The Latest: French Muslim leader urges big vote for Macron

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest on the French election (all times local): 2:55 p.m. A senior French Muslim leader has called on the country's nearly 5 million Muslims to "vote massively" to elect Emmanuel Macron president. Dalil Boubakeur, rector of Paris' Grand Mosque, called the final May 7 vote to choose the next French head of state "decisive for the destiny of France and its religious minorities.

France's rejected mainstream unites for Macron over Le Pen

PARIS (AP) -- France's political mainstream, shut out of the presidency by an angry electorate, united on Monday to call on voters to back centrist Emmanuel Macron and reject Marine Le Pen's populist nationalism. Politicians on the moderate left and right, including the Socialist and Republicans party losers in Sunday's first-round vote, maneuvered to block Le Pen's path to power in the May 7 runoff. Voters narrowed the presidential field from 11 to two.

French vote for Macron, Le Pen shuts out mainstream politics

PARIS (AP) -- French voters shut out the country's political mainstream from the presidency for the first time in the country's modern history, and on Monday found themselves being courted across the spectrum for the runoff election. The May 7 runoff will be between the populist Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, and French politicians on the moderate left and right immediately urged voters to block Le Pen's path to power.

Divisions, protests erupt at German nationalist convention

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) -- Divisions among German nationalists erupted Saturday as delegates from the far-right Alternative for Germany party rejected an appeal by one of their leaders to seek a pragmatic political path instead of turning into a "fundamental opposition" party. While tensions brewed inside the AfD party convention in the western German city of Cologne, outside the hotel hundreds of left-wing demonstrators tried to block about 600 AfD party members from entering.

Trump tells 'dreamers' to rest easy, targets criminals

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and now in the country illegally can "rest easy," President Donald Trump says, telling the "dreamers" they will not be targets for deportation under his immigration policies. Trump, in an interview Friday with The Associated Press, said his administration is "not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals.

Trump tells young immigrants in US illegally to 'rest easy'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children and now here illegally can "rest easy," President Donald Trump said Friday, telling the "dreamers" they will not be targets for deportation under his immigration policies. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with The Associated Press, said his administration is "not after the dreamers, we are after the criminals.

Ivanka Trump will donate book proceeds to charity

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ivanka Trump said Thursday she is donating proceeds from her upcoming book to charity, with the first grants going to the National Urban League and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The Ivanka M. Trump Charitable Fund has been established to receive the unpaid portion of her advance and future royalties from "Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success," which is due out May 2.

Ivanka Trump heading to Germany for official visit

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ivanka Trump will participate in a panel discussion on women's economic empowerment during an official visit to Germany next week. The White House announced the schedule for the first daughter's trip to Berlin, scheduled for Tuesday. It will be the first official international trip for Trump, who has joined the administration as an unpaid adviser to her father, President Donald Trump.

The Latest: UK lawmakers overwhelmingly back June election

LONDON (AP) -- The Latest on the British prime minister's decision to seek an early election (all times local): 2:45 p.m. British lawmakers have voted by a resounding 522 to 13 to back Prime Minister Theresa May's call for a national election on June 8. The result easily surpasses the two-thirds majority of the 650 lawmakers needed to trigger an early vote. There were also a number of abstentions.

The Latest: Turkish leader gets call from Trump after vote

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- The Latest on Turkey's referendum on presidential powers (all times local): 1:40 a.m. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office says the Turkish leader has received a congratulatory telephone call from President Donald Trump following his country's referendum on expanding presidential powers. Turkish voters narrowly approved constitutional reforms in a vote Sunday that will change the country's system of government from a parliamentary to a presidential one.

Turkey's president Erdogan fulfills ambition, but at a cost

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has finally fulfilled his long-held ambition to expand his powers after Sunday's referendum handed him the reins of his country's governance. But success did not come without a cost. His victory leaves the nation deeply divided and facing increasing tension with former allies abroad, while international monitors and opposition parties have reported numerous voting irregularities.

The Latest: EU leaders urge Ankara to move slowly post-vote

ISTANBUL (AP) -- The Latest on the referendum in Turkey, set to decide whether more power should be concentrated in the hands of the president (all times local): 12:20 a.m. The European Union's top officials have responded cautiously to the outcome of Turkey's constitutional referendum and are calling on the government to seek a broad consensus as changes to the country's system of government are implemented.

Merkel seeks good ties with Trump, despite differences

BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel says it's in Germany's interest to have good relations with the United States, despite disagreeing with President Donald Trump on important issues. Merkel told Germany's Funke media group in an interview published Thursday that conversations with Trump during her visit to Washington and in subsequent phone calls had been "good." She added "this naturally doesn't rule out that we have different opinions on some points, including on important questions.

The Latest: Fans cheer Dortmund defender wounded in attack

DORTMUND, Germany (AP) -- The Latest on attack on Borussia Dortmund team bus (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Borussia Dortmund fans have chanted the name of a defender who was wounded in the explosions that rocked their team's bus Tuesday night. The chants came Wednesday night at the start of the delayed Champions League quarterfinal against Monaco.

Spicer says Hitler comment 'inexcusable and reprehensible'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday that his attempt to compare the Holocaust and Syrian President Bashar Assad's use of chemical weapons was "inexcusable and reprehensible" and was made all the worse by this being a holy week for Christians and Jews. He said the comment, made Tuesday at the White House briefing, was personally and professionally disappointing, and he asked for "folks' forgiveness.

Police probe terror in Dortmund; team loses 3-2 after attack

DORTMUND, Germany (AP) -- German authorities arrested a suspected Islamic extremist Wednesday in their investigation into a bomb attack on a top German soccer team, while the team -- missing a defender wounded in the blasts -- lost 3-2 to Monaco in a hastily rescheduled Champions League match.

Obama expected at Protestant event in Berlin next month

BERLIN (AP) -- Former U.S. President Barack Obama will take part in a discussion event with Chancellor Angela Merkel at a Protestant conference in Berlin next month as Germany marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, organizers said Tuesday. The May 25 event will take place in front of Berlin's landmark Brandenburg Gate, where Obama delivered a speech as president in 2013, Germany's Lutheran church and organizers of the German Protestant Kirchentag conference said.

Critics of Turkey's president across Europe tell of threats

BERLIN (AP) -- Ercan Karakoyun looks twice over his shoulder when he leaves his Berlin home to make sure nobody is following him. Karakoyun is a follower of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for an attempted military coup in Turkey last summer. The 37-year-old, who is the public face of the Gulen movement in Germany, says he has received several death threats since the aborted overthrow.

The Latest: Germany urges Egyptian religious solidarity

CAIRO (AP) -- The Latest on the aftermath of Sunday's deadly church bombings in Egypt (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Germany says Muslims in Egypt should show solidarity with their Christian compatriots. A spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the suicide bombings that killed 45 people Sunday Steffen Seibert told reporters that it was important to preserve the peaceful coexistence of Muslims and Coptic Christians in Egypt.

The Latest: Swedish police haul away truck used in attack

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- The Latest on the truck crashing into a department store in central Stockholm. (all times local): 2:30 a.m. Swedish investigators have removed the hijacked beer truck from the Stockholm department store where it ran into a crowd of pedestrians in what the prime minister says is an act of terrorism. Police say they've arrested one man in connection with the attack that killed at least four people and injured 14 others.