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Far-right candidate bedeviled by France’s Nazi history

11 min 23 sec ago
The horrors of the World War II Nazi death camps moved front and center in France’s presidential campaign on Friday, nine days before the election, reawakening the anti-Semitic stigma that has clung to the party of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and that she has spent more than six years trying to erase.

UN council backs new effort to end Western Sahara conflict

25 min 23 sec ago
The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday evening backing the secretary-general’s new effort to resolve the 40-year conflict over the Western Sahara, which has pitted Morocco against the Polisario Front independence movement.

Venezuelan formally notifies OAS it will leave amid protests

41 min 23 sec ago
Venezuelan formally notified the Organization of American States on Friday of its intention to leave the regional body amid sometimes violent protests at home and international calls for its government to hold delayed elections and release prisoners.

Filipino troops kill notorious Abu Sayyaf kidnapper in clash

55 min 26 sec ago
The Philippine military chief says marines have killed an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander considered to be one of the most notorious kidnappers in the country’s south.

Brazil judge grants release of businessman Eike Batista

55 min 26 sec ago
A Supreme Court justice in Brazil has ruled that a businessman who was once one of the world’s richest people should be allowed out of prison while waiting to be tried for corruption.

The Latest: S. Korea says missile reached height of 44 miles

55 min 26 sec ago
The Latest on North Korea test-firing a missile Saturday (all times local):

Seoul: N. Korea fails in missile test-fire near its capital

1 hour 11 min ago
A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch Saturday, South Korea and the United States said, the second such test-fire flop in recent weeks but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters.

Clarification: Guatemala-Goldman Environmental Prize story

1 hour 11 min ago
In an April 24 story about Goldman Environmental Prize-winner Rodrigo Tot, The Associated Press reported that in the 1980s during Guatemala’s civil war he was conscripted into civilian patrols a U.N.-sponsored report has classified as paramilitary groups, some of them unarmed, that were created to assist the army. Tot says his duties consisted solely of manning highway checkpoints that monitored travelers.

Philippine military chief says an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander and notorious kidnapper has been killed in clash

1 hour 11 min ago
Philippine military chief says an Abu Sayyaf extremist commander and notorious kidnapper has been killed in clash.

The Latest: Venezuela notifies OAS of intention to leave

1 hour 41 min ago
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Powerful quake rouses people from sleep in south Philippines

2 hours 11 min ago
Philippine officials say a powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 has struck off a southern province and prompted a local tsunami warning, but there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

UN council backs new effort to end Western Sahara conflict

2 hours 25 min ago
The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution backing the secretary-general’s new effort to resolve the 40-year conflict over the Western Sahara which has pitted Morocco against the Polisario Front independence movement.

North Korea fires another ballistic missile, the 75th of Kim Jong Un’s tenure

2 hours 41 min ago
The missile exploded shortly after launch, but Kim’s ambitions are clear

North Korea fires another ballistic missile, the 75th launch of Kim Jong Un's tenure

2 hours 55 min ago
North Korea fired another missile early Saturday local time, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said, in another incendiary move from Kim Jong Un’s regime. Details about the type of missile and how far it flew were not immediately clear, but the launch underscores both Kim’s determination to make technical progress on his weapons programs […]

The Latest: North Korea test-fires ballistic missile

2 hours 55 min ago
The Latest on North Korea test-firing a missile Saturday (all times local):

Seoul: North Korea test-fires missile from western region

3 hours 41 min ago
South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff says North Korea has test-fired a missile from the western part of its country. There were no other immediate details Saturday morning, including what type of missile was used.

Other countries are still trying to figure out what Trump means to them

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 23:46
A look at how key countries have adjusted to Trump during his first 100 days in office.

South Korean military: North Korea test-fires unidentified missile; no other details released

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 23:46
South Korean military: North Korea test-fires unidentified missile; no other details released.

Macedonian opposition chief shuns emergency political talks

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 23:16
Simmering tensions raise concerns that the country could become another flash point between Russia and the West.

