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Albanian police sue opposition leader, say he urged violence

TIRANA, Albania " Albanian police have sued the leader of the country's opposition Democratic Party for allegedly inciting calls for violence.A police statement Saturday said Democratic Party leader Lulzim Basha on Friday urged...

In Trump's first speech to Congress, will decorum hold?

WASHINGTON " A presidential speech to Congress is one of those all-American moments that ooze ritual and decorum.The House sergeant-at-arms will stand at the rear of the House of Representatives on Tuesday night and announce...

France charges 2nd person tied to National Front in probe

PARIS " A contractor for France's National Front party who's close to far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has been handed preliminary charges in an investigation into the financing of political campaigns in 2014 and...

Syria opposition on same tack as US on terrorism, Iran

GENEVA " A top Syrian opposition leader hopes to persuade the new administration of U.S. President Donald Trump that rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad share the same priorities with Washington when it comes...

The Latest: Victim says alleged shooter asked about visas

OLATHE, Kan. " The Latest on a deadly shooting at a Kansas bar that some witnesses said was racially motivated :8:45 a.m.One of two immigrants from India who were shot in a suburban Kansas City bar says the...

Lake created by landslide floods in Bosnia, closes highway

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina " Flooding from a new lake created by a landslide in central Bosnia has shut down one of the country's main highways.Earlier this week, a major landslide from huge piles of mine waste from an open...

World Snowshoe Championships are Saturday in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. " Organizers are as set as they can be for Saturday's World Snowshoe Championships in Saranac Lake.Because of the sudden spate of warm weather, the race course has been moved entirely to Dewey Mountain on...

Maine's smelts, sought by ice fishermen, have strong winter

PORTLAND, Maine " Ice fishing for smelts is a winter tradition in Maine, where the small fish are fried and eaten whole.Fishermen and fish camp owners say this smelt-fishing season has been a robust one after the mild winter...

Notable workers' rights cases heard by Neil Gorsuch

President Donald Trump's pick to fill a Supreme Court vacancy has heard dozens of workers' rights cases on the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Many conservatives hail Neil Gorsuch for sticking to the letter of the law and not...

The Latest: Democrats need to dust off party voting rules

WASHINGTON " The Latest on the selection of a new national leader of the Democratic Party :9:55 a.m.Democratic officials are in new territory with a competitive election for party chief.In past races, a...

Kurdish journalist killed covering Iraq's battle for Mosul

IRBIL, Iraq " A local Kurdish news organization says one of their presenters was killed covering the Mosul operation and another of their journalists was wounded.The Rudaw news organization says Shifa Gerdi, a presenter and...

Buffett's firm says 4Q profit up 15 percent on investments

OMAHA, Neb. " Warren Buffett's company says fourth-quarter profit improved 15 percent, but most of the gains came from the paper value of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s investments and derivative contracts.The Omaha, Nebraska-based...

Warren Buffett says don't waste money on investment fees

OMAHA, Neb. " Billionaire Warren Buffett wants investors to be wary of the high fees Wall Street routinely charges because of the damage they do to investment returns, and he emphasized his confident outlook in the U.S. economy.Buffett...

In poor Black Belt region, both fears and prayers over Trump

MARION, Ala. " Here, in what's left of the Old South's plantation region, the descendants of slaves who picked cotton and worked the dark soil are praying differently since Donald Trump moved into the White House.During Barack...

WORLD SPORTS at 1330 GMT

TOP STORY:SOC--ENGLISH ROUNDUPLONDON " Runaway leader Chelsea hosts Swansea and the Premier League's bottom three is also in action. Last-placed Sunderland is at Everton, Hull takes on Burnley and Crystal Palace plays Middlesbrough....

Bottega Veneta exudes 1940s Hollywood glamour in Milan

MILAN " Milan Fashion Week took a formal turn on the third day of previews for next fall and winter.Mindful of the price point, designers were not churning out looks that could be tossed into a suitcase for a fanciful journey,...

