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FILE PHOTO - Russian Ambassador to the U.N. Churkin addresses members of the U.N. Security Council during a meeting about the Ukraine situation, at U.N. headquarters in New YorkBy Jack Stubbs MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's combative ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York on Monday after being taken ill at work, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. It declined to comment on reports that Churkin had been taken to a hospital shortly before his death. A U.S. government official, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the case, said that Churkin had died of an apparent heart attack.


Emergency services personnel are seen at the scene of a plane crash in Essendon in MelbourneFive people were killed on Tuesday when a small plane crashed in to the roof of a shopping mall after taking off from an airfield outside Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, police said. The twin-turboprop Beechcraft King Air plane suffered engine failure and crashed into the mall near the end of the runway at Essendon Airport, Victoria state police assistant commissioner Stephen Leane told reporters in Melbourne.


U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Iraq's Defence Minister Erfan al-Hiyali meet at the Ministry of Defense in BaghdadBy Phil Stewart BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military is "not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, distancing himself from remarks by President Donald Trump, as he held talks with Iraqi leaders on Monday. Mattis was the highest-ranking Trump administration official to visit Iraq since Trump irked Iraqis with a temporary ban on travel to the United States and for saying America should have seized Iraq's oil after toppling Saddam Hussein in 2003. Trump told CIA staff in January: "We should have kept the oil.


Demonstrators hold a banner during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump in LondonBy William James and Alistair Smout LONDON (Reuters) - The British government on Monday defended its decision to offer U.S. President Donald Trump a lavish state visit and an audience with the queen this year, defying protests outside parliament and dissent from lawmakers. Prime Minister Theresa May's government wants to reaffirm the "special relationship" with the United States and secure a trade deal as Britain prepares to leave the European Union. The visit has spurred 1.8 million people in Britain to sign a petition saying he should not be given a state visit because it could embarrass Queen Elizabeth.


Vatican Museums Director Jatta and Head of Rome's Jewish Museum Di Castro pose during a news conference where they presented an exhibition on the menorah at the Jewish Museum in RomeBy Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - The Vatican and Rome's Jewish museum will jointly host an unprecedented exhibition on the menorah, the ancient symbol of Judaism, and try to put to rest legends on the fate of one candelabra missing for 15 centuries. The May 15-July 23 exhibition, which Vatican and Jewish officials presented on Monday, will be held simultaneously in St. Peter's Square and in the Rome synagogue complex.


Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov speaks on sidelines of Russia-ASEAN summit in SochiThe Kremlin said on Monday it had no prior knowledge of a Ukrainian lawmaker's peace plan for his country, which was detailed in the New York Times newspaper, and called it absurd anyway. The U.S. newspaper reported that Andrii Artemenko, a Ukrainian lawmaker, had sent a proposal to associates of U.S. President Donald Trump that was designed to end a simmering conflict in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian separatists and government forces. According to the New York Times, the mooted plan would entail Russian forces withdrawing from eastern Ukraine and Ukrainian voters deciding in a referendum whether Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014, would be leased to Russia for a term of 50 or 100 years.


TEMPE, Arizona (AP) — Growing up three miles from Angel Stadium, Danny Espinosa got to watch all the heroes of the 2002 Anaheim Angels championship team: Troy Percival, Garret Anderson, Tim Salmon and Darin Erstad, among others.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia denounced the country's investigation into the death of the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe amid increasingly bitter exchanges between the once-friendly nations. Malaysia responded with its own accusations, with a foreign ministry statement saying the ambassador's comments were "culled from delusions, lies and half-truths." Earlier Monday, Malaysia said it was recalling its ambassador to Pyongyang. The diplomatic spat comes in the wake of the death last week of Kim Jong Nam, who died after apparently being poisoned in the Kuala Lumpur airport.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Torrential rains in the Indonesian capital have overwhelmed drains and flooded roads and thousands of homes.

Western Conference forward DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings (15) warms up before the second half of the NBA All-Star basketball game against the Eastern Conference in New Orleans, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac headed into All-Star weekend convinced it was finally time to part ways with ultra-talented center DeMarcus Cousins.


China will launch a nationwide safety check on all coal mines as miners convene in Beijing to discuss a curb on supply, the official People's Daily said. The country's work safety watchdog said the inspection will last from March to the end of this year, targeting coal mines that are either involved in illegal mining or are not able to meet safety standards. "We will completely shut down coal mines that have produced more coal than the government have allowed," the State Administration of Work Safety said.
BEIJING (AP) — Malaysia's ambassador to Pyongyang says the investigation into the death of the exiled half-brother of North Korea's ruler is being conducted in an impartial manner.

