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Five, head of Nobel Peace Prize awards committee dead at 65

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

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

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.

Pence tries to reassure Europeans on US support

Ken Thomas and Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:43am

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.

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.

Kremlin defends its recognition of Ukraine rebel passports

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:25am

The Kremlin on Monday defended its decision to recognize passports issued by separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine, saying it came as a response to Ukraine's blockade of rebel regions.

Amid protests, UK lawmakers to debate Trump visit invitation

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:25am

British lawmakers are set to debate a call for U.S. President Donald Trump to be denied a state visit to the U.K. — but the Conservative government insists the invitation remains firmly in place.

Romanian creativity is hallmark of huge anti-graft protests

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:10am

In recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of Romanians have used humor, wit and hip symbols in anti-corruption protests. The spark was a government decree that would have diluted the anti-graft drive. Although the government backed down, demonstrations have continued in Bucharest, in towns across the country and even abroad.

Israeli opposition head: Netanyahu caved on peace initiative

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 7:02am

Israel's opposition leader said Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was ready to freeze settlement construction in most of the West Bank and reach out to regional Arab nations but ultimately backed out for fear of losing his grip on power.

French far-right chief says Assad solution to Syria crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 6:55am

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen on Monday called Syrian President Bashar Assad "the most reassuring solution for France," a major divergence with her nation's official policy.

Death, diplomatic spat could cost North Korea a rare friend

Eileen By and Tim Sullivan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 6:43am

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.

UK's May warns Lords not to delay people's will on Brexit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 6:43am

British Prime Minister Theresa May says Parliament must not hold up "what the British people want" by trying to delay the start of European Union exit talks.

Montenegro accuses Russians over alleged coup plot

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 6:33am

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

South Africa honors more than 600 dead in WWI ship sinking

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 6:25am

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.

Romania, South Korea concerned about N Korea missile test

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 6:14am

The foreign ministers of Romania and South Korea have expressed concern about North Korea's missile test last week.

Russia says 4 of its soldiers die in Syria roadside bombing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 6:14am

The Russian military says four of its servicemen were killed in Syria when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb.

Philippines: Vietnamese ship attacked; 1 dead, 6 abducted

Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 6:01am

Gunmen attacked a Vietnamese cargo ship off the Philippines' southern tip, killing a Vietnamese crewman and abducting six others including the vessel's captain, the Philippine coast guard and the ship's owner said Monday.