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Croatia gives Israel deadline for sale of US-made F-16 jets

Jan. 3, 2019 11:33 AM EST

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Croatia urged Israel on Thursday to overcome a rare disagreement with the United States and to confirm it can carry through on a deal to sell 12 used American-made fighter jets. Croatia's Defense Ministry said it needed an answer from Israel by Jan. 11 or the Balkan country's $500...

Italy's 5-Stars thin parliamentary ranks with 4 expulsions

Dec. 31, 2018 2:31 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy's 5-Star Movement has expelled four lawmakers from the party, including a former Coast Guard commander who once attracted publicity for ordering the captain of a sinking cruise ship to get back on board. The party, a partner in Italy's coalition government, is known for its hard-line...

Ex-company owner to appeal Camp Minden explosives sentence

Dec. 29, 2018 8:49 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The former owner of a company that left thousands of tons of potentially explosive artillery propellant at a Louisiana National Guard facility says he will appeal his sentence. David Alan Smith, 63, of Winchester, Kentucky, filed a notice of appeal Friday with the federal court in...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump confuses, misleads on border wall

Dec. 26, 2018 12:07 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's claims over Christmas that he had awarded 115 miles of new border wall construction in Texas appear to confuse work that's already funded and underway. Trump tweeted on Monday, "I am in the Oval Office & just gave out a 115 mile long contract for another large...

New Kansas governor's budget repairs may fire GOP opposition

Dec. 23, 2018 11:13 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' incoming Democratic governor uses words like "decimated" to describe what's happened to state government over the past decade and will be looking to add staff, boost spending and rethink contracts that outsourced jobs to private companies. Yet the same electorate that chose...

Hungary creates new court system under government control

Dec. 12, 2018 3:33 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's parliament has approved the creation of a new court system to deal with matters related to public administration, giving Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government close control over what will become a crucial part of the judiciary. According to the bill approved Wednesday,...

Chinese executive facing US extradition appears in court

Dec. 8, 2018 12:01 AM EST

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A Canadian prosecutor urged a Vancouver court to deny bail to a Chinese executive at the heart of a case that is shaking up U.S.-China relations and worrying global financial markets. Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of telecommunications giant Huawei and...

Executive gets 2½ years for economic development fraud

Dec. 6, 2018 5:18 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A corporate executive was sentenced to 2½ years in prison Thursday for defrauding a New York state economic development program in a case that stretched up to the governor's office. Joseph Gerardi, 59, was sentenced in connection with the Buffalo Billion project, part of a prosecution...

Indian court orders Briton held during copter bribery probe

Dec. 5, 2018 8:27 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court on Wednesday ruled that officials may hold a British man while they investigate him for alleged bribery in a canceled $670 million helicopter deal between India and an Italian defense company. Judge Arvind Kumar allowed Briton Christian James Michel to meet briefly with his...

5 get prison after 2012 military munition blast in Louisiana

Nov. 29, 2018 7:21 PM EST

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered $34.8 million in restitution from the owner of a company that committed what a prosecutor calls the nation's worst-ever dumping of military explosives -- a case stemming from a huge 2012 munitions blast. U.S. District Judge Elizabeth Foote also...