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Cuba launches widespread rationing in face of crisis

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban government announced Friday that it is launching widespread rationing of chicken, eggs, rice, beans, soap and other basic products in the face of a grave economic crisis. Commerce Minister Betsy Díaz ...

Catholic services in Sri Lanka capital canceled for 2nd week

By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Catholic services are being canceled for a second weekend in Sri Lanka's capital after the government warned of more possible attacks by the same Islamic State-linked group that carried out Easter suicide bombings. Rev. ...

Rains like no other: Iraq is tested in era of climate change

By PHILIP ISSA Associated Press YOUSSIFIYAH, Iraq (AP) — After years of meager rains and scorching summers, the wettest winter in a generation has revived Iraq's famous rivers and filled its lakes, bringing welcome relief to a country facing severe water challenges in the era of climate ...

Venezuelans take to streets as uprising attempt sputters

By SCOTT SMITH and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans heeded opposition leader Juan Guaidó's call to fill streets around the nation Wednesday but security forces showed no sign of answering his cry for a widespread military uprising, instead ...

Cyprus justice minister resigns over serial killer case

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' justice minister on Thursday resigned over the case of a serial killer who has confessed to killing seven foreign women and girls amid mounting reports that police had bungled their investigation when some of the victims were initially reported missing. A ...

Assange refuses extradition to US; long legal fight expected

By JILL LAWLESS and GREGORY KATZ Associated Press LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a London court on Thursday that he wouldn't agree to be extradited to the United States, where he is accused of conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer. Assange, appearing by video link ...

In video message, IS chief emulates other hunted leaders

By TAMER FAKAHANY Associated Press They make threats from their hideaway lairs and celebrate mass attacks. The ending isn't scripted for these hunted men with horrifying death tolls on their hands. When the reclusive Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared in a video Monday, ...

Enigmatic Beluga whale lets people pet it in Artic Norway

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A beluga whale found in Arctic Norway with a tight harness that is believed to have links to a military facility in Russia is so tame that residents can pet the mammal on its nose. The white whale has been frolicking in the frigid harbor of Tufjord, a hamlet near ...

Memory center takes visitors through 4 decades of Afghan war

By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A teary-eyed Hameed Rafi said he'll never forget the day he joined a panel of civilian war victims and family members and spoke about the suicide bombing in Kabul that killed his sister last August. Sharing his story with them in ...

Emperor announces abdication as Japan marks end of era

By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Akihito announced his abdication at a palace ceremony Tuesday in his final address, as the nation embraced the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a new era. "Today, I am concluding my duties as the emperor," ...

Venezuela’s Guaido takes to streets in military uprising

By SCOTT SMITH Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó took to the streets with activist Leopoldo Lopez and a small contingent of heavily armed soldiers early Tuesday in a bold and risky call for the military to rise up and oust socialist leader ...

Putin: NKorea ready to denuclearize – if it gets guarantees

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV and ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un confirmed during their first summit Thursday he is willing to give up his nuclear weapons — but only if he gets an ironclad guarantee ...

Father of suspected Easter bombers arrested; Colombo on edge

By EMILY SCHMALL and BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The father of two of the suspected Easter suicide bombers was arrested Thursday on suspicion of aiding his sons, according to Sri Lanka's former navy chief, as businesses and religious leaders worried about ...

Harry and Meghan: Newest royal baby could be an American

By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press LONDON (AP) — What would the founding fathers think? Almost 250 years after the United States launched a revolution to rid itself of the British royal family, the next royal baby could be an American. The idea that a scion of the former colonies would be ...

A look at the candidates in Spain’s general election

By JOSEPH WILSON and ARITZ PARRA Associated Press MADRID (AP) — A new generation of young and media-savvy political leaders is vying to become Spain's next prime minister in a general election Sunday. They are all men and less than 50. A deeply divided parliament is expected to emerge from ...

At Kim-Putin summit, hearty handshakes and manspreading

By ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — The ambiance was friendly. Nice, comfy seats. An exchange of polite welcomes. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un even managed to match Russian President Vladimir Putin's manspreading — the two sat with knees spread wide apart as they chatted ...

Explosions kill at least 207 in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI and KRISHAN FRANCIS Associated Press COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more injured in eight blasts that rocked churches and hotels in and just outside Sri Lanka's capital on Easter Sunday, officials said, pitching the South Asian ...

Outrage after some French protesters urge police suicides

PARIS (AP) — With French police suicides on the rise, officials are expressing shock and anger after some yellow vest protesters encouraged police to kill themselves. Radical protesters have clashed with police nearly every weekend for five months on the margins of largely peaceful yellow ...

Happy birthday: Queen Elizabeth II turns 93 on Easter Sunday

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating her 93rd birthday, which this year coincides with Easter Sunday. The queen is marking Easter by attending a service with other senior royals at St. George's Chapel on the grounds of Windsor Castle, west of London. She was joined by Prince ...

Voters offered rides, food in Egypt referendum on el-Sissi

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian pro-government media, business people and activists urged a "yes" vote Sunday on constitutional changes that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030. Some voters were offered free rides or food parcels to increase turnout in the national ...