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US defense chief says NKorea ‘recklessly tried to provoke’

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says North Korea's latest failed missile launch was a reckless act of provocation. Mattis commented on the weekend missile launch in an interview with reporters traveling with him Tuesday ...

Spain: Police break up international child porn chat network

MADRID (AP) — Spanish officials say police have arrested 39 people in an international operation against a major network that distributed child pornography material via the popular online chat application WhatsApp. A police statement Tuesday said the network operated some 100 chat groups ...

France’s would-be presidents rally in Paris days before vote

By SYLVIE CORBET and ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — As France's unpredictable presidential campaign nears its finish with no clear front-runner, centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen hope to rally big crowds in Paris with their rival visions ...

Hundreds of Palestinians held by Israel launch hunger strike

By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH, Associated Press RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli prisons launched a hunger strike Monday, in what their leader behind bars called a new step in the Palestinians' "long walk to freedom." Activists said more than 1,500 of about 6,500 ...

Prince Harry shares emotional struggles after Diana’s death

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — It is an image those who saw it will never forget: Prince William and Prince Harry — just boys, really — walking silently behind their mother's cortege as the world mourned Princess Diana's death in 1997. Now Harry has revealed for the ...

Trump effect on French election: Anything is possible

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The impossible is now possible, French far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said in celebration the morning after Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency. But the Trump effect may not bring Le Pen the boost she had once ...

Pope decries ‘vile’ attack on Syrians in Easter address

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — On Christianity's most joyful day, Pope Francis lamented the horrors generated by war and hatred, delivering an Easter Sunday message that also decried the "latest vile" attack on civilians in Syria. Both in his impromptu homily ...

Turkish voters deciding on expanding presidential power

By ELENA BECATOROS and ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — Turks were voting Sunday in a historic referendum on constitutional reforms that would greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. If the "yes" vote prevails Sunday, the 18 constitutional changes will ...

Fugitive Mexican ex-Gov. Javier Duarte detained in Guatemala

By SONIA PEREZ D. and PETER ORSI, Associated Press GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The former governor of Mexico's Veracruz state who is accused of running a corruption ring that allegedly pilfered millions of dollars from state coffers was detained in Guatemala after six months as a fugitive and ...

Christians celebrate Easter across conflict-torn Mideast

JERUSALEM (AP) — Christians are celebrating Easter across the Middle East, where many are struggling to maintain their embattled communities in the face of war, terrorism and discrimination. Thousands of worshippers flocked to Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the site where ...

North Korean medium-range missile test fails, US says

By FOSTER KLUG and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean medium-range missile exploded seconds after it was launched on Sunday, U.S. officials said, a high-profile failure that came hours before the U.S. vice president arrived in South Korea, and as an ...

Syrian deal to evacuate tens of thousands underway

PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government and rebels evacuated more than 7,000 people from four besieged towns Friday in the latest coordinated population transfer in Syria's six-year-long civil war. As diplomacy in Moscow focused on the U.S. airstrikes targeting the ...

Afghanistan: Massive US bomb kills 36 Islamic State fighters

By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A strike by the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military killed 36 Islamic State group militants and left no civilian casualties, hitting a tunnel complex in the remote mountains of eastern Afghanistan, ...

Officials: No need for Trump’s approval to use massive bomb

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon officials say the U.S. commander in Afghanistan who ordered use of the "mother of all bombs" didn't need President Donald Trump's approval. The officials say Gen. John Nicholson has standing authority to use the largest ...

New leak suggests NSA penetrated Mideast banking networks

By RAPHAEL SATTER, AP Cybersecurity Writer PARIS (AP) — A new set of documents purportedly lifted from the U.S. National Security Agency suggests that American spies have burrowed deep into the Middle East's financial network, apparently compromising the Dubai office of the anti-money ...

Widow of Italian right-to-die protagonist turns herself in

ROME (AP) — The widow of an Italian man who became a protagonist in Italy's euthanasia debate has turned herself into police after bringing another terminally ill man to Switzerland to die. Mina Welby told reporters outside a Tuscan police station Friday that Davide Trentini had administered ...

US berates Syria at OPCW meeting on Syrian chemical attack

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Syrian authorities — "abetted by Russia's continuing efforts to bury the truth" — still possess and use chemical weapons, an American diplomat told the international chemical weapons watchdog on Thursday. The strong comments ...

Russia reset redux? Trump tries where predecessors failed

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a familiar refrain: A new American president seeks improved relations with Russia. And like his predecessors, Donald Trump is running into a thicket of obstacles, new and old, to even maintaining a functioning relationship with ...

US hit IS with largest non-nuclear bomb ever used

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Thursday struck an Islamic State tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan with "the mother of all bombs," the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat by the U.S. military, Pentagon officials ...

UN votes to end to Haiti peacekeeping mission in mid-October

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to end the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti in mid-October after 13 years, sending a strong signal that the international community believes the impoverished Caribbean nation is ...