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US terror label for Iran Revolutionary Guard takes effect

By MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. terrorism label for Iran's Revolutionary Guard formally took effect on Monday, amid a battle between the Trump administration and some in Congress over waivers on oil and nuclear sanctions that are due to expire or be extended ...

Seychelles president’s underwater speech: Protect our oceans

By DAVID KEYTON Associated Press DESROCHES ISLAND, Seychelles (AP) — In a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean's surface, the Seychelles president on Sunday made a global plea for stronger protection of the "beating blue heart of our planet." President Danny Faure's call for ...

Hundreds evacuated in Frankfurt so WWII bomb can be defused

BERLIN (AP) — Some 600 people have been evacuated from their homes in the old city of Frankfurt so specialists could remove a World War II-era bomb that was discovered in the Main River. The German news agency dpa reported the bomb was defused, as planned, underwater on Sunday, which led to ...

US-Russia chill stirs worry about stumbling into conflict

By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It has the makings of a new Cold War, or worse. The deep chill in U.S.-Russian relations is stirring concern in some quarters that Washington and Moscow are in danger of stumbling into an armed confrontation that, by mistake or ...

Philippines: US DNA tests confirm death of IS-linked leader

By JIM GOMEZ Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. DNA tests have confirmed the death of a Muslim militant commander who helped lead the 2017 siege of a city in the southern Philippines and was considered a key leader of the Islamic State group in the region, officials said ...

Madagascar measles epidemic kills more than 1,200 people

By LAETITIA BEZAIN Associated Press AMBALAVAO, Madagascar (AP) — Babies wail as a nurse tries to reassure mothers who have come to vaccinate their children. They fear a measles epidemic that has killed more than 1,200 people in this island nation where many are desperately poor. As ...

In a first, Bedouin women lead tours in Egypt’s Sinai

By NARIMAN EL-MOFTY Associated Press ABU ZENIMA, Egypt (AP) — Amid a stunning vista of desert mountains, a Bedouin woman, Umm Yasser, paused to point out a local plant, and she began to explain how it was used in medicine to the group of foreign tourists she was guiding. Umm Yasser is ...

US forces: 3 Marines killed, Afghan contractor wounded

By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. forces in Afghanistan revised on Tuesday the death toll from a Taliban attack the previous day near the main American base in the country, saying three service members were killed but not a contractor who was initially reported ...

UK’s May to ask EU for Brexit delay; long extension expected

By MIKE CORDER and RAF CASERT Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Just days away from a potentially calamitous no-deal Brexit, European Union leaders meet Wednesday to discuss granting the United Kingdom a new delay — possibly of up to a year — to its departure from the bloc. It's likely ...

A look at what comes after Netanyahu’s seeming win in Israel

By ARON HELLER Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to be headed toward a historic fifth term as Israel's prime minister on Wednesday, with near-final election results giving his right-wing Likud and its traditional Jewish ultra-Orthodox and nationalist allies a ...

Red Cross regains entry to Venezuela jails, military prisons

By JOSHUA GOODMAN and JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross has regained access to prisons in Venezuela, including highly guarded military facilities where dozens of inmates considered political prisoners are being held, as ...

US pulls forces from Libya as fighting approaches capital

By RAMI MUSA and SAMY MAGDY Associated Press BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The United States has temporarily withdrawn some of its forces from Libya due to "security conditions on the ground," a top military official said Sunday as a Libyan commander's forces advanced toward the capital of Tripoli ...

25 years after genocide, Rwanda has a new light, says leader

By IGNATIUS SSUUNA Associated Press KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Twenty-five years after the start of a genocide that killed some 800,000 people, Rwanda is rebuilding with hope and shines with a new light, President Paul Kagame said at commemoration services Sunday. He said Rwandans would never ...

US to designate Iran Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group

BY MATTHEW LEE and SUSANNAH GEORGE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is preparing to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard a "foreign terrorist organization," an unprecedented move against a national armed force that could have widespread implications for U.S. ...

Mozambique recovers from cyclone, fights threat of cholera

By CARA ANNA Associated Press BOPIRA, Mozambique (AP) — A battered notebook lists the people still alive in this village after a devastating cyclone. But sip by sip, a deadly threat remains. Nearly a month after Cyclone Idai made landfall and unleashed flooding that reached the tops of ...

Uganda police say kidnapped US woman and driver are freed

By RODNEY MUHUMUZA Associated Press KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police said on Sunday they had rescued an American woman and her driver who had been kidnapped by gunmen in a national park. The two "are in good health" and "in the safe hands" of security officials, police said in a ...

Greek police, migrants clash for third day

DIAVATA, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of protesting migrants have clashed with police for a third straight day outside an overcrowded camp, with migrants throwing rocks at officers who responded with tear gas and stun grenades. Several migrants, including children, have fainted amid the clouds of ...

Berlin housing activists lead campaign to fight rising rents

By DAVID RISING Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Low-cost housing advocates are launching a grassroots campaign to force Berlin's state government into taking over nearly 250,000 apartments worth billions from corporate owners to fight rising rents in one of Germany's hottest real estate ...

25 years after Rwanda genocide, survivors forgive killers

By IGNATIUS SSUUNA Associated Press MBYO, Rwanda (AP) — Twenty-five years ago, Tasian Nkundiye murdered his neighbor with a machete. The 43-year-old Hutu and a few other men from his Rwandan village chopped the Tutsi man to pieces — one horrific slaying during a 100-day genocide that ...

Algeria’s tidy revolutionaries: Cleanup after mass protests

By AOMAR OUALI Associated Press ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Here's one way Algeria's protest movement is unlike any other: After massive pro-democracy demonstrations every week, the protesters themselves roam the streets picking up bottles, papers and other detritus left behind. It's a powerful ...