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Saudi crown prince’s carefully managed rise hides dark side

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In a kingdom once ruled by an ever-aging rotation of elderly monarchs, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stands out as the youthful face of a youthful nation. But behind the carefully calibrated public-relations ...

US pastor freed from Turkey prays with Trump in Oval Office

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Freed American pastor Andrew Brunson fell to one knee in the Oval Office and placed his hand on President Donald Trump's shoulder in prayer before asking God to provide Trump "supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the ...

Saudis reject threats as stocks plunge after Trump comments

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia warned Sunday it will respond to any "threats" against it as its stock market plunged following President Donald Trump's warning of "severe punishment" over the disappearance of Washington Post contributor ...

Video shows suspects in Saudi writer’s disappearance

By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — Surveillance footage aired by Turkish media on Wednesday purports to show a team of Saudis arriving in Istanbul the day Jamal Khashoggi went missing, a black van leaving the Saudi Consulate after he entered, and the team checking out and ...

Israeli frankincense farmer cashes in on rare honey

By ILAN BEN ZION, Associated Press ALMOG, West Bank (AP) — An Israeli farmer has cashed in by making exotic honey from a rare tree that produces frankincense — the resin once worth its weight in gold and venerated in the Bible. But the farm's location in a far-flung West Bank settlement ...

South Korea considers lifting some sanctions on North Korea

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is considering lifting some of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea to create more momentum for diplomacy aimed at improving relations and defusing the nuclear crisis, the South's foreign minister said ...

Cameroon votes amid violence, threats from separatists

By EDWIN KINDZEKA MOKI, Associated Press YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Thousands headed to the polls in Cameroon Sunday for an election that will likely see Africa's oldest leader win another term amid fighting and threats from separatists that have already prevented residents in English-speaking ...

Friend: Saudi journalist ‘killed’ at consulate in Istanbul

By MEHMET GUZEL, SUZAN FRASER and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — A friend of a prominent Saudi journalist who went missing in Istanbul said Sunday that officials told him to "make your funeral preparations" as the Washington Post contributor "was killed" at the Saudi ...

Vatican defends pope against ‘blasphemous’ cover-up claims

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — A top Vatican cardinal issued a scathing rebuke Sunday of the ambassador who accused Pope Francis of covering up the sexual misconduct of a prominent American cardinal, saying his claims were a "blasphemous" political hit job. Six ...

Rescuers detect possible sign of life under quake-hit hotel

By TASSANEE VEJPONGSA, Associated Press PALU, Indonesia (AP) — A French rescue team said Thursday it has detected a possible sign of life under the rubble of a hotel in Indonesia's Sulawesi island nearly a week after it was hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, as the death toll rose to ...

Struggling Malawi school gets 1.4M books from Melania Trump

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press LILONGWE, Malawi (AP) — Melania Trump got a different view of educating children as she visited an African primary school Thursday that has benefited from U.S. assistance but struggles with an enrollment of more than 8,500 students. Some children learn ...

Russia claims US running secret bio weapons lab in Georgia

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Defense Ministry said Thursday that the United States appeared to be running a clandestine biological weapons lab in the country of Georgia, allegedly flouting international conventions and posing a direct security threat to ...

Nike ‘deeply concerned’ by ‘disturbing’ Ronaldo rape claim

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer LONDON (AP) — Pressure built on Cristiano Ronaldo from his sponsors Thursday after Nike joined EA Sports in expressing its deep concern with the rape allegation facing the soccer star. The five-time world player of the year has denied the claim. Late ...

Nearly a week after Indonesia quake, hope fades for missing

By TODD PITMAN and NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press PALU, Indonesia (AP) — She lay inside a medical tent in the stifling midday heat, wincing in pain at the deep gashes and cuts that covered her body. But all Anisa Cornelia could think about was the love of her life — the man she was ...

Indonesian city begins burying its dead as toll tops 840

By NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Bright-colored body bags were placed side-by-side in a freshly dug mass grave Monday, as a hard-hit Indonesian city began burying its dead from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 840 people and left ...

Iran Guard launches missiles into Syria over parade attack

By NASSSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched six ballistic missiles early Monday toward eastern Syria, targeting militants it blamed for an attack on a military parade in Iran last month while also threatening ...

American, Japanese win Nobel for cancer research

By DAVID KEYTON and JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded Monday to two researchers from the United States and Japan for advances in discovering how the body's immune system can fight off the scourge of cancer. The 9-million-kronor ($1.01 ...

Canada-US reach deal to stay in trade pact with Mexico

By ROB GILLIES and PAUL WISEMAN, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Canada was back in a revamped North American free trade deal with the United States and Mexico late Sunday after weeks of bitter, high-pressure negotiations that brushed up against a midnight deadline. In a joint statement, ...

Police clash with Catalan separatists in Barcelona

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Police clashed on Saturday with Catalan separatists in downtown Barcelona as tensions increase before the anniversary of the Spanish region's illegal referendum on secession that ended in violent raids by security ...

Sex abuse scandal: Pope seeks prayers to fight ‘devil’

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis asked Saturday for daily prayers to protect the Catholic Church from what he says are "attacks by the devil," in his latest response to the clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal roiling his papacy. A Vatican statement ...