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Trump makes new threat to send soldiers to US-Mexico border

Apr. 24, 2019 8:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is making a new threat to send armed soldiers to the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump tweeted Wednesday that "Mexico's Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National Guard Soldiers, probably as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers on the Border," but he didn't support...

Russia offers quick citizenship in Ukraine's separatist area

Apr. 24, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to expedite applications for Russian citizenship by Ukrainians living in separatist-held areas. The decree published on the Kremlin's website Wednesday says that people living in the parts of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions under...

Radicalization among Sri Lanka's Muslims was slow and steady

Apr. 24, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A spate of attacks against mosques, shrines and followers of Sufi sheikhs in Sri Lanka more than a decade ago point to early warning signs of fundamentalism taking root among a sliver of the country's Muslims. The Easter attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 350...

UK and Irish leaders attend funeral of journalist Lyra McKee

Apr. 24, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Mourners wearing colorful Harry Potter scarves and Marvel superhero shirts were joined by the leaders of Britain and Ireland Wednesday at the funeral of Lyra McKee, the journalist shot dead during rioting in Northern Ireland last week. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, Irish Prime Minister Leo...

Police officer shoots, wounds woman at Missouri store

Apr. 24, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

LADUE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer has shot and wounded a shoplifting suspect in the parking lot of a suburban St. Louis shopping center. St. Louis County police say the shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday after officers responded to a grocery store in Ladue. When an officer...

House Democrats wrestle with White House over investigations

Apr. 24, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The struggle between House Democrats and the Trump administration over investigations intensified as a former White House official defied a subpoena and the Treasury Department ignored a deadline for providing President Donald Trump's tax returns. Rep. Elijah Cummings, the chairman of the...

Rights group denounces 'unfree and unfair' Egyptian vote

Apr. 24, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The referendum approved by Egyptian voters that allows President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to extend his rule to 2030 was held in an "unfair and unfree" environment and has "no pretense to legitimacy," an international rights group said. Human Rights Watch said the three-day vote on a set of...

Pakistan reports new cases, policeman killed in polio drive

Apr. 24, 2019 8:04 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani health official says two new polio cases have been reported in the country's northwest despite efforts against the crippling disease. The announcement came as gunmen killed a policeman escorting polio workers in Buner, a town in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on...

Sri Lanka asks for resignations of top security officials

Apr. 24, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president has asked for the resignations of the defense secretary and national police chief, a dramatic internal shake-up after security forces shrugged off intelligence reports warning of possible attacks before Easter bombings that killed over 350 people, the...

Christians, hotel workers, tourists among Easter attack dead

Apr. 24, 2019 7:58 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — More than 350 people were killed in bombings of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Some details on the victims: ___ SRI LANKA The vast majority of victims were Sri Lankan, many from the nation's Christian minority. Their names and details of their lives were slow...