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Iraqi Shiite militias push to take villages west of Mosul

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraq's government-sanctioned paramilitary forces, made up mainly of Shiite militiamen, have launched a new push to capture villages west of the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants. The forces' spokesman, Ahmed al-Asadi, said on Wednesday that the villages are located southwest of the town of Tal Afar, still held by the Islamic State group.

The Latest: North Korea says women suspects should be freed

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The Latest on the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Un's half brother, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (all times local): 4 p.m. North Korean diplomats have called for the immediate release of the two "innocent women" arrested in connection with the apparent poisoning last week of a scion of the North Korean ruling family.

Long road ahead for justice and accountability in Syria

GENEVA (AP) -- A fresh round of Syrian peace talks is set to begin in Geneva on Thursday. And while the U.N-sponsored talks may represent the best opportunity in years to make progress toward an end to the conflict, the burning question for many Syria observers is whether justice will be sacrificed in the name of peace.

Police: Suspects in N. Korean death coated hands with poison

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The two women suspected of fatally poisoning a scion of North Korea's ruling family were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals then wipe them on his face, police in Malaysia said Wednesday, announcing they were seeking a North Korean diplomat in connection with the attack.

Russian supply ship launched to International Space Station

MOSCOW (AP) -- An unmanned Russian cargo ship lifted off successfully Wednesday on a supply mission to the International Space Station. A Soyuz-U booster rocket carrying the Progress MS-05 spacecraft blasted off as scheduled at 11:58 a.m. (0558 GMT) from the Russian-leased Baikonur launch complex in Kazakhstan. The mission follows the Dec.

Mexicans weigh the daunting prospect of deportee camps

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexicans fear deportee and refugee camps could be popping up along their northern border under the Trump administration's plan to start deporting to Mexico all Latin Americans and others who entered the U.S. illegally through this country. Previous U.S. policy called for only Mexican citizens to be sent to Mexico. Migrants known as "OTMs" -- Other Than Mexicans -- got flown back to their homelands.

The Latest: Son of slain N. Korean not in Malaysia: police

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The Latest on the investigation into the killing of Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Un's half brother, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Malaysia is denying rumors that the son of the slain half brother of North Korea's leader is in the country. The victim, Kim Jong Nam, had three children and had lived in Macau.

Ex-Hong Kong leader gets 20 months in jail for misconduct

HONG KONG (AP) -- A former leader of Hong Kong was sentenced Wednesday to 20 months in prison for misconduct after failing to disclose plans to rent a luxury apartment for his retirement from a businessman applying for a broadcasting license. It was a stunning downfall for Donald Tsang, 72, who served as Hong Kong's leader, or chief executive, from 2005 to 2012.

Trump comments put focus on Sweden's embrace of immigrants

HELSINKI (AP) -- When a riot broke out in a predominantly immigrant Stockholm suburb this week, the biggest surprise for many Swedes was that a police officer found it necessary to fire his gun. For U.S. President Donald Trump and his supporters, however, the episode appeared to confirm Trump's vague observation two days earlier that the Scandinavian country was at risk of becoming a breeding ground for extremist attacks.

As Mexico awaits US visit, some question point of talks

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican officials are hoping for a bit more calm, less vitriol and more constructive talk with the U.S. this week when the secretaries of state and homeland security arrive after months in which U.S. President Donald Trump has hammered Mexico. Rex Tillerson and John Kelly are widely seen as less combative than their boss. But many Mexicans are starting to question the point of even talking to a U.S.

Report accuses Syrian government of sectarian war strategy

BEIRUT (AP) -- A new report by a Syria conflict monitoring group accuses the government of depopulating Sunni-majority areas in Syria's third largest city as it fights to consolidate its power. The report released Tuesday by the Washington-based Syria Institute raises ethical questions about what role, if any, the U.N. and other international institutions should play in rebuilding Syria while President Bashar Assad remains in power.

AP Photos: Young migrants survive on their own in Serbia

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- In an abandoned warehouse in the Serbian capital of Belgrade, Rasool, a 12-year-old from Jalalabad, Afghanistan, has spent the last six months sleeping on the ground, warming himself by fires, showering with cold water and eating meals distributed by aid groups. "This place is so cold and dirty, the smoke from burning fires hurts my eyes and lungs," he said.

South Sudan promises 'unimpeded' aid access amid famine

WATAMU, Kenya (AP) -- South Sudan's president said Tuesday his government will ensure "unimpeded access" for all aid organizations, a day after famine was declared for more than 100,000 people in the country suffering from years of civil war. The United Nations and others have long accused the government of blocking or restricting aid delivery in the East African nation.

German city bans older diesel cars to combat air pollution

BERLIN (AP) -- Authorities in southwest Germany are banning older diesel cars from driving in the city of Stuttgart starting next year. The measure is intended to reduce levels of fine particulate matter found in diesel emissions that are harmful to human health. Stuttgart, capital of Baden-Wuerttemberg state, regularly reports particulate levels far above the permitted levels.

Austria approves US extradition for Ukrainian oligarch

VIENNA (AP) -- An Austrian court on Tuesday approved a U.S. extradition request for a Ukrainian oligarch suspected of paying millions of dollars in bribes to Indian officials. The court decision overturns a lower court ruling nearly two years ago against extraditing Dymitro Firtash. The judge then said that the U.S. move was at least partially politically motivated through links to political events in Ukraine, and not supported by sufficient evidence.