Iraqi officials: Car bomb kills 4 and wounds 8

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 23:00
Iraqi police and hospital officials say a car bomb at a police station in central Baghdad killed four people and wounded eight late Friday night.

NKorea official calls US efforts to rid nukes a ‘wild dream’

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 22:00
North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador said Friday that U.S. efforts to get rid of his country’s nuclear weapons through military threats and sanctions are “a wild dream.”

Netanyahu says German official crossed line meeting with NGO

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 21:16
German officials on Friday defended a decision by the country’s top diplomat to meet with an Israeli human rights group, after Israel’s prime minister said the move had crossed a “red line.”

Stream of quakes rattles Chilean coast

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 21:16
More than a dozen moderate earthquakes have rattled the Chilean coast within just over two hours, the most powerful of them registered at magnitude 5.9.

Pakistan: Thousands of activists rally against PM Sharif

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 20:30
Thousands of supporters of Pakistan’s popular opposition leader Imran Khan have rallied in the capital Islamabad to call for the resignation of the country’s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, over his alleged corruption.

Russia seeks arrest of former Ukraine prime minister

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 20:16
Russia has sent a request to the international police agency Interpol for the arrest and extradition of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, claiming he killed Russian soldiers in Chechnya in the 1990s.

Venezuelans march to prison to demand freedom for activists

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 20:16
Hundreds of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro are marching to a military prison outside Caracas to demand the release of Leopoldo Lopez and other jailed activists they consider political prisoners.

French far-right leader Le Pen says she ‘abhors’ Holocaust doubters amid scandal over party official

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 20:00
French far-right leader Le Pen says she ‘abhors’ Holocaust doubters amid scandal over party official.

Yangon protesters force closure of Muslim schools in Myanmar

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 19:46
Ultra-nationalist Buddhist monks and their supporters have forced the closing of two Muslim schools in Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, in a reminder that religious strife remains a threat to the country’s stability.

Russia blames the U.S. after protesters storm Macedonia's parliament

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 19:30
Russia may be trying to reframe the debate in its favor.

Austria's president suggested that every woman should wear a headscarf to fight Islamophobia

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 19:30
"If Islamophobia continues to spread … the day will come when we will have to ask all women to wear headscarves.”

Spaniard’s public ‘love letter’ sparks mixed response

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 19:16
A young Spaniard who was smitten with a woman he saw on a tram posted fliers on lamp posts hoping to make contact. Someone claiming to be the woman responded by pleading with him to leave her alone.

Reporter Q&A: What to look for at Southeast Asian summit

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 19:00
Leaders of 10 Asian countries are meeting this weekend to discuss topics including North Korea, territorial disputes in the South China Sea and improved economic integration of the region.

The Latest: Albanian Parliament elects leader as president

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:46
The Latest on the election of Albania’s president (all times local):

Opposition lawmaker applies to European court for referendum

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:30
A lawmaker from the main opposition party in Turkey has submitted an application to the European Court of Human Rights to annul the results of April’s referendum on expanding presidential powers.

Iran: Tehran’s mayor attacks Rouhani in pre-election debate

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:16
Tehran’s mayor and presidential candidate Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf has accused President Hassan Rouhani’s administration of dishonesty, mismanagement and supporting the rich at the expense of the poor in the first debate between the six presidential candidates.

Erdogan: ‘Fresh page’ for US relations with Trump

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:16
Turkey’s president says a “fresh page” in Turkish-American relations can be opened with President Donald Trump’s administration, as high-level dialogue has intensified since January.

Worried about North Korea? Spare a thought for Otto Warmbier’s family.

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:00
The parents of the detained student say they want the U.S. government to push harder for his release.

‘Apartheid’ furor comes amid 50 years of Israeli occupation

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:00
Labeling Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as “apartheid” is like flinging a burning match into spilled gasoline — so combustible are the passions on both sides.

Ethiopia sentences 2 accused al-Shabab members to prison

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:00
Ethiopia says two men accused of trying to establish a cell of the al-Shabab extremist group inside the country have been sentenced to six years in prison.

