Benton Evening News - Benton, IL
Updated at 8:47 AM

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) " Iraqi Federal Police forces have pushed into the southern outskirts of Mosul on the second day of a new push to drive Islamic State militants from the city's western half. Iraqi helicopters were seen firing rockets on Monday at the village of Abu Saif, mainly at a hill that overlooks the city's airport and provides the militants with a natural defense line on the southern approaches to Mosul. Separately, police forces in armored vehicles were moving toward the...

Updated at 8:42 AM

MADRID (AP) " The Red Cross says 350 migrants crossed the fence into a Spanish territory in North Africa early Monday, three days after 500 more managed to break the gates. A spokeswoman for the Red Cross in Ceuta, the Spanish enclave on...

Updated at 8:39 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) " The Acropolis and other ancient sites in Greece are closed to the public after state guards called a 24-hour strike over a pay and contract dispute with the government. Monday's protest was not directly related to...

Updated at 8:14 AM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) " North Korea's top envoy in Kuala Lumpur on Monday denounced Malaysia's investigation into the apparent killing of the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint...

Updated at 8:12 AM

BRUSSELS (AP) " Vice President Mike Pence says he's looking forward to exploring ways to "deepen our relationship with the European Union and the European community" at the start of his meeting with the EU's foreign policy chief. Pence was...

Updated at 8:05 AM

SAPPORO, Japan (AP) " South Korea won two gold medals in short track speed skating at the Asian Winter Games on Monday, an early indication the hosts of the 2018 Winter Olympics could be regaining their dominance of the sport. Choi...

Updated at 7:35 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) " The Homeland Security Department has drafted sweeping new guidelines aimed at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, according to a pair of memoranda signed by DHS Secretary John...

Updated at 7:33 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) " A draft of President Donald Trump's revised immigration ban targets the same seven countries listed in his original executive order and exempts travelers who already have a visa to travel to the U.S., even if they haven't used...

Updated at 7:32 AM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) " Last year, Utah enacted a first-in-the-nation law requiring that fetuses receive anesthesia or painkillers before elective abortions starting at 20 weeks gestation. Nine months later, the only licensed clinic providing those...

Updated at 7:30 AM

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) " President Donald Trump's holiday weekend featured a raucous campaign rally, a health care strategy session, interviews for a new national security adviser " and even a few holes of golf. Trump brought four...

Updated at 6:57 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) " An Iranian semi-official news agency is reporting that the country's elite Revolutionary Guard has launched sophisticated rockets during military exercises. The Monday report by Tasnim, an agency considered to be close...

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