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UN criticized for failure to stop hospital attacks

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 00:00:09 GMT2016-09-29T00:00:09Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council came under sharp criticism Wednesday for its failure to implement a resolution aimed at protecting medical facilities and staff in conflict zones from Syria to Yemen and Afghanistan....



OPEC reaches preliminary accord to curb oil production

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:16:23 GMT2016-09-28T23:16:23Z

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- OPEC nations reached a preliminary agreement Wednesday to curb oil production for the first time since the global financial crisis eight years ago, in an effort to reduce a global glut of crude that has depressed oil prices for more than two years and weakened the economies of oil-producing nations....



Australian state loses power as strong storm lashes region

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:12:53 GMT2016-09-28T23:12:53Z

SYDNEY (AP) -- An entire Australian state lost power as a strong storm lashed the region Wednesday, causing traffic chaos, stranding people in elevators and prompting police to warn residents to stay inside....



After scolding FIFA on ethics, English soccer stands accused

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:05:19 GMT2016-09-28T23:05:19Z

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- When lecturing FIFA on ethics, English soccer leaders look like the moral arbiters of the game....



Scotiabank sues Puerto Rico govt seeking loan repayment

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:03:45 GMT2016-09-28T23:03:45Z

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Scotiabank filed a lawsuit against Puerto Rico's government Wednesday seeking repayment of a multimillion-dollar loan despite a debt moratorium imposed amid an economic crisis....



Cuba rejects Trump's call for negotiations on human rights

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:23:58 GMT2016-09-28T22:23:58Z

HAVANA (AP) -- A top Cuban diplomat on Wednesday rejected Donald Trump's threat to undo detente with Cuba unless the single-party government meets the Republican presidential candidate's demands....



Bulgaria replaces candidate for the United Nations' top job

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:19:02 GMT2016-09-28T22:19:02Z

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov announced Wednesday that the government is nominating its European commissioner, Kristalina Georgieva, as a candidate to be United Nations Secretary-General, replacing its previous candidate, UNESCO chief Irina Bokova....



5.5 magnitude quake hits west Nicaragua, killing at least 1

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:46:59 GMT2016-09-28T21:46:59Z

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) -- A magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit western Nicaragua near the capital Wednesday, causing at least one death, injuring five people and destroying some homes, authorities said....



Tropical Storm Matthew lashes islands of eastern Caribbean

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:44:34 GMT2016-09-28T21:44:34Z

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) -- Tropical Storm Matthew lashed islands in the eastern Caribbean with heavy wind and rain Wednesday as it gained strength and headed west....



Saudi Arabia has ways to hit back at 9/11 lawsuit effort

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:43:42 GMT2016-09-28T21:43:42Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Saudi Arabia and its allies are warning that U.S. legislation allowing the kingdom to be sued for the 9/11 attacks will have negative repercussions....



Rihanna, new top designers debut at Paris Fashion Week

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:41:50 GMT2016-09-28T21:41:50Z

PARIS (AP) -- New designer debuts from powerhouses Lanvin and Saint Laurent - and popstar Rihanna's first Paris catwalk show for Fenty Puma - marked the start of Spring-Summer 2017 shows in the City of Light....



UN says EU may ratify Paris Agreement soon

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:33:13 GMT2016-09-28T21:33:13Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Paris Agreement on Climate Change appears likely to enter into force with India announcing that it has ratified the agreement and the EU signaling it may ratify within the next few days, officials said Wednesday....



Non-nuclear states advance push for UN treaty to ban nukes

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:22:58 GMT2016-09-28T21:22:58Z

GENEVA (AP) -- Despite arm-twisting and vocal opposition from nuclear powers like the United States, six non-nuclear countries urged the U.N. General Assembly Wednesday to work toward a "legally-binding" accord to ban nuclear weapons in hopes of ridding them from the planet altogether one day....



World figures to attend funeral of Israel's Shimon Peres

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 21:01:00 GMT2016-09-28T21:01:00Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The following world figures have confirmed attendance at Shimon Peres' funeral in Jerusalem on Friday:...



Peru's ex-spy chief guilty of disappearing students

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:58:17 GMT2016-09-28T20:58:17Z

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Former Peruvian spy chief Vladimir Montesinos has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for "disappearing" a professor and two students in 1993....



Shimon Peres witnessed Israel's history, and shaped it

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:56:56 GMT2016-09-28T20:56:56Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- At every corner of Israel's tumultuous history, Shimon Peres was there....



