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Britain’s Prince Philip, 95, to retire from royal duties

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Prince Philip, the consort known for his constant support of his wife Queen Elizabeth II as well as for his occasional gaffes, will retire from royal duties this fall, Buckingham Palace said Thursday. Philip, 95, made the decision himself with ...

Abbas says talks with Trump positive, if short on specifics

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said his first meeting with President Donald Trump left him hopeful, but he did not appear to have come away with any achievements that move the needle on Israeli-Palestinian peace. Abbas said he ...

Komodo dragon bites Singaporean tourist in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A Komodo dragon has bitten an overly inquisitive tourist in Indonesia who ignored warnings about getting too close to the enormous reptile while it was eating, a national park official said. The tourist from Singapore was bitten on his leg Wednesday morning while ...

Trump to meet Australian PM on 1st presidential trip to NYC

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will aim to move past the rocky start to their working relationship when they meet for the first time and commemorate the 75th anniversary of an important World War ...

15 injured, people evacuated after factory fire in Spain

MADRID (AP) — Spanish emergency services say 15 people have been injured in a fire at an industrial waste treatment factory in a town close to Madrid. The service said people were evacuated from schools and workplaces in a radius of 500 meters (yards) around the affected factory in ...

US firm in Iraq ignores smuggling, security risks for F-16s

By DESMOND BUTLER and LORI HINNANT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — An American company that was paid nearly $700 million to secure an Iraqi base for F-16 fighter jets turned a blind eye to alcohol smuggling, theft, security violations, and allegations of sex trafficking — then ...

US warns on sanctions over Venezuela’s move on constitution

By HANNAH DREIER and JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Trump administration is warning that it might impose more sanctions on Venezuelan officials over President Nicolas Maduro's push to rewrite the constitution amid an escalating political crisis with near-daily ...

EU Brexit chief says UK must settle account of what it owes

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator insisted Wednesday that Britain's accounts must be settled before any talks on its future trade relationship with the EU can take place, as he warned that time is running out to seal a deal by ...

Trump seeks steps from Abbas to promote peace with Israel

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will press Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas Wednesday to end payments to families of Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails, according to U.S. officials, one of several actions Washington believes could lead to ...

Trump, Putin look to work together on Syria

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled improving prospects for cooperation in Syria in what the White House called a "very good" phone discussion that included a focus on setting up safe zones in the ...

IS attack on displaced in northeast Syria kills at least 30

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants staged a surprise attack early Tuesday in northeastern Syria, killing at least 30 people, most of them civilians who had fled fighting in areas of Syria and Iraq held by the extremist group, a Kurdish spokesman and Syrian ...

What on Earth might a Trump-Kim Jong Un meeting look like?

By TED ANTHONY, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — In one corner: the unpredictable dictator, the third-generation family ruler whose nation has a seven-decade reputation of being erratic, quick to take umbrage and insistent that it is powerful enough to upend the planet. In the other corner: a ...

Puerto Rico hit with lawsuits after litigation freeze ends

By DANICA COTO, Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Bondholders filed to sue Puerto Rico on Tuesday in the first legal challenges to hit the U.S. territory after a freeze on litigation that protected it from lawsuits expired amid a deep economic crisis. A group representing those ...

Warsaw denounces Macron for comparing Polish leader to Putin

By VANESSA GERA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron made an "unacceptable" comparison when he likened Poland's government to the "regimes" of Russia's Vladimir Putin and Hungary's Viktor ...

Turkey’s president rejoins ruling party after referendum win

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president on Tuesday rejoined the ruling party he co-founded in a step on his path toward solidifying his grip on power, following his narrow victory in last month's referendum. Most of the constitutional changes ushering in a ...

Tear gas in France as Le Pen, Macron hold May Day rallies

By ELAINE GANLEY and ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — With just six days until a French presidential runoff that could define Europe's future, far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron held high-stakes rallies Monday that overlapped with May Day marches and ...

May Day marked with defiant rallies for worker rights

ISTANBUL (AP) — Workers and activists marked May Day around the world Monday with defiant rallies and marches for better pay and working conditions. Police detained 70 people in Istanbul as they tried to march. Garment workers in Cambodia defied a government ban to demand higher wages, and ...

5 things to know as Princess Charlotte turns 2

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — It's nearly party time for Britain's Princess Charlotte, who celebrates her 2nd birthday on Tuesday. Her parents marked the occasion Monday by distributing a snapshot of Charlotte taken by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge. Here are five ...

Rights group: Syria used suspected nerve agents in 4 attacks

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — New evidence indicates that the Syrian government used suspected nerve agents in four chemical weapons attacks since December including one in an opposition-held town April 4 that killed nearly 100 people, a human rights group said ...

Minibus overturns in Iran, killing 2 German tourists

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian media say a speeding minibus has overturned on a slippery road, killing two German tourists and injuring 18 other people. The semi-official ISNA news agency quotes Col. Ahmad Ahmadi, police chief of the southern Fars province, as saying that two of those injured ...