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Iranians cheer Oscar for best foreign film; foreign minister lauds win as move against Trump's entry ban
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranians on Monday cheered the choice of one of their own for the best foreign film Oscar, lauding director Asghar Farhadi's boycott of the Hollywood ceremony for his film "The Salesman" as an act of defiance against the Trump administration....

A young volunteer in the Syrian search-and-rescue group featured in an Academy Award-winning documentary says he hopes the award will help stop "massacres" in his country
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."...

For 82 years, global accounting and consulting firm PwC has enjoyed the reputational boon it got from leading the balloting process at the Academy Awards
LONDON (AP) -- For 82 years, accounting and consulting firm PwC has enjoyed a reputational boon from handling the balloting process at the Academy Awards....

The 2015 death of Boris Nemtsov has left Russia's opposition movement in tatters
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....

Hard-pressed rural residents in eastern Poland are feeling a bit hopeful now after the election of a populist party, Law and Justice, which has promised to help those left behind by Poland's free-market era
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....

Police in Malaysia investigating the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother believe they have a major lead
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....

South Korea's intelligence agency says that five senior North Korean officials have been executed for making false reports to leader Kim Jong Un
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....

The two main left-leaning candidates in France's presidential election won't join forces after all
PARIS (AP) -- The two main left-leaning candidates in France's presidential election won't join forces after all....

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has urged the international community to protect the two-state solution, in a message aimed at Israel and the new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump
GENEVA (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday urged the international community to protect the two-state solution, in a message aimed at Israel and the new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump....

The U.S. Embassy has denounced a march by a group of far-right supporters in the Croatian capital who also waved an American flag and reportedly voiced support for President Donald Trump
ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- The U.S. Embassy in Croatia on Monday strongly denounced a march by far-right nationalists in the Croatian capital of Zagreb who also waved an American flag and reportedly voiced support for President Donald Trump....

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Africa
A huge fire engulfed Somali capital's main market, killing at least two people, a Somali police officer said Monday

Asia
Abu Sayyaf extremists in the Philippines released a video showing the beheading of a German hostage in the first sign the brutal Philippine militants carried out a threat to kill him after a ransom deadline lapsed

Europe
Germany's Die Welt newspaper says one of its journalists who was detained over his reports on a hacker attack on the email account of Turkey's energy minister, has appeared before a prosecutor

Latin America/Caribbean
A float crashes during Rio de Janeiro's world famous Carnival parade and injures eight people, including at least three people reported in serious condition, but organizers proceed with the show

Middle East
The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East has met with top officials in Lebanon to discuss American military aid and other efforts to contain the fallout from the civil war in neighboring Syria


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