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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....

Israeli opposition: Netanyahu 'blinked' on peace initiative
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's opposition leader says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was ready to freeze settlement construction in most of the West Bank but ultimately backed out for fear of losing his grip on power....

Iraqi troops push into IS-held southern outskirts of Mosul
SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraqi Federal Police forces on Monday 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 as the U.S. defense secretary started a visit to Iraq to discuss the fight against IS....

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....

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 Monday in southern Turkey 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....

Montenegro accuses Russians over alleged coup plot
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) -- Montenegro's special prosecutor has accused Russia and its secret service operatives of plotting a coup attempt that included plans to kill the small Balkan country's former prime minister, Milo Djukanovic....

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Famine declared in part of South Sudan by government and UN

Pakistan says airstrikes have killed 'dozens' of militants

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US Defense Secretary Mattis: No plan to seize Iraqi oil

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