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Judge grants citizenship to twin son of gay couple

Feb. 21, 2019 11:58 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge in California ruled Thursday that a twin son of a gay married couple has been an American citizen since birth, handing a defeat to the U.S. government, which had only granted the status to his brother. The State Department was wrong to deny citizenship to 2-year-old Ethan...

Israel flying to moon after SpaceX launch

Feb. 21, 2019 11:02 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An Israeli spacecraft rocketed toward the moon for the country's first attempted lunar landing, following a launch Thursday night by SpaceX. A communications satellite for Indonesia was the main cargo aboard the Falcon 9 rocket, which illuminated the sky as it took flight. But...

White House says US will keep 200 troops in Syria

Feb. 21, 2019 9:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration, which abruptly announced in December that it was pulling out of Syria, said Thursday that it will keep 200 U.S. troops in the country for now. "A small peace keeping group of about 200 will remain in Syria for period of time," White House press secretary Sarah...

Amid loss of leaders, unknown militant rises in Philippines

Feb. 21, 2019 8:52 PM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Unlike many of his slain comrades, the touted new leader of the Islamic State group in the southern Philippines lacks the bravado, clan name or foreign training. Not much is known about Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, but the attacks attributed to him heralding his rise are distinctly...

The Latest: Israel flying to moon after SpaceX launch

Feb. 21, 2019 8:48 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Thursday night's SpaceX launch carrying Israel's privately funded lunar lander (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Israel is on its way to the moon, following a dramatic nighttime launch by SpaceX. The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off late Thursday from Cape Canaveral,...

UN chief discusses Yemen, Venezuela with Pompeo

Feb. 21, 2019 6:12 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has held talks with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo focusing on the redeployment of forces from Yemen's key port and the situation in Venezuela. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Yemen and Venezuela were the main focus of their 30-minute...

Bencic upsets Halep to reach Dubai semifinals; Kvitova wins

Feb. 21, 2019 3:57 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Unseeded Belinda Bencic rallied to beat second-ranked Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 Thursday to reach the Dubai Championships semifinals. Bencic, who saved six match points in the previous round against Aryna Sabalenka, failed to capitalize on an early break in the first set...

UK acknowledges key trade deals won't be ready by Brexit day

Feb. 21, 2019 3:52 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The British government acknowledged Thursday that trade deals with major countries such as Japan and Turkey will not be in place by the planned Brexit day of March 29, while the European Union's chief said he remains downbeat about Britain avoiding a chaotic departure from the bloc....

Top rivals join forces in challenge to Israel's Netanyahu

Feb. 21, 2019 3:20 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — The two main challengers to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined forces Thursday in a united front ahead of April elections, a dramatic move that upended the campaign and suddenly created the most serious threat to the Israeli leader's decade-long grip on power. Retired military chief...

More than 150 IS militants handed over to Iraq from Syria

Feb. 21, 2019 2:19 PM EST

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces fighting the Islamic State group handed over more than 150 Iraqi members of the group to Iraq, an Iraqi security official said Thursday, marking the biggest repatriation from Syria of captured militants so far. The official said the IS militants were...