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Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

By TED ANTHONY, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed Sunday night very much as they began, with humanity's finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with decades of war and suspicion among them ...

Pope calls violence in Syria ‘inhuman,’ backs UN cease-fire

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is denouncing the "inhuman" violence in Syria and is backing a U.N. Security Council-demanded cease-fire so food and medicine can reach desperate Syrians and the sick and wounded can be evacuated. Francis led thousands of people in St. Peter's Square in ...

China paves way for Xi Jinping to extend rule beyond 2 terms

By GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country's president, the official news agency said Sunday, appearing to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023. The party's ...

Opposition erupts as Iceland eyes banning most circumcisions

By EGILL BJARNASON, Associated Press REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Icelandic lawmakers are considering a law that would ban the circumcision of boys for non-medical reasons, making it the first European country to do so. Some religious leaders in Iceland and across Europe have called the bill ...

Parents release names of 105 missing Nigerian girls

By HARUNA UMAR, Associated Press MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Parents in Nigeria have released a list of the 105 young women they say are still missing nearly a week after Boko Haram militants attacked a northern town, demanding that residents direct them toward the school for girls. The fate ...

More deaths in Syria bombing campaign near Damascus

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government warplanes supported by Russia continued their relentless bombardment of the rebel-controlled eastern suburbs of Damascus for a sixth day Friday, killing five people, opposition activists and a war monitor reported. The death ...

AP sources: Adelson offers to help pay for Jerusalem embassy

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is considering an offer from Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, four U.S. officials told The Associated Press. Lawyers at the State Department are ...

Trump Jr.’s foreign policy speech in India boosts concerns

NEW DELHI (AP) — As criticism mounted that the American president's eldest son was pushing an ethics boundary by making a foreign policy speech at an Indian business summit, conference organizers hurriedly changed the speech's title. Donald Trump Jr. was slated to speak Friday evening on ...

New charges brought against ex-Trump campaign associates

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Dramatically escalating the pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate. The filing adds ...

Myanmar bulldozes what is left of Rohingya Muslim villages

By TODD PITMAN and ESTHER HTUSAN, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — First, their villages were burned to the ground. Now, Myanmar's government is using bulldozers to literally erase them from the earth — in a vast operation rights groups say is destroying crucial evidence of mass atrocities ...

Security Council to meet amid calls for Syria cease-fire

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — World leaders called for an urgent cease-fire in Syria on Thursday as government forces pounded the opposition-controlled eastern suburbs of the capital in a crushing campaign that has left hundreds of people dead in recent days. The U.N. ...

In Syria, a father says last goodbye to dead child

BEIRUT (AP) — A father saying his last goodbye to his dead child, before the shelling starts again. It's a grief shared by all too many parents trapped with their children under a brutal, government siege of the eastern Ghouta region outside the Syrian capital of Damascus. The government, ...

Science Says: European art scene began with Neanderthals

By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — From the murky depths of Spanish caves comes a surprising insight: Neanderthals created art. That's been proposed before, but experts say two new studies finally give convincing evidence that our evolutionary cousins had the brainpower to ...

Mystery cloaks Japanese dad of 13 born from Thai surrogates

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese businessman who won legal custody of his 13 children born from surrogates in Thailand is virtually anonymous in his home country. Mitsutoki Shigeta, who was granted sole custody by a Thai court on Tuesday, is the son of the founder ...

17 killed in garbage dump collapse in Mozambique

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique's capital on Monday, killing 17 people who were buried by debris. Authorities believe more bodies could be buried at the Hulene garbage dump on ...

Police suspect Netanyahu associate of trying to bribe judge

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Tuesday said they suspect a close confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of offering a sitting judge a top posting in exchange for dropping a corruption case against Netanyahu's wife. The development marks the ...

Activists: 98 dead in assault on rebel-held Damascus suburb

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes of rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed at least 98 people in what was the deadliest day in the area in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said Tuesday. A day after Monday's ...

Ex-workers at Russian ‘troll factory’ trust US indictment

By NAIRA DAVLASHYAN and IRINA TITOVA, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worked at the same St. Petersburg "troll factory" say they ...

Donald Trump Jr. visits India to help sell apartments

By MUNEEZA NAQVI, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — "Trump has arrived. Have you?" shout the barrage of glossy front-page advertisements in almost every major Indian newspaper. The ads, which have run repeatedly in the past few days, herald the arrival not of the American president but of ...

Iranian rescuers find wreckage from plane crash

By AMIR VAHDAT, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian search and rescue teams on Monday reached the site of a plane crash that authorities say killed all 65 people on board, Iran's Press TV reported. The Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional ...