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Russia claims US running secret bio weapons lab in Georgia

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Defense Ministry said Thursday that the United States appeared to be running a clandestine biological weapons lab in the country of Georgia, allegedly flouting international conventions and posing a direct security threat to ...

Nike ‘deeply concerned’ by ‘disturbing’ Ronaldo rape claim

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer LONDON (AP) — Pressure built on Cristiano Ronaldo from his sponsors Thursday after Nike joined EA Sports in expressing its deep concern with the rape allegation facing the soccer star. The five-time world player of the year has denied the claim. Late ...

Nearly a week after Indonesia quake, hope fades for missing

By TODD PITMAN and NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press PALU, Indonesia (AP) — She lay inside a medical tent in the stifling midday heat, wincing in pain at the deep gashes and cuts that covered her body. But all Anisa Cornelia could think about was the love of her life — the man she was ...

Indonesian city begins burying its dead as toll tops 840

By NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Bright-colored body bags were placed side-by-side in a freshly dug mass grave Monday, as a hard-hit Indonesian city began burying its dead from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 840 people and left ...

Iran Guard launches missiles into Syria over parade attack

By NASSSER KARIMI and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard launched six ballistic missiles early Monday toward eastern Syria, targeting militants it blamed for an attack on a military parade in Iran last month while also threatening ...

American, Japanese win Nobel for cancer research

By DAVID KEYTON and JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Nobel Prize in medicine was awarded Monday to two researchers from the United States and Japan for advances in discovering how the body's immune system can fight off the scourge of cancer. The 9-million-kronor ($1.01 ...

Canada-US reach deal to stay in trade pact with Mexico

By ROB GILLIES and PAUL WISEMAN, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Canada was back in a revamped North American free trade deal with the United States and Mexico late Sunday after weeks of bitter, high-pressure negotiations that brushed up against a midnight deadline. In a joint statement, ...

Police clash with Catalan separatists in Barcelona

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Police clashed on Saturday with Catalan separatists in downtown Barcelona as tensions increase before the anniversary of the Spanish region's illegal referendum on secession that ended in violent raids by security ...

Sex abuse scandal: Pope seeks prayers to fight ‘devil’

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis asked Saturday for daily prayers to protect the Catholic Church from what he says are "attacks by the devil," in his latest response to the clerical sex abuse and cover-up scandal roiling his papacy. A Vatican statement ...

Over 380 killed in devastating Indonesia tsunami, quake

By NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press PALU, Indonesia (AP) — An earthquake-spawned tsunami swept away buildings and killed at least several hundred people on the central Indonesian island of Sulawesi, dumping victims across a devastated landscape that rescuers were struggling to reach ...

Via arms and trade, Russia plots long-term Syrian future

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The same day that Russian diplomats struck a deal with Turkey over a demilitarized zone in Syria's last rebel-run region, dozens of Russian businessmen were flying home from Damascus, contracts in hand for trade with a postwar ...

Trump to world leaders: China out to meddle in 2018 election

By ZEKE MILLER and JONATHAN LEMIRE, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Taking center stage at the United Nations, President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused China of trying to interfere in the upcoming U.S. congressional elections because it opposes his tough trade policies. The White ...

UK investigative group: Spy poisoning suspect is GRU colonel

MOSCOW (AP) — An investigative group in Britain said Wednesday that it has identified one of the two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in the U.K. as a highly decorated colonel in the Russian military intelligence agency GRU. The group, Bellingcat, said the suspect, whose ...

Happy news: Beluga whale in Thames eating, swimming well

LONDON (AP) — British officials say the beluga whale spotted in the River Thames seems to be feeding properly and swimming strongly. The animal welfare group RSPCA said Wednesday the whale is "able to move fast in the water and dive." Officials hope it will return to the open sea. The ...

Trump, at UN, backs separate states for Israel, Palestinians

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) — For the first time since taking office, President Donald Trump endorsed a two-state solution as the best way to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians as he met Wednesday at the U.N. with Israeli Prime Minister ...

`UN court asked to probe Venezuela; leader defiant in speech

By ANGELA CHARLTON, MATTHEW PENNINGTON and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Six nations made the unprecedented move Wednesday of asking the U.N.'s International Criminal Court to investigate Venezuela for possible crimes against humanity, even as President Nicolas ...

Archaeologists discover ‘massive’ ancient building in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says archaeologists have discovered a "massive" ancient building in the town of Mit Rahina, 20 kilometers, or 12 miles, south of Cairo. The Antiquities Ministry says Tuesday archaeologists also uncovered an attached building that includes a large Roman bath and a chamber ...

Pope acknowledges abuse scandals outrage, drive people away

By NICOLE WINFIELD and JARI TANNER, Associated Press TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — Pope Francis acknowledged Tuesday that the sex abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church have outraged the faithful and are driving them away, and said the church must change its ways if it wants to keep future ...

Macron’s presidency hurt by ex-aide flaunting gun in photo

BY ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — A French investigative website has published a photo of one of President Emmanuel Macron's former security aides posing with a gun and a waitress during a campaign stop amid France's 2017 election — without any known authorization to be ...

UN to caution against populism in high-level week

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to paint a grim picture of the state of the world when leaders open their annual meeting on Tuesday, spotlighting the breakdown of trust around the globe and the need to counter unilateralism and reinvigorate international ...