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Alaska, Norwegian mushers battle for Iditarod lead

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaskan and a Norwegian are running neck-and-neck in the world’s most famous sled dog race. GPS trackers show Pete Kaiser, of Bethel, Alaska, and defending Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Joar Ulsom, of Norway, are within a mile of each other as the mushers near the finish line in … Continue reading Alaska, Norwegian mushers battle for Iditarod lead

May’s hopes for Brexit deal punctured by attorney general

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s attorney general punctured Prime Minister Theresa May‘s hopes of winning backing for her Brexit deal Tuesday, saying last-minute changes secured from the European Union didn’t give Britain the power to cut itself free of ties to the bloc. Hard-core Brexit backers in Parliament came to the same conclusion, saying they wouldn’t … Continue reading May’s hopes for Brexit deal punctured by attorney general

Ruling revives questions about DC death of ex-Putin aide

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a foggy November morning in 2015, a heavily intoxicated man showed up before dawn at the Dupont Circle Hotel, forked over $1,200 cash for a ninth-floor penthouse suite and kept drinking. His bender continued all day. By the next morning, he was dead. Authorities concluded that he died of blunt force … Continue reading Ruling revives questions about DC death of ex-Putin aide

The Latest: Germany, other EU nations hail new Brexit deal

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 11:30 a.m. The pound has slumped by more than 1 percent against the dollar after the British Attorney General‘s assessment of Prime Minister Theresa May’s reinforced expectations that lawmakers will reject it. In a letter outlining his thoughts over May’s latest Brexit deal, Geoffrey Cox … Continue reading The Latest: Germany, other EU nations hail new Brexit deal

UK police: Irish dissidents make claim in letter bomb case

LONDON (AP) — British police said Tuesday they are “aware” of a claim of responsibility by Irish dissidents with regard to the sending of letter bombs last week. The Metropolitan Police said Tuesday that a media outlet in Northern Ireland received a claim of responsibility Monday using a recognized code word. The group making the … Continue reading UK police: Irish dissidents make claim in letter bomb case

Estonian party start talks with populists despite promise

HELSINKI (AP) — A senior Estonian politician has resigned from the Center Party’s leadership to protest a decision to start government formation talks with a euroskeptic populist party that made big gains in last week’s general election — despite promises not to talk with them. Raimond Kaljulaid said Tuesday the Center Party and the nationalist, … Continue reading Estonian party start talks with populists despite promise

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: FAA JOINS ETHIOPIA CRASH PROBE U.S. aviation experts join the investigation into the deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner, as a growing number of airlines and countries ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes. TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN AGENDA … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today

At 30, World Wide Web ‘not the web we wanted,’ inventor says

GENEVA (AP) — At its ripe old age of 30 and with half the globe using it, the World Wide Web is facing growing pains with issues like hate speech, privacy concerns and state-sponsored hacking, its creator says. Tim Berners-Lee joined a celebration Tuesday of the Web and reminisced about where he invented it — … Continue reading At 30, World Wide Web ‘not the web we wanted,’ inventor says

Global stocks follow Wall Street higher ahead of Brexit vote

BEIJING (AP) — Global stocks followed Wall Street higher Tuesday as investors awaited a vote by British lawmakers on a plan to leave the European Union. In early trading, Germany’s DAX rose 0.5 percent to 11,596.37 and France’s CAC 40 added 0.4 percent to 5,288.02. London’s FTSE 100 slipped 0.3 percent to 7,103.90. On Wall … Continue reading Global stocks follow Wall Street higher ahead of Brexit vote

Questions about Russian’s death revived by judge’s ruling

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a foggy November morning in 2015, a heavily intoxicated man showed up before dawn at the Dupont Circle Hotel, forked over $1,200 cash for a ninth-floor penthouse suite and kept drinking. His bender continued all day. By the next morning, he was dead. Authorities concluded that he died of blunt force … Continue reading Questions about Russian’s death revived by judge’s ruling

MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrested in South Florida

MIAMI (AP) — Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor has been arrested in South Florida for stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo, authorities said. According to a Miami Beach police report, the 30-year-old McGregor was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with robbery and criminal mischief. An attorney for … Continue reading MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrested in South Florida

US sanctions Russia based bank for its work in Venezuela

WASHINGTON (AP)— The Trump administration imposed sanctions Monday on a Moscow-based bank jointly owned by Russian and Venezuelan state-owned companies, for allegedly trying to circumvent U.S. sanctions on the South American country. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lashed out at Cuba and Russia for continuing to support Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro and contributing to … Continue reading US sanctions Russia based bank for its work in Venezuela

UK leader holds last-ditch Brexit talks with EU before vote

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Theresa May scrambled to win last-minute changes from the European Union to her Brexit deal Monday, a day before a crucial vote in Britain’s Parliament that could derail the country’s withdrawal from the EU — and cost May her job. May flew by Royal Air Force jet to Strasbourg, France, … Continue reading UK leader holds last-ditch Brexit talks with EU before vote

Ethiopian crash victims were aid workers, doctors, academics

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Three Austrian physicians. The co-founder of an international aid organization. A career ambassador. The wife and children of a Slovak legislator. A Nigerian-born Canadian college professor and satirist. They were among the 157 people from 35 countries who died Sunday morning when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner … Continue reading Ethiopian crash victims were aid workers, doctors, academics

