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UN Security Council to confer on North Korea nuclear program

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON and EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Turning to diplomacy after flexing military muscle, the United States will urge the U.N. Security Council on Friday to increase economic pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapons program, leaning on ...

Pope Francis in Egyptian capital for historic 2-day visit

By NICOLE WINFIELD and BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Pope Francis came to Egypt on Friday for a historic visit to the Arab and Muslim-majority nation aimed at presenting a united Christian-Muslim front to repudiate violence committed in God's name. The Catholic pontiff is ...

UK jury convicts doctor of performing unnecessary surgeries

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated LONDON (AP) — A prominent breast surgeon whose victims accused him of playing God with their lives faces a life sentence after a jury convicted him Friday of carrying out unnecessary operations that maimed some of his victims for life. The Nottingham Crown Court ...

Macedonian opposition chief shuns emergency political talks

By KONSTANTIN TESTORIDES, Associated Press SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonia's opposition chief rejected the president's call for emergency party leaders' talks Friday, hours after demonstrators — mostly supporters of the country's dominant conservative party — invaded parliament and ...

Pope faces balancing act in Egypt amid security fears

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is facing a religious and diplomatic balancing act as he heads to Egypt this weekend, hoping to comfort its Christian community after a spate of Islamic attacks while seeking to improve relations with Egypt's Muslim ...

‘I cannot go back’: South Sudan refugee clan begins new life

By JEROME DELAY, Associated Press IMVEPI, Uganda (AP) — Eighty-year-old Alfred Wani walks across the wooden bridge over the Kaya River, the border between South Sudan and Uganda, clinging to his Bibles and family photo album, with his wife, three goats and 27 relatives in tow. Missing are a ...

Syrian media: Israel attacked installation near Damascus

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media blamed Israel on Thursday for an early morning missile attack on a military installation near Damascus International Airport that shook the capital with the force of the blasts. Israeli Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz ...

2 police wounded in shooting on French island of Reunion

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — A man suspected of links to radical Islam and of glorifying terrorism shot two police officers on the French island of Reunion during an arrest Thursday, officials said. Police managed to detain the man and his mother, and found weapons and ...

Russia says naval reconnaissance ship damaged in Black Sea

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's defense ministry says a naval reconnaissance ship is in danger of sinking in the Black Sea after colliding with another vessel. The ministry says the Liman has a hole as a result of the collision that occurred Thursday about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of the ...

Le Pen upstages Macron in battle for blue-collar votes

By CHRIS DEN HOND and JOHN LEICESTER, Associated Press AMIENS, France (AP) — Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen turned an appliance factory into a battleground Wednesday for France's blue-collar vote, upstaging rival Emmanuel Macron with a surprise campaign stop at the plant ...