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Detained Saudi women driving campaigners branded traitors

By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Just weeks before Saudi Arabia is set to lift its ban on women driving, the kingdom's state security said Saturday it had detained seven people who are being accused of working with "foreign entities." Rights activists say ...

Meghan Markle: Dad won’t attend wedding due to health issues

By GREGORY KATZ and DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press WINDSOR, England (AP) — Ending days of speculation, Meghan Markle said Thursday that her father will not be able to attend her wedding to Prince Harry due to health problems. The news came as British military personnel rehearsed for a gala ...

Congo’s Ebola outbreak reports 1st confirmed urban case

By SALEH MWANAMILONGO and CARLEY PETESCH, Associated Press KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo's latest Ebola outbreak has spread to a city of more than 1 million people, a worrying shift as the deadly virus risks traveling more easily in densely populated areas. Medical teams hurried to track ...

Seoul pushes for successful Trump-Kim talks as North warns

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday it's pushing to reset high-level talks with North Korea and will communicate closely with Washington and Pyongyang to increase the chances of a successful summit between President Donald Trump and North ...

Turkish banker gets 32-month sentence in Iran sanctions case

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — In a case that strained relations between the United States and Turkey, a judge sentenced a Turkish banker on Wednesday to just over two and a half years in prison, ignoring recommendations that he spend decades behind bars for his role ...

Unapologetic Trump Jr.: Not troubled that I met with Russian

By ERIC TUCKER, MARY CLARE JALONICK and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Questioned intently by a Senate committee, President Donald Trump's son struck a firmly unapologetic tone, deflected many queries and said he didn't think there was anything wrong with meeting a Russian ...

AP Interview: Anwar wants Malaysia to scrap race policies

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Pardoned Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim said Thursday that decades-old affirmative action policies for the country's Malay majority must be discarded in favor of a new program to help the poor regardless of race. In an ...

Palestinians bury dead after bloodiest Gaza day since 2014

By FARES AKRAM and KARIN LAUB, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands joined funeral processions Tuesday for some of the dozens of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops in a mass march on the Gaza border, as Israelis faced growing diplomatic fallout from the use of lethal ...

Europe, Iran seek to save nuclear deal after US pullout

By LORNE COOK and RAF CASERT, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Major European powers sought Tuesday to keep Iran in a landmark international nuclear agreement even after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the pact and promised tough economic sanctions against the Islamic ...

Putin opens bridge linking southern Russia with Crimea

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has driven a large construction truck to open the much-anticipated bridge linking southern Russia and the Crimean peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014. The 19-kilometer (11.8-mile) bridge that cost $3.6 billion is Putin's project ...

Gaza bloodshed spurs global worry about US Mideast policies

By JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's prospects for brokering the Mideast peace "deal of the century" plunged ever deeper as the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem opened amid bloodshed in Gaza. The day fueled global concern that U.S. policies ...

Retailer Gap says ‘sorry’ for T-shirt’s incorrect China map

By KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer HONG KONG (AP) — The U.S. clothing retailer Gap apologized Tuesday for selling T-shirts with what it says is an incorrect map of China that didn't include self-ruled Taiwan, in the latest example of corporate kowtowing to Beijing. "Upon the realization ...

Meghan’s sibling says their dad stressed out by press pack

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Meghan Markle's half sister said Tuesday that their retired father is under an "unbelievable" amount of stress because of relentless pressure from reporters and paparazzi hounding him at his home in Mexico. Samantha Markle told the "Good ...

Paris attacker born in Chechnya, was on radicalism database

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The man behind a deadly knife attack in central Paris was born in Chechnya and had been on police radar for radicalism, and his parents have been detained for questioning, French authorities said Sunday. Counterterrorism investigators are ...

Family of 6 suicide bombers attacks Indonesia churches

By TUJI MARTUJI, Associated Press SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — A family of six suicide bombers that included two young children carried out deadly attacks on three churches in Indonesia's second-largest city on Sunday, police said, as the world's most populous Muslim nation recoiled in horror ...

Israel prepares for opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel is preparing a series of festivities Sunday to celebrate the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, a move that has ignited Palestinian protests and raised fears of a further outbreak of violence. As Israel marks Jerusalem Day, the 51st anniversary of what it ...

Israel bombs Gaza tunnel, closes key crossing after attack

By ARON HELLER and FARES AKRAM, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said Saturday it was shutting down its main cargo crossing into Gaza after Palestinian protesters caused extensive damage to it, and that it had also destroyed an attack tunnel militants dug near its main ...

Record low turnout in first Iraq elections since IS defeat

By PHILIP ISSA and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq saw a record low turnout on Saturday in its first elections since the collapse of the Islamic State group, pointing to widespread dissatisfaction with the direction of the country under Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi ...

Trump welcomes N. Korea plan to blow up nuke-site tunnels

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday that it will dismantle its nuclear test site in less than two weeks, in a dramatic event that would set up leader Kim Jong Un's summit with President Donald Trump next month. Trump welcomed the "gracious ...

Israel, Iran engage in most serious confrontation in Syria

By ZEINA KARAM and ARON HELLER, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli forces unleashed a heavy bombardment against Iranian military installations in Syria on Thursday in what Israel called retaliation for an Iranian rocket barrage on its positions in the occupied Golan Heights, the most ...