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  • Kerry defends Israel before UN rights panel

    GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday delivered a vigorous defense of Israel before the U.N. Human Rights Council, urging its members to end what the United States says is its…

  • Fenninger strikes again, wins super-G in Bulgaria

    BANSKO, Bulgaria (AP) — Olympic champion Anna Fenninger added to her World Cup title challenge Monday by winning a super-G for her second straight victory in Bansko. The 25-year-old Austrian clocked 1 minute, 14.59 seconds,…

  • Kerry, Russian FM meet in Geneva as Ukraine tensions simmer

    GENEVA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Monday with his Russian counterpart in what appeared to be less than amicable talks amid continuing tensions over Ukraine and American calls for a full…

  • Plastic surgeons see increase in celebrity-inspired requests

    WASHINGTON — Call it the Kardashian effect. Plastic surgeons say they are seeing a big jump in the number of patients asking for buttocks lifts and augmentations. “Just like celebrities drive trends in fashion and music,…

  • Oscar-winning director: Poles should see ‘Ida” not debate it

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The director of “Ida,” the Polish movie that won this year’s Oscar for best foreign film, says Poles should see it before calling it anti-Polish. “Ida” premiered in Poland in 2013,…

  • Journalist jailed for online post freed from Myanmar prison

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A photojournalist who was arrested for mocking Myanmar’s leaders on Facebook has been freed. Aung Nay Myo expressed relief after walking out of Monywa prison Monday, saying the charges against him…

  • Buffett praises IBM, ExxonMobil even after selling oil firm

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Investor Warren Buffett is praising both IBM and ExxonMobil even though the computing business has struggled and Berkshire Hathaway sold its 41 million shares in the oil producer. Buffett appeared on…

  • Gibraltar FA fires coach Allen Bula

    GIBRALTAR (AP) — The coach who led Gibraltar into international football has been fired. The Gibraltar Football Association says Allen Bula is leaving “after a thorough and careful investigation into internal matters.” The GFA is…

  • AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from the Middle East

    Across the Middle East this week, the extremist Islamic State group that holds a third of both Iraq and Syria destroyed ancient artifacts and kidnapped more than 200 Christians. The militants used sledgehammers and drills…

  • US Army head warns of defense cutbacks in Britain

    LONDON (AP) — The U.S. Army chief of staff says cuts in British defense spending may undermine the nation’s ability to be an effective ally in future military operations. Gen. Raymond Odierno questioned Britain’s capability…

  • Thousands mourn Turkish novelist Yasar Kemal

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Political leaders and fellow writers are among thousands who gathered for the funeral of Yasar Kemal, one of Turkey’s best-known novelists. Kemal, whose focus on social injustices brought him into conflict with…

  • Pollution documentary attracts huge interest in China

    BEIJING (AP) — A slick new documentary on China’s environmental woes has racked up more than 28 million online views in two days, underscoring growing concern in the country over the impact of air, water…

  • Iraq state TV: Operation to retake Tikrit begins

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces on Monday began a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown from the Islamic State extremist group, state TV said, a…

  • First Look: Samsung gets a lot right with new S6 phones

    NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung’s new Galaxy smartphones improve in two major areas: design and picture quality. Samsung ramped up its camera technology in last fall’s Galaxy Note 4, and the camera is even better…

  • Germany’s RWE completes oil and gas sale to Russian investor

    BERLIN (AP) — German energy company RWE says it has completed the 5.1 billion euro ($5.7 billion) sale of its oil and gas exploration and production division to a Russian-linked investment company. RWE AG announced…