Month: September 2017

Tillerson says US has direct channels to talk to North Korea

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged on Saturday that the United State is maintaining direct channels of communications with North Korea even as tensions rise over the North's nuclear and missile programs a…

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Pope denounces porn and corruption of kids’ minds, bodies

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday denounced the proliferation of adult and child pornography on the internet and demanded better protections for children online – even as the Vatican confronts its own cross-border child porn investigat…

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Spain ready to revoke Catalan autonomy amid independence bid

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's government on Thursday set in motion plans to take away Catalonia's local powers after its defiant regional president refused to give up his demands for Catalan independence….

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EU to seek higher digital taxes on US giants

TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — There's a groundswell of support in the European Union to make sure that digital U.S. giants pay more taxes on their lucrative business in Europe, French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday….

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Uber’s CEO will meet with UK transport authorities

LONDON (AP) — London's transport authority said Friday its commissioner will meet with the chief executive of Uber next week….

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Ryanair bows to UK regulator demand on passenger rights

LONDON (AP) — Ryanair caved in to pressure from regulators Friday and issued a statement telling passengers about their right to compensation for the thousands of flights that it has cancelled….

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Rock hit man on head as he drove out of Yosemite park

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man injured in the second massive rockfall in two days at Yosemite was driving out of the national park when rock and rubble broke through the sunroof of his SUV, hitting him in the head, his wife said….

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Myanmar refugee exodus

TEKNAF, Bangladesh (AP) — He trekked to Bangladesh as part of an exodus of a half million people from Myanmar, the largest refugee crisis to hit Asia in decades. But after climbing out of a boat on a creek on Friday, Mohamed Rafiq could go no f…

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Israel grinds to a halt as Jews fast for Yom Kippur

JERUSALEM (AP) — The holiest day of the Jewish calendar has brought most of the country to a halt for Judaism's day of atonement….

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Rock hit man on head as he drove out of Yosemite park

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A man injured when a second massive rock fall plunged in Yosemite was driving out of the park when rock and rubble broke through the sunroof of his SUV and a rock hit him in the head, his wife said….

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Boko Haram leaves 3 million kids out of school in N. Nigeria

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Boko Haram's ongoing insurgency in northern Nigeria has forced the closure of more than 57 percent of schools in Borno state, leaving about 3 million children without an education as the school year begins, the Un…

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Villagers race to save Bali cows from volcanic oblivion

KARANGASEM, Indonesia (AP) — Bali's gently lowing cows, prized for their hardiness and doe-like temperament, won't become victims of the tropical island's menacing Mount Agung volcano if villager Wayan Sudarma has any…

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Mona Lisa unveiled? Nude sketch may have link to masterpiece

PARIS (AP) — There's something vaguely familiar about this charcoal sketch of a woman's face and nude torso – could it be an unclothed precursor to the Mona Lisa by the master himself?…

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Speaking up isn’t so easy for Catalans who also feel Spanish

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — When striking college students rallied on Thursday in Barcelona to defend a vote on whether Catalonia should secede from Spain, Josep Lago headed in the opposite direction, to his Law class….

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Stampede on crowded Indian pedestrian bridge leaves 22 dead

MUMBAI, India (AP) — A stampede broke out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two railway stations in Mumbai during the Friday morning rush, killing at least 22 people and injuring 32 others, Indian officials said….

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Myanmar Rohingya hatred has roots in Buddhist nationalism

BANGKOK (AP) — The prejudice and hostility that Rohingya Muslims face in Myanmar stretch beyond the country's notoriously brutal security forces to a general population receptive to an often-virulent form of Buddhist nationalism that h…

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Burundi refugees pressured return home, says rights group

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Thousands of Burundi refugees are under pressure to go home where they risk being killed, tortured or raped, an international human rights group said Friday….

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Stampede on crowded Indian pedestrian bridge leaves 22 dead

MUMBAI, India (AP) — A stampede broke out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two railway stations in Mumbai during the Friday morning rush, killing at least 22 people and injuring 32 others, Indian officials said….

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The Latest: Railways official says stampede toll rises to 22

MUMBAI, India (AP) — The Latest on a stampede at a Mumbai train station (all times local):…

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Tillerson carries full agenda as he prepares to visit China

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is making his second trip to China since taking office in February, and relations between the two world powers have rarely mattered so much….

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The Latest: Officials say 22 dead, 32 hurt in India stampede

MUMBAI, India (AP) — The Latest on a stampede at a Mumbai train station (all times local):…

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Farmers say Maria wrecked bright spot of Puerto Rico economy

For 21 years Hector Alejandro Santiago spread joy throughout Puerto Rico with the poinsettias, orchids and other ornamental plants he raised and sold to major retailers including Costco, Walmart and Home Depot. In a matter of hours Hurricane Maria wipe…

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Tillerson to discuss NKorea, Trump trip on 2nd China visit

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is making his second trip to China since taking office in February, and relations between the two world powers have rarely mattered so much….

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The Latest: Bali volcano exhibiting signs of unrest

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on an active volcano on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali (all times local):…

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India’s flagging economy draws dire warnings of recession

NEW DELHI (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power on a euphoric wave of promises to boost India's economy, add millions of jobs and bring "good times" to the developing nation….

