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Trump baffles Sweden with crime comment, says it was based on TV report

STOCKHOLM/WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. A day after falsely suggesting there was an immigration-related security incident in Sweden, President Donald Trump said on Sunday his comment was based on a television…

Iraq launches offensive on last Islamic State stronghold in Mosul

BAGHDAD/SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on Sunday launched a ground offensive to dislodge Islamic State militants from their remaining stronghold in Mosul, in the western part of the…

Iraqi forces advance toward Mosul airport in push to capture city

BAGHDAD, SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq U.S.-backed Iraqi forces began moving on Sunday toward Mosul’s airport, the first target of a ground offensive to capture the western side of the city…

Four North Korean suspects fled Malaysia after airport murder: police

KUALA LUMPUR Four North Korean suspects in the murder of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un fled Malaysia on the day he was attacked at Kuala…

China says understands South Korean need for security, still opposes missiles

BEIJING China understands South Korea’s need to protect its security but Seoul still needs to respect Beijing’s concerns about the deployment of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system, Chinese Foreign Minister…

Syrian government forces press attack on Damascus outskirts: monitors, medic

BEIRUT Syrian government forces fired rockets at a rebel-held area on Damascus’s outskirts on Sunday, pressing an attack that began the day before and has killed up to 16 people,…

West Mosul residents told battle is imminent as Iraqi forces begin moving

BAGHDAD Iraqi planes dropped millions of leaflets on the western side of Mosul warning residents that the battle to dislodge Islamic State is imminent as troops began moving in their…

With greetings from Trump, Pence says U.S. committed to Europe

MUNICH U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday brought a message of support for Europe from Donald Trump but failed to wholly reassure allies worried about the new president’s stance…

Powers push for ceasefire, weapons withdrawal in eastern Ukraine from Monday

MUNICH Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed on Saturday to use their influence to implement a ceasefire and the withdrawal of heavy weapons from Monday in eastern Ukraine. Fighting has…

U.S. coalition says IS command center destroyed in Mosul; IS says civilians killed

BAGHDAD The U.S.-led military coalition said on Saturday its forces had destroyed a building in the main medical complex of western Mosul that was suspected of housing an Islamic State…

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