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Why it’s still in Russia’s interest to mess with US politics

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Sweeping accusations that the Kremlin tried to sway the 2016 U.S. election haven't chastened Russian trolls, hackers and spies — and might even have emboldened them. U.S. officials and tech companies say Russians have continued online ...

US restores Iran sanctions lifted under Obama nuclear deal

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday announced the reimposition of all U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, ramping up economic pressure on the Islamic Republic as President Donald Trump completed the ...

IS attack on Christian pilgrims in Egypt kills 7

By SAMY MAGDY and HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Islamic militants on Friday ambushed three buses carrying Christian pilgrims on their way to a remote desert monastery south of the Egyptian capital of Cairo, killing seven and wounding 19, according to the Coptic Orthodox Church ...

Putin praises Russian GRU military intel for its 100 years

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin congratulated Russia's GRU military intelligence on its centenary Friday, hailing the agency that has been accused by the West of election meddling, nerve agent poisonings and hacking attacks against chemical ...

The global lost: 56,800 migrants dead and missing in 4 years

LORI HINNANT and BRAM JANSSEN, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One by one, five to a grave, the coffins are buried in the red earth of this ill-kept corner of a South African cemetery. The scrawl on the cheap wood attests to their anonymity: "Unknown B/Male." These men were migrants ...

S. Korea’s Moon: N. Korean leader Kim to visit Seoul ‘soon’

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will "soon" visit Seoul as part of a series of high-profile diplomatic efforts aimed at ridding North Korea of its nuclear weapons. Moon said in ...

Divers recover jet’s data recorder from Indonesia seafloor

By NINIEK KARMINI and ANDI JATMIKO, Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Divers recovered the crashed Lion Air jet's flight data recorder from the seafloor on Thursday, a crucial development in the investigation into what caused the 2-month-old plane to plunge into Indonesian seas ...

Christian woman acquitted in Pakistan to leave country

By MUNIR AHMED, Associated Press ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Christian woman acquitted in Pakistan after eight years on death row for blasphemy plans to leave the country, her family said Thursday as radical Islamists mounted rallies for a second day against the verdict, blocking roads and burning ...

Saudi ties to US colleges come under mounting scrutiny

By COLLIN BINKLEY and CHAD DAY, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — U.S. colleges and universities have received more than $350 million from the Saudi government this decade, yet some are rethinking their arrangements in the wake of the killing of a journalist that has ignited a global uproar ...

End of austerity? Britain’s poor to see little improvement

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Much of Britain will continue to feel the effects of eight years of spending cuts, even after the government's Treasury chief heralded the end of austerity by splashing out billions of pounds for health, transportation and small business in his ...

Previous flight of crashed Lion Air jet terrified passengers

By NINIEK KARMINI and STEPHEN WRIGHT, Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Relatives numbed by grief provided samples for DNA tests to help identify victims of the Lion Air plane crash that killed 189 people in Indonesia, as accounts emerged Tuesday of problems on the jet's previous ...

Venice hit by high tide as Italy buffeted by winds; 6 killed

By COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Venice was inundated by an exceptional high tide Monday, putting three-quarters of the famed Italian lagoon city under water as large swathes of the rest of Italy experienced flooding and heavy winds that toppled trees and other objects, ...

Merkel won’t seek a 5th term as German chancellor

By GEIR MOULSON and DAVID RISING, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel set off Monday on what could be a three-year countdown to the end of her leadership of Germany, a stint that has made her the European Union's longest-serving leader and a key figure in facing the continent's many ...

2nd group of migrants enters Mexico as main caravan resumes

By SANTIAGO BILLY and CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — Hundreds of Central Americans following in the footsteps of a thousands-strong migrant caravan making its way toward the U.S. border crossed a river from Guatemala into Mexico on Monday, defying a heavy ...

Large challenges loom for Brazil’s president-elect Bolsonaro

By PETER PRENGAMAN and SARAH DiLORENZO, Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro signaled Monday his administration would make tackling the country's budget-crushing pension system a top priority, doubling down on a campaign promise that made him the ...

Turkey’s leader opens new Istanbul Airport as global hub

By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president inaugurated a gleaming new aviation hub in Istanbul on Monday, a megaproject that he has pushed to fulfill his dream of making Turkey a global player. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Istanbul Airport was ...

Indonesia plane crash search finds remains, debris at sea

By NINIEK KARMINI and STEPHEN WRIGHT, Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers in inflatable boats retrieved human remains, pieces of aircraft and personal belongings from the Java Sea on Monday after a new-generation Boeing jet operated by an Indonesian budget airline crashed ...

Spanish rescuers recover dead baby, save 520 migrants at sea

MADRID (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service says a baby has died despite efforts by rescuers to save it after a small boat carrying migrants sunk in the Mediterranean Sea. The death came as over 500 others were rescued. The service says Sunday that the bottom of the rubber boat gave out, ...

Mattis presses Saudi leader for full probe on writer’s death

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press PRAGUE (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday he met with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister during an international conference and urged a full and complete investigation into the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi. Mattis told reporters traveling ...

Sickness, fear, harassment in Mexico whittle away at caravan

By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press HUIXTLA, Mexico (AP) — Little by little, sickness, fear and police harassment are whittling down the migrant caravan making its way to the U.S. border, with many of the 4,000 to 5,000 migrants camped overnight under plastic sheeting in a town in southern ...