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Across the Mideast, Palestinians brace for Trump aid cuts

By FARES AKRAM, Associated Press SHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Mahmoud al-Qouqa can't imagine life without the three sacks of flour, cooking oil and other staples he receives from the United Nations every three months. Living with 25 relatives in a crowded home in this teeming Gaza ...

Activists in Chile say pope must apologize for priest abuse

By EVA VERGARA and NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Hours before Pope Francis was set to arrive in Chile Monday, activists on issues related to sex abuse by priests called for sanctions against both abusers and anyone who helped cover up their actions. About 200 ...

North Korean orchestra, maybe joint hockey team at Olympics

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea will include a 140-member art troupe, the two sides agreed Monday, while discussions continue over fielding a joint women's hockey team. The two Koreas met Monday for ...

Twin bombings in Baghdad kill 38, shatter post-IS calm

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and MURTADA FARAJ, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Twin suicide bombings rocked Baghdad on Monday, killing 38 people in the deadliest attack since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group last month, and raising fears ahead of national elections planned for ...

Police hunt for jewels, thieves after Ritz robbery in Paris

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Paris police have recovered some jewels stolen from the Ritz Hotel in a dramatic heist, but are still searching Thursday for two thieves and the rest of the missing luxury merchandise. The robbery on Wednesday evening raised questions about ...

N Korea: Popularity of ‘Fire and Fury’ foretells Trump’s end

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has found good material to attack U.S. President Donald Trump: Michael Wolff's bombshell new book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House." The book paints Trump as a leader who doesn't understand the weight of ...

Russian gains in Syria threatened by series of rebel attacks

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Just weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory in Syria, Russian military outposts in the country have come under rebel attacks that are challenging Moscow's gains. Russian bases located in Syrian President Bashar ...

Trump open to US-NKorea talks ‘under right circumstances’

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump threw his weight behind the Olympics-inspired diplomatic opening with North Korea, telling South Korea's leader Wednesday that the U.S. was open to talks with Kim Jong Un's government under the ...

8 earthquakes strike along Iran-Iraq border, rattle Baghdad

By AMIR VAHDAT and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A series of eight earthquakes hit the Iran-Iraq border area and rattled Baghdad on Thursday, apparent aftershocks of a temblor that struck the mountainous region in November and killed over 530 people. Four people suffered ...

North Korea to join Olympics in South Korea as tensions ease

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas took steps toward reducing their bitter animosity during rare talks Tuesday, as North Korea agreed to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea and reopen a military hotline. The meeting, ...