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Russian theater director detained in embezzlement case

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 02:47:04 -0700

MOSCOW (AP) — In a blow to Russia’s contemporary arts scene, investigators on Tuesday detained one of the country’s most prominent directors and are pressing embezzlement charges against him. Kirill Serebrennikov, known for bold productions that poke fun at Russia’s growing social conservatism, is one of Russia’s most venerated theater and film directors whose work […]

Sixth Indonesian province declares emergency as fires spread

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 02:40:02 -0700

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency says the number of dry season fires has jumped to more than 500 and a sixth province has declared a state of emergency. Spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said Tuesday that satellite images show 538 fires across 23 provinces, up from about 160 early in the month. Plantation […]

German minister urges EU rethink on Turkish warrants

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 02:34:06 -0700

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s justice minister is calling for European Union countries to reconsider how they deal with Turkish warrants following the arrest in Spain of a Turkish-born German writer. Dogan Akhanli was arrested Saturday in Spain. Chancellor Angela Merkel has accused Turkey of abusing the international system used to hunt down fugitives. Justice Minister […]

Japan minister sees unity with Trump, pressure on N. Korea

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 02:34:03 -0700

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s new foreign minister says he sees no major shifts or divisions with the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration. Taro Kono, who was appointed earlier this month, says his talks with top U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty, […]

Indonesian police declare cleric key suspect in 2016 attack

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 02:05:02 -0700

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police on Tuesday named a radical Islamic cleric as the key suspect in a suicide bombing and gun attack that killed eight people in Jakarta last year. National police spokesman Setyo Wasisto said Aman Abdurrahman, the leader of an Islamic State group-affiliated militant network, ordered the Jan. 14, 2016, attack […]

Russian flight attendant sues Aeroflot for discrimination

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:50:06 -0700

MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court postponed a hearing Tuesday in the case of a flight attendant who is suing Russia’s flagship airline Aeroflot. She says she was taken off sought-after long-haul international flights because of her looks. Moscow City Court said that the hearing would now be held on Sept. 6 over Yevgeniya Magurina’s […]

UK subprime lender sees shares dive 63 percent as CEO quits

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:48:07 -0700

LONDON (AP) — Shares in Provident Financial, a British sub-prime lender, have more than halved after the company’s chief executive Peter Crook announced he was leaving with immediate effect following another profit warning. In early London trading Tuesday, Provident Financial’s share price plunged 63 percent to 6.40 pounds, meaning the company is not even worth […]

Dozens killed in airstrikes on Syrian city of Raqqa

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:44:04 -0700

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media and opposition activists are reporting that airstrikes on the northern city of Raqqa have killed dozens of civilians. U.S.-backed Syrian opposition fighters have been trying to capture the city from the Islamic State group since June 6, and have been marching under the cover of airstrikes by the U.S.-led […]

Ford to offer incentives to scrap older cars

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:23:03 -0700

LONDON (AP) — Ford is offering car buyers in Britain a 2,000-pound ($2,570) incentive to trade in older vehicles for newer, less polluting models. The offer announced Tuesday is available to new car buyers who trade in vehicles registered before Dec. 31, 2009. The cars will then be taken off the road and scrapped. The […]

Questions on immigration, race follow Trump to Arizona

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:45:04 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to recapture the Republican fervor that helped put him in office, President Donald Trump travels to Yuma, Arizona, on Tuesday to visit the nation’s southern border and to Phoenix to rally thousands of supporters in a state where he’s trashed both Republican senators. The two-day trip, which also includes a stop […]

Trump’s Afghanistan strategy makes new demands on India

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:43:08 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — Laying out his new Afghanistan war strategy, President Donald Trump reissued old demands on neighboring Pakistan to eliminate militant sanctuaries. Less expected: an entirely new warning to close U.S. partner India to provide more economic aid. Much of Trump’s eagerly awaited address on turning around the nation’s longest war sounded familiar, not […]

Posers or terrorists? Deaths put spotlight on neo-Nazi group

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:41:09 -0700

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The friendship of the four young roommates — though cemented in the dark trappings of an obscure neo-Nazi group called Atomwaffen Division — never seemed destined for bloodshed. One was described as a former science nerd, serving in the Florida National Guard. Two others worked temp jobs at a recycling plant […]

Trump vows continued fight in Afghanistan; reversing stance

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:38:08 -0700

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, President Donald Trump recommitted the United States to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, declaring U.S. troops must “fight to win.” He pointedly declined to disclose how many more troops will be dispatched to wage America’s longest war. In a prime-time address to unveil his […]

4 surviving Barcelona attack suspects appear in court

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:34:08 -0700

MADRID (AP) — Four alleged members of a terror cell accused of killing 15 people in attacks in Barcelona and a Spanish resort appeared in court Tuesday, a day after the last missing member of the cell was gunned down by police near Barcelona. The four men were arrested last week for their alleged involvement […]

Baby rescued from rubble on quake-hit Italian resort island

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:20:09 -0700

MILAN (AP) — Firefighters in Italy have freed a 7-month-old baby from the rubble of a house where he had been trapped with his family following a 4.0-magnitude quake on the Italian resort island of Ischia. At least one person — an elderly woman who was inside a collapsed church — was killed in the […]

Deported Mexican man seeks help from judge targeted by Trump

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:04:03 -0700

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Lawyers for a Mexican man who was shielded from being deported will try to persuade a well-known federal judge in San Diego that the Trump administration wrongly expelled their client from the United States. Supporters say 23-year-old Juan Manuel Montes is the first known recipient of the five-year-old Deferred Action for […]

Dubai arrests man for hiding 5.7M pills in sheep intestines

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:55:02 -0700

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A state-owned newspaper in Dubai is reporting a man has found himself in a legal mess after allegedly trying to smuggling 5.7 million amphetamine pills into the sheikhdom hidden inside sheep intestines. Al-Bayan newspaper reported in its Tuesday edition that the man appeared in court on charges he hid […]

Lebanon launched third phase of attack against IS militants

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:46:05 -0700

BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese Armed Forces say they have launched the third phase of a broad offensive to capture areas controlled by the Islamic State group on the border with Syria. The army began its operation on Saturday and has so far captured about two-thirds of the area once held by IS. The army […]

Afghan reaction mixed on Trump’s tough-talking speech

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:33:03 -0700

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans on Tuesday welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump’s harsh words for Pakistan in a speech outlining his strategy for the war-torn country that critics said offered little in the way of details and ruled out nation-building. Trump said U.S. troops had a single-point agenda and that was to eliminate extremist fighters. […]

Iran says only 5 days needed to ramp up uranium enrichment

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 23:25:06 -0700

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s atomic chief warned Tuesday the Islamic Republic needs only five days to ramp up its uranium enrichment to 20 percent, a level at which the material could be used for a nuclear weapon. The comments by Ali Akbar Salehi to Iranian state television come as U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly […]