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New Myanmar fires in empty Rohingya village raise questions

BANGKOK (AP) — Journalists saw new fires burning Thursday in a Myanmar village that had been abandoned by Rohingya Muslims, and pages ripped from Islamic texts that were left on the ground. That intensifies doubts about government claims that members of the persecuted minority have been ...

Dozens of migrants found on crippled yacht off Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's coast guard says it has located a crippled yacht carrying dozens of migrants in waters south of the Aegean island of Santorini, and is towing it to safety. The coast guard says that between 50 and 70 people are believed to be on the vessel, which is expected ...

Syrian army: Israeli air raid on military position kills 2

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli warplanes struck a military position near the Mediterranean coast in western Syria early Thursday, killing two soldiers and causing material damage, the Syrian army said. The airstrike targeted a facility near the town of Masyaf that ...

Merkel say NKorea solution can only be peaceful

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Latest on North Korea's nuclear test and the world reaction (all times local): 4 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test as a "flagrant violation" of international conventions, but also said there can only be a ...

Global stock markets subdued amid Korea jitters

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Stock markets were subdued on Tuesday after South Korean warships carried out military exercises amid tensions over North Korea's weekend nuclear test explosion. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo and Seoul indexes closed lower earlier, but Germany's ...

International Red Cross: 2 international staff released

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross says two of its staff members have been released after being detained for seven months in Afghanistan's northern Jawzjan province. A statement by ICRC Tuesday said the two staff members were abducted by an armed group on ...

UK: 4 army members linked to neo-Nazi group arrested

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Four serving members of the army were arrested under the Terrorism Act on suspicion of being members of a banned far-right group, British defense officials and police said Tuesday. The West Midlands Counterterrorism Unit said officers had ...

Venezuela leader won’t attend UN rights council meeting

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations says Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won't attend a U.N. Human Rights Council meeting next week as originally planned. Council spokesman Rolando Gomez said in an email Tuesday to reporters that Maduro "will not address the Human Rights Council." Gomez ...

Kenyan opposition leader rejects date of new elections

By TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said Tuesday he does not accept the date for the new presidential elections, demanding reforms to the electoral commission and other "legal and constitutional guarantees." The East African power ...

Mattis begins sending additional troops to Afghanistan

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has begun sending additional troops to Afghanistan to carry out President Donald Trump's new war strategy, which will stick to his predecessor's approach of supporting the Afghans' fight against the Taliban rather ...

In tit for tat, US tells Russia to close post in San Fran

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In an escalating tit-for-tat, the United States forced Russia on Thursday to shutter its consulate in San Francisco and scale back its diplomatic presence in Washington and New York, as relations between the two former Cold War foes ...

Iraq says Tal Afar ‘fully liberated’ from Islamic State

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — The northern town of Tal Afar has been "fully liberated" from the Islamic State group, Iraq's prime minister said Thursday, further shrinking the territory controlled by the extremists who overran nearly a third of the country three years ...

Polish police suspect old Jewish cemetery was damaged

By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Police in western Poland are investigating whether a historic Jewish cemetery was damaged after workers uncovered human remains and tombstones at a construction site. Anna Dygas, from the police department in the village of ...

French labor law changes will make it easier to hire, fire

By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — President Emmanuel Macron's most daring undertaking, reforming France's nearly sacrosanct labor laws, got cheers and jeers as it went public Thursday. It trims union powers, adds a voice for small businesses and creates easier ways to hire and ...

More than 1.7 million Muslims gather for start of hajj

By OMAR AKOUR and AHMED HATEM, Associated Press MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — In Saudi Arabia, more than 1.7 million pilgrims are marking the start of the hajj pilgrimage on Wednesday by circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca — Islam's holiest site — and performing a series of rites that ...

Spanish PM responds to party graft allegations in parliament

By ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy defended his record in government Wednesday as he appeared before lawmakers to answer questions about alleged corruption scandals linked to his ruling Popular Party. Rajoy said he had already dealt with ...

Kremlin confirms Trump’s lawyer reached out about deal

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin has confirmed that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer reached out to them during the 2016 presidential campaign, seeking help for a business project in Russia. In a statement to the House Intelligence committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 ...

In a first, NKorea fires missile over Japan in aggressive test

By FOSTER KLUG and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a first, North Korea on Tuesday fired a midrange ballistic missile designed to carry a nuclear payload that flew over Japan and splashed into the northern Pacific Ocean, officials said. The aggressive missile ...

Trump: ‘All options are on table’ after NK missile launch

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that "all options are on the table" in terms of a U.S. response to North Korea's launch of a missile over Japan. In a terse, written statement Tuesday, Trump said that with the missile launch ...

Russia tries to allay Western fears about planned war games

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military sought Tuesday to allay Western fears about major war games set for next month, describing them as regular drills that will not threaten anyone. The Zapad (West) 2017 maneuvers organized jointly by Belarus and ...