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Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics, US says

By DAISY NGUYEN and BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Saudi Arabia, frustrated by growing criticism of its leaders and policies on social media, recruited two Twitter employees to spy on thousands of accounts that included prominent opponents, U.S. prosecutors have ...

Pompeo stresses NATO importance in Germany visit

By FRANK JORDANS Associated Press LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his German counterpart stressed the importance of the NATO alliance Thursday, saying that trans-Atlantic cooperation was critical in bringing about the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago and ...

Court sentences Congo warlord to 30 years for atrocities

By MIKE CORDER Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court passed its highest ever sentence Thursday, sending a Congolese warlord known as "The Terminator" to prison for 30 years for crimes including murder, rape and sexual slavery. Bosco Ntaganda was ...

Drought parches southern Africa, millions faced with hunger

Associated Press undefined JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An estimated 45 million people are threatened with hunger due to a severe drought that is strangling wide stretches of southern Africa. International aid agencies said they are planning emergency food deliveries for parts of South Africa, ...

US sanctions 3 Nicaraguan officials

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is sanctioning three Nicaraguan officials accused of human rights abuses, election fraud and corruption. The U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control on Thursday announced the sanctions, which block the officials from doing ...

Ex-Trump adviser Morrison testifies on concerns over Ukraine

By DEB RIECHMANN, LISA MASCARO and MIKE BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top White House official who raised concerns about President Donald Trump's efforts to push Ukraine to investigate his political rivals confirmed some aspects of earlier reports but contradicted ...

Health care or Brexit? UK parties unveil election themes

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The opposition Labour Party kicked off its campaign for Britain's December general election with one overriding message Thursday: It's not just about Brexit. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn put the emphasis firmly on economic and ...

Islamic State group announces successor to al-Baghdadi

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group declared a new leader Thursday after it confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi days earlier in a U.S raid in Syria. In its audio release by the IS central media arm, al-Furqan Foundation, a new spokesman for IS identifies the successor as ...

Spain offers Madrid as host of December UN climate summit

By ARITZ PARRA Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Spain's interim leader has offered to have Madrid host an international U.N. climate conference next month that was originally scheduled to be held in riot-struck Chile. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera on Wednesday canceled plans to host ...

Legal opinion: Poland, Hungary, Czechs broke EU migrant law

By LORNE COOK and SAMUEL PETREQUIN Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — With overcrowded Greek migrant camps facing explosive new problems, a top EU legal adviser said Thursday that Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic broke European Union law by refusing to comply with a refugee quota program ...