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Arab leaders meet in Mecca to unify ranks amid Iran tensions

By AYA BATRAWY Associated Press MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Arab heads of state gathered Thursday evening for the start of a trio of high-level summits in Islam's holiest city of Mecca as Saudi Arabia attempts to present a unified regional stance in response to a spike in tensions with its ...

Netanyahu’s future clouded by rivalry with former ally

By JOSEF FEDERMAN Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's complicated relationship with an angry former protege has sent Israeli politics into uncharted waters. By triggering an early election, Avigdor Lieberman has raised questions about the political future ...

WikiLeaks says Assange is ill; he misses brief court hearing

By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange missed a court session Thursday, apparently due to health problems. He had been expected to appear from prison via video link at a brief extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court. Lawyer Gareth ...

AP: Purdue foreign arm caught up in opioid probe in Europe

By CLAIRE GALOFARO and FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press PARMA, Italy (AP) — The police huddled for hours each day, headphones on, eavesdropping on the doctor. They'd tapped his cellphone, bugged his office, planted a camera in a trattoria. They heard him boast about his power to help Big ...

Ethiopian pilot pleaded for training weeks before Max crash

By BERNARD CONDON Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Emails obtained by The Associated Press show an Ethiopian Airlines pilot pleaded with his bosses for more training on the Boeing 737 Max just weeks before one of the airline's jets crashed. Veteran pilot Bernd Kai von Hoesslin ...

Nigerian President Buhari sworn in again, faces challenges

By BASHIR ADIGUN and SAM OLUKOYA Associated Press ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari began his second term as head of Africa's most populous nation on Wednesday, facing heightened pressure to defeat Islamic extremism and boost the oil-dependent economy amid concerns ...

AP Report: ‘Pain League’ allegedly pushed opioids in Italy

By CLAIRE GALOFARO and FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press PARMA, Italy (AP) — The police huddled for hours each day, headphones on, eavesdropping on the doctor. They'd tapped his cellphone, bugged his office, planted a camera in a trattoria. They heard him boast about his power to help Big ...

D-Day joy, hell for civilians told anew with virtual reality

By JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press CAEN, France (AP) — The emotion of being liberated from Nazi occupation was so sweet and intense that the French refugees burst into song, a spontaneous rendition of "La Marseillaise" that echoed around the underground network of dank, dark tunnels where ...

In fear for their lives, activist Thai band lives in exile

By TASSANEE VEJPONGSA and GRANT PECK Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — They are members of a folk music group living communally in the Southeast Asian nation of Laos, but they are in fear for their lives. The musicians from the band Faiyen fled their homes in neighboring Thailand in 2014, ...

Louvre reopens after one-day closure due to overcrowding

PARIS (AP) — The Louvre museum in Paris reopened to the public Wednesday after being shut down for a day when workers complaining about overcrowding walked out. Union representatives met Wednesday morning with management to discuss how to ease the traffic flow at the world's most visited ...