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After years of hiding their relationship, Brigitte and Emmanuel Macron enter the political stage together

5 min ago
When they first met, Macron was only 15 years old. She was 39, and his teacher.

Albania grants citizenship to Kosovo’s ex-premier Haradinaj

5 min ago
Albania’s president has granted citizenship to the former prime minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj.

French election: How the pollsters got the last laugh

17 min 1 sec ago
After Trump and Brexit, polling companies get it right.

Nigeria shows off new air assets for Boko Haram fight

17 min 1 sec ago
Nigeria’s air force has shown off new assets it says will be used to combat the Boko Haram insurgency in its north and oil militants in its south.

Diplomats representing ancient civilizations meet in Athens

56 min 59 sec ago
Diplomats representing ancient civilizations have met in the Greek capital for the first time as part of a new 10-member international club.

The Latest: Syrian activists say airstrike kills 8

56 min 59 sec ago
The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):

Congo government: UN experts’ murders filmed on cell phone

1 hour 17 min ago
Congo’s government has obtained a five-minute cell phone video that shows the gruesome murders of two United Nations experts who were killed last month while investigating human rights abuses.

Angola plans Aug. 23 vote, signaling end to dos Santos rule

2 hours 5 min ago
A report says Angola has set its presidential election for Aug. 23.

Philippine troops kill militants, seize jungle camp in south

2 hours 5 min ago
The Philippine military says troops backed by aircraft have captured a jungle camp belonging to an extremist band allied with the Islamic State group and killed several militants in the country’ south.

Putin criticizes opponents’ corruption fight in Russia

2 hours 25 min ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin has tacitly criticized a popular opposition leader whose efforts to expose official corruption fueled nationwide protests last month.

French president: Marine Le Pen’s platform would devastate economy, threaten French liberty

2 hours 25 min ago
French president: Marine Le Pen’s platform would devastate economy, threaten French liberty.

French president urges voters to choose centrist Macron in presidential runoff to keep out nationalist Le Pen

2 hours 25 min ago
French president urges voters to choose centrist Macron in presidential runoff to keep out nationalist Le Pen.

UKIP seeks ban on face-covering veils, new Muslim schools

2 hours 37 min ago
Britain’s anti-EU U.K. Independence Party says it will promote social integration by banning face-covering veils and barring the opening of new Islamic schools.

1 killed, many hurt in grenade explosion at school in Russia

2 hours 56 min ago
Police in the Russian republic of Dagestan say at least one person has been killed and 11 injured in a live grenade accident at a high school.

Venezuela’s unrest claims 21st victim as new protests loom

3 hours 29 min ago
Weeks of political unrest have claimed another victim as Venezuela’s opposition prepares for another mass protest.

French analyst probed over Erdogan “assassination” comments

3 hours 29 min ago
Turkey’s state-run news agency says prosecutors have launched an investigation into a French former diplomat and analyst over accusations that he allegedly called for the assassination of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Police say Maoist rebels have killed at least 24 paramilitary soldiers in an attack in central India

3 hours 49 min ago
Police say Maoist rebels have killed at least 24 paramilitary soldiers in an attack in central India.

Russian FM: No proof for reports on persecution of gay men

3 hours 49 min ago
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow is concerned about human rights violations but has no reason to believe reports about the persecution of gay men in Chechnya.

EU Commission throws weight behind Macron in French election

3 hours 49 min ago
The European Union’s head office has thrown its weight behind Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential runoff against Marine Le Pen, arguing it is a choice between the defense of the EU or those seeking its destruction.

Oil workers’ strike triggers gasoline lines in Sri Lanka

3 hours 56 min ago
Long lines formed at gasoline stations across Sri Lanka on Monday as workers at a state-run petroleum company went on strike to protest a government plan to lease out oil tanks to neighboring India.

