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Israel return ex-prisoner weeks after ending hunger strike

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israeli authorities freed a prominent Palestinian prisoner on Sunday, two weeks after striking a release deal that ended his marathon 131-day hunger strike, said a prisoner ...

Pope chides Europe, comforts migrants on return to Lesbos

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — Pope Francis returned Sunday to the Greek island of Lesbos to offer comfort to migrants at a refugee camp and blast what he said was Europe's indifference and self-interest “that...

In democracy's birthplace, pope warns of populist threats

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Pope Francis warned Saturday that the “easy answers” of populism and authoritarianism are threatening democracy in Europe and called for fresh dedication to promoting the common ...

EU criticized for move to restrict asylum rights at Belarus border

"We are a family. When one of us is under attack, the rest of us will be there for him," said Margaritis Schinas, vice president of the European Commission, speaking to reporters earlier thi...

Libya's foreign minister slams European migration policy

CAIRO (AP) — Libya’s foreign minister on Friday criticized a system of deterring migrants from reaching European shores that she argued fails to address the root of the problem and has so far only ser...

Iowa teens charged with killing teacher remain jailed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa teenagers charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of their high school Spanish teacher will remain in jail after a judge opted to...

Pakistani activist, 3 retired officers convicted of spying

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani military courts have convicted a prominent rights activist and three retired army officers on charges of espionage and sedition, sentencing them to prison terms ranging from...

Sheriff: Georgia teen killed as brother sells homemade gun

ATLANTA (AP) — A 14-year-old Georgia girl was killed when her younger brother was trying to sell a homemade gun, and he fired a shot at people who took the weapon without paying, a sheriff said. ...

Liberty Univ associate professor charged with sexual battery

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — A Liberty University associate professor has been charged with sexual battery and abduction involving an alleged incident with a student, according to court records and the unive...

EU to make it harder for migrants to enter from Belarus

BRUSSELS (AP) — Top European Union migration officials offered Wednesday to ease the asylum-evaluation rules for Poland, Lithuania and Latvia in response to what the EU has called a “hybrid attack” by...

Taiwan’s stalking prevention bill signed into law

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Stalking and Harassment Prevention Act (跟蹤騷擾防制法) was signed into law by President Tsai In-wen (蔡英文) on Wednesday (Dec. 1) and will go into effect six months after its ...

Tens of thousands protest in anti-military marches in Sudan

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Security forces fired tear gas at anti-coup protesters in the Sudanese capital on Tuesday, as tens of thousands marched in the latest demonstrations against a military takeover ...

EU wants 'verifiable proof' Chinese tennis player is safe

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Tuesday that it wants China to release “verifiable proof" that tennis player Peng Shuai is safe and to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into her...

Migrant crisis front and center in pope's Greece-Cyprus trip

LESBOS, Greece (AP) — When Pope Francis visited the Greek island of Lesbos in 2016, he was so moved by the stories he heard from families fleeing war in Iraq and Syria that he wept and brought a dozen...

Rights group: Taliban kill, abduct dozens of ex-officers

KABUL (AP) — Taliban fighters have summarily killed or forcibly “disappeared” more than 100 former police and intelligence officers since taking power in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said in a repo...