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Trump administration drops human rights in Bahrain F-16 deal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration has told Congress it plans to approve a multibillion-dollar sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain without the human rights conditions imposed by the State Department under President Barack Obama....

A look at latest ruling on Trump administration travel ban
HONOLULU (AP) -- A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday....

China's Xi to meet Trump in Mar-a-Lago on April 6-7
BEIJING (AP) -- President Donald Trump will meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for the first time on April 6-7 at Trump's Florida resort, China's foreign ministry announced Thursday, amid a range of pressing issues from trade, to North Korea and territorial claims in the South China Sea....

Mosul lays bare the challenge of asymmetric warfare
BAGHDAD (AP) -- As the fight for the Iraqi city of Mosul drags on, many might ask: Why has it taken the combined militaries of the United States and Iraq backed by an international coalition more than two years to dislodge a relatively small force of militants lacking heavy weaponry?...

First Afghan women's orchestra tries to change attitudes
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's first - and only - all-female symphony is trying to change attitudes in a deeply conservative country where many see music as immoral, especially for women....

S Korea's Park questioned at court hearing on arrest request
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea's disgraced ex-President Park Geun-hye was being questioned Thursday by a court that will decide if she should be arrested over corruption allegations that have already toppled her from power....

In lab simulating harsh Mars climate, a nascent potato grows
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- In a lab in the Peruvian capital of Lima, a simulator mimicking the harsh conditions found on Mars now contains a hint of life: a nascent potato plant....

UK negotiator denies govt is blackmailing EU on security
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's chief negotiator in the country's divorce from the European Union on Thursday rejected suggestions the U.K. has threatened to end security cooperation unless it gets the trade deal it wants....

Top EU Brexit official says Brexit would stun Churchill
BRUSSELS (AP) -- The top Brexit official at the European Parliament thinks British political giants such as Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher would not look kindly on Prime Minister Theresa May turning over the hourglass on her country's withdrawal from the European Union....

History points to protracted and tough Brexit negotiations
LONDON (AP) -- It took Britain more than a decade of trying to join the European club. It's now got just two to get out and strike a new relationship....

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