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South Africa blasts Trump over racially divisive tweet

By KRISTA MAHR, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's government lashed out at President Donald Trump on Thursday after he tweeted that his administration would be looking into alleged seizures of white-owned farms and the "large scale killing of farmers" in the country, an ...

Ugandan pop star-turned-lawmaker faces a treason charge

By RODNEY MUHUMUZA, Associated Press KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The Ugandan government filed a charge of treason Thursday against a pop star-turned-lawmaker who has emerged as a major critic of the long-serving president and whose jailing drew outrage from top musicians around the ...

Russia’s Putin visits site of decisive WWII battle in Kursk

KURSK, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday attended ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Kursk, in which the Red Army routed the Nazis. The July-August 1943 battle marked the failure of the last major Nazi offensive on the Eastern Front called ...

Husband: British woman freed temporarily from Iranian prison

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Pres LONDON (AP) — British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe left an Iranian prison for a three-day furlough Thursday — a breakthrough in the case that her family hopes will lead to permanent freedom. Richard Ratcliffe said his wife was released ...

UK govt says ‘no-deal’ Brexit would mean red tape, expense

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Businesses could face red tape at the border, customers could see higher credit card fees, patients could endure delays to medical treatment and there could even be a sperm shortage if Britain leaves the European Union next year without a deal, ...

Trump speaks out about Africa again, and many cringe

By CARA ANNA, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — By now, many Africans cringe whenever "Trump" and their continent are mentioned together. It's happened again. In a tweet containing inaccurate comments, President Donald Trump said he had instructed his secretary of state to "closely ...

At emotional Korean reunions, genuine talk often impossible

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A mother wails as she embraces a son she hasn't seen since the 1950-53 Korean War. A woman weeps as she greets a grandfather she never got to know. The scenes of Koreans meeting this week, likely for the last time before they ...

US deports former Nazi camp guard, 95, to Germany

By MICHAEL R. SISAK, DAVID RISING and RANDY HERSCHAFT, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — The last Nazi war crimes suspect facing deportation from the U.S. was taken from his New York City home and spirited early Tuesday morning to Germany, following years of efforts to remove him from the ...

Microsoft uncovers more Russian hacking ahead of midterms

By MATT O'BRIEN, AP Technology Writer Microsoft has uncovered new Russian hacking efforts targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections. The company said Tuesday that a group tied to the Russian government created fake websites that appeared to spoof two American conservative ...

Italian coast guard ship with migrants arrives in Sicily

MILAN (AP) — The Italian coast guard ship Diciotto has made port in the Sicilian city of Catania with 177 migrants awaiting word on which countries will take them following another standoff between Malta and Italy. Though the ship made port late Monday, the Italian government is not allowing ...

Vatican: Pope expected to meet with abuse victims in Ireland

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Tuesday that Pope Francis is expected to meet with victims of sexual abuse during his weekend visit to Ireland and speak out about the problem. Spokesman Greg Burke effectively confirmed the meeting during a briefing ...

Rockets hit during Afghan president’s address; no injuries

By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Rockets were fired Tuesday toward the presidential palace in Kabul as the Afghan president was delivering his holiday message for the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Adha, police said, prompting a ferocious aerial response, with ...

Pope on sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the "crime" of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of ...

Afghan forces free 149 hostages taken by Taliban in ambush

By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan forces launched a lightning operation in northern Kunduz province on Monday, rescuing 149 people, including women and children, abducted by the Taliban just hours earlier, officials said. By mid-afternoon, fighting was still ...

Spanish police shoot man dead in suspected terror attack

By EMILIO MORENATTI, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A man pleaded to be let into a locked police station in Barcelona before dawn Monday, then lunged with a knife at officers inside. Police shot him dead and the attack is being investigated for any links to terror, authorities ...

Quake swarm jolts Indonesian islands, killing at least 12

By ROSIDIN SEMBAHULUN, Associated Press SEMBALUN, Indonesia (AP) — Multiple strong earthquakes killed at least a dozen people on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Sumbawa as the region was trying to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. A shallow ...

Shots fired at gate of US Embassy in Turkey; no one hurt

By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Turkey was shot at from a moving car before dawn on Monday, an attack that came during heightened tensions between the two NATO allies. There were no casualties and no claim of responsibility for the fleeting attack, ...

Brief Korean reunions bring tears for separated families

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The 92-year-old South Korean woman wept and stroked the wrinkled cheeks of her 71-year-old North Korean son on Monday, their first meeting since they were driven apart during the turmoil of the 1950-53 Korean ...

Plane skids off rainy Manila runway, rips off engine, wheel

By JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Passengers of a plane from China that veered off a runway at Manila's airport and lost an engine and a wheel after landing hard in a rainstorm recalled Friday their brush with the terrifying mishap, with some of the 165 people on ...

Crews remove major rubble 3 days after Italy bridge collapse

By COLEEN BARRY and PAOLO SANTALUCIA, Associated Press GENOA, Italy (AP) — Excavators began clearing large sections of the collapsed highway bridge in the Italian city of Genoa on Friday, searching for people still missing three days after the deadly accident that one survivor said ended ...

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