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Turnout is key for Iran’s election, a challenge for Rouhani

By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's presidential election may turn on turnout. Historically, the more Iranians who cast ballots, the greater the chance a reformist or a moderate like incumbent President Hassan Rouhani will be elected. However, Rouhani's bid for ...

US Treasury chief: trade partners like Trump policies

BARI, Italy (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says major trading partners "are much more comfortable" with the Trump administration's trade policies and understand U.S. growth will benefit them. Mnuchin spoke after face-to-face meetings with major trade partners such as Germany, ...

North Korea says it will seek extradition of plot culprits

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Pyongyang will seek the extradition of anyone involved in what it says was a CIA-backed plot to kill leader Kim Jung Un last month with a biochemical poison, a top North Korean foreign ministry official said Thursday. Han Song Ryol, the vice foreign minister, ...

US, Japan, France, UK practice amphibious landings on Guam

By HAVEN DALEY and AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Troops from the U.S., Japan and two European nations are gathering on remote U.S. islands in the Pacific for drills they say will show support for the free passage of vessels in international waters amid fears China ...

Bye-bye Blue House as S. Korean leader shuns imperial home

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The new South Korean president is so eager to distance himself from his disgraced, jailed predecessor that he plans to partially abandon one of the job's major perks: the mountainside presidential palace, the Blue House, from ...

Australia warns travelers to not bring in hitchhiking toads

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian quarantine authorities on Thursday urged travelers through Asia to avoid bringing in hitchhiking amphibians after a passenger arrived at an airport with a dead Indonesian toad in his shoe. The Department of Agriculture ...

Officials from Arctic nations meet amid drilling concerns

By MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — High-level officials from the world's eight Arctic nations will meet in Alaska amid concerns about the future of the sensitive region after President Donald Trump called for more oil drilling and development. Among those expected ...

Macron buses highlight new French president’s mixed legacy

By DAVID KEYTON and THOMAS ADAMSON, Associated Press ON THE A10 HIGHWAY, France (AP) — They're dubbed the Macron buses, cheap long-distance rides across France that were among Emmanuel Macron's few notable achievements before his meteoric rise to the French presidency, part of his efforts to ...

S. Korea’s next leader will engage North, reconsider THAAD

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Some of the key policies of Moon Jae-in, who is set to be South Korea's next president after his main rivals conceded following Tuesday's election: ENGAGEMENT WITH NORTH KOREA A former aide of late liberal President Roh ...

UN: Up to 245 missing after 2 Mediterranean shipwrecks

By JAMEY KEATEN and FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press ROME (AP) — Two wrecks of migrant ships in the Mediterranean have claimed as many as 245 lives, including those of at least five children, according to survivor accounts given to U.N. agencies and authorities in Sicily, where dozens of ...

US watched Russia penetrate French systems during election

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A top U.S. cyber official says the United States watched Russians penetrate France's computer networks and tipped French officials before the hacking became public during the country's recent election. Adm. Mike Rogers, head of the U.S. ...

Chipping away at EU: Banksy’s take on Brexit seen in Dover

LONDON (AP) — The street artist Banksy has let the world know his take on Britain's decision to leave the European Union. Banksy has created a large mural in the British port of Dover showing a workman chipping away one of the 12 stars on the EU flag. His representatives Monday confirmed the ...

French President-elect Macron gears up for challenges ahead

By SYLVIE CORBET and LORI HINNANT, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French President-elect Emmanuel Macron laid the groundwork Monday for his transition to power, announcing a visit to Germany and a name change for his political movement and appearing with his predecessor at a solemn World War ...

Remains of 21 Soviet Red Army soldiers found in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Seventy-two years after the end of World War II, a construction crew has found the remains of at least 21 Soviet Red Army soldiers in eastern Germany. The remains of the Soviet soldiers were found in the town of Seelow, 70 kilometers (43 miles) east of Berlin, during the ...

Cambodian raids net 70 tons of fake cosmetics, ingredients

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian authorities say they have confiscated nearly 70 tons of counterfeit cosmetics and raw materials for making them, a major haul that included imitations of South Korean, Thai, Japanese, Chinese and U.S. brands. The head of the government's Counter ...

Centrist Emmanuel Macron becomes France’s youngest president

By JOHN LEICESTER and SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French voters elected centrist Emmanuel Macron as the country's youngest president ever on Sunday, delivering a resounding victory to the unabashedly pro-European former investment banker and strengthening France's place as a ...

Experts meet in Egypt over moving King Tut artifacts

By MENNA ZAKI, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Archaeologists and conservation experts met in Cairo on Sunday to discuss the safe transportation of King Tutankhamun's throne, chests and bed from the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo to a new one being built on the other side of the Egyptian ...

Chibok schoolgirls were swapped for 5 Boko Haram commanders

By BASHIR ADIGUN, Associated Press ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Five Boko Haram commanders were released in exchange for the freedom of 82 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by the extremist group three years ago, a Nigerian government official said Sunday, as the girls were expected to meet with the ...

Israel-Germany row shines spotlight on anti-occupation group

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Former Israeli combat soldiers who were thrust into the center of a diplomatic row between Israel and Germany say the sudden international spotlight has given them a bigger stage to speak out against Israel's 50-year rule over millions ...

N. Korea detains another American over alleged hostile acts

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Sunday said it detained another American citizen over unspecified hostile acts against the country. North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency said Kim Hak Song, an employee of the Pyongyang University of ...