Romanian political leader loses bid to get sentence quashed

3 hours 56 min ago
A Romanian court has rejected an appeal by the ruling party’s leader to quash his sentence for vote rigging during a 2012 referendum, striking a blow to his ambition to become prime minister.

The Latest: Migrant boat sinks in Aegean Sea, 16 dead

4 hours 9 min ago
The Latest on the influx of refugees and migrants to Europe (all times local):

Emirati in Islamic State group gets 10-year prison sentence

4 hours 9 min ago
An Emirati previously convicted of being a member of the extremist Islamic State group has had his sentence increased from one year in prison to a 10-year sentence.

Conservationist, author of ‘I Dreamed of Africa’ ambushed and shot at her ranch in Kenya

4 hours 21 min ago
The gunmen are believed to be armed cattle-herders who been invading Gallmann's land and other nearby ranches in search of grazing land.

Digital devices snub Icelandic language, which is a problem for Iceland

4 hours 21 min ago
"If we lost the Icelandic language, there would be no Icelandic nation. And if there’s no Icelandic nation, there is no Icelandic sovereignty,” said one language expert.

Greece: Death toll from migrant boat sinking reaches 16, with 9 bodies recovered in Greece, 7 in Turkey

4 hours 28 min ago
Greece: Death toll from migrant boat sinking reaches 16, with 9 bodies recovered in Greece, 7 in Turkey .

Bavarian leader Seehofer reverses course, seeks new term

4 hours 28 min ago
Horst Seehofer, the leader of one of Germany’s governing parties and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s most prominent domestic critic during the migrant crisis, says he plans to stay on beyond 2018 — reversing previous statements that he would step down.

German FM says Russia’s help key to reaching Syria truce

4 hours 49 min ago
Germany’s foreign minister says a cease-fire in Syria’s civil war can only be achieved with the help of Russia as the only country with “real influence” over the Syrian government.

Maoist rebels kill 11 Indian paramilitary soldiers

4 hours 49 min ago
Police say Maoist rebels have killed 11 Indian paramilitary soldiers and injured seven others in an attack in central India.

Egypt sentences 20 to death in police killings

4 hours 49 min ago
An Egyptian court has upheld death sentences against 20 suspected Islamists convicted of murder in the deaths of 15 people, including 11 police, during an attack on a police station in 2013.

Pakistan army pledges transparency in PM Sharif fraud probe

4 hours 49 min ago
Pakistan’s army is pledging that the corruption probe of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family will be carried out in a “legal and transparent manner.”

Swedish police arrest second suspect in truck attack

4 hours 56 min ago
Swedish police say they have arrested a second person in a truck attack that killed four people and injured 15 others in Stockholm earlier this month.

Germany sees new rise in far-right offenses, hate crimes

4 hours 56 min ago
German authorities say that violent crimes with far-right motives rose 14.3 percent last year after a bigger increase in 2015. They also registered another increase in hate crimes.

Suspects held after author, conservationist shot in Kenya

5 hours 9 min ago
Kenyan authorities say some suspects have been arrested in the shooting of author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann after tensions with herders seeking pasture amid the country’s drought.

South African man pleads not guilty in family ax murder

5 hours 28 min ago
A South African man accused of murdering three members of his family with an ax pleaded not guilty on Monday, saying he fought with a laughing attacker during the slaughter at their upscale home.

Thousands at Auschwitz for yearly Holocaust memorial event

5 hours 28 min ago
Thousands of people from around the world, many of them young Israelis, have gathered at the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz to pay homage to the millions who perished in the Holocaust.

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

5 hours 28 min ago
A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:

Russia vows to get Ukrainian separatists to comply with deal

5 hours 48 min ago
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has vowed to use Moscow’s influence to get Ukraine’s separatist rebels to comply with a cease-fire deal.

Kashmir students, Indian forces clash as protests continue

5 hours 48 min ago
Anti-India protests have triggered clashes between students and government forces in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as authorities reopened schools after a weeklong suspension of classes.

