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The Latest: French Muslim leader urges big vote for Macron

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:08:25 GMT2017-04-24T13:08:25Z

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest on the French election (all times local):...



French analyst probed over Erdogan "assassination" comments

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:05:07 GMT2017-04-24T13:05:07Z

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors have launched an investigation into a French former diplomat and analyst over accusations that he allegedly called for the assassination of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan....



Russian FM: No proof for reports on persecution of gay men

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:57:59 GMT2017-04-24T12:57:59Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow is concerned about human rights violations but has no reason to believe reports about the persecution of gay men in Chechnya....



EU Commission throws weight behind Macron in French election

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:53:59 GMT2017-04-24T12:53:59Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's head office has thrown its weight behind Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential runoff against Marine Le Pen, arguing it is a choice between the defense of the EU or those seeking its destruction....



Trump's Cabinet picks fuel stage drama in London and NY

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:51:36 GMT2017-04-24T12:51:36Z

LONDON (AP) -- Coming soon to the West End and Broadway stage: Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Tom Price and Scott Pruitt....



Death toll from migrant boat sinking in Aegean rises to 16

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:48:42 GMT2017-04-24T12:48:42Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A migrant boat sank overnight in the eastern Aegean Sea between Greece and Turkey, leaving at least 16 people dead, including two children, Greek authorities said Monday. Two women from it were rescued and several other people are believed to be missing....



Germany sees new rise in far-right offenses, hate crimes

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:42:43 GMT2017-04-24T12:42:43Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Violent crimes in Germany with far-right motives rose 14.3 percent last year after a bigger increase in 2015, and the country also saw another increase in hate crimes, authorities said Monday....



Maoist rebels kill 12 Indian paramilitary soldiers

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:41:48 GMT2017-04-24T12:41:48Z

PATNA, India (AP) -- Maoist rebels killed at least 12 Indian paramilitary soldiers and injured six others in an attack Monday in their stronghold in central India, police said....



Oil workers' strike triggers gasoline lines in Sri Lanka

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:39:41 GMT2017-04-24T12:39:41Z

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Long lines formed at gasoline stations across Sri Lanka on Monday as workers at a state-run petroleum company went on strike to protest a government plan to lease out oil tanks to neighboring India....



Swedish police arrest 2nd suspect in Stockholm truck attack

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:37:13 GMT2017-04-24T12:37:13Z

HELSINKI (AP) -- Swedish police have arrested a second person in the April 7 truck attack that killed four people and injured 15 others in Stockholm....



Romanian political leader loses bid to get sentence quashed

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:36:15 GMT2017-04-24T12:36:15Z

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- A Romanian court has rejected an appeal by the ruling party's leader to quash his sentence for vote rigging during a 2012 referendum, striking a blow to his ambition to become prime minister....



Greece, creditors to resume talks in Athens, seek swift deal

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:29:07 GMT2017-04-24T12:29:07Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Representatives of Greece's bailout creditors are due in Athens to restart talks on further cutbacks, European officials said Monday, as they confirmed that the country last year vastly exceeded its budget targets....



The Latest: Migrant boat sinks in Aegean Sea, 16 dead

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:27:18 GMT2017-04-24T12:27:18Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The Latest on the influx of refugees and migrants to Europe (all times local):...



Emirati in Islamic State group gets 10-year prison sentence

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:26:34 GMT2017-04-24T12:26:34Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- An Emirati previously convicted of being a member of the extremist Islamic State group has had his sentence increased from one year in prison to a 10-year sentence....



French election result gives markets a start-of-week lift

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:24:11 GMT2017-04-24T12:24:11Z

LONDON (AP) -- European stock markets and the euro ratcheted higher Monday, particularly in France, after the first round of the country's presidential election saw centrist Emmanuel Macron emerge on top - stoking hopes that he will defeat far-right Marine Le Pen in the run-off in two weeks' time....



2 suspects dead after author, conservationist shot in Kenya

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:23:43 GMT2017-04-24T12:23:43Z

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Two suspects were killed by security agencies after the shooting of Italian-born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann, Kenya's Internal Security Minister Joseph Nkaissery said Monday....



Greece: Death toll from migrant boat sinking reaches 16, with 9 bodies recovered in Greece...

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:17:31 GMT2017-04-24T12:17:31Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece: Death toll from migrant boat sinking reaches 16, with 9 bodies recovered in Greece, 7 in Turkey ....



