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Abbas says UN should replace US as Mideast mediator

By KARIN LAUB and ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — Breaking with years of courting the U.S., Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Wednesday for the United Nations to replace Washington as a Mideast mediator and suggested he might not cooperate with the Trump ...

UK lawmakers assert final say on Brexit deal, challenge govt

By RAF CASERT and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — British lawmakers upended Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans Wednesday by giving Parliament the final say on any exit agreement the government reaches with the European Union. The House of Commons voted 309-305 to ...

New US Embassy in UK: No perimeter fence, benches for public

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The most surprising aspect of the pricey new U.S. Embassy in London is what isn't there: a perimeter fence. There is no imposing security barrier to protect the highly visible embassy in a city that has this year been targeted repeatedly by ...

Russian nuclear plant says it emits leaked nuclear isotope

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior executive at the Russian nuclear processing plant suspected of being behind a spike of radioactivity over Europe this fall admitted Wednesday that the isotope recorded does emerge as part of the plant's production cycle but said its levels are negligible. Russian ...

With unity in peril, EU leaders tackle refugee quotas

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders will grapple Thursday with one of the most divisive issues ever to face the 28-nation bloc; how to collectively share responsibility for the tens of thousands of people arriving on Europe's southern shores in search of a ...

Venezuelans seeing bitcoin boom as survival, not speculation

By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and FABIOLA SANCHEZ, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — In the last month, John Villar has bought two plane tickets to Colombia, purchased his wife's medication and paid the employees of his startup business in Venezuela — all in bitcoin. As Venezuela's ...

Venezuela president’s threat to ban opposition draws rebuff

By FABIOLA SANCHEZ and SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Opposition parties in Venezuela won't be bullied out of participating in future elections, a leading anti-government politician said Monday, rejecting threats a day earlier by socialist President Nicolas ...

A confident and upbeat Putin goes on Mideast ‘victory’ tour

By HAMZA HENDAWI and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin declared "victory" in Syria during a surprise visit Monday to a military base there, then traveled to Egypt and Turkey, where he celebrated Moscow's deepening ties with those key regional ...

EU rebuffs idea of recognizing Jerusalem as Netanyahu visits

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the European Union on Monday to back a new U.S. peace initiative in the Middle East, after President Donald Trump's unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital met with ...

Snow wreaks havoc on travelers in Britain, schools closed

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Snow and wintry weather are still wreaking havoc on travelers in Britain, with flights cancelled, roads sheathed in ice and rail travel disrupted Monday. With temperatures predicted to drop overnight to as low as minus 12 Celsius (11 degrees ...