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KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan officials says airstrike kills 16 civilians

KABUL, Afghanistan— Jan 24, 2019—An Afghan official says an airstrike on a home has killed 16 civilians from the same extended family in the southern Helmand province. Attaullah Afghan, head of the provincial council, said the airstrike was launched Wednesday in the Sangin district during heavy fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban. He says … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan officials says airstrike kills 16 civilians

BERLIN | German aid group rescues 47 migrants from Mediterranean Sea

BERLIN—Jan 19, 2019—The German aid group Sea-Watch says it has rescued 47 people from a rubber boat off the coast of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea. The NGO says its Sea-Watch 3 boat had headed to the area Friday after its reconnaissance aircraft overheard communications about a rubber boat foundering but were unable to get … Continue reading BERLIN | German aid group rescues 47 migrants from Mediterranean Sea

TEHRAN, Iran | Cargo plane crashes in Iran; reports say at least 7 killed

TEHRAN, Iran —Jan 14, 2019—A Boeing 707 cargo plane coming from Kyrgyzstan crashed on Monday while trying to land west of Iran’s capital, state media reported, with local reports suggesting at least seven people were killed. Fire immediately engulfed the aircraft after it skidded off a runway and crashed into a wall separating the air … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Cargo plane crashes in Iran; reports say at least 7 killed

BAGHDAD | The Latest: Syrian state TV reports air attack near Damascus

BAGHDAD — Jan 11, 2019—The latest on Syria and U.S. military pullout (all times local): 12:55 a.m. Syrian state media are reporting that air defense units have responded to “hostile targets” near the capital of Damascus. State TV said in its Friday night report that explosions were clearly heard in Damascus. It was not immediately … Continue reading BAGHDAD | The Latest: Syrian state TV reports air attack near Damascus

ROME | The Latest: Italy: North Korean envoy didn’t ask for asylum

ROME —Jan 03, 2019—The Latest on the disappearance of a North Korean diplomat and his wife from Italy (all times local): 10:55 a.m. The Italian Foreign Ministry says the envoy who had been North Korea’s acting ambassador in Rome has not asked Italian authorities for asylum. South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers in Seoul on … Continue reading ROME | The Latest: Italy: North Korean envoy didn’t ask for asylum

WASHINGTON | Hill leaders, Trump to meet on border in WH Situation Room

WASHINGTON  —Jan 02, 2019— Democratic and Republican congressional leaders are expected to attend a briefing on border security at the White House as the government remains partially shut down and President Donald Trump asks in a tweet, “Let’s make a deal?” The partial government shutdown began on Dec. 22. Funding for Trump’s pet project, a … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Hill leaders, Trump to meet on border in WH Situation Room

THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Dutch court upholds ban on branch of Bandidos biker club

THE HAGUE, Netherlands  — An appeals court has upheld a ban on a Dutch arm of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, agreeing with a lower court’s conclusion that the biker gang forms a threat to public order. In a written ruling issued Tuesday, the appeals court in Arnhem said that members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club … Continue reading THE HAGUE, Netherlands | Dutch court upholds ban on branch of Bandidos biker club

MOSCOW | Ukrainian fighter jet crashes on landing, pilot is killed

MOSCOW  — Ukraine’s military says a Ukrainian air force pilot has died when his Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet crashed while attempting to land at a base in the northern region of Zhytomyr. The Ukrainian General Staff wrote on its Facebook page that the plane went down Saturday during a routine flight. An investigation into the … Continue reading MOSCOW | Ukrainian fighter jet crashes on landing, pilot is killed

WASHINGTON  | Pence aide out of running to be Trump’s next chief of staff

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump’s top pick to replace chief of staff John Kelly, Nick Ayers, is no longer expected to fill the role. Ayers, who is chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, was seen as the favorite for the job when Trump announced Saturday that Kelly would leave around year’s end. But … Continue reading WASHINGTON  | Pence aide out of running to be Trump’s next chief of staff