Colombia rescuers seek survivors in collapse that killed 10

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 18:00
Rescuers say they’re searching for survivors in the wreckage of a half-built structure that collapsed in the northern Colombian city of Cartagena and killed at least 10 people.

The Latest: Death penalty described as red line for Turkey

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 17:30
The Latest on Turkey’s membership talks with the European Union (all times local):

Tombstone of famed rabbi damaged in Czech town of Prostejov

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 17:30
A tombstone of a well-known rabbi at a former Jewish cemetery in the Czech town of Prostejov has been damaged.

Among Trump aides, Mattis emerges as a key voice on national security issues

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 17:16
Trump has shown a willingness to embrace positions advocated by the retired Marine general.

Hungary completes 2nd border fence meant to stop migrants

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 17:16
A second fence on the border with Serbia meant to stop any surge in the flow of migrants toward Western Europe has been completed, the Hungarian government said Friday.

11 dead of mystery illness in Liberia as Ebola is ruled out

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 17:16
United Nations officials say at least 11 people have died from a mysterious illness in Liberia, and tests have been negative for the Ebola virus.

London’s Garden Bridge proposal is scrapped after Mayor Khan withdraws support

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 17:00
City was to underwrite the project, but mayor says there is too high a risk that taxpayers will be asked to kick in more.

Moscow political activist hospitalized after chemical attack

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:30
The Moscow leader of the liberal opposition Yabloko party says one of its activists has been hospitalized after an unknown attacker splashed a chemical in her face.

Tanzania leader fires nearly 10,000 over fake documents

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:30
Tanzanian President John Magufuli has fired nearly 10,000 civil servants accused of having falsified academic qualifications to get their jobs.

German leader to call on Gulf states to do more for refugees

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:30
German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates this weekend with a message that they should do more to help refugees.

Albanian parliament speaker Meta to be elected president

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:30
Albanian Parliament speaker Ilir Meta is expected to be elected as the country’s new president in a parliamentary vote.

In South Korea, mystification over Trump’s defense and trade comments

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:16
The president suddenly said South Korea would have to pay for a missile defense system.

Pope Francis arrives at Cairo’s Al-Azhar, highest seat of world’s Sunni Muslim learning, to meet Egypt’s grand imam

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:16
Pope Francis arrives at Cairo’s Al-Azhar, highest seat of world’s Sunni Muslim learning, to meet Egypt’s grand imam.

UK jury convicts doctor of performing unnecessary surgeries

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:16
A jury in central England has found a prominent breast surgeon guilty of carrying out unnecessary operations.

UN rights chief to visit Ethiopia after deadly protests

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:16
The United Nations says the U.N. human rights chief will visit Ethiopia next month at the invitation of the government, which has rejected U.N. and other outside offers to investigate months of deadly protests.

Indonesia, Philippines boost links, to launch sea patrols

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 16:00
The leaders of Indonesia and the Philippines pledged Friday to boost bilateral ties and launch maritime patrols of their sea border to prevent kidnappings.

UBS profits rise on higher trading, commission earnings

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 15:46
Swiss bank UBS has reported a near doubling in its first quarter net profit to 1.3 billion francs ($1.3 billion), as its wealth management and investment banking operations grew.

Germany arrests Swiss citizen suspected of espionage

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 15:46
German prosecutors say authorities have arrested a 54-year-old Swiss citizen on suspicion of espionage.

World War II still casts shadow over France amid campaigning

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 15:16
The darkest moment in France’s modern history ended seven decades ago with the Nazis’ defeat, yet still casts a lingering shadow of shame — one now clouding the race to elect a new president.

Indonesian women’s group issues edict against child marriage

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 15:16
Indonesia’s main Muslim women’s group has issued an edict against child marriage, urging the government of the world’s most populous Muslim nation to increase the legal minimum age for females to marry from 16 to 18 years, the group said Friday.

