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North Korea, Malaysia ban each other’s citizens from leaving

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — North Korea barred Malaysians from exiting its borders and Malaysia followed suit Tuesday, turning ordinary citizens into pawns in the diplomatic battle surrounding the investigation into the bizarre death of North Korean leader ...

UN chief in Somalia on emergency visit to focus on famine

By KHALED KAZZIHA, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made an emergency visit to Somalia on Tuesday to highlight the country's famine crisis, meeting the new president and saying the worsening hunger requires a massive response. "People are ...

North Korea fires 4 banned ballistic missiles into sea

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday fired four banned ballistic missiles that flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) on average, with three of them landing in waters that Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone, South Korean and Japanese ...

Syrian fighters cut main road linking IS-held areas

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters on Monday cut the main road between the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, which is controlled by the Islamic State group, and the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, which is partially held by IS, as they press against the extremists' territory in Syria. But ...

Juppe refuses to rescue French right-wing as Fillon founders

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Deepening the crisis among France's conservatives, former French Prime Minister Alain Juppe firmly declined Monday to step into the country's presidential race to rescue his party's chances in the event that embattled Francois Fillon ...

Ukraine takes Russia to UN court over rebel funding, Crimea

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ukraine's deputy foreign minister on Monday accused Russia of financing terrorism by shipping arms, ammunition and funds to separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine and of discriminating against non-Russians in the annexed Crimean ...

GM sells European brands to France’s Peugeot

By ANGELA CHARLTON and TOM KRISHER, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — General Motors is selling its unprofitable European car business to the French maker of Peugeot, marking the American company's retreat from a major market and raising concerns of job cuts in the region. With the 2.2 billion ...

With economy up, crime down, why are the Dutch discontented?

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The economy is up, unemployment is down and some Dutch prisons are so empty the government has been renting out cells. So why do polls indicate that the Netherlands' ruling parties are set to suffer big losses before a March 15 ...

Sinn Fein surge creates new Northern Ireland landscape

By SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press DUBLIN (AP) — Northern Ireland's snap election has left the rival extremes of politics virtually neck and neck for the first time — and facing a bruising battle to put their Catholic-Protestant government back together again in an increasingly ...

Jordan hangs 10 for attacks linked to Islamic extremism

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan on Saturday executed 10 prisoners with ties to Islamic extremism who carried out five shootings and a bombing since 2003, the government spokesman said. It was the largest round of executions in the kingdom in recent memory. Among ...

Malaysia expels North Korean ambassador over Kim’s killing

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's foreign minister says the government has expelled North Korea's ambassador for criticizing the investigation into the killing of the North Korean leader's estranged half brother. Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said in a ...

China says defense budget to rise by about 7 percent in 2017

By GERRY SHIH and CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China will raise its defense budget by about 7 percent this year, a government spokeswoman said Saturday, continuing a trend of lowered growth amid a slowing economy despite regional tensions over the South China Sea and ...

Sinn Fein enjoys vote surge in Northern Ireland election

By SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press DUBLIN (AP) — Sinn Fein enjoyed a potentially historic surge in support Friday as ballots were counted for seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly, a contest triggered by the Irish nationalist party in a bitter showdown with its longtime Protestant ...

Thousands flee Iraq’s Mosul overnight, as fighting rages on

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Thousands of civilians fled Mosul overnight as Iraqi forces advanced north of a sprawling military base near the city's airport on Friday. Iraq's special forces pushed into the Wadi Hajar district in western Mosul and retook the area from the Islamic State group Friday, ...

Banksy’s art in West Bank hotel with world’s ‘worst view’

By NEBI QENA, The Associated Press BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian guesthouse packed with artwork of the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy unveiled itself Friday in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, with a sneak peek of what the owner sarcastically called the "hotel with the ...

Libyan militias seize control of major oil terminals

By RAMI MUSA, Associated Press BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan militias occupied major oil terminals on Friday after clashes with armed forces based in the east and commanded by army chief Gen. Khalifa Hifter, military officials said, amid fears the facilitates could sustain serious damage if ...

Two-time Haitian President Rene Preval dies

By EVANS SANON, Associated Press PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Rene Preval, the only democratically elected president of Haiti to win and complete two terms, has died at age 74. Current President Jovenal Moise confirmed Preval's death in a Tweet on Friday. "I learned with sadness the death ...

Pentagon: More than 30 airstrikes in Yemen since Thursday

BY LOLITA C. BALDOR and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As part of a sustained assault on the extremist group known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, U.S. warplanes have launched more than 30 airstrikes in Yemen the past two days, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday. Navy ...

N. Korea: Heart attack, not nerve agent, killed Kim Jong Nam

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A North Korean envoy rejected a Malaysian autopsy finding that VX nerve agent killed Kim Jong Nam, saying Thursday the man probably died of a heart attack because he suffered from heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. ...

Presidential hopeful Macron aims to clean up French politics

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — With just 52 days left before French voters choose their president, the man leading the polls released his campaign platform on Thursday, pledging to boost European unity and fight populism and corruption. Until now, centrist independent ...