Iraq: Militia leader returns as national security adviser

BAGHDAD — The former head of Iraq’s Iran-linked Popular Mobilization militias has returned to his dual posts as chairman of the militias and national security adviser to Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi. 101 more words

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Fighting in Yemeni city dies down as cease-fire takes hold

SANAA, Yemen — Yemeni officials say the key port city of Hodeida is calm, hours after a U.N.-mediated cease-fire went into effect between government-allied forces and the country’s rebels. 110 more words

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Morocco arrests suspect after deaths of 2 European tourists

RABAT, Morocco — Moroccan authorities say one person has been arrested in connection with the deaths of two female Scandinavian tourists in the Atlas Mountains, a popular hiking destination. 80 more words

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Austrian skiers go 1-2-3 in final downhill training session

SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy — Ramona Siebenhofer led the third and final training session Tuesday for a World Cup downhill.

Seeking her first career victory, Siebenhofer finished 0.07 seconds ahead of Austrian teammate Stephanie Venier and 0.24 ahead of Tamara Tippler, another Austrian. 163 more words

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Russian diplomat: West jealous about Russian clout in Africa

MOSCOW — A senior Russian diplomat says the West has been “jealous” about Russia’s growing clout in the Central African Republic.

Andrei Kemarskiy, head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s African department, told the state RIA Novosti news agency in an interview published Tuesday that Russia has sought to help find a political settlement in the Central African republic and strengthen its military. 55 more words

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Indonesian defendant suffers setback in Kim murder trial

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia — An Indonesian woman due to begin her defence next month in her trial for the murder in Malaysia of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half brother suffered a setback Tuesday when a judge rejected her bid to secure statements given to police by seven witnesses. 266 more words

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German high court throws out far-right complaint on migrants

BERLIN — Germany’s highest court has thrown out complaints from the far-right Alternative for Germany party claiming Chancellor Angela Merkel’s 2015 decision to allow in hundreds of thousands of migrants was a constitutional violation. 103 more words

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