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Report says over 1 billion small arms in world, up from 2007

Jun. 18, 2018 5:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — There are over 1 billion firearms in the world today, including 857 million in civilian hands — with American men and women the dominant owners, according to a study released Monday. The Small Arms Survey says 393 million of the civilian-held firearms, 46 percent, are in the...

Senate bill would block WH deal with Chinese telecom company

Jun. 18, 2018 4:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is set to pass a defense policy bill that includes a pay raise for the military, but would block a White House plan to allow Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. to buy component parts from the U.S. The Chinese company is accused of violating trade laws by selling sensitive...

The Latest: Hungary asked to delay vote on 'Stop Soros' bill

Jun. 18, 2018 4:45 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the immigration debate in Europe (all times local): 9:00 p.m. Experts within the Council of Europe are asking Hungarian lawmakers to delay passage of a bill that would penalize people who assist refugees with up to a year in prison. Venice Commission chief Gianni Buquicchio...

Turkey charges father of NBA's Kanter as terror group member

Jun. 18, 2018 4:36 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court has accepted an indictment charging the father of NBA player Enes Kanter with "membership in a terror group," the country's official news agency reported Monday. The indictment followed an investigation of Mehmet Kanter, and prosecutors planned to seek his conviction and a...

The Latest: Saudis safe after in-flight drama at World Cup

Jun. 18, 2018 4:21 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local): 11:09 a.m. Saudi team officials say the players have landed safely after a reported engine failure on their flight to Rostov-on-Don for a World Cup game against Uruguay. The Saudi Arabian Football Federation posted a statement on...

Russia, Egypt match at World Cup could test close ties

Jun. 18, 2018 3:42 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Not since the Cold War days of the 1950s and 1960s has Egypt been as close to Russia as it is now. But could the outcome of a crucial World Cup clash between the two nations damage their relations? Probably not, but as is frequently the case with soccer, Tuesday's game in St....

Israel PM, Jordan king meet after months of strained ties

Jun. 18, 2018 3:34 PM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Jordan's King Abdullah II that he is committed to the status quo at holy sites in contested Jerusalem, trying to reassure the monarch in a rare meeting after months of strained relations. They held talks in Jordan ahead of a visit to the...

US serial sperm donor banned from donating in Israel

Jun. 18, 2018 2:46 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Serial sperm donor Ari Nagel, an American who has fathered 33 children, with 10 more on the way, has been banned from donating his sperm in Israel, where he first fathered a child using artificial insemination. Nagel told The Associated Press Monday that he recently learned that he could...

Merkel, allies avert collision for now in German migrant row

Jun. 18, 2018 2:33 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's allies in Bavaria averted an immediate collision Monday with the German leader, giving her two weeks to make deals on migrants with other European countries instead of turning them back unilaterally at Germany's border. In her fourth term at the helm of Europe's...

UN says over 25,000 people fled Yemen fighting at Hodeida

Jun. 18, 2018 1:57 PM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The U.N. spokesman said on Monday that tens of thousands of residents have fled the fighting along Yemen's western coastline where Yemeni fighters backed by a Saudi-led coalition are engaged in fierce battles with Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for the...