German airlines to scrap requirement for 2 people in cockpit

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 15:16
Germany’s aviation association says the country’s airlines have decide to scrap rules requiring two people in the cockpit at the same time, implemented after a Germanwings pilot is believed to have crashed his own plane in France two years ago.

Pope Francis meets Egypt’s president at the start of the Catholic pontiff’s historic two-day visit to Egypt

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 15:00
Pope Francis meets Egypt’s president at the start of the Catholic pontiff’s historic two-day visit to Egypt.

EU summit to assess Ireland’s future in wake of Brexit

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 15:00
European Union leaders meeting Saturday to approve the guidelines that will drive divorce negotiations with Britain will also assess wording which would allow a united Ireland —including Northern Ireland — to become part of the bloc at a potential future date.

Trekker rescued after 47 days in Nepal celebrates birthday

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 15:00
A Taiwanese man who was rescued after 47 days on a mountain in Nepal has celebrated his 21st birthday at a hospital in the capital.

The Latest: Japanese fighter jets join US carrier in drills

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:46
The Latest on U.S. efforts to curb North Korea’s nuclear program (all times local):

AP Explains: Who are Egypt’s Coptic Christians?

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:46
Pope Francis meets Friday with the leader of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, part of a two-day trip to the Arab world’s most populous country that comes as Islamic State group militants have been increasingly targeting its Christian minority.

Seen as a setback to justice, Egypt ratifies judges’ law

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:30
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has ratified much-contested legal amendments that effectively give him power over the country’s courts, as he will be the one appointing heads of judicial bodies.

Local flooding, flood alerts under heavy rain in Poland

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:30
Local authorities in Poland floods or potential flooding have been reported in southern and central Poland following days of heavy rain and snow.

China publishes addresses of corruption suspects abroad

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:30
Beijing’s most wanted may be holed up in a Staten Island cul-de-sac or a suburb of California’s Inland Empire. Others could be hiding in a waterfront condo in the Carribbean or the east end of London.

Pope Francis’ plane touches down in Cairo for historic two-day visit to show a united Christian-Muslim front

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:30
Pope Francis’ plane touches down in Cairo for historic two-day visit to show a united Christian-Muslim front.

Pope Francis begin Egypt trip in outreach to embattled Christians

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:16
Heavy security was in place for the papal visit three weeks after Palm Sunday church attacks that killed dozens of people.

All 100 senators sign letter asking for equal treatment of Israel at the U.N.

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:16
Ununual unanimity echoes campaign by U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley to address alleged bias

General transportation strike brings much of Brazil to halt

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:16
Buses, trains and metros have been halted across much of Brazil as a general strike kicks off.

Germany: Mistakes made in case of soldier planning attack

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:00
Germany’s Interior Ministry says it will “leave no stone unturned” in trying to determine how a Bundeswehr soldier who spoke no Arabic managed to register as a Syrian asylum seeker.

Erdogan to return to Turkey’s governing party on May 2

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:00
Turkey’s prime minister says the governing party will be inviting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to rejoin its ranks on May 2.

Chemical weapons team ready to visit Syria if safety assured

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 14:00
The chief of the international chemical weapons watchdog says his team of experts is ready and willing to travel to the site of a deadly nerve gas attack in Syria if their safety can be assured.

Poland’s ruling Party backs out of plan to expand Warsaw

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:46
Poland’s ruling party says it is halting a plan to expand the capital city following protests, saying it needs more consultation with the people.

Portugal jobless rate falls to 8-year low as finances mend

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:46
Portugal’s economy continues to rebound from its recent crisis, with the unemployment rate in February falling to an eight-year low of 9.9 percent.

Israeli media: US businessman questioned in Netanyahu probe

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:46
Israeli media are reporting that police have questioned an American businessman as part of a corruption probe involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

1 in critical condition after 5 go thru ice in Arctic Norway

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:46
Norwegian authorities say a man who was among five Russian tourists who went through the ice in Svalbard fjord on a snowmobile trek remains in an unstable critical condition.

