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Philippine Catholic leader says a priest and several churchgoers have been taken hostage b...

Wed, 24 May 2017 06:09:03 GMT2017-05-24T06:09:03Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine Catholic leader says a priest and several churchgoers have been taken hostage by gunmen in besieged city....



Bahrain raid on Shiite cleric's town: 5 killed, 286 arrested

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:30:55 GMT2017-05-24T05:30:55Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Bahraini police raid on the hometown of a prominent Shiite cleric facing possible deportation has left at least five demonstrators dead and 286 people arrested in an assault in which officers fired tear gas and shotguns at protesters....



4 bodies found inside tent at the highest camp on Everest

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:28:00 GMT2017-05-24T05:28:00Z

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Sherpa rescuers have found the bodies of four climbers inside a tent on the highest camp on Mount Everest, raising the death toll this climbing season to 10, authorities said Wednesday....



In Trump's private moments, it is small talk and compliments

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:23:21 GMT2017-05-24T05:23:21Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- What do world leaders talk about when they are alone? Not much it seems....



The Latest: Investigators hunt for accomplices of bomber

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:13:01 GMT2017-05-24T05:13:01Z

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- The Latest on the blast at an Ariana Grande concert in northern England (all times local):...



S. Korean military court convicts soldier over gay sex

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:08:03 GMT2017-05-24T05:08:03Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- A South Korean military court on Wednesday sentenced an army captain to a suspended prison term for having sex with a fellow male soldier in a ruling human rights groups criticized as regressive and intimidating....



Coroner: Police should have moved in earlier in Sydney siege

Wed, 24 May 2017 04:46:11 GMT2017-05-24T04:46:11Z

SYDNEY (AP) -- Police responding to a deadly hostage crisis in a Sydney cafe underestimated the gunman's threat and should have stormed the building earlier, rather than waiting to act until the gunman had killed a captive, a coroner said Wednesday after concluding a 2-½ year inquiry....



Moody's cuts China rating citing rising debt, slowing growth

Wed, 24 May 2017 04:20:05 GMT2017-05-24T04:20:05Z

HONG KONG (AP) -- Rating agency Moody's cut its credit rating for China on Wednesday, citing slowing economic growth and rising debt that it says will erode the country's financial strength....



Tensions in their past, Trump, Pope Francis to meet

Wed, 24 May 2017 04:09:06 GMT2017-05-24T04:09:06Z

ROME (AP) -- Concluding his tour of the ancestral homes of the world's three largest monotheistic religions, President Donald Trump is poised to call on Pope Francis, the famously humble pontiff with whom he has publicly clashed....



Venezuela regional election date set amid opposition rebuke

Wed, 24 May 2017 03:25:43 GMT2017-05-24T03:25:43Z

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Electoral officials in Venezuela are scheduling long-delayed regional elections for December, though the apparent olive branch may never come to fruition, as a special assembly to rewrite the nation's constitution is slated to take place first....



Qatar says state news website hacked, fake article published

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:13:03 GMT2017-05-24T02:13:03Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar says hackers broke into the website of its state-run news agency and published a fake story quoting the country's ruling emir....



AP Interview: Kofi Annan says Trump should talk to Iran

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:04:03 GMT2017-05-24T02:04:03Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Former U.N. chief Kofi Annan said Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump should reach out and talk to Iran, which by signing a nuclear deal with six major powers and re-electing President Hassan Rouhani is trying to reach out to the world....



Bahrain authorities say 286 people arrested in raid targeting Shiite cleric's town; five p...

Wed, 24 May 2017 01:56:21 GMT2017-05-24T01:56:21Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Bahrain authorities say 286 people arrested in raid targeting Shiite cleric's town; five protesters killed....



Uber driver charged with kidnapping Toronto woman

Wed, 24 May 2017 01:55:23 GMT2017-05-24T01:55:23Z

TORONTO (AP) -- Toronto police say an Uber driver is facing charges after a woman was allegedly kidnapped....



Animals still in cages a year after Buenos Aires zoo closure

Wed, 24 May 2017 01:39:38 GMT2017-05-24T01:39:38Z

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- The roars of lions, snorts of rhinos and trumpets of elephants still blend with the cacophony of honking buses and screeching cars passing nearby in one of the most heavily congested areas of Argentina's capital....



Ariana Grande fans tremble as they recall Manchester attack

Wed, 24 May 2017 01:19:40 GMT2017-05-24T01:19:40Z

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Rihanna Hardy had been excited about seeing Ariana Grande ever since she got her concert ticket as a Christmas gift. So when the day came, the 11-year-old left school a couple of hours early to make sure to get to Manchester Arena on time....



