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  • Germany: detained reporter's fate of "greatest importance"

    12 hours, 38 minutes ago

    (AP) BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign ministry says the case of a newspaper correspondent detained in Turkey is of "greatest importance" for Berlin. Spokesman Martin Schaefer said Monday that the ministry is in contact with the Welt daily and its correspondent ...

  • Romanian creativity is hallmark of huge anti-graft protests

    12 hours, 47 minutes ago

    (AP) BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — In recent weeks, hundreds of thousands of Romanians have used humor, wit and hip symbols in anti-corruption protests. The spark was a government decree that would have diluted the anti-graft drive. Although the government backed down, ...

  • Rohingya activist says 1,000 refugees returned to Myanmar

    13 hours, 7 minutes ago

    (AP) YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Activists in Bangladesh say about 1,000 members of the Rohingya ethnic minority who fled Myanmar during its army's four-month counterinsurgency operation have returned to their villages in Rakhine state after Myanmar's government announced last week that ...

  • UK's May warns Lords not to delay people's will on Brexit

    13 hours, 10 minutes ago

    (AP) LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May says Parliament must not hold up "what the British people want" by trying to delay the start of European Union exit talks. May spoke as the House of Lords begins debate on ...

  • Iran blames sandstorm on Iraq after protests over power cuts

    13 hours, 12 minutes ago

    (AP) TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian authorities are blaming neighboring Iraq for a sandstorm that knocked out power in a southern province and sparked protests against local officials. Iranian state TV said Monday that Masoumeh Ebtekar, a vice president in charge ...

  • Death, diplomatic spat could cost North Korea a rare friend

    13 hours, 17 minutes ago

    (AP) KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — North Korea doesn't have many friends. There's China, its closest ally, and Singapore, where the North Korean elite have long gone in search of investors and shipping contracts. There are neighbors like Russia, and other ...

  • South Africa honors more than 600 dead in WWI ship sinking

    13 hours, 33 minutes ago

    (AP) JOHANNESBURG (AP) — It was a cataclysmic loss among many during World War I. On the foggy early morning of Feb. 21, 1917, in the channel between Britain and France, a British steamship accidentally rammed the smaller SS Mendi, sinking ...

  • Russia says 4 of its soldiers die in Syria roadside bombing

    13 hours, 38 minutes ago

    (AP) MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military says four of its servicemen were killed in Syria when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb. The Defense Ministry says the explosion happened as a Syrian military convoy, including the vehicle with Russian military ...

  • Romania, South Korea concerned about N Korea missile test

    13 hours, 38 minutes ago

    (AP) BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The foreign ministers of Romania and South Korea have expressed concern about North Korea's missile test last week. South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said Monday during a visit to Bucharest that "the nuclear potential of ...

  • Norwegian relief group says staffers detained in Yemen

    13 hours, 55 minutes ago

    (AP) CAIRO (AP) — A Norwegian relief group says six of its staffers and a driver have been detained in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida by Houthi rebels. Norway Refugee Council says in a statement that the rebels suspected ...

  • Iran bans use of private drones over its capital

    14 hours, 4 minutes ago

    (AP) TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran has banned use of drones in its capital because of security concerns after authorities opened fire on at least two unmanned aerial vehicles that flew too close to sensitive areas in recent months. Gen. Ali ...

  • French far-right chief talks about terror on Beirut trip

    15 hours, 15 minutes ago

    (AP) BEIRUT (AP) — French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has met with the president of Lebanon, saying their two countries should be "pillars" in organizing the fight against Islamic fundamentalism. After the half-hour meeting on Monday with Michel Aoun, ...

  • Israeli opposition: Netanyahu 'blinked' on peace initiative

    15 hours, 38 minutes ago

    (AP) JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's opposition leader says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was ready to freeze settlement construction in most of the West Bank but ultimately backed out for fear of losing his grip on power. Isaac Herzog says he was ...

  • Kremlin defends its recognition of Ukraine rebel passports

    16 hours, 8 minutes ago

    (AP) MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says its decision to recognize passports and other documents issued by separatist authorities in eastern Ukraine is a response to Ukraine's blockade of rebel regions. The weekend's move by Russian President Vladimir Putin has drawn ...

  • Philippines: Vietnamese ship attacked; 1 dead, 6 abducted

    16 hours, 58 minutes ago

    (AP) MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine coast guard says gunmen attacked a Vietnamese ship off the Philippines' southern tip, killing a Vietnamese crewman and abducting six others. Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said Monday the Vietnamese coast guard reported that ...

  • Iraqi troops push into IS-held southern outskirts of Mosul

    17 hours, 5 minutes ago

    (AP) 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 ...

  • Strike closes Acropolis, ancient sites in Greece

    17 hours, 13 minutes ago

    (AP) 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 ...

  • Singaporean PM, hosting Netanyahu, endorses 'two-state' plan

    17 hours, 17 minutes ago

    (AP) SINGAPORE (AP) — Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, hosting a visit by his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, says his country believes in a "two-state solution" to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Lee explained his stand Monday at a joint news conference ...

  • US VP Pence talks of deepening ties to European Union

    17 hours, 40 minutes ago

    (AP) 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 ...

  • The Latest: Malaysia PM defends probe into N. Korean's death

    17 hours, 44 minutes ago

    (AP) KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The Latest on the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother, Kim Jong Nam (all times local): 5 p.m.: Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak is defending his country's investigation into the death ...

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