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Report: US soldier fought to end after ambush in Niger

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson died in a hail of gunfire, hit as many as 18 times as he took cover in thick brush, fighting to the end after fleeing militants who had just killed three comrades in an October ambush in Niger, The ...

Putin thanks Trump for CIA tip he says stopped bomb plot

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin and the White House said. During the call, the two leaders' ...

Defiant Theresa May: UK ‘proving doubters wrong’ on Brexit

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday her government is "proving the doubters wrong" after European Union leaders agreed that Brexit negotiations can finally move on to their next phase in the new year. Leaders of the other 27 EU nations gave a boost to May on Friday ...

Pope Francis blows out birthday candle on extra-long pizza

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has blown out his birthday candle on an extra-long pizza at the Vatican to the delight of children. Francis, who turned 81 on Sunday, then told the children, who use a Vatican health service, to "eat all four meters (13 feet)" saying it will make them ...

Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 9

By ABDUL SATTAR, Associated Press QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Two suicide bombers struck a church in Pakistan on Sunday, killing nine people and wounding more than 50 others, authorities said, in the first attack on a church claimed by the country's Islamic State group affiliate. Hundreds of ...

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 ...