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Nobel Prize winner Malala visits her Pakistan hometown

By SHERIN ZADA and MUNIR AHMED, Associated Press MINGORA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Saturday arrived in her hometown for the first time since a Taliban militant shot her there in 2012 for advocating girls' education. Yousafzai and her family ...

Israel says it will expand response if Gaza clashes go on

By FARES AKRAM and ARON HELLER, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel will target "terror organizations" in Gaza if violence along the territory's border with Israel drags on, the chief military spokesman warned Saturday, a day after thousands of Palestinians staged protests ...

IOC president says Kim committed to Tokyo, Beijing Olympics

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach met with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang on Friday and said the North Korean leader is committed to having his country participate in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and the Beijing Winter Games in 2022. Bach told an ...

Trump’s talk of a Syria pullout nothing new

By MATTHEW LEE and JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's unscripted remark this week about pulling out of Syria "very soon," while at odds with his own policy, was not a one-off: For weeks, top advisers have been fretting about an overly hasty withdrawal ...

Russia mourns victims of deadly mall fire in Siberia

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Flags flew at half-staff across Russia on Wednesday as the country mourned 64 victims — many of them children — of a shopping mall fire in Siberia. The blaze engulfed the four-story mall in the eastern city of Kemerovo on Sunday ...

Facebook revamps privacy tools as tighter EU rules draw near

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is giving its privacy tools a makeover as it reels from criticisms over its data practices and faces tighter European regulations in the coming months. The changes won't affect Facebook's privacy policies or the types of data ...

Trump: Good chance NKorean leader will do ‘what is right’

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday there's "a good chance" that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will "do what is right for his people and for humanity" and make moves toward peace. In a pair of morning tweets, Trump says he received a ...

Kim, Xi portray strong ties after NKorea leader’s China trip

By GILLIAN WONG and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — With smiles and firm handshakes, North Korea and China used a surprise summit this week to show that despite recent tensions, Pyongyang still has a powerful backer and Beijing will not be sidelined in discussions about the ...

Mysterious train sparks speculation of Kim visit to Beijing

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN and MARK SCHIEFELBEIN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A mysterious armored train made a round trip from North Korea to Beijing without revealing its key secret: Was Kim Jong Un on board? Speculation about a visit to Beijing by North Korea's reclusive leader or another ...

Thousands rally, distraught over Russian shopping mall fire

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Distraught and angry, thousands of Russians took to the main square of a Siberian city Tuesday to confront local officials whom they blamed for a shopping mall fire that killed at least 64 people, most of the children. President Vladimir ...

Syrian media say evacuations from eastern Ghouta increasing

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The exodus of Syrian rebels and civilians from the eastern suburbs of Damascus continued on Tuesday for the sixth straight day in what is shaping up to be one of the largest organized population transfers in the country's seven-year-long civil ...

Whistleblower at center of privacy scandal to testify in UK

LONDON (AP) — The whistleblower at the heart of the Facebook privacy scandal is set to testify before British lawmakers investigating the increasing rise of fake news. Christopher Wylie has alleged that Cambridge Analytica harvested details of 50 million Facebook users and used the material ...

Russian shopping mall fire kills 64; no alarms reported

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — With the fire alarms silent and staff reportedly nowhere to be seen, a fire at a shopping mall packed with children and their parents on the first weekend of the school recess killed 64 people in Russia's Siberia. The fire at the Winter ...

Egyptians vote, with President el-Sissi certain winner

By MAGGIE MICHAEL and BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians voted on Monday in a presidential election, with the outcome — a second, four-year term for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi — a foregone conclusion and a sign that critics say shows the country is sliding back to ...

Catalonia’s Puigdemont to be brought before judge in Germany

By GEIR MOULSON and VOLKMAR KIENOEL, Associated Press NEUMUENSTER, Germany (AP) — Catalonia's former president, Carles Puigdemont, was to be brought before a court in Germany on Monday for an initial hearing on whether he stays in custody, kicking off an extradition process that could take ...

Report: Bombs disguised as rocks in Yemen show Iranian aid

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Roadside bombs disguised as rocks in Yemen bear similarities to others used by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and by insurgents in Iraq and Bahrain, suggesting at the least an Iranian influence in their manufacture, a ...

Witness in Mueller probe aided UAE agenda in Congress

By DESMOND BUTLER, TOM LoBIANCO and BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A top fundraiser for President Donald Trump received millions of dollars from a political adviser to the United Arab Emirates last April, just weeks before he began handing out a series of large political ...

UN food agency boss warns of migrant crisis

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The head of the United Nations food agency warned Monday that the relocation of Islamic State group members from the Middle East to Africa could trigger a massive new European migrant crisis. David Beasley, executive director of ...

Peru president undone by corruption scandals he vowed to end

By FRANKLIN BRICENO and JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press LIMA, Peru (AP) — He took office in 2016 as a political outsider boasting that his strong business credentials would buoy Peru's economy while sweeping away endemic corruption. But with his offer of resignation, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski ...

UK’s May seeks united EU against Russia over spy poisoning

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May tried to rally European Union leaders into a unified stance Thursday against Russia, saying the poisoning of a former spy on English soil shows that Moscow poses a long-term threat to the ...