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Transition in Milan fashion scene as new creatives break out

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:25:58 GMT2017-02-26T23:25:58Z

MILAN (AP) -- A transition is underway in the Milan fashion scene, with new designers taking over traditional brands and younger creatives breaking out with their own labels....



Russian bandy teams face punishment after 20 own-goals

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:12:50 GMT2017-02-26T23:12:50Z

ARKHANGELSK, Russia (AP) -- Two clubs in the winter sport of bandy raced to put the ball into their own nets 20 times on Sunday and now face disciplinary action....



Egypt's Christians flee terror in north Sinai security void

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:07:24 GMT2017-02-26T22:07:24Z

ISMAILIA, Egypt (AP) -- After Islamic militants barged into his uncle's house, shot him and his son dead, then looted the place and set it on fire, Said Sameh Adel Fawzy knew it was time to leave....



6 bull riders, 2 companions reported kidnapped in Mexico

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:45:05 GMT2017-02-26T21:45:05Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Prosecutors in Mexico say six bull riders and two companions have been reported kidnapped in the southern state of Guerrero....



Israeli hospitals demand funds to continue treating Syrians

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:25:40 GMT2017-02-26T21:25:40Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli health official says Israel's hospitals will stop treating Syrian patients in non-emergency cases beginning next week unless the Israeli government fully reimburses the hospitals for years of medical treatments to those wounded in the Syrian civil war....



UN suspends Gaza staffer amid allegations of Hamas ties

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 21:21:22 GMT2017-02-26T21:21:22Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees suspended a Palestinian staffer Sunday, a spokesman for the U.N. agency said as Israel alleged the employee was elected to a leadership position with the Islamist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip....



Biopic about Turkey's president screened at birthday gala

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:49:16 GMT2017-02-26T20:49:16Z

ISTANBUL (AP) -- The producers of a new movie about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have hosted a gala screening in Istanbul to celebrate the film and its subject....



Far from Carnival street fests, glitzy Rio Ball for elite

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:08:02 GMT2017-02-26T20:08:02Z

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Women in elegant, long-flowing dresses saunter on the red carpet while men in tuxedos smile broadly and wave to hundreds of people who have lined up along Rio de Janeiro's Avenida Atlantica to have a look....



Romanians form EU flag during 27th night of protests

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:01:30 GMT2017-02-26T20:01:30Z

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Thousands of Romanians have staged another anti-government protest, standing together to form a European Union flag to signal support for the bloc and its values....



Russian world ice fishing champion, Ukraine team winner

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:38:32 GMT2017-02-26T19:38:32Z

RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- Russia's Dmitry Eliseev is the new World Ice Fishing Champion after beating a field of 78 others on the frozen Baltic Sea off the coast of the Latvian capital....



Palestinians celebrate Bethlehem singer crowned Arab Idol

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:24:15 GMT2017-02-26T19:24:15Z

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinians are celebrating a Christian crooner from the West Bank city of Bethlehem who won this year's Arab Idol, the Arab world's premier television song competition....



The Latest: Representative calls for unity among opposition

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 19:08:20 GMT2017-02-26T19:08:20Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on developments in Syria and at the Geneva talks (all times local):...



Czech man released from Sudan prison during minister's trip

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:56:54 GMT2017-02-26T18:56:54Z

PRAGUE (AP) -- The Czech Republic's Foreign Ministry says a Czech national who was sentenced to a stiff prison term in Sudan last month has been released and is on the way home with the minister....



Iran begins annual navy drill off Strait of Hormuz

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:48:17 GMT2017-02-26T18:48:17Z

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's navy began an annual drill Sunday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, its first major exercise since the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump, state television reported....



Brazil's Carnival revelers channel anger against president

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:23:38 GMT2017-02-26T18:23:38Z

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The exuberant, sassy celebration of Carnival is giving Brazil's battered leftists a stage to vent their frustrations - even while having a good time - after a year that saw their movement pushed out of power and the economic achievements of a decade undercut by a persistent crisis....



Francis becomes 1st pope to visit an Anglican church in Rome

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:20:45 GMT2017-02-26T18:20:45Z

ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis on Sunday became the first Catholic pontiff to visit an Anglican parish in Rome, using the historic occasion to press for greater closeness after centuries of mistrust, prejudices and hostility between the two churches....



Syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 18:07:56 GMT2017-02-26T18:07:56Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- Government warplanes pounded a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs on Sunday, killing at least three and wounding dozens, Syrian opposition activists said, and President Bashar Assad's forces pushed ahead in Syria's offensive on the historic town of Palmyra held by the Islamic State group....