Emerald weighing more than 600 pounds found in Brazil

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:30:00 GMT2017-05-24T00:30:00Z

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Miners have found a 4.3-foot (1.3-meter) tall emerald weighing more than 600 pounds (272 kilograms) in Brazil's northeastern state of Bahia....



Areas outside of arenas becoming a bigger priority

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:26:51 GMT2017-05-24T00:26:51Z

LONDON (AP) -- Even before the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a Manchester, England, arena Monday night, the Chicago Cubs were evaluating ways to make the area around Wrigley Field safer....



Tom Cruise reveals 'Top Gun 2' to start filming soon

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:03:00 GMT2017-05-24T00:03:00Z

SYDNEY (AP) -- The Danger Zone may have gotten old and dusty, but Tom Cruise says he's about to fly back in....



Cannes fetes itself with massive 70th anniversary bash

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:44:05 GMT2017-05-23T23:44:05Z

CANNES, France (AP) -- The Cannes Film Festival threw a star-studded celebration Tuesday for its 70th anniversary, drawing mobs of celebrities and a dozen former Palme d'Or winners to commemorate the illustrious French Riviera festival's birthday....



UN: chemical experts found sarin exposure in Syria attack

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:13:43 GMT2017-05-23T23:13:43Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- A team from the international chemical weapons watchdog found exposure "to sarin or a sarin-like substance" in samples from an April 4 attack in northern Syria that killed over 90 people and now wants to visit the opposition-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, a senior U.N. official said Tuesday....



Warning of "imminent" attack, Britain raises threat level

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:04:06 GMT2017-05-23T23:04:06Z

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- As officials hunted for accomplices of a suicide bomber and Britain's prime minister warned another attack could be "imminent," thousands of people poured into the streets of Manchester in a defiant vigil Tuesday for victims of a blast at a pop concert - the latest apparent target of Islamic extremists seeking to rattle life in the West....



The Latest: Another awkward moment between Trumps in Rome

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:23:54 GMT2017-05-23T22:23:54Z

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump's first trip abroad (all times local):...



Puerto Rico university chief quits ahead of arrest order

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:00:37 GMT2017-05-23T22:00:37Z

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The head of Puerto Rico's largest public university announced on Tuesday that she has resigned just hours before she faced arrest for failing to reopen an institution that has been shut down by a student strike for nearly two months....



The Latest: Ethiopia's PM hails Tedros election as WHO chief

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:59:13 GMT2017-05-23T21:59:13Z

GENEVA (AP) -- The Latest on the World Health Organization's new chief (all times local):...



Trump envoy Haley tells refugees she cares, but defends cuts

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:21:27 GMT2017-05-23T21:21:27Z

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- President Donald Trump's U.N. ambassador visited a UNICEF center providing emotional support for Syrian refugee children and asked how the U.S. could better care for their needs. Then her boss proposed ending all U.S. funding to the organization....



Egypt moves bed, chariot of King Tut to new museum

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:13:22 GMT2017-05-23T21:13:22Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt safely moved two artifacts, a funerary bed and a chariot, belonging to the famed pharaoh King Tutankhamun on Tuesday, from the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo to a new one across the city, which will house a large collection of the ancient monarch's items....



British PM May: Raising threat level means military will replace police officers at some p...

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:55:21 GMT2017-05-23T20:55:21Z

LONDON (AP) -- British PM May: Raising threat level means military will replace police officers at some public events....



Brazil president on defense as aide falls, cash recovered

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:34:31 GMT2017-05-23T20:34:31Z

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Embattled President Michel Temer's attempt to win back confidence and stay in power was undermined Tuesday as one aide was arrested in a fraud scheme, another aide turned over to police a bag full of cash and shouts of "down with Temer" led a Senate commission to suspend work on a package of the president's labor reforms....



China calls for new talks with North Korea on nukes

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:24:09 GMT2017-05-23T20:24:09Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- China's U.N. ambassador said Tuesday that multiple North Korean nuclear and ballistic missile tests, with no end in sight, show the "very strong" need for new talks with Pyongyang to reduce tensions and try to achieve denuclearization....



Trump, Francis: After clashing, a search for common ground

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:07:29 GMT2017-05-23T20:07:29Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- They are stylistic opposites, one a bombastic tycoon-turned-president, the other a famously modest pope. They disagree openly on such weighty issues as immigration, climate change and economic policy....



Trump touts ultimate peace, but same obstacles remain

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:57:53 GMT2017-05-23T19:57:53Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- President Donald Trump showered his Middle Eastern hosts with praise and declared a breakthrough regional peace within reach. No one contradicted him, but behind the pageantry and politesse a wall of skepticism remains solidly intact....



Bus plunges into India river, 15 killed and 8 missing

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:33:29 GMT2017-05-23T19:33:29Z

NEW DELHI (AP) -- A bus plunged nearly 380 feet (150 meters) into a river in mountainous northern India on Tuesday, killing at least 15 Hindu pilgrims and injuring another seven people, police said....



