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UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer

By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The British government has announced plans for special events on the night of Jan. 31 when the country officially leaves the European Union but the country's treasury chief has admitted that some U.K. business sectors will suffer as a ...

Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames

By CHRISTINA LARSON and MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press Australia's unprecedented wildfires season has so far charred 40,000 square miles (104,000 square kilometers) of brushland, rainforests, and national parks — killing by one estimate more than a billion wild animals. Scientists fear some ...

Putin’s moves leave Russian opposition with few options

By DARIA LITVINOVA Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin played it differently this time. Instead of openly declaring plans to extend his rule like he did in 2011, Putin proposed constitutional amendments to appear to give more power to Russia's ...

Ukrainian president rejects prime minister’s resignation

By YURAS KARMANAU Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy rejected his prime minister's offer to resign and asked him to stay on the job Friday after he was caught on tape saying Zelenskiy — a former sitcom star with no previous political experience ...

Ukraine opens probe of possible surveillance of ambassador

By YURAS KARMANAU Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Police in Ukraine are investigating whether the U.S. ambassador came under illegal surveillance by an unknown party before the Trump administration recalled her from Kyiv, Ukrainian authorities said Thursday. The announcement came two ...

US troops clear rubble from Iraq base days after Iran strike

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press AIN AL-ASAD BASE, Iraq (AP) — U.S. troops cleared rubble and debris from a military base housing American soldiers in western Iraq on Monday, days after it was struck by a barrage of Iranian ballistic missiles in a major escalation between the two ...

Lava gushes from volcano near Manila; tens of thousands flee

By JOEAL CALUPITAN and JIM GOMEZ Associated Press TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) — Red-hot lava gushed out of a volcano near the Philippine capital on Monday, as tens of thousands of people fled the area through heavy ash and frightening tremors. Experts warned that the eruption could get worse ...

US points to dissent in Iran in wake of deadly drone strike

By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper and other administration officials joined President Donald Trump in trying to draw attention to dissent in Iran instead of lingering questions about the scale of the threat used to justify a drone ...

Under pressure, Iran admits it shot down jetliner by mistake

By NASSER KARIMI and JOSEPH KRAUSS Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — In the face of mounting evidence, Iran on Saturday acknowledged that it shot down the Ukrainian jetliner by accident, killing all 176 people aboard. The admission by Iran's Revolutionary Guard undermined the credibility ...

Australia turns from defense to offense in wildfire battle

By NICK PERRY Associated Press BODALLA, Australia (AP) — Crews battling Australia's wildfires said Sunday that they have been able to turn from defense to offense for the first time in weeks thanks to a break in the weather. Dale McLean, who is helping manage the response to a fire near the ...

Trump ups Iran accusations, says 4 US embassies targeted

By BEN FOX Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Confronted by persistent questions about his military action in the Middle East, President Donald Trump and his top officials offered a string of fresh explanations Friday, with Trump now contending Iranian militants had planned major attacks on ...

US dismisses Iraq request to work on a troop withdrawal plan

By SAMYA KULLAB and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's caretaker prime minister asked Washington to work out a road map for an American troop withdrawal, but the U.S. State Department on Friday bluntly rejected the request, saying the two sides should instead talk ...

As Iran and US take step back from the brink, Canada grieves

By ROB GILLIES and TIM SULLIVAN Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — The worst had passed, it seemed, and the United States and Iran no longer appeared poised at the edge of war. "All is well!" President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday night, days after a U.S. drone strike killed Iran's most ...

US blames Iran for Ukrainian jetliner downing, pledges probe

By NASSER KARIMI, JOSEPH KRAUSS and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. promised "appropriate action" Friday in response to its assessment that an Iranian missile was responsible for downing a Ukrainian jetliner that crashed outside Tehran, as the Iranian government ...

US dismisses Iraq request to work on a troop withdrawal plan

By SAMYA KULLAB and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's caretaker prime minister asked Washington to start working out a road map for an American troop withdrawal, but the U.S. State Department on Friday bluntly rejected the request, saying the two sides should instead ...

Royal courtiers chart path for Prince Harry’s independence

By DANICA KIRKA and JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has moved quickly to take control of the crisis surrounding the decision by Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, to distance themselves from the royal family, ordering royal courtiers to sort out a ...

Verified videos show plane in Iran struck before fiery crash

TAMER FAKAHANY undefined LONDON (AP) — In the pitch black, pre-dawn sky on the outskirts of the Iranian capital Tehran, a tiny fast-moving light can be seen racing up through the trees, as someone films from the ground. Then there is a flash of light as it seems to collide with something in ...

US officials: ‘Highly likely’ Iran downed Ukrainian jetliner

By LOLITA C. BALDOR and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday it was "highly likely" that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile downed a Ukrainian jetliner late Tuesday, killing all 176 people on board. They suggested it could well have been a mistake. The ...

Anti-establishment views unite, divide Hong Kong protesters

By DAKE KANG Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Trump signs, Pepe the Frog graffiti and British and American flags have become a common sight at Hong Kong's anti-government protests — and an unsettling one to longtime democracy activists on the left. Beijing has seized on the images to ...

Iran sends mixed signals as tensions with US ease

By AMIR VAHDAT and JOSEPH KRAUSS Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran sent mixed signals Thursday as tensions with the U.S. appeared to ease, with President Hassan Rouhani warning of a "very dangerous response" if the U.S. makes "another mistake" and a senior commander vowing "harsher ...