Congo disappearances raise alarm as political tensions grow

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Nearly a week after Congo's government announced the kidnapping of two United Nations experts along with their translator and drivers, no trace of them has been found. Their abduction in a region of the country where kidnappings are rare, and where the experts were investigating abuses by state and militia forces, has raised alarm as political tensions spread over an election crisis.

  • Written by CARLEY PETESCH , Associated Press

Global finance gathering struggles to define trade stance

BADEN-BADEN, Germany (AP) — Financial officials from the world's biggest economies are struggling to define a common stance on trade in the face of the Trump administration's insistence that cross-border commerce must be "fair" as well as "free."

  • Written by DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer

AP FACT CHECK: Fukushima radiation not cause for alarm in US

Radiation from the Fukushima nuclear reactor disaster in Japan has reached North American shores, but — despite a number of reports shared on social media— scientists say the levels of radiation are so low that it poses no risk to public health.

  • Written by PATRICK MAIRS, Associated Press

Cholesterol drug cuts heart risks, spurs new debate on cost

A long-acting cholesterol medicine cut the risk of having a heart attack or some other serious problems by 15 to 20 percent in a big study that's likely to spur fresh debate about what drugs should cost.

  • Written by MARILYNN MARCHIONE , AP Chief Medical Writer

Military attack kills 42 Somali refugees off Yemen's coast

HODEIDA, Yemen (AP) — A military vessel and a helicopter gunship attacked a boat packed with Somali refugees off the coast of Yemen overnight Friday, killing at least 42 people, according to a U.N. agency, Yemeni officials and a survivor who witnessed the attack.


  • Written by ABDEL-KARIM AL-AYYASHI and JAMEY KEATEN , Associated Press