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Putin sworn in for 4th term; promises economic reforms

By JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin took the oath of office for his fourth term as Russian president on Monday, promising to pursue an economic agenda that would boost living standards across the country. In a ceremony in an ornate Kremlin hall in Moscow, Putin said ...

Guatemala’s crusading prosecutor exits amid praise, threats

By SONIA PEREZ D., Associated Press GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — It's been a long time since it was safe for Thelma Aldana to go out in public alone, and perhaps it never will be again. As chief prosecutor for Guatemala, Aldana won plaudits at home and abroad as the woman who sent a president to ...

2 found dead in quake-hit Polish coal mine; 3 still missing

By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish rescue workers on Sunday found the bodies of two miners after an earthquake hit a coal mine in southern Poland. Three other miners remain missing some 900 meters (2,950 feet) below ground since the quake hit Saturday ...

Low turnout worries politicians as Lebanon voting ends

By PHILIP ISSA and BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's first national elections in nine years were marked by a tepid turnout Sunday, reflecting voter frustration over endemic corruption and a stagnant economy. Politicians had urged citizens to vote, and security forces ...

Britain hopes to address Trump concerns on Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Britain's ambassador to the U.S. said Sunday his country believes it's still possible to address President Donald Trump's concerns about the Iran nuclear deal in time to prevent him from pulling out of the agreement. Kim Darroch said Britain has ideas for dealing with those ...

Hundreds arrested in Russia amid anti-Putin protests

By JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russians angered by the impending inauguration of Vladimir Putin to a new term as president demonstrated throughout the country on Saturday. Police arrested hundreds, including protest organizer Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who ...

Turkish opposition parties form alliance before June 24 vote

ISTANBUL (AP) — Four opposition parties in Turkey have announced a political alliance ahead of the country's June 24 national election, aiming to mount a meaningful challenge to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party. Speaking to reporters Saturday, the main opposition Republican ...

Indian-held Kashmir erupts in deadly violence, killing 7

By AIJAZ HUSSAIN, Associated Press SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian troops killed three suspected rebels during a gunbattle Saturday in the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir, while police blamed insurgents for killing three other men during a day of violence and protests in the disputed ...

Honduras regrets US move to end temporary protected status

By FREDDY CUEVAS, Associated Press TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — President Juan Orlando Hernandez's government expressed regret over a U.S. move Friday to end temporary protected status, or TPS, for tens of thousands of Hondurans who have resided in the United States for nearly two ...

Trump cites knife crime in London before first visit to UK

LONDON (AP) — Some British doctors and legislators have reacted angrily to President Donald Trump's comments comparing a London hospital to a war zone because of knife crime. Dr. Martin Griffiths, a surgeon at the Royal London Hospital, tweeted Saturday he would be "happy to invite Mr. ...

7 miners missing in Poland after tremor hits coal mine

By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Seven coal miners are missing after a tremor struck a mine in southern Poland, a spokeswoman for a coal mining company said Saturday. A rescue operation was launched at 11:25 a.m. Saturday after a tremor occurred at the Zofiowka ...

Armenian capital calm after protests end _ but at what cost?

By YURAS KARMANAU and DAVID KEYTON, Associated Press YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — After weeks of raucous protests, the streets of the Armenian capital suddenly calmed Thursday and the ruling party confirmed it would back an opposition leader to become prime minister next week. The opposition ...

Germany vows to take tougher stance on migrant deportations

By FRANK JORDANS and KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of German police officers raided a refugee shelter in the southern town of Ellwangen on Thursday, days after an angry mob of migrants prevented authorities from deporting a 23-year-old man from Togo. The ...

Rainstorm kills at least 91, injures over 160 in India

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — A powerful dust storm and rain swept parts of north and western India overnight, causing house collapses, toppling trees and leaving at least 91 people dead and more than 160 injured, officials said Thursday. The devastation was particularly severe Wednesday night in ...

Iran’s foreign minister says no renegotiating nuclear deal

By NASSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister took to YouTube on Thursday to criticize President Donald Trump's threat to withdraw from the nuclear deal, saying Iran will not "renegotiate or add onto" the atomic accord. Mohammad Javad ...

Australian first lady ‘flattered’ by ‘delicious’ description

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's prime minister said on Thursday his wife was "flattered and charmed" to be described by President Emmanuel Macron as "delicious," a compliment that has sparked lighthearted conjecture during the French leader's first ...

US-China trade talks center on rivalry over technology

By GILLIAN WONG and KELVIN CHAN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A high-powered U.S. delegation arrived in Beijing on Thursday for talks with Chinese officials on defusing tensions that are propelling the world's two largest economies toward a trade war. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is ...

Opposition protesters block Armenia’s main airport

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Opposition protesters on Wednesday blocked the road leading from Armenia's capital, Yerevan, to its airport, as well as several subway stations and government ministries after their leader called for a national strike. The actions Wednesday follow the parliament's ...

Faux pas: France’s Macron says Aussie PM’s wife ‘delicious’

By TREVOR MARSHALLSEA, Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Was it a Freudian slip by French President Emmanuel Macron? A joke linked to French gastronomy? Or even, a week after his visit to Washington, a parody of President Donald Trump's infamous comments about Macron's wife? Whatever the case, ...

Morocco cuts ties with Iran over Sahara weapons dispute

By AMIRA EL MASAITI, Associated Press RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco severed relations with Iran Tuesday, accusing the Mideast country of providing funds, training and weapons to Polisario Front independence fighters in the disputed Western Sahara. Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita ...