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Italy's Renzi resigns as party chief, seeks renewed mandate
ROME (AP) -- Former Italian Premier Matteo Renzi resigned on Sunday as leader of his fractious Democratic Party in a bid to win a fresh, stronger mandate before parliamentary elections which populist political forces hope will propel them into national power for the first time....

Iraqi forces advance on Islamic State-held western Mosul
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 city....

Daunting urban terrain as Iraqis push into western Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi forces have launched the push for Mosul's militant-held western half just over four months after the operation to retake the city from the Islamic State group officially began....

Malaysia looks for 4 North Korean suspects who left country
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Investigators are looking for four North Korean men who flew out of Malaysia the same day Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean ruler's outcast half brother, apparently was poisoned at an airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian police said Sunday....

Finding poison in N. Korea attack may be hardest part
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- A paranoid dictator's estranged brother. Two young female assassins. A crowded international airport. And a mysterious poison that kills within hours....

Europeans wonder if Trump will act on Pence's reassurances
MUNICH (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence was the latest in a trio of high-ranking Trump emissaries to tell European allies in person that the United States will steadfastly support NATO and demand that Russia honor its commitments to end fighting in Ukraine....

Report: Israeli leader turned down regional peace initiative
JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli newspaper reported Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-American Secretary of State John Kerry, in apparent contradiction to his stated goal of involving regional powers in resolving Israel's conflict with the Palestinians....

Blast in Somalia kills 15 in Mogadishu marketplace
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A Somali police officer says a blast at a busy market in the western part of Somalia's capital killed at least 15 people....

US slams Russia's move to recognize Ukraine rebel documents
MOSCOW (AP) -- The United States says it is disturbed by Russia's decision to recognize passports and other documents issued by rebel authorities in eastern Ukraine....

London mayor: 'Cruel' Trump should be denied state visit
LONDON (AP) -- London's mayor says that President Donald Trump shouldn't receive a state visit in Britain because of his "cruel" policies on immigration....

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Africa
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Europe
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Middle East
Iraqi forces advance on Islamic State-held western Mosul