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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.

Rohingya activist says 1,000 refugees returned to Myanmar

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 6:50am

Activists in Bangladesh say 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.

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.

Iran blames sandstorm on Iraq after protests over power cuts

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

Iranian authorities are blaming neighboring Iraq for a sandstorm that knocked out power in a southern province and sparked protests against local officials.

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.

Kremlin defends its recognition of Ukraine rebel passports

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 6:33am

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.

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.

Pence tries to reassure Europeans on US support

Ken Thomas and Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 6:25am

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.

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.

Norwegian relief group says staffers detained in Yemen

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 6:00am

A Norwegian relief group says six of its staffers and a driver have been detained in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida by Houthi rebels.

Iran bans use of private drones over its capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 5:50am

Iran has banned use of drones in its capital because of security concerns after authorities opened fire on at least two unmanned aerial vehicles that flew too close to sensitive areas in recent months.

Egypt high court upholds death sentence of 10 in soccer riot

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 5:42am

Egypt's highest appeals court on Monday upheld the death sentences against 10 people convicted over a soccer riot that killed over 70 fans in 2012, becoming one of the world's deadliest soccer disasters.

Pakistan says airstrikes have killed 'dozens' of militants

Riaz Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 5:22am

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

Trump's first month augurs stormy trans-Atlantic relations

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 5:22am

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.

Cambodia lawmakers approve law threatening opposition party

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 5:12am

Cambodia's legislature amended a law governing political parties on Monday to allow the government to apply to the courts to have a party dissolved, an act aimed at the sole opposition group in parliament.

Iran launches 'advanced' rockets during military exercises

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Feb 20th - 4:40am

Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard has launched several sophisticated rockets during military exercises, Iranian media reported on Monday.