Trump seeks federal government overhaul, merger of agencies


The Trump administration will propose a major reorganization of the federal government on Thursday...


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Polls close in Turkish elections that are test for Erdogan The Latest: Early partial results show Erdogan in the lead Saudi women take the wheel as longstanding driving ban ends EU leaders back Africa, Balkans migrant reception centers Zimbabwe says ‘nothing will stop’ election after rally blast US...


EU leaders back Africa, Balkans migrant reception centers

Italy Europe Migrants

BRUSSELS (AP) — The idea of screening Europe-bound asylum-seekers in North Africa and the Balkans gained support from several European Union leaders Sunday as tensions over how best to handle new arrivals threatened to undermine the bloc’s unity. At emergency talks in Brussels, a group of 16...


UK's Prince William starts politically delicate Mideast trip

Mideast Prince William

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Britain’s Prince William on Sunday kicked off a politically delicate five-day tour of Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories, preparing to meet with young people, refugees and national leaders in a tumultuous region that Britain had controlled between the two world wars....


US Defense chief to visit China amid S. China Sea tensions

China US Mattis Visit

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has accused China of “intimidation and coercion” in the South China Sea, visits Beijing this week as the countries increasingly spar over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and Beijing’s expanding military presence overseas. Mattis will be the first...


Saudi women take the wheel as longstanding driving ban ends

APTOPIX Saudi Women Driving

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi women drove to work and ran errands on Sunday, relishing the freedom to move about without relying on men after the kingdom lifted the world’s last remaining ban on women driving. It’s a historic moment for women who have been at the mercy of their husbands,...


Kushner rips Abbas, says Mideast peace plan due 'soon'

Mideast US

JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser said in an interview published Sunday that the administration will soon present its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, with or without input from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. In an interview published in the Arabic...


2nd person dies after blast at Ethiopia rally, minister says

APTOPIX Ethiopia New Prime Minister

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s health minister says a second person has died after Saturday’s explosion at a massive rally in the capital for the new prime minister. Health Minister Amir Aman says on Twitter that the person died at a local hospital in intensive care. More than 150 people...


France, Belgium seek UNESCO recognition for WWI memorials


BRUSSELS (AP) — France and Belgium are urging UNESCO to designate scores of their World War I memorials and cemeteries as World Heritage sites as the centennial remembrance of the 1914-1918 war nears its end. Both sides of the Franco-Belgian border, where much of the fiercest fighting of World War...


Israel's El Al faces scrutiny after moving female passengers

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli airline El Al is facing new allegations of discrimination after moving two female passengers under pressure from male ultra-Orthodox travelers who refused to sit next to women. In 2016, a similar case of discrimination was filed against the airline by a female passenger....


Syrian troops advance in their offensive in country's south

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces advanced deeper into the southern province of Daraa Sunday under the cover of airstrikes, entering new villages amid reports that the U.S. has told rebels not to expect an American intervention to defend them from the army’s offensive. Syrian government forces...

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