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US ally in Syria says pullout will aid IS, Putin disagrees

By ZEINA KARAM and SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The United States' main ally in Syria on Thursday categorically rejected President Donald Trump's claim that Islamic State militants have been defeated, but Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed Trump's decision to withdraw ...

Putin issues chilling warning on rising nuclear war threat

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a chilling warning Thursday about the rising threat of a nuclear war, saying "it could lead to the destruction of civilization as a whole and maybe even our planet" — and putting the blame ...

Trump pulling out of Syria. Might Afghanistan be next?

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Against the advice of many in his own administration, President Donald Trump is pulling U.S. troops out of Syria. Could a withdrawal from Afghanistan be far behind? Trump has said his instinct is to quit Afghanistan as a lost ...

Investigation into worst migrant shipwreck yields more dead

By LORI HINNANT, TRISHA THOMAS and KRISTA LARSON, Associated Press ROME (AP) — Before their lives ended in an underwater deathtrap, before they lined up 100 to a row on a Libyan beach to board a boat with no anchor, the young men from the parched villages of the Sahel had names. Two ...

Travelers face chaos as drones shut London’s Gatwick airport

By GREGORY KATZ and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Tens of thousands of passengers were delayed, diverted or stuck on planes Thursday as the only runway at Britain's Gatwick Airport remained closed into a second day after drones were spotted over the airfield. The airport ...

Norway sees boom in electric cars, fueled by the government

By MARK LEWIS, Associated Press OSLO, Norway (AP) — A silent revolution has transformed driving in Norway. Eerily quiet vehicles are ubiquitous on the fjord-side roads and mountain passes of this wealthy European nation of 5.3 million. Some 30 percent of all new cars sport plug-in cables ...

US reviews report of imports from forced labor in China camp

By MARTHA MENDOZA and YANAN WANG, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. government said Tuesday that it is reviewing reports of forced labor at a Chinese internment camp where ethnic minorities are sewing clothes that have been shipped to the U.S. market. U.S. Customs and Border ...

AP investigation: Children fight on front lines of Yemen war

By MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press MARIB, Yemen (AP) — The number etched on the bracelet around Mohammed's wrist gave the 13-year-old soldier comfort as missiles fired from enemy warplanes shook the earth beneath him. For two years Mohammed fought with Yemen's Houthi rebels against a ...

UK to unveil post-Brexit immigration plan amid business fear

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — With 100 days until Britain leaves the European Union, the government was publishing long-awaited plans Wednesday for a post-Brexit immigration system that will end free movement of EU citizens to the U.K. Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the ...

European officials agree on ban of some single-use plastics

BERLIN (AP) — Plastic knives just won't cut it any longer, if the European Union has its way. The 28-nation bloc moved closer Wednesday to banning single-use straws, plates, cutlery and cotton buds after officials from EU member states and the European Parliament said they're following ...

Judge’s rebuke of Flynn upends sentencing, prolongs case

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge who described himself as disgusted by Michael Flynn's behavior upended a straightforward sentencing hearing, postponing punishment for President Donald Trump's first national security adviser and telling him in a ...

US conducts 6 airstrikes against Somalia extremists, 62 dead

By The Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The U.S. military says it has carried out six airstrikes in the Gandarshe area of Somalia which killed a total of 62 al-Shabab extremist rebels. In a statement issued Monday, the U.S. military's Africa Command said it carried out four strikes on ...

Saudi Arabia rejects US Senate’s ‘interference’ in kingdom

By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia issued an unusually strong rebuke of the U.S. Senate on Monday, rejecting a bipartisan resolution that put the blame for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi squarely on the Saudi crown prince and describing ...

Germany to compensate hundreds who fled Nazis as children

By DAVID RISING, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Germany has agreed to one-time payments for survivors, primarily Jews, who were evacuated from Nazi Germany as children, many of whom never saw their parents again, the organization that negotiates compensation with the German government said ...

Talks adopt ‘rulebook’ to put Paris climate deal into action

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Almost 200 nations, including the world's top greenhouse gas producers, China and the United States, have adopted a set of rules meant to breathe life into the 2015 Paris climate accord by setting out how countries should report ...

Nissan board meets but no chairman picked to replace Ghosn

By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan's board met Monday but failed to pick a new chairman to replace Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested last month on charges of violating financial regulations, saying more discussion was needed. Nissan Motor Co. Chief Executive ...

5 detained as France hunts Christmas market terror suspect

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — French authorities detained five people as they hunted Wednesday for a suspected extremist who sprayed gunfire at one of Europe's most famous Christmas markets in the eastern city of Strasbourg, killing three and wounding at least 13 and putting the whole country on ...

France: Suspected gunman named, had long police record

By LORI HINNANT, SYLVIE CORBET and JOHN LEICESTER, Associated Press STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Hundreds of police and soldiers hunted Wednesday for a suspected extremist who sprayed gunfire near one of Europe's most famous Christmas markets, killing three and wounding at least 13 in the ...

UK disarray: May to face no-confidence vote from her party

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — A no-confidence vote in British Prime Minister Theresa May Wednesday threw U.K. politics deeper into crisis and Brexit further into doubt. May vowed to fight for the leadership of her party and the country "with everything I've got" after ...

China mum on detained Canadian, queries status of employer

By KEN MORITSUGU and CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China's foreign ministry denied knowledge Wednesday of the detention of a former Canadian diplomat but said the organization he was working for, the International Crisis Group, is not registered in China and so any of ...