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Australian prime minister is jeered in wildfire-ravaged zone

By TRISTAN LAVALETTE Associated Press PERTH, Australia (AP) — Prime Minister Scott Morrison was confronted by angry residents who cursed and insulted him Thursday as he visited a wildfire-ravaged corner of the country. Locals in Cobargo, in New South Wales, yelled at him, made obscene ...

Co-creator defends suspected UAE spying app called ToTok

By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — If the popular ToTok video and voice calling app is a spying tool of the United Arab Emirates, that's news to its co-creator. Giacomo Ziani defended his work in an interview with The Associated Press and said he had no ...

Lebanon receives Interpol notice for ex-Nissan fugitive

By BASSEM MROUE and AJ NADDAFF Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Interpol issued a wanted notice Thursday for former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn, who jumped bail in Japan and fled to Lebanon rather than face trial on financial misconduct charges in a dramatic escape that has confounded and ...

Attack on US Embassy exposes widening US-Iraq divide on Iran

By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The New Year's Eve attack on the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad has exposed a deepening divide between the United States and Iraq over Iran's role there, even as the Pentagon embarks on a more aggressive mission to counter ...

Turkish lawmakers authorize sending troops to fight in Libya

By SUZAN FRASER Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament on Thursday authorized the deployment of troops to Libya to support the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli that is battling forces loyal to a rival government seeking to capture the capital. Turkish lawmakers voted ...

Militiamen withdraw from US Embassy but Iraq tensions linger

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and JOSEPH KRAUSS Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iran-backed militiamen withdrew from the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Wednesday after two days of clashes with American security forces, but U.S.-Iran tensions remain high and could spill over into further ...

Baghdad embassy attack prompts Pompeo to delay Ukraine visit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The breach of the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad has prompted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to postpone his trip to Ukraine and four other countries. Pompeo was to arrive in Ukraine late Thursday in his first visit to the country at the center of President Donald Trump's ...

Police, protesters clash in New Year’s rally in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people packed Hong Kong streets for an annual New Year's Day protest march as the monthslong pro-democracy movement extended into 2020 with further violence between police and demonstrators. Police said they arrested some 400 people for unlawful ...

Global air crash deaths fall by more than half in 2019

By DAVID McHUGH AP Business Writer FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The number of deaths in major air crashes around the globe fell by more than half in 2019, according to a report by an aviation consulting firm. The To70 consultancy said Wednesday that 257 people died in eight fatal accidents in ...

Attack on US Embassy in Iraq shows stark choices for Trump

By ROBERT BURNS and ELLEN KNICKMEYER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The attack on the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad by Iran-supported militiamen Tuesday is a stark demonstration that Iran can still strike at American interests despite President Donald Trump's economic pressure ...