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EU countries step up pressure on Venezuela’s defiant Maduro

By BARRY HATTON, Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A key group of European Union countries endorsed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's interim president on Monday, piling the pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to resign and let the country hold a new ...

Iran’s revolutionaries have mixed feelings, 40 years later

By MOHAMMAD NASIRI, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Forty years after he defected from the shah's Imperial Guard to join the Islamic Revolution, Mohammad Reza Tajik, like many Iranians from that time, looks back wistfully at the youthful excitement they felt and the losses they suffered ...

UAE gives pope pomp-filled welcome ceremony at visit’s start

By NICOLE WINFIELD and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pope Francis received a grandiose, pomp-filled welcome on Monday as he opened his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula by meeting with Emirati rulers ahead of an address to faith leaders gathered ...

Searching for her son: A mother’s quest in Brazil dam breach

By LEO CORREA, Associated Press BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — My first day covering the devastating dam collapse in southeastern Brazil, I was on the phone with my editor when a crying woman approached me. "Sir, sir, can you help me to find my son?" she asked, looking at me with glassy eyes ...

Firefighters search mud after Brazil dam collapse; 58 dead

By MARCELO SILVA DE SOUSA and PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — Firefighters on Monday carefully moved over treacherous mud, sometimes walking, sometimes crawling, in search of survivors or bodies, four days after a dam collapse that buried mine buildings and ...

UK leader under new pressure to secure EU Brexit concessions

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Pro-Brexit British lawmakers were mounting a campaign Monday to rescue Prime Minister Theresa May's rejected European Union divorce deal in a parliamentary showdown this week. Lawmakers threw out May's Brexit deal two weeks ago and will debate ...

Iraqis amid Mosul’s silent ruins fear the loss of a dialect

By SAM KIMBALL, Associated Press Writer MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — For centuries, residents of Mosul have spoken a unique form of Arabic enriched by the Iraqi city's long history as a crossroads of civilization, a singsong dialect that many now fear will die out after years of war and ...

President Ghani assures Afghans as US envoy reports progress

By RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan president on Monday assured his people that their rights will not be compromised in the name of peace with the Taliban, days after the U.S. envoy tasked with resolving America's longest war reported significant progress in ...

Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer sentenced to 4½ years

By DAKE KANG, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was sentenced to 4½ years in prison on the charge of subversion of state power Monday, more than three years after he was detained in a sweeping crackdown on the legal profession. The No. 2 ...

9 dead, search for 300 missing after Brazil dam collapse

By ANNA JEAN KAISER, MARCELO SILVA DE SOUSA and PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press SAO PAULO (AP) — Rescuers in helicopter on Saturday searched for survivors in a huge area in southeastern Brazil buried by mud from the collapse of dam holding back mine waste, with at least nine people dead ...