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Child abductions rise as South Sudan war incites desperation

By SAM MEDNICK, Associated Press AKOBO, South Sudan (AP) — It's been almost two years since Deng Machar's three young children were abducted from his home and likely sold for cattle. Sitting in South Sudan's opposition-held town of Akobo, the 35-year-old pointed to the dirt beneath his ...

Samsung heir freed after appeal wins suspended jail term

By YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong was freed Monday after a South Korean appeals court gave him a 2 ½-year suspended jail sentence for corruption in connection with a scandal that toppled the country's president. The Seoul High Court ...

AP Exclusive: Despite denial, Pope got abuse victim’s letter

By NICOLE WINFIELD and EVA VERGARA, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis received a victim's letter in 2015 that graphically detailed how a priest sexually abused him and how other Chilean clergy ignored it, contradicting the pope's recent insistence that no victims had come ...

UN reviews 206 firms over their links to Israeli settlements

By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights office said Wednesday that 206 companies — mostly Israeli and American — are facing a review of their business practices involving Israeli settlements, which are considered illegal under international law. In a ...

US urges Poland to drop Holocaust bill angering Israel

By VANESSA GERA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The United States asked Poland to rethink plans to enact proposed legislation regulating Holocaust speech that has sparked a diplomatic dispute with Israel, arguing Wednesday that if it passes it could hurt freedom of speech as well as ...

Syria’s Kurds push US to stop Turkish assault on key enclave

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syria's Kurdish militia is growing frustrated with its patron, the United States, and is pressing it to do more to stop Turkey's assault on a key stronghold in Syria. The issue reflects a deeper concern among the Kurds over their alliance ...

New Zealand urges North Korea ‘de-escalation’

By NICK PERRY, Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern expressed support Thursday for economic sanctions against North Korea while also urging a "de-escalation" on the Korean Peninsula, and said her country should maintain a close ...

North Korean athletes arrive in South Korea for Olympics

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — North Korean skiers and skaters arrived Thursday at a South Korean airport to participate in the Winter Olympics that has brought a temporary lull in tensions over their country's nuclear program. The 32-member delegation led ...

11 Afghan troops die in IS attack on Kabul military academy

By RAHIM FAIEZ and AMIR SHAH, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Islamic State militants attacked Afghan soldiers guarding a military academy in the capital of Kabul on Monday, killing at least 11 troops and wounding 16. The attack was the latest in a wave of relentless violence in ...

Fighting flares up on hill Turkey seized in Syria offensive

By MEHMET GUZEL, Associated Press KILIS, Turkey (AP) — Renewed clashes erupted on Monday on a strategic hilltop in northwestern Syria captured by Turkish troops the day before as Syrian Kurdish militiamen were trying to reclaim it. Turkish military officials cancelled a government-organized ...