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Migrant boat capsizes off Libya, leaves 5 dead, 90 missing

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:31:39 GMT2017-09-21T16:31:39Z

CAIRO (AP) -- At least five migrants died and more than 90 were missing after their boat capsized off Libya's western coast, a major embarkation point for the perilous Mediterranean crossing to Europe, the Libyan coast guard said Thursday....



A stunned Puerto Rico seeks to rebuild after Hurricane Maria

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:05:05 GMT2017-09-21T16:05:05Z

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Rescuers fanned out to reach stunned victims Thursday after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, knocking out electricity to the entire island and triggering landslides and floods....



Ugandan police tear gas protesters of 'life presidency' bill

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:04:37 GMT2017-09-21T16:04:37Z

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Ugandan police on Thursday fired tear gas to disperse protesters and arrested dozens of people opposed to plans to introduce legislation that could allow the longtime president to extend his rule....



Bangladesh truck carrying Rohingya Muslim aid crashes; 9 die

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:59:17 GMT2017-09-21T15:59:17Z

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- A truck filled with aid for Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh veered off a road and fell into a ditch Thursday morning, killing at least nine aid workers, hours after another aid shipment in the refugees' violence-wracked home state in Myanmar was attacked by a Buddhist mob....



May seeks to unite divided Cabinet before big Brexit speech

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:57:14 GMT2017-09-21T15:57:14Z

LONDON (AP) -- Prime Minister Theresa May tried to unite her fractious Cabinet behind her plan to reboot faltering Brexit negotiations Thursday, as senior European Union officials suggested British hopes of moving the divorce talks on to a new phase next month might be dashed....



The Latest: Puerto Rico digs out as flood threat continues

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:54:15 GMT2017-09-21T15:54:15Z

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The Latest on Hurricane Maria (all times local):...



Suspect in Belgium's Jewish Museum shooting 'may have tumor'

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:51:22 GMT2017-09-21T15:51:22Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The lawyer of a Frenchman accused of shooting dead four people at a Jewish Museum in Belgium said Thursday his client may have a brain tumor and is being denied medical treatment....



South Korea urges North Korea to abandon nukes, seek talks

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:19:49 GMT2017-09-21T15:19:49Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Adopting a less confrontational stance than key allies, South Korea's president urged North Korea on Thursday to abandon its nuclear weapons and seek dialogue to prevent conflict breaking out on the divided peninsula....



Kenya electoral officials set Oct. 26 as date for new polls

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:18:57 GMT2017-09-21T15:18:57Z

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya's electoral commission has moved the date for fresh presidential elections to Oct 26, as President Uhuru Kenyatta strongly criticized the court decision to hold new polls....



The Latest: Spain court to fine Catalan election board

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:17:40 GMT2017-09-21T15:17:40Z

MADRID (AP) -- The Latest on independence efforts in Spain's Catalonia region (all times local):...



Swiss indict 3 over alleged al-Qaida propaganda videos

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 15:13:59 GMT2017-09-21T15:13:59Z

GENEVA (AP) -- Federal prosecutors in Switzerland on Thursday announced indictments of the leader of a prominent Swiss Islamic group and two other top members over alleged al-Qaida propaganda videos posted on YouTube. Contacted by phone in Bangladesh, one of the suspects rejected the case as "politically motivated."...



Picasso paintings to be reunited for first time since 1932

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:59:32 GMT2017-09-21T14:59:32Z

LONDON (AP) -- An exhibition in Paris and London will reunite three Picasso nudes painted days apart but not displayed together for almost a century, the Tate Modern gallery said Thursday....



UN votes to help Iraq collect evidence against Islamic State

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:59:14 GMT2017-09-21T14:59:14Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- U.N. investigators can help Iraq collect evidence to build potential war crimes cases against Islamic State extremists, the Security Council decided Thursday....



The Latest: US rescuers arrive to help in Mexico quake

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:33:22 GMT2017-09-21T16:33:22Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Latest on the major earthquake that struck Mexico (all times local):...



Thousands protest arrests by Spain over Catalonia vote

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:55:24 GMT2017-09-21T14:55:24Z

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Thousands gathered Thursday at the gates of Catalonia's judicial body in Barcelona to demand the release of a dozen officials arrested in connection with a vote on independence that Spanish authorities are challenging as illegal....



Denmark arrests man, woman for alleged links to IS

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:51:15 GMT2017-09-21T14:51:15Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Danish authorities say two people have been arrested under the country's anti-terror laws for allegedly purchasing and shipping items "to be used in combat" from Denmark to the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq....



