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The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 10:40pm

California's attorney general has filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Xavier Becerra released a statement Monday saying 16 states _ including California _ allege the Trump administration's action violates the Constitution. The other states include Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, and Virginia.

Pakistan asks UN to help defuse tensions with India

Munir Ahmed, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 10:40pm

Pakistan recalled its ambassador from India and appealed Tuesday for U.N. help to de-escalate and defuse tensions with New Delhi after last week's attack in India's sector of disputed Kashmir that killed at least 40 Indian troops.

Memorial speaks to North Korea's ties to summit host Vietnam

Hau Dinh and Grant Peck, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 8:04pm

In a rice field in northern Vietnam, 14 headstones are an enduring symbol of the wartime friendship of Vietnam and North Korea. They mark the original burial ground of North Korean pilots who died while secretly fighting alongside Vietnamese comrades against U.S. Air Force and Navy planes during the Vietnam War.

Honduran lawmaker loses seat for defamation conviction

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 6:44pm

A Honduran lawmaker was stripped of her seat in Congress on Monday after being convicted last month of defaming and slandering a local banker.

Mexican envoy calls for fresh effort on Maduro-Guaido talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 4:49pm

Mexico's new U.N. ambassador says a fresh effort should be made to persuade Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaido to discuss their differences without preconditions and try to find a solution to their country's crisis.

Nicaragua: Hefty prison terms for farm leaders in protests

Gabriela Selser, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 4:19pm

A judge on Monday gave lengthy prison terms to three farmers' leaders who participated in protests against President Daniel Ortega's government, citing them for terrorism and other alleged crimes that their defenders consider political and trumped-up.

Suicide bomber kills 2 police by famed Cairo tourist market

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 3:44pm

Egypt's Interior Ministry says a suicide bomber killed two police officers and wounded three more while he was being pursued near Cairo's famed Khan el-Khalili tourist marketplace.

Trudeau's top adviser resigns but denies wrongdoing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 1:15pm

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's top adviser has resigned while denying allegations he pressured Canada's former attorney general to avoid prosecuting a major Canadian engineering firm.

Nigeria's president tells security forces to be 'ruthless'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 12:42pm

Nigeria's president says security forces should be "ruthless" ahead of the country's postponed election and that anyone who tries to disturb the vote "will do so at the expense of his own life."

UN hoping for immediate pullout of forces from Yemen ports

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 12:08pm

The United Nations said Monday it hopes Yemen's warring parties will immediately carry out an agreement to pull their forces out of the key port of Hodeida and two smaller ports, as well as a U.N. facility holding enough grain to feed 3.7 million people for a month.

UK authorities pluck migrants from dinghy in English Channel

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 11:20am

British border officials have picked up 34 people who were trying to cross the English Channel in a small boat.

North Macedonia police report breaking up firearms ring

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 9:50am

Police in North Macedonia have arrested nine people suspected of belonging to a crime ring that converted flare guns into lethal weapons and sold them on the black market.

Mexico to close infamous island penal colony, region's last

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 9:07am

Mexico will close its infamous Isla Marias prison, the last island penal colony in a hemisphere once dotted with remote island jails like the one depicted in the movie "Papillon."

Opposition lawmakers plan to leave Albania's parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 8:32am

Albania's center-right opposition party says its 33 lawmakers plan to resign from parliament over alleged corruption and inefficiency of the country's Socialist government.

Bus hits dump truck in Bolivia; at least 24 reported dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 7:44am

A passenger bus crashed head-on with a dump truck in southern Bolivia on Monday, killing at least 24 people and injuring 12 more, police said.

Greece: 4 bodies recovered from car swept into river

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 6:53am

Greek authorities say rescue crews have recovered the bodies of four people who were swept away in their car by a swollen river on the southern island of Crete, following heavy rainfall in the region.

Syrian opposition activists say twin bomb blasts in northwestern city of Idlib have killed at least 10 people

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 6:25am

Syrian opposition activists say twin bomb blasts in northwestern city of Idlib have killed at least 10 people.

The Latest: Aid group says 62 die fleeing IS fighting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 6:22am

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Philippines says 136 people have died in measles outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 18th - 6:19am

The Philippine health secretary said Monday that 136 people, mostly children, have died of measles and 8,400 others have fallen ill in an outbreak blamed partly on vaccination fears.