Sinn Fein surge creates new Northern Ireland landscape

DUBLIN (AP) — Northern Ireland's snap election has left the rival extremes of politics virtually neck and neck for the first time — and facing a bruising battle to put their Catholic-Protestant government back together again in an increasingly polarized landscape.

  • Written by SHAWN POGATCHNIK , Associated Press

Banksy's art in West Bank hotel with world's 'worst view'

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian guesthouse packed with artwork of the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy unveiled itself Friday in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, with a sneak peek of what the owner sarcastically called the "hotel with the worst view in the world."

  • Written by NEBI QENA , The Associated Press

Man accused of threatening Jewish institutions to vilify ex

NEW YORK (AP) — A former journalist fired for making up details in stories is behind at least eight of the scores of threats made against Jewish institutions nationwide, and a bomb threat to New York's Anti-Defamation League, in an effort to harass and vilify his former girlfriend, federal officials said Friday.

  • Written by COLLEEN LONG , Associated Press

WH defends Pence's use of private email while governor

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House spokeswoman said Friday that Vice President Mike Pence "did everything to the letter of the law" after public records revealed that he used a private email account to conduct public business as Indiana's governor.

  • Written by KEN THOMAS , Associated Press

US says free expression, association on decline worldwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States says basic freedoms of expression and free association are on the decline around the world, making it harder for opposition groups and human rights activists to organize.

  • Written by JOSH LEDERMAN , Associated Press