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  • Russia says it's trying to help Syrian refugees' return home

    46 minutes ago

    (AP) MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday it is coordinating efforts to help Syrian refugees return home and rebuild the country's infrastructure destroyed by the civil war. Col. Gen. Mikhail Mizintsev said in a conference call that included ...

  • US official says UAE paid Yemen tribes to push al-Qaida out

    1 hour, 48 minutes ago

    (AP) CAIRO (AP) — A senior U.S. official says the United Arab Emirates paid money to tribal leaders in Yemen to rout al-Qaida from its strongholds. Wednesday's remarks followed an Associated Press investigation outlining how Emirati forces cut secret deals with ...

  • Israel: No criminal action in deadly Gaza 2014 war incident

    2 hours, 12 minutes ago

    (AP) JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military says its investigation into one of the bloodiest incidents of the 2014 Gaza war shows Israeli forces committed no wrongdoing and that there are no grounds for any criminal action against the troops. In the ...

  • 1st transgender candidate for governor focused on the issues

    2 hours, 19 minutes ago

    (AP) MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Six months ago, Christine Hallquist was leading one of Vermont's rural electric cooperatives, her transgender status causing nary a ripple as she took part in policy debates about renewable energy and the reliability of the electric ...

  • Heavy monsoon rains kill 67 in southern India, close airport

    2 hours, 45 minutes ago

    (AP) NEW DELHI (AP) — Torrential monsoon rains have disrupted air and train services in the southern Indian state of Kerala, where flooding, landslides and bridge collapses have killed at least 67 people in the past week, officials said Wednesday. The ...

  • Northern Ireland marks 20 years since deadly Omagh blast

    2 hours, 50 minutes ago

    (AP) LONDON (AP) — Bereaved families held a solemn service Wednesday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Omagh bombing, the deadliest attack in Northern Ireland's four decades of violence. On Aug. 15, 1998, a car bomb ripped through crowds of ...

  • Mattis pledges closer defense cooperation with Argentina

    2 hours, 50 minutes ago

    (AP) BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is pledging closer defense cooperation with Argentina. Standing beside his Argentinian counterpart, Oscar Aguad, Mattis said the military partnership can be strengthened. He alluded to the help the U.S. Navy ...

  • Poland marks Army Day with parade, call for US military base

    3 hours, 11 minutes ago

    (AP) WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president voiced hope for a permanent U.S. military presence in his country, in a speech as the nation put on a large military parade on its Armed Forces Day holiday Wednesday replete with tanks and ...

  • Ex-Trump campaign manager says Bloomberg is 2020 threat

    3 hours, 57 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign manager says Democrats need to nominate a Washington outsider to compete in 2020. Corey Lewandowski says former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg would instantly become a serious challenger to Trump if ...

  • Boat sinks on Nile in Sudan, killing 22

    5 hours, 38 minutes ago

    (AP) CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's state news agency says a boat sank while crossing the Nile River, killing at least 21 students and a woman. SUNA said the boat was carrying more than 40 students on their way to school in ...

  • Israel denies US author's account of interrogation

    6 hours, 50 minutes ago

    (AP) JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's domestic security agency denies threatening a prominent American author and questioning him about his politics during a recent visit. The Shin Bet issued a statement Wednesday confirming its agents briefly detained and questioned Iranian-born Reza Aslan ...

  • Pakistan parliament elects Khan ally as speaker

    7 hours, 4 minutes ago

    (AP) ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's lower house of parliament elected an ally of Imran Khan to be its next speaker on Wednesday, paving the way for the former cricket star and longtime politician to become the next prime minister. Asad Qaiser, ...

  • Man charged over mail bomb, threats to Swedish gov't members

    7 hours, 5 minutes ago

    (AP) COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish prosecutors have charged a 42-year-old man with attempted murder for sending a letter bomb to a company in Britain and over threatening letters he sent to two dozen lawmakers in Sweden, including government members. Sweden's ...

  • The Latest: Leftover rocket shell kills 6 Afghan girls

    8 hours, 15 minutes ago

    (AP) KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the war in Afghanistan (all times local): 2:30 p.m. An Afghan official says six children were killed when they tinkered with an unexploded rocket shell, causing it to blow up. Sarhadi Zwak, spokesman ...

  • Israel eases Gaza restrictions amid cease-fire efforts

    8 hours, 26 minutes ago

    (AP) JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Wednesday opened its only cargo crossing with the Gaza Strip weeks after closing it amid a surge in violence with the Islamic militant group Hamas. The reopening of the Kerem Shalom crossing came as Egypt ...

  • Germany creates 3rd gender identity for records: 'diverse'

    8 hours, 45 minutes ago

    (AP) BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Cabinet has approved a third gender option for official records that will allow people to be registered as "diverse," complying with a Supreme Court ruling. In November, the Federal Constitutional Court decided that people must be ...

  • Swedish police say suspect in car fires arrested in Turkey

    9 hours, 12 minutes ago

    (AP) COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Police say that a man suspected of arson in connection with dozens of car fires in Goteborg, Sweden's second largest city, has been arrested in Turkey. About 80 cars were set ablaze in the night from ...

  • Zimbabwe president urges court to toss opposition challenge

    9 hours, 17 minutes ago

    (AP) HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Lawyers representing Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa have filed papers urging the country's Constitutional Court to throw out an opposition challenge to his election. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has said Mnangagwa and the ruling ZANU-PF party won ...

  • The Latest: Death toll in Italy bridge collapse rises to 37

    9 hours, 37 minutes ago

    (AP) ROME (AP) — The Latest developments following the deadly collapse of a highway bridge in Italy (all times local): 10:45 a.m. Italian authorities have raised the death toll in the Genoa highway bridge collapse to at least 37. The Italian ...

  • British media say crash suspect is Brit of Sudanese origin

    10 hours, 27 minutes ago

    (AP) LONDON (AP) — British media are reporting that the suspect in the Parliament crash being treated as terrorism is 29-year old British citizen of Sudanese origin named Salih Khater. The suspect is in police custody after his arrest on suspicion ...

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