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EU lawmakers, in unusual move, pull the plug on racist talk

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — With the specter of populism looming over a critical election year in Europe, the European Parliament has taken an unusual step to crack down on racism and hate speech in its own house. In an unprecedented move, lawmakers have granted special ...

Russian opposition figure freed; vows fight for human rights

MOSCOW (AP) — A convicted Russian opposition activist who says he was tortured in prison was freed Sunday and has vowed to keep up the fight for human rights in Russia. Ildar Dadin was released from his jail in the remote Altai region in southern Siberia after Russia's Supreme Court annulled ...

Germany: Merkel’s party slips behind center-left SPD in poll

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Social Democrats nudged past Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc for the first time in more than a decade according to a poll released Friday, as the center-left party rides a wave of enthusiasm from their surprise ...

Malaysia: VX nerve agent killed outcast North Korean scion

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The poison used to kill the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader at a crowded air terminal in Malaysia last week was the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent, police said Friday. The revelation that VX nerve agent, ...

Iraq strikes IS in Syria as Iraqi forces enter western Mosul

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's air force struck Islamic State targets inside Syria for the first time on Friday as Iraqi troops on the ground pushed into western Mosul, the last major urban stronghold held by the Sunni militant group in Iraq. Iraq's Prime ...

Tiger zoo to open next to Thailand’s raided Tiger Temple

By DAKE KANG and KAWEEWIT KAEWJINDA, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — A new zoo is planned in western Thailand right next to the closed Buddhist temple that ran a lucrative tiger attraction while allegedly trafficking the endangered beasts. The closed Tiger Temple in the western province of ...

Rights group urges US to probe civilian deaths in Yemen raid

CAIRO (AP) — A prominent international human rights organization has urged the U.S. government to open an investigation into the deaths of civilians, including children, in a U.S. assault in Yemen. The Jan. 29 raid in Yakla, in central Yemen, also left one U.S. Navy Seal dead and six ...

Germany slams Russian plan to attack Reichstag replica

BERLIN (AP) — German officials are criticizing plans by the Russian military to build a replica of Berlin's Parliament building as a target for Russian teenagers to attack at a patriotic theme park near Moscow. The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday the replica would give members of the ...

US-backed Iraqi forces enter Mosul airport, military base

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Backed by the U.S.-led international coalition, Iraqi forces fought their way Thursday into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, taking control of the runway amid ...

North Korea calls Malaysian investigation ‘full of holes’

By EILEEN NG and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — After more than a week of silence in its state-controlled media, North Korea on Thursday slammed the investigation into the death of one of its citizens in Kuala Lumpur, saying Malaysia's probe is full of "holes ...

UN-sponsored Syria talks resume in Geneva after 10 months

By DOMINIQUE SOGUEL and JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Syrian peace talks under the auspices of the United Nations resumed in Geneva on Thursday, 10 months after falling apart over escalating bloodshed in the war-torn country. The talks come as Turkish troops and Syrian ...

Somalia’s new president appoints prime minister

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Thursday appointed a political newcomer as the prime minister, shortly before departing to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip since his inauguration. Somali-born Norwegian ...

16 rebels killed in fighting with army in Congo’s east

By AL-HADJI KUDRA MALIRO, Associated Press BENI, Congo (AP) — Congo's army has killed at least 16 former members of a rebel group after they re-entered the country's east, the military's spokesman said Thursday. Fighting near Rutshuru began Wednesday and by Thursday the army had captured 68 ...

US, Mexico at odds over deportation as top officials meet

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's mounting unease and resentment over President Donald Trump's immigration crackdown are looming over a gathering of U.S. and Mexican leaders that the U.S. had hoped would project a strong future for relations between ...

Riot in Stockholm suburb after drug suspect is arrested

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish police on Tuesday were investigating a riot that broke out overnight in a predominantly immigrant suburb in Stockholm after officers arrested a suspect on drug charges. The clashes started late Monday when a police car arrested a suspect and people started ...

Kremlin stays mum on new US national security adviser

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin refrained from comment Tuesday on the appointment of the new U.S. national security adviser, but one lawmaker said he was likely to take a hawkish stance toward Russia. Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster was named to the job Monday ...

Pinpointing cause of death for NK’s Kim Jong Nam may be hard

By EILEEN NG and MARGIE MASON, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Determining whether poison killed the half brother of North Korea's leader in a busy airport is proving difficult for Malaysian officials, who said Tuesday that autopsy results are so far inconclusive. More than a ...

Lawyer: Portugal to extradite ex-CIA agent to Italian jail

By BARRY HATTON, Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A Portuguese court has ordered police to extradite a former CIA agent to Italy, where she is due to serve a four-year prison sentence after being convicted of involvement in a U.S. program that kidnapped suspects for interrogation, ...

Red Crescent: 74 bodies of migrants wash ashore in Libya

By MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Scores of bodies of African migrants washed ashore in Libya's western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean, the Libyan Red Crescent said Tuesday — the latest tragedy at sea after migrant deaths rose to record levels along the key smuggling ...

Eiffel Tower view: Paris tourism rises after yearlong slump

PARIS (AP) — Tourism to Paris is showing signs of a revival after a yearlong slump attributed to deadly extremist attacks, violent labor protests, strikes and floods. The biggest drop came in demand for Paris hotels from Chinese, Japanese, Russian and Italian tourists, according to 2016 ...