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Smugglers become a lifeline for the starving in South Sudan

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:40:29 GMT2017-04-25T08:40:29Z

WANYJOK, South Sudan (AP) -- Sadiq Mohammed climbs into the cab of a truck that looks more like a nightclub than a smuggler's perch. Red and yellow tassels dangle from the ceiling, while tapestry drapes much of the windshield. He switches on the electric fan above his head and nestles into the front seat, which he's fitted with a more comfortable lawn chair....



Far-right contender Le Pen advocates French food

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:34:42 GMT2017-04-25T08:34:42Z

PARIS (AP) -- French far-right presidential contender Marine Le Pen has called for more food to be produced and consumed in the country....



Trump asked to work for release of 2 jailed by Iran

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:29:42 GMT2017-04-25T08:29:42Z

VIENNA (AP) -- A relative and supporters of two Iranian-American citizens imprisoned in Iran are turning to U.S. President Donald Trump and a U.N. panel in efforts to secure their release....



Turkey hits Kurdish areas in Iraq's Sinjar, northeast Syria

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:18:23 GMT2017-04-25T08:18:23Z

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish warplanes carried out airstrikes on Tuesday against suspected Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq and in northeastern Syria, the military said, in a bid to prevent militants from smuggling fighters and weapons into Turkey....



UK's Labour pledges new Brexit strategy if it wins election

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:17:44 GMT2017-04-25T08:17:44Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's opposition Labour Party says it will tear up the government's negotiating plan for Brexit and guarantee all European Union citizens in the U.K. the right to stay if it wins the June 8 national election....



LVMH to consolidate hold on Dior in multibillion-euro deal

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:09:15 GMT2017-04-25T08:09:15Z

PARIS (AP) -- The magnate behind the LVMH luxury empire is seeking to strengthen control over Christian Dior in a multibillion-dollar deal combining the fashion industry heavyweights....



Iraqi troops capture largest neighborhood in western Mosul

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:01:52 GMT2017-04-25T08:01:52Z

BAGHDAD (AP) -- A senior military commander says Iraqi troops have driven out Islamic State militants from the largest neighborhood in the western half of the city of Mosul....



UN hosts aid-pledging conference for beleaguered Yemen

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:51:50 GMT2017-04-25T07:51:50Z

GENEVA (AP) -- The United Nations secretary-general and high-ranking government officials from dozens of countries were meeting Tuesday in Geneva to drum up funds for war-torn Yemen, considered one of the world's greatest humanitarian crises....



Australian prime minister looking forward to meeting Trump

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:26:09 GMT2017-04-25T07:26:09Z

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Australia's prime minister says he is looking forward to meeting face-to-face soon with President Donald Trump three months after the pair's heated telephone conversation over an Obama-era refugee deal....



German FM: Netanyahu cancelation would be regrettable

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:18:21 GMT2017-04-25T07:18:21Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's foreign minister says it would be "regrettable" if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancels a meeting over the visiting official's appointment with groups critical of Israel's actions in the West Bank. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel describes that encounter as "completely normal."...



The Latest: S. Korea confirms big N. Korean live-fire drill

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:12:22 GMT2017-04-25T07:12:22Z

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- The Latest on tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local):...



Swiss drugs giant Novartis posts 15 percent drop in 1Q net

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:53:58 GMT2017-04-25T06:53:58Z

GENEVA (AP) -- Swiss pharmaceuticals group Novartis says net income fell 15 percent in the first quarter, as it continued to adjust to generic competition for its Gleevec leukemia drug and stopped work on a hoped-for treatment for heart failure....



Official: Roadside bomb kills 9 people in northwest Pakistan

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:46:59 GMT2017-04-25T06:46:59Z

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A roadside bombing targeted a minivan in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region on Tuesday, killing nine people, a local government official and the military said....



UNHCR, Malaysian firm launch mobile app on refugee struggle

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:31:14 GMT2017-04-25T06:31:14Z

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- The U.N. refugee agency and a Malaysian firm have launched an interactive smartphone application aimed at raising public awareness and empathy about the worldwide struggle of refugees....



Official: Taliban kill 8 policemen in northern province

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:30:44 GMT2017-04-25T06:30:44Z

KABUL, Afghanistan. (AP) -- An Afghan official says the Taliban have killed eight policemen and overran three security checkpoints in northern Takhar province....



ECB unlikely to signal stimulus end, despite French optimism

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:11:50 GMT2017-04-25T06:11:50Z

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Europe's strengthening economy dodged a banana peel when a pro-EU candidate won the first round of the French presidential election....



