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Wife of Princeton researcher held in Iran urges his release

By ADAM SCHRECK and DIDI TANG, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The wife of a Princeton graduate student sentenced to 10 years behind bars in Iran called on authorities there to release him Tuesday, saying the Chinese-American man has been "unjustly imprisoned." Xiyue ...

Turkish court jails 6 human rights activists pending trial

By NEYRAN ELDEN and SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court on Tuesday jailed Amnesty International's Turkey director and five other human rights activists pending trial for allegedly aiding an armed terror group — making them the latest suspects in a massive ...

Spanish soccer executive, son arrested in corruption probe

By ARITZ PARRA and JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — The executive who oversaw Spain's rise to dominate world soccer in recent years was arrested Tuesday in an anti-corruption investigation, dealing yet another blow to the sport's already-tarnished image. Angel Maria Villar, his ...

Wildfires in B.C. have forced nearly 40,000 to evacuate

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia (AP) — Fast-moving wildfires in British Columbia have forced nearly 40,000 residents to leave their homes and residents are flooding into crowded evacuation centers amid a provincial state of emergency. Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced Monday ...

Venezuelan opposition calls for nationwide strike

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and FABIOLA SANCHEZ, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leaders called Monday for a 24-hour nationwide strike to increase pressure on the socialist government after more than 7 million people rejected a plan to rewrite the constitution ...

3 years on, families honor loved ones lost on downed MH17

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press VIJFHUIZEN, Netherlands (AP) — The father of two siblings killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine three years ago said Monday that relatives of the 298 people killed would not rest until those responsible face justice. At an ...

Guatemala hands Mexico ex-governor wanted in corruption case

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The former governor of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz was extradited from Guatemala to Mexico on Monday to face corruption charges. Former Gov. Javier Duarte was flown to Mexico City after dropping a fight against extradition. Duarte appeared at the Mexico City ...

UN envoy warns that Iraq faces major challenges after Mosul

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Iraq warned Monday that the road ahead for the Mideast nation is "extremely challenging" following the liberation of Mosul, stressing that freeing other territory controlled by Islamic State extremists won't be ...

Bastille Day: Macron vows merciless fight against terror

By ELAINE GANLEY and MILOS KRIVOKAPIC, Associated Press NICE, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday vowed to "fight without mercy" inside and outside France to end extremist attacks like the one that killed 86 revelers on Bastille Day in the Riviera city of Nice one year ...

Liberation from militants leaves devastation in Mosul

By SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — There was a smell of death in Mosul's Old City when Ayman Hashem came back this week to see what happened to his home. His neighborhood was unrecognizable. "All that's left is rubble and the bodies of families trapped underneath," the ...

Uruguay: Recreational pot sales begin July 19 at pharmacies

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Legal sales of marijuana for recreational purposes are set to begin next week in Uruguay at a limited number of pharmacies to nearly 5,000 people who have registered as consumers. The South American nation's Cannabis Regulation and Control Institute said Friday ...

Attack on market in Congo’s capital kills at least 2

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo police say a group of assailants carrying guns and machetes staged an attack in the capital's main market, killing at least two people and seriously wounding six police officers. Police spokesman Col. Pierrot Mwanamputu said Friday the administrator of the market ...

Arab gunmen kill 2 Israeli policemen at Jerusalem shrine

By IAN DEITCH, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Arab assailants struck at ground zero of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Friday, opening fire from inside a major Jerusalem shrine and killing two Israeli policemen before being shot dead. The rare attack from within the sacred site, ...

Egypt attacks: 2 German female tourists, 5 policemen killed

By MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Two German female tourists were stabbed to death while four other foreigners were wounded in an attack Friday at a hotel in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Hurghada, an Egyptian security official said. The assault came just hours after a ...

Sudan freezes negotiations with US over continuing sanctions

By BRIAN ROHAN and JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Sudan on Wednesday froze negotiations with the United States in retaliation for the Trump administration's decision to delay a decision on permanently lifting U.S. sanctions on the African country. Earlier, Washington said it ...

UK police detail painstaking search for London fire remains

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British police on Wednesday described the painstaking work of recovering remains from a burnt-out London high-rise, as they tried to reassure grieving families that everything possible is being done to identify and retrieve the dead. Police ...

South Africa’s deputy president slams government corruption

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's deputy president on Wednesday denounced government corruption in what was seen as a rebuke to President Jacob Zuma, who has faced calls for his resignation because of scandals and graft concerns. "We now know, ...

Anti-Qatar bloc meets US envoy, but no breakthrough in sight

By ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrapped up talks with the king of Saudi Arabia and other officials from Arab countries lined up against Qatar on Wednesday with no sign of a breakthrough in an increasingly entrenched ...

Body of judge in unsolved boy’s death found with bag on head

PARIS (AP) — The body of a 65-year-old retired judge — the first to investigate the still-unsolved 1984 death of a four-year-old boy that transfixed France — has been found with a plastic bag over his head. It was the latest macabre development in the cold case that took off anew in ...

Iraqi leader congratulates troops in Mosul; fight goes on

By SUSANNAH GEORGE and SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated Iraqi troops Sunday in the streets of Mosul for driving Islamic State militants out of most of the city. But airstrikes and sniper fire continued amid the revelry, and ...