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Spanish town struggles to square growth of extremist cell

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 20:56:33 GMT2017-08-20T20:56:33Z

RIPOLL, Spain (AP) -- They were brothers and boyhood friends from a town with no unfamiliar faces. They were linked by Moroccan roots and equally tied by their upbringings in Ripoll, an ancient hub in the Catalan foothills known for its monastery and passageways dotted with cafes and kebab shops....



Syria's Assad rejects security cooperation with the West

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 14:47:06 GMT2017-08-20T14:47:06Z

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- Syrian President Bashar Assad on Sunday refused any security cooperation with Western nations or the reopening of their embassies, until they cut ties with opposition and insurgent groups....



Iran approves nearly all of Rouhani's Cabinet picks

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 14:23:13 GMT2017-08-20T14:23:13Z

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iranian lawmakers on Sunday approved 16 Cabinet members nominated by recently re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, including the first defense minister unaffiliated with the elite, hard-line Revolutionary Guard in 25 years....






Attack victims came from around world to celebrate Barcelona

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:52:43 GMT2017-08-20T17:52:43Z

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- The victims of last week's attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort town came from around the world and across generations - a Canadian with an adventurous spirit, a Portuguese woman celebrating her 74th birthday, a 3-year-old Spanish boy enjoying a day out with his family....



Iraq launches operation to take back IS-held town near Mosul

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:54:16 GMT2017-08-20T17:54:16Z

ABU GHADDUR, Iraq (AP) -- U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on Sunday launched a multi-pronged assault to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, marking the next phase in the country's war on the Islamic State group....



Grace Mugabe gets diplomatic immunity, returns to Zimbabwe

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 14:50:39 GMT2017-08-20T14:50:39Z

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Granted diplomatic immunity by South Africa, the wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned home from Johannesburg on Sunday despite calls that she be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel there....



Germany welcomes release of writer sought by Turkey

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 16:44:45 GMT2017-08-20T16:44:45Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany welcomed the release Sunday of a German writer detained in Spain on a Turkish warrant and accused Turkey of abusing the international system used to hunt down fugitives....



The Latest: Reports say shell hits Syrian fair

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:46:23 GMT2017-08-20T11:46:23Z

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) -- The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):...



Hospital officals: Nearly 500 dead in Sierra Leone mudslides

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:15:58 GMT2017-08-20T17:15:58Z

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) -- Churches across Sierra Leone held special services Sunday in memory of those killed in mudslides and flooding earlier this week, as hospital officials announced the toll had risen to nearly 500 bodies collected....