Elon Musk steps out in Australia with Amber Heard

5 hours 48 min ago
Billionaire Elon Musk is getting close with actress Amber Heard.

After French vote, European leaders come out against Le Pen. But what if she wins?

6 hours 25 min ago
The decision to throw support behind pro-Europe candidate Emmanuel Macron represents a gamble for the continent’s powers-that-be.

The geographical divides behind Le Pen's and Macron's success in the polls

6 hours 29 min ago
Le Pen performed remarkably well in rural areas as well as the country's south and northeast.

Italian journalist home after 2 weeks detention in Turkey

6 hours 29 min ago
An Italian journalist has returned to Italy after being detained for two weeks in Turkey, apparently because he entered an area near the Syrian border without proper permission.

6 bodies recovered off Greek island of Lesbos, 1 woman saved

6 hours 29 min ago
Greece’s coast guard says six bodies have been recovered from the sea off the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, while one person has been rescued.

French voters face choose between hope and fear in runoff for presidency

6 hours 45 min ago
Centrist Macron and far-right Le Pen offer starkly different visions, but Macron may win because voters fear the alternative

How close is too close? Depends on where you live.

6 hours 49 min ago
What 'personal space' looks like around the world.

South African man pleads not guilty in family axe murder

6 hours 49 min ago
A South African man accused of murdering three members of his family with an axe has pleaded not guilty.

In Pakistan, a student’s lynching for alleged blasphemy was a new low — but no surprise

6 hours 53 min ago
Officials are struggling to stem a rising tide of false accusations and vigilante violence.

Philippines lawyer alleges President Duterte link to deaths

6 hours 57 min ago
A Filipino lawyer has presented documents to the International Criminal Court which he says contain evidence of the alleged involvement of President Rodrigo Duterte in extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and other crime suspects.

Emiratis, Malaysians reach $1.2B deal over troubled fund

7 hours 9 min ago
Emirati and Malaysian officials say they’ve reached a deal over the indebted and troubled Malaysian investment fund 1MDB, with the UAE set to receive $1.2 billion over this year.

Albania opposition blocks main roads ahead of June 18 vote

7 hours 9 min ago
Albanian opposition supporters have blocked the country’s main road links, demanding that a caretaker Cabinet be allowed to govern until the parliamentary election in June.

Japan’s Nikon sues ASML, Zeiss for using chip-making knowhow

7 hours 9 min ago
Nikon Corp. says it has taken legal action in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan over use of its semiconductor making technology by ASML Holding N.V. and Carl Zeiss SMT GmbH.

London nightclub acid attack suspect charged with 15 crimes

7 hours 17 min ago
British police say the suspect in a nightclub acid attack that injured many people has been charged with multiple crimes.

Trump gets on the phone to as Asia another North Korea flashpoint looms

7 hours 25 min ago
U.S. president dials up counterparts in China and Japan ahead of North Korea military anniversary.

Al-Qaida leader tells fighters to prepare for long Syria war

7 hours 29 min ago
Al-Qaida’s leader has urged his followers and all militants in Syria to unite ranks and prepare for protracted jihad, or holy war.

German court orders trial over 2010 Love Parade deaths

7 hours 36 min ago
German judges have ruled that 10 people indicted over a deadly mass panic at the Love Parade techno music festival in 2010 must stand trial, overturning a lower court’s decision.

U.S. defense chief arrives in Kabul as Afghan defense minister resigns in disgrace

7 hours 45 min ago
Mattis’ visit comes after a devastating Taliban surprise attack killed at least 140 government troops.

Lockerbie bomber’s family launches new bid to clear his name

7 hours 49 min ago
The family of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is launching a fresh effort to posthumously clear his name.

3 African countries chosen to test 1st malaria vaccine

8 hours 9 min ago
The World Health Organization says three African countries have been chosen to test the world’s first malaria vaccine.

