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Iran offers upbeat assessment of progress in nuclear talks

A senior Iranian official has offered a cautiously upbeat assessment of progress in talks aimed at bringing the United States back into world powers’ 2015 deal with Tehran on its nuclear program
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This satellite photo provided from Planet Labs Inc. shows Iran's Natanz nuclear facility on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Iran began enriching uranium Friday, April 16, 2021, to its highest level ever at Natanz, edging closer to weapons-grade levels to pressure talks in Vienna aimed at restoring its nuclear deal with world powers after an attack on the site. (Planet Labs via AP)
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Russia, Ukraine expel diplomats over classified information

Russia has ordered a Ukrainian diplomat to leave the country after allegedly receiving classified information from a database of the country's main security agency and Ukraine responded by expelling a Russian diplomat
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Bangladesh police kill 5 workers amid protests over back pay

Police in southeastern Bangladesh have killed at least five workers at an under-construction power plant
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Italy's Salvini to stand trial for 2019 migrant standoff

A judge in Sicily has ordered former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini to stand trial for having refused to let a Spanish migrant rescue ship dock in an Italian port
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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2020 file photo, then opposition leader Matteo Salvini speaks at the end of the debate at the Italian Senate on whether to allow him to be prosecuted, as he demands to be, for alleging holding migrants hostage for days aboard coast guard ship Gregoretti instead of letting them immediately disembark in Sicily, while he was interior minister, in Rome. An Italian prosecutor on Saturday, April 10, 2021 told a court that there's no reason to order right-wing leader Salvini to stand trial for alleged kidnapping for his role in keeping rescued migrants aboard a coast guard ship for days in summer 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)
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Iran names suspect in Natanz attack, says he fled country

Iran state television has named a suspect in the attack that damaged centrifuges at its Natanz nuclear site and says he fled the country
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This satellite photo provided from Planet Labs Inc. shows Iran's Natanz nuclear facility on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Iran began enriching uranium Friday, April 16, 2021, to its highest level ever at Natanz, edging closer to weapons-grade levels to pressure talks in Vienna aimed at restoring its nuclear deal with world powers after an attack on the site. (Planet Labs via AP)
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Zimbabwe frees some inmates to reduce COVID-19 risk in jails

Zimbabwe has begun releasing about 3,000 prisoners under a presidential amnesty aimed at easing congestion to reduce the threat of COVID-19 in the country’s overcrowded jails
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Female prsioners wave goodbye to their fellow inmates following their release from Chikurubi prison on the outskirts of Harare, Saturday, April 17, 2021. Zimbabwe began the release of about 3,000 prisoners under a presidential amnesty aimed at easing congestion and minimizing the threat of COVID-19 across the country's overcrowded jails. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
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Veteran AP producer, cameraman in Iraq dies of COVID-19

Khodeir Majid, who covered Iraq’s numerous conflicts as a video producer and cameraman for The Associated Press for over 17 years, has died at the age of 64
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This 2003 photo shows Khodeir Majid at the AP office at the Palestine hotel. Majid, who covered Iraq’s numerous conflicts as a video producer and cameraman for the Associated Press over 17 years has died at the age of 64. Relatives said the cause of his death on Friday morning was complications due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ahmad Sami
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Pressure mounts for Merkel's bloc to end its power struggle

Pressure is mounting on the two contenders hoping to lead German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right bloc into September’s national election to end their power struggle and agree which of them will run to succeed her
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Patients evacuated as fire blazes in Johannesburg hospital

Nearly 700 patients are being evacuated from Johannesburg’s Charlotte Maxeke Hospital, where a fire blazed overnight through parts of the facility in South Africa’s largest city
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Hospital staff prepare to evacuate patients on stretchers at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg, Saturday, April 17, 2021. Patients were evacuated after a fire reignited in a dispensary almost 12 hours after it was initially reported. (AP Photo/Ali Greeff)
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Myanmar pardons prisoners, unclear if coup foes among them

Myanmar’s junta has announced it pardoned and released more than 23,000 prisoners to mark the New Year holiday
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Police security forces stand by inside a police vehicle and on the sidewalk of Hledan Road in Kamayut township in Yangon, Myanmar Friday, April 16, 2021. Opponents of Myanmar’s ruling junta went on the political offensive Friday, declaring they have formed an interim National Unity Government comprising elements of the ousted government of Aung San Suu Kyi as well as prominent members of major ethnic minority groups.(AP Photo)
April 17

Philippine troops kill Egyptian, 2 Filipino militants

Philippine troops have killed a suspected Egyptian would-be suicide bomber and two local Abu Sayyaf militants
April 17
FILE - In this undated file photo, Abu Sayyaf spokesman Abu Sabaya, right foreground, is seen with his band of armed extremists. Philippine troops captured an Abu Sayyaf rebel commander blamed for years of ransom kidnappings and on Sunday, March 21, 2021, rescued the last of his four Indonesian captives, the military said. (AP Photo, File)
April 17

