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7 killed in airstrikes on Syrian capital

2017-02-20T18:25:03Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- Airstrikes in the Syrian capital, Damascus, left at least seven people dead Monday as activists reported a third straight day of escalations by pro-government forces against opposition-held areas inside and around the capital....



Pence tries to reassure European leaders shaken by Trump

2017-02-20T19:37:13Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday vowed to stand with the European Union and the NATO military alliance, but was met with some skepticism from leaders shaken by President Donald Trump's more critical comments....



US Defense Secretary Mattis: US will stay in Iraq a while

2017-02-20T16:06:57Z

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....



Amid protests, UK lawmakers debate downgrading Trump visit

2017-02-20T19:47:15Z

LONDON (AP) -- Thousands of protesters against U.S. President Donald Trump rallied outside Britain's Parliament on Monday, while lawmakers inside urged the government to rescind its offer to the president of a state visit stamped with pomp, pageantry and royal approval....



Guinea: 5 killed amid student protests over teacher strikes

2017-02-20T21:34:26Z

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) -- At least five people were killed Monday when police in Guinea clamped down on hundreds of students who demonstrated with stones and sticks amid teacher strikes that have kept them out of class for weeks....



North African diplomats seek solutions for chaotic Libya

2017-02-20T17:23:49Z

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....



Montenegro accuses Russia over alleged coup plot

2017-02-20T18:30:33Z

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) -- Montenegro's special prosecutor has accused Russia and its secret service operatives of plotting an election-day coup attempt that included plans to kill the small Balkan country's former prime minister....



Iraqi troops advance on western Mosul as Mattis holds talks

2017-02-20T16:27:16Z

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....



American flag has 51 stars for Pence visit to European Union

2017-02-20T18:15:10Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The Star-Spangled Banner looked more starry than usual during one of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's appearances in Brussels....



Kremlin defends its recognition of Ukraine rebel passports

2017-02-20T14:21:15Z

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....