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Swedes scratch heads at Trump’s suggestion of major incident

HELSINKI (AP) — Swedes have been scratching their heads and ridiculing President Donald Trump's remark that suggested a major incident had happened in Sweden. During a rally in Florida on Saturday, Trump said "look what's happening last night in Sweden" as he alluded to past terror attacks ...

Iraqi forces advance on Islamic State-held western Mosul

By BRAM JANSSEN, Associated Press HAMAM AL-ALIL, Iraq (AP) — U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched a large-scale military operation on Sunday to dislodge Islamic State militants from the western half of Mosul, the latest phase in a four-month-old offensive to retake Iraq's second largest ...

Finding poison in N. Korea attack may be hardest part

By MARGIE MASON, AP Medical Writer KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A paranoid dictator's estranged brother. Two young female assassins. A crowded international airport. And a mysterious poison that kills within hours. It's the perfect recipe for a thrilling cloak-and-dagger spy novel. Except ...

Malaysia looks for 4 North Korean suspects who left country

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Investigators are looking for four North Korean men who flew out of Malaysia the same day Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean ruler's outcast half brother, apparently was poisoned at an airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian police said ...

Pence aiming to reassure allies at start of Trump presidency

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Making his debut on the world stage, Vice President Mike Pence will seek to reassure skeptical allies in Europe about U.S. foreign policy under President Donald Trump, who has made his "America First" mantra a centerpiece of his new ...

As investigation swirls, body of North Korean is unclaimed

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Days after his apparent assassination, Kim Jong Nam's body remained under guard in a Malaysian morgue Friday, with no one in his immediate family stepping forward on behalf of a man who lived in fear of his half brother, the ...

Spain’s Princess Cristina not guilty in tax fraud case

By ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Spain's Princess Cristina was found not guilty in a tax fraud case Friday, while her husband was convicted and sentenced to more than six years in prison. A panel of judges ruled that Cristina, the sister of King Felipe VI, will be required to ...

Uganda warns of strain under huge South Sudan refugee influx

By RODNEY MUHUMUZA, Associated Press KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda warned Friday that its resources are strained by the more than 400,000 refugees who have poured into the country in recent months from South Sudan's civil war — a sign that its widely praised tolerance might be ...

Afghan official: IS kills 17 Afghan Army soldiers in east

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says the Islamic State group launched an attack on Afghan security posts killing 17 soldiers. Ahmad Ali Hazrat, chief of the provincial council in the province, said Friday the attack the previous night took place in the Dih Bala district in ...

Pakistan reeling after IS bombing at Sufi shrine killed 88

By MUHAMMAD FAROOQ and ADIL JAWAD, Associated Press SEHWAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani forces killed and arrested dozens of suspects in sweeping raids as the death toll from a massive suicide bombing by the Islamic State group that targeted a famed Sufi shrine the day before rose to 88 on ...

Did a South Korean news report doom Kim Jong Un’s brother?

By FOSTER KLUG and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Intelligence officials believe North Korean agents assassinated leader Kim Jong Un's exiled half brother, but if the whodunit seems settled, a very big question still looms: Why now? Kim Jong Nam, reportedly ...

Pope Francis: Native people have rights over their lands

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis insisted Wednesday that indigenous groups must give prior consent to any economic activity affecting their ancestral lands, a view that conflicts with the Trump administration, which is pushing to build a $3.8 billion oil ...

CIA chief meets Palestinians’ Abbas in first top-level talks

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Two senior Palestinian officials say CIA chief Mike Pompeo secretly held talks in the West Bank with Mahmoud Abbas, the first high-level meeting between the Palestinian leader and a Trump administration official. The officials said ...

7 Kenya medics union officials freed; strike continues

By TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI,Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court on Wednesday released seven doctors who are officials in the medics' union and who were jailed earlier this week for not calling off a strike by doctors working in public hospitals and other institutions. About 1,000 doctors ...

Suicide bombings kill 6 in northwestern Pakistan

By RIAZ KHAN and ASIF SHAHZAD, Associated Press PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Two suicide bombings in northwestern Pakistan killed at least six people on Wednesday following an almost three-month-long lull in the volatile region. A breakaway Taliban faction claimed responsibility for one of the ...

Woman arrested in killing of N. Korean leader’s half brother

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police arrested a woman Wednesday in connection with the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother. Police released a statement saying the woman was carrying Vietnamese travel documents when she was ...

NATO chief seeks bigger defense budgets ahead of US meeting

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The NATO chief urged allies on Tuesday to step up their defense spending, a day ahead of the first meeting between new U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his 27 NATO counterparts in Brussels. U.S. President Donald Trump suggested during his ...

Toshiba chairman resigns over huge nuclear business loss

By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — Toshiba Corp.'s chairman resigned Tuesday after the company logged such massive losses in its nuclear business that it must sell its lucrative computer-chip business to avoid going belly-up. The company projected a 712.5 billion yen ($6.3 ...

Italian court convicts couple in Islamic State group plot

MILAN (AP) — An Italian court has convicted a Moroccan-born man and his wife on charges of international terrorism in connection with an Islamic State plot to carry out attacks in Rome during the Holy Year in 2016. A court in Milan on Tuesday convicted Abderrahim Moutaharrik, and his wife, ...

Report says Islamic State extremists using mainstream media

LONDON (AP) — A report based on a translated Islamic State group document says the extremists consider mainstream media to be an effective weapon for spreading its message The International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence in London said Monday that IS has a ...