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Russian foreign minister: No proof of persecution of gay men

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow wants to protect human rights but has no reason to believe reports about the persecution of gay men in Chechnya, Russian officials said on Monday. The Novaya Gazeta newspaper earlier this month reported that police in the predominantly Muslim republic rounded up more ...

Pence cites ‘challenging times’ to troops in American Samoa

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has thanked American service members based in American Samoa, citing "challenging times" for the military in the Asia-Pacific. Completing a visit to the region and en route back to the United ...

South African man pleads not guilty in family ax murders

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African man accused of murdering three members of his family with an ax pleaded not guilty on Monday, saying he fought with a laughing attacker during the slaughter at their upscale home. The trial of Henri van Breda began ...

France begins presidential vote in test for populism

By THOMAS ADAMSON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Amid heightened security, French voters began casting ballots for their next president Sunday in a first-round poll that's seen as a litmus test for the spread of populism around the world and a vote on the future of Europe. More than 50,000 ...

Plight of Palestinian refugees now spans 5 generations

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press JERASH CAMP, Jordan (AP) — As a boy, Palestinian Abdullah Abu Massoud fled the war over the birth of Israel in 1948 and sought refuge in the nearby Gaza Strip. As an adult, Abu Massoud was displaced again when Israeli forces captured Gaza, along with the West ...

Global finance leaders dodge conflict with Trump White House

By PAUL WISEMAN and MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — Global finance leaders sought to avoid conflict with the Trump administration over trade and environmental policy and welcomed signs the world economy is pulling out of the doldrums. The International Monetary ...

11 candidates vie for French presidency in high-stakes race

PARIS (AP) — From far left to far right, young to old, 11 candidates are vying for France's presidency in an election that is being watched as an indicator of populism's global appeal. The traditional contenders are joined — and often have been overshadowed during the campaign — by rivals ...

NKorea detains US citizen, the 3rd American being held there

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, officials said Sunday, bringing to three the number of Americans now being held there. Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained on Saturday, according to ...

Champs-Elysees gunman had shot at French police before

By LORI HINNANT and JOHN LEICESTER, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The Champs-Elysees gunman who shot and killed a police officer just days before France's presidential election was detained in February for threatening police but then freed, two officials told The Associated Press on Friday. ...

Late-night clashes claim 9th victim of Venezuelan unrest

By JOSHUA GOODMAN and FABIOLA SANCHEZ, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A young Venezuelan man returning home late from work was fatally shot when he got caught in the middle of late-night street clashes that engulfed several working-class neighborhoods in Caracas. The death ...

Trump says Paris attack will influence France’s election

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is taking the unusual step of weighing in publicly ahead of a foreign presidential election, predicting that the latest attack in Paris will have a "big effect" on voters there. His tweet Friday comes as he tries to bolster U.S. support for hard-line ...

VP Pence aims to reassure Australia after tense Trump call

By KRISTEN GELINEAU and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — More than two months after President Donald Trump got into a spat with the leader of Australia, Vice President Mike Pence will be working to smooth over any lingering hard feelings. Pence will meet with Australian Prime ...

AP Explains: How Dortmund bus bomber hoped to make millions

By CARLO PIOVANO, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — As get-rich-quick plans go, it wasn't well thought out. The man who bombed the bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund soccer team allegedly hoped to make millions off an expected slump in the team's share price by using an obscure financial ...

London library makes World War II war crimes searches easier

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Holocaust denial just got a little harder. The Wiener Library for the Study of Holocaust & Genocide is making the United Nations' files on World War II war crimes more accessible by allowing the general public to search an online catalog ...

US VP Pence warns North Korea: ‘The sword stands ready’

By KEN THOMAS and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) — From the wind-swept deck of a massive aircraft carrier, Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday warned North Korea not to test the resolve of the U.S. military, promising it would make an "overwhelming and effective" ...

Nation by nation, how Trump has shaken up Koreas, neighbors

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Unpredictable. Unhinged. Dangerous. Many South Koreans are using those words to describe the president of their most important ally, rather than the leader of their archrival to the North. They worry that President Donald Trump's ...

Indian officials to lose red beacon lights atop their cars

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's officialdom is set to come down a notch. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet announced Wednesday that the red beacon lights that announce the presence of a very important person on the road will be taken off the cars of all government officials starting May ...

UK prime minister defends decision to seek snap election

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday defended her decision to call an early election for June, saying it would strengthen the government's hand in negotiations to leave the European Union. May dismissed criticism of ...

Turkey’s premier warns opposition against street protests

By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's opposition parties have the right to file objections to the outcome of a recent referendum on expanding presidential powers, the prime minister said Wednesday, but he warned that calling for street protests was ...

Trump administration says Iran complying with nuclear deal

By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has notified Congress that Iran is complying with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by former President Barack Obama, and says the U.S. has extended the sanctions relief given to the Islamic republic in ...