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IS ambushes Iraqi Shiite-led force, killing 27 fighters

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 6:42am

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

2 Americans, 2 Ukrainians arrested in Serbia over drone

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 6:40am

Two U.S. and two Ukrainian citizens have been arrested in Serbia for trying to photograph the military security headquarters in downtown Belgrade with a drone.

AP PHOTOS: Highlights of Day 10 at the Pyeongchang Olympics

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 6:33am

Canadian ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir floated across the ice in perfect harmony to break their own record for a short program. American Lindsey Vonn was third-fastest on the second day of Olympic downhill training. And the U.S. women's hockey team made it back to the Olympic gold medal game after routing Finland 5-0 in the semifinal.

Iranian rescuers find wreckage from plane crash

Amir Vahdat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 6:14am

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.

2 Kuwait royals sentenced for insulting parliament speaker

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 6:09am

A lawyer says two Kuwaiti ruling family members have been found guilty of insulting the country's National Assembly speaker.

17 killed in garbage dump collapse in Mozambique

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 5:59am

Mozambican media say at least 17 people died when heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique's capital, Maputo.

Mozambican media say at least 17 killed when heavy rains triggered partial collapse of huge mound of garbage in Maputo

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 5:56am

Mozambican media say at least 17 killed when heavy rains triggered partial collapse of huge mound of garbage in Maputo.

Israel hits militant site in Gaza after renewed rocket fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 5:52am

The Israeli military on Monday said it struck an underground militant infrastructure site in Gaza in response to rocket fire toward Israel.

Case against activists threatens Kuwait's political openness

Jon Gambrell and Malak Harb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 5:51am

In Kuwait, activists have been gathering nightly to peacefully demonstrate against their government — something that elsewhere in the Arabian Peninsula would see protesters tear-gassed, beaten, arrested and sentenced to prison.

5.9 quake hits southern Mexico, but no damage reported

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 5:51am

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca on Monday, days after a more powerful temblor hit the same area.

South Africa steps up action against Zuma-linked family

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 5:37am

South African authorities are escalating an anti-corruption drive against a business family linked to former president Jacob Zuma, saying they could seek Interpol's help to track suspects believed to be out of the country.

Philippine forces arrest alleged ex-Islamic State commander

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 5:15am

Philippine police and army troops have arrested an Arab man they believe was a former commander of the Islamic State group along the Syria and Turkey border in a raid on a Manila apartment, where they found bomb-making materials and an IS-style flag, the national police chief said Monday.

Turkey warns it may hit Syrian troops in Kurdish enclave

Bassem Mroue and Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 5:11am

Turkey threatened on Monday to hit back at Syrian pro-government troops if they deploy in an enclave in northern Syria to protect a Kurdish militia that Ankara is battling there.

Moroccan king orders inquiry into deadly train crash

Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 5:07am

Morocco's king has ordered an investigation into a deadly train crash that killed six people.

Caricature of Thai scholar raises money for dissidents

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 4:39am

A cartoonist who lampoons Thailand's military government has done a caricature of a historian critical of the nation's monarchy and sold it in an online auction to raise money for legal aid for political dissidents, a legal aid group said Monday.

France argues World Court has no jurisdiction in graft case

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 4:37am

French lawyers on Monday urged the International Court of Justice to throw out a case brought by Equatorial Guinea in 2016 seeking to prevent the prosecution in France — which has since happened — of the African nation's vice president on money laundering and other charges linked to his opulent lifestyle.

Oxfam says staff intimidated witnesses in Haiti sex scandal

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 4:33am

Oxfam workers suspected of sexual misconduct in Haiti intimidated and threatened a witness as the charity investigated the original claims, according to the organization's report on the internal inquiry.

Police arrest 5 who killed orangutan in Borneo with air gun

Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 4:32am

Four Indonesian farmers and a 13-year-old boy admitted they stabbed, clubbed and shot a critically endangered orangutan at least 130 times with an air gun to protect their pineapple crop, police said Monday.

Israel successfully tests advanced missile defense system

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 4:30am

Israel says it has successfully tested the country's advanced missile defense system capable of defending against ballistic missile threats outside the atmosphere.