Israel military fire tear gas to disperse Lebanese protest

BEIRUT " Israel's military fired tear gas across the border into Lebanon on Saturday, breaking up a small Lebanese protest against cameras installed there, Lebanon's National News agency reported.Israel's military said the...

The Latest: Victim says alleged shooter asked about visas

OLATHE, Kan. " The Latest on a deadly shooting at a Kansas bar that some witnesses said was racially motivated :7 a.m.A man injured in a neighborhood bar shooting in suburban Kansas City that witnesses say...

Survivors denounce Vatican handling of Peru abuse case

LIMA, Peru " Victims of Latin America's latest charismatic Catholic leader-turned-sexual predator are denouncing the Vatican's handling of the case, saying the six-year delay and final resolution are anything but satisfactory...

Malaysia warns North Korea to cooperate with investigation

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia " Malaysia said Saturday that it would issue an arrest warrant for a North Korean diplomat if he refuses to cooperate with the investigation into the deadly attack on North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un's exiled...

The Latest: Malaysia sends warning to North Korean diplomat

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia " The Latest on Malaysia's investigation into the apparent assassination of the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un :7:55 p.m.Malaysia says it will issue an arrest warrant...

Malaysian police to sweep the airport terminal where Kim Jong Nam was killed to check for possible toxic chemical.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia " Malaysian police to sweep the airport terminal where Kim Jong Nam was killed to check for possible toxic chemical.

Merkel formally nominated for German election run

BERLIN " Angela Merkel's conservatives have formally nominated the German chancellor as her party's top candidate for the September parliamentary election in the region where she has her political base.The dpa news agency reported...

Romania: thousands attend pro-government rally

BUCHAREST, Romania " Thousands of people turned out for a pro-government rally in southern Romania, hoping to boost the popularity of the center-left government following massive anti-corruption protests.Braving pouring rain,...

Azerbaijan soldiers killed in Karabakh fighting

MOSCOW " Azerbaijan says several of its soldiers have been killed during fighting in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region as Armenia and Azerbaijan blame each other for an outbreak of violence.Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry...

Turkish PM launches 'yes' campaign over Erdogan powers

ANKARA, Turkey " Turkey's prime minister has officially launched his ruling party's campaign for a "yes" vote in a referendum on ushering a presidential system, which critics fear will concentrate too many powers in the hands...

Protesters mark Philippine revolt by condemning killings

MANILA, Philippines " Hundreds of left-wing and pro-democracy activists have marked the anniversary of the 1986 revolt that ousted Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos to warn about the current president's dictatorial tendencies...

Iranian director sends video to message to US rally

TEHRAN, Iran " An Oscar-nominated Iranian film director has sent a video message to a rally attended by celebrities and top talent agents. It's intended to thank the Hollywood community for its support during his boycott of the...

Myanmar police blame grudge, not army, for lawyer's murder

YANGON, Myanmar " Senior Myanmar security officials say the assassination of a prominent legal adviser to the government was the result of a personal political grudge and not part of a bigger conspiracy by the military.Police...

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see.This week's gallery features African migrants,...

Iraqi forces facing stiff resistance in western Mosul

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq " Iraqi forces pushed deeper into western Mosul Saturday amid stiff resistance from entrenched Islamic State fighters, a commander on the scene said.Special forces Lt. Gen. Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi said that...

Inside the fight against IS sleeper cells in liberated Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq " Two crudely armored pickup trucks cruised along an eastern Mosul highway. A masked Iraqi officer riding shotgun yelled "Go! Go! Go!" and switched the radio from Iraqi folk music to fast, patriotic battle hymns as...

Germany's Merkel: keep working on 2-state Mideast solution

BERLIN " German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stressing the need to work for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after President Donald Trump signaled that he could accept a different outcome.Merkel's comments...

Twin attacks on Syrian security buildings kill at least 30

DAMASCUS, Syria " At least 30 people were killed, including a branch director of the feared Military Intelligence services, in a pair of attacks on two security locations in the central Syrian city of Homs on Saturday, state...

