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Ireland searches for 3 missing crew after helicopter crashes

DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland has mounted a major search off the County Mayo coast after a sea rescue helicopter with four crew members crashed overnight in the Irish Sea. Coast Guard director Eugene Clonan says one crew member has been found and is hospitalized in critical condition, while hopes ...

High EU court: workplace headscarf ban not discriminatory

PARIS (AP) — The EU's Court of Justice says that banning Muslim headscarves in the workplace does not constitute "direct discrimination." The decision on Tuesday applies to private businesses, but clarifies a long-standing question about whether partial bans by some countries on religious ...

UNICEF says 2016 was worst year yet for Syria’s children

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — In Syria, last year was the worst yet for the country's rising generation, with at least 652 children killed in 2016, the United Nations' child relief agency said Monday. There was no letup to attacks on schools, hospitals, playgrounds, parks ...

Merkel and Trump: Opposing styles with common interests

By DAVID RISING, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to Washington on Monday ahead of her first meeting with President Donald Trump. The encounter between the trained physicist and veteran politician, renowned for her measured comments and reserved style, and ...

Turkey formally protests minister’s treatment in Netherlands

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned a Dutch diplomat to formally protest the treatment of a Turkish minister in the Netherlands over the weekend, and what it said was a "disproportionate" use of force against demonstrators in ...

Hungary’s president re-elected for 5-year term

By PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's president has been re-elected by lawmakers for a five-year term in the second round of voting in parliament. Janos Ader, nominated by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's governing Fidesz party, on Monday defeated Laszlo ...

Report: Park’s advisers offer to resign after her ouster

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The senior advisers to ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye offered to resign on Monday, news reports said, three days after the country's Constitutional Court formally ended her rule over a corruption scandal. Park, whose ...

Dutch PM Rutte seeks to de-escalate tensions with Turkey

By MIKE CORDER and RAF CASERT, Associated Press ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — After an unprecedented diplomatic fight between the Netherlands and Turkey, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Sunday he would seek to control the damage caused by the weekend incidents when he prevented two ...

Ousted S. Korea leader arrives back home, expresses defiance

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye expressed defiance toward the corruption allegations against her as she vacated the presidential palace and returned to her home on Sunday, two days after the Constitutional Court ...

15 killed, dozens missing in Ethiopia garbage dump landslide

By ELIAS MESERET, Associated Press ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — A landslide swept through a massive garbage dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, killing at least 15 people and leaving several dozen missing, residents said, as officials vowed to relocate those who called the landfill ...

Libya’s deepening split finds battleground at oil terminals

By BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Hundreds if not thousands of armed men are converging on Libya's main oil shipping terminals, which the rival powers in the country's east and west are fighting to control in a battle being watched by global oil markets. The struggle for the Ras ...

Despite poaching, South Africa plans for rhino horn trade

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's government is moving ahead with plans to allow a domestic trade and limited export of rhino horns, alarming many international conservationists who believe rhinos will be more vulnerable to poachers after a record ...

Egypt archaeologists discover massive statue in Cairo slum

By BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Archaeologists in Egypt discovered a massive statue in a Cairo slum that may be of Ramses II, one of the country's most famous and longest ruling ancient pharaohs. The colossus, a large portion of whose head was pulled from mud and groundwater ...

Court unanimously ousts South Korea’s leader for corruption

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's Constitutional Court removed impeached President Park Geun-hye from office in a unanimous ruling Friday over a corruption scandal that has plunged the country into political turmoil and worsened an ...

Putin hails Russia-Turkey ties as he hosts Syria talks

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin hailed the close ties between the Russian and Turkey militaries on Friday as he hosted Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks about Syria. Russia and Turkey co-brokered a cease-fire in December that ...

Prosecutor: Suspect in boy’s death admits to 2 killings

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — A 19-year-old man arrested in the death of a neighbor's boy has admitted to killing the child and a 22-year-old acquaintance, citing frustration over a rejected bid to join the German army and the recent loss of his internet connection, ...

Belgian police question 2 in terror financing probe

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities say that they have detained two people after launching raids in two locations in connection with a terror financing probe. Federal prosecutors said the two were picked up during the searches in the Brussels suburb of Anderlecht and the city of Ghent. Both ...

Hungarian leader defends new asylum law criticized by UN

By PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister on Friday defended a new refugee law that was criticized by the United Nations and human rights groups. The new rules allow for the detention of all asylum-seekers, including unaccompanied minors older ...

China looks ahead to fall party congress, leadership changes

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — As if any reminder were needed, delegates to China's ceremonial parliament were repeatedly told in no uncertain terms this week what job No. 1 is: "Follow the leadership of the Party Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its ...

A look at S. Korea’s looming presidential impeachment verdict

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye finds out Friday whether a court will remove her from office over a corruption scandal or allow her to complete her term. A look at the consequences of both possible decisions ahead of the ...