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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 9:40pm

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

Malaysia recalls ambassador to North Korea

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 9:40pm

Malaysia's ambassador to North Korea has been recalled from Pyongyang amid rising tensions between the countries over the death in Kuala Lumpur of an estranged scion of North Korea's ruling family.

Malaysia recalls ambassador to North Korea amid tensions over its investigation of killing of Kim Jong Un's half brother

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 9:30pm

Malaysia recalls ambassador to North Korea amid tensions over its investigation of killing of Kim Jong Un's half brother.

Taiwan protests Spain's deporting of 200 Taiwanese to China

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 9:05pm

Taiwan's foreign ministry has protested Spain's decision to deport more than 200 Taiwanese telecom fraud suspects to China, in the latest instance of a government moving to deport citizens of the self-governing island to its rival.

Rembrandt drawing 'hidden' in museum for 250 years found

Judith Vonberg, CNN  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 6:49pm

A chalk drawing of a dog has been identified as a work by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn, after it spent almost 250 years mistakenly credited to a German painter.

US vice president visits former Nazi concentration camp

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 5:51pm

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.

Trump says remark about Sweden referred to something on TV

Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 4:33pm

Swedes have been scratching their heads and ridiculing President Donald Trump's remarks that suggested a major incident had happened in the Scandinavian country. The American president now says he was referring to something he saw on television.

Bomb explodes by Colombia bull ring, injuring 26

Camilo Hernandez and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 3:11pm

A homemade bomb exploded near Bogota's bullring on Sunday, injuring two dozen police officers and two civilians, Colombian authorities said.

Ex-officials: Israeli leader spurned secret peace offer

Aron Heller and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 2:51pm

Israel's prime minister turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, former American officials confirmed Sunday, in apparent contradiction to Benjamin Netanyahu's stated goal of involving regional Arab powers in resolving Israel's conflict with the Palestinians.

Ex-officials: Israeli leader spurned secret peace offer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 2:13pm

Israel's prime minister turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-American Secretary of State John Kerry, according to former U.S. officials.

Mexico: 5 dead bodies dumped along highway in Veracruz state

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 1:55pm

Mexican authorities say the dead bodies of five men were dumped along a highway in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.

5 arrested in Kiev clash between nationalists, police

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 1:15pm

Five people have been detained and one policeman injured in a clash between Ukrainian nationalist demonstrators and police outside the presidential administration building in Kiev.

Blast in Somalia kills 34 in Mogadishu marketplace

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 12:14pm

Somalia's new president visited victims wounded by the Mogadishu car bomb that on Sunday killed 34. President Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those who planned the blast.

A top Jewish leader urges Trump act against anti-Semitism

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 11:57am

A top American Jewish leader is urging President Donald Trump to speak out against anti-Semitism amid a surge in harassment of Jews in the U.S.

Europeans wonder if Trump will act on Pence's reassurances

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 11:34am

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.

France's Le Pen arrives in Lebanon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 10:50am

The far-right French leader Marine Le Pen has arrived in Beirut to meet with the Lebanese head of state and leading Christian figures.

Iraqi forces launch offensive to drive IS from western Mosul

Bram Janssen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 10:43am

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched a major air-and-ground offensive Sunday to retake western Mosul from Islamic State militants and drive the extremist group from its last major urban bastion in Iraq.

Avalanche kills 7 in Pakistan's north

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 10:32am

A local government official says an avalanche has killed seven people in northern Pakistan.

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.