KABUL, Afghanistan | Airstrike kills 10 civilians in eastern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — At least ten civilians were killed following an airstrike in the eastern Paktia province bordering Pakistan, Afghan officials said Sunday. Shausta Jan Ahady, a former provincial council member, said that women and children were among those killed in the strike carried out a day earlier. He said local residents displayed the bodies … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Airstrike kills 10 civilians in eastern Afghanistan

KIEV, Ukraine | Ukraine closes border to all Russian males between 16 and 60

KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian officials on Friday barred Russian males between the ages of 16 and 60 from traveling to the country in the latest escalation of tensions between the neighbors. The long-simmering conflict bubbled over Sunday when Russian border guards rammed into and opened fired on three Ukrainian vessels near the Crimean Peninsula, which … Continue reading KIEV, Ukraine | Ukraine closes border to all Russian males between 16 and 60

NEW YORK | Trump proposes ‘worldwide network’ to counter CNN overseas

NEW YORK  — President Donald Trump is raising the possibility of starting “our own Worldwide Network” to counter news spread internationally by CNN. Trump said via Twitter on Monday that CNN “has a powerful voice portraying the United States in an unfair and false way. Something has to be done.” It wasn’t immediately clear what … Continue reading NEW YORK | Trump proposes ‘worldwide network’ to counter CNN overseas

ISTANBUL | Military helicopter crashes in Istanbul; 4 soldiers killed

ISTANBUL— Officials say a military helicopter with five soldiers on board has crashed in an Istanbul neighborhood, killing four of them. The fifth soldier was rushed to a hospital with injuries. Anadolu Agency said the helicopter, which was on a training mission, on Monday hit the roof of a building and crashed in between apartment … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Military helicopter crashes in Istanbul; 4 soldiers killed

BEIRUT | Report: US-led airstrikes kill 40 in IS-held area of Syria

BEIRUT — At least 40 people, mostly women and children, were killed Saturday by U.S.-led airstrikes on the last pocket held by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria, a war monitor and Syrian state media reported. The coalition did not immediately respond to a request for comment. It maintains that it does all it can … Continue reading BEIRUT | Report: US-led airstrikes kill 40 in IS-held area of Syria

WASHINGTON | US court filing hints at charges for WikiLeaks founder

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department inadvertently named Julian Assange in a court filing in an unrelated case, suggesting prosecutors have charged the WikiLeaks founder under seal. Assange’s name appears twice in an August court filing from a federal prosecutor in Virginia, who was attempting to keep sealed a separate case involving a man accused of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US court filing hints at charges for WikiLeaks founder

MADRID | Spain considers ban on sale of gas and diesel cars by 2040

MADRID— Spain’s government is eyeing ambitious steps to tackle climate change, including a ban on the sale of gas and diesel cars from 2040. The government presented a blueprint Tuesday that foresees an end to state financial subsidies for fossil fuels and a prohibition on fracking. The working document, obtained by The Associated Press, contains … Continue reading MADRID | Spain considers ban on sale of gas and diesel cars by 2040

JERUSALEM | The Latest: Israeli strikes kill 2 after Gaza rocket attack

JERUSALEM— The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Palestinian health officials say Israeli airstrikes in the northern Gaza Strip have killed two people and wounded another three. It was not immediately clear if the casualties were militants or civilians. Health officials said they were all men in their 20s. Israel launched … Continue reading JERUSALEM | The Latest: Israeli strikes kill 2 after Gaza rocket attack

JAKARTA, Indonesia | Boeing jet crashed in Indonesia after key sensor replaced

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A crucial sensor that is the subject of a Boeing Co. safety bulletin was replaced on a Lion Air jet the day before it plunged into the Java Sea and possibly worsened other problems with the plane, Indonesian investigators said Wednesday. Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee said it had agreed with Boeing … Continue reading JAKARTA, Indonesia | Boeing jet crashed in Indonesia after key sensor replaced

