• Casualties mount as Iraqi troops advance in IS-held Mosul

    MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — “We have wounded!” the men shouted from the roadside. Two soldiers, bleeding, were being bandaged beside their smoking vehicle on the side of a dusty dirt road.

    Updated: 1:30 pm

  • Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

    BEIRUT (AP) — Government warplanes pounded a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, Syrian opposition activists said, and President Bashar Assad’s forces pushed ahead in Syria’s offensive on the historic town of Palmyra held by the Islamic State group.

    Updated: 12:03 pm

  • Russians march to honor slain opposition leader Nemtsov

    MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of Russians marched through Moscow on Sunday shouting slogans such as “Russia will be free!” and “Putin is war!” to mark two years since opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down outside the Kremlin.

  • Why N. Korea may have used VX to kill leader’s half brother

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Was it a poorly executed assassination or did North Korea want to showcase its stockpile of banned chemical weapons?

  • Duped into killing Kim? 2 suspects say it looked like prank

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Two women — a Vietnamese and an Indonesian — have been arrested for allegedly coating their hands with the immensely toxic chemical agent VX and wiping them on the face of the North Korean leader’s estranged half brother Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur’s airport. He died within hours.

  • Protesters mark Philippine revolt by condemning killings

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Thousands of pro-democracy activists marked the anniversary of the 1986 revolt that ousted Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos with a warning against what they say are the incumbent president’s dictatorial tendencies.

  • Malaysia says airport safe, autopsy shows nerve agent effect

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s health minister said Sunday autopsy results suggested a nerve agent caused “very serious paralysis” that killed the exiled half brother of North Korea’s leader, as police completed a sweep of the budget terminal where he was poisoned and declared it safe of any toxin.

  • Brazen attacks against Syrian security kill at least 32

    BEIRUT (AP) — In synchronized attacks, insurgents stormed into heavily guarded security offices in Syria’s central Homs city, clashed with troops and then blew themselves up, killing a senior officer and at least 31 others, state media and officials reported.

  • Conditions deteriorate in west Mosul as Iraqi advances slow

    MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The Iraqi advance into Mosul’s western half slowed Saturday as combat turned to urban warfare and Iraqi forces met stiff resistance from the Islamic State group. Hundreds of civilians poured out of Mosul on foot following the advances, but the vast majority of 750,000 estimated to still be in the city’s west remain trapped, and describe deteriorating humanitarian and security conditions.

  • Correction: Milan Fashion Week-Watch story

    MILAN (AP) — In a story Feb. 24 about Milan Fashion Week, The Associated Press erroneously attributed a quote to Emporio instead of the line’s designer Giorgio Armani.