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Venezuelans seeing bitcoin boom as survival, not speculation

By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and FABIOLA SANCHEZ, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — In the last month, John Villar has bought two plane tickets to Colombia, purchased his wife's medication and paid the employees of his startup business in Venezuela — all in bitcoin. As Venezuela's ...

Venezuela president’s threat to ban opposition draws rebuff

By FABIOLA SANCHEZ and SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition parties in Venezuela won't be bullied out of participating in future elections, a leading anti-government politician said Monday, rejecting threats a day earlier by socialist President Nicolas ...

A confident and upbeat Putin goes on Mideast ‘victory’ tour

By HAMZA HENDAWI and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin declared "victory" in Syria during a surprise visit Monday to a military base there, then traveled to Egypt and Turkey, where he celebrated Moscow's deepening ties with those key regional ...

EU rebuffs idea of recognizing Jerusalem as Netanyahu visits

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the European Union on Monday to back a new U.S. peace initiative in the Middle East, after President Donald Trump's unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital met with ...

Snow wreaks havoc on travelers in Britain, schools closed

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Snow and wintry weather are still wreaking havoc on travelers in Britain, with flights cancelled, roads sheathed in ice and rail travel disrupted Monday. With temperatures predicted to drop overnight to as low as minus 12 Celsius (11 degrees ...

Baby formula maker calls global recall over salmonella fears

PARIS (AP) — Baby milk maker Lactalis and French authorities have ordered a global recall of millions of products over fears of salmonella bacteria contamination. The French company, one of the world's largest dairy groups, said it was warned by health authorities in France that 26 infants ...

France names winners of anti-Trump climate change grants

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Eighteen climate scientists from the U.S. and elsewhere hit the jackpot Monday as French President Emmanuel Macron awarded them millions of euros in grants to relocate to France for the rest of Donald Trump's presidential term. The "Make Our ...

Tillerson says Ukraine key sticking point in US-Russia ties

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that Ukraine was the sole sticking point keeping the United States and Russia from forging a closer relationship, suggesting that all other disputes were secondary. "The issue that stands in ...

Leaders of Turkey, Greece air grievances at tense conference

By ELENA BECATOROS, Associated Press ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The leaders of Greece and Turkey publicly aired their grievances Thursday in a tense news conference as a two-day visit to Athens by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan got off to a rocky start. The Greek government had expressed ...

On North Korea, senator says China a problem

By LAURIE KELLMAN and RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — China is more of a problem than a partner for the United States in dealing with nuclear-armed North Korea, a leading Republican senator and ally of President Donald Trump told the Associated Press during a wide-ranging ...