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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 ...

Trump faces raft of foreign policy challenges in new year

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump starts the new year knee-deep in daunting foreign policy challenges at the same time he'll have to deal with a likely impeachment trial in the Senate and the demands of a reelection campaign. There's still no end in ...

Drawn-out sex crimes case rattles Israel-Australia ties

By TIA GOLDENBERG Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Nicole Meyer endured years of sexual abuse allegedly at the hands of her former school principal. She's had to watch as her alleged abuser fled her residence in Australia for Israel, evaded justice for years and is now undergoing a ...

Rwanda avoids US-style opioids crisis by making own morphine

By CARA ANNA and CLAIRE GALOFARO Associated Press BUSHEKELI, Rwanda (AP) — It was something, the silence. Nothing but the puff of her breath and the scuff of her slip-on shoes as Madeleine Mukantagara walked through the fields to her first patient of the day. Piercing cries once echoed down ...

Truck bomb in Somali capital kills at least 79 at rush hour

By ABDI GULED undefined MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A truck bomb exploded at a busy security checkpoint in Somalia's capital Saturday morning, killing at least 79 people including many students, authorities said. It was the worst attack in Mogadishu since the devastating 2017 bombing that ...

Christmas typhoon leaves 20 dead in Philippines

By JIM GOMEZ Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A strong typhoon that barreled through the central Philippines left at least 20 people dead and forced thousands to flee their homes, devastating Christmas celebrations in the predominantly Catholic country. Typhoon Phanfone stranded ...

At each end of Pacific, skepticism over China farm purchases

By JOSH FUNK, PAUL WISEMAN and JOE McDONALD AP Business Writers OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — President Donald Trump likes to joke that America's farmers have a nice problem on their hands: They're going to need bigger tractors to keep up with surging Chinese demand for their soybeans and other ...

Trump warns of ‘carnage’ in rebel stronghold in Syria

PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is speaking out against the "carnage" involving thousands of civilians in a rebel stronghold in Syria. In a tweet Thursday, Trump wrote: "Russia, Syria, and Iran are killing, or on their way to killing, thousands of innocent civilians in Idlib ...

Court rules Turkey violated freedoms by banning Wikipedia

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's highest court on Thursday ruled in favor of Wikipedia, saying the Turkish government's two-year ban on the online encyclopedia constitutes a violation of freedom of expression, the state-run news agency reported. Turkey blocked Wikipedia in April 2017, accusing ...

Iraq president rejects Iran-backed prime minister nominee

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's president refused on Thursday to designate a prime minister candidate nominated by the Iran-backed parliamentary bloc, plunging the country into further political uncertainty amid nearly three months of unprecedented mass protests. ...

‘Nuts!’ US troops thwarted Hitler’s last gamble 75 years ago

By RAF CASERT Associated Press BASTOGNE, Belgium (AP) — Pvt. Arthur Jacobson was seeking cover in the snow behind a tank moving slowly through the wooded hills of Belgium's Ardennes, German bullets whizzing by. That was when he lost his best friend and Bazooka team partner to sniper fire. ...

UK’s Johnson claims Brexit mandate as Tories secure majority

By JILL LAWLESS, DANICA KIRKA and MIKE CORDER Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has won a thumping majority of seats in Britain's Parliament — a decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election that should allow Johnson to fulfill his plan to ...

Opioid billed as `safer’ is abused widely around the world

By EMILY SCHMALL and CLAIRE GALOFARO Associated Press KAPURTHALA, India (AP) — Reports rolled in with escalating urgency — pills seized by the truckload, pills swallowed by schoolchildren, pills in the pockets of dead terrorists. These pills, the world has been told, are safer than the ...

China says trade deal with US must be ‘mutually beneficial’

By JOE McDONALD and PAUL WISEMAN AP Business Writers BEIJING (AP) — Expectations for a U.S.-Chinese trade truce rose Friday, though Beijing accused Washington of unfairly attacking its economy and said a settlement to their costly, 17-month-old conflict must be "mutually beneficial." A ...

Tokyo being billed as ‘Recovery Olympics’ — but not for all

By MARI YAMAGUCHI and STEPHEN WADE Associated Press FUTABA, Japan (AP) — The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics will kick off in Fukushima, the northern prefecture devastated almost nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. They'll also ...

Mexican president prays with family of dead US dual citizens

By MARK STEVENSON Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador prayed for the safety of the country with the relatives of nine U.S. dual citizens slaughtered in northern Mexico last month and assured them "at least four" suspects have been detained, a ...

AP Exclusive: 629 Pakistani girls sold as brides to China

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Page after page, the names stack up: 629 girls and women from across Pakistan who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China. The list, obtained by The Associated Press, was compiled by Pakistani investigators determined to ...