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Dutch police probe continues into concert threat

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 07:01:40 GMT2017-08-24T07:01:40Z

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch police were continuing investigations Thursday into a threat to a concert venue that prompted the cancellation of a show by an American rock band, as well as into the driver of a Spain-registered van found to contain gas canisters just a few hundred meters (yards) from the venue....



Oman's foggy cool monsoon season and festival draws tourists

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 07:00:05 GMT2017-08-24T07:00:05Z

SALALAH, Oman (AP) -- On the eastern edge of the Arabian peninsula, a region disappears under sky-wide blankets of fog as the desert blooms green....



China's Xi says willing to work on differences with S. Korea

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 06:56:40 GMT2017-08-24T06:56:40Z

BEIJING (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping says he's willing to work with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in on addressing differences between the two countries following months of angry rhetoric and economic retaliation over Seoul's deployment of a U.S. missile-defense system....



South Korean civilian drills have turned lax despite threats

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 06:43:21 GMT2017-08-24T06:43:21Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Once or twice a year, activity on the streets of South Korea's capital freezes as a wailing siren marks a nationwide drill aimed at preparing against a North Korean attack. Cars stop on roads. Pedestrians move into buildings and subway stations. Government buildings are evacuated....



The Latest: More divers joining search of flooded McCain

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 06:32:20 GMT2017-08-24T06:32:20Z

SINGAPORE (AP) -- The Latest on the collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker off Singapore (all times local):...



Top court says privacy the fundamental right of every Indian

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 06:24:59 GMT2017-08-24T06:24:59Z

NEW DELHI (AP) -- India's top court has ruled that the right to privacy is a fundamental right of every citizen of the country....



Qatar restores diplomatic ties to Iran amid regional crisis

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 06:19:33 GMT2017-08-24T06:19:33Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar restored full diplomatic relations with Iran early Thursday, disregarding the demands of Arab nations now locked in a regional dispute with the energy-rich country that it lessen its ties to Tehran....



US Navy: Body found by Malaysia not one of McCain's missing

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 06:08:13 GMT2017-08-24T06:08:13Z

SINGAPORE (AP) -- A body found at sea by Malaysian forces is not one of the sailors missing after a collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker, the Navy's 7th Fleet said Thursday, as more Marine Corps divers joined a search of the destroyer's flooded compartments....



The Latest: Qatar foreign minister spoke with Iran's FM

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 05:58:02 GMT2017-08-24T05:58:02Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The Latest on Qatar's restoration of diplomatic relations with Iran (all times local):...



High security in India ahead of verdict in guru's rape trial

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 05:56:57 GMT2017-08-24T05:56:57Z

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Several cities in north India were under a security lockdown Thursday ahead of a verdict in a rape trial involving a controversial and hugely popular spiritual leader....



China criticizes US trade probe as protectionism

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 05:35:10 GMT2017-08-24T05:35:10Z

BEIJING (AP) -- China's Commerce Ministry on Thursday criticized a U.S. decision to launch a trade probe of Beijing's technology policy as an attack on the global trading system and said it will "resolutely defend" Chinese companies....



Egypt angered by US aid cut over human rights concerns

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 05:27:44 GMT2017-08-24T05:27:44Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt reacted angrily Wednesday to the Trump administration's decision to cut or delay nearly $300 million in military and economic aid over human rights concerns, a surprise move given the increasingly close ties that have bound the two allies since President Donald Trump took office in January....



US Navy's 7th Fleet says body recovered by Malaysian navy is not that of USS John S. McCai...

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 05:19:10 GMT2017-08-24T05:19:10Z

TOKYO (AP) -- US Navy's 7th Fleet says body recovered by Malaysian navy is not that of USS John S. McCain's sailor....



12 dead as strong typhoon floods Macau, southern China

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 05:00:24 GMT2017-08-24T05:00:24Z

HONG KONG (AP) -- The most powerful typhoon to hit the southern Chinese region in more than half a century left at least 12 dead as a sudden deluge swamped the gambling hub of Macau, submerging streets and stranding residents....



Major Australian TV network Nine posts $160 million loss

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 04:59:50 GMT2017-08-24T04:59:50Z

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Nine Entertainment Co. is the latest Australian free-to-air television network owner in the red, posting a 203 million Australian dollar ($160 million) loss for the last fiscal year due to a weak advertising market and asset write downs....



The Latest: Typhoon death toll in China rises to 12

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 04:22:39 GMT2017-08-24T04:22:39Z

BEIJING (AP) -- The Latest on Typhoon Hato (all times local):...



