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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.