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Lawmakers attacked as protesters storm Macedonian parliament

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Chaos swept into Macedonia's parliament Thursday as demonstrators stormed the building and attacked lawmakers to protest the election of a new speaker despite a months-old deadlock in efforts to form a new government. Clashes over several hours injured 77 people, including 22 police officers and several lawmakers, authorities said. Neighboring countries along with the European Union and United States expressed concern at the small Balkan nation's escalating political crisis.

Turkey's electoral board releases final referendum tally

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's electoral authority on Thursday released the official tally of the country's referendum, saying President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's "yes" camp won narrowly in the vote that will greatly boost the powers of his office. The referendum, disputed by the opposition, approved a series of constitutional amendments transforming Turkey's parliamentary government system into a presidential one, abolishing the office of the prime minister and granting the president executive powers.

French court refuses to extradite Kosovo ex-prime minister

PARIS (AP) -- A French court on Thursday refused to extradite a former Kosovo prime minister to Serbia to face war crimes charges, prompting anger in Serbia and joy in Kosovo in a case that has aggravated tensions between the rival neighbors. The court in the northeastern town of Colmar released Ramush Haradinaj immediately after Thursday's decision. Parties to the case have five days to appeal.

Protesters storm Macedonia parliament after vote for speaker

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- The Latest on the political crisis in Macedonia (all times local): 8:20 p.m. Scores of protesters in Macedonia have broken through a police cordon and entered parliament to protest the election of a new speaker despite a months-long deadlock in talks to form a new government. The protesters attacked police and lawmakers late Thursday, after the country's Social Democrats and parties representing Macedonia's ethnic Albanian minority voted for a new speaker.

Analysis: Finally, crystal-clear clarity in French election

PARIS (AP) -- When France's presidential election turned into a political boxing match this week at the gates of an appliance factory threatened with closure, the far-right populist Marine Le Pen showed that she wields a mean right hook. Her centrist rival, Emmanuel Macron, a political neophyte contesting his first election, demonstrated that he can take a solid punch to the chin.

The Latest: Witness describes arrest of UK terror suspect

LONDON (AP) -- The Latest on the arrest of a man with knives near Britain's Parliament (all times local): 6:30 p.m. A witness to the arrest by counterterror police of a man near Britain's Parliament says that he saw several knives on the ground. Chris Kacyk says that he had just arrived to the area when he saw the suspect "standing with his back toward the public and his face against the wall.

Trump, Argentine President Macri hold White House talks

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump welcomed Argentine President Mauricio Macri to the White House for talks on Thursday and said the two countries will be "great friends, better than ever before." A red carpet and military honor guard awaited Macri as his motorcade pulled up the driveway to the South Lawn entrance of the White House, where Trump and first lady Melania Trump greeted Macri and his wife, Juliana Awada.

2 US troops killed, 1 injured in eastern Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two American Army Rangers were killed and another received a minor injury during a ground assault against Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan Wednesday, according to the U.S. military. The U.S. forces were accompanying Afghan troops on the raid when they came under attack by the Islamic State Khorasan group in Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan, according to Navy Capt. Bill Salvin, the U.S. military spokesman in Kabul.

Tillerson says China asked North Korea to stop nuclear tests

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China has threatened to impose sanctions on North Korea if it conducts further nuclear tests. "We know that China is in communications with the regime in Pyongyang," Tillerson said on Fox News Channel. "They confirmed to us that they had requested the regime conduct no further nuclear test." Tillerson said China also told the U.S.

UK anti-terror police detain man with knives near Parliament

LONDON (AP) -- Armed police carrying out a counterterrorism operation Thursday swooped in on a man they said was carrying knives in a bag near Britain's Parliament and arrested him on suspicion of planning terrorist acts. A European security official familiar with the individual said the suspect was known to British security agencies and was thought to have been inspired by the Islamic State group.

Palestinians strike in support of prisoners' protest

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinians across the West Bank are observing a general strike in support of hundreds of hunger-striking prisoners held by Israel. Palestinians say between 1,300 and 1,500 prisoners have been on a hunger strike for 11 days, demanding better conditions and more contact with relatives. Israel puts the number at about 1,100. The widely observed strike in the West Bank and east Jerusalem reflects the Palestinian consensus on prisoners.

Russian navy ship sinks in Black Sea, all 78 crew rescued

MOSCOW (AP) -- A Russian naval reconnaissance ship sank Thursday after colliding with a freighter off Istanbul, but all crew members were rescued, the Defense Ministry said. Turkey's coastal safety authority said all 78 personnel from the Russian frigate Liman were safe, as were all crew aboard the freighter, the Togo-flagged Youzarsif H. The freighter was carrying livestock.

The Latest: Minor damage to freighter that hit Russian ship

ISTANBUL (AP) -- The Latest on Russia navy ship damaged near Istanbul (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Turkey's transportation minister says that the Togo-flagged freighter involved in the collision with a Russian navy vessel has sustained very minor damage and is able to continue sailing. Ahmet Arslan also told Turkey's A Haber news channel that the collision in the Black Sea off Istanbul occurred in heavy fog.

Senegal court upholds life sentence for Chad ex-leader Habre

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- An appeals court in Senegal has upheld the life sentence of former Chad dictator Hissene Habre on war crimes charges. The court also ruled Thursday that a trust fund be set up to manage reparations awarded to the more than 4,000 victims. Habre has been ordered to pay millions of dollars in compensation.

Top official's son calls out his dad as Venezuela quits OAS

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The son of Venezuela's top human rights official is urging his father to prevent further bloodshed tied to anti-government street clashes as officials defy international criticism by withdrawing from the Organization of American States. Yibram Saab said in an online video that he attended an opposition march Wednesday that was planned to reach the offices of his father, national ombudsman Tarek William Saab.

Pakistani Taliban say detained militant used for propaganda

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- The Pakistani Taliban say the country's top intelligence service is using a captured senior militant to spread propaganda that the militant group is beholden to spy agencies in India and Afghanistan. Pakistan's army released a video late Wednesday showing Ahsanullah Ahsan, a longtime media spokesman for the Taliban and another extremist group, saying he surrendered to Pakistani forces after he saw militant leaders receiving aid from the two neighboring countries.