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China’s Huawei unveils 5G phone with folding screen

By KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Reporter BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — China's Huawei unveiled a new folding-screen phone on Sunday, joining the latest trend for bendable devices as it challenges the global smartphone market's dominant players, Apple and Samsung. Huawei revealed its Mate X phone on ...

Clean up begins on Venezuela-Colombia border after unrest

By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Venezuelan migrants on Sunday helped clean debris from a bridge where troops loyal to President Nicolas Maduro a day earlier fired tear gas on activists trying to deliver humanitarian aid in violent clashes ...

Prince Harry, Meghan back education for girls in Morocco

By AMIRA EL MASAITI, Associated Press ASNI, Morocco (AP) — Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, flew up to a village in Morocco's rugged Atlas Mountains on Sunday to visit a school and encourage girls to pursue an education no matter what the obstacles. Harry and the pregnant ...

Pope vows to end abuse cover-ups but victims disappointed

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis closed out his extraordinary summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing Sunday to confront abusers with "the wrath of God" felt by the faithful, end the cover-ups by their superiors and prioritize the victims of this ...

Israel-Central Europe summit canceled

By VANESSA GERA and ARON HELLER, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's prime minister canceled plans for his country to send a delegation to meeting in Jerusalem on Monday after the acting Israeli foreign minister said that Poles "collaborated with the Nazis" and "sucked ...

Netanyahu’s Nazi remark prompts Poland to nix Israel summit

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's off-hand comment about Poland and the Holocaust has overshadowed a summit of central European leaders this week in Israel and on Monday Poland pulled out of the gathering in protest. Poland's abrupt ...

EU states mixed on Trump demand to take back IS fighters

By LORNE COOK and GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's demand that European countries take back their citizens fighting in Syria received a mixed reaction Monday, as nations voiced concerns about how to bring home-grown Islamic State extremists to ...

‘Digital gangsters’: UK wants tougher rules for Facebook

By MAE ANDERSON and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that calls for tougher rules on Facebook to keep it from acting like "digital gangsters" and intentionally violating data privacy and competition laws. The report on fake news ...

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Organizers of Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen survivor-activists who have come to Rome to protest the Catholic Church's response to date and demand an end to decades of cover-up by ...

Trial of Catalan separatists begins in Madrid amid protests

By ARITZ PARRA and JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — A sensitive trial against a dozen Catalan separatist politicians and activists got underway Tuesday in Spain's Supreme Court amid protests by pro-independence supporters and a highly volatile political environment. The ...

Refugee footballer freed by Thailand returns to Australia

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A refugee soccer player thanked Australians on his return home Tuesday hours after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted and three months after he was detained in Thailand. Hundreds of supporters carrying welcome signs ...

17 killed in fire at shoddy New Delhi hotel, 4 others hurt

By SHONAL GANGULY, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — A fire engulfed a shoddily built budget hotel in central New Delhi early Tuesday, killing 17 people and injuring at least four others, including a woman from Myanmar who leaped from an upper floor to escape the flames, Indian authorities ...

US-led coalition hits mosque in Syria used by Islamic State

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition says it has hit a mosque used by the Islamic State group as a command and control center in eastern Syria. The coalition said Tuesday it launched the strike in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, who are fighting to drive the extremists ...

Venezuela’s crisis hits stand-still over emergency aid

By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Nearly three weeks after the Trump administration backed an all-out effort to force out President Nicolas Maduro, the embattled socialist leader is holding strong and defying predictions of an imminent ...

UK, EU leaders spar during ‘robust’ Brexit talks

By RAF CASERT and LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sparred on Thursday during "robust" talks on the U.K.'s Brexit plans, and agreed to hold more negotiations until the end of the month — a ...

Russian official: Another nuclear pact with US in trouble

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Another U.S.-Russian nuclear pact is in danger following the U.S. move to withdraw from a Cold War-era arms control treaty, a senior Russian diplomat said Thursday. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov charged that the U.S. refusal to ...

Images suggest Iran launched satellite despite US criticism

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran appears to have attempted a second satellite launch despite U.S. criticism that its space program helps the country develop ballistic missiles, satellite images released Thursday suggest. Iran did not immediately ...

5-year-old girl rescued from collapsed building in Turkey

By MEHMET GUZEL, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — A 5-year-old girl was rescued from the rubble of the eight-story apartment building in Istanbul on Thursday, raising the number of survivors of the collapsed structure to 13. At least three people have been found dead. The girl, Havva ...

German antitrust authorities restrict Facebook data use

By DAVID RISING, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — German antitrust authorities ruled Thursday against Facebook combining user data from different sources, saying it was exploiting its position as a dominant social media company in violation of European regulations. The Federal Cartel Office, ...

Cornered in Syria, IS lays groundwork for a new insurgency

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State gunmen came out of hiding in the middle of the night and set up a checkpoint on a rural road in eastern Syria. For several hours, they stopped those passing and searched through their mobile phones to check their allegiances, ...