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Lithuanians, Norwegian released in spy swap with Russia

Nov. 15, 2019 8:59 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Two Lithuanians and a Norwegian convicted of espionage in Russia were freed Friday in exchange for two Russians who had been in prison in Lithuania. Yevgeny Mataitis and Aristidas Tamosaitis, who were convicted in 2016, have been reunited with their families, Lithuanian spy chief...

Sweden rejects Chinese criticism of press freedom prize

Nov. 15, 2019 8:51 AM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden rejected on Friday criticism by the Chinese ambassador of the Swedish culture minister’s participation in the awarding of a press freedom prize to a naturalized Swede detained in China. The Swedish news agency TT quoted Culture Minister Amanda Lind as saying Friday that...

Strike begins at South Africa’s state-owned airline

Nov. 15, 2019 8:43 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Workers began striking Friday at South Africa’s troubled state-owned airline over nearly 1,000 expected job cuts, with flights now canceled until at least Tuesday. South African Airways, Africa’s second-largest carrier, has warned that the strike “endangers the...

Be careful out there: UK police warn candidates about safety

Nov. 15, 2019 8:27 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British police are unveiling new tactics to protect politicians amid the country’s fraught, even hostile political atmosphere, issuing safety recommendations for candidates running in the country’s Dec. 12 general election. All 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs...

Rights group: Bosnian migrant camp “dangerous and inhumane”

Nov. 15, 2019 8:24 AM EST

BIHAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A prominent human rights group is warning that migrants trying to reach Western Europe are living in “dangerously cold and harsh conditions” in Bosnia, where tensions mounted further Friday over the influx of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty....

Vietnam court convicts music teacher of anti-state actions

Nov. 15, 2019 6:56 AM EST

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A Vietnamese court sentenced a music teacher on Friday to 11 years in jail for “anti-state” Facebook posts, state media reported. The official Nghe An newspaper said Nguyen Nang Tinh was found guilty of publishing photos, videos and comments on his personal Facebook page...

The Latest: Police warn political candidates to take care

Nov. 15, 2019 6:17 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on campaigning for Britain’s general election (all times local): 10:45 a.m. British police are urging candidates in the Dec. 12 general election to use caution in a campaign that has already been marked by a high level of hostility. The National Police Chiefs’ Council...

Amid Gaza fighting, Israel could face questions on tactics

Nov. 15, 2019 12:49 AM EST

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Residents say the airstrike came without warning: With fighting raging between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants throughout Gaza, two loud blasts shook the night, destroying the Abu Malhous home and killing eight members of the family in a split second. As Israel claims...

Chain of Christian pregnancy centers to offer contraceptives

Nov. 15, 2019 12:04 AM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Planned Parenthood gave up roughly $60 million when it left a federal family planning program this summer in opposition to a new Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions. In Texas, a network of eight Christian pregnancy centers is jockeying for...

Key facts on Sri Lanka as it prepares to elect new president

Nov. 14, 2019 11:58 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Indian Ocean island nation of Sri Lanka, which will elect a new president on Saturday, has had a tumultuous history. Since gaining independence from British colonial rule in 1948, the country has seen three major armed conflicts in which hundreds of thousands have died. It...