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Macron’s plea for Europe lays down battle lines for May vote

By LORI HINNANT and SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron's plea to voters in 28 nations to choose a stronger European Union has gained support from outside his borders — and a good deal of skepticism from within. In a column published for Tuesday's ...

Unusual alliance in Sri Lanka forged to save blue whales

By MARIA CHENG Associated Press When the feeding grounds of blue whales overlap with busy shipping lanes, business interests often supersede those of the endangered marine mammals. But in Sri Lanka, an unusual alliance has been forged: conservationists and shipping companies have aligned in a ...

China sets robust growth target to shore up cooling economy

By JOE McDONALD AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — China announced a robust annual economic growth target and a 7.5 percent rise in military spending Tuesday as it convened an annual legislative session overshadowed by a tariff war with Washington. Seeking to defuse U.S. and European ...

Huawei opens Brussels security lab in bid to reassure EU

By KELVIN CHAN AP Business Writer BRUSSELS (AP) — Chinese tech company Huawei on Tuesday opened a cybersecurity lab in Brussels, the heart of the European Union, as it tries to win over government leaders and fight back U.S. allegations that its equipment poses a national security ...

FBI adds an anti-bribery squad focusing on South America

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to crack down on money laundering and bribes to overseas governments, the FBI is stepping up its efforts to root out foreign corruption with a new squad of agents based in Miami. The squad will focus its efforts ...

US says closing consulate in Jerusalem no policy shift

By ISABEL DEBRE, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The United States has officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the U.S. Embassy to Israel. For decades, the consulate functioned as a de ...

Pope: Vatican next year to open archives on wartime Pius XII

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Declaring that the church "isn't afraid of history," Pope Francis said Monday he has decided to open up the Vatican archives on World War II-era Pope Pius XII, who has been criticized by Jews of staying silent on the ...

UK, EU to hold more Brexit talks as May woos opposition

By JILL LAWLESS and RAF CASERT, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Senior European Union and British officials are set to hold more Brexit talks less than a month before the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the bloc, as U.K. officials denied Monday that attempts to seal a divorce deal are ...

Hopes for missing Yazidis dim as Islamic State defeat looms

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press DAHUK, Iraq (AP) — Baseh Hammo was 38 when she was enslaved by militants of the Islamic State group. Raped and abused, she was sold 17 times among members of the so-called "caliphate," and moved from city to city across a vast stretch of territory IS once ...

Xi firmly in charge as China turns to legislative season

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A year since effectively making himself China's leader for life, Xi Jinping appears firmly in charge, despite a slowing economy, a trade war with the United States and rumbles of discontent over his concentration of power. As China's ...