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Russia providing mood music for House impeachment drama

By AAMER MADHANI and ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the talk about Ukraine in the House impeachment inquiry, there’s a character standing just off-stage with a dominant role in this tale of international intrigue: Russia. As has so often been the case since ...

Pope’s Asian agenda: Disarmament, martyrs, family reunion

By NICOLE WINFIELD and YURI KAGEYAMA Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have ...

UK media: Prince Andrew’s sex claims rebuttal a PR disaster

By DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British media on Sunday slammed Prince Andrew’s effort to rebut claims that he had sex with a teenager who says she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein, branding his televised interview a complete public relations disaster. In a rare interview ...

Hip waders on: Venice copes with record 3rd exceptional tide

By COLLEEN BARRY and LUCA BRUNO Associated Press VENICE, Italy (AP) — Venetians coped with another exceptional tide Sunday in a season that is setting records while other parts of Italy wrestled with a cornucopia of weather woes, from rain-swollen rivers to high winds to an out-of-season ...

Hong Kong protesters fight off police with fire and arrows

By KEN MORITSUGU Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong police officer was hit in the leg by an arrow and protesters set an overhead footbridge on fire Sunday as they fought to keep police using tear gas and water cannons from advancing on their university campus stronghold. Police ...

As Gaza truce begins, Israel could face questions on tactics

By FARES AKRAM and JOSEF FEDERMAN Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Residents say the airstrike came without warning: With fighting raging between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants throughout Gaza, two loud blasts shook the night, destroying the Abu Malhous home and killing ...

US presses European countries to take Islamic State fighters

By MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — European and other members of the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group must take back and prosecute their nationals detained in Iraq and Syria to help keep IS from regaining territory, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ...

Bolivian interim leader says Morales can’t run in new vote

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO Associated Press LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia’s former President Evo Morales cannot run as a candidate in any new elections, the country’s interim leader said Thursday, as supporters of the ousted president demonstrated for his return from asylum in ...

Chileans blinded by police firing pellet guns in protests

By EVA VERGARA and PATRICIA LUNA Associated Press SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chileans are accustomed to seeing violent clashes between police and demonstrators but a new trend is leaving them shaken: the blinding of protesters by shotgun pellets fired by state’s security agents. Chile’s ...

Tents, stench, smoke: Health risks are gripping migrant camp

By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — A smoke-filled stench fills a refugee camp just a short walk from the U.S.-Mexico border, rising from ever-burning fires and piles of human waste. Parents and children live in a sea of tents and tarps, some patched together with ...