The Latest: Pope urges EU leaders to count on solidarity

ROME (AP) -- The Latest on the upcoming European Union summit (all times local): 6:50 p.m. Pope Francis is urging European leaders to resist the "false forms of security" promised by populists who want to wall themselves off and instead bank on a future of greater solidarity and union.

Sao Paulo street art debate over what makes cities livable

SAO PAULO (AP) -- When completed in 2015, the mayor's office hailed the graffiti panels along Avenida 23 de Maio as Latin America's largest open-air mural -- 70 works of street art stretching for more than 3 miles (5 kilometers) along a boulevard connecting a well-to-do district with the city center. Then this January, they were painted over.

AfricCom chief favors more aggressive approach in Somalia

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The commander of U.S. Africa Command says he would like to be granted more authority to battle al-Qaida-linked militants in Somalia. Marine Gen. Thomas Waldhauser told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday that it would be "very helpful" to be given more flexibility in combatting al-Shabad militants, both directly and through local partner forces. He said this would allow him to deliver airstrikes in a more timely way.

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Judge in Virginia declines to block travel ban

McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- In a sweeping affirmation of presidential authority, a federal judge in Virginia ruled against a Muslim civil-rights group that sought to block the Trump administration's proposed travel ban. The ruling Friday by U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga is at odds with rulings from federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland who have issued orders preventing the bulk of the executive order from taking effect.

Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (AP) -- The wounded warrior is now a cop -- and he'll be walking the beat on titanium legs. Matias Ferreira, a former U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal who lost his legs below the knee when he stepped on a hidden explosive in Afghanistan in 2011, is joining a suburban New York police department. The 28-year-old graduated Friday from the Suffolk County Police Academy on Long Island following 29 weeks of training.

US: Syrian fighters facing little resistance at Tabqa dam

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. military spokesman says the Syrian Arab and Kurdish fighters airlifted into combat in northern Syria earlier this week have encountered only light resistance, suggesting that the operation caught Islamic State militants by surprise. Col. Joseph Scrocca, spokesman in Baghdad for the U.S.-led coalition fighting IS in Syria and Iraq, said in an email exchange Friday that the U.S.

Swiss find signs of spying linked to Turkish community

GENEVA (AP) -- Swiss federal prosecutors say they have "concrete indications" pointing to alleged political espionage by people linked to the Turkish community in Switzerland. Attorney General Michael Lauber's office says it opened a criminal investigation into suspicions of such spying on March 16, after having received permission from the federal government. Under Swiss law, prosecution of political offenses generally requires authorization by Switzerland's seven-member executive, the Federal Council, according to Lauber's office.

Iran says renewing UN special rapporteur mandate 'spiteful'

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi, has condemned as "selective and spiteful" the U.N. Human Rights Council's resolution to renew the mandate of the U.N. special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, saying it was a politically-motivated move by a few countries abusing U.N. mechanisms, according to state TV. Ghasemi said Friday that the U.N.

Trump touts jobs commitment first made in 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Friday praised a plan by cable company Charter Communications to hire 20,000 American call center workers, but the hiring initiative dates back to 2015 as part of the company's successful efforts to merge with Time Warner Cable. It's the latest corporate jobs announcement made at the White House that capitalized on plans made before Trump won the presidency.

Serbia says no to NATO on alliance's airstrikes anniversary

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Serbia's prime minister pledged on Friday that the Balkan country will never join NATO or any other military alliance as Serbia marked the 18th anniversary of the start of NATO airstrikes that stopped its crackdown in Kosovo. Aleksandar Vucic spoke at a ceremony near a railway bridge in southern Serbia where the Western military alliance's missiles struck a passenger train, killing at least 28 people and injuring dozens.

US imposes sanctions on China, North Korea entities, people

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration announced sanctions Friday on 30 foreign companies and people from 10 countries, including China, and accused the entities of engaging in proliferation activity. "These determinations underscore that the United States continues to regularly impose sanctions under existing authorities, as warranted, against entities and individuals that engage in proliferation activity with Iran, North Korea, and Syria," the State Department statement said in a statement.

A look at victims of the attack outside London's Parliament

LONDON (AP) -- The four victims killed and at least 30 wounded in the attack in Westminster were a cosmopolitan snapshot of one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities. The dead were a British policeman stabbed to death, an American tourist celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary, a British school administrator adored in the Spanish town where she spent summer vacations with her family, and a retired window cleaner. The injured came from 12 countries.

How the House GOP health care bill compares to Obama-era law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House health care bill repeals major parts of former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, or ACA, as Republicans push to scale back the federal government's role in health care. Some elements of the Obama-era law are maintained in the House GOP legislation. For example, parents can keep young adult children on their plans until age 26. And insurers can't turn away people with pre-existing medical problems.

The Latest: Appeals court sets hearing in travel ban case

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- The Latest on challenges to President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban (all times local): 11:30 a.m. A federal appeals court will hear arguments in May in a challenge to President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting six predominantly Muslim countries. The Richmond, Virginia-based 4th U.S.

Man pleads guilty in 'pizzagate' shooting in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A man who police said was inspired by false internet rumors dubbed "pizzagate" to fire an assault weapon inside a Washington pizzeria pleaded guilty Friday to two charges. Edgar Maddison Welch of Salisbury, North Carolina, said during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Washington that he had agreed to plead guilty to interstate transportation of a firearm and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Appeals court won't allow suit against Palestinian Authority

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court says the families of Jewish worshippers who were killed or wounded during a 2011 attack in the West Bank can't sue the Palestinian Authority for damages in U.S. courts. The decision Friday upheld a lower court ruling to dismiss the case. The attack by a Palestinian security guard killed Ben-Yosef Livnat, an Israeli citizen, and wounded Americans Yitzhak Safra and Natan Safra.