European privacy search0020engines aim to challenge Google
LONDON (AP) — In the battle for online privacy, Google is a U.S. Goliath facing a handful of European Davids. The backlash over Big Tech's collection of personal data offers new hope to a number of little-known search engines that promise to protect user privacy.
Kosovo sets tariffs on Serbia, Bosnia as ties strain
TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo's government says it will put a 100-percent import tax on all goods imported from Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina as diplomatic tensions rise.
The Latest: Trump thanks Saudi Arabia for lower oil prices
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 8:45 a.m. President Donald Trump is thanking Saudi Arabia for plunging oil prices amid criticism over his decision not to further punish the kingdom for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL' khahr-SHOHK'-jee).
US and South Korea to scale back major military exercise
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the United States and South Korea will scale back a major military exercise next spring to avoid setting back diplomacy over North Korea's nuclear weapons.
Poland moves to reinstate retired judges to Supreme Court
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's parliament passed legislation Wednesday to reinstate Supreme Court judges who were recently forced to retire, a step that could significantly ease a standoff with the European Union.
British, EU leaders meet as Brexit deadline looms
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May told skeptical lawmakers on Wednesday that rejecting her divorce deal with the European Union would mean uncertainty and division, before a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to help finalize the Brexit agreement.
UAE sentences British academic to life in prison for spying
LONDON (AP) — A British academic was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday in the United Arab Emirates on charges that he was spying for the U.K.
Italy woman volunteering with Kenya kids kidnapped by gunmen
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Gunmen firing indiscriminately into a coastal trading center kidnapped an Italian woman and wounded several other people in the first kidnapping of a foreigner in Kenya in several years, authorities and witnesses said Wednesday.
The world's policeman: what Interpol is and how it works
Interpol has a new president after an unusually contentious vote. Here's a look at how the international police agency works: WHAT IT IS Interpol is an international body that connects police from 194 countries.
Amnesty to expand probe of US-led campaign in Syria's Raqqa
BEIRUT (AP) — Amnesty International said Wednesday it's enlisting the help of thousands of online activists to speed up its investigation into the U.S.-led campaign that drove Islamic State militants from their self-styled capital of Raqqa but left the Syrian city in ruins.
Child bride auction in South Sudan goes viral, sparks anger
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Five hundred cows, two luxury cars, $10,000, two bikes, a boat and a few cell phones made up the final price in a heated bidding war for a child bride in South Sudan that went viral after the auction was pointed out on Facebook.
South Korean named Interpol president in blow to Russia
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Interpol elected a South Korean as the organization's president on Wednesday, edging out a veteran of Russia's security services who was strongly opposed by the United States, Britain and other European nations.
Aid group: 85,000 children may have died of hunger in Yemen
CAIRO (AP) — A leading international aid group said Wednesday that an estimated 85,000 Yemeni children under the age of 5 may have died of hunger and disease since the outbreak of the country's civil war in 2015.
Peacekeepers left more than 6,000 children in Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — The only memento Moses Z. Kaine has from his father is a T-shirt, left more than two decades ago when the peacekeeper's tour of duty finished and he returned home, leaving his pregnant girlfriend behind.
EU calls for sanctions against Italy over budget
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Commission warned Italy on Wednesday that its budget plans are in serious breach of the rules underpinning the euro single currency and said that the country should face sanctions.
German nurse on trial over 100 killings says he's sorry
BERLIN (AP) — A former nurse accused of killing 100 patients at two hospitals in Germany says he's sorry and ashamed of what he did.
The Latest: Brexit: Germany making it easier to fire bankers
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on negotiations over Britain's exit from the European Union (all times local): 12:35 p.m. Germany is working to make it easier to fire top bankers in return for a severance payment, as part of an effort to make the country a more attractive location for banks seeking to leave London after Brexit.
US carrier in Hong Kong after bombers fly over S. China Sea
HONG KONG (AP) — A U.S. aircraft carrier docked in Hong Kong on Wednesday, days after a pair of American B-52 bombers flew over the disputed South China Sea.
World economy has 'passed its peak' as trade wars weigh
PARIS (AP) — A global economic watchdog says world growth has passed its peak and faces growing risks, including from trade disputes and higher interest rates.
US says China hacking increasing ahead of Trump-Xi meeting
BEIJING (AP) — A U.S. government report ahead of a meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping accuses China of stepping up hacking aimed at stealing American technology as a tariff dispute escalated.
Taliban deny involvement in Kabul bombing that killed 55
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have denied involvement in a suicide bombing in the Afghan capital that killed at least 55 people.
Seoul says it will close Japan-funded sex slavery foundation
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Wednesday it will dissolve a foundation funded by Japan to compensate South Korean women who were forced to work in Japan's World War II military brothels.
Iraqi town fearful as battle against IS rages next door
QAIM, Iraq (AP) — More than a year after the Iraqi town of Qaim was freed from the Islamic State group, booms from airstrikes still echo and columns of smoke rise beyond the berms and concrete walls marking the border with Syria.
The Latest: Senators demand 'determination' on Khashoggi
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. response to the murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 6:50 p.m. The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have written to the president demanding that his administration "make a determination" about whether Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for the killing Jamal Khashoggi.
Suicide bomber targets clerics in Afghan capital, 50 killed
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted a gathering of hundreds of Islamic scholars in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people as Muslims marked the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.

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