27 people killed in bus-trailer truck collision in Kenya

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:05:27 GMT2017-04-25T05:05:27Z

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenyan police say 27 people have been killed in a collision between a passenger bus and a trailer truck....



Kenyan police say 27 people have been killed in collision between bus and trailer truck

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:36 GMT2017-04-25T05:00:36Z

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenyan police say 27 people have been killed in collision between bus and trailer truck....



Gallipoli dead remembered on 102nd anniversary of WWI battle

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:52:58 GMT2017-04-25T04:52:58Z

CANAKKALE, Turkey (AP) -- Australia's foreign minister and New Zealand's justice minister have joined hundreds of people on the site of the battlefields of the World War I Battle of Gallipoli to remember those who were killed on the 102nd anniversary of the start of the ill-fated campaign....



Brazil corruption scandal is business as usual for Odebrecht

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:00:54 GMT2017-04-25T04:00:54Z

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Grinning in front of the camera, the former CEO of the huge Brazilian builder at the center of the world's biggest corruption scandal spoke frankly about the billions in bribes and illegal financing that the Odebrecht company put into the pockets and campaign coffers of politicians and public officials....



Venezuelans stage sit-in on roads to protest government

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:07:03 GMT2017-04-25T02:07:03Z

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Protesters sprawled in lawn chairs, worked on math homework and played cards on main roads around Venezuela's cities Monday, joining in sit-ins to disrupt traffic as the latest slap at the socialist government....



Powerful 6.9 quake shakes central Chile, no damage reported

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:41:43 GMT2017-04-24T23:41:43Z

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- A powerful magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off central Chile's coast Monday evening, but there were no reports of injuries or damage and authorities ruled out the possibility of a tsunami....



Researchers: Russia-linked hackers targeted Macron campaign

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:22:24 GMT2017-04-24T23:22:24Z

PARIS (AP) -- Researchers with the Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers, adding a little more detail to previous suggestions that the centrist politician was being singled out for electronic eavesdropping by the Kremlin....



Mexico says vehicle carrying radioactive material stolen

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:29:33 GMT2017-04-24T22:29:33Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican authorities say a company's pickup truck carrying industrial X-ray equipment that uses radioactive material has been stolen in northwestern Mexico....



Alitalia workers nix deal to avoid airline bankruptcy

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:27:11 GMT2017-04-24T22:27:11Z

ROME (AP) -- Alitalia employees late Monday rejected a government-brokered package of job and wage cuts that was aimed at saving Italy's flagship airline from bankruptcy....



In Mexico, fears a new plant will kill wastewater farming

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:19:06 GMT2017-04-24T22:19:06Z

TEPATEPEC, Mexico (AP) -- For more than 100 years, most of what gets flushed down Mexico City's toilets has resurfaced two hours to the north in the rivers and reservoirs of the rural Mezquital Valley. A massive new water treatment plant is about to change this....



Paraguay: Armed robbers use explosives to break into vault

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:41:23 GMT2017-04-24T21:41:23Z

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) -- Dozens of attackers armed with assault rifles used explosives to blast open the vault of an armored car company early Monday and apparently escaped by boat into Brazil with a haul of cash, authorities said....



Cement multinational CEO resigns after Syria deals

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:52:26 GMT2017-04-24T20:52:26Z

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....



Cameroon sentences RFI journalist to 10 years in prison

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:20:14 GMT2017-04-24T20:20:14Z

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) -- A Cameroon military court has sentenced a correspondent of Radio France International's Hausa service to 10 years in jail after convicting him of non-denunciation of acts of terrorism and laundering proceeds of terrorist acts....



Netanyahu gives German FM 'ultimatum' over meeting with NGOs

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:19:25 GMT2017-04-24T20:19:25Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to cancel an upcoming meeting with Germany's foreign minister unless the visiting diplomat cancels an appointment with two groups critical of Israel's actions in the West Bank....



Croatian police prevent nationalists from disrupting play

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:13:29 GMT2017-04-24T20:13:29Z

SPLIT, Croatia (AP) -- Croatian police have intervened to stop a group of extreme nationalists from disrupting a controversial play that contains scenes of nudity and rape....



Israeli president: Le Pen's Holocaust denial 'disturbing'

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:58:25 GMT2017-04-24T19:58:25Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's president on Monday denounced French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's recent comments denying France's role in the Holocaust as "uniquely disturbing" and urged his country not to make "unholy alliances" with rising nationalist parties in Europe....