Casualties mount as Iraqi troops advance in IS-held Mosul

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:49:08 GMT2017-02-26T17:49:08Z

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- "We have wounded!" the men shouted from the roadside. Two soldiers, bleeding, were being bandaged beside their smoking vehicle on the side of a dusty dirt road....



Masks and snowy streets herald pre-spring rite in Latvia

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:44:32 GMT2017-02-26T17:44:32Z

RIGA, Latvia (AP) -- Hundreds of people sang, danced and skipped through the snowy streets of Latvia's capital wearing colorful costumes and masks, participating in a pre-spring rite that dates back to pagan times....



Pope says he's studying possible trip to South Sudan

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:15:20 GMT2017-02-26T17:15:20Z

ROME (AP) -- Pope Francis says he's studying the possibility of going to South Sudan, the East African nation suffering famine and civil war....



Nigerian governor says 2 kidnapped Germans are freed

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:46:55 GMT2017-02-26T16:46:55Z

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian security agents have freed two German archaeologists kidnapped by gunmen at a remote dig, the governor of northern Kaduna state said Sunday....



Russians march to honor slain opposition leader Nemtsov

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:21:08 GMT2017-02-26T16:21:08Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Thousands of Russians marched through Moscow on Sunday shouting slogans such as "Russia will be free!" and "Putin is war!" to mark two years since opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down outside the Kremlin....



Egypt says near meeting Russia's airport security demands

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:59:43 GMT2017-02-26T15:59:43Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian officials said Sunday they were inching closer to meeting all demands set by Russia on airport security to resume flights to Egypt, suspended after militants from a local affiliate of the Islamic State group downed a Russian airliner 15 months ago over the Sinai Peninsula....



Protesters try to stop backers of French far-right candidate

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:36:09 GMT2017-02-26T15:36:09Z

PARIS (AP) -- Demonstrators in western France have tried to block buses carrying supporters of far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen to a campaign rally....



Nigerian security agents free 2 German archaeologists who were kidnapped in northern Niger...

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 14:56:52 GMT2017-02-26T14:56:52Z

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian security agents free 2 German archaeologists who were kidnapped in northern Nigeria, says governor....



Saudi king visits Malaysia as he begins Asia tour

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:53:15 GMT2017-02-26T13:53:15Z

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Saudi King Salman arrived in Malaysia on Sunday to kick off a multi-nation tour aimed at boosting economic ties with Asia....



Protests erupt after Kyrgyzstan arrests opposition leader

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:36:10 GMT2017-02-26T13:36:10Z

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) -- Hundreds of people protested Sunday in Kyrgyzstan after authorities detained a prominent opposition leader on fraud and corruption charges that his supporters say are politically motivated....



Israel to Amazon: Stop selling Holocaust-denying literature

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:34:32 GMT2017-02-26T13:34:32Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's official Holocaust memorial has asked Amazon to stop selling literature on its site that denies the genocide of 6 million Jews during World War II and otherwise promotes anti-Semitism....



Poll: Israelis believe Gaza policies hurting security

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:28:14 GMT2017-02-26T13:28:14Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- A new poll shows that 67 percent of Israelis believe the government's policies in the Gaza Strip have worsened security....



Germany: Heidelberg car suspect held on suspicion of murder

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:24:36 GMT2017-02-26T13:24:36Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Authorities say a man who drove into a group of pedestrians in the German city of Heidelberg, fatally injuring one man, is being held on suspicion of murder and attempted murder....



Fire at large Swedish refugee center injures at least 15

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:01:32 GMT2017-02-26T13:01:32Z

HELSINKI (AP) -- Swedish police say at least 15 people have been injured when a fire broke out overnight at one of the country's largest refugee centers outside of Vanersborg in southwestern Sweden....



Philippine offensive continues amid threat to behead German

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:59:54 GMT2017-02-26T11:59:54Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine troops will not get distracted by a threat from Abu Sayyaf militants to behead a German hostage if a ransom was not paid by Sunday and will press assaults to crush the brutal group, military officials said....



Iraq: Police Commandos recapture new neighborhood in Mosul

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:57:46 GMT2017-02-26T11:57:46Z

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi militarized police captured two neighborhoods on the western side of Mosul on Sunday amid fierce clashes with Islamic State militants, as thousands of people continued to flee the battle to government-controlled areas, security officials said....



