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Watchdog report: ‘Breakdown of democracy’ in Poland, Hungary

By VANESSA GERA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S.-based pro-democracy group Freedom House said Tuesday that a "spectacular breakdown of democracy" has been taking place in Poland and Hungary, two countries that stood as models of democratic change after the collapse of communism ...

Hungary approves stricter terms for Soros-founded university

By PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lawmakers from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party on Tuesday approved a draft education bill that critics say targets a university founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros. The bill modifies rules ...

Poland’s ruling party lost popularity after opposing Tusk

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's populist ruling party, Law and Justice, lost some popularity after making an unsuccessful attempt to block the re-election of Donald Tusk to his top European Union job, recent polls show. Polls also show a strong jump in support for Civic Platform, the party ...

Families in flood-hit Colombian city search for children

By ALBA TOBELLA, Associated Press MOCOA, Colombia (AP) — Jose Albeiro Vargas last saw his grandson the night a fierce rain came and unleashed havoc on this small city surrounded by rivers and mountains in southern Colombia. From what the store owner has been able to gather, the torrents of ...

French radicals get respect in Le Pen’s presidential race

By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press LYON, France (AP) — There's no doubt that an extreme-right French group known for violence and large doses of anti-Semitism doesn't like journalists or the establishment. "You lie ... you spend your time at society soirees ... you are the system!" Steven ...

Leftist claims win in Ecuador election; rival cries foul

By GONZALO SOLANO, Associated Press QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Leftist candidate Lenin Moreno appeared to have won Ecuador's presidential election but his opposition rival refused to recognize the results, calling on his supporters to take to the streets to guard against "fraud." Sunday's ...

Messy web of ties, some to Trump, in Turkish mogul’s case

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-flying Turkish-Iranian businessman is busted in Miami, accused of laundering money for Iran. Turkey accuses the prominent American prosecutor of ties to a shadowy group it blames for a failed coup attempt. President Donald Trump ...

German court sentences extremist to life over bomb plot

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has sentenced an Islamic extremist to life in prison over a plot to carry out a bomb attack at a train station. The Duesseldorf regional court found Marco G. guilty Monday of attempted murder over an explosive device placed at the main train station in the ...

Human Rights Watch says Israel blocking access to Gaza

By FARES AKRAM, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An international human rights group on Monday accused Israel of barring foreign researchers from entering the Gaza Strip to document abuses, saying the restrictions call into question Israel's stated commitment to investigating ...

US ambassador: No question Russia meddled in election

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says there's no question Russia was involved in the U.S. presidential election and that the actions of the Kremlin will be addressed after the investigations are completed. "We don't want any country involved in our elections, ...

Fire hits Dubai high-rise complex near world’s tallest tower

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An inferno burned early Sunday in a high-rise tower complex being built alongside Dubai's largest mall, its thick black smoke shrouding the world's tallest building nearby in this desert metropolis where skyscraper blazes ...

UK leader tries to reassure Gibraltar in Brexit process

LONDON (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has offered reassurances to Gibraltar that the UK remains steadfastly committed to the overseas territory amid concerns over its future as Britain leaves the European Union. May's Downing Street office says Sunday that she phoned the chief ...

Oxford-Cambridge boat race to go on after WWII bomb removed

LONDON (AP) — The annual Oxford-Cambridge boat race will proceed as planned Sunday after police removed an unexploded World War II-era bomb found near the start of the race on the River Thames. The bomb was discovered by a member of the public near Putney Bridge in southwest London, just ...

EU draft guidelines soften line on future UK relationship

By RAF CASERT, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union softened its public stance on Britain's exit from the bloc Friday, with Council President Donald Tusk signaling some flexibility on allowing talks on a new relationship before the divorce proceedings are complete. Draft ...

Malaysia interviewed, cleared 3 N. Koreans before they left

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's police chief said Friday that investigators interviewed three North Koreans they had sought in the killing of the half brother of North Korea's leader and cleared them of wrongdoing before allowing them to leave the ...

Disgraced Park downsized from Blue House to solitary cell

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For a person whose life always seemed to revolve around South Korea's huge presidential palace, the next several months will be lived on a much smaller scale. Park Geun-hye entered the Seoul Detention Center in a black sedan ...

South Sudanese forces blamed for torching thousands of homes

By JUSTIN LYNCH, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — South Sudanese government troops burned thousands of civilians' homes late last year, monitors of the country's troubled peace agreement said Friday, making some of the strongest allegations yet against security forces in the three-year ...

US defense chief worries about ‘reckless’ NKorea actions

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer LONDON (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expressing worry about what he calls "reckless" actions by North Korea, alluding to its nuclear weapons and missile programs. Mattis spoke at a news conference Friday in London with his British ...

Civilian casualties in Iraq, Syria undercut US victories

By SUSANNAH GEORGE and ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State group and al-Qaida-linked militants are quickly moving to drum up outrage over a sharp spike in civilian casualties said to have been caused by U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, posting photos online of a ...

UK police, Muslim youths link hands to mark London attack

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Police officers, Muslim youths and hundreds of others linked hands Wednesday on Westminster Bridge to honor the four people who died in an attack that started on the span a week earlier. The bridge fell silent at 2:40 p.m. to mark the moment ...