OPEC nations reach preliminary accord to curb oil production to boost prices; 1st time in ...

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:54:43 GMT2016-09-28T20:54:43Z

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- OPEC nations reach preliminary accord to curb oil production to boost prices; 1st time in 8 years....



Israel mourns as preparations begin for Peres' funeral

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:50:53 GMT2016-09-28T20:50:53Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel on Wednesday mourned the death of Shimon Peres, a former president and prime minister whose life story mirrored that of the Jewish state, as the government began preparations for a funeral that is expected to bring together world leaders and dignitaries....



The Latest: Obama will attend funeral for Peres

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:29:34 GMT2016-09-28T20:29:34Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Latest on the death of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres (all times local):...



In 'American Honey,' finding family in a hopeless place

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:21:50 GMT2016-09-28T20:21:50Z

TORONTO (AP) -- The face filmmaker Andrea Arnold makes at the thought of storyboarding her films is the kind of bitter, disgusted look most people reserve for a bath full of leeches....



World leaders mourn Peres, praise him as a man of peace

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:55:52 GMT2016-09-28T19:55:52Z

LONDON (AP) -- Current and former world leaders mourned the passing of Israeli statesman Shimon Peres on Wednesday, praising him as a visionary who committed his life to the elusive goal of lasting peace in the Middle East....



Top US diplomat to visit an increasingly isolated Venezuela

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:51:55 GMT2016-09-28T19:51:55Z

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Nicolas Maduro says a top U.S. State Department official will soon visit Venezuela in a bid to ease tensions between the two nations....



Germany's Air Berlin to shed 75 aircraft, 1,200 jobs

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:51:10 GMT2016-09-28T19:51:10Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Struggling German airline Air Berlin says it plans to cut its fleet nearly in half and eliminate some 1,200 jobs as part of a restructuring to develop a leaner structure and focus on its most profitable routes....



Russian military says it's ready to talk to US about Aleppo

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:43:36 GMT2016-09-28T19:43:36Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian military said Wednesday it's ready to resume contacts with its U.S. counterparts over the situation in Syria, even as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry threatened to cut all cooperation with Moscow on Syria unless an onslaught on Aleppo ends....



Arabs greet Peres death with silence and animosity

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:40:07 GMT2016-09-28T19:40:07Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's Shimon Peres was widely admired around the world as a peacemaker and visionary, but the view in the Arab world was more complex: Memories linger of another Peres, who built up Israel's military might, waged war in Lebanon and promoted policies seen as harmful to the Palestinians....



Probe says missile launcher from Russia downed Malaysian jet

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:34:18 GMT2016-09-28T19:34:18Z

NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands (AP) -- An international criminal probe concluded that a missile which destroyed a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine in 2014 and killed all 298 people aboard was fired from rebel-controlled territory by a mobile launcher trucked in from Russia and hastily returned there....



Germany: Woman and child held captive in Syria freed

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:33:07 GMT2016-09-28T19:33:07Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's Foreign Ministry says a woman who was kidnapped in Syria while she was pregnant and the baby she gave birth to in captivity have been set free....



The Latest: France working on UN resolution for Syria truce

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:28:38 GMT2016-09-28T19:28:38Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the civil war in Syria (all times local):...



VW chief: Working on settlement with US for emissions fraud

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:28:19 GMT2016-09-28T19:28:19Z

PARIS (AP) -- Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller says the company is cooperating with U.S. authorities and hopes to reach a settlement on a fine with the Justice Department for equipping diesel vehicles to cheat on emissions tests....



Syrian government attacks 2 hospitals, bread line in Aleppo

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:21:40 GMT2016-09-28T19:21:40Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- Government shelling and airstrikes in Syria's Aleppo landed near a bread distribution center and two hospitals Wednesday, killing seven people and putting at least one of the medical facilities completely out of service, activists and medics said....



Apple to create London HQ at Battersea Power station

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:08:05 GMT2016-09-28T19:08:05Z

LONDON (AP) -- Apple will be setting up its London headquarters in the boiler room of the Battersea Power Station, a London landmark that has long defined the skyline on the south bank of the River Thames....



The Latest: UN secretary-general praises downed plane probe

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:30:10 GMT2016-09-28T18:30:10Z

NIEUWEGEIN, Netherlands (AP) -- The Latest on the probe into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014 (all times local):...



US extradites Rwandan academic to face genocide charges

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:53:10 GMT2016-09-28T17:53:10Z

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) -- A Rwandan academic who is accused of participating in the 1994 genocide arrived in the country on Wednesday following his extradition from the United States....



