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Abbas says UN should replace US as Mideast mediator

By KARIN LAUB and ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — Breaking with years of courting the U.S., Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Wednesday for the United Nations to replace Washington as a Mideast mediator and suggested he might not cooperate with the Trump ...

UK lawmakers assert final say on Brexit deal, challenge govt

By RAF CASERT and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — British lawmakers upended Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans Wednesday by giving Parliament the final say on any exit agreement the government reaches with the European Union. The House of Commons voted 309-305 to ...

New US Embassy in UK: No perimeter fence, benches for public

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The most surprising aspect of the pricey new U.S. Embassy in London is what isn't there: a perimeter fence. There is no imposing security barrier to protect the highly visible embassy in a city that has this year been targeted repeatedly by ...

Russian nuclear plant says it emits leaked nuclear isotope

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior executive at the Russian nuclear processing plant suspected of being behind a spike of radioactivity over Europe this fall admitted Wednesday that the isotope recorded does emerge as part of the plant's production cycle but said its levels are negligible. Russian ...

With unity in peril, EU leaders tackle refugee quotas

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders will grapple Thursday with one of the most divisive issues ever to face the 28-nation bloc; how to collectively share responsibility for the tens of thousands of people arriving on Europe's southern shores in search of a ...

Venezuelans seeing bitcoin boom as survival, not speculation

By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and FABIOLA SANCHEZ, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — In the last month, John Villar has bought two plane tickets to Colombia, purchased his wife's medication and paid the employees of his startup business in Venezuela — all in bitcoin. As Venezuela's ...

Venezuela president’s threat to ban opposition draws rebuff

By FABIOLA SANCHEZ and SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition parties in Venezuela won't be bullied out of participating in future elections, a leading anti-government politician said Monday, rejecting threats a day earlier by socialist President Nicolas ...

A confident and upbeat Putin goes on Mideast ‘victory’ tour

By HAMZA HENDAWI and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin declared "victory" in Syria during a surprise visit Monday to a military base there, then traveled to Egypt and Turkey, where he celebrated Moscow's deepening ties with those key regional ...

EU rebuffs idea of recognizing Jerusalem as Netanyahu visits

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the European Union on Monday to back a new U.S. peace initiative in the Middle East, after President Donald Trump's unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital met with ...

Snow wreaks havoc on travelers in Britain, schools closed

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Snow and wintry weather are still wreaking havoc on travelers in Britain, with flights cancelled, roads sheathed in ice and rail travel disrupted Monday. With temperatures predicted to drop overnight to as low as minus 12 Celsius (11 degrees ...

Baby formula maker calls global recall over salmonella fears

PARIS (AP) — Baby milk maker Lactalis and French authorities have ordered a global recall of millions of products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination. The French company, one of the world's largest dairy groups, said it was warned by health authorities in France that 26 infants ...

France names winners of anti-Trump climate change grants

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Eighteen climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere hit the jackpot Monday as French President Emmanuel Macron awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump's presidential term. The "Make Our ...

Tillerson says Ukraine key sticking point in US-Russia ties

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that Ukraine was the sole sticking point keeping the United States and Russia from forging a closer relationship, suggesting that all other disputes were secondary. "The issue that stands in ...

Leaders of Turkey, Greece air grievances at tense conference

By ELENA BECATOROS, Associated Press ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leaders of Greece and Turkey publicly aired their grievances Thursday in a tense news conference as a two-day visit to Athens by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan got off to a rocky start. The Greek government had expressed ...

On North Korea, senator says China a problem

By LAURIE KELLMAN and RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — China is more of a problem than a partner for the United States in dealing with nuclear-armed North Korea, a leading Republican senator and ally of President Donald Trump told the Associated Press during a wide-ranging ...

Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Parliament voted Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter debate settled by a much-criticized government survey of voters that strongly endorsed change. The public gallery in the House ...

Putin undecided whether to run as an independent or not

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has not decided yet whether to run for office next year as an independent candidate or secure support from the ruling party, his spokesman said Thursday. The 65-year old Russian leader, who has ruled the ...

On Jerusalem, Trump delivers for supporters at home

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's move to recognize the divided city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital may have triggered a worldwide chorus of critics but the president had his ears closely tuned to his supporters at home. For Trump, the ...

Trump flouts warnings, declares Jerusalem Israel’s capital

By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying dire, worldwide warnings, President Donald Trump on Wednesday broke with decades of U.S. and international policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Despite urgent appeals from Arab and European leaders and the risk of ...

Putin announces 2018 re-election bid, ends long speculation

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he would seek re-election next year in a race he is poised to win easily, putting him on track to become the nation's longest-serving ruler since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Putin's ...