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Iranian hackers said to target presidential campaign

By TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Microsoft said Friday that hackers linked to the Iranian government targeted a U.S. presidential campaign, as well as government officials, media targets and prominent expatriate Iranians. Overall, the hackers attempted to penetrate 241 ...

Thousands protest mask ban as HK leader toughens stance

By JOHN LEICESTER and EILEEN NG Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Defiant masked protesters rampaged, police fired tear gas, and a teen was wounded by gunfire hours after Hong Kong's embattled leader banned masks at rallies, invoking rarely used emergency powers to quell four months of ...

Violence escalates in Iraq even after top cleric urges calm

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Security forces opened fire directly at hundreds of anti-government demonstrators Friday in central Baghdad, killing at least 10 protesters and injuring dozens, hours after Iraq's top Shiite cleric warned both sides to end four days of ...

Paris police force attack treated as possible terror act

By SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors opened an investigation Friday that treats the fatal knife attack that a civilian employee carried out at Paris police headquarters as a potential act of terrorism. The longtime police employee stabbed four colleagues to ...

Ukraine reviews cases on owner of firm that hired Biden son

By YURAS KARMANAU and NATALIYA VASILYEVA Associated Press ZHYTOMYR, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's top prosecutor said Friday his office is reviewing several cases related to the owner of a gas company where the son of former Vice President Joe Biden sat on the board, but he added that he wasn't ...

Chirac gets full military honors as France bids him farewell

By SAM PETREQUIN and CLAIRE PARKER Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Former French President Jacques Chirac was given full military honors Monday as past and current world leaders gathered in Paris to attend his final service. Cutting a solemn figure, French President Emmanuel Macron presided ...

Saudi crown prince denies ordering journalist’s murder

NEW YORK (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in a television interview that he takes "full responsibility" for the grisly murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but denied allegations that he ordered it. "This was a heinous crime," Prince Mohammed, 34, told "60 Minutes" ...

China’s Xi renews commitment to Hong Kong amid protests

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Communist Party leader and President Xi Jinping on Monday renewed his government's commitment to allowing Hong Kong to manage its own affairs amid continuing anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Xi ...

Turkey vows to keep investigating Jamal Khashoggi’s killing

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Days ahead of the anniversary of the grisly slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that his country will press ahead with efforts to shed light on the killing. In a Washington Post op-ed, Erdogan described the ...

UK’s Johnson denies wrongdoing as allegations mount

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced political opposition and personal allegations Monday as he tried to fulfil his pledge to lead Britain out of the European Union in just over a month. The prime minister's office denied a journalist's claim that Johnson ...

Ex-French President Chirac dies at 86

By ELAINE GANLEY Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Jacques Chirac, a two-term French president who was the first leader to acknowledge France's role in the Holocaust and defiantly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, died Thursday at age 86. His son-in-law Frederic Salat-Baroux told The ...

UK leader Johnson faces backlash over confrontational tone

By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced a backlash from furious lawmakers on Thursday over his use of charged and confrontational language in Parliament about opponents of his Brexit plan, as the Speaker of the House of Commons warned that ...

Analysis: After UN visit, Iran faces diminishing choices

By AYA BATRAWY Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Iran has long prided itself on its forceful defiance of the United States and Israel, a resistance that has defined the Shiite-led Islamic Republic for the 40 years since its revolution. But the limits of Iran's ability to go it alone ...

Mideast conflicts, Brexit to take center stage at UN

By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the threat posed by Iran and Britain's fraught exit from the European Union are likely topics Thursday as world leaders gather for a third day of speeches at the United Nations. Palestinian ...

As attack drones multiply, Israeli firms develop defenses

By ILAN BEN ZION Associated Press YEHUD, Israel (AP) — Israel, one of the pioneers of drone warfare, is now on the front lines of an arms race to protect against attacks by the unmanned aircraft. A host of Israeli companies have developed defense systems they say can detect or destroy ...

Johnson: ‘Terrifying limbless chickens’ but little Brexit

By TED ANTHONY AP National Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Things the beleaguered British prime minister said in his astonishing speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday night: "Pink-eyed Terminators from the future." ''Terrifying limbless chickens." ''Your fridge will beep for more ...

‘Forgotten’ war: Syria conflict a footnote at UN meeting

By ZEINA KARAM Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — As dozens of heads of state convene for the annual U.N. General Assembly in New York this week, the lingering conflict in Syria is taking a back seat while tensions in the Persian Gulf and global trade wars take center stage. Now in its ninth ...

Migrants arrive in Europe with big hopes, many questions

By RENATA BRITO Associated Press MESSINA, Sicily (AP) — As the weary passengers aboard a rescue ship approached Sicily at the end of an agonizing journey from North Africa, 30-year-old Seke Awa called a friend back in Libya the moment she got cellphone reception. "I told her we are on the ...

Ukraine entangled yet again in American political storm

By ERIC TUCKER, RICHARD LARDNER and NATALIYA VASILYEVA Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's withholding of military aid from Ukraine and his calls for the country's new president to investigate the family of a political rival have thrust the East European nation into ...

Iran president to address UN as Persian Gulf tensions mount

By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — With tensions high in the Persian Gulf, all eyes will be on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday as he speaks on the second day of the U.N. General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders. In another highly anticipated ...