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North Korea sent banned items to Syria, Myanmar, UN finds

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea sent items used in ballistic missile and chemical weapons programs to Syria along with missile technicians in violation of U.N. sanctions — and banned ballistic missiles systems to Myanmar, U.N. experts said. The ...

Prosecutors: Ex-SKorean president deserves 30 years in jail

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Prosecutors on Tuesday demanded a 30-year prison term for former South Korean President Park Geun-hye for alleged bribery, abuse of power and other crimes in a landmark corruption case that marked a stunning fall from grace for ...

Xi term limit proposal sparks rare public dissent in China

BEIJING (AP) — In a rare public expression of dissent in China, a well-known political commentator and a prominent businesswoman have penned open letters urging lawmakers to reject a plan that would allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely. Their impassioned statements on a popular ...

Saudi military leaders replaced amid stalemated war in Yemen

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia replaced its military chief of staff and other defense officials early on Tuesday morning in a shake-up apparently aimed at overhauling its Defense Ministry during the stalemated and ruinous war in Yemen. The ...

Russia-ordered ‘pause’ goes into effect east of Damascus

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A brief, Russia-ordered "humanitarian pause" went into effect on Tuesday as Syrian and Russian forces set up a corridor to allow civilians to leave a rebel-held enclave near Damascus, but by the end of the five-hour pause, no civilians had ...

Dubai closes case on Indian actress, calls death an accident

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai investigators closed the case on Tuesday into the death last weekend of Indian movie icon Sridevi, calling it an accidental drowning. Her family has been given permission to take her body back to India, officials ...

Violence rages in Syria as UN calls to stop ‘hell on Earth’

By BASSEM MROUE and JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian forces launched a ground offensive Monday on a rebel-held eastern Damascus suburb despite a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria. The U.N. chief denounced the violence in the ...

Rome blanketed by snow as Arctic storm sets seasonal records

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press ROME (AP) — The Arctic storm dubbed the "Beast from the East" saw temperatures across much of Europe fall Monday to their lowest level this winter and even brought a rare snowstorm to Rome, paralyzing the city and giving its residents the chance to ski, ...

2 lions from Mideast war zones reach South African refuge

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press LIONSROCK BIG CAT SANCTUARY, South Africa (AP) — Two lions rescued from neglected zoos in war zones in Iraq and Syria arrived in South Africa on Monday to live at a sanctuary with other animals that survived harsh conditions in captivity elsewhere in ...

Specter of one-man rule looms as China lifts Xi’s term limit

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — For some Chinese, their feelings about plans to lift term limits to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely can be represented best by a cuddly stuffed bear. Social media users shared images of Winnie the Pooh hugging a jar of ...

Slovak investigative reporter, girlfriend found shot dead

By KAREL JANICEK, Associated Press PRAGUE (AP) — A Slovak investigative reporter and his girlfriend were shot dead in their home in an attack likely linked to his reporting on tax evasion, Slovakia's top police official said Monday. The bodies of 27-year-old Jan Kuciak and his partner were ...

Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

By TED ANTHONY, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed Sunday night very much as they began, with humanity's finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with decades of war and suspicion among them ...

Pope calls violence in Syria ‘inhuman,’ backs UN cease-fire

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is denouncing the "inhuman" violence in Syria and is backing a U.N. Security Council-demanded cease-fire so food and medicine can reach desperate Syrians and the sick and wounded can be evacuated. Francis led thousands of people in St. Peter's Square in ...

China paves way for Xi Jinping to extend rule beyond 2 terms

By GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country's president, the official news agency said Sunday, appearing to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023. The party's ...

Opposition erupts as Iceland eyes banning most circumcisions

By EGILL BJARNASON, Associated Press REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Icelandic lawmakers are considering a law that would ban the circumcision of boys for non-medical reasons, making it the first European country to do so. Some religious leaders in Iceland and across Europe have called the bill ...

Parents release names of 105 missing Nigerian girls

By HARUNA UMAR, Associated Press MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Parents in Nigeria have released a list of the 105 young women they say are still missing nearly a week after Boko Haram militants attacked a northern town, demanding that residents direct them toward the school for girls. The fate ...

More deaths in Syria bombing campaign near Damascus

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government warplanes supported by Russia continued their relentless bombardment of the rebel-controlled eastern suburbs of Damascus for a sixth day Friday, killing five people, opposition activists and a war monitor reported. The death ...

AP sources: Adelson offers to help pay for Jerusalem embassy

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is considering an offer from Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson to pay for at least part of a new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, four U.S. officials told The Associated Press. Lawyers at the State Department are ...

Trump Jr.’s foreign policy speech in India boosts concerns

NEW DELHI (AP) — As criticism mounted that the American president's eldest son was pushing an ethics boundary by making a foreign policy speech at an Indian business summit, conference organizers hurriedly changed the speech's title. Donald Trump Jr. was slated to speak Friday evening on ...

New charges brought against ex-Trump campaign associates

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Dramatically escalating the pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate. The filing adds ...