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Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

May. 20, 2018 7:25 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first. The electoral commission announced early Saturday that the...

Sudan protests Egyptian serial about terrorists

May. 20, 2018 7:07 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan has summoned Egypt's ambassador to complain about a TV series that it says portrays Egyptian terrorists living in the neighboring country. Sudan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement late Saturday that the Ramadan serial, titled "Abu Omar al-Masry," is "insulting to Egyptians living in...

Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

May. 20, 2018 6:56 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline. Mexico's government said late Saturday...

US, China agree to cut American trade deficit

May. 20, 2018 12:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China have agreed to take measures to "substantially reduce" America's massive trade deficit with China, but the Trump administration failed to get the Chinese to commit to a specific numerical goal. Still, the talks, which began Thursday and ended Saturday with the...

Sri Lanka marks end to civil war as a divided nation

May. 19, 2018 8:31 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka commemorated the ninth anniversary of the end of its civil war as a divided nation, with minority Tamils calling for an international investigation into alleged wartime atrocities and the government defending soldiers from allegations. President Maithripala Sirisena on...

Family recall shooting victims as funny, loving

May. 19, 2018 8:26 PM EDT

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Hardworking. Funny. Loving. Grieving family and friends recalled the endearing qualities of some of the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a Texas high school, as authorities on Saturday released the names of the 10 killed. Eight of the 10 were students: Kimberly Vaughan, Shana...

Officials say company in Cuba crash had safety complaints

May. 19, 2018 8:15 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — The Mexican charter company whose plane crashed in Havana, killing 110 people, has been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline. The plane was barred from...

Macedonian PM says Greece agrees to discuss proposed name

May. 19, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Saturday he is ready to go ahead with a new name for his country in order to solve a decades-long name dispute with Greece and pave the way for full integration of the small Balkan country into the European Union and NATO. But Greek...

Colombia ex-rebel halts hunger strike as extradition lingers

May. 19, 2018 5:39 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A former rebel ideologue who helped craft Colombia's 2016 peace deal has suspended a 41-day hunger strike after a special peace tribunal cast doubt on his expected extradition to the U.S. on drug charges. Seuxis Hernandez said in a letter read Saturday by a member of the political...

Trump nominates Chicago businessman for Belgium ambassador

May. 19, 2018 4:36 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated Chicago businessman and GOP donor Ron Gidwitz to serve as U.S. ambassador to Belgium. Gidwitz was Trump's Illinois finance chair during the 2016 presidential campaign. The Chicago Tribune reports the businessman is a co-founder and partner at the private...