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A new “Kraken” arises? Russians eager to name doomsday arms

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — In just one day, the suggestions have been pouring in: "Kraken" for a new underwater drone capable of blasting coastlines with a powerful nuclear explosion. "Balalaika" for a futuristic nuclear-powered cruise missile capable of circling ...

Bank of England chief slams cryptocurrencies; urges action

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Bank of England Governor Mark Carney on Friday launched a withering attack on cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and urged regulators around the world to monitor them in the same way as other financial assets. In a speech to the Scottish Economics ...

No civilians leave Syria’s Ghouta; Putin blames rebels

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The Russia-ordered brief humanitarian pause was in effect for a second day Wednesday in rebel-held Damascus suburbs but no civilians used the corridor manned by Syrian and Russian forces to leave the enclave. Government forces, meanwhile, ...

Israel group mints Trump coin to honor Jerusalem recognition

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli organization said Wednesday it has minted a coin bearing President Donald Trump's image to honor his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Mikdash Educational Center said the "Temple Coin" features Trump alongside King Cyrus, who 2,500 years ago ...

Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre reopens after spat

By NEBI QENA, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem reopened early on Wednesday after Israeli officials suspended a plan to impose taxes on church properties in the holy city. The iconic church, revered by Christians as the site of Jesus' ...

Judge sides with Trump on challenge to Mexico border wall

By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — A judge who was taunted by Donald Trump during the presidential campaign sided with the president Tuesday on a challenge to building a border wall with Mexico, removing what could have been a major obstacle to the signature campaign ...

North Korea sent banned items to Syria, Myanmar, UN finds

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea sent items used in ballistic missile and chemical weapons programs to Syria along with missile technicians in violation of U.N. sanctions — and banned ballistic missiles systems to Myanmar, U.N. experts said. The ...

Prosecutors: Ex-SKorean president deserves 30 years in jail

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Prosecutors on Tuesday demanded a 30-year prison term for former South Korean President Park Geun-hye for alleged bribery, abuse of power and other crimes in a landmark corruption case that marked a stunning fall from grace for ...

Xi term limit proposal sparks rare public dissent in China

BEIJING (AP) — In a rare public expression of dissent in China, a well-known political commentator and a prominent businesswoman have penned open letters urging lawmakers to reject a plan that would allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely. Their impassioned statements on a popular ...

Saudi military leaders replaced amid stalemated war in Yemen

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia replaced its military chief of staff and other defense officials early on Tuesday morning in a shake-up apparently aimed at overhauling its Defense Ministry during the stalemated and ruinous war in Yemen. The ...

Russia-ordered ‘pause’ goes into effect east of Damascus

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A brief, Russia-ordered "humanitarian pause" went into effect on Tuesday as Syrian and Russian forces set up a corridor to allow civilians to leave a rebel-held enclave near Damascus, but by the end of the five-hour pause, no civilians had ...

Dubai closes case on Indian actress, calls death an accident

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai investigators closed the case on Tuesday into the death last weekend of Indian movie icon Sridevi, calling it an accidental drowning. Her family has been given permission to take her body back to India, officials ...

Violence rages in Syria as UN calls to stop ‘hell on Earth’

By BASSEM MROUE and JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian forces launched a ground offensive Monday on a rebel-held eastern Damascus suburb despite a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria. The U.N. chief denounced the violence in the ...

Rome blanketed by snow as Arctic storm sets seasonal records

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press ROME (AP) — The Arctic storm dubbed the "Beast from the East" saw temperatures across much of Europe fall Monday to their lowest level this winter and even brought a rare snowstorm to Rome, paralyzing the city and giving its residents the chance to ski, ...

2 lions from Mideast war zones reach South African refuge

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press LIONSROCK BIG CAT SANCTUARY, South Africa (AP) — Two lions rescued from neglected zoos in war zones in Iraq and Syria arrived in South Africa on Monday to live at a sanctuary with other animals that survived harsh conditions in captivity elsewhere in ...

Specter of one-man rule looms as China lifts Xi’s term limit

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — For some Chinese, their feelings about plans to lift term limits to allow President Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely can be represented best by a cuddly stuffed bear. Social media users shared images of Winnie the Pooh hugging a jar of ...

Slovak investigative reporter, girlfriend found shot dead

By KAREL JANICEK, Associated Press PRAGUE (AP) — A Slovak investigative reporter and his girlfriend were shot dead in their home in an attack likely linked to his reporting on tax evasion, Slovakia's top police official said Monday. The bodies of 27-year-old Jan Kuciak and his partner were ...

Political end to Olympics: NKorea offers talks with US

By TED ANTHONY, Associated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The overtly political 2018 Winter Olympics closed Sunday night very much as they began, with humanity's finest athletes marching exuberantly across the world stage as three nations with decades of war and suspicion among them ...

Pope calls violence in Syria ‘inhuman,’ backs UN cease-fire

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is denouncing the "inhuman" violence in Syria and is backing a U.N. Security Council-demanded cease-fire so food and medicine can reach desperate Syrians and the sick and wounded can be evacuated. Francis led thousands of people in St. Peter's Square in ...

China paves way for Xi Jinping to extend rule beyond 2 terms

By GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China's ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country's president, the official news agency said Sunday, appearing to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023. The party's ...