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Maduro faces off with US over Venezuela rival’s power claim

By JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans headed into uncharted political waters Thursday, with the young leader of a newly united and combative opposition claiming to hold the presidency and socialist President Nicolas Maduro digging in for a fight with the ...

Renault names new leaders to replace Ghosn, jailed in Japan

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The board of French carmaker Renault on Thursday named two new leaders to replace industry veteran Carlos Ghosn, who resigned after weeks of detention in Japan. The board chose Jean-Dominique Senard of Michelin to be chairman and Renault ...

Afghan security service suffers heavy toll in Taliban attack

By AMIR SHAH and RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Dozens of people killed in a brazen Taliban attack on a military base were members of Afghanistan's intelligence agency, officials said Tuesday, in a severe blow to the government that already has lost control of nearly ...

Zimbabwe leader: Violence by security forces ‘unacceptable’

By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's president on Tuesday said "unacceptable" violence by security forces will be investigated after a days-long crackdown on economic unrest, while a doctor said the 12 documented deaths and more than 300 people wounded are ...

China demands US drop Huawei extradition request with Canada

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday demanded the U.S. drop a request that Canada extradite a top executive of the tech giant Huawei, shifting blame to Washington in a case that has severely damaged Beijing's relations with Ottawa. Foreign Ministry ...

Brazil’s nationalist leader to address Davos globalist crowd

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro will headline the first full day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, with a speech to political and business leaders. The nationalist leader is attending an event that has long represented business's interest in ...

Kremlin ‘optimistic’ ahead of WADA doping ruling

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Russia is "optimistic" ahead of a World Anti-Doping Agency ruling on whether the country's authorities met demands to turn over lab data, Vladimir Putin's spokesman said Tuesday. The WADA executive committee reinstated Russia's ...

Airports, customs, trade: Europe preps for a chaotic Brexit

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — France is spending 50 million euros ($57 million) to beef up security at airports and the Eurotunnel, hiring hundreds of extra customs officers and issuing emergency decrees to gear up for the increasingly likely possibility that Britain will ...

UN health chief orders probe into misconduct

By MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization has ordered an internal investigation into allegations the U.N. health agency is rife with racism, sexism and corruption, after a series of anonymous emails with the explosive charges were sent to top ...

Human Rights Watch: Global pushback against autocrats grows

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — The world is seeing growing resistance against the abuses of autocrats as states, civic groups and popular movements all push back against populists who are seeking to curtail freedoms, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. In its annual ...

American anchor for Iranian TV is arrested on visit to US

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A prominent American anchorwoman on Iranian state television has been arrested by the FBI during a visit to the U.S., the broadcaster reported Wednesday, and her son said she was being held in a prison, apparently as a material ...

Saudi women runaways rebel against system of male control

By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Another Saudi woman has turned to social media for protection from her father, just days after Canada granted refuge to Rahaf al-Qunun, the 18-year-old Saudi who fled her family. Identified only as Nojoud al-Mandeel on ...

UK government faces no-confidence vote after Brexit defeat

By DANICA KIRKA and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a no-confidence vote Wednesday, a day after Parliament rejected her Brexit deal by a historic margin. May is battling to save her job after staking her political reputation on a ...

EU leaders plead with UK to get its act together on Brexit

By RAF CASERT, Associated Press STRASBOURG, France (AP) — European Union leaders were pleading Wednesday with the U.K. to finally get its act together on Brexit, end internal strife and come up with a realistic plan to leave the bloc — well over two years after Britain decided to leave the ...

Kenya’s president says all gunmen killed at hotel complex

By BEN CURTIS, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's security forces have killed the Islamic extremist gunmen whose assault on a luxury hotel and shopping complex took 14 "innocent lives," the country's president said Wednesday. "All the terrorists have been eliminated," President ...

Taking stock: UK businesses brace for no-deal Brexit

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press DUNSTABLE, England (AP) — Brexit has British business owners on edge — and that is great news for Lovespace, a storage and warehousing company outside London. Lovespace, which collects boxes from customers, stores them and then returns the goods when ...

Shah’s last palace, secluded refuge in Iran, is now a museum

By AMIR VAHDAT and MOHAMMAD NASIRI, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The shah of Iran's last refuge before fleeing his country in 1979 was a palatial estate nestled against the Alborz Mountains — a place no Iranian ever dreamed of visiting. Today, it costs them around $1. The ...

Zimbabwean military deploys to areas hit by fuel protests

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean soldiers have deployed to some areas of the capital where police are clashing with protesters over fuel hikes. An Associated Press journalist on Monday saw three military trucks with soldiers headed for Chitungwiza, a large suburb southeast of Harare, the ...

UK leader mounts last-ditch bid to win Brexit deal backing

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May offered both a promise on workers' rights and a reassuring letter from European Union leaders on Monday as she implored British lawmakers to support her floundering Brexit deal. But the British leader had few ...

Pompeo: US wants accountability for Khashoggi’s murder

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Trump administration expects Saudi Arabia to hold "every single person" responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi accountable, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday after talks with senior Saudi ...