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Notre Dame fire shows the power of monuments to the French

Apr. 16, 2019 4:54 AM EDT

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Monuments are the emotional backbone of France. That accounts for the despair over a blaze that killed no one, yet seared the collective soul. It is the power Notre Dame had — still has, despite the charred scars on its Gothic walls. It is not only the unique beauty of the...

Chinese woman who entered Mar-a-Lago denied bail

Apr. 15, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge denied bail Monday for a Chinese woman charged with lying to illegally enter President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club, saying her actions and statements suggest "she was up to something nefarious" and there is an "extreme risk of flight" if she were released....

Seychelles president's underwater speech: Protect our oceans

Apr. 14, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

DESROCHES ISLAND, Seychelles (AP) — In a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean's surface, the Seychelles president on Sunday made a global plea for stronger protection of the "beating blue heart of our planet." President Danny Faure's call for action, the first-ever live speech from an...

Palestinian president swears in new government

Apr. 13, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A new government for the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority was sworn in Saturday, led by a veteran peace negotiator and harsh critic of Gaza's Hamas rulers. President Mahmoud Abbas picked Mohammed Ishtayeh as prime minister, a move that deepens the internal Palestinian divide...

Sudan's upheaval brings fears for South Sudan's peace deal

Apr. 12, 2019 5:51 AM EDT

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The military overthrow of Sudan's longtime president quickly has raised concerns about whether the upheaval will destabilize neighboring South Sudan's fragile efforts at peace after five years of civil war. Amid the laughter and applause on the streets of South Sudan's capital,...

Pope kisses feet of South Sudan's leaders to encourage peace

Apr. 11, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis knelt and kissed the feet of South Sudan's rival leaders Thursday, in an unprecedented act of humbleness to encourage them to strengthen the African country's faltering peace process. At the close a two-day retreat in the Vatican for the African leaders, the pope asked...

Libya speaker: No deals while armed groups 'kidnap' Tripoli

Apr. 10, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP) — Libya's Parliament speaker in the east said Wednesday no peace deal can be reached right now between rival factions in his country because the capital, Tripoli, has been "kidnapped" by armed groups. Aguila Saleh, speaker of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives, told The...

South Sudan president, opposition leader to meet at Vatican

Apr. 10, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has invited South Sudan's president and opposition leader for a two-day spiritual retreat meant to foster peace and build confidence in a fragile peace deal after the country's five-year civil war. South Sudan's opposition leader Riek Machar was traveling Wednesday to the...

Malaysia won't join ICC over pressure from Muslim opposition

Apr. 5, 2019 9:45 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said Friday Malaysia won't ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, the second treaty the government is withdrawing from after coming under pressure from the majority Muslim opposition. Malaysia earlier this year backtracked...

NATO approves measures to counter Russia amid internal rifts

Apr. 4, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — NATO foreign ministers approved a series of measures Thursday aimed at countering Russia in the Black Sea region, an agreement that comes amid public rifts between the United States and several of the other 28 members on security and trade issues. In a meeting in Washington to mark the...