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Kremlin: Russia election boycott campaign may be illegal

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin hinted Tuesday at possible legal repercussions for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny over his calls for a boycott of the March presidential election. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, wouldn't ...

UN operating budget cut by $285M; US claims credit for it

By The Associated Press The United Nations' budget is set to shrink by over $285 million next year — a 5 percent cut that the U.S. government says it negotiated. The U.N. General Assembly voted Sunday to approve the nearly $5.4 billion regular operating budget for 2018-2019. The ...

Catalan vote does little to clarify Spanish region’s future

By BARRY HATTON and ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's worst political crisis in decades showed few signs of abating Friday after Catalan separatist parties clinched a parliamentary majority in an exceptional election called by the country's prime minister, who ...

Russian hackers hunted journalists in years-long campaign

By RAPHAEL SATTER, JEFF DONN and NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Russian television anchor Pavel Lobkov was in the studio getting ready for his show when jarring news flashed across his phone: Some of his most intimate messages had just been published to the web. Days ...

1st white farmer gets land back under Zimbabwe’s new leader

By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press TANDI, Zimbabwe (AP) — A white Zimbabwean farmer evicted by the government of Robert Mugabe has returned to a hero's welcome as the first to get his land back under the new president, in a sign of reform on an issue that had hastened the country's ...

Peru’s president dodges impeachment over Odebrecht scandal

By FRANKLIN BRICENO and CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski defied ardent calls by opposition lawmakers demanding his impeachment over ties to the Brazilian construction giant implicated in Latin America's biggest corruption scandal ...

UN denounces US recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to denounce President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, largely ignoring Trump's threats to cut off aid to any country that went against him. The ...

Pence: New US-Afghanistan strategy ‘already bearing fruit’

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence swooped into Afghanistan for a secret meeting with Afghan leaders and a visit with U.S. troops, pointing to progress four months after President Donald Trump announced a new strategy to end a stalemate in ...

White House adviser says NKorea behind big ransomware attack

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday publicly blamed North Korea for a "careless and reckless" ransomware attack that infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide in May and crippled parts of Britain's National Health ...

Following Trump’s report, China urges US to accept its rise

By JOE McDONALD, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — The Chinese government on Tuesday criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to label Beijing a strategic rival and called on Washington to "abandon a Cold War mentality" and accept China's rise. Trump's decision reflects a "victory of ...