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Martin McGuinness, Irish rebel turned politician, dies at 66

By SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press DUBLIN (AP) — Martin McGuinness, the Irish Republican Army commander who led his underground paramilitary movement toward reconciliation with Britain, died Tuesday, his Sinn Fein party announced. He was 66. Turning from rebel to peacemaker, McGuinness ...

Thailand’s coin-eating turtle dies of blood poisoning

By KAWEEWIT KAEWJINDA, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — Tourists in eastern Thailand used to toss coins at a green sea turtle that lived in a pond in eastern Thailand, wishing for luck and longevity. But swallowing the shiny tidbits turned out to be a death sentence for the reptile. After ...

S. Korea prosecutors grill Park over corruption allegations

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors grilled the country's just-ousted president on Tuesday in a long-awaited investigation of corruption allegations that ended her rule and now threaten to put her in jail. The questioning of Park Geun-hye ...

Norway: South Sudan crisis is man-made, government must act

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's foreign minister says South Sudan's leaders have inflicted a massive humanitarian crisis on the population threatened by a famine, adding that a stop in fighting in the civil war is needed urgently. Borge Brende says South Sudan is "one of the world's ...

Tiger crushed to death in bungled rescue in north India

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian conservation authorities are investigating the death of a tiger that was crushed by an earthmover in a bungled operation by rescue workers to move the animal back to a wildlife park in northern India. Officials from the National Tiger Conservation Authority on Tuesday ...

UK police simulate Thames hijacking in anti-terror exercise

LONDON (AP) — British police in inflatable powerboats have boarded a River Thames cruise boat as part of an exercise simulating the hijacking of a tourist vessel in London. The Metropolitan Police force says Sunday's training exercise is designed to test the emergency services' response to ...

Autopsy to learn if Paris airport attacker was drunk or high

By JOHN LEICESTER, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French officials were conducting an autopsy Sunday to determine whether a suspected Islamic extremist was drunk or high on drugs when he took a soldier hostage at Paris' Orly Airport and was shot dead by her fellow patrolmen. The suspect, ...

Tillerson lauds China-US contacts in meeting with leader Xi

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — The United States is looking forward to the first meeting between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday, on the final day of a swing through Asia dominated by ...

Candy, makeup, K-pop get doused amid China’s ire over THAAD

By YOUKYUNG LEE and CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The once-cordial ties between South Korea and its biggest trading partner have soured due to the perception that China has targeted businesses, sports teams and culture to protest deployment of an advanced ...

North Korea tests newly developed high-thrust rocket engine

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un is calling a revolutionary breakthrough for the country's space program, the North's state media said Sunday. Kim attended Saturday's ...

Mythic creatures dance through Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day

By SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press DUBLIN (AP) — Performers dressed as colorful creatures from Irish myth and legend danced Friday down the chilly streets of Dublin as Ireland commemorated its national saint in a St. Patrick's Day parade witnessed by hundreds of thousands. Throngs of ...

Italian media: Thieves’ smoke bombs spark panic in Venice

MILAN (AP) — News reports say thieves attempting to rob a jewelry store in Venice's famous St. Mark's Square set off panic among tourists when they ignited smoke bombs to cover their movements. The news agency ANSA says one smoke bomb was set off Friday near St. Mark's Basilica bell tower, ...

Syria fires missiles at Israeli jets after airstrikes

By IAN DEITCH, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Syria fired missiles at Israeli warplanes early Friday after a series of Israeli airstrikes inside Syria — a rare military exchange between the two hostile neighbors that was confirmed by both sides. The Israeli military said its aircraft ...

Tillerson: Pre-emptive force an option with NKorea

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States signaled a tougher strategy toward North Korea on Friday that leaves open the possibility of pre-emptive military action and rejects talks with the communist nation until it gives up its weapons of mass ...

Military attack kills 42 Somali refugees off Yemen’s coast

By ABDEL-KARIM AL-AYYASHI and JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press HODEIDA, Yemen (AP) — The boat packed with dozens of Somali refugees was more than 30 miles off war-torn Yemen's coast when a military vessel and a helicopter gunship swooped in, opening fire in the dead of night Friday, killing ...

Tillerson says NKorea ‘need not fear’ United States

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on North Korea on Thursday to abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, saying the isolated nation "need not fear" the United States. Tillerson made that declaration after meeting ...

US to confront trade partners at global finance meeting

By DAVID McHUGH and MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Business Writers FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to get tough on trade partners like China, Mexico and Germany. Now his Treasury chief, Steven Mnuchin, will get his first opportunity to confront them all in one ...

Netanyahu vows new settlement ahead of meeting with US envoy

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is vowing to keep his promise to build Israel's first new West Bank settlement in two decades — even as Netanyahu and President Trump's envoy continue discussions on future settlement building. Netanyahu will meet with Trump envoy ...

Kenya gov’t abusing rights to privacy in counter-terrorism

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — An international human rights organization says Kenya's security agencies are violating privacy rights in counter-terrorism operations. London-based Privacy International says in a report the information gathered by security agencies from phone intercepts and records ...

Yahoo breach spotlights links between Russian spies, hackers

By HOWARD AMOS, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — A U.S. indictment of two Russian intelligence agents and two hackers alleged to have stolen more than half a billion U.S. email accounts in 2014 has cast a spotlight on the intertwining of the Russian security services and the murky digital ...