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Gaza rocket hits home in Israel, military strikes back

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — A rocket fired from Gaza struck a residential home in southern Israel early Wednesday and the Israeli military began attacking militant sites in Gaza in response after days of rising tensions. The Magen David Adom medical service said a ...

Mattis to meet Chinese counterpart amid US-China tensions

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to meet on Thursday in Singapore with his Chinese counterpart amid escalating tensions over China's purchase of Russian fighter planes and missiles as well as ongoing friction in the South ...

Pompeo meets with Turkish leaders on missing Saudi writer

By SUZAN FRASER and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A pro-government Turkish newspaper on Wednesday published a gruesome recounting of the alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, just as America's top diplomat arrived in the ...

Prince Harry and Meghan expecting their 1st child in spring

By ROD McGUIRK and GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child in the spring, Kensington Palace said Monday. The announcement came hours after Harry and the former Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney ...

Harry and Meghan’s baby would be 7th in line for UK throne

LONDON (AP) — A baby born to Prince Harry and Meghan, the duchess of Sussex, would be seventh in line for the British throne when it is born next spring. Here is the current line of succession to the British throne upon of the death of 92-year-old Queen Elizabeth II: ___ 1. Prince Charles, ...

Recovery of Nepal climbers delayed by mountain’s remoteness

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA and EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescuers hampered by difficult, remote terrain took two days to recover the bodies of nine climbers, including one of the world's best, who hoped to map a new route to a Himalayan peak in Nepal that hasn't been ...

Cologne police: Hostage incident at train station

BERLIN (AP) — Cologne police say they have closed parts of the western German city's main train station because of a hostage situation. Police officer Christoph Schulte told The Associated Press that incident appears to have started Monday at 12:45 p.m.at a pharmacy inside the train station. ...

Saudi crown prince’s carefully managed rise hides dark side

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In a kingdom once ruled by an ever-aging rotation of elderly monarchs, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stands out as the youthful face of a youthful nation. But behind the carefully calibrated public-relations ...

US pastor freed from Turkey prays with Trump in Oval Office

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Freed American pastor Andrew Brunson fell to one knee in the Oval Office and placed his hand on President Donald Trump's shoulder in prayer before asking God to provide Trump "supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the ...

Saudis reject threats as stocks plunge after Trump comments

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia warned Sunday it will respond to any "threats" against it as its stock market plunged following President Donald Trump's warning of "severe punishment" over the disappearance of Washington Post contributor ...

Video shows suspects in Saudi writer’s disappearance

By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — Surveillance footage aired by Turkish media on Wednesday purports to show a team of Saudis arriving in Istanbul the day Jamal Khashoggi went missing, a black van leaving the Saudi Consulate after he entered, and the team checking out and ...

Israeli frankincense farmer cashes in on rare honey

By ILAN BEN ZION, Associated Press ALMOG, West Bank (AP) — An Israeli farmer has cashed in by making exotic honey from a rare tree that produces frankincense — the resin once worth its weight in gold and venerated in the Bible. But the farm's location in a far-flung West Bank settlement ...

South Korea considers lifting some sanctions on North Korea

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is considering lifting some of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea to create more momentum for diplomacy aimed at improving relations and defusing the nuclear crisis, the South's foreign minister said ...

Cameroon votes amid violence, threats from separatists

By EDWIN KINDZEKA MOKI, Associated Press YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Thousands headed to the polls in Cameroon Sunday for an election that will likely see Africa's oldest leader win another term amid fighting and threats from separatists that have already prevented residents in English-speaking ...

Friend: Saudi journalist ‘killed’ at consulate in Istanbul

By MEHMET GUZEL, SUZAN FRASER and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — A friend of a prominent Saudi journalist who went missing in Istanbul said Sunday that officials told him to "make your funeral preparations" as the Washington Post contributor "was killed" at the Saudi ...

Vatican defends pope against ‘blasphemous’ cover-up claims

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — A top Vatican cardinal issued a scathing rebuke Sunday of the ambassador who accused Pope Francis of covering up the sexual misconduct of a prominent American cardinal, saying his claims were a "blasphemous" political hit job. Six ...

Rescuers detect possible sign of life under quake-hit hotel

By TASSANEE VEJPONGSA, Associated Press PALU, Indonesia (AP) — A French rescue team said Thursday it has detected a possible sign of life under the rubble of a hotel in Indonesia's Sulawesi island nearly a week after it was hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, as the death toll rose to ...

Struggling Malawi school gets 1.4M books from Melania Trump

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press LILONGWE, Malawi (AP) — Melania Trump got a different view of educating children as she visited an African primary school Thursday that has benefited from U.S. assistance but struggles with an enrollment of more than 8,500 students. Some children learn ...

Russia claims US running secret bio weapons lab in Georgia

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Defense Ministry said Thursday that the United States appeared to be running a clandestine biological weapons lab in the country of Georgia, allegedly flouting international conventions and posing a direct security threat to ...

Nike ‘deeply concerned’ by ‘disturbing’ Ronaldo rape claim

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer LONDON (AP) — Pressure built on Cristiano Ronaldo from his sponsors Thursday after Nike joined EA Sports in expressing its deep concern with the rape allegation facing the soccer star. The five-time world player of the year has denied the claim. Late ...