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False alarm, not outside attack, sets off Syria air defenses

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A false alarm set off Syrian air defense systems early on Tuesday, the military said, denying earlier reports of an "outside aggression" and incoming airstrikes and underscoring the chaotic nature of the multiple actors in Syria's theater of ...

UK’s May to face angry lawmakers over Syria airstrikes

By JILL LAWLESS and RAF CASERT, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to face restive lawmakers on Monday to justify her decision to launch airstrikes against Syria without a vote in Parliament. The UK debate comes as the European Union's foreign ministers ...

Russia says UN delaying fact-finding mission visit in Syria

By SARAH EL DEEB and NATALIYA VASILEYVA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat said on Monday that the mission from the international chemical weapons watchdog cannot access the site of an alleged chemical attack near the Syrian capital without an appropriate U.N. ...

Archaeologists find silver treasure on German Baltic island

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of 1,000-year-old silver coins, rings, pearls and bracelets linked to the era of Danish King Harald Gormsson have been found on the eastern German island of Ruegen in the Baltic Sea. A single silver coin was first found in ...

Djukanovic vows EU path after sweeping Montenegro vote

By PREDRAG MILIC, Associated Press PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Montenegro's ruling party leader Milo Djukanovic swept a presidential election on Sunday, preliminary results showed, and he pledged to keep the small Balkan country firmly on a European path after it joined NATO last year in ...

US to hit Russia with new sanctions for aiding Syria’s Assad

By HOPE YEN and ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has indicated new economic sanctions will be announced Monday against Russia for enabling the government of Syrian leader Bashar Assad to continue using chemical weapons. The ambassador to the U.N. ...

Russia says UN delaying fact-finding mission visit in Syria

By SARAH EL DEEB and NATALIYA VASILEYVA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat said on Monday that the mission from the international chemical weapons watchdog cannot access the site of an alleged chemical attack near the Syrian capital without an appropriate U.N. ...

UK faces outcry over treatment of former child immigrants

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — A simmering dispute over Britain's treatment of people who came to the country as children decades ago has erupted just as the country prepares to host leaders from the 53-nation Commonwealth. Britain had wanted to use this week's summit in ...

Hungarian populist Orban wins new term, party super majority

By PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said his "decisive" re-election victory and the super majority in parliament his right-wing populist party appeared to have won Sunday were "an opportunity to defend Hungary." Critics said they ...

Greek town ritually burns Judas as Orthodox celebrate Easter

By PETROS GIANNAKOURIS and DEMETRIS NELLAS, Associated Press ERMIONI, Greece (AP) — As Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, a town on Greece's Peloponnese peninsula observed the holy day by burning an effigy of Judas at sea. The ritual burning of Judas is a ...

North Korea tells US that Kim Jong Un ready to discuss nukes

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea's government has communicated with the United States to say that leader Kim Jong Un is ready to discuss his nuclear weapons program with President Donald Trump, officials said Sunday, increasing the likelihood that the ...

Trump warns Assad: ‘Big price to pay’ for fatal Syria attack

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Sunday condemned a "mindless CHEMICAL attack" in Syria that killed women and children, called Syrian President Bashar Assad an "animal" and delivered a rare personal criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin ...

Deutsche Bank’s CEO John Cryan replaced by Christian Sewing

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Deutsche Bank, which has been battling heavy financial losses, announced on Sunday that its chief executive officer will leave within weeks and is being replaced by a longtime executive known for his leadership skills. The bank's ...

Trump scales back US goals in Syria, leaves future to others

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is dramatically scaling back U.S. goals in Syria as he pushes for a quick military withdrawal, Trump administration officials said Wednesday, abandoning plans to stay long-term to stabilize the country and prevent ...

Brazil’s top court rules against da Silva on prison

By PETER PRENGAMAN and MAURICIO SAVARESE, Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's top court voted narrowly in the early hours Thursday to turn down an attempt by former President Luiz Inacio da Silva to stay out of jail while he appeals a corruption conviction, a decision that will ...

China-US tariff spat: Mostly losers, but some winners too

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — China's threat to raise tariffs on U.S. exports could be a disaster for American soybean farmers but a boon to their Brazilian and Argentine competitors, European aerospace companies and Japanese whiskey distillers. Regulators picked ...

US forces in Syria seen setting up new front-line positions

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press MANBIJ, Syria (AP) — A week ago, there was just a single house where U.S. soldiers had hoisted an American flag on a hill not far from a tense front line in Syria. On Wednesday, there was a growing fortified position with a perimeter of large sand barriers ...

Russia loses vote to join spy poisoning probe; next stop UN

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV and JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The international chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday rejected Russia's call for a joint investigation with Britain of the nerve-agent poisonings of an ex-spy and his daughter in England. But Russia said the number of ...

Erdogan: Turkey to keep pushing Kurds out of Syria’s north

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that his military "won't stop" trying to oust Syrian Kurdish fighters from northern Syria, as he met with the leaders of Russia and Iran for talks on trying to resolve the ...

Israel defense minister vows tough response to Gaza protests

By FARES AKRAM and KARIN LAUB, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel's defense minister said Tuesday that the military will not change its tough response to Hamas-led mass protests near Gaza's border with Israel, warning that those who approach the border will endanger their ...