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Trial of Catalan separatists begins in Madrid amid protests

By ARITZ PARRA and JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — A sensitive trial against a dozen Catalan separatist politicians and activists got underway Tuesday in Spain's Supreme Court amid protests by pro-independence supporters and a highly volatile political environment. The ...

Refugee footballer freed by Thailand returns to Australia

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A refugee soccer player thanked Australians on his return home Tuesday hours after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted and three months after he was detained in Thailand. Hundreds of supporters carrying welcome signs ...

17 killed in fire at shoddy New Delhi hotel, 4 others hurt

By SHONAL GANGULY, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — A fire engulfed a shoddily built budget hotel in central New Delhi early Tuesday, killing 17 people and injuring at least four others, including a woman from Myanmar who leaped from an upper floor to escape the flames, Indian authorities ...

US-led coalition hits mosque in Syria used by Islamic State

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition says it has hit a mosque used by the Islamic State group as a command and control center in eastern Syria. The coalition said Tuesday it launched the strike in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, who are fighting to drive the extremists ...

Venezuela’s crisis hits stand-still over emergency aid

By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Nearly three weeks after the Trump administration backed an all-out effort to force out President Nicolas Maduro, the embattled socialist leader is holding strong and defying predictions of an imminent ...

UK, EU leaders spar during ‘robust’ Brexit talks

By RAF CASERT and LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sparred on Thursday during "robust" talks on the U.K.'s Brexit plans, and agreed to hold more negotiations until the end of the month — a ...

Russian official: Another nuclear pact with US in trouble

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Another U.S.-Russian nuclear pact is in danger following the U.S. move to withdraw from a Cold War-era arms control treaty, a senior Russian diplomat said Thursday. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov charged that the U.S. refusal to ...

Images suggest Iran launched satellite despite US criticism

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran appears to have attempted a second satellite launch despite U.S. criticism that its space program helps the country develop ballistic missiles, satellite images released Thursday suggest. Iran did not immediately ...

5-year-old girl rescued from collapsed building in Turkey

By MEHMET GUZEL, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — A 5-year-old girl was rescued from the rubble of the eight-story apartment building in Istanbul on Thursday, raising the number of survivors of the collapsed structure to 13. At least three people have been found dead. The girl, Havva ...

German antitrust authorities restrict Facebook data use

By DAVID RISING, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — German antitrust authorities ruled Thursday against Facebook combining user data from different sources, saying it was exploiting its position as a dominant social media company in violation of European regulations. The Federal Cartel Office, ...

Cornered in Syria, IS lays groundwork for a new insurgency

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State gunmen came out of hiding in the middle of the night and set up a checkpoint on a rural road in eastern Syria. For several hours, they stopped those passing and searched through their mobile phones to check their allegiances, ...

Trump to meet North Korean leader Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will hold a two-day summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un Feb. 27-28 in Vietnam to continue his efforts to persuade Kim to give up his nuclear weapons. Trump has said his outreach to Kim and their first meeting ...

Slain Iraqi novelist criticized foreign meddling, militias

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi novelist Alaa Mashzoub was a secular civil society activist who used his bike to get around Karbala's infamous traffic and road closures. He was also an outspoken critic of foreign interference in Iraq and political meddling by ...

Hopes high for concrete results from 2nd Kim-Trump summit

By HAU DINH, Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Governments across Asia on Wednesday expressed hope that a second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam will produce concrete results that will lead to the complete denuclearization of the ...

Paris building fire claims 10 lives; arson suspected

By THOMAS ADAMSON and ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Paris' deadliest fire in over a decade claimed 10 lives Tuesday, sending fleeing residents to the roof as flames engulfed their apartment building before dawn. A 40-year-old female resident of the building, said to have a ...

Asia welcomes Year of the Pig with banquets, temple visits

BEIJING (AP) — Asia welcomed the lunar Year of the Pig on Tuesday with visits to temples, family banquets and the world's biggest travel spree. Celebrations took place throughout the region, from Beijing and Seoul to Hanoi and Singapore. The streets of Beijing and other major Chinese cities ...

Pope Francis celebrates historic Mass in Arabian Peninsula

By NICOLE WINFIELD and AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pope Francis ministered on Tuesday to the thriving Catholic community in the United Arab Emirates as he concluded his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula with the first-ever papal Mass here and a ...

US officials fear IS fighters are lying low, not defeated

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to declare near-total triumph over the Islamic State group in Syria in his State of the Union address, but U.S. defense officials are increasingly fearful that the militants are simply biding their time ...

UK’s Theresa May traveling to Northern Ireland in Brexit bid

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is traveling to Northern Ireland seeking support for her stalled withdrawal plan from the European Union. May plans to speak to business leaders Tuesday and will also meet with Democratic Unionist Party chief Arlene Foster. The prime minister ...

Feuding UK politicians seek elusive unity as Brexit looms

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — With Brexit just seven weeks away, Britain's ruling Conservative Party was locked in tense negotiations with itself Monday to rework the U.K.'s divorce deal with the European Union — as the EU stood firm in ruling out any ...