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Ecuador: Alianza Pais Candidate Leads Presidential Race, Exit Polls Show

Exit polls in Ecuador show Alianza Pais candidate Lenin Moreno leads with 42.9 percent of votes in the country's presidential election, teleSUR reported Feb. 19. Read more…

U.S.: SpaceX Rocket Launch Successful

SpaceX successfully launched a rocket Feb. 19 carrying a cargo ship for the International Space Station, BBC reported. Read more…

U.S.: Vice President Meets With Turkish Prime Minister

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim that Washington was keen for a new start in relations between the two countries, sources in Yildirim's office said Feb. 19, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Senators Considering More Sanctions On Iran For Missile Tests

U.S. Republican Senators plan to introduce legislation to impose further sanctions on Iran, accusing it of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions by testing ballistic missiles, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham said Feb. 19 during the Munich Security Conference, Reuters reported. Read more…

Iraq: Security Forces Begin Offensive On Western Mosul

Iraqi government forces launched an offensive Feb. 19 to retake the western part of Mosul from the Islamic State, BBC reported. Read more…

U.S.: Iconic Jihadist Figure Known As The "Blind Sheikh" Dies In Prison

Omar Ali Ahmed Abdul-Rahman, known as the "Blind Sheikh," died in a U.S. prison Feb. 18, Al Arabiyah reported. Abdul-Rahman was an important figure in the global jihadist movement. Read more…

Ukraine: Germany, France And Russia Pledge To Back New Truce

Following Feb. 18 talks, the governments of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine have agreed to use their influence to enforce a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine beginning Feb. 20, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S.: Vice President Reassures NATO Allies

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addressed the Munich Security Conference on Feb. 18 and said that Washington's commitment to NATO is "unwavering" but that members needed to spend more on defense, Reuters reported. Read more…

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