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Israeli settler leader says settlements grew rapidly in 2017

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 6:35pm

The number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank grew at nearly twice the rate of Israel's overall population last year, a settler leader said Monday, predicting that settlement growth would surge even more in the coming years thanks in part to the Trump presidency.

Gulf cartel boss captured in Mexican state bordering Texas

Alfredo Pena, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 6:01pm

An alleged top boss of the Gulf drug cartel was captured by Mexican marines Monday in the northern border state of Tamaulipas, which for years has been terrorized by gangland violence.

Rio could be 'laboratory' for solving Brazil's crime crisis

Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 5:57pm

Brazilian leaders said Monday that the use of the military to combat rising violence in Rio de Janeiro could serve as a model for other violent areas of Brazil.

Court: Pardoned Peru strongman Fujimori can be tried again

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 5:31pm

A court in Peru has determined that former Peruvian strongman Alberto Fujimori can be tried in connection with a 1992 massacre despite his recent pardon from a 25-year jail sentence.

Oxfam says staff intimidated witnesses in Haiti sex scandal

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 4:27pm

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.

Scandals highlight Israeli leader's media obsession

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 1:49pm

Benjamin Netanyahu came to prominence as a star of the media age, an upgrade from older Israeli politicians in his telegenic poise, mastery of message and gift for the sound bite in English and Hebrew. But those skills may have morphed into a darker obsession with controlling the media that now accounts for much of the scandal threatening his rule.

Report: Supporter of Sufi leader kills 3 police in Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 11:48am

Iran's semi-official Fars news agency says a supporter of a Sufi leader has rammed a bus into police, killing three of them before being arrested.

Greek carnival celebrations get a little flour power

Petros Giannakouris, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 11:47am

For a few hours every year, residents and visitors of this pretty Greek seaside town have a license to lose their civility.

Turkey warns as Syrian government poised to enter Afrin

Zeina Karam and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 11:15am

Turkey warned the Syrian government Monday against entering the Kurdish-controlled enclave in northern Syria where a major Turkish military offensive is underway, saying it would hit back at the troops if their goal is to protect the Kurdish fighters.

The Latest: Turkey denies reports that Syria will aid Kurds

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 11:01am

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

Court video shows kidnapped model revisiting scenes of crime

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 10:15am

Video of a British model retracing her movements from a city studio where she was allegedly grabbed to a farmhouse where she was held for six days was played Monday at the trial in Italy of a Polish man charged in her kidnapping for ransom.

IS ambushes Iraqi Shiite-led force, killing 27 fighters

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 8:51am

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

Pakistan minister defends planned deployment to Saudi Arabia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 8:36am

Pakistan's defense minister says the planned deployment of 1,000 troops to Saudi Arabia does not violate a parliamentary resolution against taking part in combat operations in Yemen.

2 Americans, 6 others arrested in Serbia

Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 8:17am

Eight foreign citizens, including two Americans and two Ukrainians, have been arrested in Serbia on suspicion that they tried to photograph and enter military facilities without authorization, officials said on Monday.

Catalan politicians in Spanish court in secession probe

Aritz Parra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 8:07am

A Spain Supreme Court judge set bail Monday for a prominent Catalan politician who faced possible jailing during the ongoing investigation of people involved in the Catalonia region's push for independence last year.

Kuwait invites Philippines leader to visit amid tensions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 8:03am

Kuwait's ruling emir has reportedly invited Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to his country to resolve tensions after a Filipina maid was found dead in a freezer.

Qatari envoy says both Israel and Gaza militants want calm

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 7:59am

A Qatari envoy said Monday that both Israel and Gaza militants want to contain cross-border violence that has flared in recent days, as he detailed a new emergency fund to aid the blockaded territory.

Iranian rescuers find wreckage from plane crash

Amir Vahdat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 7:57am

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.

Turkey renames US Embassy street after Syria offensive

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 19th - 7:51am

Turkish authorities on Monday renamed a street where the U.S. Embassy is located with the name of Turkey's military offensive in Syria that had led to tensions between the allies.