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Protests in Iran fanned by exiled journalist, messaging app

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As protests over Iran's faltering economy rapidly spread across the country, a channel on a mobile messaging app run by an exiled journalist helped fan the passions of some of those who took to the street. The Telegram app ...

Obama to Prince Harry: Leaders must use care on social media

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama told Prince Harry in an interview broadcast Wednesday that people in leadership roles must be careful in their use of social media and warned against spending too much time immersed in the internet at the expense ...

Prosecutors demand 12-year prison term for Samsung heir Lee

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Wednesday demanded a 12-year prison term for Samsung's jailed billionaire heir, Lee Jae-yong, who maintained his innocence during an appeal of his conviction on bribery and other charges. In August, a ...

Treasury issues sanctions against 2 North Korean officials

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Treasury Department issued sanctions Tuesday against two officials it describes as "key leaders of North Korea's unlawful weapons programs." The sanctions against Kim Jong Sik and Ri Pyong Chol block them from any property or interests in property within U.S. ...

Syria rebels, opposition reject Russia-proposed talks

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels and opposition groups on Tuesday rejected Russia's proposed peace talks, accusing Moscow of failing to pressure its ally, President Bashar Assad, to end the conflict. In a series of statements, 40 rebel groups, including some of ...

Kremlin: Russia election boycott campaign may be illegal

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin hinted Tuesday at possible legal repercussions for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny over his calls for a boycott of the March presidential election. President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, wouldn't ...

UN operating budget cut by $285M; US claims credit for it

By The Associated Press The United Nations' budget is set to shrink by over $285 million next year — a 5 percent cut that the U.S. government says it negotiated. The U.N. General Assembly voted Sunday to approve the nearly $5.4 billion regular operating budget for 2018-2019. The ...

Catalan vote does little to clarify Spanish region’s future

By BARRY HATTON and ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's worst political crisis in decades showed few signs of abating Friday after Catalan separatist parties clinched a parliamentary majority in an exceptional election called by the country's prime minister, who ...

Russian hackers hunted journalists in years-long campaign

By RAPHAEL SATTER, JEFF DONN and NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Russian television anchor Pavel Lobkov was in the studio getting ready for his show when jarring news flashed across his phone: Some of his most intimate messages had just been published to the web. Days ...

1st white farmer gets land back under Zimbabwe’s new leader

By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press TANDI, Zimbabwe (AP) — A white Zimbabwean farmer evicted by the government of Robert Mugabe has returned to a hero's welcome as the first to get his land back under the new president, in a sign of reform on an issue that had hastened the country's ...