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The Latest: Ivanka Trump visits Holocaust memorial in Berlin

BERLIN (AP) -- The Latest on Ivanka Trump's trip to Berlin (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Ivanka Trump has visited the Holocaust memorial in the German capital, meeting with the director at the information center before walking slowly through the downtown Berlin monument. Crowds of people snapped cellphone photos and yelled out "Hi, how are you?" as Trump entered the center to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe for a short visit Tuesday.

A look at the conflict in Yemen as donors pledge $1B in aid

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- For more than two years, Yemen has been in the grip of a conflict between a Saudi-led military coalition and Shiite rebels that has driven the Arab world's poorest country to the brink of famine. Yemen's conflict has killed more than 10,000 civilians and wounded tens of thousands more, according to the United Nations. Doctors Without Borders, known by the French acronym MSF, says it has treated 66,000 people.

Senate panel approves Trump's choice to lead trade office

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Senate panel on Tuesday unanimously approved President Donald Trump's pick to represent the U.S. in trade negotiations, a position that will place Robert Lighthizer in the center of the administration's efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and other pacts Trump has criticized as detrimental to the nation's economy. The 26-0 vote by the Senate Finance Committee now moves Lighthizer's nomination to the full Senate.

3 men convicted in Swedish rape livestreamed on Facebook

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A Swedish court on Tuesday sentenced three men aged 18-24 for participating in a gang rape that was streamed live on a closed Facebook group. The Uppsala District Court said one of the men was given a sentence of 27 months for rape and assistance to rape.

Russia steps in after Ukraine cuts power to rebel-held east

MOSCOW (AP) -- In a move that further cements Russia's control over parts of eastern Ukraine, Russian officials announced Tuesday they will begin supplying electricity to separatist-controlled areas after the Ukrainian government cut off power because of a heavy backlog of unpaid bills. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the decision as a humanitarian mission helping to keep an estimated 3 million people out of darkness in rebel-held areas in the Luhansk region along Russia's border.

The Latest: France's Marine Le Pen gets criticism from dad

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest on the French presidential runoff on May 7 (all times local): 1:50 p.m. The father of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen says he thinks his daughter has produced a "too laid-back" campaign in the French presidential race. Jean-Marie Pen told France Inter radio on Tuesday that he would have done a "Trump-style" campaign that would have been "very aggressive against those who are responsible for the country's decadency.

Pope tells Egypt ahead of visit he comes as peace messenger

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has told the Egyptian people he is coming to Cairo this week as a friend and a "messenger of peace." In a videotaped message in Italian released by the Vatican on Tuesday, Francis says he hopes the pilgrimage will be "an embrace of consolation and of encouragement to all Christians in the Middle East." Twin bombings of Coptic Christian churches in Egypt on Palm Sunday killed 44 people.

Spain arrests 9 suspects, probes ties to Brussels attacks

MADRID (AP) -- Police in northeastern Spain arrested nine suspected members of a jihadi group Tuesday in raids that might help resolve recent deadly attacks in Belgium and France. Police said the arrested were one Spaniard and eight Moroccans living in Catalonia between 30 and 40 years old.

Ivanka Trump hears groans as she defends father in Berlin

BERLIN (AP) -- Ivanka Trump drew groans and hisses Tuesday from an audience in Berlin while defending her father's attitude toward women, but she brushed it aside as "politics" during her first overseas trip as a White House adviser. Appearing on a high-powered panel at a conference to push for more support for women in business, Trump also said she was still trying to define her place in her father's administration.

France honors police officer killed in Champs-Elysees attack

PARIS (AP) -- France's top officials and presidential candidates attended a national ceremony Tuesday to honor the police officer killed by an Islamic extremist on the Champs-Elysees. Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, who are facing off in the May 7 presidential runoff, were present at the ceremony at the Paris police headquarters. Others present were Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and former president Nicolas Sarkozy.

N. Korea watchers on why army's big day has taken a backseat

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- The North Korean capital's broad, clean avenues were, by the authoritarian nation's usually over-the-top celebratory standards, fairly subdued ahead of Tuesday's 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People's Army. For years, the army celebration rivaled the April 15th anniversary of the birth of North Korea's late founder, Kim Il Sung, in its pageantry.

Smugglers become a lifeline for the starving in South Sudan

WANYJOK, South Sudan (AP) -- Sadiq Mohammed climbs into the cab of a truck that looks more like a nightclub than a smuggler's perch. Red and yellow tassels dangle from the ceiling, while tapestry drapes much of the windshield. He switches on the electric fan above his head and nestles into the front seat, which he's fitted with a more comfortable lawn chair. The Sudanese trader-turned-smuggler says life is good.

Israel PM cancels talk with German FM in rare spat with ally

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu abruptly canceled talks Tuesday with the German foreign minister over the visiting diplomat's plans to sit down with an Israeli rights group, sparking a rare diplomatic feud with one of Israel's closest and most important allies. The last-minute cancellation cast a cloud over a visit that had been meant to draw attention to years of friendship between the two countries and coincided with Israel's annual Holocaust memorial day.

UN chief says Yemen aid conference draws $1.1B in pledges

GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. secretary-general says international donors at a Geneva aid conference have pledged $1.1 billion to help beleaguered, war-torn Yemen this year. Antonio Guterres hailed the pledges after wrapping up the daylong meeting Tuesday, saying it had raised half of the $2.1 billion in funds sought this year in a U.N. appeal for Yemen. Coming into the conference, Guterres lamented that the appeal had only been about 15 percent funded.

US sets up missile defense in S. Korea as North shows power

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- In a defiant bit of timing, South Korea announced Wednesday that key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system had been installed a day after rival North Korea showed off its military power. The South's trumpeting of progress on setting up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, comes as high-powered U.S.

Turkey strikes Kurds in Iraq, Syria, drawing condemnation

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish warplanes struck suspected Kurdish rebel positions in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, drawing condemnation from Baghdad and criticism from the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, which is allied with Kurdish factions in both countries. The Syrian Kurdish militia known as the People's Protection Units, or YPG, said 20 of its fighters were killed and 18 wounded. The YPG is a close U.S.