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U.S. deploys carrier to contentious South China Sea
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:15:00 GMTJAKARTA, Indonesia — The United States deployed aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to patrol the increasingly contentious South China Sea on Saturday despite Beijing’s warnings not to challenge its sovereignty in the resource-rich sea. In a statement ...

British Parliament To Debate Withdrawing Donald Trump's Invite For State Visit
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:09:00 GMTBritish Parliament will debate on Monday whether the government should rescind its invitation to President Donald Trump for an official state visit. A petition to Parliament calling for the invite to be withdrawn has amassed more than 1.8 million ...

Shadow president or mere shadow? In Europe, Pence seeks to reassure allies unnerved by Trump.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:58:00 GMTBRUSSELS — Diplomats and leaders across Europe had one crucial — if unstated — question for Vice President Pence when he visited Munich and Brussels this weekend: Is he the shadow president, or a mere shadow of the president? And if the mission of ...

Kim Jong Un’s Half-Brother Killed: Four More North Koreans Wanted by Police
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:18:00 GMTKUALA LUMPUR — In the latest twist in the suspected assassination of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Malaysian police say they are now hunting for four North Korean suspects. Kim Jong Nam died on Monday after being ...

Voters in Ecuador choosing between change, continuity in presidential race
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:56:00 GMTQUITO, Ecuador — Ecuadoreans were choosing Sunday between a candidate who vows to continue President Rafael Correa’s populist platform or one of several more conservative contenders who pledge to attack corruption and cut taxes to stimulate the ...

A Back-Channel Plan for Ukraine and Russia, Courtesy of Trump Associates
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:41:00 GMTA week before Michael T. Flynn resigned as national security adviser, a sealed proposal was hand-delivered to his office, outlining a way for President Trump to lift sanctions against Russia. Mr. Flynn is gone, having been caught lying about his own ...

Iraqi forces launch large-scale push to retake western Mosul from ISIS
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:00:00 GMTU.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched a large-scale military operation on Sunday to retake the western half of Mosul and dislodge Islamic State militants. It is the latest phase in a 4-month-old offensive to retake Iraq’s second largest city. Prime Minister ...

Blast near Bogota bullring injures 31, many of them police, reports say
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:14:00 GMT(CNN)An explosion Sunday near the Santamaria bullfighting ring in downtown Bogota, Colombia, injured at least 31 people, many of them policemen, according to reports. Two of the 31 were seriously injured, Mayor Enrique Peñalosa tweeted. At least 10 police ...

Ex-officials: Israeli leader spurned secret peace offer
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:56:00 GMTIsrael's prime minister turned down a regional peace initiative last year that was brokered by then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, former American officials confirmed Sunday, in apparent contradiction to Benjamin Netanyahu's stated goal of involving ...

France denounces cyberattacks blamed on Moscow
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:10:00 GMTParis (AFP) - Suspected Russian cyberattacks on the French presidential campaign are "unacceptable", France's foreign minister said Sunday, adding it was clear that pro-Europe candidate Emmanuel Macron was being targeted. A spokesman for Macron, who is ...

China bans all coal imports from North Korea amid growing tensions
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:43:00 GMTBeijing (CNN)China says it will halt all coal imports from North Korea from Sunday for the rest of 2017, amid growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula following Pyongyang's most recent missile test last week. China's Ministry of Commerce, in a public ...

Pentagon chief readies Afghanistan proposals for Trump
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:14:00 GMTAbu Dhabi (AFP) - US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday said he is compiling an assessment for President Donald Trump to weigh on Afghanistan, which remains mired in a brutal and seemingly intractable conflict. The Afghan war is the longest in US ...

Iran’s Foreign Minister: Threats Do Not Work Against Iran, We Respond to Respect
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:44:00 GMTMUNICH, Germany — Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif dismissed the possibility of renegotiating the nuclear deal, telling NBC News there's little appetite for opening "Pandora's box." His remarks Sunday on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference ...

Bomb explodes by Colombia bull ring, injuring 26
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:25:00 GMTBOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A homemade bomb exploded near Bogota's bullring on Sunday, injuring two dozen police officers and two civilians, Colombian authorities said. The explosive device, which shattered windows in nearby apartment buildings, appeared to ...



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