- Limited gains in first week of Iraq's Mosul offensive
KHAZER, Iraq (AP) — In the week since Iraq launched an operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group, its forces have pushed toward the city from the north, east and south, battling the militants in a belt of mostly uninhabited towns and villages.
- Iraq forces shell IS near Mosul; group urges airstrike probe
BARTELLA, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces shelled Islamic State positions outside Mosul on Monday as fighting to retake the extremist-held city entered its second week. A rights group, meanwhile, urged a probe into a suspected airstrike last week that mistakenly hit a mosque, killing over a dozen civilians.
- The Latest: US-led coalition helps repel attack on Iraq town
BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on developments in Iraq as the battle for Mosul enters its second week (all times local):
- Struggling Gaza factory turns to recycling to survive
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — In the struggling Gaza Strip, Omar Ramlawi's plastic factory is one of the few businesses that has managed to stay afloat, overcoming dire shortages of raw materials by resorting to an unusual source: recycling.
- France moving more than 6,000 migrants, destroying huge camp
CALAIS, France (AP) — Lines of migrants with their lives in small bags walked to a registration center in the French port city of Calais Monday, the first day of the mass evacuation and destruction of the filthy camp they called home.
- Pentagon chief in Irbil for closer assessment of Mosul fight
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited Irbil on Sunday for a closer assessment of the fight against the Islamic State group in northern Iraq and to hear from Kurdish leaders whose forces launched a new offensive in the operation to wrest Mosul from the militants.
- US: Philippines' Duterte sparking distress around the world
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — America's top diplomat for Asia said Monday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial remarks and a "real climate of uncertainty" about his government's intentions have sparked distress in the U.S. and other countries.
- HK court is told banker was using cocaine during murders
HONG KONG (AP) — A British banker was using cocaine when he killed two Indonesian women by slitting their throats and then used his phone to film himself talking about it, a Hong Kong prosecutor said as a trial for the 2014 killings opened Monday.
- Widows of victims of Nigeria's Boko Haram say aid overdue
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — After her husband was killed by a Boko Haram suicide bomber late last year, Hajjagana Mbasaru was forced to pull her children from school and rely on friends to feed them. Like other widows of civilians fighting the Islamic extremists in northern Nigeria, she spent long months waiting for any kind of government support.
- China's Xi seeks to enforce will at Communist Party meeting
BEIJING (AP) — Having punished more than a million Communist Party members for corruption, Chinese President Xi Jinping will use a key meeting that started Monday to drive home the message that his signature anti-graft campaign is far from over and that his authority remains undiminished.