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Russian opposition leader Navalny in Moscow court

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:38:54 GMT2017-03-27T08:38:54Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny appeared in court on Monday, a day after being detained at a major opposition rally that he led the previous day....



Emaar Malls offers $800M for Souq.com amid Amazon rumors

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:36:58 GMT2017-03-27T08:36:58Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A subsidiary of the state-backed developer Emaar says it made an $800-million offer to purchase the online retailer Souq.com amid rumors of a possible acquisition of the website by Amazon....



Expat Turks begin voting in referendum on president's powers

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:34:20 GMT2017-03-27T08:34:20Z

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish citizens living abroad have started casting ballots for Turkey's April 16 referendum on ushering in a system that would boost the president's powers....



Poland questions legality of Tusk's EU re-election

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:31:31 GMT2017-03-27T08:31:31Z

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's foreign minister has challenged the legality of Donald Tusk's re-election to a top European Union job, saying the vote was "fake" and that it exposed the EU as having "double standards."...



8 students feared dead in Japan avalanche

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:29:59 GMT2017-03-27T08:29:59Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Eight Japanese high school students are feared dead after being caught in an avalanche Monday during a mountain climbing outing at a ski resort, authorities and media said....



More Iranians seeking to run in municipal elections in May

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:16:06 GMT2017-03-27T08:16:06Z

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's state TV says a significantly higher number of Iranians are seeking to run in the municipal elections next month....



Bulgaria near final results give pro-EU party clear victory

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:15:34 GMT2017-03-27T08:15:34Z

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Near final results in Bulgaria show that a center-right, pro-European Union party is the clear winner in the country's parliamentary election....



Rule Britannia: firms bet on British allure to get by Brexit

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:08:47 GMT2017-03-27T08:08:47Z

LONDON (AP) -- Tim Barlow pushes a green stamp onto the edge of an unfinished plate, leaving behind the words "Made in England."...



EU calls for privacy-security balance on message encryption

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:03:42 GMT2017-03-27T08:03:42Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's presidency says people's privacy must be protected following British calls for police access to encrypted messages in case of attacks....



Activists: Hong Kong to arrest democracy protest leaders

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:47:41 GMT2017-03-27T07:47:41Z

HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong activists say police are planning to arrest student leaders and other prominent figures involved with the huge 2014 "Umbrella Movement" pro-democracy protests, a day after the city picked a new leader....



The Latest: EU calls on Russia to release demonstrators

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:28:28 GMT2017-03-27T07:28:28Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- The Latest on Russian opposition protests (all times local):...



Strikes to hit French Guiana as tensions paralyze territory

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:20:01 GMT2017-03-27T07:20:01Z

PARIS (AP) -- French Guiana is facing a nationwide strike amid mounting protests over crime and economic difficulty that have paralyzed the French territory in South America, halted flights and a rocket launch and prompted a U.S. travel warning....



Asian stocks weaker as US health overhaul failure lingers

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:06:17 GMT2017-03-27T07:06:17Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stocks got off to a weak start on Monday as caution among investors prevailed with lingering doubts about the future policy agenda of the new U.S. administration following the health care reform failure....



Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:59:32 GMT2017-03-27T06:59:32Z

BEIJING (AP) -- A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:...



More Syrian rebels, families leave city of Homs under deal

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:59:00 GMT2017-03-27T06:59:00Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian state TV says another group of rebels with their families are leaving the last opposition-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs under a Russia-brokered deal with the Damascus government....



Merkel ally sees 'tail wind' from German state election

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:36:35 GMT2017-03-27T06:36:35Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's party says the conservatives' unexpectedly strong win in a state vote gives them "tail wind" for bigger upcoming elections....



Crackdown creates meat shortage in most populous India state

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:19:06 GMT2017-03-27T06:19:06Z

LUCKNOW, India (AP) -- India's most populous state is running out of meat....



South Korea prosecutors push to arrest ex-leader

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 05:35:01 GMT2017-03-27T05:35:01Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean prosecutors said Monday they want to arrest former President Park Geun-hye for the corruption allegations that triggered a huge political scandal and toppled her from power....



