Diaz-Canel replaces Raul Castro as Cuba's president

Apr. 19, 2018 11:55 AM EDT HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro said Thursday that he expected 57-year-old Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez to serve two five-year terms as president and eventually take Castro’s place as head of the Communist Party, potentially dominating Cuban...

Fate of US citizen with ties to IS in hands of judge

Apr. 19, 2018 11:32 AM EDT Fate of US citizen with ties to IS in hands of judge By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press AP-US–Captured American,1st Ld-Writethru <!– –> WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday is weighing the fate of a U.S. citizen who...

Ancient coins, bracelets looted from Romania return home

Apr. 19, 2018 11:23 AM EDT Ancient coins, bracelets looted from Romania return home By ALISON MUTLER Associated Press AP-EU-Romania-Ancient-Coins <!– –> Vadim Ghirda, ASSOCIATED PRESS BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Coins and bracelets from the 1st century that...

Turkey's weak opposition scrambles to challenge Erdogan

Apr. 19, 2018 11:22 AM EDT ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — One party leader is in jail. Another doesn’t have a candidate. A third might face eligibility issues for her party. Turkey’s weak opposition is scrambling to mount a meaningful challenge against strongman...

Women take fall in Nobel scandal for man's alleged misdeeds

Apr. 19, 2018 11:17 AM EDT STOCKHOLM (AP) — An internal fight among members of the secretive academy that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature is spilling on to the streets of Sweden as outrage grows after a sex-abuse scandal linked to the body resulted in the ouster of the...

Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with Kim

Apr. 19, 2018 11:13 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said that although he’s looking ahead optimistically to a historic summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un he could still pull out if he feels it’s “not going to be...

The Latest: Castro says Diaz-Canel may also gain party post

HAVANA (AP) — The Latest on Raul Castro’s handover of Cuba’s presidency (all times local): 11 a.m. Raul Castro says he sees new Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel as his eventual successor as head of the island’s powerful Communist Party. Castro is making...

Rebels in Syria's south brace for onslaught, fear wider war

Apr. 19, 2018 11:07 AM EDT AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Rebels in southern Syria who were once backed by the United States fear a new offensive by President Bashar Assad’s forces, one that risks igniting a wider conflict. A government push to the south could bring allied...

UN health agency: Dengue vaccine shouldn't be used widely

Apr. 19, 2018 11:05 AM EDT UN health agency: Dengue vaccine shouldn’t be used widely By MARIA CHENG AP Medical Writer BC-EU-MED–Dengue Vaccine,1st-LdWritethru <!– –> Bullit Marquez, ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON (AP) — The World Health Organization...

North Korea has a new budget and it’s full of fiscal hijinks

TOKYO (AP) — Imagine a national budget that reflects steady growth, gives a healthy boost to science and technology while reserving big slices of the overall pie to defense and social spending. It’s generous with infrastructure improvements, and is certain of...