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IS ambushes Iraqi Shiite-led force, killing 27 fighters

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 4:41am

Islamic State militants ambushed a group of Iraq's Shiite-led paramilitary fighters, killing at least 27, officials said Monday, underlining the extremis group's capabilities of launching large-scale attacks two months after Baghdad declared victory over IS in all of Iraq.

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.

Egypt: 3 troops killed in anti-militant operation in Sinai

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 4:28am

Egypt's military says three troops, including an officer, were killed in restive Sinai in fighting with militants.

The Latest: Turkey warns Syria troops it will fight in Afrin

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 4:21am

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

Turkey threatens to battle Syrian government troops if they enter Syrian enclave to protect Kurdish fighters

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 4:06am

Turkey threatens to battle Syrian government troops if they enter Syrian enclave to protect Kurdish fighters.

Philippine forces arrest alleged ex-Islamic State commander

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:59am

Philippine police say authorities have arrested an Arab man who they believe is a former commander of the Islamic State group.

Iranian rescue teams find site, wreckage from plane crash

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:35am

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

Iraq's Shiite-led force: Militants disguised in army uniforms ambush paramilitary troops north of Baghdad, killing 27

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:30am

Iraq's Shiite-led force: Militants disguised in army uniforms ambush paramilitary troops north of Baghdad, killing 27.

Gambia president announces moratorium on death penalty

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:27am

Gambia's president has declared a moratorium on the death penalty, calling it a "first step toward abolition."

Catalan politicians in Spanish court in secession probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:17am

Two prominent Catalan politicians are testifying before a Supreme Court judge for their roles in holding a banned independence referendum and making an illegal declaration of independence based on its results.

Syrian TV: Pro-government forces to enter Kurdish enclave

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:13am

Pro-Syrian government forces will begin entering the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin in the country's northwest "within hours," after reaching an agreement with the Kurdish militia in control of the region, Syrian state media said Monday.

Reports: Merkel favors German governor to run party affairs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 3:11am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is reported to favor the governor of Saarland state to run her center-right party's day-to-day operations.

5.9 quake hits southern Mexico, days after more powerful one

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 2:50am

The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.9 has struck the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, days after a more powerful temblor hit the same area.

AP PHOTOS: Highlights of Day 10 at the Pyeongchang Olympics

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 2:49am

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.

Syrian TV: Pro-government forces to enter Kurdish enclave of Afrin "within hours," which may prompt Turkish pullout

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 2:09am

Syrian TV: Pro-government forces to enter Kurdish enclave of Afrin "within hours," which may prompt Turkish pullout.

German nationalist urges AfD followers to reject violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 1:56am

A leading figure in the nationalist Alternative for Germany has urged the party's followers to reject violence.