The Latest: Socialist leader in Bulgaria votes for "change"

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- The Latest on Bulgaria's election Sunday: (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Bulgarians are headed to the polls for the third time in four years in an early vote that could tilt the European Union's poorest member closer to Russia. Socialist leader Kornelia Ninova, whose party wants EU sanctions lifted against Russia imposed after it annexed Crimea in 2014, says Sunday that she voted "for a change.

Trump's border-wall proposal faces many obstacles

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has now laid out exactly what he wants in the "big, beautiful wall" that he's promised to build on the U.S.-Mexico border. But his effort to build a huge hurdle to those entering the U.S. illegally faces impediments of its own.

Iran imposes sanctions on 15 US firms

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran said Sunday it has imposed sanctions on 15 American companies over their alleged support for Israel, terrorism and repression in the region. A Foreign Ministry statement carried by the state-run IRNA news agency said the companies are barred from any agreements with Iranian firms and that former and current directors will not be eligible for visas. The move is seen as a response to U.S.

Bulgarians vote in ballot that may tilt nation toward Russia

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Bulgarians voted Sunday for the third time in four years in an early election that could tilt the European Union's poorest member closer to Russia. The election campaign focused on the future of the EU and the influence of Russia and Turkey on domestic politics, as well as on the increased number of migrants coming into this southeastern European nation that borders Greece, Turkey and Romania. Some 6.

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CONGRESS-HEALTH OVERHAUL-OBAMACARE Health care law works in some ways, comes up short in others WASHINGTON (AP) -- Once again, "Obamacare" has survived a near-death experience. It won't be the end of the political debate, but House Speaker Paul Ryan acknowledges, "We're going to be living with 'Obamacare' for the foreseeable future.

Bulgarian nationalists protest at Turkish border before vote

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) --  Bulgarian nationalists kept up their protests at the Turkish border Saturday against Bulgarian citizens living permanently in Turkey who are coming in to vote in Bulgaria's election. The border blockade reflects rising tensions between the two countries over Turkey's open backing for a group that represents Bulgaria's sizeable Turkish minority.

The Latest: Rome police confiscate weapons ahead of march

ROME (AP) -- The Latest on the European Union summit (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Rome police say officers seized sharpened iron bars, clubs and knives in a crackdown aimed at preventing violence during anti-EU marches. Hours before the marches' started Saturday, police checked the occupants of cars, trucks and chartered buses heading to Rome, which also hosted an EU summit Saturday.

McCain calls for Tillerson to be given team at US State Dept

BERLIN (AP) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain is urging President Donald Trump to nominate a team of senior officials at the State Department to back up new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke Saturday during an event in Brussels. He pointed to "confusion" over whether Tillerson would attend a meeting of NATO foreign ministers. He does now plan to be there.

Airstrikes across rebel-held Syria kill and wound scores

BEIRUT (AP) -- Airstrikes hit a women's prison and a clinic in rebel-held parts of Syria on Saturday, killing and wounding scores of people amid clashes on multiple fronts between government forces and insurgent groups in some of the country's worst violence in weeks, opposition activists said.

Congo must help search for missing UN experts: Rights group

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Congo's government must cooperate with United Nations efforts to locate experts who have been missing in the violent Kasai region for nearly two weeks, Human Rights Watch said Saturday. Uruguayan peacekeepers and Tanzanian special forces who deployed to find the six people, including ones from the United States and Sweden, have faced a lack of cooperation, the rights group said. The U.N.

'Obamacare' repeal yanked ... European Union meeting ... Pope in Milan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A Republican attempt to repeal and replace "Obamacare" collapsed in the House after Speaker Paul Ryan yanked the legislation to avoid certain defeat. Democrats were literally jumping for joy. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi removed her shoes and took a victory leap while meeting activists outside the Capitol.

UN: Israel didn't comply with UN call to stop settlements

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Israel took no steps to comply with a Security Council call to stop all settlement activity in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and instead authorized "a high rate" of settlement expansions in violation of international law, the United Nations said Friday. U.N.

UN warns that destroying cultural heritage may be war crime

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Friday condemning the unlawful destruction of cultural heritage and warning the Islamic State extremist group, al-Qaida and other combatants that such attacks may constitute war crimes. The resolution approved by the U.N.

Pope urges EU: Resist 'false' security promised by populists

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis urged European leaders on Friday 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. Francis welcomed 27 EU leaders to the Vatican on the eve of a summit to mark the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, the founding charter of the bloc.

Colombia official says Venezuela raid may be tied to crisis

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A Colombian official said a four-day incursion into the country by Venezuelan troops may have been linked to Colombia's call for elections in the troubled, neighboring south American nation. Around 60 Venezuelan soldiers crossed the border into Colombia Monday night and raised their national flag in a camp they set up on a plantain farm.

The Latest: White House congratulates European Union

ROME (AP) -- The Latest on the upcoming European Union summit (all times local): 10:55 p.m. The White House Office of the Press Secretary released a statement congratulating the European Union on the sixtieth anniversary of the 1957 Treaties of Rome and the founding of the European Economic Community. "Our two continents share the same values and, above all, the same commitment to promote peace and prosperity through freedom, democracy, and the rule of law.