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AP Top International News at 1:03 p.m. EST

Pence tries to reassure anxious Europeans on US support
BRUSSELS (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence moved Monday to assuage European Union fears about the strength of Washington's support for the union and its commitment to European security through the NATO military alliance....

US Defense Secretary Mattis: US will stay in Iraq a while
BAGHDAD (AP) -- 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....

UK lawmakers debate downgrading Trump invite for state visit
LONDON (AP) -- U.S. President Donald Trump should not be afforded the "rare privilege" of a state visit, a British opposition lawmaker said Monday, as Parliament debated a call for Trump's invitation to be downgraded and stripped of its royal seal of approval....

North African diplomats seek solutions for chaotic Libya
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- The presidents of Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia will hold a summit soon to try to find ways to reconcile neighboring Libya's rival political factions and stem the country's chaos, diplomats said Monday....

Iraqi troops advance on western Mosul as Mattis holds talks
SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- 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....

Kremlin defends its recognition of Ukraine rebel passports
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Kremlin on Monday defended its decision to recognize passports issued by separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine, saying it came as a response to Ukraine's blockade of rebel regions....

Death, diplomatic spat could cost North Korea a rare friend
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- North Korea doesn't have many friends. There's China, its closest ally, and Singapore, where the North Korean elite have long gone in search of investors and shipping contracts. There are neighbors like Russia, and other nations isolated by politics and sanctions, like Syria and Cuba....

AP Exclusive" Malnutrition killing inmates in Haiti jails
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Dozens of emaciated men with sunken cheeks andáprotruding ribs lie silently in an infirmary at Haiti's largest prison, most too weak to stand. The corpse of an inmate who died miserably of malnutrition is shrouded beneath a plastic tarp....

Eurozone, Greece reach deal on return of bailout inspectors
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Greece and its European creditors agreed Monday to resume talks on what reforms the country must make next in order to get the money it needs to avoid bankruptcy and a potential exit from the euro....

Sleek superyacht seized in Gibraltar over $16.2M debt claim
MADRID (AP) -- Authorities in Gibraltar say they have seized one of the largest and most advanced superyachts in the world over an unsettled bill dispute between its owner and its German builder....

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Africa
UN: Congo must stop rights violations by its armed forces

Asia
Nepal sets much-delayed village and municipal polls for May

Europe
Eurozone, Greece reach deal on return of bailout inspectors

Latin America/Caribbean
AP Exclusive" Malnutrition killing inmates in Haiti jails

Middle East
French far-right chief says Assad solution to Syria crisis