U.S. climate envoy Kerry in Seoul for climate discussions

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry met with South Korea’s foreign minister in Seoul on Saturday for talks ahead of a virtual climate summit of world leaders called by President Joe Biden for next week
April 17
In this photo provided by U.S. Embassy Seoul, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, left, talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong upon his arrival for the banquet at the Foreign Minister's residence in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, April 17, 2021. (U.S. Embassy Seoul via AP)
April 17

Iran state television names suspect in attack that damaged centrifuges at Natanz nuclear site, says he fled the country

Iran state television names suspect in attack that damaged centrifuges at Natanz nuclear site, says he fled the country
April 17
April 17

Highlights: An interview with China's vice foreign minister

China’s Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng spoke with The Associated Press on a range of issues from U.S.-China relations to human rights
April 17
Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng listens to a question during an interview with the Associated Press at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, Friday, April 16, 2021. Le spoke to AP on a wide range of issues during an interview on Friday including climate change and US-China relations. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
April 17

Iran starts enriching uranium to 60%, its highest level ever

Iran says it has begun enriching uranium to its highest-ever purity, edging close to weapons-grade levels
April 17
A satellite photo from Planet Labs Inc. shows Iran's Natanz nuclear facility on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Iran’s supreme leader says the offers being made at the Vienna talks over his country’s tattered nuclear deal “are not worth looking at.” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the comment Wednesday in a speech on the first day of Ramadan in Iran.(Planet Labs via AP)
April 17

Era ends as Raul Castro steps down as Communist Party chief

Raul Castro says he is stepping down as Cuban Communist Party leader, leaving the island without a Castro guiding affairs for the first time in more than six decades and handing control of the party to a younger generation
April 17
Raul Castro, first secretary of the Communist Party and former president, attends the VIII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba's opening session, at the Convention Palace in Havana, Cuba, Friday, April 16, 2021. (Ariel Ley Royero/ACN via AP)
April 17

Raul Castro, long a sidekick, finally the face of his nation

For most of his life, Raul Castro played second-string to his brother Fidel — first as a guerrilla commander, later as a senior figure in their socialist government
April 17
FILE - In this April 19, 2011 file photo, Fidel Castro, left, raises the hand of his brother President Raul Castro as they sing the international socialism anthem during the 6th Communist Party Congress in Havana, Cuba. For most of his life, Raul Castro played second-string to his brother, but for the past decade, it’s Raul who's been the face of communist Cuba. On Friday, April 16, 2021, Raul Castro formally announced he'd step down as head of the Communist Party, leaving Cuba without a Castro in an official position of command for the first time in more than six decades. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano, File)
April 17

Once again, volcanic Caribbean island looks to recovery

The situation looks bleak on St. Vincent, where explosive eruptions by a volcano, La Soufrière, have forced thousands to evacuate their homes and dumped ash across the Caribbean island
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April 16

Mexico says 14 townships refuse coronavirus vaccines

Mexican health authorities say 14 of the country's roughly 2,600 townships have refused to allow vaccination teams to administer anti-coronavirus vaccines there
April 16
A health worker inoculates a man with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, during a vaccination drive for persons over 60-years-old, at the University Olympic Stadium in Mexico City, Monday, April 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
April 16

AP Interview: Beijing says US 'too negative' toward China

A top Chinese diplomat has called U.S. policy on China “too negative,” saying it highlights confrontation over cooperation
April 16
Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, Friday, April 16, 2021. Le spoke to AP on a wide range of issues during an interview on Friday including climate change and US-China relations. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
April 16

Israel: Rocket from Gaza is 2nd in 24 hours; no injuries

The Israeli military says Palestinian militants fired a rocket from Gaza into the country’s south
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By The Numbers: China’s economic boom

China reports record growth over the past year since the pandemic began, but signs point to a potential slowdown.
April 16
VIDEO: By The Numbers: China’s economic boom
April 16

Raul Castro confirms he's resigning, ending long era in Cuba

Raul Castro says he is stepping down as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership by he and his brother Fidel Castro that began with the 1959 revolution
April 16
Raul Castro, first secretary of the Communist Party and former president, attends the VIII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba's opening session, at the Convention Palace in Havana, Cuba, Friday, April 16, 2021. (Ariel Ley Royero/ACN via AP)
April 16

Raul Castro, long a sidekick, finally the face of his nation

For most of his life, Raul Castro played second-string to his brother Fidel — first as a guerrilla commander, later as a senior figure in their socialist government
April 16
Raul Castro, first secretary of the Communist Party and former president, waves to members at the VIII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba's opening session, as Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, right, applauds at the Convention Palace, in Havana, Cuba, Friday, April 16, 2021. (Ariel Ley Royero/ACN via AP)
April 16

