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Pope Francis in Egyptian capital for historic 2-day visit

By NICOLE WINFIELD and BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Pope Francis came to Egypt on Friday for a historic visit to the Arab and Muslim-majority nation aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front to repudiate violence committed in God's name. The Catholic pontiff is ...

UK jury convicts doctor of performing unnecessary surgeries

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated LONDON (AP) — A prominent breast surgeon whose victims accused him of playing God with their lives faces a life sentence after a jury convicted him Friday of carrying out unnecessary operations that maimed some of his victims for life. The Nottingham Crown Court ...

Macedonian opposition chief shuns emergency political talks

By KONSTANTIN TESTORIDES, Associated Press SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's opposition chief rejected the president's call for emergency party leaders' talks Friday, hours after demonstrators — mostly supporters of the country's dominant conservative party — invaded parliament and ...

Pope faces balancing act in Egypt amid security fears

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is facing a religious and diplomatic balancing act as he heads to Egypt this weekend, hoping to comfort its Christian community after a spate of Islamic attacks while seeking to improve relations with Egypt's Muslim ...

‘I cannot go back’: South Sudan refugee clan begins new life

By JEROME DELAY, Associated Press IMVEPI, Uganda (AP) — Eighty-year-old Alfred Wani walks across the wooden bridge over the Kaya River, the border between South Sudan and Uganda, clinging to his Bibles and family photo album, with his wife, three goats and 27 relatives in tow. Missing are a ...

Syrian media: Israel attacked installation near Damascus

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media blamed Israel on Thursday for an early morning missile attack on a military installation near Damascus International Airport that shook the capital with the force of the blasts. Israeli Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz ...

2 police wounded in shooting on French island of Reunion

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — A man suspected of links to radical Islam and of glorifying terrorism shot two police officers on the French island of Reunion during an arrest Thursday, officials said. Police managed to detain the man and his mother, and found weapons and ...

Russia says naval reconnaissance ship damaged in Black Sea

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense ministry says a naval reconnaissance ship is in danger of sinking in the Black Sea after colliding with another vessel. The ministry says the Liman has a hole as a result of the collision that occurred Thursday about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of the ...

Le Pen upstages Macron in battle for blue-collar votes

By CHRIS DEN HOND and JOHN LEICESTER, Associated Press AMIENS, France (AP) — Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen turned an appliance factory into a battleground Wednesday for France's blue-collar vote, upstaging rival Emmanuel Macron with a surprise campaign stop at the plant ...

US ups Korean defenses, top admiral says forces are capable

By RICHARD LARDNER and FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of an extraordinary White House briefing for senators, South Korea on Wednesday started installing key parts of a contentious U.S. defense system against missiles from North Korea. And America's Pacific commander ...

Canadian firefighters rescue woman from crane in Toronto

By CHARMAINE NORONHA, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — A woman who was stuck on the top part of a construction crane in downtown Toronto for hours was rescued Wednesday after being strapped to a rappelling firefighter and lowered to the ground. The woman had been perched on a gently swaying ...

Turkey: 1,000 detained over suspected links to Gulen

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish police launched simultaneous operations across the country on Wednesday, detaining more than 1,000 people with suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Warrants were issued for the detention of some 2,200 other suspects, the state-run Anadolu Agency ...

France: Analysis shows Syrian government behind sarin attack

By THOMAS ADAMSON and NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — France said Wednesday that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month "bears the signature" of President Bashar Assad's government and shows it was ...

At meat market, the far-right Le Pen backs “eating French”

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French far-right presidential contender Marine Le Pen has called for more food to be produced and consumed in the country known as the gastronomic center of the Western world. Le Pen, visiting the Rungis wholesale market outside Paris on ...

Ivanka Trump defends father, brushes aside groans in Berlin

By DAVID RISING, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Ivanka Trump brushed aside groans and hisses Tuesday over her father's track record and defended his attitudes toward women as she made her first international outing as a White House adviser. Trump pledged to push for "incremental, positive ...

World’s last male rhino getting help from Tinder dating app

By TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The world's last male northern white rhino has joined the Tinder dating app as wildlife experts make a last-chance breeding effort to keep his species alive. "I don't mean to be too forward, but the fate of the species literally depends ...

3 men convicted in Swedish rape livestreamed on Facebook

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish court on Tuesday sentenced three men aged 18-24 for participating in a gang rape that was streamed live on a closed Facebook group. The Uppsala District Court said one of the men was given a sentence of 27 months for rape and assistance to rape. The ...

Russia to supply power to rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — In a move that further cements Russia's control over parts of eastern Ukraine, Russian officials announced Tuesday they will begin supplying electricity to separatist-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine after the Ukrainian government cut ...

Al-Qaida leader tells fighters to prepare for long Syria war

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of al-Qaida urged his followers and other militants in Syria to unite ranks and prepare for protracted jihad, or holy war, in a recording released Sunday night. Ayman al-Zawahri told the jihadis, who control Syria's northwestern ...

France’s rejected mainstream unites for Macron over Le Pen

SYLVIE CORBET and ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — France's political mainstream, shut out of the presidency by an angry electorate, united on Monday to call on voters to back centrist Emmanuel Macron and reject Marine Le Pen's populist nationalism. Politicians on the moderate ...