Nigeria summons Indian diplomat over attacks on students

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Nigeria's foreign ministry has called in India's top diplomat to protest attacks on African students and demand arrests and prosecutions of perpetrators, Nigeria's official news agency said Thursday. Mobs have repeatedly attacked Africans in a New Delhi suburb in recent days after rumors that Nigerians had kidnapped a local boy who then died. Police initially arrested five Nigerian men but quickly released them for lack of evidence.

Prince Charles joins folk dance on European tour amid Brexit

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Britain's Prince Charles joined in a traditional folk dance Thursday during his visit to Romania on the first day of a three-nation trip seen as an effort to reassure European Union nations that Britain remains a close ally. The prince's nine-day tour with his wife, Camilla, is designed to "highlight the U.K.'s relationship with European partners" in areas such as military ties and combating human trafficking, according to his official website.

The Latest: Hawaii AG: An appeal of travel ban ruling likely

HONOLULU (AP) -- The Latest on a federal court's ruling in Hawaii on President Donald Trump's travel ban (all times local): 3:05 a.m. Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin says there is likely to be an appeal by the Department of Justice of the ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii who extended his previous block of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban.

The Latest: 'Bathroom bill' compromise passes early hurdle

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Latest on a compromise proposal to overturn North Carolina's "bathroom bill" (all times local): 10:15 a.m. A compromise to end North Carolina's "bathroom bill" has crossed an early hurdle when it was approved by the state Senate rules committee. After the committee's approval, it will face a full vote Thursday by the Senate. Then the House will vote on it.

Nearly half of high school's students get suspension notices

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Nearly half the students at a high school in Pennsylvania's capital city have been given suspension notices for missing too much class time. ( ) reports that officials at Harrisburg High School gave the notices to 500 students on Monday as part of a crackdown by the school's new principal. Officials say the students accumulated too many unexcused absences. At least 100 students served one-day suspensions on Tuesday.

Irish church hopes 2018 family meeting helps restore trust

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Irish church officials are hoping that a meeting of Catholic families that is expected to bring Pope Francis to Ireland next year will help families regain trust in the church following the devastation of the clerical sex abuse scandal. Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said young people in particular "have been very scandalized" about the decades of abuse and cover-up that have eroded the credibility of the church in Ireland and beyond.

Trump administration drops human rights in Bahrain F-16 deal

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration has told Congress it plans to approve a multibillion-dollar sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain without the human rights conditions imposed by the State Department under President Barack Obama. If finalized, the approval would allow the Gulf island to purchase 19 of the jets from Maryland-based Lockheed Martin Corp., plus improvements to other jets in Bahrain's fleet.

AP EXPLAINS: Could Pell Grants work year-round?

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pell Grants have been a fixture of federal financial aid since the 1970s, helping about 8 million low-income students attend college each year. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is now considering allowing students to use the grants year-round, rather than just for two semesters in any given year. She raised the possibility during a visit last week to a community college in Florida. A look at the program, its past and its future.

Negotiator denies UK is blackmailing EU on security

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's chief negotiator in the country's divorce from the European Union on Thursday rejected suggestions the U.K. has threatened to end security cooperation unless it gets a good trade deal, as the U.K. announced plans for the huge task of replacing thousands of EU laws and regulations with domestic law.

Poll: Americans dislike GOP's, Trump's plan on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Note to President Donald Trump and House Republicans: People really don't like your approach to overhauling America's health care. If you're hoping to revive the effort, you may want to try something different. Sixty-two percent of Americans turned thumbs down on Trump's handling of health care during the initial weeks of his presidency, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released Wednesday.

Wednesday's Sports in Brief

BASEBALL NEW YORK (AP) -- Mets All-Star reliever Jeurys Familia accepted a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, discipline stemming from an altercation last October. The suspension was the fourth and least severe under the policy, which was agreed to in August 2015. New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman was penalized 29 games, Colorado shortstop Jose Reyes 59 days and Atlanta outfielder Hector Olivera 82 games. Familia was arrested Oct.

'Dreamer' reunites with family, says he's hopeful for future

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Their hug was silent, their smiles broad. After more than six weeks in custody, a Mexican man who had been arrested despite his participation in a program designed to prevent the deportation of those brought to the U.S. illegally as children was freed Wednesday pending deportation proceedings.

A look at latest ruling on Trump administration travel ban

HONOLULU (AP) -- A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's revised travel ban hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson held a hearing Wednesday on Hawaii's request to extend his temporary hold. Several hours later, he issued a 24-page order blocking the government from suspending new visas for travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and from halting the U.S. refugee program.

Australia finds no proof its World Vision aid went to Hamas

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The Australian government said Thursday it had found no evidence that any of its donations to the Christian charity World Vision had been siphoned to Islamic militant group Hamas. But Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said its World Vision funding in Gaza would remain suspended while Israeli charges against the global aid agency's Gaza manager Mohammed el-Halabi remain unresolved.

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TRAVEL BAN-LAWSUITS-THE LATEST The Latest: Attorney general: Religious freedom affirmed HONOLULU (AP) -- Hawaii's attorney general says a federal judge's decision to extend an order blocking President Donald Trump's travel ban affirms values of religious freedom. State Attorney General Douglas Chin says Wednesday's longer-lasting ruling means that Muslims and refugees will face less uncertainty. U.S.

"Star Trek' wax figures get new mission: helping museum

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The starship Enterprise has a new five-year mission: to boldly go and raise money to help a quirky museum live long and prosper. The Hollywood Science Fiction Museum recently took possession of life-sized wax figures of all seven crew members from the original "Star Trek" TV series, including Capt. Kirk. The figures and a replica of the Enterprise bridge had spent a decade in storage.