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The Latest: Ukraine comedian romping to presidential win

Apr. 21, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The latest on Ukraine's presidential runoff: (all times local): 3:55 a.m. With just over half of Ukraine's polling stations reporting, a comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV is cruising toward a landslide victory in Sunday's presidential...

Easter Sunday bomb blasts kill more than 200 in Sri Lanka

Apr. 21, 2019 8:53 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Nine bombings of churches, luxury hotels and other sites on Easter Sunday killed more than 200 people and wounded hundreds more in Sri Lanka's deadliest violence since a devastating civil war in the South Asian island nation ended a decade ago. Defense Minister Ruwan Wijewardena...

AP sources: US to sanction nations for importing Iranian oil

Apr. 21, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to tell five nations, including allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey, that they will no longer be exempt from U.S. sanctions if they continue to import oil from Iran, officials said Sunday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plans to announce on Monday that...

Comedian headed for landslide victory in Ukraine

Apr. 21, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A comedian whose only political experience consists of playing a president on TV cruised toward a landslide victory in Ukraine's presidential election Sunday in what was seen as a reaction against the country's entrenched corruption and low standard of living. Results from 52% of...

Trump called on spy chiefs for help as Mueller probe began

Apr. 21, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two months before special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed in the spring of 2017, President Donald Trump picked up the phone and called the head of the largest U.S. intelligence agency. Trump told Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, that news stories alleging that...

Man killed after opening fire on Little Rock officers

Apr. 21, 2019 7:03 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Little Rock police say a man is dead after shooting at officers, who then exchanged gunfire, outside a shopping center. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the incident occurred Sunday afternoon in the Shackleford Crossings shopping center. Police Chief Keith Humphrey says...

Runoff likely to have opposing views of Macedonia's new name

Apr. 21, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — A presidential election in North Macedonia that gave voters another chance to express an opinion on their country's new name will go to a runoff after turnout in the first round of voting Sunday was too low for a candidate to win outright, election officials said. The May 5...

Sri Lanka blocks social media after deadly attacks

Apr. 21, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

Sri Lankan authorities have blocked most social media services in the country following the Easter Sunday attacks that killed more than 200 people, a group that monitors internet censorship said. The NetBlocks observatory said it detected an intentional nationwide blackout of popular services including Facebook,...

US ambassador's Passover wishes in Polish met with anger

Apr. 21, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to Poland wished Jews a happy Passover in Polish, and the reaction was a wave of angry comments on Twitter. Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher also wished Poles a happy Easter on Sunday. By then, Mosbacher had been accused of offending Poland with her Passover tweet...

Police kill suspect at North Carolina shopping center

Apr. 21, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina investigators are conducting a probe into the fatal shooting of a man by a police officer in the state's capital city, authorities said Sunday. Soheil Antonio Mojarrad, 30, was killed in an encounter with an officer Saturday night at a shopping center in the eastern part...