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UN envoy questions US engagement on Syria - 19 Feb 2017 at 10:58am - Days ahead of new peace talks in Geneva, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura has questioned US President Donald Trump's commitment to solving the Syrian conflict. The Syrian army, meanwhile, has traded rocket fire with rebels.

Anti-Putin politician leaves Russia following mysterious illness - 19 Feb 2017 at 10:40am - Vladimir Kara-Murza had suffered kidney failure and was briefly in a coma due to poisoning by an unknown substance. He is known for his human rights advocacy and work with other Putin critics, including Boris Nemtsov.

Trump remark baffles Swedes - 19 Feb 2017 at 10:21am - All was quiet in Sweden despite President Trump's suggestion of an attack in the country.

Election in Ecuador will determine the legacy of Socialist President Correa - 19 Feb 2017 at 10:21am - Outgoing President Rafael Correa is constitutionally barred from seeking a third term in office. A large segment of the Ecuadorian electorate is undecided, making it difficult to predict the election outcome.

Trump's 'Sweden' terror remark leaves the internet laughing - 19 Feb 2017 at 9:55am - Swedes were left scratching their heads over what happened #LastNightInSweden after US President Trump invented a terror attack in their nation. Now, the gaff has become a running joke on online.

'Höcke's apology is part of a strategy,' expert says - 19 Feb 2017 at 9:47am - Björn Höcke has partially backed away from his recent historically revisionist speech. But Thuringian right-wing extremism researcher Dr. Matthias Quent has said the politician is still a threat to democracy.

Syrian army and rebels trade rocket-fire in and around Damascus - 19 Feb 2017 at 9:09am - The Syrian government offensive aims to push rebels out of the Damascus area and firm up control around the capital. Observers have called it the biggest attack in Damascus in years.

Bundesliga Live: Gladbach v RB Leipzig - 19 Feb 2017 at 8:57am - RB Leipzig look to close the gap on Bayern Munich when they take on Borussia Mönchengladbach in Sunday's first match. Later, Cologne host Schalke to wrap up Matchday 21. Follow all of the action right here!

Brazil's judiciary hunts corrupt politicians - 19 Feb 2017 at 8:12am - Managers and politicians behind bars, and record fines: Brazil's judiciary is cleaning house in the Odebrecht scandal. Attorneys general from 15 countries have met for an international anti-corruption summit.

Deadly Somalia blast hits Mogadishu marketplace - 19 Feb 2017 at 8:10am - A bomb blast at a busy market in the west of the Somalian capital has killed more than a dozen people. The explosion is thought to have been caused by a car bomb.

US senator calls 2017 year of 'kicking Russia in the ass' - 19 Feb 2017 at 8:01am - A top US official has called for sanctions against Russia and Iran at the Munich Security Conference. His comments come amid heightened fears over the Trump administration's stance toward Moscow.

'Poisoned' critic Vladimir Kara-Murza leaves Russia for treatment - 19 Feb 2017 at 7:59am - Vladimir Kara-Murza's lawyer says the diagnosis is 'toxic influence of an unknown substance'.

Militiamen kill 25 civilians in ethnic attack in DR Congo - 19 Feb 2017 at 7:05am - An estimated 25 people, mostly Hutus, have been hacked to death with machetes by militiamen from the Nande ethnic group in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. They were reportedly beheaded by the attackers.

Sister of Paris police 'rape victim' speaks out - 19 Feb 2017 at 6:45am - The sister of the young man who was allegedly sexually assaulted by French police, calls for justice in a BBC interview.

Two top South Sudanese army officials resign - 19 Feb 2017 at 6:37am - A brigadier general and a colonel have resigned from the South Sundanese armed forces. Both have accused President Salva Kiir's government of corruption and protecting soldiers from his ethnic group.

Poll shows 'reds and greens' could oust Merkel's conservatives - 19 Feb 2017 at 6:02am - A new poll in Germany shows the Social Democrats (SPD) still gaining in popularity. The results indicate that they could potentially form a majority coalition with the Greens and Left party if elections were held soon.

Trump White House memos outline tough guidelines on deportation - 19 Feb 2017 at 5:29am - New draft memos obtained by news outlets reveal the US government's plans to raise the bar for asylum seekers. President Donald Trump has promised a crackdown on illegal immigration as part of his platform.

Trump's planned UK state visit divides Brits - 19 Feb 2017 at 4:35am - On Monday, the UK parliament will debate a petition on whether US President Donald Trump should be granted a planned state visit. As Abigail Frymann Rouch discovered in London, the issue is proving to be divisive.

Malaysia seeking four more North Koreans in Kim Jong Nam killing - 19 Feb 2017 at 4:09am - Malaysian police have said say they are looking for four more North Korean suspects over the killing of Kim Jong Un's half-brother. The four were said to have left Malaysia the day Kim Jong Nam died.

Last of Colombia's FARC rebels enter demobilization areas to disarm - 19 Feb 2017 at 2:57am - Leftist guerrillas have entered the designated transition zone established as part of peace efforts in Colombia. A deal was recently reached between the government and rebels after numerous hurdles.

Iraqi army launches operation to retake western Mosul from 'Islamic State' - 19 Feb 2017 at 12:06am - The Iraqi army has launched military operations to retake western Mosul from the so-called "Islamic State." Iraqi troops began a huge offensive in October to retake the city from the militants.

US aircraft carrier group starts routine patrol of South China Sea - 18 Feb 2017 at 11:42pm - US warships from an aircraft carrier group have started routine patrols in the South China Sea. China warned the US last week about challenges to its sovereignty.

Afghan-EU pact signed at Munich conference - 18 Feb 2017 at 11:26pm - Afghan and EU leaders have a signed a cooperation pact at the Munich security conference aimed at long-term civil reforms in Afghanistan. Kabul is under pressure to accept rejected asylum seekers from Europe.

Eurasia's fault lines move between sovereignty and democracy - 18 Feb 2017 at 10:17pm - From territorial integrity to democratic aspirations, Eurasian nations have highlighted a number of critical fault lines shaping global geopolitics. Lewis Sanders reports from the Munich Security Conference.

France opinion poll shows 65 percent want candidate Fillon to withdraw - 18 Feb 2017 at 8:46pm - An opinion poll in France has indicated 65 percent of respondents want Francois Fillon to withdraw from the presidential election. But he has changed his mind and said he will stay in the race, come what may.

US to deploy 1000 troops to Poland - 18 Feb 2017 at 8:10pm - A thousand US soldiers will head to Poland in late March, according to the US Army's European headquarters in Germany. The move is part of NATO's "Atlantic Resolve" mission opposed by Russia.

Russia accepts passports issued by east Ukraine rebels - 18 Feb 2017 at 7:16pm - Ukraine calls the move an escalation while Russia says it is a humanitarian act.

Albania opposition protests for free elections and end to corruption - 18 Feb 2017 at 6:50pm - Albania's opposition has led an anti-government protest of tens of thousands in the capital, calling for free elections. There are concerns of possible fraud in the upcoming June elections.

Barcelona protest to support refugees draws thousands - 18 Feb 2017 at 4:40pm - Protesters accuse the government of reneging on its promise to allow more refugees into Spain.

Taking stock - 18 Feb 2017 at 3:13pm - Vice-President Mike Pence represents the new Donald Trump administration at the Munich Security Conference.