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Archaeologists discover ‘massive’ ancient building in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says archaeologists have discovered a "massive" ancient building in the town of Mit Rahina, 20 kilometers, or 12 miles, south of Cairo. The Antiquities Ministry says Tuesday archaeologists also uncovered an attached building that includes a large Roman bath and a chamber ...

Pope acknowledges abuse scandals outrage, drive people away

By NICOLE WINFIELD and JARI TANNER, Associated Press TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Pope Francis acknowledged Tuesday that the sex abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church have outraged the faithful and are driving them away, and said the church must change its ways if it wants to keep future ...

Macron’s presidency hurt by ex-aide flaunting gun in photo

BY ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — A French investigative website has published a photo of one of President Emmanuel Macron's former security aides posing with a gun and a waitress during a campaign stop amid France's 2017 election — without any known authorization to be ...

UN to caution against populism in high-level week

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to paint a grim picture of the state of the world when leaders open their annual meeting on Tuesday, spotlighting the breakdown of trust around the globe and the need to counter unilateralism and reinvigorate international ...

Syria: Everyone else’s battleground, in both war and peace

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — As world leaders talk peace at the U.N. this week, the people of Idlib cling to fragile hope that diplomacy will avert a blowout battle over Syria's last rebel stronghold. Yet diplomacy hasn't served Syria well so far. Those same ...

Messy domestic politics overshadow Trump’s address to UN

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump charged into office on the resonance of his aggressive "America First" agenda, but now, as he returns to the pinnacle of global diplomacy, he can't escape the growing shadows of domestic ...

Trump, at UN, to again confront North Korean nuclear threat

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — As he begins the sequel to his stormy U.N. debut, President Donald Trump will again confront the dangers posed by North Korea's nuclear threat, though its shadow may appear somewhat less ominous than a year ...

Iran holds funerals for victims of terror attack in Ahvaz

By MOHSEN GANJI and NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press AHVAZ, Iran (AP) — In a collective outpouring of grief, Iranians held funerals Monday for the victims of the weekend terror attack on a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz that killed 25 people, the deadliest attack in the ...

US, China hike tariffs as trade row intensifies

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — China and the United States imposed new tariff hikes on each other's goods Monday and Beijing accused Washington of bullying, giving no sign of compromise in an intensifying battle over technology that is weighing on global economic ...

In a first, Hong Kong bans pro-independence political party

HONG KONG (AP) — Authorities in Hong Kong on Monday took an unprecedented step to quash separatist voices by banning a political party that advocates independence for the southern Chinese territory on national security grounds. John Lee, the territory's secretary for security, announced that ...

Maldives’ president concedes loss to opposition candidate

By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI, Associated Press MALE, Maldives (AP) — Maldives strongman President Yameen Abdul Gayoom conceded that he lost Sunday's election to his challenger, longtime lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, in a speech broadcast live on television Monday. Speaking in the Maldives' ...

Mandela: A life of soaring symbolism, now harnessed by UN

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela's South African journey from anti-apartheid leader to prisoner to president to global statesman — the "Long Walk to Freedom" of his autobiography title — is one of the 20th century's great stories of struggle, ...

China looks unlikely to give in after US tariff hike

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — China unveiled a slew of changes under mounting pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump over technology. Beijing promised to cut tariffs, open its auto industry and buy American exports. But none of that was what Trump wanted: An end to ...

UK’s Hunt says Britain can flourish even without Brexit deal

By KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Tuesday that the U.K. will flourish with or without an agreement on its relationship with the European Union after it leaves the grouping next year. A "no-deal" Brexit is possible, he said in an ...

“Grand Theater”: Has N. Korea’s Kim won a propaganda coup?

By FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — If North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was searching for the perfect propaganda set piece, something designed to show his people that he's a strong leader pushing inexorably for the long-delayed, long-promised prosperity they deserve, ...

Review underway for Russia probe documents ordered released

By CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declassified a trove of documents related to the early days of the FBI's Russia investigation, including a portion of a secret surveillance warrant application and former FBI Director James Comey's text messages. Trump ...

Russia blames Israel for plane shot down by Syrian missile

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday. It blamed Israel for the crash, saying the plane was caught in the ...

Hope fades in Philippines for dozens buried in landslides

By JOEAL CALUPITAN and AARON FAVILA, Associated Press ITOGON, Philippines (AP) — Dozens of people believed buried in a landslide unleashed by Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines probably did not survive, a mayor said Monday, although rescuers kept digging through mud and debris covering a ...

Mattis condemns Russian influence-peddling in Macedonia

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday condemned Russia's efforts to use its money and influence to build opposition to an upcoming vote that could pave the way for Macedonia to join NATO, a move Moscow opposes. Mattis told ...

S. Korea’s Moon wants ‘heart-to-heart’ summit talks with Kim

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday that he will push for "irreversible, permanent peace," and for better dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington, during "heart-to-heart" talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this ...