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Powerful Hurricane Matthew on Caribbean track toward Jamaica

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:20:34 GMT2016-10-01T01:20:34Z

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Hurricane Matthew grew into a powerful Category 4 storm on Friday as it crossed the Caribbean Sea on a course that could have it pounding Jamaica within days....



UN condemns Congo clashes, calls for quick election calendar

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:09:32 GMT2016-10-01T00:09:32Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday strongly condemned recent deadly clashes in Congo fueled by political turmoil and called on the government and electoral commission to establish a calendar for elections "as fast as possible."...



Joseph Verner Reed, Jr., UN official and ex-US envoy dies

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:49:29 GMT2016-09-30T23:49:29Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Joseph Verner Reed, Jr., a U.N. undersecretary-general, former U.S. ambassador and chief of protocol under President George H.W. Bush, has died at the age of 78....



Hunger-striking ex-Gitmo detainee asks Uruguay for answers

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:10:17 GMT2016-09-30T23:10:17Z

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) -- A hunger-striking former Guantanamo prisoner is threatening to stop drinking liquids to press Uruguay's government into allowing him to leave the South American country and reunite with his family....



Children of Syria's Aleppo bear brunt of violent onslaught

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:07:32 GMT2016-09-30T23:07:32Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The 6-year-old girl was found trapped under the rubble of her home, destroyed by an airstrike in Syria's rebel-held city of Aleppo. "Dust!" she wailed as rescue workers pried away the stones and debris on top of her, finally freeing her and placing her on a stretcher as she screamed for her father....



5 soldiers killed in attack on Mexican army convoy

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:04:26 GMT2016-09-30T23:04:26Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The sons of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman were likely behind a brazen ambush on a military convoy using grenades and high-powered guns that left five soldiers dead and 10 wounded on Friday, officials said....



Historic takeover of Puerto Rico's finances, agencies begins

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:02:38 GMT2016-09-30T22:02:38Z

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A federal control board on Friday took over Puerto Rico's finances and several government agencies for the first time in the U.S. territory's history in a bid to haul the island out of an acute economic crisis....



Obama to Bill Clinton after Peres funeral: 'Let's go!'

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:56:28 GMT2016-09-30T21:56:28Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- President Barack Obama was left cooling his heels after attending the funeral for Israel's Shimon Peres as former President Bill Clinton chatted on the tarmac....



US teen summer program sparks national backlash in Cuba

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:52:46 GMT2016-09-30T21:52:46Z

HAVANA (AP) -- A few months after President Barack Obama visited Cuba in March, a group of teenagers left the island for a month-long visit to the United States funded by the U.S. State Department....



Israel: Palestinian killed after stabbing security officer

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:43:21 GMT2016-09-30T20:43:21Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say forces shot and killed a Palestinian who stabbed a security officer in the West Bank....



Police: Au

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:37:40 GMT2016-09-30T20:37:40Z

VICTORIA, Seychelles (AP) -- Two American sisters found dead in their tropical island villa while vacationing in Seychelles died of excess fluid in their lungs, according to police in the African archipelago nation....



Newest candidate to be UN chief to be grilled on Monday

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:11:26 GMT2016-09-30T20:11:26Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The latest candidate to be the next secretary-general, European commissioner Kristalina Georgieva of Bulgaria, will appear before the U.N. General Assembly on Monday to answer questions from member states....



Syrian monitor: Russian airstrikes killed 9,300 in past year

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:03:05 GMT2016-09-30T20:03:05Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- A year of Russian airstrikes on areas outside government control in Syria have killed more than 9,000 people, displaced tens of thousands and caused widespread destruction, an opposition monitoring group said Friday....



Colombia's rebels pave road to peace with apologies

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:52:26 GMT2016-09-30T19:52:26Z

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- For the third time in a week Colombia's largest rebel movement has asked forgiveness from its victims during the country's decades-long conflict....



Gas pipeline TAP installs first pipes in Albania

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:43:14 GMT2016-09-30T19:43:14Z

TIRANA, Albania (AP) -- The Trans Adriatic Pipeline has started building its gas pipeline in Albania....



Netherlands summons Russian envoy over MH17 probe criticism

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:26:32 GMT2016-09-30T19:26:32Z

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Netherlands summoned Russia's ambassador Friday to complain about Russian criticism of the Dutch public prosecutor's office over the probe into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17....



Cyprus president: No peace deal with Turkish military rights

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:19:38 GMT2016-09-30T19:19:38Z

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- An insistence by breakaway Turkish Cypriots to cede Turkey the right to militarily intervene under a hoped-for deal reunifying the ethnically divided island of Cyprus is "excessive and unjustified," the island's president said Friday....



