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French President-elect Macron gears up for challenges ahead

By SYLVIE CORBET and LORI HINNANT, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French President-elect Emmanuel Macron laid the groundwork Monday for his transition to power, announcing a visit to Germany and a name change for his political movement and appearing with his predecessor at a solemn World War ...

Remains of 21 Soviet Red Army soldiers found in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Seventy-two years after the end of World War II, a construction crew has found the remains of at least 21 Soviet Red Army soldiers in eastern Germany. The remains of the Soviet soldiers were found in the town of Seelow, 70 kilometers (43 miles) east of Berlin, during the ...

Cambodian raids net 70 tons of fake cosmetics, ingredients

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian authorities say they have confiscated nearly 70 tons of counterfeit cosmetics and raw materials for making them, a major haul that included imitations of South Korean, Thai, Japanese, Chinese and U.S. brands. The head of the government's Counter ...

Centrist Emmanuel Macron becomes France’s youngest president

By JOHN LEICESTER and SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French voters elected centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country's youngest president ever on Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and strengthening France's place as a ...

Experts meet in Egypt over moving King Tut artifacts

By MENNA ZAKI, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Archaeologists and conservation experts met in Cairo on Sunday to discuss the safe transportation of King Tutankhamun's throne, chests and bed from the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo to a new one being built on the other side of the Egyptian ...

Chibok schoolgirls were swapped for 5 Boko Haram commanders

By BASHIR ADIGUN, Associated Press ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Five Boko Haram commanders were released in exchange for the freedom of 82 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the extremist group three years ago, a Nigerian government official said Sunday, as the girls were expected to meet with the ...

Israel-Germany row shines spotlight on anti-occupation group

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Former Israeli combat soldiers who were thrust into the center of a diplomatic row between Israel and Germany say the sudden international spotlight has given them a bigger stage to speak out against Israel's 50-year rule over millions ...

N. Korea detains another American over alleged hostile acts

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Sunday said it detained another American citizen over unspecified hostile acts against the country. North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency said Kim Hak Song, an employee of the Pyongyang University of ...

Britain’s Prince Philip, 95, to retire from royal duties

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip, the consort known for his constant support of his wife Queen Elizabeth II as well as for his occasional gaffes, will retire from royal duties this fall, Buckingham Palace said Thursday. Philip, 95, made the decision himself with ...

Abbas says talks with Trump positive, if short on specifics

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said his first meeting with President Donald Trump left him hopeful, but he did not appear to have come away with any achievements that move the needle on Israeli-Palestinian peace. Abbas said he ...

Komodo dragon bites Singaporean tourist in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A Komodo dragon has bitten an overly inquisitive tourist in Indonesia who ignored warnings about getting too close to the enormous reptile while it was eating, a national park official said. The tourist from Singapore was bitten on his leg Wednesday morning while ...

Trump to meet Australian PM on 1st presidential trip to NYC

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will aim to move past the rocky start to their working relationship when they meet for the first time and commemorate the 75th anniversary of an important World War ...

15 injured, people evacuated after factory fire in Spain

MADRID (AP) — Spanish emergency services say 15 people have been injured in a fire at an industrial waste treatment factory in a town close to Madrid. The service said people were evacuated from schools and workplaces in a radius of 500 meters (yards) around the affected factory in ...

US firm in Iraq ignores smuggling, security risks for F-16s

By DESMOND BUTLER and LORI HINNANT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An American company that was paid nearly $700 million to secure an Iraqi base for F-16 fighter jets turned a blind eye to alcohol smuggling, theft, security violations, and allegations of sex trafficking — then ...

US warns on sanctions over Venezuela’s move on constitution

By HANNAH DREIER and JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration is warning that it might impose more sanctions on Venezuelan officials over President Nicolas Maduro's push to rewrite the constitution amid an escalating political crisis with near-daily ...

EU Brexit chief says UK must settle account of what it owes

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator insisted Wednesday that Britain's accounts must be settled before any talks on its future trade relationship with the EU can take place, as he warned that time is running out to seal a deal by ...

Trump seeks steps from Abbas to promote peace with Israel

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will press Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday to end payments to families of Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails, according to U.S. officials, one of several actions Washington believes could lead to ...

Trump, Putin look to work together on Syria

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled improving prospects for cooperation in Syria in what the White House called a "very good" phone discussion that included a focus on setting up safe zones in the ...

IS attack on displaced in northeast Syria kills at least 30

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants staged a surprise attack early Tuesday in northeastern Syria, killing at least 30 people, most of them civilians who had fled fighting in areas of Syria and Iraq held by the extremist group, a Kurdish spokesman and Syrian ...

What on Earth might a Trump-Kim Jong Un meeting look like?

By TED ANTHONY, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — In one corner: the unpredictable dictator, the third-generation family ruler whose nation has a seven-decade reputation of being erratic, quick to take umbrage and insistent that it is powerful enough to upend the planet. In the other corner: a ...