Bavarian leader Seehofer reverses course, seeks new term

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:16:06 GMT2017-04-24T12:16:06Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Horst Seehofer, the leader of one of Germany's governing parties and Chancellor Angela Merkel's most prominent domestic critic during the migrant crisis, says he plans to stay on beyond 2018 - reversing previous statements that he would step down....



Dubai state-backed DAE buys aircraft leasing firm AWAS

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:10:06 GMT2017-04-24T12:10:06Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Aircraft leasing company Dubai Aerospace Enterprise has agreed to buy rival AWAS, more than tripling the size of its fleet....



Al-Qaida leader tells fighters to prepare for long Syria war

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:06:38 GMT2017-04-24T12:06:38Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The leader of al-Qaida urged his followers and all militants in Syria to unite ranks and prepare for protracted jihad, or holy war, in a recording released Sunday night....



Report: Companies not complying with Bangladesh garment plan

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:04:08 GMT2017-04-24T12:04:08Z

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Dozens of global clothing companies are not complying with a plan to ensure better safety in Bangladesh garment factories following the deadly collapse of a building four years ago, a rights group said Monday....



German FM says Russia's help key to reaching Syria truce

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:59:50 GMT2017-04-24T11:59:50Z

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) -- Germany's foreign minister says a cease-fire in Syria's civil war can only be achieved with the help of Russia as the only country with "real influence" over the Syrian government....



Egypt sentences 20 to death in police killings

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:56:16 GMT2017-04-24T11:56:16Z

CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court has upheld death sentences against 20 suspected Islamists convicted of murder in the deaths of 15 people, including 11 police, during an attack on a police station in 2013....



France's rejected mainstream unites for Macron over Le Pen

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:51:13 GMT2017-04-24T11:51:13Z

PARIS (AP) -- France's political mainstream, shut out of the presidency by an angry electorate, united on Monday to call on voters to back centrist Emmanuel Macron and reject Marine Le Pen's populist nationalism....



Italian journalist home after 2 weeks detention in Turkey

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:30:12 GMT2017-04-24T11:30:12Z

ROME (AP) -- An Italian journalist returned home on Monday after being detained for two weeks in Turkey, apparently because he entered an area near the Syrian border without the necessary permission....



Qatar Airways sees 'manageable' decline in flights to US

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:26:40 GMT2017-04-24T11:26:40Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The CEO of one of the Middle East's largest carriers said Monday passenger numbers to the United States have dipped slightly over fears by some Muslim passengers that their visas may be rejected upon arrival, but expressed confidence in President Donald Trump as a "very good businessman."...



Kashmir students, Indian forces clash as protests continue

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:20:23 GMT2017-04-24T11:20:23Z

SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Anti-India protests on Monday triggered clashes between students and government forces in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as authorities reopened schools after a weeklong suspension of classes....



South African man pleads not guilty in family ax murder

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:16:37 GMT2017-04-24T11:16:37Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African man accused of murdering three members of his family with an ax pleaded not guilty on Monday, saying he fought with a laughing attacker during the slaughter at their upscale home....



Thousands at Auschwitz for yearly Holocaust memorial event

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 11:14:23 GMT2017-04-24T11:14:23Z

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Thousands of people from around the world, many of them young Israelis, have gathered at the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz to pay homage to the millions who perished in the Holocaust....



Albania opposition blocks main roads ahead of June 18 vote

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:55:34 GMT2017-04-24T10:55:34Z

TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- Albanian opposition supporters have blocked the country's main road links, demanding that a caretaker Cabinet be allowed to govern until the parliamentary election in June....



Russia vows to get Ukrainian separatists to comply with deal

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:53:19 GMT2017-04-24T10:53:19Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has vowed to use Moscow's influence to get Ukraine's separatist rebels to comply with a cease-fire deal....



Elon Musk steps out in Australia with Amber Heard

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:44:34 GMT2017-04-24T10:44:34Z

BROADBEACH, Australia (AP) -- Billionaire Elon Musk is getting close with actress Amber Heard....



3 African countries chosen to test 1st malaria vaccine

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:39:55 GMT2017-04-24T10:39:55Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Three African countries have been chosen to test the world's first malaria vaccine, the World Health Organization announced Monday. Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will begin piloting the injectable vaccine next year with hundreds of thousands of young children, who have been at highest risk of death....



