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Rio could be 'laboratory' for solving Brazil's crime crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 11:53am

A Brazilian leader says that use of the military to combat rising violence in Rio de Janeiro could be a test case for other violent areas of Brazil.

Report: Supporter of Sufi leader kills 3 police in Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 11:48am

Iran's semi-official Fars news agency says a supporter of a Sufi leader has rammed a bus into police, killing three of them before being arrested.

Greek carnival celebrations get a little flour power

Petros Giannakouris, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 11:47am

For a few hours every year, residents and visitors of this pretty Greek seaside town have a license to lose their civility.

Israeli settler leader says settlements grew rapidly in 2017

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 11:23am

An Israeli settler leader says the number of settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel's overall population last year.

Turkey warns as Syrian government poised to enter Afrin

Zeina Karam and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 11:15am

Turkey warned the Syrian government Monday against entering the Kurdish-controlled enclave in northern Syria where a major Turkish military offensive is underway, saying it would hit back at the troops if their goal is to protect the Kurdish fighters.

The Latest: Turkey denies reports that Syria will aid Kurds

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 11:01am

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Court video shows kidnapped model revisiting scenes of crime

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 10:15am

Video of a British model retracing her movements from a city studio where she was allegedly grabbed to a farmhouse where she was held for six days was played Monday at the trial in Italy of a Polish man charged in her kidnapping for ransom.

Scandals highlight Israeli leader's media obsession

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 9:37am

Benjamin Netanyahu traces his meteoric rise in Israeli politics to his days as a telegenic media star who dazzled audiences in both English and Hebrew. But he has also had a rocky relationship with Israel's notoriously aggressive media, often accusing it of carrying out a "witch hunt" against him.

IS ambushes Iraqi Shiite-led force, killing 27 fighters

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 8:51am

Islamic State militants ambushed a group of Iraq's Shiite-led paramilitary fighters, killing at least 27 more than two months after Baghdad declared victory over the extremist group, officials said Monday

Pakistan minister defends planned deployment to Saudi Arabia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 8:36am

Pakistan's defense minister says the planned deployment of 1,000 troops to Saudi Arabia does not violate a parliamentary resolution against taking part in combat operations in Yemen.

2 Americans, 6 others arrested in Serbia

Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 8:17am

Eight foreign citizens, including two Americans and two Ukrainians, have been arrested in Serbia on suspicion that they tried to photograph and enter military facilities without authorization, officials said on Monday.

Catalan politicians in Spanish court in secession probe

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 8:07am

A Spain Supreme Court judge set bail Monday for a prominent Catalan politician who faced possible jailing during the ongoing investigation of people involved in the Catalonia region's push for independence last year.

Kuwait invites Philippines leader to visit amid tensions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 8:03am

Kuwait's ruling emir has reportedly invited Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to his country to resolve tensions after a Filipina maid was found dead in a freezer.

Qatari envoy says both Israel and Gaza militants want calm

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 7:59am

A Qatari envoy said Monday that both Israel and Gaza militants want to contain cross-border violence that has flared in recent days, as he detailed a new emergency fund to aid the blockaded territory.

Iranian rescuers find wreckage from plane crash

Amir Vahdat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 7:57am

Iranian search and rescue teams on Monday reached the site of a plane crash that authorities say killed all 65 people on board, Iran's Press TV reported.

Turkey renames US Embassy street after Syria offensive

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 7:51am

Turkish authorities on Monday renamed a street where the U.S. Embassy is located with the name of Turkey's military offensive in Syria that had led to tensions between the allies.

French government presents plan to protect wolves

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 7:33am

The French government has presented a plan to ensure the survival of wolves in the country as farmers repeatedly protest about financial losses caysed bt attacks on livestock.

Bodies found in Mexico belong to 2 kidnapped federal agents

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 7:19am

Mexico's federal Attorney General's Office says two bodies found in a car have been confirmed to be those of two prosecution agents kidnapped Feb. 5 and forced to appear on a video by a drug gang.

Philippines: Risks rising with China challenging US at sea

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 6:57am

The risks of a "miscalculation" and armed conflict have risen in the disputed South China Sea with a militarily stronger China now able to challenge the United States, which used to be the dominant power in the strategic waterway, the Philippine envoy to Beijing said Monday.