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Venezuela president’s threat to ban opposition draws rebuff

By FABIOLA SANCHEZ and SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition parties in Venezuela won't be bullied out of participating in future elections, a leading anti-government politician said Monday, rejecting threats a day earlier by socialist President Nicolas ...

A confident and upbeat Putin goes on Mideast ‘victory’ tour

By HAMZA HENDAWI and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin declared "victory" in Syria during a surprise visit Monday to a military base there, then traveled to Egypt and Turkey, where he celebrated Moscow's deepening ties with those key regional ...

EU rebuffs idea of recognizing Jerusalem as Netanyahu visits

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the European Union on Monday to back a new U.S. peace initiative in the Middle East, after President Donald Trump's unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital met with ...

Snow wreaks havoc on travelers in Britain, schools closed

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Snow and wintry weather are still wreaking havoc on travelers in Britain, with flights cancelled, roads sheathed in ice and rail travel disrupted Monday. With temperatures predicted to drop overnight to as low as minus 12 Celsius (11 degrees ...

Baby formula maker calls global recall over salmonella fears

PARIS (AP) — Baby milk maker Lactalis and French authorities have ordered a global recall of millions of products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination. The French company, one of the world's largest dairy groups, said it was warned by health authorities in France that 26 infants ...

France names winners of anti-Trump climate change grants

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Eighteen climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere hit the jackpot Monday as French President Emmanuel Macron awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump's presidential term. The "Make Our ...

Tillerson says Ukraine key sticking point in US-Russia ties

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that Ukraine was the sole sticking point keeping the United States and Russia from forging a closer relationship, suggesting that all other disputes were secondary. "The issue that stands in ...

Leaders of Turkey, Greece air grievances at tense conference

By ELENA BECATOROS, Associated Press ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leaders of Greece and Turkey publicly aired their grievances Thursday in a tense news conference as a two-day visit to Athens by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan got off to a rocky start. The Greek government had expressed ...

On North Korea, senator says China a problem

By LAURIE KELLMAN and RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — China is more of a problem than a partner for the United States in dealing with nuclear-armed North Korea, a leading Republican senator and ally of President Donald Trump told the Associated Press during a wide-ranging ...

Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Parliament voted Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter debate settled by a much-criticized government survey of voters that strongly endorsed change. The public gallery in the House ...

Putin undecided whether to run as an independent or not

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has not decided yet whether to run for office next year as an independent candidate or secure support from the ruling party, his spokesman said Thursday. The 65-year old Russian leader, who has ruled the ...

On Jerusalem, Trump delivers for supporters at home

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's move to recognize the divided city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital may have triggered a worldwide chorus of critics but the president had his ears closely tuned to his supporters at home. For Trump, the ...

Trump flouts warnings, declares Jerusalem Israel’s capital

By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying dire, worldwide warnings, President Donald Trump on Wednesday broke with decades of U.S. and international policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Despite urgent appeals from Arab and European leaders and the risk of ...

Putin announces 2018 re-election bid, ends long speculation

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he would seek re-election next year in a race he is poised to win easily, putting him on track to become the nation's longest-serving ruler since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Putin's ...

For Tillerson, a lonely job defending Trump’s Jerusalem move

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — It's a go-to catchphrase when U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is called on to explain his boss on the world stage: "America first is not America alone." Yet as President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, Tillerson ...

Doctors find brain abnormalities in victims of Cuba mystery

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors treating the U.S. embassy victims of suspected attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned. It's the most ...

Putin will allow Russians to compete at Pyeongchang Olympics

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin won't boycott the Pyeongchang Olympics. Putin said Wednesday his government will allow Russians to compete as neutral athletes at the upcoming games in South Korea. The International Olympic Committee has ...

Doubts grow over UK government’s preparation for Brexit

By DANICA KIRKA and LORNE COOK, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government acknowledged Wednesday that it has made no detailed assessment of the economic impact of leaving the European Union, as its lack of preparation for a momentous break became clear. David Davis, the official ...

UN: Myanmar’s Rohingya likely faced crimes against humanity

By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Myanmar's Rohingya minority has "very likely" faced crimes against humanity and possibly genocide at the hands of Myanmar security forces and their helpers, the U.N.'s top human rights body and a top U.N. official said Tuesday. The comments ...

Model in Britain’s sex-and-spy Profumo scandal dies at 75

By GREGORY KATZ and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Christine Keeler, the central figure in the sex-and-espionage Profumo scandal that rocked Cold War Britain and brought down a Conservative government, has died at 75. In a Facebook post, son Seymour Platt said Keeler died ...