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Polish police suspect old Jewish cemetery was damaged

By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police in western Poland are investigating whether a historic Jewish cemetery was damaged after workers uncovered human remains and tombstones at a construction site. Anna Dygas, from the police department in the village of ...

French labor law changes will make it easier to hire, fire

By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron's most daring undertaking, reforming France's nearly sacrosanct labor laws, got cheers and jeers as it went public Thursday. It trims union powers, adds a voice for small businesses and creates easier ways to hire and ...

More than 1.7 million Muslims gather for start of hajj

By OMAR AKOUR and AHMED HATEM, Associated Press MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — In Saudi Arabia, more than 1.7 million pilgrims are marking the start of the hajj pilgrimage on Wednesday by circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca — Islam's holiest site — and performing a series of rites that ...

Spanish PM responds to party graft allegations in parliament

By ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy defended his record in government Wednesday as he appeared before lawmakers to answer questions about alleged corruption scandals linked to his ruling Popular Party. Rajoy said he had already dealt with ...

Kremlin confirms Trump’s lawyer reached out about deal

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin has confirmed that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer reached out to them during the 2016 presidential campaign, seeking help for a business project in Russia. In a statement to the House Intelligence committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 ...

In a first, NKorea fires missile over Japan in aggressive test

By FOSTER KLUG and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a first, North Korea on Tuesday fired a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload that flew over Japan and splashed into the northern Pacific Ocean, officials said. The aggressive missile ...

Trump: ‘All options are on table’ after NK missile launch

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that "all options are on the table" in terms of a U.S. response to North Korea's launch of a missile over Japan. In a terse, written statement Tuesday, Trump said that with the missile launch ...

Russia tries to allay Western fears about planned war games

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military sought Tuesday to allay Western fears about major war games set for next month, describing them as regular drills that will not threaten anyone. The Zapad (West) 2017 maneuvers organized jointly by Belarus and ...

Prosecutors expect to charge German nurse with more killings

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they expect to bring new charges against a male nurse already serving a life sentence for two murders after determining that he might have killed another 84 patients, if not more. Oldenburg state prosecutor Martin Koziolek said Tuesday he expected his ...

Merkel: Europe still ‘hasn’t done homework’ on refugees

By GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday that she did the right thing by allowing large numbers of migrants into Germany two years ago, but said Europe hasn't done enough to resolve the refugee problem properly since then. At a wide-ranging ...

France’s Macron: Fighting terrorism abroad is top priority

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has made the fight against "Islamic terrorism" in Syria and Iraq the top priority in his foreign policy agenda. Speaking Tuesday to French diplomats gathered at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Macron called the ...

AP releases restored footage of Charles and Diana’s wedding

LONDON (AP) — It was the wedding that captivated the world. Lady Diana Spencer said "I will" to Britain's Prince Charles, becoming Princess of Wales and bringing fresh youth and glamour to Britain's royal family. Now, 36 years later, The Associated Press has restored original footage from ...

Saudi-led airstrikes kill 14 civilians in Yemen’s capital

By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led coalition's fighter jets rained bombs on Friday over the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, levelling houses packed with civilians and killing at least 14 people, including eight members of a single family, relatives and witnesses ...

Afghan official: Gunmen storm, attack Shiite mosque in Kabul

By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen stormed a Shiite mosque in the Afghan capital while worshippers were at Friday prayers, setting off an explosion that killed a security guard outside and pushing into the two-story building, officials said. A cleric who was ...

South Korean court sentences Samsung heir to 5 years prison

By YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court sentenced the billionaire chief of Samsung to five years in prison for crimes that helped oust the country's president, a stunning downfall that could freeze up decision making at a global electronics ...

Swedish journalist’s torso found in submarine death mystery

By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Journalist Kim Wall had reported on conflicts, crises and natural disasters around the world. Earlier this month, she set out to sea from laid-back Copenhagen for a story about an eccentric Danish inventor and his home-made ...

Saudi-led airstrikes hit Yemen hotel, killing at least 41

By MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — An airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition struck a hotel near Yemen's capital on Wednesday, killing at least 41 people as the alliance stepped up airstrikes against the Houthi rebels and their allies in and around Sanaa. The escalation comes amid ...

Egypt’s leader, US envoy meet after cut in American aid

By MENNA ZAKI, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president and foreign minister met with White House adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday, just hours after the Trump administration cut or delayed hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Cairo over human rights concerns. Kushner, who is ...

Russian art community turns out to support detained director

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — To a full house and rapturous applause more suited to one of his sold-out productions, Russian theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov appeared in court Wednesday and was placed under house arrest pending an investigation into ...

US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last ...