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Pence to EU: U.S. support steadfast

posted: 02/21/2017 4:30 a.m. Comment 1

BRUSSELS -- Vice President Mike Pence told a Europe rattled by President Donald Trump's criticisms of European institutions and threats to upend foreign policies that would affect them that Trump fully supports the European Union and NATO.

Russia's U.N. ambassador, 64, dies on job

updated: 02/21/2017 2:42 a.m. Discuss

Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador to the United Nations, died "suddenly" while at work in New York on Monday morning, the Russian government announced, without offering details about the cause of death. He would have been 65 today.

N. Korean calls death probe by Malaysia political

posted: 02/21/2017 2:36 a.m. Discuss

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia on Monday denounced the country's investigation into the death of the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe during increasingly bitter exchanges between the once-friendly nations.

Mosul push advances from south

updated: 02/21/2017 2:35 a.m. Discuss

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq -- Iraqi forces advanced Monday into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half, as the visiting U.S. defense secretary met with officials to discuss the fight against the extremists.

Mattis: U.S. troops will be in Iraq awhile

updated: 02/21/2017 2:33 a.m. Discuss

BAGHDAD -- U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said Monday that he believes that U.S. forces will be in Iraq and in the fight against Islamic State militants for a while, despite recent tensions between the two nations.

The world in brief

updated: 02/21/2017 2:32 a.m. Discuss

Iran holds exercises, launches rockets

Pakistanis strike on Afghan border

posted: 02/21/2017 2:32 a.m. Discuss

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Pakistani airstrikes killed “dozens” of militants Monday in a tribal region along the Afghan border, the military said.

Defense Secretary Mattis: U.S. will stay in Iraq a while

posted: 02/20/2017 10:17 a.m. Comment 1

BAGHDAD — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday he believes U.S. forces will be in Iraq and in the fight against Islamic State militants for a while, despite some rocky times between the two nations.

Iraqis target western Mosul

posted: 02/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Discuss

HAMAM AL-ALIL, Iraq -- U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched an air-and-ground offensive Sunday to retake western Mosul from Islamic State militants and drive the extremist group from its last major urban bastion in Iraq.

Trump's remarks on terror baffle Swedes

posted: 02/20/2017 4:30 a.m. Comments 12

LONDON -- Swedes have been scratching their heads in response to President Donald Trump's remarks Saturday that suggested a major event had occurred in the Scandinavian country. The president now says he was referring to something he saw on television.

Report: Israel balked at peace plan

posted: 02/20/2017 2:59 a.m. Discuss

JERUSALEM -- Israel's prime minister turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, former U.S. officials confirmed Sunday.

U.S. upset at move by Russia on rebels

posted: 02/20/2017 2:54 a.m. Discuss

MOSCOW — The United States says it is disturbed by Russia’s decision to recognize passports and other documents issued by rebel authorities in eastern Ukraine.

N. Korea plans talks in U.S.

posted: 02/20/2017 2:53 a.m. Discuss

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Preparations are underway to bring North Korean representatives to the United States for talks with former American officials, the first such meeting in more than five years.

Malaysia seeks 7 people in killing

posted: 02/20/2017 2:52 a.m. Discuss

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Investigators were seeking seven more people in the assassination last Monday of the half brother of North Korea's leader, including four North Korean men who left the country shortly after the killing, a top police official said Sunday.

Iran won't be cowed by U.S., envoy says

updated: 02/20/2017 2:50 a.m. Discuss

MUNICH -- Iran's foreign minister on Sunday brushed aside recent pressure from the United States, declaring at the Munich Security Conference that his country is unmoved by threats but responds well to respect.

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