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French far-right chief says Assad solution to Syria crisis

Andrea Rosa and Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 10:44am

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen tried to raise her international profile and press her pro-Syria, pro-Christian stance with a visit to Lebanon on Monday, holding her first campaign meeting with a head of state.

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.

Poland tells EU: We value democracy, respect our sovereignty

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 10:30am

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.

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.

Pence tries to reassure anxious Europeans on US support

Ken Thomas and Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 9:54am

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence moved Monday to assuage European Union fears about the strength of Washington's support for the union and its commitment to European security through the NATO military alliance.

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.

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

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 9:05am

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

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.

Eastern Libya ban women from traveling without male guardian

Rami Musa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 8:34am

Eastern Libyan authorities have issued a ban forbidding women from traveling outside the country without a male guardian, sparking mockery.

Russia says 4 soldiers killed in roadside bombing in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 8:22am

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.

Germany returns Menzel drawing sold under Nazi persecution

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 8:00am

Germany's culture minister has handed over an Adolph von Menzel drawing found in the massive trove of a reclusive collector to its rightful owner's descendants.

Trans-Atlantic relations put to test in Trump's first month

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:54am

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

After Trump remarks, Saudi repeats Palestinian state support

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:50am

Saudia Arabia is reasserting support for a Palestinian state after U.S. President Donald Trump said Mideast peace doesn't depend on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.