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France begins presidential vote in test for populism

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:18:18 GMT2017-04-23T11:18:18Z

PARIS (AP) - Amid heightened security, French voters began casting ballots for their next president Sunday in a first-round poll that's seen as a litmus test for the spread of populism around the world and a vote on the future of Europe. More than 50,000 police and gendarmes were deployed to the 66,000 polling stations for Sunday's election, which comes after Thursday's deadly attack on the Champs-Elysees in which a police officer and a gunman were slain. The pres...

The Latest: Voter turnout in France so far similar to 2012

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:21:22 GMT2017-04-23T11:21:22Z

France's Interior Ministry says the voter turnout so far in the first round of the presidential election is about the same as it was in 2012, when turnout was high. At midday Sunday, the ministry said that 28.54 percent of eligible voters had cast their ballot, compared with 28.29 percent in 2012. Commentators have said a low voter turnout would benefit far-right candidate Marine Le Pen, whose voters are seen to have more enthusiasm and are more certain to vote in a low turnout ele...

Amid North Korea crisis, Pence becomes Trump emissary abroad

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:06:39 GMT2017-04-23T07:06:39Z

SYDNEY (AP) - As tensions rose on the Korean peninsula, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who has President Donald Trump's trust but little diplomatic experience to go with it, became the top American official headed to the region after North Korea again failed to successfully launch a ballistic missile. Days later, the mild-mannered former governor stood along the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea and stared back at soldiers from the North. In Australia, Pence&...

Plight of Palestinian refugees now spans 5 generations

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 06:33:58 GMT2017-04-23T06:33:58Z

JERASH REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan (AP) - As a boy, Palestinian Abdullah Abu Massoud fled the war over the creation of Israel in 1948 and sought refuge in the nearby Gaza Strip. As a young man, Abu Massoud was displaced again when Israeli forces captured Gaza, along with the West Bank and east Jerusalem, in 1967. This time he boarded a truck to Jordan. Now 77, Abu Massoud has been living in a refugee camp in Jordan for the past 50 years. He is the white-bearded patriarch of a refugee family spanni...

Erin Moran, Joanie Cunningham in "Happy Days," dies at 56

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 03:28:35 GMT2017-04-23T03:28:35Z

NEW YORK (AP) - Erin Moran, the former child star who played Joanie Cunningham in the sitcoms "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi," died Saturday at age 56. A statement from the sheriff's department in Harrison County, Indiana, said the dispatcher "received a 911 call about an unresponsive female. Upon arrival of first responders, it was determined that Erin Moran Fleischmann was deceased. An autopsy is pending." The dispatche...

AP FACT CHECK: Sessions tags wrong city for immigrant crimes

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 01:29:23 GMT2017-04-23T01:29:23Z

SAN DIEGO (AP) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has highlighted the San Diego suburb of Escondido to illustrate how jurisdictions that limit cooperation with immigration authorities jeopardize public safety. Speaking at a news conference Friday along a border fence with Mexico, Sessions offered no evidence that 'sanctuary jurisdictions' or immigrants are responsible. And he failed to mention that the federal government has held up Escondido as a model for cooperation ...

Author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann shot in Kenya

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 10:29:24 GMT2017-04-23T10:29:24Z

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - The Italian-born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann was shot at her Kenyan ranch and airlifted for treatment after herders invaded in search of pasture to save their animals from drought, officials said Sunday. Gallmann, known for her bestselling book "I Dreamed of Africa," which became a movie by the same name starring Kim Basinger, was patrolling the ranch when she was shot in the stomach, local police chief Ezekiel Chepkowny said. Her driver ...

Advocates fan out in global show of support for science

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:53:31 GMT2017-04-23T00:53:31Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The world saw brain power take a different form Saturday. From the Washington Monument to Germany's Brandenburg Gate and even to Greenland, scientists, students and research advocates rallied on an often soggy Earth Day, conveying a global message about scientific freedom without political interference, the need for adequate spending for future breakthroughs and just the general value of scientific pursuits. They came in numbers that were mammoth if not quite astr...

Hillary Clinton makes surprise appearance at Tribeca Fest

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:14:09 GMT2017-04-23T07:14:09Z

NEW YORK (AP) - The premiere of a virtual reality short by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow was already a high-profile event at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday night. And then Hillary Clinton walked onstage. Clinton was an unannounced panelist, there to discuss the scourge of elephant poaching - the subject of Bigelow's eight-minute film "The Protectors: Walk in the Rangers' Shoes," about park rangers trying to save elephants in Garamba Nation...

Stolen plaque in Thailand a sign of antidemocratic sentiment

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 07:52:53 GMT2017-04-23T07:52:53Z

BANGKOK (AP) - It's a whodunit worthy of a Dan Brown novel: a small bronze plaque commemorating Thailand's 1932 revolution is ripped out from a very public place by parties unknown and substituted by one praising the Chakri Dynasty, whose 10th king took the throne in December. A disinclination by the authorities to find those responsible adds another element of mystery. The original plaque, installed in 1936, marked the spot where a group of progressive army officers and c...