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UK: 4 army members linked to neo-Nazi group arrested

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Four serving members of the army were arrested under the Terrorism Act on suspicion of being members of a banned far-right group, British defense officials and police said Tuesday. The West Midlands Counterterrorism Unit said officers had ...

Venezuela leader won’t attend UN rights council meeting

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations says Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won't attend a U.N. Human Rights Council meeting next week as originally planned. Council spokesman Rolando Gomez said in an email Tuesday to reporters that Maduro "will not address the Human Rights Council." Gomez ...

Kenyan opposition leader rejects date of new elections

By TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said Tuesday he does not accept the date for the new presidential elections, demanding reforms to the electoral commission and other "legal and constitutional guarantees." The East African power ...

Mattis begins sending additional troops to Afghanistan

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has begun sending additional troops to Afghanistan to carry out President Donald Trump's new war strategy, which will stick to his predecessor's approach of supporting the Afghans' fight against the Taliban rather ...

In tit for tat, US tells Russia to close post in San Fran

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In an escalating tit-for-tat, the United States forced Russia on Thursday to shutter its consulate in San Francisco and scale back its diplomatic presence in Washington and New York, as relations between the two former Cold War foes ...

Iraq says Tal Afar ‘fully liberated’ from Islamic State

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — The northern town of Tal Afar has been "fully liberated" from the Islamic State group, Iraq's prime minister said Thursday, further shrinking the territory controlled by the extremists who overran nearly a third of the country three years ...

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 ...