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Sweden votes in election amid heated debate on immigration

By PIETRO DECRISTOFARO and JARI TANNER, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden went to the polls Sunday in a general election that is expected to be one of the most unpredictable and thrilling races in the Scandinavian country for decades amid heated debate on immigration. The election ...

Boris Johnson’s Brexit ‘suicide vest’ comment sparks furor

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has compared Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for Brexit to putting the country's constitution in a "suicide vest" and handing the detonator to the European Union — remarks that drew ...

China’s trade surplus with US hits record $31 billion

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — China's trade surplus with the United States widened to a record $31 billion in August as exports surged despite American tariff hikes, potentially adding fuel to President Donald Trump's battle with Beijing over industrial policy. Exports ...

N. Korea stages huge parade, holds back on advanced missiles

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea rolled out some of its latest tanks and marched its best-trained goose-stepping units through Kim Il Sung Square in a major military parade on Sunday to mark its 70th anniversary, but held back its most advanced ...

Calm returns to Iraq’s Basra after week of violent protests

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BASRA, Iraq (AP) — A sense of calm returned to Iraq's southern city of Basra on Sunday after a week of violent protests over unemployment and poor public services that left at least 15 people dead and threatened stability in the oil-rich ...

Amsterdam: ‘Terrorist motive’ alleged in attack on Americans

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press AMSTERDAM (AP) — A 19-year-old Afghan citizen had a "terrorist motive" for allegedly stabbing two Americans at the main train station in Amsterdam, city authorities in the Dutch capital said Saturday. Amsterdam police shot and wounded the suspect after the ...

German police end march envisioned as far-right springboard

By ADAM PEMBLE and KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, Associated Press CHEMNITZ, Germany (AP) — Police in eastern Germany brought an early close Saturday to an anti-migrant march that far-right activists hoped would launch a nationwide movement to challenge the political establishment, with the fatal ...

Foreign minister to Germans: get off the couch, fight racism

By ADAM PEMBLE and KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, Associated Press CHEMNITZ, Germany (AP) — Germany's foreign minister told his fellow countrymen Sunday they're too lazy when it comes to battling racism and fighting for democracy. "We have to get off the couch and open the mouth," Heiko Maas said in ...

Trump: Canada ‘will be out’ of trade deal unless it’s ‘fair’

By LUIS ALONSO LUGO, PAUL WISEMAN and ROB GILLIES, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Canada on Saturday that it "will be out" of a revised North American trade agreement unless it's "fair" to the United States, and he threatened to scrap the current deal should ...

Blasts from area of military airport shake Syrian capital

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A string of powerful blasts from the direction of a military airport in Damascus lit up the skies and shook the capital city in the early morning hours on Sunday, residents and state TV reported. The explosions were seen and heard coming from the direction of the ...

Paul McCartney talks of seeing God during psychedelic trip

LONDON (AP) — Former Beatle Paul McCartney has told a British newspaper he believes he once saw God during a psychedelic trip. The 76-year-old star told The Sunday Times he was "humbled" by the experience. He said that "it was huge. A massive wall that I couldn't see the top of, and I was ...

Australian arrested at Cambodian rally convicted of spying

By SOPHENG CHEANG, Associated Press PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — An Australian filmmaker arrested after flying a drone to photograph a Cambodian opposition party rally last year was convicted of spying and sentenced to six years in prison Friday. James Ricketson had faced up to 10 years in ...

Dutch police shoot suspect after stabbing at train station

By ALEKSANDAR FURTULA, Associated Press AMSTERDAM (AP) — Police in the Dutch capital shot and wounded a suspect Friday after he stabbed two people at Amsterdam's busy central railway station. Hours after the incident, police said they were still investigating a possible motive for the ...

US Navy seizes 1,000 smuggled rifles off war-torn Yemen

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military said early Friday it seized over 1,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles being smuggled by small ships in the Gulf of Aden amid the ongoing war in nearby Yemen. The seizure by the guided-missile destroyer USS ...

El Salvador: 3 kids separated in US were abused at shelters

By MARCOS ALEMAN, Associated Press SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Three minors from El Salvador separated from their parents after crossing the U.S. border were sexually abused in shelters in Arizona, Salvadoran officials said Thursday. Liduvina Magarin, deputy foreign relations minister ...

New Zealand allows Chelsea Manning entry for speaking tour

By NICK PERRY, Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand authorities said on Friday that convicted secrets leaker Chelsea Manning can enter the country for a speaking tour, a day after tour organizers said she couldn't enter Australia. Manning was convicted and sentenced ...

AP sources: Lawyer was told Russia had ‘Trump over a barrel’

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Justice Department lawyer says a former British spy told him at a breakfast meeting two years ago that Russian intelligence believed it had Donald Trump "over a barrel," according to multiple people familiar with the ...

Pope on McCarrick claims: “I won’t say a word about it.”

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis declined Sunday to confirm or deny claims by the Vatican's retired ambassador to the United States that he knew in 2013 about sexual misconduct allegations against the former archbishop of Washington, Theodore ...

In familiar dance, Turkey warms to Russia as US ties unravel

By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — Relations between Turkey and Russia are cozy, prompting worries in the West of a potentially critical rift in the NATO alliance. But Turkey's president may be engaged in a balancing act, tactically turning to Russia as ties with the ...

Ugandan pop star, government critic Bobi Wine free on bail

By RODNEY MUHUMUZA, Associated Press KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan pop star-turned-government critic Bobi Wine was freed on bail Monday. The 36-year-old lawmaker, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, has been in detention since Aug. 14. Ssentamu was released by a judge in the northern ...