AMMAN, Jordan | Jordan unions call strike, part of protests against tax hike

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordanian unions have called for a one-day strike next week, amid a groundswell of protests against planned tax increases. Thousands have taken to the streets across Jordan in recent days in the largest anti-government protests in several years, demanding that the tax plan be scrapped. In some areas, protesters burned tires … Continue reading AMMAN, Jordan | Jordan unions call strike, part of protests against tax hike

BERLIN | Merkel to work with new Italy govt, says united EU vital

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel laid out in a newspaper interview her ideas for more European integration, including the creation of a joint refugee agency that would determine asylum requests on the continent’s borders. In a changing global order, Europe “must be able to act, internally and externally, to be taken seriously by … Continue reading BERLIN | Merkel to work with new Italy govt, says united EU vital

PARIS | LOOK BACK: Serena vs. Sharapova, an enduring rivalry

PARIS (AP) — Through 14 years and 21 matches, Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova has evolved into one of the most enduring and multi-faceted, if also lopsided, rivalries in women’s sport. The next episode comes Monday, in their fourth-round match at the French Open. They speak with respect for each other’s tennis and achievements. They … Continue reading PARIS | LOOK BACK: Serena vs. Sharapova, an enduring rivalry

ROMULUS, Mich | Dog found dead in carrier during Delta layover near Detroit

ROMULUS, Mich. (AP) — Delta Air Lines is investigating the death of an 8-year-old pet dog during a layover at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, en route from Phoenix to Newark, New Jersey. The Pomeranian, called Alejandro, was found dead Wednesday morning in its carrier in a cargo facility at the airport, southwest of Detroit in Romulus. … Continue reading ROMULUS, Mich | Dog found dead in carrier during Delta layover near Detroit

OXON HILL, Md | Correction: Spelling Bee story

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — In a story June 1 about the Scripps National Spelling Bee, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Jashun Paluru finished fourth. He finished in a tie for third. A corrected version of the story is below: Texas takes it: Dallas-area kids are tops at spelling bee The winner of the … Continue reading OXON HILL, Md | Correction: Spelling Bee story

BERLIN | Man with knife, officer wounded in Berlin cathedral shooting

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police shot and wounded a 53-year-old Austrian man who allegedly waved a knife inside the cathedral in the center of the German capital Sunday, a police spokesman said. There was no immediate indication the man’s reported actions were linked to terrorism, Berlin police spokesman Winfrid Wenzel said. The dpa news agency … Continue reading BERLIN | Man with knife, officer wounded in Berlin cathedral shooting

JERUSALEM | Israeli strikes Hamas in Gaza after rocket fire resumes

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military struck Hamas militant sites in Gaza early Sunday in response to the resumption of rocket fire toward Israel, which threatened to unravel an informal cease-fire that had held since a flare-up of violence last week. Israel has also been battling fires caused by kites rigged with incendiary devices, or … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israeli strikes Hamas in Gaza after rocket fire resumes