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Turkish troops move into al-Qaida-dominated Syrian province

By SARAH EL DEEB and SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish armored vehicles have rolled into northwestern Syria to impose a "de-escalation zone" in a province dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants, an incursion that the Turkish leader said was meant to secure his country's ...

Uber appeals decision to cancel its London license

LONDON (AP) — Uber has appealed the decision to deny it a new operating license in London. The ride-hailing app had until Friday to file an appeal, which will allow it to continue operating while the case is heard. It said in a statement it was hoping to "continue having constructive ...

Thai elephants in tribute to late king at ancient capital

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand (AP) — Eleven Thai elephants, doused in powder to appear an auspicious white, stood at attention and trumpeted grandly at a ceremony Friday in Thailand's ancient royal capital, Ayutthaya, marking one year since King Bhumibol Adulyadej's death. Mourners clad in black stood ...

Iran’s speaker: Spiking nuclear deal an insult to UN

MOSCOW (AP) — The Iranian parliament speaker said Friday that any U.S. move against a nuclear deal with Iran would be an insult to the United Nations. Speaker Ali Larijani spoke on a visit to Russia hours before U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech expected to contain harsh ...

India’s top court delays ruling on Rohingya deportation

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Supreme Court has postponed a decision on whether the government can evict about 40,000 Rohingya Muslims who have taken refuge in the country, an attorney said Friday. Attorney Prashant Bhushan said the court had been expected to issue its ruling Friday, but delayed ...

Ex-first lady registers as independent candidate in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican former first lady Margarita Zavala says she will try to collect more than 866,000 signatures to run as an independent candidate for president next year. Zavala is the wife of ex-President Felipe Calderon, who governed from 2006 to 2012. She has formally registered ...

Divorce bill deadlock: EU laments progress on Brexit

By LORNE COOK and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Brexit talks have hit a deadlock on the key issue of Britain's exit bill in the divorce, the European Union's chief negotiator said Thursday, adding that the slow-moving talks won't be broadened anytime soon to include future ...

Palestinian rivals reach preliminary deal on governing Gaza

By HAMZA HENDAWI and FARES AKRAM, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Palestinian rivals Fatah and Hamas reached a preliminary agreement Thursday that could return the Gaza Strip to President Mahmoud Abbas' control and ease a decade-old Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the coastal territory, but past ...

Egyptian Coptic priest killed in Cairo attack

By MENNA ZAKI, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church says a priest has been killed in a knife attack in a poor Cairo district, the latest deadly assault on members of the country's Christian minority. The church said the attack took place Thursday and that the priest ...

UAE stops issuing new visas for North Korean laborers

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates said Thursday it would stop issuing new visas to North Korean workers, becoming the latest Gulf country to limit Pyongyang's ability to evade sanctions and raise money abroad amid tensions with the ...

Sweden won’t prosecute Italian stem cell scientist

By DAVID KEYTON, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish prosecutors have abandoned an investigation against a disgraced Italian stem cell scientist suspected of involuntary manslaughter in connection with three patients who died after windpipe transplants. Prosecutor Jennie Nordin said ...

UK finance chief: Worst-case Brexit could ground all flights

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — A worst-case Brexit scenario could see all air traffic between the U.K. and the European Union grounded the day after Britain leaves the bloc on March 29, 2019, Britain's finance minister said Wednesday. Philip Hammond said he considers that ...

Danish police says submarine inventor won’t talk anymore

By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen, suspected in the death of a Swedish journalist whose torso, decapitated head, legs and clothes were found in the sea off Copenhagen, won't talk with investigators anymore, police said ...

Russia scores temporary win against US on cybercrime suspect

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Russia on Wednesday won the latest round in a judicial tug-of-war with the U.S. over who should try a Russian cybercrime suspect arrested during a holiday in Greece. Last week, a panel of judges in the city of Thessaloniki agreed to send Alexander Vinnik to the ...

Hezbollah says new US measures attempt to ‘demonize’ group

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A multimillion dollar reward offered by the Trump administration in return for information leading to the arrest of two senior operatives of the Lebanese Hezbollah group is part of ongoing U.S. efforts to "demonize" the group, a Hezbollah ...

Kenya ruling brings new uncertainty to fresh election

By TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan judge on Wednesday ruled that a minor opposition candidate can run for president in this month's election, bringing fresh uncertainty a day after opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew from the new vote ordered by the Supreme ...

Filipino troops find 22 bodies of suspected militants, bombs

MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops have recovered 22 bodies of suspected Muslim extremists and dozens of homemade bombs from two buildings that were retaken in one of the final government assaults to end an Islamic State group-inspired siege in southern Marawi city, the military ...

Spain anxiously awaits Catalan leader’s independence speech

By ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia's regional leader prepared to address parliament Tuesday in a highly anticipated session that could spell the birth of a new republic, marking a critical point in a decade-long standoff between Catalan separatists and Spain's ...

A look at what might happen if Catalonia declares secession

BY CIARAN GILES, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Time is ticking fast for Spain and its prosperous region Catalonia to try to avoid a much-feared head-on collision that would pose the most serious threat to Spain's national unity in decades. Attention is focused on whether Catalonia will ...

EU’s Tusk sees next Brexit step in December, not this month

By RAF CASERT and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union Council President Donald Tusk says Brexit negotiations will not move to the next stage focused on trade relations before December at the earliest — not later this month, as Britain was hoping. Tusk bemoaned ...