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South Korean court sentences Samsung heir to 5 years prison

By YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court sentenced the billionaire chief of Samsung to five years in prison for crimes that helped oust the country's president, a stunning downfall that could freeze up decision making at a global electronics ...

Swedish journalist’s torso found in submarine death mystery

By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Journalist Kim Wall had reported on conflicts, crises and natural disasters around the world. Earlier this month, she set out to sea from laid-back Copenhagen for a story about an eccentric Danish inventor and his home-made ...

Saudi-led airstrikes hit Yemen hotel, killing at least 41

By MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — An airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition struck a hotel near Yemen's capital on Wednesday, killing at least 41 people as the alliance stepped up airstrikes against the Houthi rebels and their allies in and around Sanaa. The escalation comes amid ...

Egypt’s leader, US envoy meet after cut in American aid

By MENNA ZAKI, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president and foreign minister met with White House adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday, just hours after the Trump administration cut or delayed hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Cairo over human rights concerns. Kushner, who is ...

Russian art community turns out to support detained director

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — To a full house and rapturous applause more suited to one of his sold-out productions, Russian theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov appeared in court Wednesday and was placed under house arrest pending an investigation into ...

US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last ...

Big Ben bell falls silent in London for repairs until 2021

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — With a dozen deep bongs, Britain's Big Ben sounded the hour for the last time Monday before falling silent for repair work due to last almost four years. The giant bell atop Parliament's clock tower rang out at noon, as it has almost every ...

Spanish authorities hunting just 1 person in vehicle attacks

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish authorities on Monday said they were looking for just one person after the deadly vehicle attacks last week in Barcelona and a seaside town south of the city by a 12-man jihadi cell. Moroccan suspect Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, ...

Nigerian president vows to step up fight against Boko Haram

By BASHIR ADIGUN, Associated Press ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said his government will step up its campaign against Islamic extremist rebels but made no mention of his health he spoke to the nation for the first time Monday, after more than three months of ...

Attack victims came from around world to celebrate Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The victims of attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort came from around the world and across generations — a Canadian with an adventurous spirit, a Portuguese woman celebrating her 74th birthday, a 3-year-old Spanish boy enjoying a day out with his family. They are ...

PM: Iraqi forces begin operation to retake Tal Afar from IS

By AHMED SAMI, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces on Sunday began a multi-pronged military operation to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, from the Islamic State group, Iraq's prime minister announced. Tal Afar and the surrounding area is one of the ...

Grace Mugabe returns to Zimbabwe despite assault claim

By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned home from South Africa on Sunday despite calls that she be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel in Johannesburg. A report by Zimbabwean state ...

French designer in costly dispute over Pitt-Jolie chateau

PARIS (AP) — A French lighting designer has won a $600,000 court ruling in a dispute with Brad Pitt over a grandiose re-design of the chateau in Provence that he and Angelina Jolie shared. But designer Odile Soudant isn't stopping there. She says her business went under because of Pitt's ...

Police say 39 people detained over neo-Nazi march in Berlin

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police say 39 people were detained Saturday in connection with a far-right march commemorating the 30th anniversary of the death of high-ranking Nazi official Rudolf Hess. More than 500 neo-Nazis had attempted to march to the site of the former prison in Berlin's western ...

Report: German writer wanted by Turkey released in Spain

BERLIN (AP) — German news agency dpa reports that a German writer detained in Spain on a Turkish warrant has been released from jail. Dpa cited lawyer Ilias Uyar as saying Sunday that his client Dogan Akhanli had been ordered to stay in Madrid while Turkey's extradition request is ...

New UK aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives at port

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The HMS Queen Elizabeth, the biggest ship ever built for the British navy, sailed into its homeport for the first time Wednesday as tens of thousands jammed the harbor to welcome it. The 3 billion-pound ($3.9 billion) ship arrived at ...

Afghan migrant ‘Little Picasso’ offered Serbian citizenship

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia offered a 10-year-old migrant from Afghanistan, who has been nicknamed "Little Picasso" because of his talent for painting, and his family citizenship on Wednesday, after they spent eight months in a refugee camp while seeking to reach Switzerland. Serbia's ...

UK vows Brexit won’t mean the return of Irish border posts

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The British government has vowed repeatedly to end the free movement of people from the European Union when the U.K. leaves the bloc in 2019. But on Wednesday it acknowledged that, in one area of the country, it won't. Britain said there must ...

Big Ben backlash: Plan to silence beloved bell under review

LONDON (AP) — British Parliament officials say they will review plans to silence Big Ben during four years of repairs after politicians criticized the lengthy muting of the beloved bell. Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday that "it can't be right for Big Ben to be silent for four ...

Kenya opposition says it will challenge election in court

By TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's opposition announced Wednesday it will challenge the results of last week's presidential election in Supreme Court and wage a campaign of civil disobedience, saying it has decided to expose what it called a "computer-generated ...