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Myanmar bulldozes what is left of Rohingya Muslim villages

By TODD PITMAN and ESTHER HTUSAN, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — First, their villages were burned to the ground. Now, Myanmar's government is using bulldozers to literally erase them from the earth — in a vast operation rights groups say is destroying crucial evidence of mass atrocities ...

Security Council to meet amid calls for Syria cease-fire

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — World leaders called for an urgent cease-fire in Syria on Thursday as government forces pounded the opposition-controlled eastern suburbs of the capital in a crushing campaign that has left hundreds of people dead in recent days. The U.N. ...

In Syria, a father says last goodbye to dead child

BEIRUT (AP) — A father saying his last goodbye to his dead child, before the shelling starts again. It's a grief shared by all too many parents trapped with their children under a brutal, government siege of the eastern Ghouta region outside the Syrian capital of Damascus. The government, ...

Science Says: European art scene began with Neanderthals

By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — From the murky depths of Spanish caves comes a surprising insight: Neanderthals created art. That's been proposed before, but experts say two new studies finally give convincing evidence that our evolutionary cousins had the brainpower to ...

Mystery cloaks Japanese dad of 13 born from Thai surrogates

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese businessman who won legal custody of his 13 children born from surrogates in Thailand is virtually anonymous in his home country. Mitsutoki Shigeta, who was granted sole custody by a Thai court on Tuesday, is the son of the founder ...

17 killed in garbage dump collapse in Mozambique

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Heavy rains triggered the partial collapse of a huge mound of garbage in Mozambique's capital on Monday, killing 17 people who were buried by debris. Authorities believe more bodies could be buried at the Hulene garbage dump on ...

Police suspect Netanyahu associate of trying to bribe judge

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Tuesday said they suspect a close confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of offering a sitting judge a top posting in exchange for dropping a corruption case against Netanyahu's wife. The development marks the ...

Activists: 98 dead in assault on rebel-held Damascus suburb

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Intense Syrian government shelling and airstrikes of rebel-held Damascus suburbs killed at least 98 people in what was the deadliest day in the area in three years, a monitoring group and paramedics said Tuesday. A day after Monday's ...

Ex-workers at Russian ‘troll factory’ trust US indictment

By NAIRA DAVLASHYAN and IRINA TITOVA, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worked at the same St. Petersburg "troll factory" say they ...

Donald Trump Jr. visits India to help sell apartments

By MUNEEZA NAQVI, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — "Trump has arrived. Have you?" shout the barrage of glossy front-page advertisements in almost every major Indian newspaper. The ads, which have run repeatedly in the past few days, herald the arrival not of the American president but of ...

Iranian rescuers find wreckage from plane crash

By AMIR VAHDAT, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian search and rescue teams on Monday reached the site of a plane crash that authorities say killed all 65 people on board, Iran's Press TV reported. The Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for short-distance regional ...

Turkey warns it may hit Syrian troops in Kurdish enclave

By BASSEM MROUE and KARIN LAUB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey threatened on Monday to hit back at Syrian pro-government troops if they deploy in an enclave in northern Syria to protect a Kurdish militia that Ankara is battling there. The warning by the Turkish foreign minister came ...

Oxfam says staff intimidated witnesses in Haiti sex scandal

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Oxfam workers suspected of sexual misconduct in Haiti intimidated and threatened a witness as the charity investigated the original claims, according to the organization's report on the internal inquiry. The findings were part of a previously ...

Kremlin dismisses US election indictment as lacking evidence

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin has dismissed a U.S. indictment that charged 13 Russians with interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election as lacking evidence. The indictment handed Friday by a federal grand jury alleges that a wealthy entrepreneur with close ties to Russian President ...

Trump stays quiet on shooting victims, fumes over Russia

By CATHERINE LUCEY and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump spent the holiday weekend hunkered down at his Florida estate, watching cable television news, grousing to club members and advisers and fuming over the investigation of Russian ...

Israeli PM Netanyahu to Iran: Don’t test Israel’s resolve

By DAVID RISING and GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press MUNICH (AP) — The international nuclear deal with Iran has emboldened Tehran to become increasingly aggressive in the region, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, warning that Iran should "not test Israel's ...

Latvian member of European Central Bank detained in probe

By CARLO PIOVANO, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Latvia's top banking official and key member of the European Central Bank was detained Sunday after being questioned for hours by anti-corruption authorities amid accusations of bribery and money laundering in the nation's financial ...

What will Meghan wear? Royal wedding dress a top UK secret

By SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Where does one shop for a wedding gown set to be the dress of the year — an outfit chic enough for a fashion-loving bride but suitable for a church so regal it's the burial place of monarchs? Everyone at London Fashion Week — and elsewhere ...

7.2 quake damages homes, but Mexico avoids major destruction

By PETER ORSI, Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico escaped major destruction from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that jolted southern and central parts of the country, authorities said Saturday, though 13 people were killed in the crash of a helicopter sent to assess the damage. A ...

Trump adviser: Russian meddling ‘incontrovertible’

By DESMOND BUTLER and DAVID RISING, Associated Press MUNICH (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Saturday there was "incontrovertible" evidence of a Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election, a blunt statement that shows how significantly the new criminal ...