Malaysian premier to meet Trump at White House on Sept. 12

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 04:06:05 GMT2017-08-24T04:06:05Z

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will visit Washington on Sept. 12 at the invitation of President Donald Trump....



Asian markets mostly higher as Jackson Hole in focus

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 03:54:48 GMT2017-08-24T03:54:48Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets were mostly higher on Thursday as investors brushed off worries about the U.S. political uncertainty while waiting for the upcoming speeches by the world's top central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming....



Venezuela's ousted prosecutor accuses Maduro of corruption

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 02:30:11 GMT2017-08-24T02:30:11Z

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Venezuela's recently ousted chief prosecutor accused President Nicolas Maduro and several allies on Wednesday of participating in acts of corruption, saying she would turn over proof that would help other countries prosecute....



Defamation case against BBC reporter in Thailand withdrawn

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 02:13:49 GMT2017-08-24T02:13:49Z

BANGKOK (AP) -- A Thai lawyer has withdrawn a criminal defamation case against a British BBC journalist involving a report on foreigners being defrauded of property, the BBC says....



Thailand awaits verdict that could send former PM to prison

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 01:50:27 GMT2017-08-24T01:50:27Z

BANGKOK (AP) -- Friends and foes alike of former Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, are anxiously awaiting a verdict Friday by the Thailand's Supreme Court on charges that she was criminally negligent in implementing a rice subsidy program that is estimated to have cost the government as much as $17 billion and could now cost her 10 years in prison....



Mexico human rights official says reporter wasn't target

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 01:46:21 GMT2017-08-24T01:46:21Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The assailants who killed a crime reporter in the Mexican Gulf coast state of Veracruz appeared to be targeting two other people also slain in the attack, not the journalist, the country's top human rights official said Wednesday....



The Latest: Stopped van thought unrelated to Spain attacks

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:46:18 GMT2017-08-23T22:46:18Z

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Latest on the cancellation of a concert by American rock band Allah-Las in the Netherlands (all times local):...



10 dead, dozens missing after boat sinks on Brazil river

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:39:16 GMT2017-08-23T22:39:16Z

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A boat carrying 70 people sank on a major river in northern Brazil leaving at least 10 dead and dozens missing, authorities said Wednesday....



Trump administration calls out Egypt on human rights

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:38:55 GMT2017-08-23T22:38:55Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Washington's surprise decision this week to cut or delay nearly $300 million in aid to Egypt is the first time the Trump administration has publicly called out Cairo on its poor human rights record....



Counterterrorism official says van detained in Dutch city not connected to recent vehicle ...

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:25:57 GMT2017-08-23T22:25:57Z

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Counterterrorism official says van detained in Dutch city not connected to recent vehicle attacks in Spain....



Romania: Proposed changes to justice system cause alarm

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:30:35 GMT2017-08-23T20:30:35Z

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania's justice minister presented a package of proposed changes to the judicial system on Wednesday that includes limiting the role of the president in naming key officials....



The Latest: US criticizes Cambodia for ordering group out

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:03:02 GMT2017-08-23T20:03:02Z

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- The Latest on Cambodia kicking out a U.S. nonprofit promoting democracy (all times local):...



Mexico court re-sentences kingpin in 1985 DEA agent slaying

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:54:19 GMT2017-08-23T19:54:19Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A court in Mexico has re-sentenced convicted drug lord Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo for the 1985 killing of a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent....



Swedish journalist's torso found in submarine death mystery

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:41:44 GMT2017-08-23T19:41:44Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Journalist Kim Wall had reported on conflicts, crises and natural disasters around the world. Earlier this month, she set out to sea from laid-back Copenhagen for a story about an eccentric Danish inventor and his home-made submarine....



UN force in Lebanon pushes back after US, Israeli criticism

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:30:33 GMT2017-08-23T18:30:33Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The head of U.N. peacekeepers in Lebanon is pushing back after U.S. and Israeli criticism of the mission, saying Wednesday that his force has no evidence that weapons are being illegally transferred and stockpiled in the Hezbollah-dominated south....



Study: 50M at risk of arsenic poisoning in Pakistan

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:13:46 GMT2017-08-23T18:13:46Z

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Some 50 million people are at risk of arsenic poisoning from contaminated groundwater in Pakistan's Indus Valley - far more than previously thought, according to a new study....



Iraqis cite progress in driving IS from Tal Afar

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:05:27 GMT2017-08-23T18:05:27Z

BAGHDAD (AP) -- Iraqi forces said Wednesday they have captured two neighborhoods on the edge of the Islamic State-held town of Tal Afar....



