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EU states mixed on Trump demand to take back IS fighters

By LORNE COOK and GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's demand that European countries take back their citizens fighting in Syria received a mixed reaction Monday, as nations voiced concerns about how to bring home-grown Islamic State extremists to ...

‘Digital gangsters’: UK wants tougher rules for Facebook

By MAE ANDERSON and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers issued a scathing report Monday that calls for tougher rules on Facebook to keep it from acting like "digital gangsters" and intentionally violating data privacy and competition laws. The report on fake news ...

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Organizers of Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen survivor-activists who have come to Rome to protest the Catholic Church's response to date and demand an end to decades of cover-up by ...

Trial of Catalan separatists begins in Madrid amid protests

By ARITZ PARRA and JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — A sensitive trial against a dozen Catalan separatist politicians and activists got underway Tuesday in Spain's Supreme Court amid protests by pro-independence supporters and a highly volatile political environment. The ...

Refugee footballer freed by Thailand returns to Australia

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A refugee soccer player thanked Australians on his return home Tuesday hours after the threat of extradition to Bahrain was lifted and three months after he was detained in Thailand. Hundreds of supporters carrying welcome signs ...

17 killed in fire at shoddy New Delhi hotel, 4 others hurt

By SHONAL GANGULY, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — A fire engulfed a shoddily built budget hotel in central New Delhi early Tuesday, killing 17 people and injuring at least four others, including a woman from Myanmar who leaped from an upper floor to escape the flames, Indian authorities ...

US-led coalition hits mosque in Syria used by Islamic State

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition says it has hit a mosque used by the Islamic State group as a command and control center in eastern Syria. The coalition said Tuesday it launched the strike in support of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, who are fighting to drive the extremists ...

Venezuela’s crisis hits stand-still over emergency aid

By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) — Nearly three weeks after the Trump administration backed an all-out effort to force out President Nicolas Maduro, the embattled socialist leader is holding strong and defying predictions of an imminent ...

UK, EU leaders spar during ‘robust’ Brexit talks

By RAF CASERT and LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker sparred on Thursday during "robust" talks on the U.K.'s Brexit plans, and agreed to hold more negotiations until the end of the month — a ...

Russian official: Another nuclear pact with US in trouble

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Another U.S.-Russian nuclear pact is in danger following the U.S. move to withdraw from a Cold War-era arms control treaty, a senior Russian diplomat said Thursday. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov charged that the U.S. refusal to ...