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Saudis reject threats as stocks plunge after Trump comments

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia warned Sunday it will respond to any "threats" against it as its stock market plunged following President Donald Trump's warning of "severe punishment" over the disappearance of Washington Post contributor ...

Video shows suspects in Saudi writer’s disappearance

By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — Surveillance footage aired by Turkish media on Wednesday purports to show a team of Saudis arriving in Istanbul the day Jamal Khashoggi went missing, a black van leaving the Saudi Consulate after he entered, and the team checking out and ...

Israeli frankincense farmer cashes in on rare honey

By ILAN BEN ZION, Associated Press ALMOG, West Bank (AP) — An Israeli farmer has cashed in by making exotic honey from a rare tree that produces frankincense — the resin once worth its weight in gold and venerated in the Bible. But the farm's location in a far-flung West Bank settlement ...

South Korea considers lifting some sanctions on North Korea

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea is considering lifting some of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea to create more momentum for diplomacy aimed at improving relations and defusing the nuclear crisis, the South's foreign minister said ...

Cameroon votes amid violence, threats from separatists

By EDWIN KINDZEKA MOKI, Associated Press YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — Thousands headed to the polls in Cameroon Sunday for an election that will likely see Africa's oldest leader win another term amid fighting and threats from separatists that have already prevented residents in English-speaking ...

Friend: Saudi journalist ‘killed’ at consulate in Istanbul

By MEHMET GUZEL, SUZAN FRASER and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — A friend of a prominent Saudi journalist who went missing in Istanbul said Sunday that officials told him to "make your funeral preparations" as the Washington Post contributor "was killed" at the Saudi ...

Vatican defends pope against ‘blasphemous’ cover-up claims

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — A top Vatican cardinal issued a scathing rebuke Sunday of the ambassador who accused Pope Francis of covering up the sexual misconduct of a prominent American cardinal, saying his claims were a "blasphemous" political hit job. Six ...

Rescuers detect possible sign of life under quake-hit hotel

By TASSANEE VEJPONGSA, Associated Press PALU, Indonesia (AP) — A French rescue team said Thursday it has detected a possible sign of life under the rubble of a hotel in Indonesia's Sulawesi island nearly a week after it was hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, as the death toll rose to ...

Struggling Malawi school gets 1.4M books from Melania Trump

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press LILONGWE, Malawi (AP) — Melania Trump got a different view of educating children as she visited an African primary school Thursday that has benefited from U.S. assistance but struggles with an enrollment of more than 8,500 students. Some children learn ...

Russia claims US running secret bio weapons lab in Georgia

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Defense Ministry said Thursday that the United States appeared to be running a clandestine biological weapons lab in the country of Georgia, allegedly flouting international conventions and posing a direct security threat to ...