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Struggling in parliament, German far right takes to streets

May. 26, 2018 6:00 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German far-right party that swept into parliament last year on a wave of anti-migrant sentiment is staging a march Sunday through the heart of Berlin to protest against the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel, accusing it of ruining Germany by allowing the mass immigration of refugees....

Platini vows to return to soccer after Swiss justice move

May. 26, 2018 5:58 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Banned former UEFA President and FIFA vice president Michel Platini says he is planning to return to soccer after Swiss federal prosecutors confirmed he was not being charged in an investigation into possible financial wrongdoing. Platini says in a statement it's "the end of a long nightmare...

The Latest: Anti-abortion group admits defeat in Irish vote

May. 26, 2018 5:57 AM EDT

DUBLIN (AP) — The Latest on the Irish abortion referendum (all times local): 10:40 a.m. One of Ireland's leading anti-abortion groups says the abortion referendum result is a "tragedy of historic proportions" in a statement that all but admits defeat in the historic vote. Spokesman John McGuirk of the Save...

Ethiopia releasing British national detained in 2014

May. 26, 2018 5:36 AM EDT

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia says it is releasing an Ethiopia-born British national detained in Yemen in 2014 under the country's infamous anti-terror law. Andargachew Tsige was secretary-general of the opposition group Ginbot 7 based mainly in Ethiopia's arch- foe Eritrea. The state-affiliated...

Cameroon sentences Anglophone activists on terror charges

May. 26, 2018 5:25 AM EDT

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) — A military tribunal in Cameroon has sentenced seven Anglophone activists to prison on terrorism and other charges as the government continues to crack down on protests in the country's English-speaking regions. Defense lawyers for the activists say they will appeal. The sentences...

EU budget chief warns new Italian government on debt

May. 26, 2018 5:02 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The European Union's budget commissioner says he hopes Italy's prospective new government will master a "big learning curve," and cautions that the eurozone's rescue fund wouldn't be able to stabilize the country. Law professor Giuseppe Conte is trying to form a government of two populist...

World War I battle of Bellau Wood was a turning point for US

May. 26, 2018 4:52 AM EDT

BELLEAU, France (AP) — It was the spring of 1918, and the German army was making a final push toward Paris. The only thing in their way was a contingent of Allied troops, including untested U.S. forces near the Marne River in northern France. Among them: U.S. Army 1st Lt. Gordon Kaemmerling, a precocious...

Turks feel pinch from currency slide ahead of polls

May. 26, 2018 4:41 AM EDT

YAVUZLAR, Turkey (AP) — Farmer Abdulkadir Cekic was already struggling to make a living, snowed under by a bank loan he took out for the purchase of a 130,000-euro harvesting machine. The tumbling of the Turkish currency, the lira, has hit him hard, considerably increasing the cost of his yearly payments....

Ireland: Exit polls predict win for repealing abortion ban

May. 26, 2018 4:20 AM EDT

DUBLIN (AP) — Official counting began Saturday in Ireland's historic abortion rights referendum, with two exit polls predicting an overwhelming victory for those seeking to end the country's strict ban. The Irish Times and RTE television exit polls suggest the Irish people have voted overwhelmingly to...

S. Korea relieved about Trump-Kim summit revival efforts

May. 26, 2018 3:29 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Saturday expressed cautious relief about the revived talks for a summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following a whirlwind 24 hours that saw Trump canceling the highly-anticipated meeting before saying it's potentially back on....