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Iran’s Rouhani seeks to boost ties on first visit to Baghdad

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was in Baghdad on Monday, making his first official visit to the nation that Tehran once fought a bloody war against and later backed in the battle with the Islamic State group. Since Rouhani's election ...

Growing number of Boeing Max 8 planes grounded after crash

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Aviation authorities in China, Indonesia and Ethiopia ordered airlines to ground their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes Monday after one crashed in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board. The crash of the Ethiopian Airlines jet shortly after ...

Restive Algeria awaits decisive move from returned president

By AOMAR OUALI Associated Press ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algerian teenagers and lawyers held protests Monday, and workers held scattered walkouts, as their tense nation waits to see whether ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika offers any concessions in the face of unprecedented ...

To the bitter end, IS militants remain organized and brutal

By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — As defeat looms, militants of the Islamic State group have remained organized and ruthless to their last breath. Keeping institutions functioning in their last shred of territory in Syria, they have continued benefits like food and ...

Former Nissan chairman Ghosn released after posting bail

By YURI KAGEYAMA AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — Wearing a mask, cap and what looked like a construction worker's outfit, the former chairman of Nissan Motor Co., Carlos Ghosn, left a Tokyo detention center Wednesday after posting 1 billion yen ($8.9 million) bail. Although his face was ...

North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket site

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea is restoring facilities at a long-range rocket launch site that it dismantled last year as part of disarmament steps, according to foreign experts and a South Korean lawmaker who was briefed by Seoul's ...

Father of UK teen who joined IS says don’t scrap citizenship

By SHAMS SHAMIM and JULHAS ALAM Associated Press SUNAMGANJ, Bangladesh (AP) — The father of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group in Syria said his daughter's citizenship should not be revoked and that she should return to the U.K. and be punished if it was ...

China says new law will bar demands for technology handover

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China will bar government authorities from demanding overseas companies hand over technology secrets in exchange for market share, a top economic official said Wednesday, addressing a key complaint at the heart of the China-U.S. trade ...

Macron’s plea for Europe lays down battle lines for May vote

By LORI HINNANT and SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's plea to voters in 28 nations to choose a stronger European Union has gained support from outside his borders — and a good deal of skepticism from within. In a column published for Tuesday's ...

Unusual alliance in Sri Lanka forged to save blue whales

By MARIA CHENG Associated Press When the feeding grounds of blue whales overlap with busy shipping lanes, business interests often supersede those of the endangered marine mammals. But in Sri Lanka, an unusual alliance has been forged: conservationists and shipping companies have aligned in a ...