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Slain Iraqi novelist criticized foreign meddling, militias

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi novelist Alaa Mashzoub was a secular civil society activist who used his bike to get around Karbala's infamous traffic and road closures. He was also an outspoken critic of foreign interference in Iraq and political meddling by ...

Hopes high for concrete results from 2nd Kim-Trump summit

By HAU DINH, Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Governments across Asia on Wednesday expressed hope that a second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam will produce concrete results that will lead to the complete denuclearization of the ...

Paris building fire claims 10 lives; arson suspected

By THOMAS ADAMSON and ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Paris' deadliest fire in over a decade claimed 10 lives Tuesday, sending fleeing residents to the roof as flames engulfed their apartment building before dawn. A 40-year-old female resident of the building, said to have a ...

Asia welcomes Year of the Pig with banquets, temple visits

BEIJING (AP) — Asia welcomed the lunar Year of the Pig on Tuesday with visits to temples, family banquets and the world's biggest travel spree. Celebrations took place throughout the region, from Beijing and Seoul to Hanoi and Singapore. The streets of Beijing and other major Chinese cities ...

Pope Francis celebrates historic Mass in Arabian Peninsula

By NICOLE WINFIELD and AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pope Francis ministered on Tuesday to the thriving Catholic community in the United Arab Emirates as he concluded his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula with the first-ever papal Mass here and a ...

US officials fear IS fighters are lying low, not defeated

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to declare near-total triumph over the Islamic State group in Syria in his State of the Union address, but U.S. defense officials are increasingly fearful that the militants are simply biding their time ...

UK’s Theresa May traveling to Northern Ireland in Brexit bid

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is traveling to Northern Ireland seeking support for her stalled withdrawal plan from the European Union. May plans to speak to business leaders Tuesday and will also meet with Democratic Unionist Party chief Arlene Foster. The prime minister ...

Feuding UK politicians seek elusive unity as Brexit looms

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — With Brexit just seven weeks away, Britain's ruling Conservative Party was locked in tense negotiations with itself Monday to rework the U.K.'s divorce deal with the European Union — as the EU stood firm in ruling out any ...

EU countries step up pressure on Venezuela’s defiant Maduro

By BARRY HATTON, Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A key group of European Union countries endorsed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's interim president on Monday, piling the pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to resign and let the country hold a new ...

Iran’s revolutionaries have mixed feelings, 40 years later

By MOHAMMAD NASIRI, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Forty years after he defected from the shah's Imperial Guard to join the Islamic Revolution, Mohammad Reza Tajik, like many Iranians from that time, looks back wistfully at the youthful excitement they felt and the losses they suffered ...

UAE gives pope pomp-filled welcome ceremony at visit’s start

By NICOLE WINFIELD and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pope Francis received a grandiose, pomp-filled welcome on Monday as he opened his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula by meeting with Emirati rulers ahead of an address to faith leaders gathered ...

Searching for her son: A mother’s quest in Brazil dam breach

By LEO CORREA, Associated Press BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — My first day covering the devastating dam collapse in southeastern Brazil, I was on the phone with my editor when a crying woman approached me. "Sir, sir, can you help me to find my son?" she asked, looking at me with glassy eyes ...

Firefighters search mud after Brazil dam collapse; 58 dead

By MARCELO SILVA DE SOUSA and PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — Firefighters on Monday carefully moved over treacherous mud, sometimes walking, sometimes crawling, in search of survivors or bodies, four days after a dam collapse that buried mine buildings and ...

UK leader under new pressure to secure EU Brexit concessions

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Pro-Brexit British lawmakers were mounting a campaign Monday to rescue Prime Minister Theresa May's rejected European Union divorce deal in a parliamentary showdown this week. Lawmakers threw out May's Brexit deal two weeks ago and will debate ...

Iraqis amid Mosul’s silent ruins fear the loss of a dialect

By SAM KIMBALL, Associated Press Writer MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — For centuries, residents of Mosul have spoken a unique form of Arabic enriched by the Iraqi city's long history as a crossroads of civilization, a singsong dialect that many now fear will die out after years of war and ...

President Ghani assures Afghans as US envoy reports progress

By RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan president on Monday assured his people that their rights will not be compromised in the name of peace with the Taliban, days after the U.S. envoy tasked with resolving America's longest war reported significant progress in ...

Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer sentenced to 4½ years

By DAKE KANG, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was sentenced to 4½ years in prison on the charge of subversion of state power Monday, more than three years after he was detained in a sweeping crackdown on the legal profession. The No. 2 ...

9 dead, search for 300 missing after Brazil dam collapse

By ANNA JEAN KAISER, MARCELO SILVA DE SOUSA and PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press SAO PAULO (AP) — Rescuers in helicopter on Saturday searched for survivors in a huge area in southeastern Brazil buried by mud from the collapse of dam holding back mine waste, with at least nine people dead ...

Pope aims to inspire priests, nuns ‘wounded by church’s sin’

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press PANAMA CITY (AP) — Pope Francis sought Saturday to inspire Panama's priests and religious sisters, acknowledging they have grown weary from the "wounds of the church's own sin," but urging them to find again the joy that sparked their vocations. Francis ...

South Sudanese fear leaving UN protected camps despite peace

By SAM MEDNICK, Associated Press JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Tracing his fingers over the metal fencing at a United Nations protected site in South Sudan's capital, Nhial Nyuot Nhial hung his head as he contemplated going home after years of civil war. "At the moment it's impossible for someone ...