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Oil price jumps on fear of Iranian retaliation against US

By CARLO PIOVANO Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The price of oil surged Friday as global investors were gripped with uncertainty over the potential repercussions after the United States killed Iran's top general. News that Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran's elite Quds Force, was killed ...

Australian prime minister is jeered in wildfire-ravaged zone

By TRISTAN LAVALETTE Associated Press PERTH, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison was confronted by angry residents who cursed and insulted him Thursday as he visited a wildfire-ravaged corner of the country. Locals in Cobargo, in New South Wales, yelled at him, made obscene ...

Co-creator defends suspected UAE spying app called ToTok

By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — If the popular ToTok video and voice calling app is a spying tool of the United Arab Emirates, that's news to its co-creator. Giacomo Ziani defended his work in an interview with The Associated Press and said he had no ...

Lebanon receives Interpol notice for ex-Nissan fugitive

By BASSEM MROUE and AJ NADDAFF Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Interpol issued a wanted notice Thursday for former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, who jumped bail in Japan and fled to Lebanon rather than face trial on financial misconduct charges in a dramatic escape that has confounded and ...

Attack on US Embassy exposes widening US-Iraq divide on Iran

By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The New Year's Eve attack on the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad has exposed a deepening divide between the United States and Iraq over Iran's role there, even as the Pentagon embarks on a more aggressive mission to counter ...

Turkish lawmakers authorize sending troops to fight in Libya

By SUZAN FRASER Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament on Thursday authorized the deployment of troops to Libya to support the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli that is battling forces loyal to a rival government seeking to capture the capital. Turkish lawmakers voted ...

Militiamen withdraw from US Embassy but Iraq tensions linger

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and JOSEPH KRAUSS Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran-backed militiamen withdrew from the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Wednesday after two days of clashes with American security forces, but U.S.-Iran tensions remain high and could spill over into further ...

Baghdad embassy attack prompts Pompeo to delay Ukraine visit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The breach of the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad has prompted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to postpone his trip to Ukraine and four other countries. Pompeo was to arrive in Ukraine late Thursday in his first visit to the country at the center of President Donald Trump's ...

Police, protesters clash in New Year’s rally in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people packed Hong Kong streets for an annual New Year's Day protest march as the monthslong pro-democracy movement extended into 2020 with further violence between police and demonstrators. Police said they arrested some 400 people for unlawful ...

Global air crash deaths fall by more than half in 2019

By DAVID McHUGH AP Business Writer FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The number of deaths in major air crashes around the globe fell by more than half in 2019, according to a report by an aviation consulting firm. The To70 consultancy said Wednesday that 257 people died in eight fatal accidents in ...

Attack on US Embassy in Iraq shows stark choices for Trump

By ROBERT BURNS and ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The attack on the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad by Iran-supported militiamen Tuesday is a stark demonstration that Iran can still strike at American interests despite President Donald Trump's economic pressure ...

Protesters attack US Embassy in Baghdad after airstrikes

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Angered by deadly airstrikes targeting an Iran-backed militia, dozens of Iraqi Shiite militiamen and their supporters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Tuesday, smashing a main door and setting fire to a reception area in ...

Making misery pay: Libya militias take EU funds for migrants

By MAGGIE MICHAEL, LORI HINNANT and RENATA BRITO Associated Press TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — When the European Union started funneling millions of euros into Libya to slow the tide of migrants crossing the Mediterranean, the money came with EU promises to improve detention centers notorious for ...

Ex-Nissan chief skips bail, flees Japan to avoid ‘injustice’

By YURI KAGEYAMA and SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn skipped bail while awaiting trial in Japan on allegations of financial misconduct, confounding authorities by showing up in Lebanon, where he announced Tuesday that he had fled to avoid ...

Iran-backed Iraqi militia vows revenge to US strikes

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iranian-backed Iraqi militia vowed Monday to retaliate for U.S. military strikes in Iraq and Syria that killed 25 of its fighters and wounded dozens, raising concerns of new attacks that could threaten American interests in the ...

Kim calls for measures to protect North Korea’s security

By KIM TONG-HYUNG Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for his military and diplomats to prepare unspecified "offensive measures" to protect the country's security and sovereignty, the North's state media said Monday, before his end-of-year ...

Spain: Socialists pin future government on Catalan’s release

By ARITZ PARRA Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Spain's state attorney called Monday for an imprisoned Catalan politician to be allowed to be sworn in as a member of the European Union parliament, a step that could ease the way for a center-left governing alliance to take office in the ...

China convicts 3 researchers involved in gene-edited babies

By KEN MORITSUGU Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese scientist who set off an ethical debate with claims that he had made the world's first genetically edited babies was sentenced Monday to three years in prison because of his research, state media said. He Jiankui, who was convicted ...

Pompeo to visit Ukraine as Senate weighs impeachment trial

By MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Ukraine this week, making his first trip to the country at the heart of President Donald Trump's impeachment. As the Senate weighs options for a trial, Pompeo will depart Thursday on a ...

Thousands of koalas feared dead in Australia wildfires

By TRISTAN LAVALETTE Associated Press PERTH, Australia (AP) — Thousands of koalas are feared to have died in a wildfire-ravaged area north of Sydney, further diminishing Australia's iconic marsupial, while the fire danger increased in the country's east on Saturday as temperatures ...