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It's not EU, it's me: UK files for EU divorce after 44 years

2017-03-29T19:16:05Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, with fond words and promises of friendship that could not disguise the historic nature of the schism - or the years of argument and hard-nosed bargaining ahead as the U.K. leaves the embrace of the bloc for an uncertain future as "global Britain."...



Top EU Brexit official says Brexit would stun Churchill

2017-03-29T19:42:03Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The top Brexit official at the European Parliament thinks British political giants such as Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher would not look kindly on Prime Minister Theresa May turning over the hourglass on her country's withdrawal from the European Union....



Essay: Britain strikes historic blow to EU; will go it alone

2017-03-29T14:20:49Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain will go it alone - turning its back on decades of integration to control its own borders and free itself from the European Union's spider web of rules and regulations....



France retools anti-extremism efforts after public failures

2017-03-29T20:50:32Z

LENS, France (AP) -- France's efforts to combat homegrown terrorism are in turmoil: A group home intended to turn young people away from Islamic extremism sits empty. A move to segregate prison inmates suspected of jihadi sympathies has been abandoned. And the head of a program to prevent radicalization has been convicted of misusing funds....



IS holds terrified civilians as human shields in Syrian city

2017-03-29T14:39:15Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- Residents of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa live in terror, trapped as a massive human shield in the Islamic State's de facto capital ahead of the final battle with U.S.-backed opposition forces for the militant group's last major urban stronghold....



Iraqi officials: Suicide truck bombing kills 15 in Baghdad

2017-03-29T20:56:17Z

BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide truck bomb targeted a police checkpoint in southern Baghdad on Wednesday night, killing 15 people and wounding 45, according to Iraqi officials....



Arab leaders ready to work with Trump on Mideast peace deal

2017-03-29T20:11:52Z

DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) -- Arab leaders on Wednesday relaunched a peace plan that offers Israel full ties in exchange for Palestinian statehood, signaling to President Donald Trump that they are ready to engage if he tries to broker a broader Mideast peace....



Senate intel leaders pledge Russia probe cooperation

2017-03-29T22:18:54Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pledging cooperation, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee said Wednesday they would steer clear of politics in their panel's probe of Russian interference in last year's election. They made a point of putting themselves at arm's length from the House investigation marked by partisanship and disputes....



In Russia's once-quiet provinces, young people lead protest

2017-03-29T13:34:49Z

TAMBOV, Russia (AP) -- The city of Tambov in southern Russia is one of those sleepy, provincial centers that have in the past been the heartland of support for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Not anymore....



South Africa activist's funeral exposes divide over future

2017-03-29T18:31:00Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The funeral of one of South Africa's leading anti-apartheid activists on Wednesday exposed the angry divide over the fate of a country he fought decades to see exist. President Jacob Zuma said he wouldn't attend after Ahmed Kathrada's family asked him to stay away, while funeral-goers rose in a standing ovation for Kathrada's recent call for the scandal-ridden Zuma to step aside....