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Ex-officials: Israeli leader spurned secret peace offer

Aron Heller and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 1:14pm

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.

Bomb explodes by Colombia bull ring, killing 1 policeman

Camilo Hernandez and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 12:22pm

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

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.

US vice president visits former Nazi concentration camp

Ken Thomas, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 19th - 12:14pm

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.