Worldwide effort set to keep Trump happy on 1st trip abroad

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump sits down for dinner in Saudi Arabia, caterers have ensured that his favorite meal - steak with a side of ketchup - will be offered alongside the traditional local cuisine.

  • Written by JULIE PACE , AP White House Correspondent

Rape probe dropped for WikiLeaks' Assange; uncertainty ahead

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's top prosecutor on Friday dropped an investigation into a rape claim against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after almost seven years, saying that's because there's no possibility of arresting him "in the foreseeable future."

  • Written by DAVID KEYTON and GREGORY KATZ , Associated Press

Vice President Pence avoids political fray surrounding him

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has stepped gingerly through the chaos engulfing the White House — offering loyalty to his boss, while trying to avoid the spreading stain of scandal.

 

  • Written by KEN THOMAS and CATHERINE LUCEY , Associated Press

Airstrikes fuel Mosul gains as Iraq pushes for quick victory

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Half a dozen units of Islamic State group fighters holed up in western Mosul began their morning radio checks at just after 4 a.m. It was still dark and Iraqi forces deployed a few blocks away were listening in as they prepared an advance on the city's al-Rifai neighborhood.

 

  • Written by SUSANNAH GEORGE , Associated Press

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's Russia claims under scrutiny

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's latest assertions about the Russia investigation are questionable on a number of fronts.

 

  • Written by JIM DRINKARD AND CALVIN WOODWARD , Associated Press