Hong Kong democracy leaders given jail terms amid crackdown

A Hong Kong court has sentenced five leading pro-democracy advocates to up to 18 months in prison for organizing and participating in a massive march during the 2019 anti-government protests that triggered an overwhelming crackdown from Beijing
April 16
Pro-democracy activist Martin Lee, center, arrives at a court in Hong Kong Friday, April 16, 2021. Seven of Hong Kong’s leading pro-democracy advocates, including Lee and pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai, are expected to be sentenced Friday for organizing a march during the 2019 anti-government protests that triggered an overwhelming crackdown from Beijing. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
April 16

Ash covers St. Vincent after volcano eruption

A driver in St. Vincent captured the scene after the La Soufrière volcano erupted, showing the lack of visibility and difficult driving conditions.
April 16
A driver in St. Vincent captured the scene after the La Soufrière volcano erupted, showing the lack of visibility and difficult driving conditions.
April 16

Billionaire Beijing critic jailed over Hong Kong pro-democracy protests

Lai, a 73-year-old billionaire, has been remanded in jail since December.
April 16
In this file photo taken on June 16, 2020, millionaire media tycoon Jimmy Lai, 72, speaks during an interview with AFP at the Next Digital offices in Hong Kong.
April 16

Russia moves to outlaw Navalny's movement as doctors plead for access to him

Prosecutors seek to declare the Putin critic's organisations "extremist."
April 16
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny stands in a cage in the Babuskinsky District Court in Moscow, Feb. 20, 2021.
April 16

Order of Service for the funeral of Prince Philip

This is the Order of Service for the funeral of Prince Philip on Saturday
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Facebook panel's Trump ruling delayed as comments flood in

Facebook’s quasi-independent Oversight Board says it will take longer than expected to decide on whether or not the suspension of former president Donald Trump should be upheld because it needs more time to go through the deluge of public comments
April 16
FILE - In this April 14, 2020 file photo, the thumbs up Like logo is shown on a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook's quasi-independent Oversight Board said on Tuesday April 13, 2021, it will start letting users file appeals over posts, photos, and videos that they think the company shouldn't have allowed to stay on its platforms. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
April 16

UN: 40 civilian casualties in central Yemen in March alone

The U.N. refugee agency says that flaring battles between Houthi rebels and government forces in the central province of Marib have left 40 civilian casualties in March alone
April 16
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Russia to expel 10 US diplomats in response to Biden actions

Russia's top diplomat says Moscow will expel 10 U.S. diplomats in response to U.S. sanctions
April 16
FILE - In this Thursday, March 4, 2021 file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting with participants of the We Are Together nationwide volunteer campaign in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Hit by a barrage of new sanctions from the Biden administration, the Kremlin is carefully weighing its response in a tense showdown with the United States.(Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)
April 16

Raul Castro says will resign as head of Cuba's Communist Party, ending era of formal leadership by Castro brothers

Raul Castro says will resign as head of Cuba's Communist Party, ending era of formal leadership by Castro brothers
April 16
April 16

‘Secrets of the Whales’ shows never-before-seen whale behavior

National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry documented whales for three years.
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National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry documented whales for three years.
April 16

Minneapolis protest, New York Philharmonic, Gaza Ramadan: Week in Photos

A look at the week's top photos from around the globe.
April 16
VIDEO: Minneapolis protest, New York Philharmonic, Gaza Ramadan: Week in Photos
April 16

France, Germany, Ukraine call for Russian troops withdrawal

The leaders of France and Germany are demanding the withdrawal of Russian troop reinforcements recently deployed at the border with Ukraine
April 16
French President Emmanuel Macron, second right, and his wife Brigitte Macron, right, pose with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, left, and Olena Zelenska before a working lunch at the Elysee palace in Paris, Friday, April 16, 2021. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is holding talks with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel amid growing tensions with Russia, which has deployed troops at the border with the country. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly)
April 16

Hunger-striking Navalny describes threats to force-feed him

Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says officials have threatened to force-feed him and end the hunger he started on March 31
April 16
FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021 file photo, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny stands in a cage in the Babuskinsky District Court in Moscow, Russia. Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has been on hunger strike since March 31, described threats to force-feed him, using "straitjacket and other pleasures," in a message from behind bars Friday, April 16. In an Instagram post, Navalny said an official told him that a blood test indicated his health was deteriorating and threatened to force-feed him if he continues to refuse to eat. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
April 16

China calls for closer cooperation on climate change

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for closer cooperation on combating global change
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April 16

Muslims mark 1st Ramadan Friday prayers in Jerusalem

Tens of thousands of Muslim worshippers have gathered at a sacred Jerusalem plaza for the first Friday prayers of Ramadan after coronavirus lockdowns kept the site off-limits last year
April 16
Palestinian worshipers pray during the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city, Friday, April. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
April 16

