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In long-shot Mideast peace bid, France sees nothing to lose

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — It sounds far-fetched at best: holding a Mideast peace conference without Israelis, Palestinians or the incoming U.S. government. But the French organizers say that's the whole point. They want Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and ...

In talks with Palestinians, Vatican cites sacred Jerusalem

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican stressed the sacred nature of Jerusalem on Saturday as the Palestinian leader warned that peace could suffer if the incoming Trump administration goes ahead with plans to move the U.S. embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to ...

Iraq makes swift territorial gains against IS in Mosul

By SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces have won a string of swift territorial gains in Mosul in the fight against the Islamic State group after months of slow progress. Government troops retook the eastern edge of a third bridge in Mosul Saturday and a cluster ...

‘We waited for decades’: Polish govt welcomes US troops

By VANESSA GERA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish leaders welcomed U.S. troops to their country Saturday, with the defense minister expressing gratitude for their arrival and calling it the fulfillment of a dream Poles have had for decades. The ceremony in the western Polish ...

Berlin mayor seeks dismissal of official with Stasi past

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin's mayor on Saturday sought the dismissal of an official who has faced increasing pressure over his former ties with communist East Germany's secret police, the Stasi, an affair that has marred the new city government's start. Andrej Holm was appointed Berlin's deputy ...

Egypt slams EU, UK for criticizing ruling on activists

By HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Egypt blasted the EU and Britain on Saturday for criticizing a recent court decision to freeze the assets of three rights activists, accusing both of double standards, telling them to mind their own business, and demanding that it be left alone ...

Le Pen’s world: French nationalism at heart of campaign

By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — France is partnered with the United States and Russia in a global battle against Islamic militants. Francs, not euros, fill the pockets of French citizens. Borders are so secure that illegal immigration no longer fuels fears of terror attacks ...

Norwegian mass murderer says isolation made him more radical

By MATTI HUUHTANEN, Associated Press SKIEN, Norway (AP) — Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik told a court Thursday that his isolation in prison had deeply damaged him and caused him to be even more radicalized. The 37-year-old right-wing extremist, who murdered 77 people in a ...

ECB extended stimulus as ‘steady hand’ in turbulent year

By DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Top officials of the European Central Bank wanted to extend stimulus measures in December in part to protect the eurozone economy from what could be a turbulent political year at home and globally. The concerns were recorded in a ...

Jordan seeks $7.6 billion over 3 years for Syria refugees

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan says it needs $7.6 billion through 2019 to deal with the fallout from the six-year-old Syria crisis, including hosting 650,000 refugees. The appeal was presented Thursday to diplomats from donor countries. Jordanian Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki said the 2016 aid ...

Small plane carrying gold cargo crashes in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Authorities in Zimbabwe say a small aircraft carrying gold reportedly worth almost $1 million has crashed. But the two people on board, and the treasure, were rescued. Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said Thursday that the Cessna 206 plane crashed while ...

US military: November fight with Taliban killed 33 civilians

By RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. military in Afghanistan said on Thursday that its investigation into a November firefight with the Taliban in northern Kunduz province has shown that 33 civilians died in the raid during which U.S. troops fired on Afghan ...

UAE mourns 5 diplomats killed in mysterious Afghan bombing

By JON GAMBRELL and MIRWAIS KHAN, Associated Press KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — The killing of five diplomats from the United Arab Emirates in a bombing in southern Afghanistan marks the deadliest attack ever for the young nation's diplomatic corps, though it's too soon to tell who was ...

Moscow denies having compromising information about Trump

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday denied allegations that the Kremlin has collected compromising information about U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, deriding the claim as a "complete fabrication and utter ...

Kardashian robbery probe: Driver, 2 others released in Paris

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French investigators have released a chauffeur for Kim Kardashian West and two other people in their probe into the robbery of more than $10 million worth of jewelry from the star's Paris apartment in October. The driver's brother and 13 ...

Germany: 280,000 new migrants last year, far lower than 2015

BERLIN (AP) — Germany saw about 280,000 new asylum-seekers arrive last year, less than a third of the previous year's huge influx of 890,000, the interior minister said Wednesday. While new arrivals declined, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said that the number of rejected ...

Despite suffering without doctors, Kenyans support strike

By TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A wave of contractions forces Sharon Andisi to crouch by the dusty taxi rank outside a hospital. Although she is about to give birth, she has just been turned away from Kenya's only public maternity hospital because of a month-long strike ...

Gambia’s leader says only court can declare who’s president

By The Associated Press DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's outgoing President Yahya Jammeh is criticizing foreign pressure for him to step down and calling on Gambians to wait for a Supreme Court decision to determine the credibility of the Dec. 1 elections that he lost. On Tuesday, thousands ...

Norwegian mass murderer Breivik makes Nazi salute at court

By MATTI HUUHTANEN, Associated Press SKIEN, Norway (AP) — Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik made a Nazi salute as he walked into a courtroom at a high-security prison where judges on Tuesday began reviewing a ruling that his solitary confinement is inhumane. Dressed in a dark ...

Twin bombings in Afghanistan’s capital kill 38

By RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two large bombings near government offices in Afghanistan's capital on Tuesday killed at least 38 people, including civilians and military personnel, in the deadliest attack by Taliban insurgents in the capital in months. Public ...