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US-backed Iraqi forces enter Mosul airport, military base

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Backed by the U.S.-led international coalition, Iraqi forces fought their way Thursday into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, taking control of the runway amid ...

North Korea calls Malaysian investigation ‘full of holes’

By EILEEN NG and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — After more than a week of silence in its state-controlled media, North Korea on Thursday slammed the investigation into the death of one of its citizens in Kuala Lumpur, saying Malaysia's probe is full of "holes ...

UN-sponsored Syria talks resume in Geneva after 10 months

By DOMINIQUE SOGUEL and JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Syrian peace talks under the auspices of the United Nations resumed in Geneva on Thursday, 10 months after falling apart over escalating bloodshed in the war-torn country. The talks come as Turkish troops and Syrian ...

Somalia’s new president appoints prime minister

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Thursday appointed a political newcomer as the prime minister, shortly before departing to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip since his inauguration. Somali-born Norwegian ...

16 rebels killed in fighting with army in Congo’s east

By AL-HADJI KUDRA MALIRO, Associated Press BENI, Congo (AP) — Congo's army has killed at least 16 former members of a rebel group after they re-entered the country's east, the military's spokesman said Thursday. Fighting near Rutshuru began Wednesday and by Thursday the army had captured 68 ...

US, Mexico at odds over deportation as top officials meet

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown are looming over a gathering of U.S. and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between ...

Riot in Stockholm suburb after drug suspect is arrested

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish police on Tuesday were investigating a riot that broke out overnight in a predominantly immigrant suburb in Stockholm after officers arrested a suspect on drug charges. The clashes started late Monday when a police car arrested a suspect and people started ...

Kremlin stays mum on new US national security adviser

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin refrained from comment Tuesday on the appointment of the new U.S. national security adviser, but one lawmaker said he was likely to take a hawkish stance toward Russia. Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster was named to the job Monday ...

Pinpointing cause of death for NK’s Kim Jong Nam may be hard

By EILEEN NG and MARGIE MASON, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Determining whether poison killed the half brother of North Korea's leader in a busy airport is proving difficult for Malaysian officials, who said Tuesday that autopsy results are so far inconclusive. More than a ...

Lawyer: Portugal to extradite ex-CIA agent to Italian jail

By BARRY HATTON, Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese court has ordered police to extradite a former CIA agent to Italy, where she is due to serve a four-year prison sentence after being convicted of involvement in a U.S. program that kidnapped suspects for interrogation, ...

Red Crescent: 74 bodies of migrants wash ashore in Libya

By MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Scores of bodies of African migrants washed ashore in Libya's western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean, the Libyan Red Crescent said Tuesday — the latest tragedy at sea after migrant deaths rose to record levels along the key smuggling ...

Eiffel Tower view: Paris tourism rises after yearlong slump

PARIS (AP) — Tourism to Paris is showing signs of a revival after a yearlong slump attributed to deadly extremist attacks, violent labor protests, strikes and floods. The biggest drop came in demand for Paris hotels from Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Italian tourists, according to 2016 ...

Trump’s first month augurs stormy trans-Atlantic relations

By RAF CASERT, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — After President Donald Trump's raucous first month in office, Europeans have reacted with demonstrations, counter-barbs and sheer angst that a century of trans-Atlantic friendship may be sinking. "Too much as happened," European Union leader ...

N. Korean envoy blasts Malaysians, calls for joint probe

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — North Korea's top envoy in Kuala Lumpur on Monday denounced Malaysia's investigation into the apparent killing of the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe into the ...

Iraqi troops push into IS-held southern outskirts of Mosul

By BRAM JANSSEN, Associated Press SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Federal Police forces on Monday pushed into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a new push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half as the U.S. defense secretary started a visit to Iraq ...

Kremlin defends its recognition of Ukraine rebel passports

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says its decision to recognize passports and other documents issued by separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine is a response to Ukraine's blockade of rebel regions. The weekend's move by Russian President Vladimir Putin has drawn sharp criticism from Ukraine, ...

Alleged Erdogan assassination attempt trial opens in Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A trial opened Monday in southern Turkey for 47 people charged with attempting to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the night of the failed coup while he was vacationing with his family. The suspects — 37 of them former military personnel — face possible life ...

EU reassured about US relations after talks with US VP Pence

By KEN THOMAS and LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence moved Monday to assuage European Union fears about the strength of Washington's support for the EU project and commitment to European security through the NATO military alliance. In a series of ...

Swedes scratch heads at Trump’s suggestion of major incident

HELSINKI (AP) — Swedes have been scratching their heads and ridiculing President Donald Trump's remark that suggested a major incident had happened in Sweden. During a rally in Florida on Saturday, Trump said "look what's happening last night in Sweden" as he alluded to past terror attacks ...

Iraqi forces advance on Islamic State-held western Mosul

By BRAM JANSSEN, Associated Press HAMAM AL-ALIL, Iraq (AP) — U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched a large-scale military operation on Sunday to dislodge Islamic State militants from the western half of Mosul, the latest phase in a four-month-old offensive to retake Iraq's second largest ...