Belarus parliament moves to pass law banning private lawyers

The parliament of Belarus has given initial approval to a law that would ban private attorneys and reduce the defense options for people charged in connection with protests and political dissent
April 16
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, right, gestures as he welcomes Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin for the talks in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, April 16, 2021. (Alexander Astafyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
April 16

Surge in violence rattles Haiti as poverty, fear deepens

A surge in violence is rattling Haiti and forcing families deeper into poverty to pay ransoms
April 16
FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2020 file photo, protesters perform a simulated kidnapping during a protest to demand the resignation of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A surge in violence is rattling Haiti and forcing families deeper into poverty to pay ransoms. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery, File)
April 16

Israel says it will 'definitely' stop Iran from getting bomb

Israel’s foreign minister says his country is determined to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon after Tehran promised to step up its uranium enrichment process
April 16
From left to right, Israel foreign minister Gabi Ashkenazi, Cypriot foreign minister Nicos Chrisodoulides, Anwar Gargash of United Arab Emirate and Greek foreign minister Nikos Dendias pose for photo before their meeting of the ministers of foreign affairs of Cyprus, Greece, Israel and United Arab of Emirates in city of Paphos, Cyprus, Friday, April 16, 2021. The event marks the first time the foreign ministers of all four countries have met following the recent normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and aims to expand cooperation to bolster regional stability. (Iakovos Hatzistavrou/Pool via AP)
April 16

3 resign from Auschwitz council after politician appointed

Three members of an advisory council for the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum in Poland have resigned after the government appointed a former Polish prime minister from the country’s right-wing ruling party to serve on the council
April 16
FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 file photo, Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo lights a candle at the International Monument to the Victims of Fascism, after a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland. Three of nine members appointed to an advisory council for the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum in Poland have resigned in protest after the government also named Beata Szydlo, a top right-wing ruling party member, to serve on the body it was announced Friday, April 16, 2021. The culture minister appointed Szydlo recently to a four-year term on the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum Council, a body made up of Poles who meet once a year to advise the director but which has little real influence. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, file)
April 16

Prince Philip designed his own hearse, a modified Land Rover

Prince Philip, who liked Land Rovers and drove them for much of his life, will make his last journey in one
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The Jaguar Land Rover that will be used to transport the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh at his funeral on Saturday, is pictured at Windsor Castle, in Berkshire, England, Wednesday, April 14, 2021. The modified Land Rover Defender TD5 130 chassis cab vehicle was made at Land Rover's factory in Solihull in 2003 and Philip oversaw the modifications throughout the intervening years, requesting a repaint in military green and designing the open top rear and special "stops" to secure his coffin in place. (Steve Parsons/Pool Photo via AP)
April 16

German's IDT to make 10M AstraZeneca vaccine doses in 2021

German vaccine maker IDT Biologika says it plans to bottle this year some 10 million doses of the coronavirus shot developed by AstraZeneca
April 16
April 16

Foreign minister says Moscow will ask 10 U.S. diplomats to leave Russia in a quid pro quo response to U.S. sanctions

Foreign minister says Moscow will ask 10 U.S. diplomats to leave Russia in a quid pro quo response to U.S. sanctions
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Pakistan briefly blocks social media amid anti-France rally

Pakistan briefly blocked access to all social media after days of anti-French protests by radical Islamists opposed to cartoons they consider blasphemous
April 16
Supporters of Tehreek-e-Labiak Pakistan, a radical Islamist political party, chant slogans during a protest against the arrest of their party leader, Saad Rizvi, in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, April 15, 2021. The French embassy in Pakistan on Thursday advised all of its nationals and companies to temporarily leave the country, days after violent anti-France violence erupted in this Islamic nation over the arrest of Rizvi who wants expulsion of French envoy over the publication in France of depictions of Islam's Prophet. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
April 16

Migrant boat sinks off Tunisia, 21 dead, 3 survivors found

Tunisian authorities say they have recovered the bodies of 21 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, including nine women and a baby, whose boat sank off the central port city of Sfax
April 16
April 16

Loggerhead turtle hatchling crawls toward ocean

The hatchling made its way to the open ocean beneath a spectacular Australian sunset.
April 16
The hatchling made its way to the open ocean beneath a spectacular Australian sunset.
April 16

US puts visa restrictions on Uganda, saying vote was flawed

The United States says it is imposing visa restrictions on “those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Uganda,“ including during the election in January and the campaign period
April 16
FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 file photo, Ugandans wait to vote in the presidential election in Kampala, Uganda. The United States said Friday, April 16, 2021 that it is imposing visa restrictions on "those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Uganda," including during the election in January and the campaign period. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)