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UK’s May prepares to ask EU for short Brexit delay

By DANICA KIRKA, JILL LAWLESS and GEIR MOULSON Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was set to ask the European Union on Wednesday for a delay to the country's divorce from the bloc, due to take place in nine days. But a frustrated EU warned it could keep Britain ...

Foreign aid begins flowing to cyclone-hit southern Africa

By MATT SEDENSKY AP National Writer NEW YORK (AP) — International aid has started trickling into the east African countries of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi to ease the humanitarian crisis created by floodwaters from Cyclone Idai. Relief efforts that were initially stifled by airport ...

Turkey’s Erdogan sparks diplomatic row with NZ, Australia

By SUZAN FRASER Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Ignoring widespread criticism, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday again showed excerpts of a video taken by the attacker who killed 50 people in mosques in New Zealand, to denounce what he called rising hatred and ...

EU fines Google $1.7 billion for abusing online ads market

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union regulators have hit Google with a 1.49 billion euro ($1.68 billion) fine for abusing its dominant role in online advertising. It's the third time the commission has slapped Google with an antitrust penalty, following multibillion-dollar fines resulting from ...

Upstart party turns cannabis into key Israeli election issue

By ARON HELLER Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The Cinderella story of Israel's current election campaign is a fringe party led by an ultranationalist libertarian with a criminal record who vows to legalize marijuana, and seems to diverge dramatically from the long list of quirky ...

Dutch police hunt suspect after shooting on tram kills 1

By ALEKSANDAR FURTULA and MIKE CORDER Associated Press UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police were hunting down a suspect after a shooting Monday on a tram in the central Dutch city of Utrecht that left a dead body on the ground and multiple people injured, according to ...

Putin visits Crimea to mark 5th anniversary of annexation

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is marking the fifth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine by visiting the Black Sea peninsula. Putin on Monday attended the launch of new power plants in Crimea, part of Moscow's efforts to upgrade the region's ...

Brother’s teasing proved prophetic before NZ mosque shooting

By KRISTEN GELINEAU Associated Press CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — She wonders now if that moment was a prophecy, if her brother somehow knew it was the last time they'd see each other. Or maybe he was just teasing her, like he always did. But whatever the whole thing meant, Aya Al-Umari ...

NATO, EU condemn Russia’s 2014 seizure of Crimea

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO and the European Union are condemning Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula five years after Moscow declared the region Russian territory. NATO allies said in a statement Monday that "we strongly condemn this act, which we do not and will not ...

France cleans up Champs-Elysees after yellow vest rioting

By THOMAS ADAMSON and ANGELA CHARLTON Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Paris cleaned up one of the world's most glamorous avenues Sunday after rioting by an ultraviolent core in the dwindling yellow vest protest movement angry at President Emmanuel Macron. Luxury stores, restaurants and banks ...

Ethiopians hold mass funeral ceremony for crash victims

By ELIAS MESERET Associated Press ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Thousands mourned the Ethiopian plane crash victims on Sunday, accompanying 17 empty caskets draped in the national flag through the streets of the capital as some victims' relatives fainted and fell to the ground. The service ...

Hungary leader grapples with EU as corruption concerns rise

By PABLO GORONDI Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — As the Hungarian prime minister's conflicts with the European Union appear headed to a breaking point, calls are increasing for greater scrutiny of his government's spending of the bloc's funds. An opposition lawmaker in Hungary has ...

UK leader to lawmakers: Back my deal or face lengthy delay

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May warned Sunday that it would be "a potent symbol of Parliament's collective political failure" if a Brexit delay meant that the U.K. has to take part in May's European elections — almost three years after Britons voted to leave the ...

New Zealand citizens open to gun reform after massacre

By STEPHEN WRIGHT and KRISTEN GELINEAU Associated Press CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The New Zealand leader's promise of tightened gun laws in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings has been widely welcomed by a stunned population. Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern said her Cabinet ...

Ethiopia mourns crash victims as plane’s ‘black box’ found

By ELIAS MESERET and YIDNEK KIRUBEL Associated Press EJERE, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all of its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft as "an extra safety precaution" following the crash of one of its planes in which 157 people were killed, a spokesman said Monday, as Ethiopia ...

A shredded book, a passport: What 157 victims left behind

By YIDNEK KIRUBEL and CARA ANNA Associated Press EJERE, Ethiopia (AP) — What little was left was heartbreaking: A battered passport. A shredded book. Business cards in many languages. Searchers in white gloves and canvas shoes picked their way through the scattered remains of Ethiopian ...

Iran’s Rouhani seeks to boost ties on first visit to Baghdad

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was in Baghdad on Monday, making his first official visit to the nation that Tehran once fought a bloody war against and later backed in the battle with the Islamic State group. Since Rouhani's election ...

Growing number of Boeing Max 8 planes grounded after crash

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Aviation authorities in China, Indonesia and Ethiopia ordered airlines to ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes Monday after one crashed in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board. The crash of the Ethiopian Airlines jet shortly after ...

Restive Algeria awaits decisive move from returned president

By AOMAR OUALI Associated Press ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian teenagers and lawyers held protests Monday, and workers held scattered walkouts, as their tense nation waits to see whether ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika offers any concessions in the face of unprecedented ...

To the bitter end, IS militants remain organized and brutal

By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — As defeat looms, militants of the Islamic State group have remained organized and ruthless to their last breath. Keeping institutions functioning in their last shred of territory in Syria, they have continued benefits like food and ...