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UN health chief orders probe into misconduct

By MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer LONDON (AP) — The head of the World Health Organization has ordered an internal investigation into allegations the U.N. health agency is rife with racism, sexism and corruption, after a series of anonymous emails with the explosive charges were sent to top ...

Human Rights Watch: Global pushback against autocrats grows

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — The world is seeing growing resistance against the abuses of autocrats as states, civic groups and popular movements all push back against populists who are seeking to curtail freedoms, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. In its annual ...

American anchor for Iranian TV is arrested on visit to US

By JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A prominent American anchorwoman on Iranian state television has been arrested by the FBI during a visit to the U.S., the broadcaster reported Wednesday, and her son said she was being held in a prison, apparently as a material ...

Saudi women runaways rebel against system of male control

By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Another Saudi woman has turned to social media for protection from her father, just days after Canada granted refuge to Rahaf al-Qunun, the 18-year-old Saudi who fled her family. Identified only as Nojoud al-Mandeel on ...

UK government faces no-confidence vote after Brexit defeat

By DANICA KIRKA and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a no-confidence vote Wednesday, a day after Parliament rejected her Brexit deal by a historic margin. May is battling to save her job after staking her political reputation on a ...

EU leaders plead with UK to get its act together on Brexit

By RAF CASERT, Associated Press STRASBOURG, France (AP) — European Union leaders were pleading Wednesday with the U.K. to finally get its act together on Brexit, end internal strife and come up with a realistic plan to leave the bloc — well over two years after Britain decided to leave the ...

Kenya’s president says all gunmen killed at hotel complex

By BEN CURTIS, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's security forces have killed the Islamic extremist gunmen whose assault on a luxury hotel and shopping complex took 14 "innocent lives," the country's president said Wednesday. "All the terrorists have been eliminated," President ...

Taking stock: UK businesses brace for no-deal Brexit

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press DUNSTABLE, England (AP) — Brexit has British business owners on edge — and that is great news for Lovespace, a storage and warehousing company outside London. Lovespace, which collects boxes from customers, stores them and then returns the goods when ...

Shah’s last palace, secluded refuge in Iran, is now a museum

By AMIR VAHDAT and MOHAMMAD NASIRI, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The shah of Iran's last refuge before fleeing his country in 1979 was a palatial estate nestled against the Alborz Mountains — a place no Iranian ever dreamed of visiting. Today, it costs them around $1. The ...

Zimbabwean military deploys to areas hit by fuel protests

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean soldiers have deployed to some areas of the capital where police are clashing with protesters over fuel hikes. An Associated Press journalist on Monday saw three military trucks with soldiers headed for Chitungwiza, a large suburb southeast of Harare, the ...