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Syrian rebels begin evacuating town in Ghouta enclave

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Hundreds of Syrian opposition fighters and their relatives began evacuating a key besieged town in eastern Ghouta on Thursday, marking the first such rebel surrender from the bombed-out region east of Damascus. The departure of opposition ...

Sealed and delivered: Royal wedding invitations dispatched

LONDON (AP) — Time to check that mailbox. Kensington Palace said Thursday that invitations for the wedding between Prince Harry and his American fiancée Meghan Markle have been dispatched. Some 600 people have been invited to the May 19 nuptials at noon at St. George's Chapel at Windsor ...

Putin overwhelmingly wins another 6 years as Russian leader

By JIM HEINTZ and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin rolled to a crushing re-election victory Sunday for six more years as Russia's president, and he told cheering supporters in a triumphant but brief speech that "we are bound for success." There had been no ...

Putin calls UK accusations over ex-spy poisoning ‘nonsense’

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday dismissed British accusations of Russia's involvement in an ex-spy's poisoning as "nonsense," but added that Moscow is ready to cooperate with London in the investigation. In ...

Turkey-backed forces capture Syrian Kurdish town of Afrin

By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY and SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish military and allied Syrian forces marched into the center of the northern Syrian town of Afrin Sunday, raising their flags and shooting in the air in celebration nearly two months after launching their offensive ...

UK art teacher wins $1M teaching prize for inner city work

By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A British art teacher won a highly-competitive $1 million teaching prize on Sunday for her work with inner-city children in London, helping students feel welcome and safe in a borough with one of the highest murder rates in ...

Russian vote problems: Ballot stuffing, coercion, gimmicks

By FRANCESCA EBEL, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Social networks buzzed all day Sunday with videos, photos and firsthand accounts of voting violations in Russia's presidential election. Election authorities said they will investigate all irregularities and annul results where needed. But ...

Russia boots 23 UK diplomats in spy-poisoning tit for tat

By ANGELA CHARLTON and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Saturday announced it is expelling 23 British diplomats and threatened further measures in retaliation in a growing diplomatic dispute over a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain. Britain's government ...

Russia readies to hand Putin new term in presidential vote

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA and ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian voters are gearing up for a presidential election Sunday that Vladimir Putin is guaranteed to win. They are facing unusually intense pressure to vote, to grant him a convincing new mandate to pursue his ...

Vatican convicts ex-Guam archbishop accused of abuse

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Friday removed the suspended Guam archbishop from office and ordered him not to return to the Pacific island after convicting him of some charges in a sex abuse trial. The Vatican didn't say what exactly Archbishop ...

Trump wildlife protection board defends trophy hunting

By MICHAEL BIESECKER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Big-game hunters tapped by the Trump administration to help rewrite federal rules for importing the heads and hides of African elephants and lions as trophies defended the practice Friday, arguing that threatened and endangered species ...

Pentagon: No survivors in American helicopter crash in Iraq

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — All seven service members aboard a U.S. helicopter that crashed in Iraq were killed, the Pentagon said Friday in a written statement. The aircraft crashed in western Iraq a day earlier, said the officials, who insisted on speaking ...

Brilliant, popular physicist Stephen Hawking dies at 76

By RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — In his final years, the only thing connecting the brilliant physicist to the outside world was a couple of inches of frayed nerve in his cheek. As slowly as a word per minute, Stephen Hawking used the twitching of the muscle under his right ...

Stephen Hawking: ‘His laboratory was the universe’

By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Everyone knew of Stephen Hawking's cosmic brilliance, but few could comprehend it. Not even top-notch astronomers. Hawking, who died at his home in Cambridge, England, on Wednesday at age 76, became the public face of science genius. ...

UK readies response to Russia after spy deadline passes

BY JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Britain's prime minister chaired a meeting of the country's national security council Wednesday after Moscow ignored a midnight deadline to explain how a nerve agent developed by the Soviet Union was used against a former spy ...

Norwegian musher wins Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska

By MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Joar Ulsom of Norway won the world's most famous sled dog race Wednesday after a grueling dash across Alaska's rough terrain, but he earned tens of thousands of dollars less than last year's top musher at the struggling ...

Passenger plane crashes, catches fire at Kathmandu airport

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, Associated Press KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A passenger plane carrying 71 people from Bangladesh crashed and burst into flames as it landed Monday in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital, killing dozens of people with others rushed to area hospitals, officials said. The death toll ...

More civilians leave Syrian rebel enclave as army advances

By BASSME MROUE, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A small group of Syrian civilians on Monday left the rebel-held enclave of eastern Ghouta just outside of Damascus, using a corridor established by the Syrian army amid the military's gains that have effectively divided the area into three ...

Xi Jinping’s rise shatters hopes for democracy in China

By YANAN WANG, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Orville Schell, a longtime China expert, has vivid memories of his first trip to the country back in 1975. Mao Zedong was leading China through the tumultuous Cultural Revolution, and Chinese were being shamed, beaten and even killed for ...

In Russia, suspicions over spy’s poisoning point to Britain

By JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Since a former Russian double agent and his daughter were poisoned in Britain a week ago, suspicions about Russia's possible handiwork have run high — except in major Russian news outlets, where fingers point in the other direction. Sergei ...