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Iraqi commander says troops push deeper into western Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul on Monday, gaining control of a neighborhood along the Tigris River and the foot of one of the city's five bridges amid intense clashes with Islamic State militants, a senior Iraqi police commander said....

Jets pound northwest Syria as Geneva talks continue
BEIRUT (AP) -- At least 11 people were killed in airstrikes on Syria's rebel-held Idlib province on Monday, opposition activists said, in the latest spasm of violence to mar U.N.-brokered talks in Geneva between the Syrian government and the opposition....

Iranians cheer Farhadi's Oscar as rebuke of Trump policies
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The Oscar for Asghar Farhadi's "The Salesman" energized many of the filmmaker's fellow Iranians, who saw the win for best foreign film Monday as a pointed rebuke to the Trump administration and its efforts to deny them entry into the U.S....

Oscar-winning Syrian group hopes award will stop 'massacres'
BEIRUT (AP) -- A young volunteer in the Syrian search-and-rescue group featured in an Academy Award-winning documentary said Monday he hopes the award will help stop "massacres" in his country, and described a U.S. decision to block him from traveling to Los Angeles for the Oscars as "America's loss."...

PwC's hard-won reputation under threat after Oscars mistake
LONDON (AP) -- For 82 years, accounting and consulting firm PwC has enjoyed a reputational boon from handling the balloting process at the Academy Awards....

Russian opposition struggles 2 years after Nemtsov killing
MOSCOW (AP) -- Two years after he was killed near the Kremlin, Boris Nemtsov can still attract crowds of supporters. But his death left in tatters Russia's opposition movement, which is struggling with infighting and seems unable to rally behind one unifying figure....

Poland's populist govt brings hope to struggling rural areas
KOBYLIN-BORZYMY, Poland (AP) -- Life has always been hard for Witold Pogorzelski, a farmer in eastern Poland. Fuel shortages in the communist era prevented him from transporting his produce. In the capitalist era, the nearby sugar factory that provided an income to him and his wife was forced to close....

Malaysian officials run into N. Korean's diplomatic immunity
TOKYO (AP) -- Malaysian police investigating the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother believe they know somebody who might help them solve one of the most bizarre murder mysteries they have ever faced. They know his name, his nationality and have a pretty good idea where he's holed up....

Seoul says North Korea executes 5 senior security officials
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea executed five senior security officials with anti-aircraft guns because they made false reports that "enraged" leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea's spy agency said Monday....

IS militants in north Sinai showing their strength
EL-ARISH, Egypt (AP) -- In the past three days, Islamic State militants in Egypt's volatile northern Sinai region abducted four men accused of collaborating with the government, three of them during a brazen raid in the middle of a public market. Two of the men have been found slain while the others remain missing; Egyptian officials say that one of the slain men had his eyes plucked out and was set on fire before being shot to death....

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