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Nigerian President Buhari sworn in again, faces challenges

By BASHIR ADIGUN and SAM OLUKOYA Associated Press ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari began his second term as head of Africa's most populous nation on Wednesday, facing heightened pressure to defeat Islamic extremism and boost the oil-dependent economy amid concerns ...

AP Report: ‘Pain League’ allegedly pushed opioids in Italy

By CLAIRE GALOFARO and FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press PARMA, Italy (AP) — The police huddled for hours each day, headphones on, eavesdropping on the doctor. They'd tapped his cellphone, bugged his office, planted a camera in a trattoria. They heard him boast about his power to help Big ...

D-Day joy, hell for civilians told anew with virtual reality

By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press CAEN, France (AP) — The emotion of being liberated from Nazi occupation was so sweet and intense that the French refugees burst into song, a spontaneous rendition of "La Marseillaise" that echoed around the underground network of dank, dark tunnels where ...

In fear for their lives, activist Thai band lives in exile

By TASSANEE VEJPONGSA and GRANT PECK Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — They are members of a folk music group living communally in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos, but they are in fear for their lives. The musicians from the band Faiyen fled their homes in neighboring Thailand in 2014, ...

Louvre reopens after one-day closure due to overcrowding

PARIS (AP) — The Louvre museum in Paris reopened to the public Wednesday after being shut down for a day when workers complaining about overcrowding walked out. Union representatives met Wednesday morning with management to discuss how to ease the traffic flow at the world's most visited ...

New Israeli government or election: Netanyahu faces deadline

By ARON HELLER Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's raucous political world was on edge Wednesday, counting down the hours to a midnight deadline to see whether a new government will be formed or whether, alternatively, there will be an unprecedented second national election this ...

Knife-wielding man attacks schoolgirls in Japan, killing 2

By MARI YAMAGUCHI and JAE HONG Associated Press KAWASAKI, Japan (AP) — A man carrying a knife in each hand and screaming "I will kill you!" attacked a group of schoolgirls near a school bus parked at a bus stop just outside Tokyo on Tuesday, killing two people and injuring at least 17 before ...

Serbian troops on full alert after Kosovo police arrests

By DUSAN STOJANOVIC Associated Press BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia put its troops on full alert Tuesday after heavily armed Kosovo police entered Serb-dominated northern Kosovo, firing tear gas and arresting about two dozen people. It was the latest flare-up in long-simmering tensions ...

EU leaders face evening of haggling over Europe’s top jobs

By LORNE COOK Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders are set for a night of haggling Tuesday over who should lead the 28-nation bloc's key institutions for the next five years after weekend elections shook up Europe's political landscape. Presidents and prime ministers will ...

Salvini vows to unite EU populists yet lacks partners

By COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Italy's victorious right-wing leader, Matteo Salvini, says the European elections have created "a new geography" of anti-elite sentiment in the EU. But it is far from certain that he will be able to forge a bloc from parties who are united ...

Iran’s Guard talks tough, says it has no fear of war with US

By NASSER KARIMI Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's influential Revolutionary Guard said Tuesday it doesn't fear a possible war with the United States and claimed that America hasn't grown in power in recent years — the latest tough talk from Tehran amid escalating regional ...

Iran’s top diplomat presses efforts to save nuclear deal

By NASSER KARIMI Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister traveled Friday to China on his Asian tour aimed at keeping world markets open to Tehran amid an intense sanctions campaign from the U.S. as tensions across the Persian Gulf remain high. Concerns about a possible ...

Trump delays imposing tariffs on auto imports and parts

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday delayed any decision to impose tariffs on car and auto-part imports, deciding against ratcheting up trade disputes or impacting ongoing talks with European nations and Japan. Trump has made it clear that any final decision on the matter ...

Uncertainty looms over UK as Brexit compromise talks fail

By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Talks between Britain's Conservative government and the opposition Labour Party seeking a compromise over Brexit broke down without agreement Friday, plunging the country back into a morass of uncertainty over its departure from the European ...

Iran could rally regional proxies in case of war with the US

By ZEINA KARAM Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — In the event of war with the United States, Iran "will not be alone." That message was delivered by the leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group to a mass rally in Beirut in February marking the 40th anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution. ...

Trump says he hopes for no war as US-Iran tensions escalate

By DEB RIECHMANN and MATTHEW LEE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he hopes the U.S. is not on a path to war with Iran amid fears that his two most hawkish advisers could be angling for such a conflict with the Islamic Republic. Asked Thursday if the U.S. was ...

White House expects China to retaliate over trade tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is awaiting retaliation from China over increased tariffs, after talks in Washington ended without a deal on trade, the president's chief economic adviser said on Sunday. "The expected countermeasures have not yet materialized. We may know more today or even this ...

Politics takes center stage as Israel hosts Eurovision

By ISABEL DEBRE Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — As host of this year's Eurovision, Israel has tried to use the hugely popular song contest to present itself as a tolerant and cosmopolitan country that is winning increased acceptance on the world stage. But despite Israel's best branding ...

Maduro’s foes fill embassies in Venezuela as crisis deepens

By JOSHUA GOODMAN Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — From the lush tropical garden of the Chilean ambassador's residence, Venezuelan opposition leader Freddy Guevara takes a much-anticipated call from a foreign diplomat and asks him to protect a fellow lawmaker fleeing President ...

Meghan, Harry release baby feet photo for US Mother’s Day

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have released a photo of their newborn baby's feet to mark Meghan's first Mother's Day as a mom. The image posted Sunday on Instagram showed Meghan's hand cradling the feet of her son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, with a ...