BlackBerry, once a phone innovator, to stop making its own

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:42:36 GMT2016-09-28T17:42:36Z

TORONTO (AP) -- BlackBerry plans to stop making its signature smartphones internally, signaling a strategic shift for a company that built its reputation on innovative smartphone technology....



Nigeria trying to muzzle dissenting voices, Amnesty says

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:35:15 GMT2016-09-28T17:35:15Z

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Amnesty International says Nigeria is trying to muzzle dissent by arresting and intimidating journalists and protesters....



Deutsche Bank shares stabilize after deal to sell unit

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:32:42 GMT2016-09-28T17:32:42Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Investor concerns over Deutsche Bank's financial stability appeared to ease Wednesday after Germany's biggest lender said it had struck a deal to sell a subsidiary and stressed it was not seeking government help....



Hollande: Post-Brexit relationship needs to be well defined

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:30:44 GMT2016-09-28T17:30:44Z

BERLIN (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande says the European Union wants to keep working with Britain once it leaves the trade bloc, but only under "very well defined criteria."...



Pakistan says India will 'disintegrate' when Kashmir is free

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:29:35 GMT2016-09-28T17:29:35Z

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's defense minister on Wednesday said India will "disintegrate" when Kashmir gains independence, in a sign of mounting tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals....



Croatian president opens formal talks to form government

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:18:19 GMT2016-09-28T17:18:19Z

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) -- Croatia's president on Wednesday launched formal consultations with political parties in a step toward forming a new government after a snap election earlier this month....



Aid group: Coalition bombed Yemen hospital to hit vehicle

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:02:59 GMT2016-09-28T17:02:59Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Doctors Without Borders says an internal investigation into the bombing of a hospital in Yemen by the Saudi-led coalition shows that the airstrike was aimed at a vehicle carrying people wounded from a previous attack....



Polish prime minister fires finance minister in overhaul

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:30:26 GMT2016-09-28T16:30:26Z

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's conservative prime minister on Wednesday fired her finance minister and is gave his duties to the country's deputy prime minister as part of a government restructuring....



German court rules landlord was wrong to evict heavy smoker

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:29:58 GMT2016-09-28T16:29:58Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A German court has ruled in favor of a 78-year-old chain-smoker who faced eviction from his apartment, a case that was closely watched around a country where most people live in rented accommodations....



Pair of ex-nuns joined in civil union in Italian town

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:25:25 GMT2016-09-28T16:25:25Z

ROME (AP) -- Two former nuns who met in a convent have been joined in a civil union in a ceremony in a small town in northern Italy....



IOC sanctions 3 boxers for betting on fights at Rio Olympics

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:22:23 GMT2016-09-28T16:22:23Z

LONDON (AP) -- Three Olympic boxers - including one who bet on himself to lose - received "severe reprimands" on Wednesday for betting on fights during last month's Rio de Janeiro Games....



Russia insists no Russian missile systems have crossed Ukrainian border, contrary to Dutch...

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:07:17 GMT2016-09-28T16:07:17Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia insists no Russian missile systems have crossed Ukrainian border, contrary to Dutch MH17 probe report....



UK Labour leader addresses claims of anti-Semitism in party

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:04:18 GMT2016-09-28T16:04:18Z

LONDON (AP) -- The leader of Britain's Labour Party is calling anti-Semitism an evil that must be wiped out as he hits back against claims that he has allowed prejudice to spread in the left-of-center party....



Norwegian mediator: Israeli leaders today lack Peres' vision

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:54:08 GMT2016-09-28T15:54:08Z

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- One of the mediators who helped broker the 1993 Oslo Peace Accord remembers Shimon Peres as a charismatic leader who saw peace with the Palestinians as key to Israel's future....



Shark attack survivor campaigns for sharks at UN meeting

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:37:31 GMT2016-09-28T15:37:31Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A medal-winning Paralympian from South Africa lost part of his right leg in a great white shark attack a decade ago. This week, he is an ambassador for sharks at a U.N. wildlife conference....



Japan PM promotes Shinkansen 'bullet' train to Singapore

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:37:29 GMT2016-09-28T15:37:29Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe used a meeting with his Singaporean counterpart on Wednesday to promote Japan's Shinkansen "bullet" train technology for use in a planned high-speed railway linking Singapore and Malaysia....



South African police clash with student protesters

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:35:02 GMT2016-09-28T15:35:02Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African media say police fired rubber bullets during clashes with university students protesting for free education....