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Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Parliament voted Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter debate settled by a much-criticized government survey of voters that strongly endorsed change. The public gallery in the House ...

Putin undecided whether to run as an independent or not

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has not decided yet whether to run for office next year as an independent candidate or secure support from the ruling party, his spokesman said Thursday. The 65-year old Russian leader, who has ruled the ...

On Jerusalem, Trump delivers for supporters at home

By CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's move to recognize the divided city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital may have triggered a worldwide chorus of critics but the president had his ears closely tuned to his supporters at home. For Trump, the ...

Trump flouts warnings, declares Jerusalem Israel’s capital

By MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying dire, worldwide warnings, President Donald Trump on Wednesday broke with decades of U.S. and international policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Despite urgent appeals from Arab and European leaders and the risk of ...

Putin announces 2018 re-election bid, ends long speculation

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday he would seek re-election next year in a race he is poised to win easily, putting him on track to become the nation's longest-serving ruler since Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Putin's ...

For Tillerson, a lonely job defending Trump’s Jerusalem move

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — It's a go-to catchphrase when U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is called on to explain his boss on the world stage: "America first is not America alone." Yet as President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel, Tillerson ...

Doctors find brain abnormalities in victims of Cuba mystery

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Doctors treating the U.S. embassy victims of suspected attacks in Cuba have discovered brain abnormalities as they search for clues to explain hearing, vision, balance and memory damage, The Associated Press has learned. It's the most ...

Putin will allow Russians to compete at Pyeongchang Olympics

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin won't boycott the Pyeongchang Olympics. Putin said Wednesday his government will allow Russians to compete as neutral athletes at the upcoming games in South Korea. The International Olympic Committee has ...

Doubts grow over UK government’s preparation for Brexit

By DANICA KIRKA and LORNE COOK, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The U.K. government acknowledged Wednesday that it has made no detailed assessment of the economic impact of leaving the European Union, as its lack of preparation for a momentous break became clear. David Davis, the official ...

UN: Myanmar’s Rohingya likely faced crimes against humanity

By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Myanmar's Rohingya minority has "very likely" faced crimes against humanity and possibly genocide at the hands of Myanmar security forces and their helpers, the U.N.'s top human rights body and a top U.N. official said Tuesday. The comments ...