Family: Iran rejects detained British-Iranian woman’s appeal

8 hours 17 min ago
The family of a British-Iranian woman detained in Iran while on a trip with her toddler daughter says all efforts to appeal her five-year prison sentence in court have failed.

Militants ambush convoy with off-duty Iraq soldiers, kill 10

8 hours 17 min ago
Iraq’s military says militants have ambushed a convoy of off-duty soldiers near a town in the country’s sprawling western desert, killing at least 10 and wounding 20.

US Defense Sec’y Mattis in Afghanistan to discuss war needs

8 hours 49 min ago
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has arrived unannounced in Afghanistan.

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis in Afghanistan to assess war needs

8 hours 49 min ago
Pentagon chief Jim Mattis in Afghanistan to assess war needs.

AP journalist covering Kashmir protest helps injured teen

9 hours 9 min ago
He was documenting a protest by dozens of Kashmiri students confronting armed Indian government forces wearing riot gear. But when an 18-year-old was hit in the head and began bleeding profusely, the Associated Press photographer put down his camera and rushed in to help her.

New Zealand: US doctor must pay reparations for deadly crash

9 hours 29 min ago
A Wisconsin heart surgeon who was vacationing in New Zealand when he caused a highway accident that killed two people and injured four others has been ordered to make reparation payments but has avoided jail time.

Siren wails as Israel marks annual Holocaust Remembrance Day

9 hours 41 min ago
Israel has come to a standstill as people stopped in their tracks for a two-minute siren that wailed across the country in remembrance of the Holocaust’s 6 million Jewish victims.

Afghan army chief, defense minister resign following attack

9 hours 41 min ago
Afghan officials say the country’s army chief and the defense minister have resigned following the weekend Taliban attack at a northern army base that killed more than 100 military and other personnel.

The Latest: French socialist leader says party needs revamp

9 hours 56 min ago
The Latest on the French election (all times local):

Officials: Afghan army chief, defense minister resign following weekend attack on army base that killed more than 100

9 hours 56 min ago
Officials: Afghan army chief, defense minister resign following weekend attack on army base that killed more than 100.

Jewish war veterans bemoan stalling of Israel’s WWII museum

10 hours 9 min ago
Two years after Israel’s prime minister vowed to complete the establishment of a museum honoring Jewish World War II veterans, funds have dried up and an abandoned construction site is all that remains of the grand project.

Cement multinational CEO resigns after Syria deals

10 hours 9 min ago
Cement group LafargeHolcim says its chief executive officer is resigning, weeks after the multinational acknowledged that its branch in northern Syria had struck deals with armed groups so that it could keep business there running.

South Korea, allies brace for North Korea follow-up act

11 hours 30 min ago
Fresh off an immense North Korean parade that revealed an arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles, rival South Korea and its allies are bracing for the possibility that Pyongyang’s follow-up act will be even bigger.

Pence cites ‘challenging times’ to troops in American Samoa

11 hours 49 min ago
US Vice President Mike Pence is thanking US service members based in American Samoa.

Xi urges restraint on N. Korea in phone call with Trump

11 hours 49 min ago
Chinese state media say President Xi Jinping has called for restraint when dealing with North Korea during a telephone call with President Donald Trump.

Guatemalan land activist wins prestigious Goldman prize

12 hours 41 min ago
Guatemalan farmer and activist Rodrigo Tot has been awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for work in his homeland. It’s an honor that comes after two previous Latin American winners have been murdered in the last year.

South Korea, allies brace for North Korea follow-up act

12 hours 41 min ago
Fresh off an immense North Korean parade that revealed an arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles, rival South Korea and its allies are bracing for the possibility that Pyongyang’s follow-up act will be even bigger.

Taiwan’s “hacker minister” reshaping digital democracy

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 23:46
Taiwan’s “digital minister” Audrey Tang, a computer prodigy and entrepreneur who taught herself programming at age 8, says she’s a “civic hacker,” who like a locksmith uses specialized skills to help rather than harm.