Pope admits church realized sex abuse problem 'a bit late'

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:45:51 GMT2017-09-21T14:45:51Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis on Thursday acknowledged the Catholic Church was "a bit late" in realizing the damage done by priests who rape and molest children, and said that the decades-long practice of moving pedophiles around rather than sanctioning them was to blame....



Filipino protesters slam martial law, killings under Duterte

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:43:49 GMT2017-09-21T14:43:49Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Thousands of protesters marked Thursday's anniversary of the 1972 declaration of martial law by late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos with an outcry against what they say are the current president's authoritarian tendencies and his bloody crackdown on illegal drugs....



Kenya's electoral commission announces it has moved the date for fresh presidential electi...

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:41:32 GMT2017-09-21T14:41:32Z

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya's electoral commission announces it has moved the date for fresh presidential election to Oct 26....



German city evacuates high-rise apartments over fire risk

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:39:21 GMT2017-09-21T14:39:21Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Officials in the western German city of Dortmund say they are evacuating a residential tower block that's home to hundreds of people for fire safety concerns....



Puigdemont an unknown entity in Spain until secession drive

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:16:18 GMT2017-09-21T14:16:18Z

MADRID (AP) -- Carles Puigdemont, the bespectacled politician heading the Catalan regional government's drive for secession from Spain, was an unknown entity for most Spaniards until a year ago. Now, as he pledges to hold an Oct. 1 referendum deemed illegal by Spain, he's a household name across the country, and probably not a popular one....



NHL hoping to make inroads in China with preseason games

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:12:56 GMT2017-09-21T14:12:56Z

SHANGHAI (AP) -- As the Vancouver Canucks held their first practice in Shanghai before their exhibition game with the Los Angeles Kings, a dense fog settled over the ice. The humidity in the arena was high and the players could barely see the puck....



Gas explosion in Iran's holy city of Qom kills 4

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:06:48 GMT2017-09-21T14:06:48Z

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's official news agency says a gas explosion in a motel in the holy city of Qom has killed at least four people and injured 15....



Families of Japan war dead to pray for fallen US soldiers

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:58:37 GMT2017-09-21T13:58:37Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Dozens of descendants of Japanese soldiers killed in World War II headed to Hawaii on Thursday to pay respects to American war dead....



French protesters stage fresh protests to Macron's labor law

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:55:38 GMT2017-09-21T13:55:38Z

PARIS (AP) -- French labor unions staged fresh protests against President Emmanuel Macron's contested labor law reforms Thursday - a day before he adopts them by executive order....



Former Australian prime minister says he was head-butted

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:49:50 GMT2017-09-21T13:49:50Z

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- A former Australian prime minister who decided two years ago that the people should vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legalized said he was head-butted Thursday by a gay rights advocate while walking in a city street....



Leaders to tech firms at UN: Remove terror posts in 2 hours

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:45:53 GMT2017-09-21T13:45:53Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The leaders of Britain, France and Italy are setting an ambitious goal for tech companies to tackle online posts that promote terrorism: Take them down within an hour or two....



AP Explains: Why Japan doesn't sign nuclear arms ban treaty

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:42:28 GMT2017-09-21T13:42:28Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Japan, the only country to have suffered atomic bomb attacks, has repeatedly called for a global ban on nuclear weapons. Yet it sided with the nuclear powers and NATO in refusing to sign a treaty to ban such weapons during the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York....



Body found at collapsed Mexico school; girl still trapped

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:33:29 GMT2017-09-21T13:33:29Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A delicate effort to reach a young girl buried in the ruins of her school stretched into a new day on Thursday, a vigil broadcast across the nation as rescue workers struggled in rain and darkness to pick away unstable debris and reach her....



Le Pen's deputy quits as tensions engulf French far right

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:28:44 GMT2017-09-21T13:28:44Z

PARIS (AP) -- The right-hand man of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen quit the National Front on Thursday, in a power battle that further weakened the party after Le Pen's bruising defeat in May's presidential election....



4 detained in probe linked to film on Russian czar's affair

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:22:11 GMT2017-09-21T13:22:11Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian police say they have detained four people suspected of an arson attack linked to a movie about the last Russian czar's affair with a ballerina....



Greece to step up tanker checks after pollution from sinking

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:20:35 GMT2017-09-21T13:20:35Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The Greek government is promising urgent inspections of small coastal tankers, 11 days after an oil spill from a shipwreck left beaches on Athens' coastline polluted and off bounds to swimmers....



Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:13:40 GMT2017-09-21T13:13:40Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia on Thursday issued a stern warning to U.S. forces and their allies in Syria, saying it has deployed Russian special forces alongside Syrian government troops in the battle for the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province and that Moscow would retaliate if the Russians come under fire....



