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Greeks prepare to evacuate 75,000 to defuse WWII bomb

By COSTAS KANTOURIS, Associated Press THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Authorities in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki distributed fliers and put up posters Friday as part of preparations to evacuate about 75,000 people in order to defuse a 500-pound unexploded World War II bomb. Bomb ...

Assad says US troops welcome in Syria to fight ‘terrorism’

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview released on Friday that the United States is welcome to join the battle against "terrorists" in Syria — as long as it is in cooperation with his government and respects the country's ...

Swiss consider citizenship for third-generation foreigners

By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — High-school student Selena Mercado was born in Switzerland, has gone to school in Switzerland, considers herself Swiss and dreams of a political career here one day. But her passport is from Chile, a country that she's never set foot in but was ...

Putin hails Slovenia’s offer to host his meeting with Trump

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin thanked Slovenia on Friday for offering to host his first meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, but added that the prospect hinges on Washington. The Russian leader hailed Slovenia, where Trump's wife ...

Turkey detains 4 IS suspects, seizes 24 suicide attack belts

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Police detained four Islamic State group suspects who were allegedly planning to carry out a "sensational" attack in Turkey and seized 24 suicide attack belts, officials said Thursday. The latest detentions came as CIA chief Mike ...

Possible Trump EU envoy: US suspicious of ‘anti-American’ EU

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The European Union is blatantly anti-American and President Donald Trump's administration regards it with suspicion, a leading contender to be the U.S. envoy to the 28-nation bloc said Thursday. Ted Malloch, whose potential appointment has ...

Kenya court blocks closing of world’s biggest refugee camp

By TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan court ruled Thursday that the government must not close the world's largest refugee camp and send more than 200,000 people back to war-torn Somalia, a decision that eases pressure on Somalis who feared the camp would close by the ...

Hungary to put asylum-seekers in border container camp

By PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary plans to hold migrants in border camps made up of shipping containers while their asylum requests are settled, a top official said Thursday. Janos Lazar, Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff, also said once new ...

Palestinian wounds 4 Israelis in attack at market

JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian opened fire at a busy market in central Israel and then stabbed another wounding four people Thursday, police said. Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the attacker was arrested soon after the shooting in Petah Tikva. He said it was "most likely a terror attack" but ...

Troops deploy to protect South African president’s speech

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African military forces have deployed ahead of a speech in parliament by President Jacob Zuma, the target of protesters who are clashing with police and demanding he quit because of corruption allegations. Zuma will give an annual address on the economy and other ...

Israeli groups ask court to block law legalizing settlements

By ALON BERNSTEIN, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Two Israeli rights groups on Wednesday asked the country's Supreme Court to overturn a new law legalizing West Bank settlements, in the first concrete attempt to counter the contentious measure. Adalah and the Jerusalem Legal Aid and ...

Voting starts in Somalia’s presidential election

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Voting started Wednesday in Somalia's groundbreaking presidential election amid a security lockdown that has closed the capital's international airport and cleared major streets. Members of the upper and lower houses of the ...

UK’s House of Commons set to pass bill authorizing Brexit

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Britain's House of Commons is set to approve a bill authorizing the start of exit talks with the European Union — a major step on the road to Brexit. The bill sailed through an earlier vote last week 498-114 and is very likely to pass its ...

Political scandal overshadows South Korea 2018 Olympic prep

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When Pyeongchang was awarded the 2018 Olympics six years ago, many South Koreans felt that the first Winter Games on home snow would herald their entry into the top tier of rich nations. One year before the Olympics, however, the ...

Court upholds guilty verdict for Russian opposition leader

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Wednesday found opposition leader Alexei Navalny guilty in the retrial of a 2013 fraud case, which disqualifies him as a candidate for president next year. However, an associate said Navalny will carry on with the ...

Afghan officials: Suicide bomber kills at least 19 in Kabul

By RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber on Tuesday targeted the Supreme Court building in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least 19 people, officials said. Ismail Kawasi, the public health ministry spokesman, said 41 people were also wounded in the ...

President Trump asserts terrorist acts in Europe have gone unreported

By CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump made an unsupported assertion Monday that terrorist acts in Europe are going unreported. A look at the matter: TRUMP: "All over Europe it's happening. It's gotten to a point where it's not even being reported. And ...

‘People power’ in Romania halts corruption decree

By GREGORY KATZ and ALISON MUTLER, Associated Press BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A spontaneous display of "people power" in the capital Bucharest and cities throughout Romania has for the moment slowed a government push to decriminalize some forms of corruption committed by public officials. ...