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Toronto police: remains of 6 found in serial killer probe

By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Police in Toronto have recovered the remains of at least six people from planters on a property connected to alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur, officials said Thursday. Detective Sgt. Hank Idsinga said the remains, found on property ...

Museum: Painting is a genuine Jan Steen artwork, not a copy

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A painting previously thought to be an 18th-century copy of a work by artist Jan Steen is actually an original by the Dutch master, a museum announced Friday. Researchers at the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague made the discovery while preparing for a new ...

From anteaters to zebras: London Zoo counts its creatures

LONDON (AP) — Gibbons Jimmy and Yoda, Max the Eurasian eagle owl and Bhanu the lion have stood up to be counted as London Zoo conducts its annual audit of creatures big and small. Zookeepers tallied 19,289 animals in the annual count of every mammal, bird, reptile, fish, amphibian and insect ...

AP Exclusive: Vatican to interview Chile victim in person

By NICOLE WINFIELD and EVA VERGARA, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's sex-crimes expert is changing plans and will fly to New York to take in-person testimony from a Chilean sex abuse victim after his pleas to be heard by Pope Francis were previously ignored, the victim told ...

Merkel clinches German coalition govt deal, hurdle remains

By GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel finally reached a deal Wednesday to form a new German coalition government, handing the powerful finance ministry to the country's main center-left party in an agreement aimed at ending months of political ...

Police: Detained Maldives supreme court judges took bribes

By MOHAMED SHARUHAAN, The Associated Press MALE, Maldives (AP) — Two supreme court justices who have been arrested amid a deep political crisis in the Maldives took millions of dollars in bribes in return for issuing a ruling ordering the release of imprisoned politicians that sparked the ...

Pence pouring cold water on warming ties between 2 Koreas

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is pouring cold water on the warming ties between North and South Korea just as the two still-warring countries are joining up to compete together in the Winter Olympics. Making his way to Pyeongchang to lead the U.S. ...

Maldives leader says Supreme Court order was “coup”

By MOHAMED SHARUHAAN, Associated Press MALE, Maldives (AP) — The president of the Maldives said Tuesday he ordered a state of emergency to investigate "this plot, this coup" involving a Supreme Court ruling last week that ordered the release of imprisoned opposition leaders, including many ...

Polish president to sign controversial Holocaust bill

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president said Tuesday he will sign into law a controversial proposal to outlaw blaming Poland as a nation for crimes committed by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust, despite strong criticism from Israel and the United States. But in an unusual move, President ...

Pence won’t rule out NKorea meeting, will ‘see what happens’

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said he has not ruled out the possibility of meeting with North Korean officials at the upcoming Olympics in South Korea. "Let me say President Trump has said he always believes in talking, but I haven't requested ...

By boat, N. Korean musicians arrive in South for Olympic gig

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press DONGHAE, South Korea (AP) — A shipload of North Korean musicians, singers and dancers arrived in South Korea on Tuesday to perform at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The arrival of the Mangyongbong 92 cruise ship was met by hordes of reporters and ...

Airstrikes outside Syrian capital kill at least 25 civilians

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Russian and Syrian government forces launched a new wave of airstrikes on Tuesday, killing at least 25 civilians in a besieged area just outside of Syria's capital, Damascus, according to activists and a war monitoring group. The onslaught came ...

US starts Iraq drawdown after declaration of victory over IS

By SUSANNAH GEORGE and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press AL-ASAD AIRBASE, Iraq (AP) — American troops have started to draw down from Iraq following Baghdad's declaration of victory over the Islamic State group last year, according to Western contractors at a U.S.-led coalition base in ...

Paris attacks suspect refuses to stand at shootout trial

By LORI HINNANT, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The only surviving member of the Islamic State cell that attacked Paris in November 2015 refused to rise for a Belgian court on Monday, or answer questions about his actions, during his first appearance in public since his arrest nearly two ...

British judge to rule on Assange bid to get warrant dropped

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — A British judge is scheduled to rule Tuesday on Julian Assange's bid to force Britain to drop a warrant for his arrest, a development that would remove a substantial legal hurdle to his leaving the Ecuadorean Embassy in London that has been his ...

Child abductions rise as South Sudan war incites desperation

By SAM MEDNICK, Associated Press AKOBO, South Sudan (AP) — It's been almost two years since Deng Machar's three young children were abducted from his home and likely sold for cattle. Sitting in South Sudan's opposition-held town of Akobo, the 35-year-old pointed to the dirt beneath his ...

Samsung heir freed after appeal wins suspended jail term

By YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong was freed Monday after a South Korean appeals court gave him a 2 ½-year suspended jail sentence for corruption in connection with a scandal that toppled the country's president. The Seoul High Court ...

AP Exclusive: Despite denial, Pope got abuse victim’s letter

By NICOLE WINFIELD and EVA VERGARA, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis received a victim's letter in 2015 that graphically detailed how a priest sexually abused him and how other Chilean clergy ignored it, contradicting the pope's recent insistence that no victims had come ...

UN reviews 206 firms over their links to Israeli settlements

By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights office said Wednesday that 206 companies — mostly Israeli and American — are facing a review of their business practices involving Israeli settlements, which are considered illegal under international law. In a ...

US urges Poland to drop Holocaust bill angering Israel

By VANESSA GERA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The United States asked Poland to rethink plans to enact proposed legislation regulating Holocaust speech that has sparked a diplomatic dispute with Israel, arguing Wednesday that if it passes it could hurt freedom of speech as well as ...