Hong Kong leader condemns UK criticism over jailed activists

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:09:54 GMT2017-09-21T13:09:54Z

LONDON (AP) -- Hong Kong's leader has condemned criticism from British politicians over the city's recent jailing of student activists, saying such comments are unfair and "disrespectful."...



Canadian mining company not suspending investments in Greece

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:58:56 GMT2017-09-21T12:58:56Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A Canadian mining company that is one of Greece's largest foreign investors said Thursday it would not suspend operations in the country as it had threatened to do earlier this month, after starting a "constructive dialogue" with the government....



Dutch appeals court upholds ban on former Dutch Uber service

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:56:43 GMT2017-09-21T12:56:43Z

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- An appeals court has upheld the Dutch government's ban on a former Uber ride-hailing service in the Netherlands....



Poland, NATO troops hold drills amid security concerns

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:52:25 GMT2017-09-21T12:52:25Z

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Thousands of Polish and other NATO troops have launched major defensive exercises in Poland's north amid security concerns raised by war games recently held by neighboring Russia and Belarus....



Ryanair CEO admits mistakes amid cancellations crisis

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:48:26 GMT2017-09-21T12:48:26Z

LONDON (AP) -- Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary admitted mistakes to disgruntled shareholders Thursday as the airline struggles to overcome a scheduling crisis that is costing the company millions of euros....



UK bases in Cyprus employ drones to catch songbird poachers

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:40:14 GMT2017-09-21T12:40:14Z

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Police at Britain's two military bases on Cyprus say the use of a state-of-the-art drone will greatly boost their ongoing crackdown on the illicit trapping of small migratory birds....



Germany's kingmaker party seeks strong election comeback

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:39:44 GMT2017-09-21T12:39:44Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A pro-business party ejected from Germany's parliament four years ago is aiming for a strong comeback in Sunday's election, wooing voters with a dynamic young leader, a tough tone on eurozone strugglers and talk of a new immigration law....



WTO sharply upgrades forecast for trade growth in 2017

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:35:01 GMT2017-09-21T12:35:01Z

GENEVA (AP) -- The World Trade Organization has revised sharply upward its forecast for world trade growth this year to 3.6 percent, citing "resurgence in Asian trade flows" and a rebound in North American import demand....



Iran's top leader dismisses Trump's 'ugly, foolish' remarks

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:13:42 GMT2017-09-21T12:13:42Z

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's supreme leader said Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump's "cheap, ugly, foolish and unreal" remarks before the U.N. General Assembly earlier this week were a sign of desperation....



Business ties complicate Muslim states' response to Rohingya

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:52:49 GMT2017-09-21T11:52:49Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- When Rohingya Muslims fled persecution and slaughter in Myanmar in past decades, tens of thousands found refuge in Saudi Arabia, home to Islam's holiest sites. This time around, Muslim leaders from the Persian Gulf to Pakistan have offered little more than condemnation and urgently needed humanitarian aid....



Germany: Merkel aide criticized over comment on nationalists

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:48:18 GMT2017-09-21T11:48:18Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's justice minister accused Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff on Thursday of playing into the nationalist Alternative for Germany's hands after he said it was better not to vote at all than to choose the anti-migration party....



Malaysia police say beer festival axed due to security fears

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:43:24 GMT2017-09-21T11:43:24Z

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- An annual beer festival in Kuala Lumpur has been axed due to information that militants were planning to sabotage the event, police said Thursday....



Grenade attack kills 3, wounds 30 in Indian-held Kashmir

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:39:59 GMT2017-09-21T11:39:59Z

SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Suspected rebels lobbed a grenade at a motorcade of a local government minister in Indian-controlled Kashmir Thursday, killing three civilians and wounding 30 others, police said....



Iraqi forces begin operation to retake Hawija from IS group

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:35:01 GMT2017-09-21T11:35:01Z

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) -- In a push at dawn, Iraqi forces launched an operation on Thursday to retake the town of Hawija - one of the last extremist strongholds in Iraq - from the Islamic State group, according to a statement from the Iraqi prime minister's office....



UK police arrest teenager in subway attack probe

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:10:14 GMT2017-09-21T11:10:14Z

LONDON (AP) -- British police have arrested a sixth person in connection with last week's attack on a London subway train....



The Latest: May briefs Cabinet to reboot Brexit talks

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:08:34 GMT2017-09-21T11:08:34Z

LONDON (AP) -- The Latest on Britain's talks to leave the European Union (all times local):...



Canadian mining company says it will not suspend operations in Greece as it has started ta...

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:05:36 GMT2017-09-21T11:05:36Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Canadian mining company says it will not suspend operations in Greece as it has started talks with the government....