The Latest: UN urges 48-hour humanitarian pauses in Aleppo

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:19:20 GMT2016-09-30T19:19:20Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on Syria (all times local):...



Stars line up for debut of Dior's first female designer

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 19:14:28 GMT2016-09-30T19:14:28Z

PARIS (AP) -- Rihanna and Natalie Portman dressed to the nines. Jennifer Lawrence opted for jeans. And most of the stars passed unnoticed amid the sea of celebrities awash inside Paris' Rodin Museum on Friday....



Mexico raises interest rates, cites Trump as risk

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:46:15 GMT2016-09-30T18:46:15Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The head of Mexico's central bank says U.S. Republican candidate Donald Trump represents a "hurricane" sized threat to Mexico....



Somalia accuses US over airstrike

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:08:11 GMT2016-09-30T18:08:11Z

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- The Somali government has accused U.S. forces of carrying out an airstrike earlier this week which killed 13 Somali soldiers....



Attack on train kills at least 3 in Republic of Congo

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:07:24 GMT2016-09-30T18:07:24Z

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of Congo (AP) -- A police spokesman says armed men have attacked a train carrying security forces in Republic of Congo's Pool region, killing several people....



Ruling Bosnian Serbs, pro-EU group face-off in local votes

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:01:58 GMT2016-09-30T18:01:58Z

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) -- Bosnians will vote Sunday in local elections marked by a battle over who will run the municipalities in the part of the country run by Bosnian Serbs - a pro-European Union coalition or the already ruling separatist party with close ties to Russia....



Q&A: Will Deutsche Bank become the next Lehman?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:51:04 GMT2016-09-30T17:51:04Z

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Germany's biggest bank is looking shaky and some investors fear it could collapse and endanger the wider financial system....



Van Gogh paintings stolen in 2002 found in Italian farmhouse

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:41:40 GMT2016-09-30T17:41:40Z

ROME (AP) -- Police investigating suspected Italian mobsters for cocaine trafficking discovered two Van Gogh paintings hidden in a farmhouse near Naples, masterpieces that had vanished in 2002 during a nighttime heist at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, authorities said Friday....



In death, Peres brings Israelis, Palestinians together

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:28:43 GMT2016-09-30T17:28:43Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Even in death, Shimon Peres managed to bring Israelis and Palestinians together....



Snags in Europe plan to relocate migrants from Greece, Italy

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:27:15 GMT2016-09-30T17:27:15Z

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Hungary is holding a referendum on Sunday against future European Union quotas for accepting asylum seekers, but schemes already in place to ensure EU member countries are taking in a fair share of the migrants reaching Europe hardly are working now....



Peres, remembered for tireless peace efforts, laid to rest

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:13:24 GMT2016-09-30T17:13:24Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Shimon Peres was laid to rest Friday by dozens of world leaders who praised Israel's former president and prime minister for pursuing peace with an indefatigable spirit and optimism, even though his vision of a "new Middle East" was never fulfilled....



Deutsche Bank shares swing wildly amid stability concerns

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:08:19 GMT2016-09-30T17:08:19Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Shares in Deutsche Bank swung wildly on Friday, touching a record low before roaring back to life, amid speculation about the stability of Germany's biggest bank and the European financial system....



Pakistan blames India for postponement of SAARC conference

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:34:11 GMT2016-09-30T16:34:11Z

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan's Foreign Ministry says it remains committed to hosting the 19th SAARC Summit, which has been postponed after India's decision to abstain....



Gunmen assassinate a senior intelligence official in Yemen

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:20:07 GMT2016-09-30T16:20:07Z

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemeni security officials say that suspected militants have gunned down a senior security official in the southern city of Aden....



South African rangers kill 3 suspected poachers

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:17:13 GMT2016-09-30T16:17:13Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South African authorities used a helicopter to recover the bodies of three suspected poachers who were fatally shot by rangers in a wildlife park where rhino poaching has increased in recent weeks....



Europe's comet probe Rosetta ends 12-year mission with crash

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:03:50 GMT2016-09-30T16:03:50Z

BERLIN (AP) -- After 12 years of hurtling through space in pursuit of a comet, the Rosetta probe ended its mission Friday with a slow-motion crash onto the icy surface of the alien world it was sent out to study....



