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French designer in costly dispute over Pitt-Jolie chateau

PARIS (AP) — A French lighting designer has won a $600,000 court ruling in a dispute with Brad Pitt over a grandiose re-design of the chateau in Provence that he and Angelina Jolie shared. But designer Odile Soudant isn't stopping there. She says her business went under because of Pitt's ...

Police say 39 people detained over neo-Nazi march in Berlin

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police say 39 people were detained Saturday in connection with a far-right march commemorating the 30th anniversary of the death of high-ranking Nazi official Rudolf Hess. More than 500 neo-Nazis had attempted to march to the site of the former prison in Berlin's western ...

Report: German writer wanted by Turkey released in Spain

BERLIN (AP) — German news agency dpa reports that a German writer detained in Spain on a Turkish warrant has been released from jail. Dpa cited lawyer Ilias Uyar as saying Sunday that his client Dogan Akhanli had been ordered to stay in Madrid while Turkey's extradition request is ...

New UK aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives at port

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The HMS Queen Elizabeth, the biggest ship ever built for the British navy, sailed into its homeport for the first time Wednesday as tens of thousands jammed the harbor to welcome it. The 3 billion-pound ($3.9 billion) ship arrived at ...

Afghan migrant ‘Little Picasso’ offered Serbian citizenship

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia offered a 10-year-old migrant from Afghanistan, who has been nicknamed "Little Picasso" because of his talent for painting, and his family citizenship on Wednesday, after they spent eight months in a refugee camp while seeking to reach Switzerland. Serbia's ...

UK vows Brexit won’t mean the return of Irish border posts

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The British government has vowed repeatedly to end the free movement of people from the European Union when the U.K. leaves the bloc in 2019. But on Wednesday it acknowledged that, in one area of the country, it won't. Britain said there must ...

Big Ben backlash: Plan to silence beloved bell under review

LONDON (AP) — British Parliament officials say they will review plans to silence Big Ben during four years of repairs after politicians criticized the lengthy muting of the beloved bell. Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday that "it can't be right for Big Ben to be silent for four ...

Kenya opposition says it will challenge election in court

By TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's opposition announced Wednesday it will challenge the results of last week's presidential election in Supreme Court and wage a campaign of civil disobedience, saying it has decided to expose what it called a "computer-generated ...

China urges US, North Korea to ‘hit the brakes’ on threats

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China has urged the United States and North Korea to "hit the brakes" on threatening words and work toward a peaceful resolution of their tense standoff created by Pyongyang's recent missile tests and threats to fire them toward ...

Kidnapped model recounts ordeal, says she was ‘terrified’

LONDON (AP) — A British model who was allegedly abducted in Italy has said she understands why people may doubt her story, but insists she was "terrified" and certain she would die during the ordeal. Chloe Ayling says she was lured to Milan for a fake photo shoot, then drugged, stuffed into ...

Kenyan opposition leader urges followers to skip work Monday

By BEN CURTIS and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga urged his supporters to skip work on Monday to protest what he charged were rigged elections that gave victory to President Uhuru Kenyatta. The government denounced violent ...

Lion rescued from Syria zoo gives birth in Jordan reserve

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press SOUF, Jordan (AP) — The odds had been stacked against Hajar, a lion cub born just hours after her mother Dana, rescued from a defunct zoo in war-torn Syria, was released into a wildlife reserve in Jordan. Dana and 12 other animals, including four other lions, ...

Egypt says 2 militants killed in shootout with police

By MENNA ZAKI and ASHRAF SWEILLAM, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Two members of a group suspected of being linked to the Muslim Brotherhood were killed Sunday in an exchange of gunfire with the police in a province outside the capital Cairo, the Interior Ministry said. In a statement, the ...

Egypt detains train workers 15 days over crash

By MENNA ZAKI CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's prosecution ordered on Sunday the detention of four people including two train drivers for 15 days over a deadly train crash near the coastal city of Alexandria that killed 43 people and injured scores, judicial officials said. The crash took place on ...

Hezbollah leader says Syrian government ‘will stay on’

BEIRUT (AP) — The head of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah says it is time for political leaders to accept the survival of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government. Hassan Nasrallah, addressing a rally on Sunday, advised the Lebanese government to normalize ties with its war-torn ...

Man ambushes French soldiers in car attack, later arrested

By ANGELA CHARLTON and RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press LEVALLOIS-PERRET, France (AP) — French police shot and arrested a man suspected of slamming a BMW into soldiers in a Paris suburb on Wednesday, injuring six of them in what appeared to be a carefully timed ambush before speeding away, ...

Deadly Kenya protests as opposition alleges vote hacking

By TOM ODULA and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's election took an ominous turn on Wednesday as violent protests erupted in the capital and elsewhere after opposition leader Raila Odinga alleged fraud, saying hackers used the identity of a murdered official ...

Intensified airstrikes on IS-held areas in Raqqa kill dozens

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists are reporting that airstrikes on parts of the northern city of Raqqa that are controlled by the Islamic State group have intensified, killing at least 29 people in the past two days. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have been trying to ...

Netanyahu’s Likud pushes members to rally behind him

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Israel's ruling Likud Party is organizing a rally in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in what it hopes will be a show of force by the beleaguered Israeli leader as he battles a slew of corruption allegations. Likud leaders have been putting heavy pressure ...

Shootout with Taliban kills 4 Pakistani army officers

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A shootout with militants in a Pakistani tribal region bordering Afghanistan early on Wednesday killed an army major and three other officers, the military said. The Pakistani Taliban later claimed responsibility for the attack. According to a military statement, one of the ...