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BERLIN | US deports former Nazi camp guard, 95, to Germany

BERLIN — The last Nazi war crimes suspect facing deportation from the U.S. was taken from his New York City home and spirited early Tuesday morning to Germany, following years of efforts to remove him from the United States. The deportation of the 95-year-old former Nazi camp guard, Jakiw Palij, came 25 years after investigators … Continue reading BERLIN | US deports former Nazi camp guard, 95, to Germany

GENEVA  | UN rights chief warns UN could ‘collapse’ without change

GENEVA  — The outgoing U.N. human rights chief says the Security Council’s five permanent members wield too much power at the United Nations, warning the world body could “collapse” if that doesn’t change. Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein decried the sense among some U.N. member states that the “pentarchy” of Britain, China, France, Russia and the United … Continue reading GENEVA  | UN rights chief warns UN could ‘collapse’ without change

VATICAN CITY | Pope on sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”

VATICAN CITY— Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the crime of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church. Francis begged forgiveness for the pain suffered by victims and said lay … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope on sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”

NYAL, South Sudan | South Sudan claims civil war is over but skepticism abounds

NYAL, South Sudan— South Sudan’s government claims a shattering five-year civil war is finally over, but there is considerable skepticism. It wasn’t helped by the sight of President Salva Kiir refusing to shake the hand of rival and rebel leader Riek Machar after they signed a power-sharing deal this month. The idea that the two … Continue reading NYAL, South Sudan | South Sudan claims civil war is over but skepticism abounds

MINNEAPOLIS | Somali-American candidate: Wants to ‘instill hope in people’

MINNEAPOLIS — The past 10 weeks have been a whirl for Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar. She went from being famous for being the country’s first Somali-American state legislator to being a virtual shoo-in to become the first Somali-American congresswoman. Omar tells The Associated Press her success has been a matter of organizing. Omar’s family fled Somalia’s … Continue reading MINNEAPOLIS | Somali-American candidate: Wants to ‘instill hope in people’

BERLIN | Putin attends Austria wedding, to meet Merkel for gas talks

BERLIN— Russian President Vladimir Putin is flying to Austria to attend the wedding Saturday of the country’s foreign minister, before heading to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Austrian authorities have imposed tight security measures around the site of the ceremony near the southern town of Graz of Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, who … Continue reading BERLIN | Putin attends Austria wedding, to meet Merkel for gas talks

KABUL, Afghanistan | Taliban say no peace with ‘occupation,’ want US talks

KABUL, Afghanistan — The leader of the Taliban says there will be no peace in Afghanistan as long as the foreign “occupation” continues, reiterating the group’s position that the 17-year war can only be brought to an end through direct talks with the United States. In a message released Saturday in honor of the Eid … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Taliban say no peace with ‘occupation,’ want US talks

ANKARA, Turkey | Getting personal: US, Turkish leaders feud over arrest

ANKARA, Turkey— A detained American pastor has become a symbol of a growing rift between Turkey and the United States, but problems in the Cold War-era alliance as well as Turkey’s own financial crisis are unlikely to dissipate even if he is released and Washington eases economic penalties. The fate of Andrew Brunson, charged with … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | Getting personal: US, Turkish leaders feud over arrest