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Former CIA head to answer questions about Russian meddling

By EILEEN SULLIVAN and DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director John Brennan is set to testify publicly about the intelligence underpinning the Obama administration's conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and could shed light on concerns about ...

Cannes fetes itself with massive 70th anniversary bash

By JAKE COYLE, AP Film Writer CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Festival is celebrating its 70th anniversary by bringing together an array of stars, filmmakers and former Palme d'Or winners. On Tuesday, Cannes gathered more than 100 big names from across cinema to pose for a photo together. ...

Gambia says it seizes $50 million of ex-president’s assets

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's government says it has seized some $50 million in assets tied to former leader Yahya Jammeh. The targeted assets include 80 bank accounts and 131 properties reportedly belonging to the longtime leader who flew into exile in January. Justice Minister Aboubacarr ...

Bahrain police raid Shiite cleric’s town; 1 killed, 50 held

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahrain police firing tear gas and shotguns entered a town on Tuesday morning where a monthslong sit-in has supported a prominent Shiite cleric who had his citizenship stripped by the government. At least one protester was ...

With hopes for peace uncertain, Trump to visit Israel

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JULIE PACE, Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Having declared that finding a solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict is "maybe not as difficult as people have thought," President Donald Trump will make his first visit to Israel with few concrete ideas of ...

North Korea calls latest solid-fuel missile test successful

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea fired a solid-fuel ballistic missile Sunday that can be harder for outsiders to detect before launch and later said the test was hailed as perfect by leader Kim Jong Un. The official Korean Central News Agency ...

Trump urges Mideast nations to drive out ‘Islamic extremism’

By JULIE PACE and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday implored Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries to extinguish "Islamic extremism" emanating from the region, describing a "battle between good and evil" rather than a ...

Trump receives regal welcome in Saudi Arabia

By JULIE PACE and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Donald Trump, in the first stop of his maiden trip abroad, received a regal welcome Saturday in Saudi Arabia, feted by the wealthy kingdom as he aims to forge strong alliances to combat terrorism while ...

High society: Pippa Middleton marries at almost-royal event

By KEVIN SCOTT and GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press ENGLEFIELD, England (AP) — Pippa Middleton, radiant in a custom-made gown, married a wealthy financier Saturday as members of Britain's royal family, including her sister, looking on. She and hedge fund manager James Matthews married at St. ...

Iran’s President Rouhani wins 2nd term by a wide margin

By ADAM SCHRECK and NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's President Hassan Rouhani won re-election by a wide margin Saturday, giving the moderate cleric a second four-year term to see out his agenda pushing for greater freedoms and outreach to the wider world. The ...

Melania Trump skips headscarf as she arrives in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Accompanying her husband on his first international trip, U.S. first lady Melania Trump on Saturday stepped off of Air Force One conservatively dressed in long sleeves and pants to conform to the strict dress code that Saudi Arabia enforces for its female citizens. ...

Pope seeks to end stigma of devastating Huntington’s Disease

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis embraced weeping mothers, fathers and children with Huntington's Disease on Thursday as he sought to remove the stigma of an incurable genetic disorder that causes such devastating physical and psychiatric effects that its ...

Chinese, S. Korean officials meet in attempt to repair ties

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met Thursday with a special envoy sent by new South Korean President Moon Jae-in as the two countries attempted to mend a rift in ties over the deployment of a high-tech American missile defense system in South Korea to guard against North ...

Couple stoned to death in northern Mali, accused of affair

By BABA AHMED, Associated Press BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A local official says a couple has been stoned to death in northern Mali after extremists accused them of conducting an extramarital affair. The official says Tuesday's killing of a Tuareg couple in Taghlite was ordered by the former mayor ...

Islamic State attacks Syrian state-held areas, 31 killed

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group attacked several government-held villages in central Syria on Thursday, capturing at least one of them in violence that left dozens of people dead, including three members of the same family. The attack in the central Hama province targeted villages ...

Intel sharing at heart of US, Europe talks on laptop ban

By LORNE COOK and LORI HINNANT, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The intelligence behind plans to broaden a U.S. ban on in-flight laptops and tablets to include planes from Europe took center stage on Wednesday as American and European officials met to discuss the looming decision. The ...

Clashes in Greece as thousands protest austerity

By ELENA BECATOROS and DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An anti-austerity rally in Greece's capital turned violent Wednesday as a general strike halted flights, ferries and public transportation, and thousands joined protest marches across the country. A small group ...

Blast kills 3 bomb disposal experts in Somalia’s capital

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Three bomb disposal experts were killed in a car bomb blast west of Somalia's capital on Wednesday, police said. The bomb detonated as the experts were trying to dismantle a car laden with explosives that security forces seized in ...

Trial for Istanbul nightclub attack suspects due in December

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has announced that the first hearing for 57 suspects involved in the deadly New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul will take place in December. Shooter Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbek citizen who was caught two weeks after the ...

Gunmen storm media compound in eastern Afghanistan, 7 killed

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen stormed the local headquarters of Afghanistan's state media in the eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday, setting off clashes that killed seven people and wounded at least 18, officials said. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the attack began ...