Opposition leader: Turkey is misusing its emergency powers

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:02:18 GMT2016-09-30T16:02:18Z

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's opposition leader accused the government on Friday of using emergency powers from the aftermath of a failed coup to clamp down on dissenting voices, as authorities ordered 12 more news organizations to shut down for alleged threats to national security....



Pro-refugee mayor of German town assaulted, no suspects yet

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:40:54 GMT2016-09-30T15:40:54Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Police say the pro-refugee mayor of a tiny town in northern Germany was assaulted outside a town hall meeting where the construction of a new asylum-seekers' home was to be discussed....



Finns: The Dutch asked us to keep Buk missile test secret

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:32:39 GMT2016-09-30T15:32:39Z

HELSINKI (AP) -- Finland's president says the Netherlands had asked the Nordic country to keep secret some tests it made with Russian-built missiles similar to the one believed to have downed a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine in 2014....



UN rights council approves inquiry into Burundi abuses

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:32:35 GMT2016-09-30T15:32:35Z

GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N. Human Rights Council has approved the creation of a commission of inquiry to investigate human rights violations and abuses in Burundi over the last 17 months....



Islamic State suspect extradited to Germany from France

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:24:02 GMT2016-09-30T15:24:02Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A suspected member of the Islamic State group who turned himself in to French authorities and revealed plans of an attack plot has been extradited to Germany....



Gunmen kills 6 civilians, 1 police officer in Pakistan

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:19:23 GMT2016-09-30T15:19:23Z

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Unknown gunmen killed six civilians in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province while attackers killed a police officer in the southern city of Karachi in order to free two alleged killers he was escorting, officials said Friday....



Gabon gets anti-poaching helicopter from South African group

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:17:39 GMT2016-09-30T15:17:39Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- A South African foundation is providing a helicopter and other anti-poaching equipment to Gabon, whose forest elephants have been heavily targeted by traffickers....



Court says Malta can register child born on migrant boat

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:10:30 GMT2016-09-30T15:10:30Z

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) -- A Maltese appeals court on Friday ruled that a Somali woman who gave birth on a migrant smugglers' boat eight years ago can finally register her child in Malta....



Obama: Peres won his wars but understood the need for peace

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:59:00 GMT2016-09-30T14:59:00Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- President Barack Obama hailed Shimon Peres Friday as a man who showed the world that justice and hope are at the heart of the Zionist ideal and saw "all people as deserving of dignity and respect."...



Short on donations, Romania faces deadline to buy Brancusi

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:52:14 GMT2016-09-30T14:52:14Z

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Romania's culture minister says the public has donated much less than needed to buy a nationally treasured work by sculptor Constantin Brancusi....



4 arrested at German border with possible bomb-making goods

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:48:22 GMT2016-09-30T14:48:22Z

BERLIN (AP) -- German police say they have arrested four men after finding possible bomb-making material in their car at the border with Austria....



Duterte 'happy to slaughter' drug suspects; mentions Hitler

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:34:05 GMT2016-09-30T14:34:05Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte raised the rhetoric over his bloody anti-crime war to a new level Friday, comparing it to Hitler and the Holocaust and saying he would be "happy to slaughter" 3 million addicts....



US rapper Gibbs cleared of sexual abuse charges in Austria

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:29:36 GMT2016-09-30T14:29:36Z

VIENNA (AP) -- An Austrian court on Friday found U.S. rapper Freddie Gibbs not guilty on charges of sexual abuse, ruling there was not enough evidence in the case involving a fan....



Polish explorer says he's found deepest underwater cave

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:57:25 GMT2016-09-30T13:57:25Z

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A team of explorers say they have revealed an underwater cave to be the world's deepest, at 404 meters (1,325 feet) down, near the eastern Czech town of Hranice....



Germany: Baby girl found in suitcase beside infant skeleton

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:55:10 GMT2016-09-30T13:55:10Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A 22-year-old woman is under investigation for manslaughter after German police found a suitcase in her apartment with a newborn baby girl inside along with the skeleton of a second infant, Hannover prosecutors said Friday....



Dueling truths follow Indian raid in Pakistani Kashmir

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:53:45 GMT2016-09-30T13:53:45Z

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- In New Delhi, they say that highly trained Indian soldiers slipped across the de facto border and into Pakistani-controlled Kashmir in a daring nighttime raid, killing anti-India militants preparing to launch attacks....



Erdogan comments on historic treaty irk opposition, Greece

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:40:40 GMT2016-09-30T13:40:40Z

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Comments by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan questioning a historic treaty that defined Turkey's current-day borders have sparked anger inside Turkey and in Greece....