UK man dressed as gorilla crawls through London Marathon

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:16
The London Marathon started five days ago, and Tom Harrison is nearly done.

The Latest: Thai police get arrest warrant for Red Bull heir

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:16
The Latest on the investigation into a Red Bull energy-drink heir accused in a fatal 2012 hit-and-run in Thailand (all times local):

Thai police say they’ve obtained arrest warrant for Red Bull heir accused of deadly 2012 hit-and-run accident.

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:16
Thai police say they’ve obtained arrest warrant for Red Bull heir accused of deadly 2012 hit-and-run accident.

UK marine who killed injured Taliban fighter freed from jail

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 13:00
A British Royal Marine commando who fatally shot an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan has been released from prison after his murder conviction was downgraded to manslaughter.

African dictator’s trial opens path to justice elsewhere

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:46
Souleymane Guengueng was barely able to walk or see when the prison doors swung open and he and hundreds of others were released in Chad in 1990 after dictator Hissene Habre fled. He then began collecting accounts of torture. A quarter-century later, those accounts helped convict and uphold a life sentence for Habre in a landmark trial that sets a precedent for victims elsewhere to pursue justice.

The Latest: Security tight where Francis will overnight

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:46
The Latest on Pope Francis’ visit to Egypt (all times local):

Denmark charges 6 men for joining radical Muslims in Syria

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:46
A Danish prosecutor has charged six men with violating Danish terrorism laws by joining the Islamic State group from 2013 to 2016.

Turkey arrests American entering from Syria

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:46
A Turkish official says an American man has been arrested after crossing the border from Syria and handing himself over to the authorities.

Father says murdered blogger threatened over religious views

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:00
The father of a blogger who was killed this week in the Maldives says his son received death threats for months from local gangs who appeared to hold radical religious views.

Prosecutors demand 3½ years for jailed Russian blogger

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:00
Russian prosecutors are demanding that a blogger spend 3½ years in prison for playing “Pokemon Go” in a church.

The Latest: Polish officials reject Macron’s comments

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 12:00
The Latest on the French presidential election (all times local):

Vietnam court condemns 8 to death for heroin trafficking

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:46
Vietnamese state media say a court in Hanoi has condemned eight people to death for heroin trafficking.

Nigeria says president still in charge amid health concerns

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:46
Nigeria’s government is again trying to reassure citizens over the health of President Muhammadu Buhari even while acknowledging that he spends most of his time working from home.

Iran summons Pakistani envoy over attack on borders guards

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:46
Iran’s official IRNA news agency is reporting that the country’s foreign ministry has summoned the Pakistani envoy to protest an attack on Iranian guards near the border with Pakistan that left nine dead.

Trump now says he would check with China before another call with Taiwan’s president

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:16
Seeking help on North Korea, Trump is now more careful to avoid ruffling Chinese feelings over Taiwan.

China won’t confirm US claim of new pressure on North Korea

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:16
China’s foreign ministry on Friday refused to confirm or deny U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s assertion that Beijing has threatened to impose unilateral sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests.

German ban on full-face veils for public servants goes ahead

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:16
The German Parliament has approved a government proposal that would ban the wearing of full-face veils for public servants while they are at work.

China convicts Christian lawyer of subverting state power

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:00
A Chinese court says it has convicted a prominent Christian human rights lawyer of subverting state power and sentenced him to three years’ imprisonment, suspended for four years.

Germany passes controversial security agreement with Egypt

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:46
Germany’s Parliament has approved a measure for closer cooperation with Egypt on security issues to fight terrorism, which rights organizations say could make Germany complicit in Egyptian human rights abuses.

Spain’s economy keeps up positive run with Q1 growth

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:30
Spain’s statistics agency says the economy grew 0.8 percent in the first quarter, keeping it as one of the fastest growing in the European Union.

Nigeria says 15 suspected Boko Haram fighters shot dead

Fri, 04/28/2017 - 10:16
Nigeria’s military says at least 15 gunmen believed to be Boko Haram Islamic extremists have been shot dead during a battle with soldiers.

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