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Whistleblower at center of privacy scandal to testify in UK

LONDON (AP) — The whistleblower at the heart of the Facebook privacy scandal is set to testify before British lawmakers investigating the increasing rise of fake news. Christopher Wylie has alleged that Cambridge Analytica harvested details of 50 million Facebook users and used the material ...

Russian shopping mall fire kills 64; no alarms reported

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — With the fire alarms silent and staff reportedly nowhere to be seen, a fire at a shopping mall packed with children and their parents on the first weekend of the school recess killed 64 people in Russia's Siberia. The fire at the Winter ...

Egyptians vote, with President el-Sissi certain winner

By MAGGIE MICHAEL and BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians voted on Monday in a presidential election, with the outcome — a second, four-year term for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi — a foregone conclusion and a sign that critics say shows the country is sliding back to ...

Catalonia’s Puigdemont to be brought before judge in Germany

By GEIR MOULSON and VOLKMAR KIENOEL, Associated Press NEUMUENSTER, Germany (AP) — Catalonia's former president, Carles Puigdemont, was to be brought before a court in Germany on Monday for an initial hearing on whether he stays in custody, kicking off an extradition process that could take ...

Report: Bombs disguised as rocks in Yemen show Iranian aid

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Roadside bombs disguised as rocks in Yemen bear similarities to others used by Hezbollah in southern Lebanon and by insurgents in Iraq and Bahrain, suggesting at the least an Iranian influence in their manufacture, a ...

Witness in Mueller probe aided UAE agenda in Congress

By DESMOND BUTLER, TOM LoBIANCO and BRADLEY KLAPPER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A top fundraiser for President Donald Trump received millions of dollars from a political adviser to the United Arab Emirates last April, just weeks before he began handing out a series of large political ...

UN food agency boss warns of migrant crisis

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The head of the United Nations food agency warned Monday that the relocation of Islamic State group members from the Middle East to Africa could trigger a massive new European migrant crisis. David Beasley, executive director of ...

Peru president undone by corruption scandals he vowed to end

By FRANKLIN BRICENO and JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press LIMA, Peru (AP) — He took office in 2016 as a political outsider boasting that his strong business credentials would buoy Peru's economy while sweeping away endemic corruption. But with his offer of resignation, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski ...

UK’s May seeks united EU against Russia over spy poisoning

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May tried to rally European Union leaders into a unified stance Thursday against Russia, saying the poisoning of a former spy on English soil shows that Moscow poses a long-term threat to the ...

Lone Nigerian captive refused to convert for Boko Haram

By SAM OLUKOYA and BASHIR ADIGUN, Associated Press LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — The mother of the only Nigerian schoolgirl still in Boko Haram captivity after the extremists released 104 classmates said Thursday her daughter was blocked from boarding the vehicle to freedom and told to convert to ...

Trump signs order punishing China on trade

By PAUL WISEMAN and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an order Thursday that paves the way for imposing tariffs on as much as $60 billion worth of Chinese imports to punish Beijing for what he said is the theft of American technology and Chinese ...

Syrian rebels begin evacuating town in Ghouta enclave

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Syrian opposition fighters and their relatives began evacuating a key besieged town in eastern Ghouta on Thursday, marking the first such rebel surrender from the bombed-out region east of Damascus. The departure of opposition ...

Sealed and delivered: Royal wedding invitations dispatched

LONDON (AP) — Time to check that mailbox. Kensington Palace said Thursday that invitations for the wedding between Prince Harry and his American fiancée Meghan Markle have been dispatched. Some 600 people have been invited to the May 19 nuptials at noon at St. George's Chapel at Windsor ...

Putin overwhelmingly wins another 6 years as Russian leader

By JIM HEINTZ and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin rolled to a crushing re-election victory Sunday for six more years as Russia's president, and he told cheering supporters in a triumphant but brief speech that "we are bound for success." There had been no ...

Putin calls UK accusations over ex-spy poisoning ‘nonsense’

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday dismissed British accusations of Russia's involvement in an ex-spy's poisoning as "nonsense," but added that Moscow is ready to cooperate with London in the investigation. In ...

Turkey-backed forces capture Syrian Kurdish town of Afrin

By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY and SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish military and allied Syrian forces marched into the center of the northern Syrian town of Afrin Sunday, raising their flags and shooting in the air in celebration nearly two months after launching their offensive ...

UK art teacher wins $1M teaching prize for inner city work

By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A British art teacher won a highly-competitive $1 million teaching prize on Sunday for her work with inner-city children in London, helping students feel welcome and safe in a borough with one of the highest murder rates in ...

Russian vote problems: Ballot stuffing, coercion, gimmicks

By FRANCESCA EBEL, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Social networks buzzed all day Sunday with videos, photos and firsthand accounts of voting violations in Russia's presidential election. Election authorities said they will investigate all irregularities and annul results where needed. But ...

Russia boots 23 UK diplomats in spy-poisoning tit for tat

By ANGELA CHARLTON and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Saturday announced it is expelling 23 British diplomats and threatened further measures in retaliation in a growing diplomatic dispute over a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain. Britain's government ...

Russia readies to hand Putin new term in presidential vote

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA and ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian voters are gearing up for a presidential election Sunday that Vladimir Putin is guaranteed to win. They are facing unusually intense pressure to vote, to grant him a convincing new mandate to pursue his ...