Pence to cut short his trip to Hawaii

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 23:46
US Vice President Mike Pence plans to shorten his visit to Hawaii ahead of a busy week for President Donald Trump.

Centrist Macron, far-right Le Pen in battle to lead France

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 22:46
Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right populist Marine Le Pen advanced Sunday to a runoff in France’s presidential election, remaking the country’s political landscape and setting up a showdown over its participation in the European Union.

N. Korea detains US citizen; 3rd American being held

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 22:46
North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, officials said, bringing to three the number of Americans now being held there.

Police stop 12-year-old boy from driving across Australia

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 21:46
Outback police have arrested a 12-year-old boy who was almost a third of his way toward driving solo across Australia.

AP Exclusive: The sad saga of North Korea’s ATMs

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 20:58
The airport in the North Korean capital has two ATMs but according to bank officials, because of new Chinese sanctions, they don’t work.

American monitor killed in Ukraine when mine blasts vehicle

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 20:46
A land mine blew up a vehicle carrying an OSCE monitoring team in the separatist Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine on Sunday, killing an American observer and wounding two European members of the mission, officials reported.

South Korea, allies brace for North Korea follow-up act

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 20:38
Fresh off an immense North Korean parade that revealed an arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles, rival South Korea and its allies are bracing for the possibility that Pyongyang’s follow-up act will be even bigger.

Britain’s back in favor for corporate deals despite Brexit

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 19:26
Britain has reclaimed its place as one of the top five countries that firms look to make deals in, just six months after dropping off the list in the wake of the country’s surprise to leave the European Union, according to a survey released Monday.

France: 2 men charged in thwarted pre-election attack

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 18:46
French authorities have filed preliminary charges against two people of plotting an attack days before a tense presidential election.

This chart shows how the French election is a break from the past

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 18:18
France had been a quasi-two-party system for decades. What changed?

Inside camp Le Pen: crustless sandwiches and a swastika

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 17:46
How do you say "rust belt" in French. That's where the party was.

Unconventional Macron faces unprecedented challenge

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 17:25
French centrist Emmanuel Macron faces an unprecedented challenge in his quest for the French presidency: A newcomer to politics, he was virtually unknown to most of his countrymen just three years ago.

Le Pen took French party from pariah to spotlight — and now?

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 17:06
Marine Le Pen, whose passion for far-right values was forged in the cradle, is now one step away from the French presidency, hoping this time to finish what her father could not when he ran in 2002.

French centrist presidential candidate Macron says his campaign has changed the course of France

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 16:46
French centrist presidential candidate Macron says his campaign has changed the course of France.

French centrist presidential candidate Macron urges hope in Europe, national unity

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 16:46
French centrist presidential candidate Macron urges hope in Europe, national unity.

French far-left presidential candidate Melenchon refuses to concede defeat until final results of first-round vote

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 16:26
French far-left presidential candidate Melenchon refuses to concede defeat until final results of first-round vote.

Marine Le Pen, the anti-immigration crusader who has a shot at France’s presidency

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 16:06
The National Front’s views were once considered extreme. Now, leaders say, they’re mainstream.

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen says she is offering ‘the great alternative’ in the presidential race

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 15:34
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen says she is offering ‘the great alternative’ in the presidential race.

French far-right candidate Marine Le Pen claims victory, says the debate over globalization is open

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 15:34
French far-right candidate Marine Le Pen claims victory, says the debate over globalization is open.

What you need to know about Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 15:26
What they stand for and what their victory or defeat in the second round of the election could mean for France and Europe.

Student protesters clash with police, angry at first-round election victory of French presidential candidate Le Pen

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 15:14
Student protesters clash with police, angry at first-round election victory of French presidential candidate Le Pen.

For the first time in modern French history, no major-party candidate will advance to presidential runoff.

Sun, 04/23/2017 - 15:14
For the first time in modern French history, no major-party candidate will advance to presidential runoff.

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