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Trump commits to more troops in Afghanistan, vows 'fight to win'

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump opened the door on Monday night to an increase in U.S. troops in Afghanistan as part of a retooled strategy for the region, overcoming his own doubts about America's longest war and vowing "a fight to win."

U.S. Navy to launch fleet-wide probe as search for 10 missing sailors goes on

SINGAPORE - Ships, aircraft and divers from an international search-and-rescue operation were still looking for 10 missing U.S. sailors on Tuesday after a collision between a U.S. warship and a merchant vessel in waters near Singapore and Malaysia.

Quake hits Italian island, one dead, 25 injured

ROME - An earthquake of magnitude 4.0 hit the tourist-packed Italian island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, on Monday night, killing at least one person and injuring some 25 others as buildings collapsed, officials said.

China begins trial of prominent rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong

BEIJING - Chinese authorities on Tuesday began the trial of a prominent rights lawyer on charges of subverting state power in a case that drew the attention of the United Nations.

Brazil's Lula on the road, eyes comeback despite graft conviction

LAGARTO, Brazil - Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Monday accused Brazil's government of undoing social progress made during his years in office and vowed to restore it if he was allowed to run again next year.

Lebanon monitored Australia bomb plot suspects: minister

BEIRUT - Lebanon monitored the brothers accused of plotting to blow up a flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi for more than a year and coordinated with the Australian government on it for a long time, the Lebanese interior minister said on Monday.

Trump clears way for troop increase in Afghanistan as part of retooled strategy

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump opened the door to an increase in U.S. troops in Afghanistan on Monday night as part of a retooled strategy for the region, overcoming his own doubts about fighting on in America's longest military conflict.

North Korea shipments to Syria chemical arms agency intercepted: U.N. report

UNITED NATIONS - Two North Korean shipments to a Syrian government agency responsible for the country's chemical weapons program were intercepted in the past six months, according to a confidential United Nations report on North Korea sanctions violations.

U.S. Navy announces fleet-wide probe after new warship collision; 10 sailors missing

SINGAPORE/WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy announced on Monday a fleet-wide probe and plans for temporary halts in operations to focus on safety, as it searched for 10 sailors missing after the fourth major accident in the U.S. Pacific fleet this year.

Trump likely to approve modest troop increase for Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is likely to open the door to a modest increase in U.S. troop numbers in Afghanistan when he lays out his strategy on Monday night for America's longest military conflict, U.S. officials said.

Spanish police track down, shoot dead Barcelona attacker

SUBIRATS, Spain - Spanish police on Monday shot dead an Islamist militant who killed 13 people with a van in Barcelona last week, ending a five-day manhunt for the perpetrator of Spain's deadliest attack in over a decade.

Ten sailors missing after U.S. warship, tanker collide near Singapore

SINGAPORE/WASHINGTON - Ten U.S. sailors were missing after a collision between a destroyer and a tanker near Singapore on Monday, the second involving a U.S. warship and a merchant ship in Asia in about two months, triggering a fleet-wide probe of operations and training.

Rocket strikes downtown Kabul

KABUL - A rocket struck the heart of Kabul's government and diplomatic area on Monday night, setting off alarms and sirens at foreign embassies, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Chile court ruling ends abortion ban; new law allows in limited cases

SANTIAGO - A Chilean court on Monday ruled that a law legalizing abortion in certain cases is constitutional, a win for President Michelle Bachelet's center-left coalition and for groups that have campaigned for years against the country's strict ban.

Body found as Danish submarine man says missing woman died on board

COPENHAGEN - A headless female torso was found on Monday in the water's edge in Copenhagen, hours after a Danish inventor charged with killing a journalist in his home-made submarine told a court she died on board, police said.

Spanish police shoot dead suspected Barcelona attacker

BARCELONA, Spain - Spanish police on Monday shot dead a man they suspect was the Islamist militant who drove a van into a Barcelona crowd last week, killing 13 people.

Ten sailors missing after U.S. warship, tanker collide near Singapore

SINGAPORE - Ten U.S. sailors were missing after a collision between a destroyer and a tanker east of Singapore on Monday, the second involving a U.S. warship and a merchant ship in Asia in about two months, triggering a fleet-wide probe of operations and training.

