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  • Czech man released from Sudan prison during minister's trip

    13 minutes ago

    (AP) PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic's Foreign Ministry says a Czech national who was sentenced to a stiff prison term in Sudan last month has been released and is on the way home with the minister. The ministry said in ...

  • Rings in stomach could be key to telling lobsters' ages

    1 hour, 14 minutes ago

    (AP) ORONO, Maine (AP) — Researchers are testing a technique they say could determine the age of lobsters. Lobsters can live to be more than 100 years old. Their ages are typically estimated based on size, as they shed their shells ...

  • Casualties mount as Iraqi troops advance in IS-held Mosul

    1 hour, 20 minutes ago

    (AP) MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — "We have wounded!" the men shouted from the roadside. Two soldiers, bleeding, were being bandaged beside their smoking vehicle on the side of a dusty dirt road. Iraqi special forces Maj. Saif Ali yelled to his ...

  • Masks and snowy streets herald pre-spring rite in Latvia

    1 hour, 25 minutes ago

    (AP) RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Hundreds of people sang, danced and skipped through the snowy streets of Latvia's capital wearing colorful costumes and masks, participating in a pre-spring rite that dates back to pagan times. The International Mask Tradition Festival now ...

  • The Latest: UN Syria envoy meets with opposition reps

    1 hour, 59 minutes ago

    (AP) BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on developments in Syria and at the Geneva talks (all times local): 7 p.m. The United Nations envoy for Syria is meeting with Syrian opposition representatives separately in Geneva reflecting the struggle of opposition groups ...

  • Protesters try to stop backers of French far-right candidate

    3 hours, 33 minutes ago

    (AP) PARIS (AP) — Demonstrators in western France have tried to block buses carrying supporters of far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen to a campaign rally. The incident Sunday in the city of Nantes came after 11 police officers were injured ...

  • Nigerian governor says 2 kidnapped Germans are freed

    4 hours, 4 minutes ago

    (AP) KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian governor says security agents have freed two German archaeologists who were kidnapped in northern Nigeria. Governor of Kaduna state Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai on Sunday issued a statement commending Nigeria's security agencies for securing the ...

  • Nigerian security agents free 2 German archaeologists who were kidnapped in northern Nigeria, says governor.

    4 hours, 13 minutes ago

    (AP) KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian security agents free 2 German archaeologists who were kidnapped in northern Nigeria, says governor.

  • Rancor over development, crime shadow LA mayor's race

    4 hours, 34 minutes ago

    (AP) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's toughest competitor in his campaign for a second term might not be another candidate. Anxiety over denser, taller development and a jump in violent crime have injected some uncertainty into what ...

  • S. Carolina law makes it tough to lower Confederate flags

    4 hours, 49 minutes ago

    (AP) WALHALLA, S.C. (AP) — In the aftermath of the racially motivated Charleston church slayings in 2015, the Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina Statehouse during an elaborate nationally televised ceremony. But in less prominent places, the fight over ...

  • Myanmar's Suu Kyi eulogizes slain legal adviser

    5 hours, 13 minutes ago

    (AP) YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has broken a month-long silence to describe the assassination of one of her top legal advisers as a great loss for the country. She spoke Sunday at a memorial ceremony ...

  • Poll: Israelis believe Gaza policies hurting security

    5 hours, 41 minutes ago

    (AP) JERUSALEM (AP) — A new poll shows that 67 percent of Israelis believe the government's policies in the Gaza Strip have worsened security. Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, leading to the takeover of the territory by Hamas militants two ...

  • Germany: Heidelberg car suspect held on suspicion of murder

    5 hours, 45 minutes ago

    (AP) BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say a man who drove into a group of pedestrians in the German city of Heidelberg, fatally injuring one man, is being held on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors and police said in a ...

  • Fire at large Swedish refugee center injures at least 15

    6 hours, 8 minutes ago

    (AP) HELSINKI (AP) — Swedish police say at least 15 people have been injured when a fire broke out overnight at one of the country's largest refugee centers outside of Vanersborg in southwestern Sweden. Police spokesman Tommy Nyman says two people ...

  • Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

    6 hours, 19 minutes ago

    (AP) BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say government warplanes are pounding a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs, killing at least three and wounding dozens. Sunday's airstrikes came a day after the al-Waer neighborhood was subjected to more ...

  • Russians march to remember slain opposition leader Nemtsov

    7 hours, 4 minutes ago

    (AP) MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of Russians are marching in the streets of Moscow to mark two years since opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down outside the Kremlin. Nemtsov was a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. His Feb. ...

  • Taliban leader encourages people to plant trees

    7 hours, 39 minutes ago

    (AP) KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Springtime in Afghanistan usually brings a spike in violence as the Taliban takes advantage of the thaw to launch a wave of fresh attacks. But the Taliban's leader has just issued a statement calling on Afghans ...

  • 16 killed, 50 injured as truck overturns in northeast India

    8 hours, 33 minutes ago

    (AP) GAUHATI, India (AP) — Police say at least 16 people were killed and 50 injured when a truck taking them to a Sunday church service overturned after hitting a concrete barricade on a highway in India's remote northeast. Police say ...

  • Philippine offensive continues amid threat to behead German

    8 hours, 55 minutes ago

    (AP) MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine military says troops are pressing efforts to eradicate Abu Sayyaf militants, who have threatened to behead a German hostage by a ransom deadline that has lapsed. Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said Sunday ...

  • Letter-writing former Iran president pens dispatch to Trump

    9 hours, 9 minutes ago

    (AP) TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has sent a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, discussing immigration, America's wars in the Middle East and other topics. The letter, over 3,500 words, was published Sunday by Iranian ...

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