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The Latest: Londoners react with dismay to Brexit deadlock

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 12:20 p.m. London commuters have reacted with a certain amount of dismay to the continuing Brexit deadlock and a speech by Prime Minister Theresa May in which she blamed Parliament for the impasse. Commuter Stephanie Marshall says the will of the people is being ignored.…

Venezuelan forces detain key aide to opposition leader

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan security forces detained a key aide to opposition leader Juan Guaido in a raid on his home early Thursday, an opposition lawmaker said. Lawyer Roberto Marrero was taken by intelligence agents in the overnight operation in Caracas, said lawmaker Sergio Vergara, whose nearby residence was also searched. Vergara said he…

The Latest: Facebook: AI failed to detect NZ video

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque attacks in New Zealand (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Facebook says its artificial intelligence systems failed to automatically detect the New Zealand mosque shooting video. A senior executive at the social media giant responded in a blog post to criticism that it didn't act quickly…

First artificial intelligence Google Doodle features Bach

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is celebrating composer Johann Sebastian Bach with its first artificial intelligence-powered Doodle. Thursday's animated Google Doodle shows the composer playing an organ in celebration of his March 21, 1685, birthday under the old Julian calendar. It encourages users to compose their own two-measure melody. Google says the Doodle uses…

Poland snubs Russia ahead of WWII commemoration

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish authorities have refused to invite a Russian delegation to a commemoration ceremony marking the anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. Krzysztof Szczerski, an aide to the Polish president, said on Wednesday in comments carried by the Polish news agency PAP that Russia has not been invited to the…

Germany: 2 arrested on suspicion of making child porn

BERLIN (AP) — Police in southern Germany say they have arrested two people suspected of making and spreading child porn following raids at several locations, including a child care center. Police and prosecutors said the raids in the Bavarian city of Wuerzburg were carried out on Wednesday. They said Thursday that the two suspects are…

Turkish, Greek ministers meet with 'positive agenda'

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The defense chiefs of Turkey and Greece could soon meet as part of confidence-building measures aimed at reducing tensions between the NATO allies, Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday. Mevlut Cavusoglu made the announcement during a joint news conference with his Greek counterpart George Katrougalos, who said the two countries were focused…

Mississippi governor set to sign 'heartbeat' abortion law

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Phil Bryant says he's not worried about lawsuits as Mississippi prepares to enact one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation. The Republican governor is scheduled to sign a bill Thursday to outlaw most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, about six weeks into pregnancy. The New…

Merkel: Germany risks been viewed as unreliable on arms

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that her country risks being viewed as an unreliable partner in joint European defense industry projects. Merkel's comments Thursday came amid tensions with France and Britain over Berlin's ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Paris and London say it prevents them selling jointly developed equipment…

Pakistani lawmakers claim women's march was anti-Islam

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Provincial lawmakers in northwestern Pakistan have assailed as anti-Islamic women's marches held earlier this month across the country to mark the International Women's Day. Lawmakers in the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa provincial parliament unanimously adopted a resolution on Wednesday denouncing the marches as a "shameless and un-Islamic act." The lawmakers included those from…