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US forces in Syria seen setting up new front-line positions

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press MANBIJ, Syria (AP) — A week ago, there was just a single house where U.S. soldiers had hoisted an American flag on a hill not far from a tense front line in Syria. On Wednesday, there was a growing fortified position with a perimeter of large sand barriers ...

Russia loses vote to join spy poisoning probe; next stop UN

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV and JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The international chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday rejected Russia's call for a joint investigation with Britain of the nerve-agent poisonings of an ex-spy and his daughter in England. But Russia said the number of ...

Erdogan: Turkey to keep pushing Kurds out of Syria’s north

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday that his military "won't stop" trying to oust Syrian Kurdish fighters from northern Syria, as he met with the leaders of Russia and Iran for talks on trying to resolve the ...

Israel defense minister vows tough response to Gaza protests

By FARES AKRAM and KARIN LAUB, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel's defense minister said Tuesday that the military will not change its tough response to Hamas-led mass protests near Gaza's border with Israel, warning that those who approach the border will endanger their ...

Britain to ban ivory sales to stamp out ‘abhorrent’ trade

LONDON (AP) — Britain says it will ban the sale of ivory, no matter how old, to help protect the world's elephant population. The government said Tuesday that the ban is the toughest in Europe and will impose a maximum five-year prison sentence for offenders. Environment Secretary Michael ...

After spat, BBC spy show gets access to ancient Greek temple

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A panel of archaeologists has granted a British television crew access to an ancient site near Athens to film scenes for a TV adaptation of spy novelist John le Carre's "The Little Drummer Girl" — reversing a decision last week following strong government ...

Netanyahu cancels deal with UN to resettle African migrants

By IAN DEITCH, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday canceled an agreement with the United Nations to resettle thousands of African migrants, caving in to pressure from hawks in his coalition who opposed the deal because it would allow many ...

Trade war fears and tech jitters stalk global stock markets

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Global stock markets fell for a second day Tuesday as investors continued to fret over a looming trade war between the U.S. and China and mounting public scrutiny of technology companies. Stocks have been trending lower for weeks largely because ...

‘Hope and dignity:’ Pope calls for peace in Easter message

VATICAN CITY (AP) — On Christianity's most joyful day, Pope Francis called for peace in a world marked by war and conflict, "beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria" and extending to Israel, where 15 Palestinians were killed on the Israeli-Gaza border two days before ...

It’s white roses, peonies and foxgloves for UK royal wedding

LONDON (AP) — The royal wedding will take place among white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves, set off by branches of beech, birch and hornbeam. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have chosen a self-taught London floral designer for their nuptials. The couple said Sunday that Philippa Craddock ...