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US Defense Secretary Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oil
BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday the United States does not intend to seize Iraqi oil, shifting away from an idea proposed by President Donald Trump that has rattled Iraq's leaders....

N. Korean envoy blasts Malaysians, calls for joint probe
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 death....

Trump's first month augurs stormy trans-Atlantic relations
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Europeans have reacted to President Donald Trump's first month in office with demonstrations, counter-barbs and sheer angst that a century of trans-Atlantic friendship may be sinking....

Iraqi troops push into IS-held southern outskirts of Mosul
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi Federal Police forces have 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....

Iran launches 'advanced' rockets during military exercises
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- An Iranian semi-official news agency is reporting that the country's elite Revolutionary Guard has launched sophisticated rockets during military exercises....

Prosecutors say malnutrition killing inmates in Haiti jails
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- Dozens of emaciated men with sunken cheeks and protruding 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....

Famine declared in part of South Sudan by government and UN
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Famine has been declared in two counties of South Sudan, according to an announcement by the South Sudan government and three U.N. agencies, which says the calamity is the result of prolonged civil war and an entrenched economic crisis that has devastated the war-torn East African nation....

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....

Alleged Erdogan assassination attempt trial opens in Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- A trial opened in southern Turkey on Monday 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....

North African diplomats seek solutions for chaotic Libya
TUNIS (AP) -- Top North African diplomats are meeting to find ways to reconcile Libya's rival political factions....

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