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Commercial plane crashes in southern Iran, killing 66 people

By NASSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian commercial plane crashed on Sunday in a foggy, mountainous region of southern Iran, killing all 66 people on board, state media reported. An Aseman Airlines ATR-72, a twin-engine turboprop used for ...

Afghans submitted 1.17 million war crimes claims to court

By KATHY GANNON, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Since the International Criminal Court began collecting material three months ago for a possible war crimes case involving Afghanistan, it has gotten a staggering 1.17 million statements from Afghans who say they were victims. The ...

‘Dreamers’ left in limbo as Senate rejects immigration bills

By ALAN FRAM and KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate left hundreds of thousands of "Dreamer" immigrants in limbo Thursday, rejecting rival plans that would have spared them from deportation and strengthened the nation's border security. Senators dealt President ...

UK blames Russian military for ‘malicious’ cyberattack

LONDON (AP) — Britain and the United States blamed the Russian government on Thursday for a cyberattack that hit businesses across Europe last year, with London accusing Moscow of "weaponizing information" in a new kind of warfare. Foreign Minister Tariq Ahmad said "the U.K. government ...

US says detainee studied in Louisiana, became IS fighter

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — He was an unruly college student in Louisiana where he mixed booze and gambling with classes on electrical engineering. A decade later, he was guarding an Islamic State oil field in Syria and storing bomb-making files and military ...

Bannon interviewed in Mueller’s Russia investigation

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon, the combative former chief strategist for President Donald Trump, was interrogated for 20 hours over two days this week as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, according to ...

Russia seeks to regulate private military contractors

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian parliament is working on a bill to regulate private military companies, a senior lawmaker said Wednesday after reports that an unknown number of Russian military contractors were killed in a U.S. strike in Syria. Retired ...

Netanyahu shrugs off police corruption claims, opposition

By ILAN BEN ZION, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday shrugged off police recommendations that he be charged with corruption, calling the allegations "biased, extreme: and "full of holes, like Swiss cheese" and vowing to remain in ...

Prince Henrik, husband of Danish monarch, dies at age 83

By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Prince Henrik, the French-born husband of Danish monarch Queen Margrethe who publicly vented his frustration at not being the social equal of his wife or their son in line to become Denmark's king, died late Tuesday. He was 83. He ...

South Africa’s ruling party could replace Zuma on Thursday

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's ruling party moved to replace the defiant President Jacob Zuma as early as Thursday while police raided his business associates at the center of corruption scandals that have infuriated the country. Zuma, breaking ...

Palestinian teen goes on trial, Israeli judge bars public

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press OFER MILITARY BASE, West Bank (AP) — The closely watched trial of a Palestinian girl who slapped and punched two Israeli soldiers opened before an Israeli military court on Tuesday, but the judge ordered proceedings to be held behind closed doors in a case ...

US tells anti-IS coalition to ‘keep eyes on prize’

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer KUWAIT CITY (AP) — The Trump administration, increasingly concerned that the 74-strong coalition it cobbled together to destroy the Islamic State group is losing sight of the prime objective, pressed its partners on Tuesday to refocus their efforts, ...

South African ruling party leaders push for Zuma resignation

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday faced increasing pressure from the ruling ANC party to resign, as the government struggled to resolve a leadership crisis that has dragged on since last week. Leaders of the African ...

Workers comb snowy field for clues to Russian plane crash

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Wading through knee-deep snow, hundreds of emergency workers searched a vast field near Moscow on Monday for remains of the 71 victims from the crash of a Russian airliner, and aviation experts began deciphering the jet's two flight ...

North Korea leader impressed with South’s delegation welcome

By YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday it is important to continue a reconciliatory mood between the Koreas and expressed satisfaction with the North Korean delegation's visit to the South, in his first remarks since the ...

London City Airport shuts down due to unexploded WWII bomb

LONDON (AP) — All flights in and out of London City Airport were canceled Monday after a 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) unexploded World War II-era bomb was found nearby in the River Thames. The Metropolitan Police service cleared an area within 214 meters (700 feet) of the bomb, including ...

Emergency teams search for victims of Russian plane crash

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Emergency teams combed the snowy fields outside Moscow on Monday, searching for debris from a crashed Russian airliner and the remains of the 71 people aboard it who died. The An-148 twin-engine regional jet bound for Orsk in the ...

Kim’s sister ends Olympic visit, leaving South to mull offer

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister headed home Sunday night after a whirlwind three days in South Korea, where she sat among world dignitaries at the Olympics and tossed a diplomatic offer to the South aimed at ending ...

Blackout hits northern Puerto Rico following fire, explosion

By DANICA COTO, Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — An explosion and fire at an electric substation threw much of northern Puerto Rico into darkness late Sunday in a setback for the U.S. territory's efforts to fully restore power more than five months after Hurricane Maria started ...

‘Can you dig it?’ Africa reality show draws youth to farming

By TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — As a student, Leah Wangari imagined a glamorous life as a globe-trotting flight attendant, not toiling in dirt and manure. Born and raised in Kenya's skyscraper-filled capital, Nairobi, the 28-year-old said farming had been the last thing ...