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Indonesia volcano may erupt explosively or menace for weeks

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Experts say a suddenly active volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali is more likely to erupt than not….

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AP PHOTOS: Animals decorated and sacrificed in Hindu ritual

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Hindu believers are celebrating an annual festival in northeastern India with ceremonies offering animal sacrifices to the goddess Durga….

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Mexican rescue dog Frida became symbol of earthquake hope

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Even without rescuing anyone from the rubble after Mexico's big earthquake, a photogenic yellow Labrador retriever named Frida has gained an international social media following….

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Stories from the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Last week Puerto Ricans hunkered down as Hurricane Maria raked the length of the island, killing at least 16 people, wrecking the electricity grid and grinding up homes, businesses, roads and farms….

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Trump: ‘Big decisions’ to be made on cost of rebuilding PR

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is defending his response to Puerto Rico's hurricane destruction and says "big decisions" are coming on the cost of rebuilding the island….

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The Latest: UN chief urges Myanmar to halt military ops

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on a U.N. Security Council meeting on Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing Myanmar (all times local):…

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Saudi women will drive, but not necessarily buy new cars

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — What's your dream car to drive? Saudi women are asking that question after the kingdom announced that females would be granted licenses and be allowed to drive for the first time….

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IS reclusive leader rallies followers in purported new audio

CAIRO (AP) — The leader of the Islamic State group urged followers to burn their enemies everywhere and target "media centers of the infidels," according to an audio recording released Thursday that the extremists said was by …

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Here’s looking at you: Final Rosetta photo shows rocky comet

BERLIN (AP) — The European Space Agency says scientists have pieced together a final image of a comet's surface taken by its Rosetta probe just before its mission ended in a slow-motion crash a year ago….

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Saudi women will drive, but not necessarily buy new cars

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — What's your dream car to drive? Saudi women are asking that question after the kingdom announced that females would be granted licenses and be allowed to drive for the first time….

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Italy: Neo-fascists get a boost from anti-migrant sentiment

ROME (AP) — Created as a social movement to help under-privileged Italians, a small neo-fascist group has been grabbing headlines and gaining notoriety with its fierce opposition to migrants arriving in Italy….

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North Korea accuses US of exploiting student’s death

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea accused the Trump administration on Thursday of exploiting the death of an Ohio student who died soon after being released from detention in the Asian nation….

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Now even money is running out in storm-hit Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — First, Hurricane Maria knocked out power and water to Puerto Rico. Then diesel fuel, gas and water became scarce. Now, it's money….

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Market for illegal elephant ivory surges in Laos, study says

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The illegal sale of African ivory in Laos is surging even as neighboring China phases out its own legal ivory market, highlighting the challenge of curbing wildlife trafficking across porous borders, a conservation group sai…

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Serbia’s media stage blackout over pressure on free press

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia's embattled independent media staged a blackout Thursday to warn against what they say is Serbian leader Aleksandar Vucic's muzzling of the press by intimidation, threats and financial pressure….

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Attacking Israelis seen as way out for troubled Palestinians

HAR ADAR, West Bank (AP) — For years, Palestinian laborer Nimr Jamal would make the short daily commute from his West Bank village to a nearby settlement, where he was known as a conscientious worker who earned the trust of local residents, som…

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AP PHOTOS: Catalan police watch over their homeland

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's Catalonia region has its own police force, known locally as the Mossos d'Esquadra, and it has grown from its 18th-century roots into a modern European security agency with about 17,000 members….

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Audrey Hepburn mementoes fetch $6.2 million at auction

LONDON (AP) — Fans of Hollywood glamour have snapped up mementoes from the collection of the late Audrey Hepburn at a London auction….

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Etihad names British military official as new CEO

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The parent company of Etihad Airways has named a British military official who once oversaw Abu Dhabi International Airport as its new CEO….

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German consumer confidence down over international concerns

BERLIN (AP) — A survey shows German consumers are growing slightly less confident amid increasing concern over international problems, even though they still see the country's economy as being on the upswing….

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‘Devastating’: Travel rules leave Iranian-Americans in limbo

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — U.S. Navy veteran Mohammed Jahanfar has traveled overseas four times in the last year to visit his Iranian fiancee, most recently hoping to complete government paperwork that would allow her to come live with him in th…

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2 Malaysian boys charged with murder for Islamic school fire

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Two Malaysian teenagers were charged Thursday with murder after being accused of intentionally setting fire at an Islamic boarding school that killed 23 people, mostly students….

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Over 130,000 flee menacing volcano on Bali tourist island

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — More than 130,000 people have fled the region around the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fearing it will soon erupt….

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Evidence presented in Kim’s killing hasn’t ruffled defense

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Evidence has accumulated against the two suspects in the murder of the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader in the first two weeks of their trial, but the top lawyers hired by the Indonesian and …

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Vanuatu island exodus continues even as volcano stabilizes

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The evacuation of a Vanuatu island was continuing on Monday even after scientists said an erupting volcano had stabilized….

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