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In Europe spat, Turkish president warns Westerners on safety

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ramped up his anti-European rhetoric on Wednesday, warning that the safety of Western citizens could be in peril if European nations persist in what he described as arrogant conduct. Erdogan’s remarks came amid tension over Dutch and German restrictions on Turkish officials who tried to campaign for diaspora votes ahead of ... Read More »

African governments urged to spend more on water safety

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The World Water Council says 32 percent of people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to safe drinking water. In a statement Wednesday marking World Water Day, the advocacy group urged governments “to contribute a relevant part of their budget to projects that make safe water available to all on the planet.” The statement said ... Read More »

Lawyer for Russian whistle-blower’s family injured in fall

Nikolai Gorokhov

MOSCOW (AP) — A lawyer hired by the family of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian whistleblower who died in jail, has been seriously injured in a fall from his Moscow apartment. Nikolai Gorokhov, 53, apparently plunged from his-fourth floor apartment Tuesday as he and a group of workers were trying to lift a large bathtub into his home. He is hospitalized ... Read More »

Dakota Access pipeline vandalism highlights sabotage risks

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The developer of the Dakota Access pipeline has reported “recent coordinated physical attacks” on the much-protested line, just as it’s almost ready to carry oil. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners didn’t give details, but experts say Dakota Access and the rest of the nearly 3 million miles of pipeline that deliver natural gas and petroleum in the ... Read More »

Russia says 3 disqualified from 2012 Olympics for doping

MOSCOW (AP) — Three Russian athletes have been disqualified from the 2012 Olympics after failing doping retests, the country’s track federation said. Hammer throwers Maria Bespalova and Gulfiya Khanafeeva, and triple jumper Viktoria Valyukevich were all disqualified. None of them were medalists. The disqualifications of Bespalova and Khanafeeva mean all three Russian women who competed in the hammer throw in ... Read More »

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s claim of fleeing doctors rings false

Donald Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Making the case for a Republican repeal and replacement of his predecessor’s health care law, President Donald Trump reached for a dire-sounding argument that’s unsupported by the data. “Many of our best and brightest are leaving the medical profession entirely because of Obamacare,” Trump told his audience at a Monday night rally in Louisville, Kentucky. In fact, ... Read More »

2 sentenced for conspiracy to smuggle people into US

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two men from India have been sentenced in federal court in New Jersey to prison time for their roles in a conspiracy to smuggle people into the United States. Authorities say 42-year-old Nileshkumar Patel and 67-year-old Harsad Mehta were each sentenced on Tuesday in Newark to 17 months in prison. They both had previously pleaded guilty ... Read More »