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US Defense Secretary Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oil

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 4:33am

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq's leaders.

14 on Philippine camping trip killed in bus accident

Aaron Favila, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 4:23am

Fourteen people, mostly college students on a camping trip, were killed Monday when the brakes on their chartered bus apparently failed on a steep downhill road and it smashed into an electric post and a tree, Philippine officials said.

Montenegro accuses Russians over alleged coup plot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 4:23am

Montenegro's special prosecutor has accused Russia and its secret service operatives of plotting a coup attempt that included plans to kill the small Balkan country's former prime minister, Milo Djukanovic.

Israeli opposition: Netanyahu 'blinked' on peace initiative

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

Israel's opposition leader says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was ready to freeze settlement construction in most of the West Bank but ultimately backed out for fear of losing his grip on power.

Iraqi troops push into IS-held southern outskirts of Mosul

Bram Janssen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 4:13am

Iraqi Federal Police forces on Monday pushed into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a new push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half as the U.S. defense secretary started a visit to Iraq to discuss the fight against IS.

Amid protests, UK lawmakers to debate Trump visit invitation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 4:10am

British lawmakers are set to debate a call for U.S. President Donald Trump to be denied a state visit to the U.K. — but the Conservative government insists the invitation remains firmly in place.

Alleged Erdogan assassination attempt trial opens in Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 4:02am

A trial opened Monday in southern Turkey for 47 people charged with attempting to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the night of the failed coup while he was vacationing with his family.

Kremlin defends its recognition of Ukraine rebel passports

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 3:50am

The Kremlin says its decision to recognize passports and other documents issued by separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine is a response to Ukraine's blockade of rebel regions.

North African diplomats seek solutions for chaotic Libya

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 3:40am

Top North African diplomats are meeting to find ways to reconcile Libya's rival political factions.

Philippines: Vietnamese ship attacked; 1 dead, 6 abducted

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 3:32am

Gunmen attacked a Vietnamese cargo ship off the Philippines' southern tip, killing a Vietnamese crewman and abducting six others including the vessel's captain, the Philippine coast guard and the ship's owner said Monday.

Egypt high court upholds death sentence of 10 in soccer riot

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 3:30am

Egypt's highest appeals court has upheld the death sentences against 10 suspects convicted over a 2012 soccer riot that killed 73 fans, becoming one of the world's deadliest soccer disasters.

Singaporean PM, hosting Netanyahu, endorses 'two-state' plan

Annabelle Liang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 3:21am

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, hosting a visit by his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Monday his country believes in a "two-state solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Ex-cop says Duterte paid him, others to kill crime suspects

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 2:53am

A retired Philippine police officer said Monday that President Rodrigo Duterte, when he was a mayor, ordered and paid him and other members of a so-called liquidation squad to kill criminals and opponents, including a kidnapping suspect, his family and a critical radio commentator.

Hundreds of migrants cross fence into Spain again

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 2:43am

The Red Cross says 350 migrants crossed the fence into a Spanish territory in North Africa early Monday, three days after 500 more managed to break the gates.

Strike closes Acropolis, ancient sites in Greece

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 2:40am

The Acropolis and other ancient sites in Greece are closed to the public after state guards called a 24-hour strike over a pay and contract dispute with the government.

The Latest: Malaysia PM defends probe into N. Korean's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 2:10am

The Latest on the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother, Kim Jong Nam (all times local):

Israeli army: Sinai militant fire hits Israel, no one hurt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 2:10am

The Israeli military says several shells have been fired from neighboring Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, exploding in the south of the country and causing no injuries.

Trump's first month augurs stormy trans-Atlantic relations

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 1:53am

Europeans have reacted to President Donald Trump's first month in office with demonstrations, counter-barbs and sheer angst that a century of trans-Atlantic friendship may be sinking.

Cambodia lawmakers approve law threatening opposition party

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 1:02am

Cambodia's legislature amended a law governing political parties on Monday to allow the government to apply to the courts to have a party dissolved, an act clearly aimed at the sole opposition group in parliament.