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Putin foe sent back to jail after suspected poisoning

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was discharged from a hospital Monday even though his physician raised suspicions of a possible poisoning after he suffered facial swelling and a rash while in jail. Details about Navalny's ...

Italy judge: teen claims he knifed officer in self-defense

By FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press ROME (AP) — An Italian judge says one of the two American teenagers jailed in Rome for the slaying of a police officer has stated he stabbed the plainclothes officer because he feared he was being strangled, according to an order obtained by The ...

Sailing to America: Teen to bring her climate activism to US

By DAVID KEYTON and FRANK JORDANS Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenager whose social media-savvy brand of eco-activism has inspired tens of thousands of students in Europe to skip classes and protest for faster action against climate change, said Monday that ...

Sudanese activists say 5 killed at student protest

By SAMY MAGDY Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Sudanese security forces fired on student demonstrators in a central province on Monday, killing at least five people, protest organizers said. The Sudanese Doctors Central Committee said the demonstration in Obeid, in North Kordofan province, was ...

Strong quake hits near Greek capital of Athens, sparks fear

By DEREK GATOPOULOS Associated Press ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A strong earthquake hit Friday near the Greek capital of Athens, causing residents to run into the streets in fear and firefighters to check for people trapped in elevators. The Athens Institute of Geodynamics gave the earthquake a ...

Iran denies Trump claim that US destroyed Iranian drone

By AMIR VAHDAT and DAVID RISING Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Friday it can provide images that disprove President Donald Trump's statement that a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf after it threatened the ship. The incident marked a new escalation ...

Dutch Supreme Court upholds Srebrenica deaths liability

By MIKE CORDER Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch Supreme Court upheld Friday a lower court's ruling that the Netherlands is partially liable in the deaths of some 350 Muslim men who were murdered by Bosnian Serb forces during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The ...

Germany’s Merkel criticizes Trump comments on congresswomen

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's comments about Democratic lawmakers of color, saying they run counter to what she considers "the strength of America" and expressing solidarity with the women. Merkel was asked at her annual ...

Hand signals and Post-its: The Hong Kong protester playbook

By YANAN WANG and ALICE FUNG Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's youth are no rookies when it comes to protests. The city's young activists have fine-tuned their strategies since Occupy Central in 2014, a months-long pro-democracy demonstration that ended without tangible ...

Von der Leyen: pro-EU fixture in Merkel’s Cabinets

By GEIR MOULSON and RAF CASERT Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — For Ursula von der Leyen, becoming European Commission president and perhaps the most important official in the European Union felt like coming home. After she was confirmed by the European Parliament in a cliffhanger ballot ...

‘Chatgate’ scandal throws Puerto Rico’s governor into crisis

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and JOEL COLON Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nearly two years ago, Hurricane María exposed the raw dysfunction of Puerto Rico, collapsing long-neglected infrastructure and leaving several thousand dead on Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's watch. Last week, two ...

Some migrants allowed to cross on first day of asylum policy

By ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press Nearly two dozen immigrants were allowed to cross the U.S.-Mexico border to seek asylum on Tuesday, the day the Trump administration planned to launch a drastic policy change designed to end asylum protections for most migrants who travel through another ...

African man escaped a massacre, but death followed

By DAVID SHARP Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — When an armed conflict erupted in his village in Congo, Blaise Matshieba Nduluyele fled from the carnage. Hundreds of people, including some of his relatives, were slaughtered. Death remained close as his family undertook a grueling ...

US fears Iran seized UAE-based tanker in Strait of Hormuz

By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A small oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz entered Iranian waters and turned off its tracker two days ago, leading the U.S. to suspect Iran seized the vessel amid heightened ...

Britain says Iranian vessels tried to block tanker in Gulf

By AYA BATRAWY and AMIR VAHDAT Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The British navy said it prevented three Iranian paramilitary vessels from impeding the passage of a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz early Thursday, a day after Iran's president warned of ...

1 missing, 6 dead in storm in northern Greece

By COSTAS KANTOURIS Associated Press THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — A search and rescue operation was underway in northern Greece Thursday for a fisherman missing after a powerful storm left six people dead, including two children, and injured about 140. The violent storm in the northern ...

From hot sauce to pop gloss, US products seep into Iran

By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — At a trendy restaurant in Iran's capital, customers sip Coca-Cola through bending straws as waiters bring caddies to their tables full of Heinz ketchup and two types of Tabasco sauce. Welcome to dining in the Islamic Republic, brought to ...

Bosnian Muslims mark 24th anniversary of Srebrenica massacre

By DARKO BANDIC Associated Press SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Thousands of mourners gathered in Bosnia on Thursday to commemorate the 24th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre, the worst mass killing in Europe since World War II. Relatives of the more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslim ...

Diplomats shaken for now after Britain’s US ambassador quits

By MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The abrupt resignation of Britain's ambassador to the United States over leaked cables critical of the Trump administration may have jolted official Washington, but it's unlikely to have a lasting impact on the U.S.-British relationship ...

2 runners gored racing with bulls at Pamplona’s festival

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish officials say the opening bull run of this year's San Fermin festival in the northern city of Pamplona has left at least five people injured, including two who were gored by bulls. Red Cross spokesman José Aldaba says the most seriously injured were treated ...