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Erdogan: Turkey to keep pushing Kurds out of Syria’s north

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that his military "won't stop" trying to oust Syrian Kurdish fighters from northern Syria, as he met with the leaders of Russia and Iran for talks on trying to resolve the ...

Israel defense minister vows tough response to Gaza protests

By FARES AKRAM and KARIN LAUB, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel's defense minister said Tuesday that the military will not change its tough response to Hamas-led mass protests near Gaza's border with Israel, warning that those who approach the border will endanger their ...

Britain to ban ivory sales to stamp out ‘abhorrent’ trade

LONDON (AP) — Britain says it will ban the sale of ivory, no matter how old, to help protect the world's elephant population. The government said Tuesday that the ban is the toughest in Europe and will impose a maximum five-year prison sentence for offenders. Environment Secretary Michael ...

After spat, BBC spy show gets access to ancient Greek temple

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A panel of archaeologists has granted a British television crew access to an ancient site near Athens to film scenes for a TV adaptation of spy novelist John le Carre's "The Little Drummer Girl" — reversing a decision last week following strong government ...

Netanyahu cancels deal with UN to resettle African migrants

By IAN DEITCH, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday canceled an agreement with the United Nations to resettle thousands of African migrants, caving in to pressure from hawks in his coalition who opposed the deal because it would allow many ...

Trade war fears and tech jitters stalk global stock markets

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets fell for a second day Tuesday as investors continued to fret over a looming trade war between the U.S. and China and mounting public scrutiny of technology companies. Stocks have been trending lower for weeks largely because ...

‘Hope and dignity:’ Pope calls for peace in Easter message

VATICAN CITY (AP) — On Christianity's most joyful day, Pope Francis called for peace in a world marked by war and conflict, "beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria" and extending to Israel, where 15 Palestinians were killed on the Israeli-Gaza border two days before ...

It’s white roses, peonies and foxgloves for UK royal wedding

LONDON (AP) — The royal wedding will take place among white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves, set off by branches of beech, birch and hornbeam. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen a self-taught London floral designer for their nuptials. The couple said Sunday that Philippa Craddock ...

UK Labour leader criticized for anti-Semitism in party

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing growing criticism over his handling of reported anti-Semitism among some of his supporters. The simmering row escalated Sunday with newspaper reports about numerous anti-Semitic Facebook ...

Queen Elizabeth II, royal family attend Easter service

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and his wife Kate and other senior royals have celebrated an Easter church service at St. George's Chapel in Windsor. William and Kate arrived at the church a few minutes late Sunday. She is expecting the couple's third child later this ...

UN leader calls for investigation into deadly Gaza clashes

By JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Friday for an independent investigation into deadly clashes in Gaza between Palestinians and Israeli troops, while Security Council members urged restraint on both sides. The council ...

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 ...