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Turkey denies report of plan to kidnap cleric Gulen from US

BY ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey on Sunday dismissed as "ludicrous and groundless" a report that Turkish officials may have discussed kidnapping a U.S.-based Muslim cleric in exchange for millions of dollars. On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that ...

Dubai Air Show opens with Emirates’ $15.1B Boeing buy

By AYA BATRAWY and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The biennial Dubai Air Show opened Sunday with hometown long-haul carrier Emirates making a $15.1 billion buy of American-made Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners, as the world's biggest defense companies promoted ...

Ex-comic challenges president in Slovenian election runoff

By JOVANA GEC, Associated Press BLED, Slovenia (AP) — Voters in Slovenia cast ballots Sunday in a presidential runoff, with President Borut Pahor's bid for re-election facing a tough challenge from an ex-comedian who's now the mayor of a northern town. Pahor, a veteran politician known as ...

Trump straddles on issue of Russian election meddling

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump tried to have it both ways Sunday on the issue of Russian interference in last year's presidential race, saying he believes the U.S. intelligence agencies when they say Russia meddled and ...

Talking tough on trade, Trump pushes ‘America first’ in Asia

By JILL COLVIN and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press DANANG, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump stood before a summit of Asian leaders keen on regional trade pacts and delivered a roaring "America first" message Friday, denouncing China for unfair trade practices just a day after he had ...

Sri Lanka govt faces pressure over torture, rape allegations

By JAMEY KEATEN & PAISLEY DODDS, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Sri Lanka's government faced increasing pressure Friday to answer for alleged human rights violations following an Associated Press investigation that found more than 50 men who said they were raped, branded or tortured as ...

Saudi arrest of Binladin family scion shatters royal entente

By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Among those caught in the unprecedented arrests this week of top princes, wealthy businessmen and senior officials was the scion of one of Saudi Arabia's most recognizable families: Bakr Binladin, the chairman of the ...

France: 3 students injured when car deliberately rams group

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — A French prosecutor said a car that rammed into a group of students in a city in southwest France on Friday was driven by a man known to have "psychiatric" problems. Toulouse prosecutor Pierre-Yves Couilleau told reporters that three students ...

Climate activists stage protest at German coal-fired plant

By FRANK JORDANS and DOROTHEE THIESING, Associated Press BONN, Germany (AP) — Environmental activists protested at a German coal-fired power plant on Friday — the same day that Italy became the latest country to announce a deadline for ending its use of the heavily polluting fossil ...

US joins calls for PM’s return to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia

By ZEINA KARAM and BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese officials insisted Friday on the return home of Prime Minister Saad Hariri from Saudi Arabia, and the leader of the militant group Hezbollah said the Saudis had "declared war" on Lebanon by holding Hariri against his ...

Energetic China welcome for Trump; trade, NKorea top topics

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Welcomed to China with an outsized dose of pomp and pageantry, President Donald Trump pronounced himself wowed by Beijing's lavish greeting Wednesday at the start of a two-day visit in which he aims to employ flattery, ...

Trump warns North Korea: ‘Do not try us’

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump delivered a sharp warning to North Korea Wednesday, telling the rogue nation: "Do not underestimate us. And do not try us." In a speech delivered hours after he aborted a visit to the ...

Woman charged with murder warned against forced marriage

By IRAM ASIM, Associated Press BASTI LASHARI, Pakistan (AP) — Aasia Bibi had warned her parents time and again that if they forced her to marry her cousin, a man she disliked, she would be capable of going to any length to exit the union. She was already in a relationship, she said, and ...

Saudis’ bolder moves to confront Iran echo across region

By AYA BATRAWY and LEE KEATH, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia is more aggressively confronting its rival Iran on multiple fronts. It's a policy that risks sharpening several conflicts in the Middle East, even though so far it has failed to score any successes ...

Pakistani police arrest aunt in family poisoning case

By IRAM ASIM, Associated Press BASTI LASHARI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police said Wednesday they arrested a woman for allegedly plotting with her newly married niece to poison the young woman's husband with tainted milk that would eventually kill him and 17 other relatives in a remote ...

Russian journalist says attacker was intent on killing her

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian radio journalist who narrowly survived a stabbing attack last month said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that the attacker was intent on killing her and had planned it. The Oct. 23 assault on Tatyana ...

Trump surprise trip to DMZ thwarted by fog

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A surprise visit by President Donald Trump to the heavily fortified Korean demilitarized zone was thwarted by bad weather Wednesday. The aborted trip came a day after Trump modulated his aggressive rhetoric and ...

In Seoul, Trump calls for North Korea to ‘make a deal’

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a striking shift of tone, President Donald Trump abandoned his aggressive rhetoric toward North Korea on Tuesday, signaling a willingness to negotiate as he urged Pyongyang to "come to the table" and "make a ...

Ousted leader: Europe must speak up for Catalan separatists

By ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, who wants to lead a pro-independence coalition of political forces in an upcoming regional election, criticized Tuesday the passivity of European politicians in denouncing the prosecution of dismissed ...

Near but far: Trump, Kim find themselves closer than ever

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — It's obvious to anyone who looks at a map but also, this week, especially noteworthy: The leaders of two nations that have squared off with harsh words and the threat of nuclear war are now closer to each other than New York City's Trump Tower is to the White ...