Trump likely to approve modest troop increase for Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is likely to open the door to a modest increase in U.S. troop numbers in Afghanistan when he lays out his strategy on Monday for America's longest military conflict, U.S. officials said.

Pyongyang calls U.S.-South Korean war games a step to nuclear war

SEOUL - The United States and South Korean began long-planned joint military exercises on Monday, heightening tensions with North Korea which called the drills a "reckless" step toward nuclear conflict.

Qatar criticizes Saudi over haj planes offer

DOHA - Qatar has criticized an offer by Saudi Arabia to convey Qataris to the haj pilgrimage on the kingdom's national carrier, Saudi Arabia Airlines, rather than allowing Qatar's airline or others to fly them to the Islamic rite in Mecca.

Lebanon monitored Australia bomb plot suspects: minister

BEIRUT - Lebanon monitored the brothers accused of plotting to blow up a flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi for over a year and coordinated with the Australian government on it for a long time, the Lebanese interior minister said on Monday.

Finnish intelligence received tip-off on Moroccan stabbing suspect

By Jussi Rosendahl, Lefteris Karagiannopoulos and Tuomas Forsell

Spanish police shoot suspected Barcelona attacker

BARCELONA, Spain - Spanish police on Monday shot down a man who local media identified as the Islamist militant who drove a van into a Barcelona crowd last week, killing 13 people.

Ten sailors missing after U.S. warship, tanker collide near Singapore

SINGAPORE - Ten U.S. sailors were missing after a U.S. warship collided with an oil tanker east of Singapore before dawn on Monday, tearing a hole beneath the waterline and flooding compartments that include a crew sleeping area, the U.S. Navy said.

Trump likely to announce modest troop increase for Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is likely to announce a modest increase in U.S. troop numbers in Afghanistan when he lays out his strategy on Monday for the war there, America's longest military conflict, a senior administration official said.

Pope says migrants' rights should override national security concerns

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis urged political leaders on Monday to defend migrants, saying their safety should take precedence over national security concerns and that they should not be subjected to collective deportations.

North says U.S.-South Korean computer-simulated drills are step to nuclear war

SEOUL - South Korean and U.S. forces began computer-simulated military exercises on Monday amid tension over North Korea's weapons programs, while a report Pyongyang has earned millions of dollars in exports is likely to raise doubts about the impact of sanctions.

Russia hails progress in Syria conflict, ups bombing runs

MOSCOW - Russia on Monday hailed what it said was "a dramatic shift" in the Syria conflict, saying that the Syrian army, with Moscow's help, was well on its way to pushing militants out of the central part of the country.

Exclusive: Armed group stopping migrant boats leaving Libya

TUNIS/ROME - An armed group is stopping migrant boats from setting off across the Mediterranean from a city west of Tripoli that has been a springboard for people smugglers, causing a sudden drop in departures over the past month, sources in the area said.

Conservative Canadian site The Rebel inaccessible to some users

TORONTO - Canadian conservative website The Rebel was inaccessible to some users in Canada and around the world on Monday after several contributers left the online publication in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Philippines' Duterte says there could have been abuses in war on drugs

MANILA - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said there could have been abuses in his government's war on drugs and ordered the police to take custody of officers who were involved in the killing of a high school student last week.

Venezuela prepares world summit to defend new legislative body

CARACAS - Venezuela is preparing an international summit to rally support for an all-powerful lawmaking body, whose recent creation drew widespread foreign condemnation as a power grab by leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

Barcelona attacker stabbed man to death during escape: police

BARCELONA, Spain - Spain asked the rest of Europe to join the hunt for a young man thought to have been the driver in last week's deadly van attack in Barcelona as police said on Monday that he had also hijacked a car and killed its occupant during his escape.

U.S., South Korea begin computer-simulated drills which North says are aimed at nuclear war

SEOUL - South Korean and U.S. forces began computer-simulated military exercises on Monday amid tension over North Korea's weapons programs, while a report it has earned millions of dollars in exports is likely to raise doubt about the impact of sanctions.

