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"By backing the independence of Kosovo, formed and prosperous countries such as Spain put at risk their own fragile stability," Russian President Vladimir Putin said after Catalonia's independence vote. (Associated Press/File)

Russian meddling in Catalonia’s secession vote seen as part of plot against NATO

What started as anonymously based reports about Russian hackers manipulating online information to favor the independence vote in Catalonia’s Oct. 1 referendum, a vote Madrid tried to suppress as illegal under the Spanish Constitution, has turned into a torrent of official warnings about a presumed Russian master plan to destabilize Spain and other EU countries by egging on budding secessionist movements.

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FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, file photo, former World War II "comfort woman" Yongsoo Lee, 89, of South Korea, stands by a statue of Haksoon Kim while looking at the "Comfort Women" monument after it was unveiled in San Francisco. Japan has expressed strong regret over San Francisco's decision to give formal city property status to a statue commemorating women who worked in military-backed brothels for Japanese troops during World War II, with Osaka declaring it will terminate its 60-year sister-city ties. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

Japan protests San Francisco's 'sex slave' statue decision

- Associated Press

Japan expressed strong regret Friday over San Francisco's decision to give city property status to a statue commemorating Asian women who worked in military brothels for Japanese troops during World War II, with Osaka declaring it will terminate its 60-year sister-city ties.

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2017 file photo, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. A lawyer for former national security adviser Flynn has told President Donald Trump's legal team that they are no longer communicating with them about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference, according to a person familiar with the decision who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Flynn may be moving to cooperate with Mueller's Russia probe

- Associated Press

In a move that could signal cooperation with the government, lawyers for former national security adviser Michael Flynn have told President Donald Trump's lawyers that they are no longer communicating with them about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference.

A band holds a picture of Mnangagwa and sings as they await his arrival at the presidential inauguration ceremony of Emmerson Mnangagwa in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. Mnangagwa is being sworn in as Zimbabwe's president after Robert Mugabe resigned on Tuesday, ending his 37-year rule. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Zimbabwe's political drama: What just happened? A timeline

Associated Press

Zimbabwe has sworn in new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday, just two and a half weeks after his firing by longtime President Robert Mugabe. The world's oldest head of state resigned this week after the military and ruling party turned on him and tens of thousands of Zimbabweans took to the streets. Here's a timeline of events in a whirlwind drama many people after Mugabe's 37 years in power never thought they'd see:

AP source: Flynn lawyers make a break with Trump team

- Associated Press

Lawyers for former national security adviser Michael Flynn have told President Donald Trump's legal team that they are no longer communicating with them about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference.

Zimbabwe's incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa, centre, gestures as he greets the crowd upon arrival at the Zanu PF  Headquarters in Harare, Wednesday, Nov, 22, 2017.  Mnangagwa has emerged from hiding and returned home ahead of his swearing-in Friday. Crowds have gathered at the ruling party's headquarters for his first public remarks. Mnangagwa will replace Robert Mugabe, who resigned after 37 years in power when the military and ruling party turned on him for firing Mnangagwa and positioning his wife to take power. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

Zimbabwe's political drama: What just happened? A timeline

Associated Press

Zimbabwe is poised to swear in new leader Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday morning, just two and a half weeks after his firing by longtime President Robert Mugabe. The world's oldest head of state resigned this week after the military and ruling party turned on him and tens of thousands of Zimbabweans took to the streets. Here's a timeline of events in a whirlwind drama many people after Mugabe's 37 years in power never thought they'd see:

Relatives of missing submarine crew member Celso Oscar Vallejo, react to the news that a sound detected during the search for the ARA San Juan submarine is consistent with that of an explosion, at the Mar de Plata Naval Base in Argentina, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. A Navy spokesman said that the relatives of the crew have been informed and that the search will continue until there is full certainty about the fate of the submarine. He said there was no sign the explosion might be linked to any attack on the sub. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Hope fades after report of 'explosion' heard at time Argentine sub went missing

- Associated Press

An apparent explosion occurred near the time and place an Argentine submarine went missing, the country's navy reported Thursday - an ominous development that prompted relatives of the 44 crew members to burst into tears, and some to say they had lost all hope of rescue.

Zimbabwe's President in waiting Emmerson Mnangagwa, center-right, speaks to supporters gathered outside the Zanu-PF party headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. Mnangagwa has emerged from hiding and returned home ahead of his swearing-in Friday. Crowds have gathered at the ruling party's headquarters for his first public remarks. Mnangagwa will replace Robert Mugabe, who resigned after 37 years in power when the military and ruling party turned on him for firing Mnangagwa and positioning his wife to take power. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Zimbabwe asks if new leader, a Mugabe ally, can bring change

- Associated Press

Zimbabwe's incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa, widely known as the Crocodile, is seen as a smart, ruthless politician, and many question if he will be able to bring the change the country craves.

Relatives of ARA San Juan submarine crew members are seen at the Mar de Plata Naval Base after they were told a sound detected during the search for the missing submarine is consistent with that of an explosion, in Mar de Plata, Argentina, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. A Navy spokesman said that the search will continue until there is full certainty about the fate of the missing submarine. He said there was no sign the explosion might be linked to any attack on the sub. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

AP Explains: The search for Argentina's missing submarine

- Associated Press

The Argentine submarine ARA San Juan went missing in the South Atlantic last week with 44 crew members aboard. Here's a look at the submarine and the round-the-clock international maritime search.