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Swedes scratch heads at Trump's suggestion of major incident

Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 11:13am

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

Bomb explodes by Colombia bull ring, killing 1 policeman

Camilo Hernandez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 11:02am

A homemade bomb exploded near Bogota's bullring, killing a police officer and injuring as many as 31 bystanders.

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.

Ex-officials: Israeli leader spurned secret peace offer

Aron Heller and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 10:33am

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

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.

Blast in Somalia kills 34 in Mogadishu marketplace

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 10:05am

The death toll from a car bomb at a marketplace in Somalia's capital has risen to 34 with 52 injured, said a police officer.

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.

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.