Former Dutch government minister to lead tainted egg probe

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:00:41 GMT2017-08-23T18:00:41Z

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Dutch government appointed a former justice minister Wednesday to lead an investigation into the illegal use of a pesticide to treat laying hens for lice infestations, which sparked a food scare in Europe and beyond and led to the destruction of millions of eggs....



Child killed in South Sudan when plane strikes house

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:56:24 GMT2017-08-23T17:56:24Z

RENK, South Sudan (AP) -- A 5-year-old girl has been killed in South Sudan when a World Food Program-contracted aircraft struck a house while attempting to land in bad weather in the capital, Juba....



Russian official says US and Russia aren't in new Cold War

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:49:28 GMT2017-08-23T17:49:28Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia and the United States aren't in a new Cold War despite spiraling tensions, a senior Russian diplomat said in remarks released Wednesday....



US commander visits Yemen border for firsthand look at war

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:42:21 GMT2017-08-23T17:42:21Z

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- The top U.S. commander for the Middle East got a first-hand look on Wednesday at Saudi Arabia's military fight against Yemen's rebels, visiting the border area on the same day the Saudi-led coalition was accused of bombing a hotel and killing civilians....



Angola votes for 1st new president in nearly 4 decades

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:41:25 GMT2017-08-23T17:41:25Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Angolans voted Wednesday in an election in which the defense minister is the front-runner to succeed President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who will step down after 38 years in power in an oil-rich country beset by widespread poverty and corruption....



US ambassador meets atomic energy head on Iran nuclear issue

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:40:29 GMT2017-08-23T17:40:29Z

BERLIN (AP) -- The United States is determined to ensure the International Atomic Energy Agency has the resources it needs for "robust verification of nuclear-related activities in Iran," the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Wednesday....



Lebanon PM says victory over Islamic State is near

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:36:06 GMT2017-08-23T17:36:06Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- Lebanon's prime minister visited troops near the border with Syria on Wednesday, saying victory against Islamic State militants in the frontier region is near....



The Latest: Polls close in Angola as president to step down

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:35:39 GMT2017-08-23T17:35:39Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The Latest on Angola's election (all times local):...



Man gets 18 years in UK prison for bomb in airport luggage

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:29:14 GMT2017-08-23T17:29:14Z

LONDON (AP) -- A man who arrived at a British airport for a flight with a pipe bomb in his hand luggage was sentenced on Wednesday to 18 years in prison....



A timeline of deadly attacks in Spain that left 15 dead

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:18:05 GMT2017-08-23T17:18:05Z

MADRID (AP) -- Spanish investigators have accumulated a growing number of details about an extremist cell that killed 15 people in and near Barcelona....



South African minister faces inquiry in Grace Mugabe scandal

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:16:46 GMT2017-08-23T17:16:46Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African parliamentary committee will summon the foreign minister to explain the decision to grant diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's first lady, who is accused of assaulting a young model at a Johannesburg hotel, South Africa's main opposition party said Wednesday....



Man arrested in French car attack had radical beliefs

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:11:27 GMT2017-08-23T17:11:27Z

PARIS (AP) -- The Algerian driver who sped his car into a group of soldiers near Paris this month had radical beliefs and showed interest in the Islamic State group, France's anti-terrorism prosecutor said Wednesday....



The Latest: Imam linked to Spain attacks served prison time

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:01:08 GMT2017-08-23T17:01:08Z

MADRID (AP) -- The Latest on the investigation into the Spain attacks (all times local):...



Italy quake survivor, 11, says it's a miracle to be alive

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:00:48 GMT2017-08-23T17:00:48Z

MILAN (AP) -- The 11-year-old boy who was rescued in a 16-hour operation that also freed his two younger brothers after the earthquake that struck the island of Ischia said in an interview with Italian media Wednesday that "it is a miracle we are all still alive."...



Russian art community turns out to support detained director

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:43:05 GMT2017-08-23T16:43:05Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- To a full house and rapturous applause more suited to one of his sold-out productions, Russian theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov appeared in court Wednesday and was placed under house arrest pending an investigation into charges that he embezzled government funds allocated for one of his projects....



The Latest: Ousted Venezuela prosecutor knocks president

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:42:07 GMT2017-08-23T16:42:07Z

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The Latest on Venezuela's political confrontation (all times local):...



Russia warns against new sanctions on North Korea

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:34:16 GMT2017-08-23T16:34:16Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- A senior Russian diplomat is warning against expanding sanctions against North Korea, saying it's necessary to focus on a political settlement....