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Assange refuses extradition to US; long legal fight expected

By JILL LAWLESS and GREGORY KATZ Associated Press LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange told a London court on Thursday that he wouldn't agree to be extradited to the United States, where he is accused of conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer. Assange, appearing by video link ...

In video message, IS chief emulates other hunted leaders

By TAMER FAKAHANY Associated Press They make threats from their hideaway lairs and celebrate mass attacks. The ending isn't scripted for these hunted men with horrifying death tolls on their hands. When the reclusive Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared in a video Monday, ...

Enigmatic Beluga whale lets people pet it in Artic Norway

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A beluga whale found in Arctic Norway with a tight harness that is believed to have links to a military facility in Russia is so tame that residents can pet the mammal on its nose. The white whale has been frolicking in the frigid harbor of Tufjord, a hamlet near ...

Memory center takes visitors through 4 decades of Afghan war

By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A teary-eyed Hameed Rafi said he'll never forget the day he joined a panel of civilian war victims and family members and spoke about the suicide bombing in Kabul that killed his sister last August. Sharing his story with them in ...

Emperor announces abdication as Japan marks end of era

By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Emperor Akihito announced his abdication at a palace ceremony Tuesday in his final address, as the nation embraced the end of his reign with reminiscence and hope for a new era. "Today, I am concluding my duties as the emperor," ...

Venezuela’s Guaido takes to streets in military uprising

By SCOTT SMITH Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó took to the streets with activist Leopoldo Lopez and a small contingent of heavily armed soldiers early Tuesday in a bold and risky call for the military to rise up and oust socialist leader ...

Putin: NKorea ready to denuclearize – if it gets guarantees

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV and ERIC TALMADGE Associated Press VLADIVOSTOK, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un confirmed during their first summit Thursday he is willing to give up his nuclear weapons — but only if he gets an ironclad guarantee ...

Father of suspected Easter bombers arrested; Colombo on edge

By EMILY SCHMALL and BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI Associated Press COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The father of two of the suspected Easter suicide bombers was arrested Thursday on suspicion of aiding his sons, according to Sri Lanka's former navy chief, as businesses and religious leaders worried about ...

Harry and Meghan: Newest royal baby could be an American

By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press LONDON (AP) — What would the founding fathers think? Almost 250 years after the United States launched a revolution to rid itself of the British royal family, the next royal baby could be an American. The idea that a scion of the former colonies would be ...

A look at the candidates in Spain’s general election

By JOSEPH WILSON and ARITZ PARRA Associated Press MADRID (AP) — A new generation of young and media-savvy political leaders is vying to become Spain's next prime minister in a general election Sunday. They are all men and less than 50. A deeply divided parliament is expected to emerge from ...