Russia names replacement for Sergei Kislyak as envoy in Washington

MOSCOW - Russia's next ambassador to Washington will be Anatoly Antonov, a former defense official who is subject to European sanctions over his role in the conflict in Ukraine, the Kremlin announced on Monday.

Hong Kong leader says jailed activists are not political prisoners

HONG KONG - Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Monday three student activists jailed for their roles in 2014 pro-democracy protests were not political prisoners and unreasonable criticism of the city's judiciary could damage the rule of law.

Serbia recalls embassy staff from Macedonia

OBRENOVAC, Serbia - Serbia recalled its embassy staff from Macedonia on Monday in protest at "offensive actions" which coincided with reports that Skopje was joining diplomatic efforts to secure Kosovo membership of the U.N. cultural agency UNESCO.

'We're the victims,' says father of young Filipino shot dead in war on drugs

MANILA - Hundreds of neighbors and left-wing activists marched and lit candles near the spot where a 17-year-old high school student was shot dead by police last week in President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial war on drugs.

Iraqi forces must rescue many abducted Yazidis from Tal Afar: Yazidi MP

ERBIL - As Iraqi forces pressed their offensive to retake Tal Afar on Monday, a Yazidi politician urged them to quickly rescue the many Yazidi men, women and children still believed to be held captive in the city by Islamic State militants.

Vehicle ramming kills one in Marseille, no terrorist motive seen

MARSEILLE, France - At least one person was killed and another injured in Marseille on Monday when a van crashed into two bus shelters in different parts of the French city, police said, in an incident not being treated as terrorism at this stage.

Lebanon foiled suicide bomb attack on Australia-Abu Dhabi flight: minister

CAIRO - Lebanon foiled a plot by a suicide bomber to blow up a plane bound for the United Arab Emirates from Australia earlier this month, Lebanon's interior minister said on Monday.

One killed in Marseille after car crashes into bus shelters: police

MARSEILLE, France - At least one person was killed and another injured in Marseille on Monday when a car crashed into two bus shelters in different parts of the French city, police said.

U.S., South Korea begin computer-simulated drills amid North Korea tension

SEOUL - South Korean and U.S. forces began computer-simulated military exercises on Monday amid tension over North Korea's weapons programs, while a report it has earned millions of dollars in exports is likely to raise doubt about the impact of sanctions.

Police extend search for Barcelona attack van driver outside Spain

BARCELONA, Spain - Spanish police on Monday extended the search for the man who killed 13 people in Barcelona by ramming a van into crowds to all of Europe as details emerged of how he fled on foot through the streets of the old town before disappearing.

One killed in Marseille after car crashes into bus shelters - police source

PARIS - At least one person was killed and another injured in the French port city of Marseille after a car crashed into two bus shelters, a French police source told Reuters on Monday.

Finland's knife attack suspect to appear in court, may be via video link

HELSINKI - An 18-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker will appear in court on Tuesday over a knife attack in the city of Turku that killed two women and wounded eight people in what police suspect is Finland's first terrorism-related assault.

'Extremely dissatisfied' China blames India for border scuffle

BEIJING - China laid the blame at India's door on Monday for an altercation along their border in the western Himalayas involving soldiers from both of the Asian giants.

Russian jets kill over 200 Islamic State militants near Syria's Deir al-Zor: agencies

MOSCOW - Russia's air force has destroyed a large column of Islamic State fighters on their way to the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, killing over 200 militants, Russian news agencies cited Russia's Defence Ministry as saying on Monday.

Erdogan says Turkey and Iran discussing joint action against Kurdish militants

ANKARA - Turkey and Iran have discussed possible joint military action against Kurdish militant groups, after talks in Ankara last week between the chief of staff of Iran's armed forces and Turkish leaders, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.

Saudi plane for Qatari pilgrims waits on Doha for landing rights: airline

DUBAI - Saudi Arabia's state carrier said on Sunday it had been unable to send planes to transport Qatari pilgrims to the kingdom because it had been unable to get permission to land at Doha airport amid a diplomatic dispute between the two countries.