Thousands protest in Belarus against law targeting jobless

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:50:14 GMT2017-02-26T11:50:14Z

MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Local media in Belarus say about 3,000 people have demonstrated across the country against an unpopular new labor law that targets the unemployed....



Taliban leader encourages people to plant trees

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:30:35 GMT2017-02-26T11:30:35Z

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Springtime in Afghanistan usually brings a spike in violence as the Taliban takes advantage of the thaw to launch a wave of fresh attacks. But the Taliban's leader has just issued a statement calling on Afghans to plant more trees....



Letter-writing former Iran president pens dispatch to Trump

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:25:44 GMT2017-02-26T11:25:44Z

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sent a letter Sunday to President Donald Trump, striking a somewhat conciliatory tone while applauding immigration to America and saying it shows "the contemporary U.S. belongs to all nations."...



Egypt puts off higher entry visa charges until July 1

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:01:32 GMT2017-02-26T11:01:32Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's plans to more than double charges for entry visas paid by foreign visitors arriving in the country have been put off until July 1, according to the Tourism Ministry....



Russian opposition figure freed; vows fight for human rights

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:39:00 GMT2017-02-26T10:39:00Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- A convicted Russian opposition activist who says he was tortured in prison was freed Sunday and has vowed to keep up the fight for human rights in Russia....



Malaysia: Kim Jong Nam died within 20 minutes of poisoning

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:32:00 GMT2017-02-26T10:32:00Z

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's health minister said Sunday that the dose of nerve agent given to North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un's half brother was so high that it killed him "within 15-20 minutes."...



Regulator: China needs to rein in risky stock behavior

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:17:20 GMT2017-02-26T10:17:20Z

BEIJING (AP) -- China needs to do more to stop risky behavior in its stock market, a regulator said Sunday, following a 2015 collapse in share prices and complaints investors are engaged in a dangerous new round of speculative buying....



The Latest: Malaysia: Poison killed Kim within 20 minutes

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:59:32 GMT2017-02-26T09:59:32Z

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The Latest on Malaysia's investigation into the apparent assassination of the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (all times local):...



India's top diplomat to visit Washington for talks

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:27:15 GMT2017-02-26T09:27:15Z

NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's top diplomat will visit Washington this week for talks with the new U.S. administration, an Indian foreign ministry official said Sunday....



Malaysia's health minister says North Korean leader's half brother died within 15-20 minut...

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:03:31 GMT2017-02-26T09:03:31Z

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysia's health minister says North Korean leader's half brother died within 15-20 minutes of being poisoned....



EU lawmakers, in unusual move, pull the plug on racist talk

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:04:42 GMT2017-02-26T08:04:42Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- With the specter of populism looming over a critical election year in Europe, the European Parliament has taken an unusual step to crack down on racism and hate speech in its own house....



Duped into killing Kim? 2 suspects say it looked like prank

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:30:09 GMT2017-02-26T07:30:09Z

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Two women - a Vietnamese and an Indonesian - have been arrested for allegedly coating their hands with the immensely toxic chemical agent VX and wiping them on the face of the North Korean leader's estranged half brother Kim Jong Nam at Kuala Lumpur's airport. He died within hours....



Copy this: Vatican stakes out rights to Pope Francis' image

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:10:48 GMT2017-02-26T07:10:48Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- God's love may be free, but the Vatican says it has a copyright on the pope....



Key developments in Kim's assassination investigation

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 06:08:50 GMT2017-02-26T06:08:50Z

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Key developments in the investigation into the killing of the North Korean leader's estranged half brother at Kuala Lumpur's airport on Feb. 13:...



Why N. Korea may have used VX to kill leader's half brother

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 05:09:50 GMT2017-02-26T05:09:50Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Was it a poorly executed assassination or did North Korea want to showcase its stockpile of banned chemical weapons?...



Israeli premier calls 1st visit to Australia 'wonderful'

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 04:19:53 GMT2017-02-26T04:19:53Z

SYDNEY (AP) -- Benjamin Netanyahu has described his visit to Australia, a first for a serving Israeli prime minister, as "wonderful."...



AP Explains: Rio's Carnival, a high-stakes samba parade

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 04:19:15 GMT2017-02-26T04:19:15Z

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Rio de Janeiro's Carnival parade is world famous for the samba dancing, costumes that leave little to the imagination and the magnificent floats that roll down Avenida Marques de Sapucai, also known as the "sambadrome." For the competitors, getting to the big show is months in the making....