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 1:18pm

Kenyan police say an official has been killed by livestock bandits in the volatile Rift Valley county of Baringo, where a drought has increased cattle rustling.

Attacks near Syria town captured from IS kill 60

Sarah El Deeb and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:39pm

At least two attacks Friday near a Syrian town just captured by Turkish forces and Syrian opposition fighters from the Islamic State group killed more than 60, mostly civilians and including two Turkish soldiers, as the group retreats from one of its last remaining strongholds in northern Syria, Turkey's news agency and Syrian activists said.