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Swedes scratch heads at Trump's suggestion of major incident

Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 9:54am

Swedes have been scratching their heads and ridiculing President Donald Trump's remarks that suggested a major incident had happened in the Scandinavian country.

Gambia's new president commits to end human rights abuses

Abdoulie John, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 9:43am

As Gambia enters a new era of democracy, President Adama Barrow has reiterated his commitment to ending human rights abuses in the country.

UAE arms show comes as Yemen war, suspicions of Iran linger

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 9:24am

Fighter jets screaming overhead and theatrical explosions marked the opening of an arms show Sunday in Abu Dhabi, as a bullet-scarred Emirati armored personnel carrier served as a reminder of the country's ongoing military campaign in Yemen.

Europeans wonder if Trump will act on Pence's reassurances

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 9:22am

U.S. 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.

Report: Israeli leader turned down regional peace initiative

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 8:22am

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.

French voters protest corruption amid troubled campaign

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 8:13am

French activists are demonstrating against corruption amid a presidential campaign marked by a fake jobs investigation and other legal scandals.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 7:55am

At least 11 people were killed and 24 others rescued Sunday after the boat they were traveling in capsized off of Sri Lanka's southwestern coast, police said.

Hamas court in Gaza sentences 3 to death for alleged spying

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

Hamas military courts in Gaza have sentenced three Palestinians to death for allegedly spying for Israel and upheld the sentences of three others.

Islamic extremists denounce Somalia's new president

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 7:26am

A commander of Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels denounced 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.

Italy's Renzi resigns as party chief, seeks renewed mandate

Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 7:14am

Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi resigned on Sunday as leader of his fractious Democratic Party in a bid to win a fresh, stronger mandate before parliamentary elections which populist political forces hope will propel them into national power for the first time.

Malaysia looks for 4 North Korean suspects who left country

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 7:14am

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.

Daunting urban terrain as Iraqis push into western Mosul

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 7:05am

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.

Iraqi forces advance on Islamic State-held western Mosul

Bram Janssen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 7:04am

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.

UN Syria envoy seeks momentum in upcoming Geneva talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 6:00am

The U.N. envoy for Syria says he's hoping upcoming peace talks in Geneva produce new momentum and that much depends upon the position the U.S. decides to take.

Muslim groups criticize Wilders' 'Moroccan scum' comments

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 5:32am

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.

US slams Russia's move to recognize Ukraine rebel documents

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 5:30am

The United States says it is disturbed by Russia's decision to recognize passports and other documents issued by rebel authorities in eastern Ukraine.

US vice president visits former Nazi concentration camp

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 4:44am

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence paid a somber visit to the site of the Dachau concentration camp on Sunday, walking along the grounds where tens of thousands of people were killed during World War II.

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 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.