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Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Parliament voted Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter debate settled by a much-criticized government survey of voters that strongly endorsed change. The public gallery in the House ...

Putin undecided whether to run as an independent or not

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has not decided yet whether to run for office next year as an independent candidate or secure support from the ruling party, his spokesman said Thursday. The 65-year old Russian leader, who has ruled the ...

On Jerusalem, Trump delivers for supporters at home

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's move to recognize the divided city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital may have triggered a worldwide chorus of critics but the president had his ears closely tuned to his supporters at home. For Trump, the ...

Trump flouts warnings, declares Jerusalem Israel’s capital

By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying dire, worldwide warnings, President Donald Trump on Wednesday broke with decades of U.S. and international policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Despite urgent appeals from Arab and European leaders and the risk of ...

Putin announces 2018 re-election bid, ends long speculation

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he would seek re-election next year in a race he is poised to win easily, putting him on track to become the nation's longest-serving ruler since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Putin's ...

For Tillerson, a lonely job defending Trump’s Jerusalem move

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — It's a go-to catchphrase when U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is called on to explain his boss on the world stage: "America first is not America alone." Yet as President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, Tillerson ...

Doctors find brain abnormalities in victims of Cuba mystery

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors treating the U.S. embassy victims of suspected attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned. It's the most ...

Putin will allow Russians to compete at Pyeongchang Olympics

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin won't boycott the Pyeongchang Olympics. Putin said Wednesday his government will allow Russians to compete as neutral athletes at the upcoming games in South Korea. The International Olympic Committee has ...

Doubts grow over UK government’s preparation for Brexit

By DANICA KIRKA and LORNE COOK, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government acknowledged Wednesday that it has made no detailed assessment of the economic impact of leaving the European Union, as its lack of preparation for a momentous break became clear. David Davis, the official ...

UN: Myanmar’s Rohingya likely faced crimes against humanity

By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Myanmar's Rohingya minority has "very likely" faced crimes against humanity and possibly genocide at the hands of Myanmar security forces and their helpers, the U.N.'s top human rights body and a top U.N. official said Tuesday. The comments ...

Model in Britain’s sex-and-spy Profumo scandal dies at 75

By GREGORY KATZ and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Christine Keeler, the central figure in the sex-and-espionage Profumo scandal that rocked Cold War Britain and brought down a Conservative government, has died at 75. In a Facebook post, son Seymour Platt said Keeler died ...

Trump forges ahead on Jerusalem-as-capital despite warnings

By MATTHEW LEE and JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump forged ahead Tuesday with plans to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital despite intense Arab, Muslim and European opposition to a move that would upend decades of U.S. policy and risk potentially ...

Two-day Gulf summit ends within hours amid Qatar crisis

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press KUWAIT CITY (AP) — A planned two-day summit of Gulf Arab countries fell apart within hours of starting Tuesday over the ongoing boycott of Qatar, underscoring the difficulty of ending the crisis and suggesting that unifying the bloc of U.S. allies is ...

IOC: Russians can compete at Olympics, but without flag

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russian athletes will be allowed to stand on the medal podium at the Winter Olympics — just not with their anthem playing or their nation's flag rising above them. The International Olympic Committee barred Russia and the its ...

Stealth jets, other aircraft fly in US, South Korean drills

By YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hundreds of aircraft including two dozen stealth jets began training Monday as the United States and South Korea launched a massive combined air force exercise. The war games come a week after North Korea test-fired its most ...

Word cloud: The message in Pyongyang’s propaganda

By ERIC TALMADGE and PENNY YI WANG, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Kim. Nuclear. War. Nothing sums up the message embedded in North Korea's propaganda better than those three words. That's exactly what the world hears — and what's revealed in this word cloud, a visual display of terms used ...

Airstrikes pound Yemen’s capital as Saudis back ex-president

By AHMED AL-HAJ and MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi-led fighter jets pounded Yemen's capital on Monday as the coalition threw its support behind a former president who was once allied with the country's Houthi rebels but is now battling them for control of the ...

Theresa May makes diplomatic push to unlock Brexit talks

By RAF CASERT, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is making a diplomatic blitz to Brussels, where she will meet top European Union officials Monday in an effort to reach a belated breakthrough in the negotiations on Britain's exit from the bloc. May is to ...

UN voices alarm about spread of HIV in Egypt

By NARIMAN EL-MOFTY, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — The U.N. is voicing alarm over the spread of HIV in Egypt, where the number of new cases is growing by up to 40 percent a year, and where efforts to combat the epidemic are hampered by social stigma and a lack of funding to address the ...

Mattis seeks more cooperation with Pakistan on terror fight

By LOLITA C. BALDOR and MUNIR AHMED, Associated Press ISLAMABAD (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with top Pakistani leaders Monday to seek common ground on the counterterrorism fight, amid Trump administration calls for Islamabad to more aggressively go after the insurgents moving ...