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When child sex isn’t rape: French to set age of consent

PARIS (AP) — Is a 13-year-old old enough to agree to sex with an adult? That's a question France is asking as the government prepares to set a legal age for sexual consent for the first time. Twice in recent weeks, French courts have refused to prosecute men for rape after they had sex with ...

Tillerson says US considers individual sanctions for Myanmar

By ESTHER HTUSAN, Associated Press NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that his country was deeply concerned by "credible reports" of atrocities committed by Myanmar's security forces and called for an independent investigation into a humanitarian ...

Australians endorse gay marriage, ensuring Parliament bill

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of Australians supported gay marriage in a postal survey that ensures Parliament will consider legalizing same-sex weddings this year, although the form any law would take and its allowances for religious ...

Ex-Danish film company boss embroiled in harassment claims

By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A film production company co-founded by Danish director Lars von Trier has asked Danish officials to help investigate after several women accused its former chief executive of sexual harassment and allowing a culture of bullying in ...

Over 400 dead from earthquake in Iran-Iraq border area

By NASSER KARIMI and AMIR VAHDAT, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Rescuers dug with their bare hands Monday through the debris of buildings brought down by a powerful earthquake that killed more than 400 people in the once-contested mountainous border region between Iraq and Iran, with ...

Report shows emissions rise as climate talks enter 2nd week

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press BONN, Germany (AP) — As a new report showed the world backsliding on curbing carbon emissions, observers at global climate talks said Monday it might fall to ministers to break a deadlock over issues such as compensation for countries hardest-hit by global ...

UN agency report shows Iran meeting nuke deal commitments

By GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press VIENNA (AP) — The United Nations agency monitoring Iran's compliance with a landmark nuclear treaty issued a report Monday certifying that the country is keeping its end of the deal that U.S. President Donald Trump claims Tehran has violated repeatedly. The ...

Iranians report at least 61 dead, 300 injured from quake

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the region along the border between Iran and Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 61 people and injuring 300 in Iran, an Iranian official said. Iranian state TV said Iraqi officials had reported six deaths and 200 injuries inside Iraq, ...

Lebanon PM says he will return to seek settlement

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — In his first TV interview since he announced his surprise resignation last weekend, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Sunday he will return to his country from Saudi Arabia "within days" to seek a settlement with the militant group ...

Trump unlikely to rebuke Duterte for drug war killings

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sanctioned a bloody drug war that features extrajudicial killing. He called Barack Obama a "son of a whore." This week, he boasted that he murdered a man with his own hands. All that may ...

Prince Charles stands in for queen at war memorial ceremony

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles has led Britain's annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony for war dead, taking the role held for more than six decades by his mother Queen Elizabeth II. The 91-year-old queen, dressed in black, watched the service at London's ...

A list of heartbreak: Newspaper tallies 33,293 dead migrants

BERLIN (AP) — The German paper Der Tagesspiegel has published a list of 33,293 people who it says died while trying to immigrate to Europe. The list is 46 pages long and covers the period from 1993 to May 29, 2017. The newspaper cites the victims' names, ages, countries of origin, ...

Turkey denies report of plan to kidnap cleric Gulen from US

BY ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey on Sunday dismissed as "ludicrous and groundless" a report that Turkish officials may have discussed kidnapping a U.S.-based Muslim cleric in exchange for millions of dollars. On Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported that ...

Dubai Air Show opens with Emirates’ $15.1B Boeing buy

By AYA BATRAWY and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The biennial Dubai Air Show opened Sunday with hometown long-haul carrier Emirates making a $15.1 billion buy of American-made Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners, as the world's biggest defense companies promoted ...

Ex-comic challenges president in Slovenian election runoff

By JOVANA GEC, Associated Press BLED, Slovenia (AP) — Voters in Slovenia cast ballots Sunday in a presidential runoff, with President Borut Pahor's bid for re-election facing a tough challenge from an ex-comedian who's now the mayor of a northern town. Pahor, a veteran politician known as ...

Trump straddles on issue of Russian election meddling

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump tried to have it both ways Sunday on the issue of Russian interference in last year's presidential race, saying he believes the U.S. intelligence agencies when they say Russia meddled and ...

Talking tough on trade, Trump pushes ‘America first’ in Asia

By JILL COLVIN and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press DANANG, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump stood before a summit of Asian leaders keen on regional trade pacts and delivered a roaring "America first" message Friday, denouncing China for unfair trade practices just a day after he had ...

Sri Lanka govt faces pressure over torture, rape allegations

By JAMEY KEATEN & PAISLEY DODDS, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Sri Lanka's government faced increasing pressure Friday to answer for alleged human rights violations following an Associated Press investigation that found more than 50 men who said they were raped, branded or tortured as ...

Saudi arrest of Binladin family scion shatters royal entente

By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Among those caught in the unprecedented arrests this week of top princes, wealthy businessmen and senior officials was the scion of one of Saudi Arabia's most recognizable families: Bakr Binladin, the chairman of the ...

France: 3 students injured when car deliberately rams group

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — A French prosecutor said a car that rammed into a group of students in a city in southwest France on Friday was driven by a man known to have "psychiatric" problems. Toulouse prosecutor Pierre-Yves Couilleau told reporters that three students ...