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Palestinians offer new details of Israel’s botched Gaza raid

By FARES AKRAM and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The small town of Abassan in the Gaza Strip is a tough place to infiltrate: Everyone knows everyone and outsiders passing through quickly attract attention. So when strangers drove through town, suspicious ...

UN chief returns as climate talks teeter closer to collapse

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general flew back to global climate talks in Poland Wednesday to appeal to countries to reach an agreement, as some observers feared the meeting might end without a deal. U.N. chief Antonio Guterres ...

As May faces leadership vote, a look at what happens next

By The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a no-confidence vote from Conservative lawmakers angry about the divorce deal she has struck with the European Union. Here's a look at how the Conservative Party goes about challenging and changing ...

UK’s May: ‘Uncharted waters’ if lawmakers reject Brexit deal

By SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — With a crucial parliamentary vote on Brexit looming, British Prime Minister Theresa May warned lawmakers Sunday that they could take Britain into "uncharted waters" and trigger a general election if they reject the divorce deal she struck with ...

Nobel peace winners demand action against sex abuse

By DAVID KEYTON, Associated Press OSLO, Norway (AP) — One of the winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize says the attention the prize has drawn to sexual violence against women in war zones must be followed by action against the abuses. Dr. Denis Mukwege spoke Sunday at a news conference ...

At scene of South Sudan mass rape, ‘no one could hear me’

By SAM MEDNICK, Associated Press NHIALDIU, South Sudan (AP) — Wrapping an arm around her stomach, the young woman hung her head and recounted the day in early November when she and a friend were bound, dragged into the bush and raped by four men with guns. "My body hasn't been the same ...

Italian police probing deadly stampede find pepper spray can

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press ROME (AP) — Italian police investigating a deadly disco stampede said Sunday they found a pepper spray can and were questioning dozens of witnesses Sunday following accounts by concertgoers that a teenage boy had sprayed an irritating substance, ...

Armenians vote for parliament; PM looks to bolster support

By AVET DEMOURIAN, Associated Press YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenians cast ballots Sunday in an early parliamentary election that is expected to further consolidate the power of the nation's new prime minister. The charismatic 43-year-old Nikol Pashinian took office in May after ...

Hunger, lice, filth: Moroccan camp shows migrant challenges

By AMIRA EL MASAITI, Associated Press CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — As Morocco prepares to host the signing of a landmark global migration agreement, hundreds of migrants are languishing in a Casablanca camp rife with hunger, misery, lice and filth. These sub-Saharan Africans who dream of ...

OPEC delays oil output decision pending Russia talks

By KIYOKO METZLER and CARLO PIOVANO, Associated Press VIENNA (AP) — OPEC countries hoping to support the price of oil put off their decision Thursday on how much to reduce oil production until they negotiate with ally Russia on Friday on how much it will contribute to the cut. Some saw it ...

Prisoner swap deal adds to hopes for downplayed Yemen talks

By DAVID KEYTON and BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Yemen's warring sides agreed to a broad prisoner swap Thursday, sitting down in the same room together for the first time in years at U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden aimed at halting a catastrophic war that has ...

UK leader may let Parliament decide on Brexit backstop

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday she may give Parliament a greater role in implementing her controversial Brexit deal as she sought to rescue the agreement from a widely expected defeat. May's efforts to win support came as ...

Paris riots over fuel taxes dim hopes for climate fight

By SETH BORENSTEIN and ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The "yellow vests" in France are worrying greens around the world. The worst riots in Paris in decades were sparked by higher fuel taxes, and French President Emmanuel Macron responded by scrapping them Wednesday. But ...

Nobel laureates: Despite progress, cancer won’t be wiped out

By IVANA BZGANOVIC, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — The winners of this year's Nobel Prize for Medicine say they expect substantial advances toward treating cancer in the next several decades, although it is unlikely the disease could be eradicated. James Allison of the United States and ...

Climate talks shift to nitty-gritty details of Paris accord

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Negotiators at the U.N. climate talks got down to the nitty-gritty task Tuesday of finalizing the rules for the Paris accord, a landmark agreement by countries three years ago to curb global warming. The 2015 accord set a goal of ...

Macron caves in to French protesters — too late, they say

By THOMAS ADAMSON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The French government caved in after the worst riots in decades and delayed an increase in energy taxes Tuesday — but it was seen as "too little, too late" by many protesters whose anger seems increasingly focused on embattled President ...

US warns Russia it is ready to abandon key nuclear pact

By LORNE COOK and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The United States warned Russia Tuesday it has 60 days to start complying with a landmark nuclear missile treaty or Washington will abandon the pact, raising concern about Europe's future security. At NATO talks in Brussels, ...

Israeli operation targets Hezbollah cross-border tunnels

By JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military launched an open-ended operation Tuesday to destroy what it said was a network of attack tunnels built by Hezbollah, saying it had foiled a plot by the Iranian-backed militant group to carry out a deadly infiltration ...

UK Parliament delivers rebuke to government over Brexit

By JILL LAWLESS and RAF CASERT, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Britain's Parliament dealt Prime Minister Theresa May's government two bruising defeats on Tuesday, even before lawmakers began an epic debate that will decide the fate of May's European Union divorce deal — and of her ...

White House hails China trade truce as skeptics raise doubts

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER and BLAKE NICHOLSON, AP Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is celebrating the 90-day truce it reached in its trade war with China as a significant breakthrough despite scant details, a hazy timetable and widespread skepticism that Beijing will yield to ...