Putin claims crushing victory in Russian presidential vote

APTOPIX Russia Presidential Election-23

Vladimir Putin has rolled to a crushing re-election victory for six more years as Russia's...


Iraq holds more than 19,000 on Islamic State, militant links

Iraq Imprisoning IS

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq has detained or imprisoned at least 19,000 people accused of connections to the Islamic State group or other terror-related offenses, and sentenced more than 3,000 of them to death, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. The mass incarceration and speed of guilty...


From DMZ to ship at sea, Trump-Kim summit site rumors swirl

North Korea US Summit Sites

TOKYO (AP) — With just weeks to go, there’s still no official word on where President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will hold their unprecedented summit. Will they pick an obvious place like one of their own capitals, or something off the wall, like a ship at sea? Or a place so...


Israeli military confirms it hit Syrian nuclear site in 2007

Israel Syria

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The Israeli military confirmed Wednesday it carried out the 2007 airstrike in Syria that destroyed what was believed to be a nuclear reactor, lifting the veil of secrecy over one of its most daring and mysterious operations in recent memory. Although Israel was widely...


Researcher captures striking Antarctic video of minke whale

New Zealand Antarctic Whales

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Marine mammal expert Dr. Regina Eisert thought minke whales were a little boring until she captured some striking footage of one swimming underwater near Antarctica. Now she thinks they’re beautiful. Eisert said the whales look similar from the surface but she gained...


China, Philippines discuss joint South China Sea projects

BEIJING (AP) — Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano was in Beijing on Wednesday for talks on possible joint development projects in the South China Sea amid signs of an easing of tensions in the disputed waterway. Cayetano was scheduled to meet with his counterpart Wang Yi later in the...


Canadian drug mule says she made cocaine cruise a vacation

SYDNEY (AP) — A Canadian woman told an Australian court on Wednesday that her only role in a plot to smuggle cocaine worth $16 million into Sydney was to make the luxury cruise ship operation look like a vacation. Three Canadians have pleaded guilty in the New South Wales state District Court to...


Focus turns to missing in Canadian serial killer case

Canada Missing Men

TORONTO (AP) — Judi Riley’s 47-year-old brother vanished while on a trip to Toronto nearly five years ago. Her family filed a police report and repeatedly prodded authorities for updates. But there were no leads, until now. Riley, who lives in Hawaii, started getting emails from friends back in...


Zuckerberg asked to testify; data firm's CEO suspended

Britain Facebook Cambridge

LONDON (AP) — The head of Trump-affiliated data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica has been suspended, while government authorities are bearing down on both the firm and Facebook over allegations the firm stole data from 50 million Facebook users to manipulate elections. Cambridge’s board of directors...


Trump's national security advisers warned him not to congratulate Putin. He did it anyway.

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump did not follow specific warnings from his national security advisers when he congratulated Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday on his reelection, including a section in his briefing materials in all-capital letters stating “DO...


Clandestine videos roil Peru ahead of impeachment vote

Peru Kenji Fujimori

LIMA, Peru (AP) — The revelation of videos allegedly showing attempts to buy a lawmaker*s political support is shaking Peru*s political establishment days before a scheduled impeachment vote against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. The videos presented Tuesday by the main opposition party...

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