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Egypt’s Christians flee terror in north Sinai security void

By BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press 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. The 35-year-old Christian, who owns a plumbing supply business ...

France’s 2 left-wing presidential candidates refuse to unite

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The two main left-leaning candidates in France's presidential election won't join forces after all. Socialist Benoit Hamon and far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, a former member of the Socialist Party who is supported by the Communists, ...

Poland’s populist govt brings hope to struggling rural areas

By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press KOBYLIN-BORZYMY, Poland (AP) — Life has always been hard for Witold Pogorzelski, a farmer in eastern Poland. Fuel shortages in the communist era prevented him from transporting his produce. In the capitalist era, the nearby sugar factory that provided ...

Russian opposition struggles 2 years after Nemtsov killing

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Two years after he was killed near the Kremlin, Boris Nemtsov can still attract crowds of supporters. But his death left in tatters Russia's opposition movement, which is struggling with infighting and seems unable to rally behind one ...

Germany: Heidelberg car suspect held on suspicion of murder

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. Prosecutors and police said in a statement Sunday that they're examining whether the suspect, a ...

Russians march to remember slain opposition leader Nemtsov

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of Russians are marching in the streets of Moscow to mark two years since opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down outside the Kremlin. Nemtsov was a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. His Feb. 27, 2015 death, in what appeared to be a contract ...

Malaysia: Poisoning of Kim caused paralysis, quick death

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press 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 exiled half brother was so high that it killed him within 20 minutes and caused "very serious paralysis." Kim Jong Nam ...

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

By DANICA KIRKA and NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — God's love may be free, but the Vatican says it has a copyright on the pope. Unnerved by the proliferation of papal-themed T-shirts, snow globes and tea towels around the world, the Vatican has warned it intends to ...

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

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press 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. In an unprecedented move, lawmakers have granted special ...

Russian opposition figure freed; vows fight for human rights

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. Ildar Dadin was released from his jail in the remote Altai region in southern Siberia after Russia's Supreme Court annulled ...

Germany: Merkel’s party slips behind center-left SPD in poll

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Social Democrats nudged past Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc for the first time in more than a decade according to a poll released Friday, as the center-left party rides a wave of enthusiasm from their surprise ...

Malaysia: VX nerve agent killed outcast North Korean scion

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — The poison used to kill the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader at a crowded air terminal in Malaysia last week was the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent, police said Friday. The revelation that VX nerve agent, ...

Iraq strikes IS in Syria as Iraqi forces enter western Mosul

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's air force struck Islamic State targets inside Syria for the first time on Friday as Iraqi troops on the ground pushed into western Mosul, the last major urban stronghold held by the Sunni militant group in Iraq. Iraq's Prime ...

Tiger zoo to open next to Thailand’s raided Tiger Temple

By DAKE KANG and KAWEEWIT KAEWJINDA, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — A new zoo is planned in western Thailand right next to the closed Buddhist temple that ran a lucrative tiger attraction while allegedly trafficking the endangered beasts. The closed Tiger Temple in the western province of ...

Rights group urges US to probe civilian deaths in Yemen raid

CAIRO (AP) — A prominent international human rights organization has urged the U.S. government to open an investigation into the deaths of civilians, including children, in a U.S. assault in Yemen. The Jan. 29 raid in Yakla, in central Yemen, also left one U.S. Navy Seal dead and six ...

Germany slams Russian plan to attack Reichstag replica

BERLIN (AP) — German officials are criticizing plans by the Russian military to build a replica of Berlin's Parliament building as a target for Russian teenagers to attack at a patriotic theme park near Moscow. The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday the replica would give members of the ...

US-backed Iraqi forces enter Mosul airport, military base

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Backed by the U.S.-led international coalition, Iraqi forces fought their way Thursday into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, taking control of the runway amid ...

North Korea calls Malaysian investigation ‘full of holes’

By EILEEN NG and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — After more than a week of silence in its state-controlled media, North Korea on Thursday slammed the investigation into the death of one of its citizens in Kuala Lumpur, saying Malaysia's probe is full of "holes ...

UN-sponsored Syria talks resume in Geneva after 10 months

By DOMINIQUE SOGUEL and JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Syrian peace talks under the auspices of the United Nations resumed in Geneva on Thursday, 10 months after falling apart over escalating bloodshed in the war-torn country. The talks come as Turkish troops and Syrian ...

Somalia’s new president appoints prime minister

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's new President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed on Thursday appointed a political newcomer as the prime minister, shortly before departing to Saudi Arabia for his first foreign trip since his inauguration. Somali-born Norwegian ...