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Iraq’s al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA and PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first. The ...

Maduro favored as Venezuelans vote amid crisis

By SCOTT SMITH and JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win a second six-year term in Sunday's election, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation ...

US, China agree to cut American trade deficit

By MARTIN CRUTSINGER and PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China have agreed to take measures to "substantially reduce" America's massive trade deficit with China, but the Trump administration failed to get the Chinese to commit to a specific ...

Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

BY MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and BERT WILKINSON, Associated Press HAVANA (AP) — The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired ...

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle wed in Windsor as millions watch

By GREGORY KATZ, DANICA KIRKA and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press WINDSOR, England (AP) — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gazed into each other's eyes and pledged their eternal love Saturday as they married at St. George's Chapel in front of hundreds of celebrity guests and millions of viewers ...

It’s all about the well-plumed hats for royal wedding guests

By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press Like every good royal wedding, it was all about the hats, the dresses and the posh tails, with some standouts in the rush inside at Windsor Castle. Amal Clooney was undeniably regal in a mustard yellow dress with a long tie in back that bordered on a train ...

Royal wedding: Anglican prayers, classical music, gospel

WINDSOR, England (AP) — Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in an Anglican service with an American flavor that mixes prayers, classical music, a gospel choir and sweet soul sounds. Kensington Palace has released the order of service for Saturday's ceremony in the 15th-century St. ...

Meghan Markle wears dress by UK designer Clare Waight Keller

By SYLVIA HUI and RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press WINDSOR, England (AP) — Clare Waight Keller is the master British designer behind the silk boat-necked gown and long veil worn by Meghan Markle as she walked down the flower-bedecked nave of St. George's Chapel for her wedding to Prince ...

Detained Saudi women driving campaigners branded traitors

By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Just weeks before Saudi Arabia is set to lift its ban on women driving, the kingdom's state security said Saturday it had detained seven people who are being accused of working with "foreign entities." Rights activists say ...

Meghan Markle: Dad won’t attend wedding due to health issues

By GREGORY KATZ and DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press WINDSOR, England (AP) — Ending days of speculation, Meghan Markle said Thursday that her father will not be able to attend her wedding to Prince Harry due to health problems. The news came as British military personnel rehearsed for a gala ...