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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.

Israeli soldier to be sentenced Tuesday for manslaughter

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

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

Russia says 4 soldiers killed in roadside bombing in Syria

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

Four Russian servicemen were killed last week in Syria when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb, the Russian military said Monday, raising the total Russian combat casualties so far in Syria's war to 27.

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.

Pakistan says airstrikes have killed 'dozens' of militants

Riaz Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:34am

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

Singaporean PM, hosting Netanyahu, endorses 'two-state' plan

Annabelle Liang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:34am

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, hosting a visit by his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Monday his country believes in a "two-state solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Iran blames sandstorm on Iraq after protests over power cuts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:34am

Iranian authorities on Monday blamed neighboring Iraq for a sandstorm that knocked out power in an oil-rich southern province and sparked protests against local officials.

Rohingya activist says 1,000 refugees returned to Myanmar

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:34am

About 1,000 members of the Rohingya ethnic minority who fled Myanmar during its army's four-month counterinsurgency operation have returned to their villages in Rakhine state after Myanmar's government announced last week that it was halting military operations in the area, activists in Bangladesh said Monday.