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Facebook revamps privacy tools as tighter EU rules draw near

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is giving its privacy tools a makeover as it reels from criticisms over its data practices and faces tighter European regulations in the coming months. The changes won't affect Facebook's privacy policies or the types of data ...

Trump: Good chance NKorean leader will do ‘what is right’

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday there's "a good chance" that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will "do what is right for his people and for humanity" and make moves toward peace. In a pair of morning tweets, Trump says he received a ...

Kim, Xi portray strong ties after NKorea leader’s China trip

By GILLIAN WONG and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — With smiles and firm handshakes, North Korea and China used a surprise summit this week to show that despite recent tensions, Pyongyang still has a powerful backer and Beijing will not be sidelined in discussions about the ...

Mysterious train sparks speculation of Kim visit to Beijing

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN and MARK SCHIEFELBEIN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A mysterious armored train made a round trip from North Korea to Beijing without revealing its key secret: Was Kim Jong Un on board? Speculation about a visit to Beijing by North Korea's reclusive leader or another ...

Thousands rally, distraught over Russian shopping mall fire

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Distraught and angry, thousands of Russians took to the main square of a Siberian city Tuesday to confront local officials whom they blamed for a shopping mall fire that killed at least 64 people, most of the children. President Vladimir ...

Syrian media say evacuations from eastern Ghouta increasing

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The exodus of Syrian rebels and civilians from the eastern suburbs of Damascus continued on Tuesday for the sixth straight day in what is shaping up to be one of the largest organized population transfers in the country's seven-year-long civil ...

Whistleblower at center of privacy scandal to testify in UK

LONDON (AP) — The whistleblower at the heart of the Facebook privacy scandal is set to testify before British lawmakers investigating the increasing rise of fake news. Christopher Wylie has alleged that Cambridge Analytica harvested details of 50 million Facebook users and used the material ...

Russian shopping mall fire kills 64; no alarms reported

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — With the fire alarms silent and staff reportedly nowhere to be seen, a fire at a shopping mall packed with children and their parents on the first weekend of the school recess killed 64 people in Russia's Siberia. The fire at the Winter ...

Egyptians vote, with President el-Sissi certain winner

By MAGGIE MICHAEL and BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Egyptians voted on Monday in a presidential election, with the outcome — a second, four-year term for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi — a foregone conclusion and a sign that critics say shows the country is sliding back to ...

Catalonia’s Puigdemont to be brought before judge in Germany

By GEIR MOULSON and VOLKMAR KIENOEL, Associated Press NEUMUENSTER, Germany (AP) — Catalonia's former president, Carles Puigdemont, was to be brought before a court in Germany on Monday for an initial hearing on whether he stays in custody, kicking off an extradition process that could take ...