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March 06, 2017 - 6:42 am


Congress to probe Trump wiretap claim

WASHINGTON (AP) — Key members of Congress say they'll honor President Donald Trump's request to investigate his unsubstantiated claim that Barack Obama overstepped his authority as president and had Trump's telephones tapped during the election campaign.

A U.S. official says the FBI has asked the Justice Department to dispute Trump's allegation, though no such statement has been issued.

Obama's intelligence director also said no such action was ever carried out.

Trump on Saturday made a startling claim of presidential abuse of power without evidence.

Trump is said to be frustrated by his senior advisers' inability to tamp down the Russia issue.


Trump expected to sign new travel ban order

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says plans are on track to roll out a revised immigration ban today.

Trump administration officials have said that the new order aims to overcome the legal challenges that resulted in the first immigration ban being blocked by a federal court.

The revised order is expected to remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a U.S. travel ban for 90 days.

It would also no longer single out Syrian refugees for an indefinite ban.


North Korea fires 4 ballistic missiles into ocean

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) —North Korea has fired four banned ballistic missiles.

South Korean and Japanese officials say the missiles flew about 620 miles, with three of them landing in waters that Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone.

It's not clear the exact type of missiles fired, but the tests will be viewed as a provocation by the Trump administration, which is working on its policy for North Korea.


N. Korean ambassador told to leave Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister says his country is protecting its "sovereignty and dignity" by expelling the North Korean ambassador.

Relations between the countries have become frayed over the poisoning of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader.

Many believe the Feb. 13 attack at Kuala Lumpur airport was orchestrated by Pyongyang.

Kim Jong Nam died less than 20 minutes after two women wiped a nerve agent on his face.


Lawyer for Vietnamese woman in Kim's death wants 2nd autopsy

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A lawyer for one of the women accused of poisoning the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader says there are serious holes in the case.

The attorney who represents the Vietnamese suspect tells Vietnam's state-run online newspaper Zing that allegations that Kim Yong Nam had existing health problems should be cause for a new autopsy.

Two women are accused of wiping a nerve agent on Kim's face while he was at the Kuala Lumpur airport Feb. 13. Kim died some 20 minutes later.


Pakistan says attack by militants kills 5 soldiers

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani army says militants killed five soldiers when they attacked three military posts in a tribal region along the Afghan border.

An army statement says that the troops repulsed the attackers, who had crossed overnight from Afghanistan.

It says 10 of the attackers were believed to have been killed.

No group has claimed responsibility. Pakistan has long been home to local and al-Qaida linked foreign militants.

Several Pakistani military offensives have dismantled the bases and infrastructure used by the militants in country's tribal region, and Islamabad says some of the groups have shifted to sanctuaries across the border in Afghanistan.

The militants have shown capability that they can still launch large attacks, such as a string of suicide bombings last month that killed over 125.


EU to approve new military training headquarters

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is set to approve the creation of a headquarters for its military training missions in Somalia, Mali and the Central African Republic.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said she would urge foreign and defense ministers Monday to "take immediate decisions on the establishment of a military planning and conduct capability."

She said it would provide a "more efficient approach to the existing military training missions we have."

The term "headquarters" is taboo in Brussels, with members like Britain saying the EU must not waste money by doing similar things to NATO.

Arriving for the meeting, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said just that, urging his European partners "to cooperate more closely with NATO to avoid unnecessary duplication and structures."


Syrian fighters cut main road linking IS-held areas

BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters have cut the main road between the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, which is controlled by the Islamic State group, and the eastern city of Deir el-Zour, which is partially controlled by IS.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says fighters from the Kurdish-led Syria Democratic Forces cut the road linking the two cities in the area of Jazra near Raqqa, the de facto capital of the IS self-declared caliphate.

SDF said in a statement Monday that its fighters captured seven area villages, enabling them to blockade the road.

SDF fighters have been on the offensive under the cover of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition since November as part of operation Euphrates Wrath, which aims to surround and capture Raqqa.


Afghan security adviser: Muslims suffer terrorism, too

NEW DELHI (AP) — Afghanistan's national security adviser says that associating terrorism with Islam is inappropriate given the suffering Muslims have endured at the hands of terrorists and the sacrifices they have made to defeat such violence.

Hanif Atmar says the South Asian region, including Afghanistan and Pakistan, had the "highest concentration of organized terrorists anywhere in the world." And he notes that 20 out of 98 groups designated by the U.S. as terrorist organizations are operating in the region.

At the Asian Security Conference in New Delhi, Atmar says Afghanistan has lost 10,500 people to terrorism over the last 14 months, with an average of 28 people dying each day.

India's defense minister says a global response to countering terrorism must come from Asia, since, he says, "Asians being subjected to the terrorist violence carried out by four out of five deadliest terror outfits in the world."


Christie mentor set for sentencing in United bribery case

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey attorney general and mentor to Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court Monday.

David Samson pleaded guilty last summer to bribery for using his position as chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 2012 to pressure United Airlines to revive a money-losing flight from Newark to South Carolina.

Samson wanted the flight so he could have easier access to a weekend home.


Ex-Stockton, California, mayor arrested at airport

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former Stockton, California, Mayor Anthony Silva has been arrested at the San Francisco International Airport, where he arrived from a vacation in South America.

Silva's attorney Allen Sawyer tells Sacramento television station KCRA the former mayor was arrested Sunday as he returned from Colombia.

An arrest warrant was issued for Silva on Thursday on charges of profiteering, embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds and grand theft, among other charges. He will face the charges in San Joaquin County.

Sawyer says Silva left for his vacation on Wednesday, a day before FBI agents and investigators from the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office served search warrants at Silvas' home and the Stockton Kids Club, which Silva used to run when it was known as the Boys and Girls Club.


Ceremonies in Belgium mark 3 decades since ferry sinking

ZEEBRUGGE, Belgium (AP) — Families today are remember a European tragedy at sea that took 193 lives 30 years ago.

On March 6, 1987, the British ferry Herald of Free Enterprise, capsized while sailing from Belgium to Dover, England.

Water had rushed in the vessel's bow doors that had been left open. In minutes it tipped over and sank. Today, there's a tribute at sea, followed by a memorial service.


NEW: Reports: Inheritance at heart of missing French family probe

PARIS (AP) — French investigators may now know what happened to a couple and their two adult children who've been missing since mid-February.

French media are reporting that a former brother-in-law has confessed to killing the family in a dispute over an inheritance.

Traces of blood from Pascal and Brigitte Troadec and their son were found on the staircase and ground floor in the family home on Feb. 23.

A national health card belonging to the couple's 18-year-old daughter and her trousers were found in a ditch some 170 miles away.

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