Police investigators stand beside the wreckage of a bus that crashed on a downhill road in Tanay, Rizal province, east of Manila, Philippines, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. More than a dozen mostly college students on a camping trip were killed when their rented bus lost its brakes on the downhill road slammed into a post, town officials said. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)TANAY, Philippines (AP) — The death toll has risen to 15 from a bus crash in the Philippines, officials said Tuesday, and could climb further as many of the nearly 50 others who were hurt in the accident are in serious condition.


PERTH, Australia (AP) — Wallabies winger Dane Haylett-Perry has re-signed with Australian Rugby through the 2019 World Cup.

Regina Aluel holds her grandson Agop Manut, 11-months-old, who suffers acute malnutrition and respiratory distress at the clinic run by Doctors Without Borders in Aweil, northern Bahr al-Ghazal, South Sudan in 2016Almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN children's agency said Monday. In Yemen, where war has been raging for nearly two years, 462,000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition while 450,000 children are severely malnourished in northeast Nigeria.


SAPPORO, Japan (AP) — Lee Hee-beom, the head of the Pyeongchang organizing committee, expects the 2018 Olympics to usher in a new era for winter sports in Asia.

Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster listens as President Donald Trump makes the announcement at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. McMaster will be the new national security adviser. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker, as his new national security adviser, replacing the ousted Michael Flynn.


Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe says he has no "acceptable" successor in placeZimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, the world's oldest national ruler, turns 93 on Tuesday, defiantly vowing to remain in power despite growing signs of frailty and failing health. The main celebrations will be held Saturday at Matobo National Park outside Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second-largest city, and are expected to attract thousands of officials and ZANU-PF party faithful. In previous years Mugabe has reportedly been offered elephants, buffalo and impala for the feast.


Malaysian special forces keep guard at the hospital holding the body of Kim Jong-Nam, the assassinated half-brother of North Korea's leaderMalaysian armed guards on Tuesday stood watch at the hospital holding the body of Kim Jong-Nam, the assassinated half-brother of North Korea's leader, amid reports his son had come to Kuala Lumpur to claim the remains. The body of Kim Jong-Nam -- assassinated last Monday at Kuala Lumpur airport -- has been at the centre of a diplomatic row between Pyongyang and Malaysia, after North Korea insisted it be returned and objected to an autopsy being performed.


FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2016, file photo, San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto warms up before Game 1 of baseball's National League Division Series against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago. Cueto remains in his native Dominican Republic helping his ailing father a week after pitchers and catchers reported to spring training, and the Giants planned to reach out to him to determine how he is doing and whether he thinks he will be ready to pitch for his country in the World Baseball Classic. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Johnny Cueto remains in the Dominican Republic helping his ailing father a week after pitchers and catchers reported to spring training, and the San Francisco Giants spoke with him on Monday and reported the right-hander is doing well and expects to join the team by this weekend.


MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say the driver of an SUV involved in a traffic accident that killed eight people in western Mexico pulled a gun on an ambulance crew him to the hospital and escaped in a taxi. Authorities say he was caught later when he sought medical treatment at a clinic.

This image made from video shows the site of a plane crash at Essendon Airport in Melbourne, Australia Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. An official says a light plane has crashed into a shopping mall in the city of Melbourne. (Channel 9 via AP)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Five people were believed killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said.


People in a Seoul railway station watch a television news report on the death of Kim Jong-Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-UnA week since news broke that the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un had been assassinated, a clearer picture is emerging of the Cold War-style killing in Kuala Lumpur's international airport. Here is what we know -- and what we still don't know -- about the death of Kim Jong-Nam. Last Monday morning Kim Jong-Nam was at the budget terminal of Kuala Lumpur's main airport preparing to fly to Macau.


FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw stretches during spring training baseball in Glendale, Ariz. Kershaw will make his seventh straight opening-day start for the Dodgers, tying Don Sutton's franchise record, manager Dave Roberts said Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. The Dodgers open the season April 3 at home against the San Diego Padres. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)GLENDALE, Arizona (AP) — Although Franklin Gutierrez officially joined the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday afternoon, the veteran outfielder had already been working out at their spring training complex for two days.


'Detention' horror video game was created by Taiwanese developers and takes place during the crackdown on opponents by the ruling nationalist Kuomintang 70 years agoAs the 70th anniversary of a bloody political purge in Taiwan looms, a new horror video game set during the island's "White Terror" is winning rave reviews. "Detention" was created by Taiwanese developers and takes place during the crackdown on opponents by the ruling nationalist Kuomintang, when the now democratic island was still under martial law. The nightmarish 2-D game starts with the disappearance of a teacher, with players acting as two high school students trying to solve the mystery.


News of the death of the Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin has been met with shock at UN headquarters where Churkin has been a towering presence for a decadeRussia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, who for years fended off Western criticism and defended Moscow's actions in Ukraine and Syria, has died in New York. Churkin collapsed while at work at the Russian mission to the United Nations Monday morning and was rushed to a Manhattan hospital, apparently suffering from heart problems, diplomatic sources said. In a statement announcing his death, the foreign ministry in Moscow described him as an "outstanding diplomat." There was no information on the cause of death.


FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, file photo, Russia's Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin addresses a Security Council meeting at the United Nations. Russian officials said their ambassador to United Nations, Churkin, has died in New York City on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, a veteran diplomat known as a potent, savvy yet personable voice for his country's interests who could both spar and get along with his Western counterparts, died suddenly Monday after falling ill in his office at Russia's U.N. mission.


By Jessica Jaganathan and Henning Gloystein SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A tax proposed by Singapore on emissions of greenhouse gases will likely cover the city-state's oil refineries, a government official said on Tuesday, driving up costs in one of the region's key energy hubs. Singapore said in budget proposals announced on Monday that a carbon tax on direct emitters was set to be introduced from 2019. "The proposed threshold that we are looking at is 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent of greenhouse gas emissions annually (and) the refineries exceed this threshold," the government official told Reuters in an email, declining to be identified.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, sits with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during a meeting at the Istana, or Presidential Palace, in Singapore, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)SINGAPORE (AP) — Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, hosting a visit by his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, said Monday his country believes in a "two-state solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2016 file photo, The Hurricanes' Ardie Savea, center, runs over the Lions' Courtnall Skosan, center bottom, during the Super Rugby final in Wellington, New Zealand. Super Rugby will begin its 22nd season on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 stalled at a crossroads at which fan expectations and commercial imperatives meet in an almost irreconcilable impasse. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP, File)WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Super Rugby will begin its 22nd season on Thursday, stalled at a crossroads at which fan expectations and commercial imperatives meet in an almost irreconcilable impasse.


FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, file photo, Russian U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin speaks during a news conference to discuss the crisis in Ukraine, at United Nations headquarters. Russian officials said Churkin died suddenly in New York City on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the death of Russia's ambassador to the United Nations (all times local):


DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Defending champion Sam Querrey of the United States began his Delray Beach Open title defense Monday with a victory over Dudi Sela of Israel.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos kicks a soccer ball into a goal during a visit to the FARC concentration zone in Putumayo, ColombiaColombia's Marxist FARC rebels can begin surrendering their weapons to the United Nations now that almost 7,000 of them have reached designated demobilization zones around the country, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Monday. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a peace agreement with the government late last year to put an end Latin America's longest-running armed conflict, which killed more than 220,000 people. Over the past weeks, FARC rebels crisscrossed Colombia on foot and by boat from their jungle and mountain camps to 26 zones monitored by U.N. personnel.


Smoke from a flare drifts across the ground during the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Arsenal and Sutton United at Gander Green Lane stadium in London, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)SUTTON, England (AP) — Relief for Arsenal, pride for Sutton United.


Belgium's Arthur De Greef returns the ball to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, at the Rio Open tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Third-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay was knocked out in the first round of the Rio Open by Arthur de Greef of Belgium 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.


Protestors march down Central Park West in New York City during a "Not My President Day" rally on February 20, 2017The "Not My Presidents Day" protests aim to show grassroots opposition to the Republican president remains fervent one month after his January 20 inauguration. Controversies over the property tycoon's unprecedented approach to running the world's remaining superpower are at full-pitch amid investigations into ties between Trump and his associates with Russia.


An employee poses for a photograph with a re-discovered sculpture of two carved marble lions, by French artist Andre Beauneveu, commissioned by French King Charles V, at Christie's auction house in London on February 20, 2017A sculpture of two lions carved for the tomb of French king Charles V that was thought lost in the French Revolution will soon go under the hammer in London, auction house Christie's said Tuesday. The 14th-century marble work by French artist Andre Beauneveu, which had been held in a private British collection for more than two centuries, will be sold on July 6. Beauneveu was commissioned by the king shortly after he came to the throne, and was tasked with constructing four family tombs.


Elephants eating in La Lope National Parc, central GabonPoachers are killing elephants for their ivory at an alarming rate in the central African nation of Gabon, leading to a loss of 80 percent of the population in the last decade. "Because Gabon is thought to hold the largest remaining population of forest elephants, the implication is that forest elephants are in even more trouble than previously believed," said researcher John Poulsen of Duke University and the Agence Nationale des Parcs Nationaux in Gabon.


Opposition presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso's supporters protest outside Ecuador's National Electoral Council to demand the official results of the presidential elections, in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. The hand-picked candidate of socialist President Rafael Correa headed to victory in the opening round of Ecuador's presidential election, although it was uncertain whether he would get enough votes to avoid a runoff against Lasso, his nearest rival. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The hand-picked candidate of socialist President Rafael Correa held an easy lead Monday in Ecuador's presidential election, though authorities said it might be a few more days before they determine if he won enough votes to avoid a runoff against his nearest rival.


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