For Kim Jong Nam, a sad ending to a lonely life

Kim Jong Nam led a life of loneliness and fear and seclusion, rejected by his father, orphaned by his mother, stuck in a shadowy exile where he had to constantly worry about spies and secret agents and reporters.And it all came...

The Latest: Indonesia: Suspect was paid $90 to attack Kim

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia " The Latest on Malaysia's investigation into the apparent assassination of the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un :5 p.m.Indonesia's deputy ambassador to Malaysia says...

Indonesia says Indonesian suspect in death of Kim Jong Un's half brother was paid $90 for what she believed was a prank

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia " Indonesia says Indonesian suspect in death of Kim Jong Un's half brother was paid $90 for what she believed was a prank.

Homs provincial governor: Multiple explosions strike a security building in Syrian city of Homs, killing more than 20

BEIRUT " Homs provincial governor: Multiple explosions strike a security building in Syrian city of Homs, killing more than 20.

Afghan official: IS militants kill 11 in mosque ambush

KABUL, Afghanistan " An Afghan official says that 10 police officers and the wife of a police commander have been killed by Islamic State militants in northern Zawzjan province.Mohammad Reza Ghafori, spokesman for the Zawzjan...

Comey in middle of political fray over Trump and Russians

WASHINGTON " FBI Director James Comey is again in a familiar spot these days " the middle of political tumult.As a high-ranking Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, he clashed with the White House...

White House says chief of staff not wrong to talk to FBI

WASHINGTON " The White House on Friday defended chief of staff Reince Priebus against accusations he breached a government firewall when he asked FBI Director James Comey to publicly dispute media reports that Trump campaign...

Trump condemns anonymous sources as staff demands anonymity

WASHINGTON " President Donald Trump has unloaded on the news media for using anonymous sources " just hours after members of his own staff insisted on briefing reporters only on condition their names be concealed.Unleashing...

Democrats inviting immigrants to Trump's speech to Congress

WASHINGTON " Democrats have invited immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress in an effort to put a face on those who could be hurt by the Republican's policies.Lawmakers typically get...

Legend, Miranda, Bareilles make Oscar rehearsals musical

LOS ANGELES " Lin-Manuel Miranda owned Friday's Oscar rehearsals. He sang a tune from "La La Land," posed like John Travolta in "Saturday Night Fever," invoked a 1990s Billy Crystal Oscar monologue, and reprimanded his dad from...

AP Exclusive: Analysts downplay threat from 7 nations in ban

WASHINGTON " Analysts at the Homeland Security Department's intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump's travel ban pose a terror threat to...

Pence: Administration backs Israel abroad, business at home

LAS VEGAS " Vice President Mike Pence is assuring the Republican Jewish Coalition that he and President Donald Trump will work tirelessly on foreign and domestic issues important to the group, such as enacting business-friendly...

As party rebuilds, Democrats seek a new DNC leader

ATLANTA " Democrats are beginning the process of rebuilding their party by choosing a new national chairman charged with turning widespread opposition to President Donald Trump into more election victories.With the outcome...

At town halls, GOP caught between Trump, angry voters

URBANDALE, Iowa " A little more than a month into Donald Trump's administration, Republicans are finding themselves squeezed between a polarizing president and hundreds of angry voters shouting them down at rowdy town halls.The...

Palestinians: 3 dead in Gaza-Egypt smuggling tunnel

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip " Palestinian authorities say three workers have died after inhaling toxic gas in a smuggling tunnel beneath Gaza's border with Egypt.The Interior Ministry says the three were working to repair the tunnel...

GPS device-maker Garmin reeling after Kansas worker killed

OLATHE, Kan. " GPS device-maker Garmin long has revered diversity in its workforce, even when the locale of its ever-sprawling operational headquarters " a largely white Kansas City suburb " didn't reflect it.It's the place...