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Ex-Trump adviser Morrison testifies on concerns over Ukraine

By DEB RIECHMANN, LISA MASCARO and MIKE BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top White House official who raised concerns about President Donald Trump's efforts to push Ukraine to investigate his political rivals confirmed some aspects of earlier reports but contradicted ...

Health care or Brexit? UK parties unveil election themes

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The opposition Labour Party kicked off its campaign for Britain's December general election with one overriding message Thursday: It's not just about Brexit. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn put the emphasis firmly on economic and ...

Islamic State group announces successor to al-Baghdadi

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group declared a new leader Thursday after it confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi days earlier in a U.S raid in Syria. In its audio release by the IS central media arm, al-Furqan Foundation, a new spokesman for IS identifies the successor as ...

Spain offers Madrid as host of December UN climate summit

By ARITZ PARRA Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Spain's interim leader has offered to have Madrid host an international U.N. climate conference next month that was originally scheduled to be held in riot-struck Chile. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera on Wednesday canceled plans to host ...

Legal opinion: Poland, Hungary, Czechs broke EU migrant law

By LORNE COOK and SAMUEL PETREQUIN Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — With overcrowded Greek migrant camps facing explosive new problems, a top EU legal adviser said Thursday that Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic broke European Union law by refusing to comply with a refugee quota program ...

EU grants Brexit delay to Jan. 31; UK ponders new election

By JILL LAWLESS and SAMUEL PETREQUIN Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The European Union agreed Monday to delay Brexit by three months until Jan. 31, acting to avert a chaotic U.K. departure just three days before Britain was due to become the first country ever to leave the 28-nation ...

Security increased at IS prisons after leader’s death

By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian Kurdish forces said Monday they are increasing security at prisons and detention facilities holding tens of thousands of Islamic State militants and supporters, including foreigners, following the death of the extremist group's leader in ...

Victims of IS attacks warn fight against terror is not over

By SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Survivors and families of the victims of the deadly 2015 extremist attacks around Paris say they are relieved at the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi but warn that the fight against extremism is not over. Al-Baghdadi was ...

UK leader honors 39 victims who died in truck container

By GREGORY KATZ and HAU DINH Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday honored the 39 victims who died in a container as the truck driver made his first court appearance after being charged with manslaughter and conspiracy. Johnson and Home Secretary ...

Draghi stepped in during euro’s darkest hour

By DAVID McHUGH AP Business Writer FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Mario Draghi leaves as head of the European Central Bank credited with having rescued the eurozone from disaster with a well-timed phrase and bold action to back up his words. He expanded the bank's arsenal of crisis-fighting ...

Grim find: 39 dead in 1 of UK’s worst trafficking cases

By GREGORY KATZ and ALASTAIR GRANT Associated Press GRAYS, England (AP) — Police were reconstructing the final journey of 39 people found dead Wednesday in a truck container in an industrial park in England, attempting to piece together one of Britain's worst people smuggling tragedies. A ...

Spanish village gears up for dictator Franco’s remains

By ARITZ PARRA Associated Press EL PARDO, Spain (AP) — For visitors wondering why a tranquil cemetery outside Madrid suddenly needs around-the-clock police security, the answer is simple: an empty burial space awaits the remains of Gen. Francisco Franco, who is being reunited with his wife ...

Russian forces deploy at Syrian border under new accord

By SUZAN FRASER and LEFTERIS PITARAKIS Associated Press AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Russian military police began patrols on part of the Syrian border Wednesday, quickly moving to implement an accord with Turkey that divvies up control of northeastern Syria. The Kremlin told Kurdish fighters to ...

Ukrainian leader felt Trump pressure before taking office

By DESMOND BUTLER and MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — More than two months before the phone call that launched the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Ukraine's newly elected leader was already worried about pressure from the U.S. president to investigate ...

Former top general gets a shot at forming Israeli government

By JOSEPH KRAUSS Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's former military chief Benny Gantz was tasked Wednesday with forming the next government, but he has few options after last month's elections left him in a near tie with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu was given the ...

Canada’s Trudeau wins 2nd term but nation more divided

By ROB GILLIES Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a second term in a stronger-than-expected showing in Canada's national elections, claiming a "clear mandate" Tuesday despite a Parliament and nation increasingly fractured along regional lines. Trudeau's ...

Russia, Turkey hold talks on future of border region

By SUZAN FRASER and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — As the leaders of Russia and Turkey sought to work out the fate of the Syrian border region, the United States ran into a new hitch in getting its troops out of Syria, with neighboring Iraq's military saying ...

British PM says he’ll pull Brexit bill if lawmakers delay

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was headed for a showdown Tuesday with lawmakers who want to put the brakes on his drive to push his European Union divorce bill through the House of Commons in just three days and take ...

South Sudan’s former child soldiers struggle to move on

By SAM MEDNICK Associated Press YAMBIO, South Sudan (AP) — When he escaped the armed group that had abducted him at the age of 15, the child soldier swore he'd never go back. But the South Sudanese teen still thinks about returning to the bush, six months after the United Nations secured his ...

Oslo police shoot to stop man driving on sidewalk, 3 injured

By JAN M. OLSEN Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An armed Norwegian man stole an ambulance and drove it along a sidewalk in Oslo on Tuesday, injuring two toddlers as police tried to stop him by shooting at the tires and ramming the vehicle. The 32-year-old man was injured and ...