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Mattis to decide soon on troop levels in Afghanistan
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he plans to make some decisions soon on whether to recommend an increase in the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and whether the totals should be based on military requirements rather than pre-set limits....

Trump says remark about Sweden referred to something on TV
HELSINKI (AP) -- Swedes have been scratching their heads and ridiculing President Donald Trump's remarks that suggested a major incident had happened in the Scandinavian country. The American president now says he was referring to something he saw on television....

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 launch offensive to drive IS from western Mosul
HAMAM AL-ALIL, Iraq (AP) -- U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched a major air-and-ground offensive Sunday to retake western Mosul from Islamic State militants and drive the extremist group from its last major urban bastion in Iraq....

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....

Roaming telescope brings Kenyan kids views of night sky
MOLO, Kenya (AP) -- Thousands of schoolchildren in Kenya are getting a rare opportunity to look at the stars....

Blast in Somalia kills 34 in Mogadishu marketplace
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somalia's new president visited victims wounded by the Mogadishu car bomb that on Sunday killed 34. President Mohamed Abdulahi Mohamed offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those who planned the blast....

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) -- U.S. 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....

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Blast in Somalia kills 34 in Mogadishu marketplace

Asia
11 dead after boat capsizes off Sri Lanka's southwest coast

Europe
Trump says remark about Sweden referred to something on TV

Latin America/Caribbean
Ruling party candidate seen leading Ecuador president vote

Middle East
Ex-officials: Israeli leader spurned secret peace offer




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