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Choi stroke back in Founders Cup in return from back injury

Mar. 21, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Na Yeon Choi feared the worst Thursday in her return from a back injury. She ended up high on the Founders Cup leaderboard. Choi shot a 7-under 65 at Desert Ridge in her first tournament round in 11 months, leaving her a stroke behind first-round leader Celine Boutier in the event that...

A closer look at New Zealand's new weapons ban

Mar. 21, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Only a week after attacks on two mosques in New Zealand killed 50 worshippers, the country has banned sales of "military-style" semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines. In the world of politics, it's a lightning fast response, especially when compared to the...

Erdogan airs mosque gunman video ahead visit by NZ minister

Mar. 21, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president has again screened clips of a video taken by the Christchurch mosque gunman, a day before the foreign minister of New Zealand, which is trying to stop its use, is due to visit Turkey. Erdogan broadcast the video at an election rally Thursday in Eskisehir, central...

Australia moving 2,000 people from powerful cyclone's path

Mar. 21, 2019 4:49 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — About 2,000 Australians were being moved inland Thursday from part of the northern coast ahead of a powerful cyclone expected to hit this weekend. Evacuees were being moved by air and road from remote, mostly indigenous communities on the east coast of the Northern Territory, with most going...

Australia says tensions with Turkey ease after WWI remarks

Mar. 20, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday tensions between his country and Turkey had eased after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said comments by the Turkish leader that sparked the row had been taken out of context. A diplomatic dispute flared over Erdogan's comments...

The Latest: NZ imam preparing for emotional Friday prayer

Mar. 20, 2019 8:28 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque attacks in New Zealand (all times local): 11:30 a.m. An imam says he's expecting thousands of people at an emotional Friday prayer in Christchurch, New Zealand, a week after a gunman killed 42 people at his mosque and 50 people in all. Gamal Fouda...

Turkey's Erdogan sparks spat with Australia, New Zealand

Mar. 20, 2019 1:30 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president has sparked an acute diplomatic spat with far-off New Zealand and Australia, referring to a key World War I campaign and the more recent Christchurch mosque shooting as targeting Islam. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been campaigning for local elections due at the...

Gallipoli pain resurfaces after Erdogan's incendiary remarks

Mar. 20, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

The tragedy of the Gallipoli campaign in World War I is etched deep into the identities of Australia and New Zealand, as well as Turkey. More than a century on from the carnage that saw around 44,000 Allied soldiers killed and an estimated 250,000 Turkish casualties, memories of the Gallipoli campaign have...

Turkey's Erdogan sparks diplomatic row with NZ, Australia

Mar. 20, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Ignoring widespread criticism, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday again showed excerpts of a video taken by the attacker who killed 50 people in mosques in New Zealand, to denounce what he called rising hatred and prejudice against Islam. Speaking at a campaign rally in...

Turkish, Australian ministers speak amid Gallipoli spat

Mar. 20, 2019 5:04 AM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish officials say Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has held a telephone conversation with his Australian counterpart, Marise Payne. Foreign Ministry officials did not provide further details about the telephone call on Wednesday, which came after recent comments by Turkish...