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Russia providing mood music for House impeachment drama

By AAMER MADHANI and ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the talk about Ukraine in the House impeachment inquiry, there’s a character standing just off-stage with a dominant role in this tale of international intrigue: Russia. As has so often been the case since ...

Pope’s Asian agenda: Disarmament, martyrs, family reunion

By NICOLE WINFIELD and YURI KAGEYAMA Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have ...

UK media: Prince Andrew’s sex claims rebuttal a PR disaster

By DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British media on Sunday slammed Prince Andrew’s effort to rebut claims that he had sex with a teenager who says she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein, branding his televised interview a complete public relations disaster. In a rare interview ...

Hip waders on: Venice copes with record 3rd exceptional tide

By COLLEEN BARRY and LUCA BRUNO Associated Press VENICE, Italy (AP) — Venetians coped with another exceptional tide Sunday in a season that is setting records while other parts of Italy wrestled with a cornucopia of weather woes, from rain-swollen rivers to high winds to an out-of-season ...

Hong Kong protesters fight off police with fire and arrows

By KEN MORITSUGU Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong police officer was hit in the leg by an arrow and protesters set an overhead footbridge on fire Sunday as they fought to keep police using tear gas and water cannons from advancing on their university campus stronghold. Police ...

As Gaza truce begins, Israel could face questions on tactics

By FARES AKRAM and JOSEF FEDERMAN Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Residents say the airstrike came without warning: With fighting raging between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants throughout Gaza, two loud blasts shook the night, destroying the Abu Malhous home and killing ...

US presses European countries to take Islamic State fighters

By MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — European and other members of the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group must take back and prosecute their nationals detained in Iraq and Syria to help keep IS from regaining territory, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ...

Bolivian interim leader says Morales can’t run in new vote

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO Associated Press LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s former President Evo Morales cannot run as a candidate in any new elections, the country’s interim leader said Thursday, as supporters of the ousted president demonstrated for his return from asylum in ...

Chileans blinded by police firing pellet guns in protests

By EVA VERGARA and PATRICIA LUNA Associated Press SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chileans are accustomed to seeing violent clashes between police and demonstrators but a new trend is leaving them shaken: the blinding of protesters by shotgun pellets fired by state’s security agents. Chile’s ...

Tents, stench, smoke: Health risks are gripping migrant camp

By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — A smoke-filled stench fills a refugee camp just a short walk from the U.S.-Mexico border, rising from ever-burning fires and piles of human waste. Parents and children live in a sea of tents and tarps, some patched together with ...

World thirst for oil keeps growing, with SUVs a key culprit

By ANGELA CHARLTON Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The world's thirst for oil will continue to grow until the 2030s, with climate-damaging emissions climbing until at least 2040 — and consumers' insatiable appetite for SUVs is a big reason why. Mounting demand for plastic is another factor. ...

Trump, Erdogan to meet as thorny issues stress relations

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Donald Trump will meet as relations between the two NATO allies are at their lowest point in decades, with Turkey rebuffing the U.S. and turning toward Russia on security issues and ...

Chinese students flee Hong Kong as violence intensifies

By KEN MORITSUGU and PATRICK QUINN Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — University students from mainland China are fleeing Hong Kong, and classes in primary and secondary schools have been suspended as clashes turn increasingly violent in the city's 5-month-long anti-government unrest. Marine ...

Venice flooding nearly touches level of infamous 1966 flood

By COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press MILAN (AP) — The mayor of Venice is blaming climate change for flooding in the historic canal city that has reached the second-highest levels ever recorded, as another exceptional water level was recorded Wednesday. The high-water mark hit 187 centimeters ...

Uncertainty in Bolivia as senator claims interim presidency

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO and CARLOS VALDEZ Associated Press LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivians have new uncertainty to grapple with now that opposition Sen. Jeanine Añez declared herself interim president of the crisis-torn Andean country just hours after Evo Morales flew off to self-exile in ...

Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics, US says

By DAISY NGUYEN and BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Saudi Arabia, frustrated by growing criticism of its leaders and policies on social media, recruited two Twitter employees to spy on thousands of accounts that included prominent opponents, U.S. prosecutors have ...

Pompeo stresses NATO importance in Germany visit

By FRANK JORDANS Associated Press LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his German counterpart stressed the importance of the NATO alliance Thursday, saying that trans-Atlantic cooperation was critical in bringing about the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago and ...

Court sentences Congo warlord to 30 years for atrocities

By MIKE CORDER Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court passed its highest ever sentence Thursday, sending a Congolese warlord known as "The Terminator" to prison for 30 years for crimes including murder, rape and sexual slavery. Bosco Ntaganda was ...

Drought parches southern Africa, millions faced with hunger

Associated Press undefined JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An estimated 45 million people are threatened with hunger due to a severe drought that is strangling wide stretches of southern Africa. International aid agencies said they are planning emergency food deliveries for parts of South Africa, ...

US sanctions 3 Nicaraguan officials

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is sanctioning three Nicaraguan officials accused of human rights abuses, election fraud and corruption. The U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control on Thursday announced the sanctions, which block the officials from doing ...