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Suu Kyi blames world conflicts partly on illegal immigration

By ESTHER HTUSAN, Associated Press NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Monday that the world is facing instability and conflict in part because illegal immigration spreads terrorism, as her country faces accusations of violently pushing out hundreds of thousands of ...

Kenya top court upholds Kenyatta’s win in repeat election

By TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's Supreme Court on Monday upheld President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election in a repeat vote that the opposition boycotted while saying electoral reforms had not been made. The decision appeared to put an end to a months-long political ...

France wrestles with the line between seduction, harassment

By THOMAS ADAMSON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — France is in a bind over where seduction ends and sexual harassment begins. Since the allegations of rape and sexual harassment emerged against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein, the country synonymous with love has been stumbling as ...

German government talks collapse; Merkel seeks to reassure

By DAVID RISING, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged early Monday to maintain stability after the Free Democratic Party pulled out of talks on forming a new government with her conservative bloc and the left-leaning Greens, raising the possibility of new ...

Ex-President Pinera leads Chile vote, but faces runoff

By EVA VERGARA, Associated Press SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Billionaire businessman Sebastian Pinera held a big lead late Sunday in returns from Chile's presidential election, buoyed by support from Chileans who hope the former president can resuscitate a flagging economy, though he didn't get ...

Senior Chinese envoy in North Korea amid chill in ties

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The highest-level Chinese envoy to North Korea in two years arrived in the country's capital on Friday to try to improve relations that have soured over Beijing's tightening of sanctions and expressions of support for U.S. President Donald Trump's calls for more ...

Climate talks wrap up with progress on Paris rulebook

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press BONN, Germany (AP) — Global talks on curbing climate change wrapped up Friday, with delegates and observers claiming progress on several key details of the 2015 Paris accord. The two-week negotiations focused on a range of issues including transparency, ...

Notorious Mafia ‘boss of bosses’ Toto Riina dead at 87

By COLLEEN BARRY and FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Mafia 'boss of bosses' Salvatore 'Toto' Riina, who was serving 26 life sentences as the mastermind of a bloody strategy to assassinate both rivals and Italian prosecutors and law enforcement trying to bring down Cosa ...

Rival US and Russian resolutions defeated on Syria weapons

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Rival U.S. and Russian resolutions to extend the mandate of experts trying to determine who was responsible for chemical attacks in Syria were defeated Thursday at a heated Security Council meeting that reflected the deteriorating ...

Iraqi forces retake the country’s last IS-held town

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition retook on Friday the last town in the country that was held by the Islamic State group, more than three years after the militants stormed nearly a third of Iraq's territory, the Defense ...