New Zealand and China plan to renegotiate free trade deal

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:46:12 GMT2017-03-27T04:46:12Z

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- New Zealand and China say they plan to renegotiate their 9-year-old free trade deal....



China prevents academic from returning home to Australia

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:45:45 GMT2017-03-27T04:45:45Z

BEIJING (AP) -- An academic at an Australian university has been prevented by Chinese authorities from returning to Sydney because he's suspected of endangering national security, his lawyer said....



Bahrain alleges Iran-backed group planned assassinations

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 03:41:57 GMT2017-03-27T03:41:57Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Bahrain is alleging a 14-member group backed by Iran planned assassinations in the island kingdom....



South Korean media say prosecutors have decided to request an arrest warrant for ex-Presid...

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 02:31:32 GMT2017-03-27T02:31:32Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean media say prosecutors have decided to request an arrest warrant for ex-President Park Geun-hye....



Australian residents begin evacuating ahead of cyclone

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 01:36:11 GMT2017-03-27T01:36:11Z

TOWNSVILLE, Australia (AP) -- Thousands of people began evacuating low-lying areas of Australia's tropical northeast on Monday as a powerful cyclone bore down on the coast....



Mexico's Catholic Church: Work on Trump wall is treason

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:23:25 GMT2017-03-26T23:23:25Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico says Mexican companies that express interest in working on a border wall in the United States are betraying their country....



Pope's sex abuse board vows to go on without survivor member

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:32:25 GMT2017-03-26T20:32:25Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Members of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board vowed Sunday to press ahead with their work even without abuse survivors on the panel following the resignation of a respected child advocate....



The Latest: Bulgaria's Socialist leader concedes election

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:00:47 GMT2017-03-26T20:00:47Z

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- The Latest on Bulgaria's election Sunday: (all times local):...



The Latest: US claims Tabqa dam is not in danger of bursting

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:59:48 GMT2017-03-26T19:59:48Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):...



Settler leader: Population growth is end of 2-state solution

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:53:54 GMT2017-03-26T19:53:54Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The number of Israeli settlers living in the West Bank has soared by nearly one-quarter over the past five years to over 420,000 people, a prominent settler leader said Sunday, presenting new population figures that he said put to rest the internationally backed idea of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians....



Egypt sentences 56 in migrant boat disaster case to prison

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 19:27:22 GMT2017-03-26T19:27:22Z

CAIRO (AP) -- An Egyptian court sentenced 56 defendants Sunday in the case of a boat carrying migrants that capsized off the coastal city of Rosetta in September, killing more than 200 people....



OPEC, non-cartel nations may extend oil cut another 6 months

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:39:46 GMT2017-03-26T18:39:46Z

KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- OPEC members and non-cartel nations are leaving open the possibility of a six-month extension on a deal to reduce oil production, according to a statement Sunday by a committee of ministers from OPEC and other oil-producing nations....



Ooh la la! Cypriot renews Platini memorabilia record bid

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:45:28 GMT2017-03-26T17:45:28Z

MOSFILOTI, Cyprus (AP) -- A Cypriot fan of former soccer player and administrator Michel Platini renewed a bid Sunday to be entered in the Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest collection of Platini memorabilia....



6 aid workers killed in South Sudan

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:40:06 GMT2017-03-26T17:40:06Z

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Six aid workers were ambushed and killed in South Sudan, the deadliest attack on humanitarian workers since the East African nation's civil war began in 2013....



UK: Attacker used WhatsApp, firm must help police get access

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:39:05 GMT2017-03-26T17:39:05Z

LONDON (AP) -- Westminster Bridge attacker Khalid Masood sent a WhatsApp message that cannot be accessed because it was encrypted by the popular messaging service, a top British security official said Sunday....



With eye toward Trump, Arab leaders to seek consensus

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:38:29 GMT2017-03-26T17:38:29Z

DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) -- With an eye toward Washington, leaders of a fractured and conflict-ridden Arab world hold their annual summit this week, seeking common positions and possible leverage as President Donald Trump weighs his approach toward the region....



