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In the eye of the storm, Baghdad’s Green Zone remains sealed

By BASSEM MROUE Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Baghdad's Green Zone has been a barometer for tension and conflict in Iraq for nearly two decades. The 4-square mile (10-square kilometer) heavily guarded strip on the banks of the Tigris River was known as "Little America" following the 2003 ...

Pompeo: Humanitarian aid plan for Iran “unproblematic”

By DAVID RISING Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday that Washington will not stand in the way of a system that Europeans are developing to shield companies dealing with Iran from American sanctions, so long as the focus is on providing humanitarian ...

Protesters in Iran, Iraq burn Israel, US flags on ‘Quds Day’

By AMIR VAHDAT Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians in the capital Tehran set fire to effigies of U.S. President Donald Trump, while in the Iraqi capital, Iran-backed militiamen marched over a large Israeli flag as part of rallies Friday marking Quds, or Jerusalem Day. The annual ...

Honduras president, others targets of DEA investigation

By CLAUDIA TORRENS and CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. federal court documents show Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and some of his closest advisers were among the targets of a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation. A document filed by ...

21 people still missing from sunken tour boat in Hungary

By PABLO GORONDI and HYUNG-JIN KIM Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Rescue crews were gearing up Thursday to raise a sightseeing boat from the bottom of the Danube River in the heart of the Hungarian capital of Budapest, as search teams scoured the waters for 21 people still missing ...

Arab leaders meet in Mecca to unify ranks amid Iran tensions

By AYA BATRAWY Associated Press MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Arab heads of state gathered Thursday evening for the start of a trio of high-level summits in Islam's holiest city of Mecca as Saudi Arabia attempts to present a unified regional stance in response to a spike in tensions with its ...

Netanyahu’s future clouded by rivalry with former ally

By JOSEF FEDERMAN Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's complicated relationship with an angry former protege has sent Israeli politics into uncharted waters. By triggering an early election, Avigdor Lieberman has raised questions about the political future ...

WikiLeaks says Assange is ill; he misses brief court hearing

By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange missed a court session Thursday, apparently due to health problems. He had been expected to appear from prison via video link at a brief extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court. Lawyer Gareth ...

AP: Purdue foreign arm caught up in opioid probe in Europe

By CLAIRE GALOFARO and FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press PARMA, Italy (AP) — The police huddled for hours each day, headphones on, eavesdropping on the doctor. They'd tapped his cellphone, bugged his office, planted a camera in a trattoria. They heard him boast about his power to help Big ...

Ethiopian pilot pleaded for training weeks before Max crash

By BERNARD CONDON Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Emails obtained by The Associated Press show an Ethiopian Airlines pilot pleaded with his bosses for more training on the Boeing 737 Max just weeks before one of the airline's jets crashed. Veteran pilot Bernd Kai von Hoesslin ...

Nigerian President Buhari sworn in again, faces challenges

By BASHIR ADIGUN and SAM OLUKOYA Associated Press ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari began his second term as head of Africa's most populous nation on Wednesday, facing heightened pressure to defeat Islamic extremism and boost the oil-dependent economy amid concerns ...

AP Report: ‘Pain League’ allegedly pushed opioids in Italy

By CLAIRE GALOFARO and FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press PARMA, Italy (AP) — The police huddled for hours each day, headphones on, eavesdropping on the doctor. They'd tapped his cellphone, bugged his office, planted a camera in a trattoria. They heard him boast about his power to help Big ...

D-Day joy, hell for civilians told anew with virtual reality

By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press CAEN, France (AP) — The emotion of being liberated from Nazi occupation was so sweet and intense that the French refugees burst into song, a spontaneous rendition of "La Marseillaise" that echoed around the underground network of dank, dark tunnels where ...

In fear for their lives, activist Thai band lives in exile

By TASSANEE VEJPONGSA and GRANT PECK Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — They are members of a folk music group living communally in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos, but they are in fear for their lives. The musicians from the band Faiyen fled their homes in neighboring Thailand in 2014, ...

Louvre reopens after one-day closure due to overcrowding

PARIS (AP) — The Louvre museum in Paris reopened to the public Wednesday after being shut down for a day when workers complaining about overcrowding walked out. Union representatives met Wednesday morning with management to discuss how to ease the traffic flow at the world's most visited ...

New Israeli government or election: Netanyahu faces deadline

By ARON HELLER Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's raucous political world was on edge Wednesday, counting down the hours to a midnight deadline to see whether a new government will be formed or whether, alternatively, there will be an unprecedented second national election this ...

Knife-wielding man attacks schoolgirls in Japan, killing 2

By MARI YAMAGUCHI and JAE HONG Associated Press KAWASAKI, Japan (AP) — A man carrying a knife in each hand and screaming "I will kill you!" attacked a group of schoolgirls near a school bus parked at a bus stop just outside Tokyo on Tuesday, killing two people and injuring at least 17 before ...

Serbian troops on full alert after Kosovo police arrests

By DUSAN STOJANOVIC Associated Press BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia put its troops on full alert Tuesday after heavily armed Kosovo police entered Serb-dominated northern Kosovo, firing tear gas and arresting about two dozen people. It was the latest flare-up in long-simmering tensions ...

EU leaders face evening of haggling over Europe’s top jobs

By LORNE COOK Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are set for a night of haggling Tuesday over who should lead the 28-nation bloc's key institutions for the next five years after weekend elections shook up Europe's political landscape. Presidents and prime ministers will ...

Salvini vows to unite EU populists yet lacks partners

By COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Italy's victorious right-wing leader, Matteo Salvini, says the European elections have created "a new geography" of anti-elite sentiment in the EU. But it is far from certain that he will be able to forge a bloc from parties who are united ...