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Le Pen upstages Macron in battle for blue-collar votes

By CHRIS DEN HOND and JOHN LEICESTER, Associated Press AMIENS, France (AP) — Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen turned an appliance factory into a battleground Wednesday for France's blue-collar vote, upstaging rival Emmanuel Macron with a surprise campaign stop at the plant ...

US ups Korean defenses, top admiral says forces are capable

By RICHARD LARDNER and FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Ahead of an extraordinary White House briefing for senators, South Korea on Wednesday started installing key parts of a contentious U.S. defense system against missiles from North Korea. And America's Pacific commander ...

Canadian firefighters rescue woman from crane in Toronto

By CHARMAINE NORONHA, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — A woman who was stuck on the top part of a construction crane in downtown Toronto for hours was rescued Wednesday after being strapped to a rappelling firefighter and lowered to the ground. The woman had been perched on a gently swaying ...

Turkey: 1,000 detained over suspected links to Gulen

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish police launched simultaneous operations across the country on Wednesday, detaining more than 1,000 people with suspected links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Warrants were issued for the detention of some 2,200 other suspects, the state-run Anadolu Agency ...

France: Analysis shows Syrian government behind sarin attack

By THOMAS ADAMSON and NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — France said Wednesday that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month "bears the signature" of President Bashar Assad's government and shows it was ...

At meat market, the far-right Le Pen backs “eating French”

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French far-right presidential contender Marine Le Pen has called for more food to be produced and consumed in the country known as the gastronomic center of the Western world. Le Pen, visiting the Rungis wholesale market outside Paris on ...

Ivanka Trump defends father, brushes aside groans in Berlin

By DAVID RISING, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Ivanka Trump brushed aside groans and hisses Tuesday over her father's track record and defended his attitudes toward women as she made her first international outing as a White House adviser. Trump pledged to push for "incremental, positive ...

World’s last male rhino getting help from Tinder dating app

By TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The world's last male northern white rhino has joined the Tinder dating app as wildlife experts make a last-chance breeding effort to keep his species alive. "I don't mean to be too forward, but the fate of the species literally depends ...

3 men convicted in Swedish rape livestreamed on Facebook

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish court on Tuesday sentenced three men aged 18-24 for participating in a gang rape that was streamed live on a closed Facebook group. The Uppsala District Court said one of the men was given a sentence of 27 months for rape and assistance to rape. The ...

Russia to supply power to rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — In a move that further cements Russia's control over parts of eastern Ukraine, Russian officials announced Tuesday they will begin supplying electricity to separatist-controlled areas in eastern Ukraine after the Ukrainian government cut ...

Al-Qaida leader tells fighters to prepare for long Syria war

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of al-Qaida urged his followers and other militants in Syria to unite ranks and prepare for protracted jihad, or holy war, in a recording released Sunday night. Ayman al-Zawahri told the jihadis, who control Syria's northwestern ...

France’s rejected mainstream unites for Macron over Le Pen

SYLVIE CORBET and ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — France's political mainstream, shut out of the presidency by an angry electorate, united on Monday to call on voters to back centrist Emmanuel Macron and reject Marine Le Pen's populist nationalism. Politicians on the moderate ...

Russian foreign minister: No proof of persecution of gay men

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow wants to protect human rights but has no reason to believe reports about the persecution of gay men in Chechnya, Russian officials said on Monday. The Novaya Gazeta newspaper earlier this month reported that police in the predominantly Muslim republic rounded up more ...

Pence cites ‘challenging times’ to troops in American Samoa

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has thanked American service members based in American Samoa, citing "challenging times" for the military in the Asia-Pacific. Completing a visit to the region and en route back to the United ...

South African man pleads not guilty in family ax murders

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African man accused of murdering three members of his family with an ax pleaded not guilty on Monday, saying he fought with a laughing attacker during the slaughter at their upscale home. The trial of Henri van Breda began ...

France begins presidential vote in test for populism

By THOMAS ADAMSON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Amid heightened security, French voters began casting ballots for their next president Sunday in a first-round poll that's seen as a litmus test for the spread of populism around the world and a vote on the future of Europe. More than 50,000 ...

Plight of Palestinian refugees now spans 5 generations

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press JERASH CAMP, Jordan (AP) — As a boy, Palestinian Abdullah Abu Massoud fled the war over the birth of Israel in 1948 and sought refuge in the nearby Gaza Strip. As an adult, Abu Massoud was displaced again when Israeli forces captured Gaza, along with the West ...

Global finance leaders dodge conflict with Trump White House

By PAUL WISEMAN and MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — Global finance leaders sought to avoid conflict with the Trump administration over trade and environmental policy and welcomed signs the world economy is pulling out of the doldrums. The International Monetary ...

11 candidates vie for French presidency in high-stakes race

PARIS (AP) — From far left to far right, young to old, 11 candidates are vying for France's presidency in an election that is being watched as an indicator of populism's global appeal. The traditional contenders are joined — and often have been overshadowed during the campaign — by rivals ...

NKorea detains US citizen, the 3rd American being held there

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, officials said Sunday, bringing to three the number of Americans now being held there. Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained on Saturday, according to ...