French stocks soar to near-decade highs as Macron

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:39:37 GMT2017-04-24T10:39:37Z

LONDON (AP) -- As relief rallies go, this may be as good as they come....



Afghan army chief, defense minister resign following attack

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:39:07 GMT2017-04-24T10:39:07Z

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's army chief and defense minister resigned on Monday, following a Taliban attack over the weekend that struck a northern army base, killing more than 100 military and other personnel, officials said....



Pence cites 'challenging times' to troops in American Samoa

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:35:21 GMT2017-04-24T10:35:21Z

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) -- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has thanked American service members based in American Samoa, citing "challenging times" for the military in the Asia-Pacific....



Siren wails as Israel marks annual Holocaust Remembrance Day

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:23:26 GMT2017-04-24T10:23:26Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel came to a standstill on Monday as people stopped in their tracks for a two-minute siren that wailed across the country in remembrance of the Holocaust's 6 million Jewish victims....



US Defense Sec'y Mattis in Afghanistan to discuss war needs

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:10:59 GMT2017-04-24T10:10:59Z

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived unannounced in Afghanistan on Monday to assess America's longest war as the Trump administration weighs sending more troops....



Militants ambush convoy with off-duty Iraq soldiers, kill 10

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:06:43 GMT2017-04-24T10:06:43Z

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Militants in Iraq ambushed a convoy of off-duty soldiers near a town in the country's sprawling western desert, killing at least 10 and wounding 20, officials said on Monday....



South African man pleads not guilty in family axe murder

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:50:17 GMT2017-04-24T09:50:17Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African man accused of murdering three members of his family with an axe has pleaded not guilty....



Philippines lawyer alleges President Duterte link to deaths

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:40:26 GMT2017-04-24T09:40:26Z

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A Filipino lawyer has presented documents to the International Criminal Court which he says contain evidence of the alleged involvement of President Rodrigo Duterte in extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and other crime suspects....



Israel indicts hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centers

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:38:17 GMT2017-04-24T09:38:17Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel indicted an 18-year-old American-Israeli Jew on Monday for a wave of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the United States that stoked fears of a rising wave of anti-Semitism....



German court orders trial over 2010 Love Parade deaths

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:36:13 GMT2017-04-24T09:36:13Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A German court said Monday that 10 people indicted over a deadly mass panic at the Love Parade techno music festival in 2010 must stand trial, overturning a lower court's decision last year....



Emiratis, Malaysians reach $1.2B deal over troubled fund

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:32:02 GMT2017-04-24T09:32:02Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Emirati and Malaysian officials say they've reached a deal over the indebted and troubled Malaysian investment fund 1MDB, with the UAE set to receive $1.2 billion over this year....



London nightclub acid attack suspect charged with 15 crimes

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:22:41 GMT2017-04-24T09:22:41Z

LONDON (AP) -- British police say the suspect in a nightclub acid attack that injured many people has been charged with multiple crimes....



Family: Iran rejects detained British-Iranian woman's appeal

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:11:38 GMT2017-04-24T09:11:38Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A British-Iranian woman detained in Iran while on a trip with her toddler daughter has exhausted all chance of having her five-year prison sentence overturned in court, her family said on Monday....



Britain's back in favor for corporate deals despite Brexit

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:00:09 GMT2017-04-24T09:00:09Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain has reclaimed its place as one of the top five countries that firms look to make deals in, just six months after dropping off the list in the wake of the country's surprise to leave the European Union, according to a survey released Monday....



Lockerbie bomber's family launches new bid to clear his name

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:52:18 GMT2017-04-24T08:52:18Z

LONDON (AP) -- The family of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is launching a fresh effort to posthumously clear his name....



German business confidence up in April, beats forecasts

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:15:41 GMT2017-04-24T08:15:41Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A survey shows that business confidence in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, has beaten economists' expectations to rise to a six-year high as companies take a brighter view of their current situation....



Cement multinational CEO resigns after Syria deals

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:08:52 GMT2017-04-24T08:08:52Z

GENEVA (AP) -- The top executive of LafargeHolcim announced Monday that he will resign, citing "strong tensions" facing the Swiss-French cement maker since its admission last month that it had struck deals with armed groups in Syria - allegedly including the radical Islamic State group....