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EU draft guidelines soften line on future UK relationship

By RAF CASERT, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union softened its public stance on Britain's exit from the bloc Friday, with Council President Donald Tusk signaling some flexibility on allowing talks on a new relationship before the divorce proceedings are complete. Draft ...

Malaysia interviewed, cleared 3 N. Koreans before they left

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's police chief said Friday that investigators interviewed three North Koreans they had sought in the killing of the half brother of North Korea's leader and cleared them of wrongdoing before allowing them to leave the ...

Disgraced Park downsized from Blue House to solitary cell

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — For a person whose life always seemed to revolve around South Korea's huge presidential palace, the next several months will be lived on a much smaller scale. Park Geun-hye entered the Seoul Detention Center in a black sedan ...

South Sudanese forces blamed for torching thousands of homes

By JUSTIN LYNCH, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — South Sudanese government troops burned thousands of civilians' homes late last year, monitors of the country's troubled peace agreement said Friday, making some of the strongest allegations yet against security forces in the three-year ...

US defense chief worries about ‘reckless’ NKorea actions

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer LONDON (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expressing worry about what he calls "reckless" actions by North Korea, alluding to its nuclear weapons and missile programs. Mattis spoke at a news conference Friday in London with his British ...

Civilian casualties in Iraq, Syria undercut US victories

By SUSANNAH GEORGE and ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Islamic State group and al-Qaida-linked militants are quickly moving to drum up outrage over a sharp spike in civilian casualties said to have been caused by U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, posting photos online of a ...

UK police, Muslim youths link hands to mark London attack

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Police officers, Muslim youths and hundreds of others linked hands Wednesday on Westminster Bridge to honor the four people who died in an attack that started on the span a week earlier. The bridge fell silent at 2:40 p.m. to mark the moment ...

Mobs attack Africans in India after a local boy went missing

By MUNEEZA NAQVI, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — Mobs have repeatedly attacked Africans in a New Delhi suburb in recent days after rumors that a local boy had been kidnapped by Nigerians. The surge in violence began Friday when a teenage boy disappeared in Greater Noida, outside New ...

Jordan FM says Arab summit ends with ‘message of peace’

By KARIN LAUB and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH, Associated Press DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — Arab leaders on Wednesday endorsed key Palestinian positions in the conflict with Israel — a signal to President Donald Trump that a deal on Palestinian statehood must precede any Israeli-Arab normalization. In ...

Syrian experts visit critical dam spillway near main IS base

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian engineers and Red Crescent officials on Wednesday visited a spillway of a key dam west of the Islamic State group's stronghold of Raqqa, opening the gates and relieving pressure, according to the aid organization and Syrian Kurdish ...

3,500 pounds of cocaine seized near Puerto Rico; 4 arrested

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in Puerto Rico say they have seized more than 3,500 pounds (1,600 kilograms) of cocaine after chasing and stopping a boat north of the U.S. territory. U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said Wednesday that four men were arrested. She said federal ...

Russian Manafort client: Willing to speak to Congress

By JEFF HORWITZ and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian billionaire close to President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday he is willing to take part in U.S. congressional hearings to discuss his past business relationship with President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, ...

Police killing exposes anger, fear of Chinese in France

By THOMAS ADAMSON and CHRIS DEN HOND, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Chinese immigrants and China's government are protesting a police killing in Paris that prompted violent street clashes and exposed the fears and frustrations of France's large Asian community. Protesters gathered Tuesday ...

French candidate’s wife faces charges over parliament jobs

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The wife of French presidential candidate Francois Fillon was given preliminary charges Tuesday over well-paid parliamentary jobs that investigators suspect she never performed. Fillon himself had already been charged in the case, which has ...

Bodies of 2 UN experts, interpreter found in Congo

By AL-HADJI KUDRA MALIRO and SALEH MWANAMILONGO, Associated Press BENI, Congo (AP) — Congolese authorities say the bodies of an American and a Swedish U.N. expert and their interpreter have been found in the Central Kasai region where they recently disappeared. Police inspector general ...

University founded by Soros says targeted by new Hungary law

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Central European University says government-proposed amendments to Hungary's law on higher education "would make it impossible to continue its operations" in Budapest, its home for over 25 years. University President and Rector Michael Ignatieff says in a Tuesday ...

2 remain in custody in Britain attack, police say

LONDON (AP) — British police say that two people remain in custody following last week's attack in London as messaging services face criticism for encrypted networks that allow attackers to communicate in secret. Attacker Khalid Masood is believed to have used the messaging service WhatsApp ...

Russian protest leader hit with comparatively light fine

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who organized a wave of nationwide protests against government corruption that rattled authorities, was fined 20,000 rubles ($340) by a Moscow court on Monday. It was a comparatively lenient ...

South Korean prosecutors push to arrest ousted president

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors said Monday that they want to arrest former President Park Geun-hye over the corruption allegations that triggered a huge political scandal and toppled her from power. The move comes after prosecutors ...

Germany renews call for access to journalist held in Turkey

BERLIN (AP) — Germany says it will keep calling for access to a German-Turkish journalist detained in Istanbul since January on charges of terrorist propaganda and incitement to hatred. Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer told reporters in Berlin on Monday that "everyone involved, ...