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US Vatican cardinal: “Not once did I even suspect” McCarrick

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The highest-ranking American at the Vatican insisted Tuesday he never knew or even suspected that his former boss, disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, allegedly sexually abused boys and adult seminarians, telling The Associated ...

Opposition says Cambodian election was death of democracy

By SOPHENG CHEANG and JERRY HARMER, Associated Press PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The ruling party of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen congratulated itself Monday on its election victory, while the opposition party unable to contest the polls said they marked the death of democracy in the ...

Report says 3rd party intervention possible in MH370 mystery

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian-led independent investigation report released Monday, more than four years after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, highlighted shortcomings in the government's response and raised the possibility of "intervention ...

Zimbabwe votes for first time without Mugabe on ballot

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabweans on Monday were voting peacefully in their first election without Robert Mugabe on the ballot, a contest that could bring international legitimacy and investment or signal more stagnation if the ...

Death toll from Greek wildfire reaches 91 as village grieves

By COSTAS KANTOURIS and DEMETRIS NELLAS, Associated Press MATI, Greece (AP) — Fire officials in Greece raised the death toll from a wildfire that raged through a coastal area east of Athens to 91 and reported that 25 people were missing Sunday, six days after Europe's deadliest forest fire ...

Australian bishop convicted of sex abuse cover-up resigns

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resignation of an Australian archbishop convicted in criminal court of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a priest, taking action after coming under mounting pressure from ordinary ...

Cruise ship guards first tried to scare polar bear away

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian authorities are defending the actions of guards from a German cruise ship that killed a polar bear that had attacked and injured a crew member, saying they at first tried to scare it away. Police spokesman Ole Jakob Malmo says Monday that two members of ...

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe emerges, rejects Mnangagwa in election

By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's former leader Robert Mugabe on Sunday emerged to address the nation for the first time since stepping down in November and just hours before Monday's historic election, declaring that "I will not vote for those who have ...

Cambodians vote in election with main opposition silenced

By SOPHENG CHEANG and JERRY HARMER, Associated Press PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — With the main opposition silenced, Cambodians voted in an election Sunday virtually certain to return to office Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power for more than three decades. Although 20 parties ...

Strong quake hits Indonesian island, killing at least 14

By NINIEK KARMINI and ALI KOTARUMALOS, Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong and shallow earthquake early Sunday killed at least 14 people and injured more than 160 on Indonesia's Lombok island, a popular tourist destination next to Bali, officials said. The quake damaged more ...

Pope accepts resignation of McCarrick after sex abuse claims

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a move seen as unprecedented, Pope Francis has effectively stripped U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick of his cardinal's title following allegations of sexual abuse, including one involving an 11-year-old boy. The Vatican announced ...

Tears, grief at memorial service for Greek wildfire victims

MATI, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of people have attended a memorial service in the Greek seaside resort of Mati for the dozens who perished in a wildfire that devastated the area. Bishop Kyrillos presided over Sunday's service at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, six ...

Palestinian protest icon Tamimi released from Israeli prison

By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH, Associated Press NABI SALEH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi returned home to a hero's welcome in her West Bank village on Sunday after Israel released the 17-year-old from prison at the end of her eight-month sentence for slapping and kicking ...

Chinese leader arrives for Africa visit as US interest wanes

By BABACAR DIONE and CARA ANNA, Associated Press DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Africa on Saturday on a four-nation visit seeking deeper military and economic ties while his rival in a bitter trade war, the Trump administration, shows little interest in the ...

French investigators raid home of Macron’s ex-bodyguard

PARIS (AP) — French investigators on Saturday raided the house of one of French President Emmanuel Macron's former top security aides, a man who was caught on camera beating a young protester in May. Alexandre Benalla's involvement in the beating and questions about the government's handling ...

Hamas accepts cease-fire after massive Israeli Gaza strikes

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Gaza's militant Hamas rulers said Saturday they had accepted a cease-fire ending a massive Israeli onslaught on militant positions after a soldier was shot dead, once again pulling the sides back from the brink of a full-fledged war. Israel ...

Astronaut drops in on Kraftwerk gig, plays duet from space

BERLIN (AP) — Kraftwerk fans are used to hearing otherworldly tunes, but the German electronic music pioneers took it to another level at a gig in Stuttgart. Video posted Saturday by the European Space Agency shows German astronaut Alexander Gerst "dropping in" for a live performance from ...

Russian FM tells Pompeo: Russian’s arrest ‘unacceptable’

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Minister has held a telephone call with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in which he complained about the Americans' arrest of a Russian woman on allegations of being a covert agent. U.S. prosecutors have accused Maria Butina of working to infiltrate ...

Margaret Thatcher’s spouse not happy about McCartney invite

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Most hosts would be quite happy to have Paul McCartney come to a shindig. But that wasn't the case with Denis Thatcher in 1988 when planning a gala reception at 10 Downing Street. Newly released papers show that the late husband of former ...

Trump-Putin II: Planning fall event in aftermath of Helsinki

By ZEKE MILLER, KEN THOMAS and LISA MASCARO, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by swirling criticism of his summit encounter with Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump swiftly invited the Russian leader to the White House this fall for a second get-together. Cleanup from the first ...

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