Why the London attacker's links to Saudi Arabia might matter

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:23:03 GMT2017-03-26T17:23:03Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The British man who killed four people in a rampage in London last week had made three trips to Saudi Arabia in his lifetime. Though millions of foreigners from around the world live and work in the kingdom, Khalid Masood's time there immediately raised questions about whether the country's ultraconservative brand of Islam impacted his worldview and radicalized him....



Iran strikes back at US with 'reciprocal' sanctions

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:14:47 GMT2017-03-26T17:14:47Z

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran on Sunday sanctioned what it described as 15 American companies, alleging they support terrorism, repression and Israel's occupation of land Palestinians want for a future state, likely in retaliation for sanctions earlier announced by the U.S....



Exit polls show Bulgaria's center-right party leading in results from the country's parlia...

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:05:30 GMT2017-03-26T17:05:30Z

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Exit polls show Bulgaria's center-right party leading in results from the country's parliamentary election....



Antonio Banderas says he's recovered from a heart attack

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:49:04 GMT2017-03-26T16:49:04Z

MADRID (AP) -- Spanish film star Antonio Banderas says he has recovered from a heart attack that he had in January....



2 Russian soccer fans stabbed in Serbia

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:15:15 GMT2017-03-26T16:15:15Z

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Two Russian fans have been hospitalized with serious injuries after being stabbed following a friendly soccer match between Red Star Belgrade and Lokomotiv Moscow....



Drought-stricken Somalia battles hunger and cholera

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:07:53 GMT2017-03-26T16:07:53Z

BAIDOA, Somalia (AP) -- An emaciated woman writhes on her hospital bed, weakly waving her bony hand to create a current of air....



Yemenis protest on 2nd anniversary of Saudi intervention

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:14:54 GMT2017-03-26T15:14:54Z

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Yemenis protested Sunday in the capital Sanaa against the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen as it marked its second anniversary....



Dozens detained seeking answers about Belarus mass arrests

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:48:22 GMT2017-03-26T13:48:22Z

MINSK, Belarus (AP) -- Police in Belarus' capital have arrested demonstrators who were demanding to know the whereabouts of friends and relatives detained in the breakup of a mass protest....



Diaz launches bid to be 1st woman to lead Spain's Socialists

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:39:48 GMT2017-03-26T13:39:48Z

MADRID (AP) -- Susana Diaz, the regional president of Andalusia, has launched her bid to become the first woman to lead Spain's Socialist party....



Family of missing ex-FBI agent files lawsuit against Iran

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 13:07:12 GMT2017-03-26T13:07:12Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The family of a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran a decade ago on an unauthorized CIA assignment has filed a lawsuit against the Islamic Republic, accusing it of using "cold, cynical and false denials" to torture his loved ones....



2 militants killed in Bangladesh raid; death toll now 8

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:17:55 GMT2017-03-26T12:17:55Z

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Two suspected militants were killed Sunday in an ongoing military raid on a building where armed militants were holed up in eastern Bangladesh, police and army officials said. Six people, including two policemen, were killed in explosions near that building a day earlier....



German minister: Erdogan rhetoric causing significant damage

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 11:02:49 GMT2017-03-26T11:02:49Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A senior German official says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's rhetoric in the standoff with European countries ahead of his country's April 16 referendum is causing damage that will take years to repair....



Qatar Foundation looks at job cuts amid low oil, gas prices

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:35:59 GMT2017-03-26T10:35:59Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The Qatar Foundation says it is looking at possible job cuts, the latest Gulf entity to acknowledge being hurt by low global energy prices....



4 dead, 23 wounded in grenade attack in southern Philippines

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:10:30 GMT2017-03-26T10:10:30Z

JOLO, Philippines (AP) -- At least four people were killed and 23 others wounded in a grenade attack in the southern Philippines that appears to be unrelated to terrorism, officials said Sunday....



Youth employment seen as key challenge ahead of Arab summit

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:09:49 GMT2017-03-26T10:09:49Z

DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) -- The Arab League chief says 29 percent youth unemployment is one of the region's biggest challenges....



Spain: Drug dealers use fake bananas to transport cocaine

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:02:10 GMT2017-03-26T10:02:10Z

MADRID (AP) -- Spanish police have arrested two men for allegedly transporting large quantities of cocaine inside fake bananas....