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Earthquake shakes Panama with magnitude of 4.7

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 1:20pm

A strongly felt earthquake has swayed skyscrapers in Panama's capital and caused the evacuation of some buildings.

Amid protests, UK lawmakers debate downgrading Trump visit

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 12:56pm

Thousands of protesters against U.S. President Donald Trump rallied outside Britain's Parliament on Monday, while lawmakers inside urged the government to rescind its offer to the president of a state visit stamped with pomp, pageantry and royal approval.

More than 100 injured in train collision in South Africa

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 12:56pm

South African paramedics say two trains have collided in the capital, Pretoria, injuring more than 100 people.

Pence tries to reassure European leaders shaken by Trump

Ken Thomas and Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 12:42pm

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday vowed to stand with the European Union and the NATO military alliance, but was met with some skepticism from leaders shaken by President Donald Trump's more critical comments.

UK's May says Lords must respect people's will on Brexit

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 12:06pm

Britain's House of Lords launched a bid Monday to gain a greater say for Parliament over the terms of the U.K.'s European Union exit, as Prime Minister Theresa May warned lawmakers not to hold up "what the British people want" by trying to delay the process.

Pakistan says airstrikes have killed 'dozens' of militants

Riaz Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 11:43am

Pakistani airstrikes killed "dozens" of militants on Monday in a tribal region along the Afghan border, the military said.

Poland tells EU: We value democracy, respect our sovereignty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 11:34am

Poland's Foreign Ministry said Monday it has written to the European Union in response to the bloc's recommendations on rule of law in the country, the latest step in a standoff between Warsaw's populist government and EU officials concerned about weakening democratic standards.

7 killed in airstrikes on Syrian capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 11:33am

Airstrikes in the Syrian capital, Damascus, left at least seven people dead Monday as activists reported a third straight day of escalations by pro-government forces against opposition-held areas inside and around the capital.

Montenegro accuses Russia over alleged coup plot

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 11:33am

Montenegro's special prosecutor has accused Russia and its secret service operatives of plotting an election-day coup attempt that included plans to kill the small Balkan country's former prime minister.

North African diplomats seek solutions for chaotic Libya

Bouazza Ben Bouazza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 10:32am

The presidents of Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia will hold a summit soon to try to find ways to reconcile neighboring Libya's rival political factions and stem the country's chaos, diplomats said Monday.

German nationalist Petry met with Putin allies

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

Germany's most prominent nationalist politician has held talks with Russian lawmakers, including senior members of President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party.

Israeli soldier to be sentenced Tuesday for manslaughter

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

The Israeli army says a military court on Tuesday will sentence a soldier convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting a wounded Palestinian assailant.

Iraqi troops advance on western Mosul as Mattis holds talks

Bram Janssen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 9:35am

Iraqi forces advanced Monday into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half, as the visiting U.S. defense secretary met with officials to discuss the fight against the extremists.

South Africa honors more than 600 dead in WWI ship sinking

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 9:26am

It was a cataclysmic loss among many during World War I. On the foggy early morning of Feb. 21, 1917, in the channel between Britain and France, a British steamship accidentally rammed the smaller SS Mendi, sinking the vessel in about 20 minutes and killing more than 600 southern African troops on board, the vast majority of them black.

Nepal sets much-delayed village and municipal polls for May

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 9:26am

Nepal's government announced Monday that much-delayed but crucial elections for village councils and towns will be held in May, the first such polls in two decades.

US Defense Secretary Mattis: US will stay in Iraq a while

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 9:13am

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday he believes U.S. forces will be in Iraq and in the fight against Islamic State militants for a while, despite some rocky times between the two nations.

Students protest amid school closures in Guinea

Boubacar Diallo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 9:06am

Police in Guinea fired tear gas as hundreds of students armed with stones and sticks demonstrated Monday in the capital over strikes by teachers that have blocked them from going to classes for weeks.

Death, diplomatic spat could cost North Korea a rare friend

Eileen By and Tim Sullivan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 9:04am

North Korea doesn't have many friends. There's China, its closest ally, and Singapore, where the North Korean elite have long gone in search of investors and shipping contracts. There are neighbors like Russia, and other nations isolated by politics and sanctions, like Syria and Cuba.

Head of Nobel Peace Prize awards committee dead at 65

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 8:34am

Norwegian Nobel officials say the head of Norwegian Nobel Committee, Kaci Kullmann Five, has died at age 65.