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Iranians welcome Farhadi's Oscar for best foreign film
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....

Oscar-winning Syrian rescue group says award is inspiration
BEIRUT (AP) -- The head of the Syrian search-and-rescue group featured in the harrowing Oscar-winning Netflix documentary "The White Helmets" said on Monday he hopes the award will serve as an inspiration his volunteers to keep up their mission in the war-torn country....

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....

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....

France's 2 left-wing presidential candidates refuse to unite
PARIS (AP) -- The two main left-leaning candidates in France's presidential election won't join forces after all....

Fallen Argentine troops' relatives wait for identification
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The body of Jose Antonio Reyes Lobos rests in the Falkland Islands along with those of more than 100 other fallen Argentine soldiers. But his 79-year-old mother says she doesn't want to leave this world without putting a flower on a grave bearing the name of her son killed in combat more than three decades ago....

Iraqi Commander: Troops push further into western Mosul
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A senior Iraqi police commander says troops have taken control of the western side of a key bridge in Mosul amid intense clashes with the Islamic State group....

Drought, hunger push Somalis to flee amid fears of famine
MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Her eyes glued to the feeble movements of her malnourished baby with protruding ribs and sunken eyes, Fadumo Abdi Ibrahim struggled to hold back her tears in the stifling and crowded feeding center in Somalia's capital. She waved a scrap of fabric over him to create a current of air....

Jets pound northwest Syria as Geneva talks continue
BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian activists say airstrikes in the country's rebel-held Idlib province have killed at least 11 people....

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