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UN chief: 1 option to protect Palestinians is a new force

Aug. 17, 2018 11:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a new report that options to protect Palestinian civilians under Israeli occupation range from establishing an armed military or police force to deploying civilian observers or beefing up the U.N. presence on the ground. The U.N. chief...

IS deadly new front in Pakistan's decades-old terror war

Aug. 17, 2018 9:08 PM EDT

DHABEJI, Pakistan (AP) — Hafeez Nawaz was 20 years old when he left his religious school in Karachi to join the Islamic State group in Afghanistan. Three years later he was back in Pakistan to carry out a deadly mission: With explosives strapped to his body, he blew himself up in the middle of an election...

Getting personal: US, Turkish leaders feud over arrest

Aug. 17, 2018 6:59 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A detained American pastor has become a symbol of a growing rift between Turkey and the United States, but problems in the Cold War-era alliance as well as Turkey's own financial crisis are unlikely to dissipate even if he is released and Washington eases economic penalties. The fate...

The Latest: Moody's cuts Turkey's credit rating further

Aug. 17, 2018 6:43 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's currency crisis and diplomatic dispute with the United States (all times local): 1:15 a.m. Ratings agency Moody's has downgraded Turkey's credit rating deeper into "junk" status and slapped a "negative" rating on its outlook. It's the latest blow to the country...

Kansas independent candidate wants to lure votes from Kobach

Aug. 17, 2018 6:11 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas election officials certified independent Greg Orman as a candidate for Kansas governor on Friday, and the businessman immediately tried to appeal to disaffected Republicans, who he said view GOP hopeful Kris Kobach as "incompetent and corrupt." Orman's entry into the race...

The Latest: Kobach campaign denies he is 'extreme'

Aug. 17, 2018 5:58 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the certification of Greg Orman as an independent candidate in the November ballot for governor (all times local): 4:50 p.m. The gubernatorial campaign of Kris Kobach is hitting back on assertions by Independent candidate Greg Orman that many Kansas Republicans view their...

Judge tosses signatures on Washington gun initiative

Aug. 17, 2018 5:03 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A judge in Washington has thrown out more than 300,000 signatures to put a gun-control initiative on the November ballot, saying the petition format did not follow election law. Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon said Friday the signature petitions for Initiative 1639 did not...

Stocks jump as hopes rise for progress on China trade talks

Aug. 17, 2018 4:45 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks rose late in the day Friday as investors welcomed signs of progress in resolving the trade dispute between the U.S. and China. The Wall Street Journal reported that the countries hope to have a resolution by November. Industrial, health care and basic materials companies made some of...

Clarification: Georgia-Voting Machines story

Aug. 17, 2018 4:02 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In a story Aug. 16, The Associated Press reported that voting-integrity advocates have asked a federal judge to force Kemp to use a new paper-based balloting system in time for the November midterms. The story should have specified that the plaintiffs say they are asking that a system...

US intensifies sanctions on Myanmar forces for rights abuses

Aug. 17, 2018 3:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States intensified its sanctions against Myanmar on Friday, blacklisting four commanders and two units of security forces for their alleged role in violent campaigns against Rohingya Muslims and other ethnic minorities. Myanmar security forces have engaged in ethnic cleansing,...