Dutch firebrand Wilders: Man with knives detained at event

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A man carrying two knives and an ax was detained over the weekend shortly before anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders was due to hand out political flyers before provincial elections. Wilders tweeted about the incident Monday. The country’s counter-terrorism coordinator confirmed that the man was carrying knives and an ax but … Continue reading Dutch firebrand Wilders: Man with knives detained at event

Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank higher after merger talks report

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Shares in Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank have risen after news reports that Deutsche Bank’s top management has agreed to hold preliminary talks about a possible merger. Shares in Deutsche Bank traded up 2.2 percent in midday trading Monday while Commerzbank was up 3.9 percent. The share moves follow a report in … Continue reading Deutsche Bank, Commerzbank higher after merger talks report

UK prime minister fights to save Brexit deal

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was battling Monday to stave off a new defeat for her European Union divorce deal, with talks deadlocked a day before Parliament is scheduled to vote on the plan. The House of Commons is due to vote Tuesday on whether to approve a deal it resoundingly rejected … Continue reading UK prime minister fights to save Brexit deal

English soccer field invasions see players punched, pushed

LONDON (AP) — In an alleged moment of malice, a pitch invader punches a player. In an apparent attempt to join goal celebrations, a fan pushes an opposition player. Concerns about security at English soccer games grew Sunday after incidents at Birmingham City and Arsenal saw two supporters arrested for leaping out of their seats and … Continue reading English soccer field invasions see players punched, pushed

Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — President Abdelaziz Bouteflika returned to Algeria on Sunday after two weeks in a Swiss hospital amid massive demonstrations demanding he withdraw his candidacy for a fifth term. The 82-year-old Bouteflika suffered a stroke in 2013 and has rarely been seen in public since. The decision to run for a new term in … Continue reading Algerian president back home amid mass protests against him

Winning documentary portrays Israeli human rights lawyer

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP)  — A documentary about an Israeli human rights lawyer has won the top prize in its category at the Thessaloniki International Festival. “The Advocate,” a 108-minute film directed and produced by Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche, focuses on Lea Tsemel, who has defended Palestinians of every stripe, from protesters to known … Continue reading Winning documentary portrays Israeli human rights lawyer

Bill to route internet through Russian servers spurs protest

MOSCOW (AP) — Several thousand people have rallied in Moscow to protest legislation they fear could lead to widespread internet censorship for Russian users. The sanctioned rally on Sunday was organized in response to a bill in parliament that would route all internet traffic through servers in Russia, making virtual private networks (VPNs) ineffective. The … Continue reading Bill to route internet through Russian servers spurs protest

Brexit backers to UK prime minister: Don’t delay

LONDON (AP) — Two prominent Brexit backers are warning Prime Minister Theresa May not to seek a delay to Britain’s scheduled March 29 departure from the European Union if her withdrawal deal is rejected Tuesday. Conservative Party lawmaker Steve Baker and Democratic Unionist deputy leader Nigel Dodds wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that prolonging the … Continue reading Brexit backers to UK prime minister: Don’t delay

Reports: Algeria leader prepares to return home from Geneva

GENEVA (AP) — An Algerian government plane believed to be carrying President Abdelaziz Bouteflika took off from Geneva on Sunday to bring him back home as major demonstrations against his rule have gripped Algeria. The 82-year-old Bouteflika spent two weeks at a Swiss hospital where he went for medical treatment. Bouteflika suffered a stroke in … Continue reading Reports: Algeria leader prepares to return home from Geneva

Hirscher wins World Cup overall title, matches Vonn record

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) — Marcel Hirscher has secured his eighth consecutive men’s World Cup overall title on Sunday after placing third in the penultimate slalom of the season. The Austrian holds an insurmountable lead of 509 points over second-place Alexis Pinturault of France with four events at next week’s World Cup Finals remaining. A … Continue reading Hirscher wins World Cup overall title, matches Vonn record

Hirscher secures overall title as Zenhaeusern wins slalom

KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) — After wrapping up his eighth consecutive men’s World Cup overall title on Sunday, Marcel Hirscher hinted that there might not be a ninth. The Austrian considered calling it a career after competing in two more races at next week’s World Cup Finals in Andorra. “It would hurt but it is … Continue reading Hirscher secures overall title as Zenhaeusern wins slalom

Frenchman maintains lead in Alaska’s Iditarod

ANCHORAGE, Alaska  (AP)   — A Frenchman continues to lead this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Nicolas Petit was the first musher Saturday to leave the checkpoint at Eagle Island, about 592 miles (953 kilometers) into the 1,000 mile (1609 kilometer) race across the Alaska wilderness to Nome. Petit, who was last year’s runner-up, now … Continue reading Frenchman maintains lead in Alaska’s Iditarod

Ukraine police: 15 officers injured in clash with far-right

MINSK, Belarus  (AP)   — Ukrainian police said 15 officers were injured Saturday in a clash with far-right demonstrators who disrupted a campaign appearance of President Petro Poroshenko. The clash took place in the city of Cherkasy, about 150 kilometers (90 miles) southeast of the capital Kiev, according to a police statement. Several dozen members of … Continue reading Ukraine police: 15 officers injured in clash with far-right

Serbia anti-government protesters surround state TV building

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP)  — Several thousand people have surrounded Serbia’s state TV building during anti-government protests requesting more media freedom in the Balkan country. The crowd booed and jeered for one hour Saturday outside the TV building in central Belgrade to express their discontent with what they say is the station’s biased reporting. The demonstrations … Continue reading Serbia anti-government protesters surround state TV building