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Queen’s 65-year reign a milestone in a record-breaking life

LONDON (AP) — On Monday, Queen Elizabeth II marks her Sapphire Jubilee, becoming the first British monarch to reign for 65 years. It's just one of many milestones the queen has marked in her nine decades. Here's are some other significant numbers about her record-breaking life and reign: — ...

UN: 25-percent increase in Afghan children killed in 2016

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The number of children killed in Afghanistan's conflict rose by 25 percent in 2016, according to the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan. The 2016 Annual Report on the Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict in Afghanistan, released on Monday, documents an ...

EU envoys back keeping sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top diplomats vowed Monday to uphold sanctions against Russia for destabilizing conflict-torn Ukraine, despite confusion over how U.S. President Donald Trump plans to manage his relations with Moscow. Determined to wait no ...

Netanyahu meets UK premier for talks on Iran, settlements

LONDON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Prime Minister Theresa May in London on Monday for talks he hopes will focus on Iranian weapons, and not Israeli settlements. Britain, meanwhile, wants the talks at 10 Downing St. to discuss boosting trade ties between the two ...

Israel targets Hamas sites after Gaza rocket attack

By FARES AKRAM, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel's military fired on Hamas installations in Gaza after a rocket launched from the territory exploded inside Israel on Monday, with no reports of casualties on either side. Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules Gaza, ...

7 percent of Australian Catholic priests accused of abuse

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Seven percent of priests in Australia's Catholic Church were accused of sexually abusing children over the past several decades, a lawyer said Monday as officials investigating institutional abuse across Australia revealed for the first ...

Turkish police detain over 440 people in anti-IS operation

Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's anti-terrorism police have detained over 440 people for alleged links to the Islamic State group, the state-run agency reported Sunday. The Anadolu Agency said 60 IS suspects, the vast majority of them foreigners, were taken into custody early ...

Romanian govt to repeal law that goes easy on corruption

By ALISON MUTLER, Associated Press BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's government was meeting Sunday to repeal an emergency decree that decriminalizes official misconduct, a law that has prompted massive protests at home and widespread condemnation from abroad. In an abrupt about-face, ...

Charity turns old blankets into winter coats for refugees

By COSTAS KANTOURIS, Associated Press THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — It's been a miserable winter in Greece, especially for the many thousands of refugees staying in tents in old factories and warehouses. At a tiny workshop in the northern city of Thessaloniki, they're trying to make a little ...

Alleged Louvre attacker’s father says son is not a terrorist

By AHMED HATEM, Associated Press MANSOURA, Egypt (AP) — The father of an Egyptian man accused of attacking French soldiers guarding Paris' Louvre museum says he trusts the French judiciary to find out the truth behind his son's alleged involvement. Reda Refaie al-Hamahmy tells The ...

Far-right official: Brexit, Trump give French reason to vote

By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press LYON, France (AP) — Britain's decision to leave the European Union and the election of U.S. President Donald Trump have given the French a "reason to vote" because it can result in real change, the top lieutenant of far-right French presidential candidate ...

EU leaders say Trump worries them as rhetoric becomes policy

By RAF CASERT, Associated Press VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — European Union leaders on Friday sought a common stand on U.S. President Donald Trump, now that they increasingly fear that campaign rhetoric will be turned into policy and further tear their troubled bloc apart. At a summit in Malta, ...

US Defense chief Mattis reassures Japan, South Korea

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday reassured two key U.S. treaty allies, South Korea and Japan, that President Donald Trump, who has raised doubts about the value of such partnerships, is fully committed to defending ...

Israeli settler group brushes off Trump settlement warning

By IAN DEITCH, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The group representing Israeli settlers on Friday brushed off a White House statement warning Israel about constructing new settlements in West Bank territory that Palestinians claim for their future state, saying instead that it looks ...

US-led coalition trains Mosul police, plans for IS-free Iraq

By ALI ABDUL-HASSAN, Associated Press BASMAYA, Iraq (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition is planning for the day when Iraq will be free of the Islamic State group, ramping up training of a future Mosul police force — even as the battle for the rest of the city is briefly on hold. Sometime ...

AP Explains: Why Australia-US refugee deal is contentious

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Amid the drama over a refugee resettlement deal between Australia and the United States, the White House has issued a series of conflicting statements on whether the agreement is still on, how many refugees it involves, and who, exactly, ...

Trump tweets that Iran is ‘on notice’ for firing missile

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Iran was on the verge of collapse until the U.S. gave it a "lifeline" in the form of the Iran deal. The president tweeted Thursday, "Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile." He adds, "Should have been thankful for the ...

UK unveils Brexit plan calling for close new EU relationship

LONDON (AP) — The British government is trying to ease some of the uncertainty around the U.K.'s exit from the European Union, saying it seeks an outcome of "mutual benefit" to both sides. Brexit Secretary David Davis told lawmakers Thursday that "we want the EU to succeed politically and ...

Putin visits Hungary, his 1st trip to EU since US election

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — On his first trip to the European Union since the U.S. presidential election, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday visited Hungary, the nation whose leader has cozied up to Moscow despite Russia-West ...