Clashes between US troops, al-Qaida militants in Yemen

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:31:44 GMT2017-05-23T19:31:44Z

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- U.S. helicopters airlifted soldiers to a central Yemeni province where they targeted an al-Qaida compound, clashing with suspected militants and killing at least seven of them early on Tuesday, according to the American military, Yemeni security officials and tribal leaders....



Key Mexico-US border crossing remains closed after damage

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:22:47 GMT2017-05-23T19:22:47Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A major commercial border crossing between the U.S. and Mexico will remain closed this week as a result of damaging winds and rain....



Officials: Manchester bomber was local man of Libyan descent

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:14:07 GMT2017-05-23T19:14:07Z

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- The man who police say blew himself up in a packed concert arena in Manchester, killing 22 people, did not make a strong impression on his neighbors....



Angry Venezuela protesters take aim at Chavez statues, home

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:07:22 GMT2017-05-23T19:07:22Z

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Anti-government protesters in Venezuela have settled on a new target for their frustration: Hugo Chavez....



Likely presidential candidate in Egypt ordered detained

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:01:12 GMT2017-05-23T19:01:12Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian prosecutors on Tuesday ordered the detention for one day of an opposition leader widely tipped to challenge President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in 2018 elections following a complaint that he made an obscene finger gesture on the street outside a Cairo courtroom in January, according to one of his lawyers....



Trump makes personal appeal to both sides for Mideast peace

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:56:23 GMT2017-05-23T18:56:23Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- President Donald Trump made a personal appeal for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, calling on both sides to put aside the "pain and disagreements of the past," as he closed a four-day swing through the Middle East Tuesday....



US renews call for Hungary to talk with Soros-funded school

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:39:43 GMT2017-05-23T18:39:43Z

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The Hungarian government should "engage directly" with a university founded by billionaire George Soros which may have to leave Budapest because of recent amendments to the law on higher education, the United States said Tuesday....



UK blast: Blood, horror, shock as bomber strikes young crowd

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:15:48 GMT2017-05-23T18:15:48Z

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- For a crowd of mostly young British music fans, the Ariana Grande concert was supposed to be a school night out enjoying cheerful high-energy pop....



Turkey arrests academic, teacher on hunger strike

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:14:47 GMT2017-05-23T18:14:47Z

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey's state-run news agency says two dismissed public employees on a hunger strike have been arrested for membership in a terror organization....



Cup final has lost its 'glow' after attack, says Ajax coach

Tue, 23 May 2017 18:09:28 GMT2017-05-23T18:09:28Z

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- The "glow" has been taken off the Europa League final because of the deadly bomb attack in Manchester that killed at least 22 people, Ajax coach Peter Bosz said on Tuesday....



Somali suicide bomber kills 4 at Puntland checkpoint

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:55:22 GMT2017-05-23T17:55:22Z

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A suicide bomber blew himself up at a military checkpoint in northern Somalia's semiautonomous state of Puntland, killing at least four people, a Somali police officer said Tuesday....



Ethiopian wins race to be next leader of UN health agency

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:39:11 GMT2017-05-23T17:39:11Z

GENEVA (AP) -- Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former Ethiopian minister of health, was elected as the next director-general of the World Health Organization on Tuesday, becoming the first non-medical doctor and the first African tapped to lead the U.N. health agency....



Putin says whistleblowing on doping echoes Stalin's purges

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:27:30 GMT2017-05-23T17:27:30Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that plans to encourage athletes to give evidence about doping remind him of denunciations during Josef Stalin's purges....



Rio Olympic planning assailed for 'white elephant' venues

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:26:12 GMT2017-05-23T17:26:12Z

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A federal prosecutor looking into last year's Rio de Janeiro Olympics says that many of the venues "are white elephants" that were built with "no planning."...



Poland school honors 87 Jewish girls expelled under Nazis

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:20:21 GMT2017-05-23T17:20:21Z

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A school in Poland unveiled a plaque Tuesday that commemorates 87 Jewish girls who were expelled in 1939 during the Nazi occupation of the country....



Congo opens probe into ex-minister's role in Kasai violence

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:17:10 GMT2017-05-23T17:17:10Z

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) -- Authorities in Congo said Tuesday they have opened an investigation into whether a former government minister played a role in inciting violence in the turbulent Kasai provinces that has killed hundreds in recent months, including a team of United Nations experts....



Cannes festival holds moment of silence for Manchester

Tue, 23 May 2017 17:15:26 GMT2017-05-23T17:15:26Z

CANNES, France (AP) -- The Cannes Film Festival paused Tuesday for a moment of silence to honor the victims of the attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England....