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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 ...

Israeli PM: Airstrikes dealt ‘severe blows’ to Iran, Syria

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister said Sunday his country delivered "severe blows" to Iranian and Syrian forces and vowed to take further action against its adversaries following the most serious Israeli engagement in Syria since the war there erupted ...

Come visit: South Korea’s leader invited to North Korea

By FOSTER KLUG and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — A rare invitation to Pyongyang for South Korea's president marked Day Two of the North Korean Kim dynasty's southern road tour, part of an accelerating diplomatic thaw that included some Korean liquor over ...

South African ruling party leaders to meet amid Zuma limbo

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A key committee of South Africa's ruling ANC party will hold an emergency meeting Monday as the nation awaits word on whether President Jacob Zuma will resign soon because of corruption allegations, South African media ...

Boko Haram releases 13 hostages after talks with Nigeria

By IBRAHIM ABDUL'AZIZ and CARLEY PETESCH, Associated Press YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram extremists have freed three university lecturers and 10 women who it had kidnapped in separate raids last year, Nigeria's government said Saturday. The academics were abducted by the Nigeria-based ...

Russia scrubs cargo ship launch to space station

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia has scrubbed the planned launch of an unmanned cargo spacecraft that was to have delivered tons of supplies to the International Space Station. Preparations for the launch of the Progress ship from the Baikonur complex in Kazakhstan appeared to be proceeding smoothly ...

Turkey slams Cyprus for gas search, blocks rig with warships

By MENELAOS HADJICOSTIS and ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey's foreign ministry criticized Cyprus again Sunday for a "unilateral" offshore hydrocarbons search after Turkish warships prevented an Italian rig from reaching an area off the east Mediterranean ...