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Update: Mon, Nov 19 2018    

Official: Car bomb in Iraq's Tikrit kills 5

An Iraqi security official says five people have been killed in a car bomb explosion in the city of Tikrit. The officer in the army said 16 others were wounded in the blast that targeted a commercial street on Sunday.

Iraq's president meets Saudi king after visiting rival Iran

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has received Iraq's President Barham Salih a day after the Iraqi official visited the kingdom's rival, Iran. Salih's back-to-back visits to Iran and Saudi Arabia reflect the delicate balance Iraq seeks to maintain in a region where its two powerful neighbors are battling for supremacy.

Madagascar heads to runoff election on Dec. 19

In Madagascar, two former heads of state qualified for the second round of the presidential election, to be held on Dec. 19. Andry Rajoelina, president of the transitional period of 2009 to 2014, won 39 percent of the vote and Marc Ravalomanana, president from 2002 to 2009, received 35 percent of the vote. The remainder of the votes were split up between the 34 other candidates.

Scottish Government looks to strengthen ties with India

Mr Swinney will hold meetings in Delhi and Bangalore with business and government figures during the visit from November 23 to 29. He said: "There is much we can learn from India, a country highly regarded for its spirit of creativity, entrepreneurship and young ambitious workforce. "Equally, Scotland can offer a lot of expertise in areas that the Indian Government have identified as important, such as clean water and data driven innovation, and I look forward to discussing these priority subjects further.

Finnish president says he briefed Trump on forest monitoring

In this July 16, 2018 file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, left, talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto as they pose for a photo in Helsinki, Finland. Niinisto said in an interview published on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 that he briefed Trump in the wake of the California wildfires on how the Nordic country effectively monitors its substantial forest resources with a well-working surveillance system.

Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

The Taliban have held three days of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group said Sunday. The talks are aimed at renewing the Afghan peace process and eventually winding down America's longest war.

Iraqi cleric linked to Basra protests killed

Iraqi police say a Muslim cleric has been killed outside his home after he suggested that demonstrators should take up arms over poor public services in Basra. Wissam al-Ghrawi was a prominent figure in demonstrations in recent months demanding clean water and reliable electricity in the southern Iraqi city.

Macron, Merkel seek common approaches to Trump, euro Source: AP

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Israel's Netanyahu makes 'last effort' to save government

Benjamin Netanyahu says Sunday that it would be wrong to go to early elections during a sensitive time for Israeli security. The sudden coalition crisis was sparked by the resignation of Israel's hard-line Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who stepped down in protest over a cease-fire reached last week with Gaza militants.

The Latest: APEC leaders fail to agree on final communique

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, speaks with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a bilateral meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. less Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, speaks with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a bilateral meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, ... more Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, speaks with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a bilateral meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018.

Pacific Rim summit highlights strained China-US relations Source: AP

A meeting of world leaders in Papua New Guinea has highlighted widening divisions between global powers the U.S. and China and a growing competition for influence in the usually neglected South Pacific. The 21 nations at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Port Moresby struggled to bridge differences on issues such as trade protectionism and reforming the World Trade Organization, making it likely their final statement Sunday will be an anodyne document.

Man charged with murder after woman, 75, stabbed in Peckham

The victim named by locals as 75-year-old Maureen Watkins was found injured at her home in Ethnard Road, Peckham, on Friday afternoon. Friends of the victim, a retired accountant, described her as a "lovely lady" as floral tributes were left at the scene on Saturday.

Canadian military's template for perfect recruits outdated: Vance

Chief of Defence Staff Jonathan Vance takes part in a press conference in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa March 19, 2018. The man who leads the Canadian Armed Forces says the military has failed to adequately integrate women and minorities, but Gen.

C. African Republic militia leader turned over to tribunal

A commander in a Central African Republic militia has been arrested and turned over to the International Criminal Court to face charges that include murder and torture, the court announced Saturday. The court, established to prosecute atrocities such as war crimes, said Central African Republic authorities surrendered Alfred Yekatom on Saturday.

Polish prosecutors want bail for released US cinematographer

Prosecutors in Poland are seeking to have bail set for an Oscar-nominated American cinematographer after a court ordered his release from the jail where he was held for allegedly attacking paramedics. A spokeswoman for prosecutors in the city of Bydgoszcz, Agnieszka Adamska-Okonska, told Polish media Friday the prosecutors disagreed with the court's decision to release Matthew Libatique without bail a day earlier.

Pakistani Taliban kill former police officer in Quetta

Pakistani police say gunmen have shot dead a former senior police officer in a drive-by shooting in the southwestern city of Quetta. Quetta police chief Abdur Razzaq Cheema said the assailants in the Saturday attack fled the scene on motorcycles after critically wounding Naeem Kakar in the Zarghoon road area of the provincial capital of Quetta.

Climate change activists block London bridges with 85 arrested

The arrests came as a result of Saturday's Extinction Rebellion climate change protests around London, the Metropolitan Police said. Most have been detained under the Highways Act after hundreds of people staged sit-ins on five of the capital's central bridges.