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President Ghani assures Afghans as US envoy reports progress

By RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan president on Monday assured his people that their rights will not be compromised in the name of peace with the Taliban, days after the U.S. envoy tasked with resolving America's longest war reported significant progress in ...

Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer sentenced to 4½ years

By DAKE KANG, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was sentenced to 4½ years in prison on the charge of subversion of state power Monday, more than three years after he was detained in a sweeping crackdown on the legal profession. The No. 2 ...

9 dead, search for 300 missing after Brazil dam collapse

By ANNA JEAN KAISER, MARCELO SILVA DE SOUSA and PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press SAO PAULO (AP) — Rescuers in helicopter on Saturday searched for survivors in a huge area in southeastern Brazil buried by mud from the collapse of dam holding back mine waste, with at least nine people dead ...

Pope aims to inspire priests, nuns ‘wounded by church’s sin’

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press PANAMA CITY (AP) — Pope Francis sought Saturday to inspire Panama's priests and religious sisters, acknowledging they have grown weary from the "wounds of the church's own sin," but urging them to find again the joy that sparked their vocations. Francis ...

South Sudanese fear leaving UN protected camps despite peace

By SAM MEDNICK, Associated Press JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Tracing his fingers over the metal fencing at a United Nations protected site in South Sudan's capital, Nhial Nyuot Nhial hung his head as he contemplated going home after years of civil war. "At the moment it's impossible for someone ...

Venezuelan showdown moves to UN as dueling presidents dig in

By EDITH M. LEDERER and SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Venezuela's political showdown moved to the United Nations Saturday where a Security Council meeting called by the United States pit backers of President Nicolas Maduro against the Trump administration and supporters ...

Leningrad siege survivors recall their ordeal after 75 years

By IRINA TITOVA, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Tamara Chernykh, 81, still can't forget those tiny pieces of bread that her granny used to put under her pillow as a night treat for a starving four-year-old girl in besieged Leningrad during the deadly winter of ...

European divisions beyond Brexit on display in Davos

By PAN PYLAS and JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Europe's divisions were on display Thursday at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, with key leaders arguing over the region's big issues, from Brexit to the Italian populist government's tough ...

China says Australia writer held on national security charge

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN and ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China on Thursday said it has detained a Chinese-Australian writer for allegedly "endangering China's national security," a vague charge frequently leveled at critics of the ruling Communist Party. Foreign ministry ...

Europe court orders Italy to pay damages to Amanda Knox

By COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Europe's human rights court on Thursday ordered Italy to pay Amanda Knox financial damages for police failure to provide legal assistance and a translator during a long night of questioning following the Nov. 1, 2007 murder of her British ...