Armenians commemorate start of massacre by Ottoman Turks

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:42:54 GMT2017-04-24T19:42:54Z

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) -- Tens of thousands of people have marched to a hilltop memorial complex in Armenia's capital to lay flowers in commemoration of the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians a century ago by Ottoman Turks....



Guatemalan land activist wins prestigious Goldman prize

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:26:19 GMT2017-04-24T19:26:19Z

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Rodrigo Tot, a 60-year-old farmer and activist, was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize on Monday for work in his Guatemala homeland, an honor that comes after two previous Latin American winners were murdered in the last year....



Egypt's tourism officials insist popular sites are safe

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:22:58 GMT2017-04-24T19:22:58Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Egypt's tourism levels are still around a third of what they once were and, despite security concerns, Egypt's tourism minister on Monday insisted the country's popular Red Sea resorts and Ancient Egyptian sites are a safe choice for travelers....



Budapest protesters see growing Russian sway over Hungary

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:17:48 GMT2017-04-24T19:17:48Z

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- About 2,000 people have rallied against what they say is Russia's growing influence on Hungary and the authoritarian tendencies of Prime Minister Viktor Orban....



Researchers find unique US Declaration of Independence copy

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:04:23 GMT2017-04-24T19:04:23Z

LONDON (AP) -- A unique copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence has been discovered in an unexpected place - England....



The Latest: Israeli president denounces Le Pen's comments

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:59:01 GMT2017-04-24T18:59:01Z

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



International court unseals warrant against Libyan suspect

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:48:36 GMT2017-04-24T18:48:36Z

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The International Criminal Court on Monday unsealed an arrest warrant issued four years ago for the former head of Libya's Internal Security Agency for torture and other crimes committed during the violent crackdown on anti-government protesters in 2011....



Far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen says she is temporarily stepping down as part...

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:33:12 GMT2017-04-24T18:33:12Z

PARIS (AP) -- Far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen says she is temporarily stepping down as party's leader....



Nigeria shows off new air assets for Boko Haram fight

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:21:56 GMT2017-04-24T18:21:56Z

MAKURDI, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's air force has shown off new assets it says will be used to combat the Boko Haram insurgency in its north and oil militants in its south....



Transplant novel 'Mend the Living' wins Wellcome book prize

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:16:41 GMT2017-04-24T18:16:41Z

LONDON (AP) -- A novel that explores the human side of organ transplantation through the story of a single heart won the medically themed Wellcome Trust Book Prize on Monday....



Luxury shoe brand Jimmy Choo goes up for sale

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:55:30 GMT2017-04-24T17:55:30Z

LONDON (AP) -- Shares in Jimmy Choo have leapt 11 percent after its board put the luxury shoe brand up for sale....



Some questions and answers about Maria Sharapova's return

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:47:20 GMT2017-04-24T17:47:20Z

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Even with eight of the world's top 10 women in the Porsche Grand Prix, an unranked rival is grabbing all the headlines this week....



1 killed, 11 hurt in grenade explosion near school in Russia

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:40:53 GMT2017-04-24T17:40:53Z

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) -- A grenade exploded Monday in a computer club near a school in the Russian republic of Dagestan, killing one pupil and injuring 11 others, officials said....



Greece, creditors resuming talks in Athens, seek swift deal

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:27:04 GMT2017-04-24T17:27:04Z

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 far exceeded its budget targets....



Airstrike kills 8 family members in northern Syria

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:26:24 GMT2017-04-24T17:26:24Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- An airstrike killed eight family members, five of them children, as they fled fighting between U.S.-allied Syrian forces and Islamic State militants on Monday, according to local activists, who said the strike appeared to have been launched by the U.S.-led coalition....



Macron vs. Le Pen: Opposing styles and visions for France

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:20:14 GMT2017-04-24T17:20:14Z

PARIS (AP) -- They could hardly be more different: Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron is facing anti-immigration, anti-EU Marine Le Pen in France's presidential runoff May 7....



France's steely Le Pen gets far-right in presidential runoff

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:14:06 GMT2017-04-24T17:14:06Z

HENIN-BEAUMONT, France (AP) -- Marine Le Pen's steely resolve, helped by a cutting tongue, propelled her political career, but it was her masterful use of a soft touch that has brought her one step away from the French presidency....



UK police seize Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren for racing

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:06:33 GMT2017-04-24T17:06:33Z

LONDON (AP) -- British police have seized three high end supercars that were racing on a major motorway....