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Gaza bloodshed spurs global worry about US Mideast policies

By JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's prospects for brokering the Mideast peace "deal of the century" plunged ever deeper as the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem opened amid bloodshed in Gaza. The day fueled global concern that U.S. policies ...

Retailer Gap says ‘sorry’ for T-shirt’s incorrect China map

By KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer HONG KONG (AP) — The U.S. clothing retailer Gap apologized Tuesday for selling T-shirts with what it says is an incorrect map of China that didn't include self-ruled Taiwan, in the latest example of corporate kowtowing to Beijing. "Upon the realization ...

Meghan’s sibling says their dad stressed out by press pack

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Meghan Markle's half sister said Tuesday that their retired father is under an "unbelievable" amount of stress because of relentless pressure from reporters and paparazzi hounding him at his home in Mexico. Samantha Markle told the "Good ...

Paris attacker born in Chechnya, was on radicalism database

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The man behind a deadly knife attack in central Paris was born in Chechnya and had been on police radar for radicalism, and his parents have been detained for questioning, French authorities said Sunday. Counterterrorism investigators are ...

Family of 6 suicide bombers attacks Indonesia churches

By TUJI MARTUJI, Associated Press SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — A family of six suicide bombers that included two young children carried out deadly attacks on three churches in Indonesia's second-largest city on Sunday, police said, as the world's most populous Muslim nation recoiled in horror ...

Israel prepares for opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is preparing a series of festivities Sunday to celebrate the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, a move that has ignited Palestinian protests and raised fears of a further outbreak of violence. As Israel marks Jerusalem Day, the 51st anniversary of what it ...

Israel bombs Gaza tunnel, closes key crossing after attack

By ARON HELLER and FARES AKRAM, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Saturday it was shutting down its main cargo crossing into Gaza after Palestinian protesters caused extensive damage to it, and that it had also destroyed an attack tunnel militants dug near its main ...

Record low turnout in first Iraq elections since IS defeat

By PHILIP ISSA and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq saw a record low turnout on Saturday in its first elections since the collapse of the Islamic State group, pointing to widespread dissatisfaction with the direction of the country under Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi ...

Trump welcomes N. Korea plan to blow up nuke-site tunnels

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday that it will dismantle its nuclear test site in less than two weeks, in a dramatic event that would set up leader Kim Jong Un's summit with President Donald Trump next month. Trump welcomed the "gracious ...

Israel, Iran engage in most serious confrontation in Syria

By ZEINA KARAM and ARON HELLER, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli forces unleashed a heavy bombardment against Iranian military installations in Syria on Thursday in what Israel called retaliation for an Iranian rocket barrage on its positions in the occupied Golan Heights, the most ...

Military finds multiple failures led to deadly Niger ambush

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Multiple failures led up to the deadly Niger attack last October, but top military leaders said Thursday that none directly caused the overwhelming enemy ambush that killed four American service members and sent others fighting and ...

Trump eyes breakthrough after NKorea frees Americans

By MATTHEW LEE, JILL COLVIN and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump celebrated the return Thursday of three Americans freed by North Korea and suggested their release heralded a potential breakthrough toward the goal of denuclearizing the Korean ...

Tanzania’s Maasai evicted in favor of tourism, group says

By RODNEY MUHUMUZA, Associated Press KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Tens of thousands of Tanzania's ethnic Maasai people are homeless after the government burned their houses to keep the savannah open for tourism benefiting two foreign safari companies, a U.S.-based group charged ...

UK apologizes ‘unreservedly’ for role in Libyans’ kidnapping

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Britain acknowledged Thursday that its intelligence agents played a role in the kidnapping and torture of an opponent of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and the man's wife — a rare admission of wrongdoing by British spies. Attorney ...

Israel hits dozens of Iranian targets in Syria after barrage

By SARAH EL DEEB and ARON HELLER, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The Israeli military on Thursday said it attacked nearly all of Iran's military installations in neighboring Syria in response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the occupied Golan Heights, in the most serious ...

Australian, 104, dies in assisted suicide in Switzerland

By PHILIPP JENNE, Associated Press LIESTAL, Switzerland (AP) — A 104-year-old Australian biologist who drew international attention to his right-to-die case ended his life in Switzerland on Thursday, an advocacy group said. Philip Nitschke, director of Exit International, said David Goodall ...

Lawmakers release thousands of Russian Facebook ads

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on the House intelligence committee have released more than 3,500 Facebook ads that were created or promoted by a Russian internet agency, providing the fullest picture yet of Russia's attempt to sow racial and political ...

Macron’s 1st year: World fame, Trump hugs, French anger

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — In just one year as France's president, Emmanuel Macron has emerged as a key world player, speaking up for Europe and Western democratic values and striking a surprise friendship with Donald Trump. But Macron has made his biggest impact — and ...

Putin sworn in for 4th term; promises economic reforms

By JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin took the oath of office for his fourth term as Russian president on Monday, promising to pursue an economic agenda that would boost living standards across the country. In a ceremony in an ornate Kremlin hall in Moscow, Putin said ...

Guatemala’s crusading prosecutor exits amid praise, threats

By SONIA PEREZ D., Associated Press GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — It's been a long time since it was safe for Thelma Aldana to go out in public alone, and perhaps it never will be again. As chief prosecutor for Guatemala, Aldana won plaudits at home and abroad as the woman who sent a president to ...