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Philippines: Risks rising with China challenging US at sea

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 11:57pm

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.

All 65 aboard plane feared dead in crash in southern Iran

Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 5:49pm

An Iranian airplane brought back into service only months ago after being grounded for seven years crashed Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, and officials feared all 65 people on board were killed.

Main party candidates formally join Mexico presidential race

Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 4:01pm

Three presidential candidates formally accepted the nominations of Mexico's main political parties on Sunday, entering what is shaping up to be a crowded, six-person race to the July 1 election.

Winners of the 2018 British Academy Film Awards

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 2:34pm

Winners of the 2018 British Academy Film Awards, presented Sunday:

Frances McDormand named best actress at British Academy Film Awards for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 2:15pm

Frances McDormand named best actress at British Academy Film Awards for "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."

Avalanches kill 2 skiers in France, injure 2 in Switzerland

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 2:05pm

Authorities say two skiers were killed by an avalanche in the French Alps, and two more people were injured by an avalanche in Switzerland near the border with France.

Bolivia blames both Carnival blasts on dynamite

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 1:45pm

Bolivian authorities said Sunday that both of the explosions that killed 12 people during recent Carnival celebrations were caused by dynamite, not exploding gas canisters as initially thought.

Saakashvili supporters march to demand Poroshenko step down

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

Several thousand supporters of deported Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili marched through the center of Kiev on Sunday, demanding the resignation of President Petro Poroshenko.

Turkey: Soldiers die after vehicle topples in flooded river

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 1:08pm

The bodies of two Turkish soldiers who went missing in a flood after heavy rains pummeled the country's southeast were found late Sunday, the military said.

The Latest: Iran says 65 killed in airplane crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 12:45pm

The Latest on the crash of an Iranian passenger plane in southern Iran (all times local):

Polish PM seeks dialogue with Israel on 'difficult history'

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 12:23pm

Poland's prime minister said Sunday that dialogue with Israel about the Holocaust is necessary and would serve as a warning to prevent such "exceptionally terrifying" crimes from happening again.

Israeli PM Netanyahu to Iran: Don't test Israel's resolve

David Rising and Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 9:31am

The nuclear deal with Iran has emboldened Tehran to become increasingly aggressive in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, warning that Iran should "not test Israel's resolve" as he showed off what he said was part of a downed Iranian drone.

Nigeria releasing 475 Boko Haram suspects for rehabilitation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 9:06am

Authorities in Nigeria are releasing hundreds of people accused of supporting an Islamic extremist group, citing a lack of evidence.

West Africa's extremism spreading as thousands flee homes

Brahima Ouedraogo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 8:21am

West Africa's extremist threat has moved into a new part of the vast Sahel region, with a previously calm area of Burkina Faso facing the kinds of assaults that have forced thousands elsewhere to flee over the past year.

German police probe British woman over Holocaust remarks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 8:15am

German police are investigating a British woman for suspected incitement after she questioned the Holocaust during a far-right protest in the eastern city of Dresden.

Kosovo celebrates 10 years of independence, Serbs boycott

Florent Bajrami, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 7:56am

The Kosovo Assembly, or Parliament, convened in a special session Sunday to celebrate the country's 10 years of independence — a ceremony boycotted by the country's ethnic Serb lawmakers.

Husband of slain MP Jo Cox steps down after misconduct claim

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 7:49am

The widower of a slain British lawmaker stepped down from two charities set up in his late wife's memory after a newspaper reported allegations of past sexual misconduct against him.

Turkey's PM expects top-level meetings of Erdogan, Merkel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 7:27am

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim says he expects top-level visits between his country's president and German leader Angela Merkel, a sign of improved relations between the two countries.

Dozens granted bail in Kuwait over 2011 parliament storming

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 18th - 7:03am

A judge in Kuwait has ordered dozens of politicians, activists and others imprisoned over protesters storming parliament in 2011 to be freed on bail pending their appeal before the country's highest court.