- Iraq launches operation to retake Tikrit from Islamic State
March 2, 20158:16 AM ET
BAGHDAD (AP) — Backed by allied Shiite, Sunni and Iranian fighters, Iraqi security forces launched a large-scale military operation Monday to recapture Saddam Hussein's hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, a major step in a campaign to reclaim territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants.
- Iraq's Tikrit: A Sunni bastion on the road to Mosul
March 2, 20156:03 AM ET
The offensive launched Monday by Iraqi troops backed by Shiite militias and Sunni tribal fighters is aimed at capturing Tikrit, a Sunni city 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Baghdad that was captured by Islamic State militants during their lightning advance last summer.
- How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say
March 2, 20158:11 AM ET
CAIRO (AP) — Three British schoolgirls believed to have gone to Syria to become "jihadi" brides. Three young men charged in New York with plotting to join the Islamic State group and carry out attacks on American soil. A masked, knife-wielding militant from London who is the face of terror in videos showing Western hostages beheaded.
- UN rights office: Death toll in eastern Ukraine passes 6,000
March 2, 20153:02 AM ET
BERLIN (AP) — More than 6,000 people have died in eastern Ukraine since the start of the conflict almost a year ago that has led to a "merciless devastation of civilian lives and infrastructure," the U.N. human rights office said Monday.
- Fighting in eastern Ukraine displaces Donetsk's soccer team
March 2, 20155:19 AM ET
LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — The sleek stadium, built six years ago and host to some of Europe's biggest soccer matches, is silent. It sits in the middle of the city of Donetsk, a war zone controlled by pro-Russian separatists battling Ukrainian troops.
- Video reports conflict in probe of Putin critic's slaying
March 2, 20157:30 AM ET
MOSCOW (AP) — The investigation into the killing of Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin who was gunned down not far from the Kremlin, faced conflicting reports Monday about possible surveillance footage of his slaying.
- Afghan army takes on Taliban in first solo offensive
March 2, 20156:08 AM ET
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan army is waging its largest-ever solo offensive against the Taliban, hoping to strike a decisive blow ahead of the spring fighting season and prove it can rout the insurgents without the aid of U.S. and NATO combat troops.
- Britain's Prince William takes on diplomatic role in China
March 2, 20157:31 AM ET
BEIJING (AP) — Prince William presented China's president with an invitation from the queen for him to visit Britain this year, as the prince on Monday began the first official trip to mainland China by a senior British royal in a generation.
- Tourism thrives in Malaysia despite association with tragedy
March 2, 20152:03 AM ET
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two airplane catastrophes put Malaysia on the map in a bad way in 2014. But they didn't hurt the country's tourism, and the higher visibility may even have helped: visitor numbers had their strongest growth in years.
- Ukraine's leader urges peacekeeping mission for the east
March 2, 20157:19 AM ET
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's president signed a decree Monday opening the way to a formal request for international peacekeepers to be stationed in eastern regions where government forces are battling Russian-backed separatists.