MARSEILLE, France | France: 4 found dead in collapsed buildings, search goes on

MARSEILLE, France— Rescuers in the southern French city of Marseille found the bodies of four people in the ruins of two collapsed buildings as the search for victims and survivors continued into a second night. A woman’s body was recovered from the rubble, Marseille prosecutor Xavier Tabareux said Tuesday evening. The bodies of two men … Continue reading MARSEILLE, France | France: 4 found dead in collapsed buildings, search goes on

MARSEILLE, France | French rescue teams find body in collapsed buildings

MARSEILLE, France  — France’s interior minister arrived in Marseille Tuesday at the site where two buildings collapsed into rubble, killing at least one man. The southern city’s fire brigade confirmed on its Twitter feed Tuesday the discovery of a man’s body in the ruins. Officials warned up to eight people are still unaccounted for in … Continue reading MARSEILLE, France | French rescue teams find body in collapsed buildings

WARSAW, Poland | Poland: Exit poll gives centrists edge in key mayoral races

WARSAW, Poland — An exit poll suggested Poland’s populist ruling party lost runoff mayoral elections Sunday in Krakow and Gdansk, though it wasn’t immediately clear how hundreds of other local races across the country were leaning. Runoff elections for the mayor’s office in 649 cities, towns and municipalities took place between the top two vote-getters … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Poland: Exit poll gives centrists edge in key mayoral races

WASHINGTON | Malaysian financier charged in multibillion-dollar scheme

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced charges Thursday against a fugitive Malaysian financier and two former Goldman Sachs bankers accused in a money laundering and bribery scheme that pilfered billions of dollars from a Malaysian investment fund created to spur economic development projects in that country. A three-count indictment charges Low Taek Jho, also known … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Malaysian financier charged in multibillion-dollar scheme

BOSTON | The Latest: Sox manager, trophy hit by beer cans at parade

BOSTON— The Latest on the Red Sox parade in Boston celebrating the team’s World Series win (all times local): 5 p.m. Red Sox manager Alex Cora, one of the team’s championship trophies and a bystander have been hit by errant beer cans thrown during the team’s victory lap through downtown Boston. Cora is named in … Continue reading BOSTON | The Latest: Sox manager, trophy hit by beer cans at parade

3 injured in explosion in Russia’s north that kills attacker

MOSCOW — A man set off a bomb at the entrance of the local branch of Russia‘s main intelligence agency in a northern city Wednesday, injuring three security officials and killing himself, authorities said. The man entered the local branch of the FSB intelligence agency in Akhangelsk and removed the improvised explosive device from a … Continue reading 3 injured in explosion in Russia’s north that kills attacker

PITTSBURGH | Trump visits amid divide: ‘It’s sacred what happened here’

PITTSBURGH — To Marianne Novy, President Donald Trump isn’t wanted “unless he really changes his ways.” For David Dvir, politics should take a pause for grief: “It’s our president, and we need to welcome him.” Trump is once again called upon to step into the all-too-frequent role of national consoler after the worst instance of … Continue reading PITTSBURGH | Trump visits amid divide: ‘It’s sacred what happened here’

TAPANATEPEC, Mexico | Migrant caravan takes a break in southern Mexico

TAPANATEPEC, Mexico  — Thousands of Central American migrants took a break Sunday on their long journey through southern Mexico, but vowed to press ahead toward the U.S. border roughly 1,000 miles away, with Mexican government agencies seeming to waver between helping and hindering. Some rested in the shade of tarps strung across the town plaza, … Continue reading TAPANATEPEC, Mexico | Migrant caravan takes a break in southern Mexico

BERLIN | Train hits construction vehicle in Germany, no one injured

BERLIN — Police say a night train traveling from Berlin to Zurich has collided with a small construction vehicle in southwestern Germany. No one was hurt. Federal police said the accident happened south of Freiburg about 7 a.m. Sunday. The train, operated by Austria’s OeBB, ran into the smaller vehicle at about 80 kph (50 … Continue reading BERLIN | Train hits construction vehicle in Germany, no one injured

WARSAW, Poland | Polish schools cancel LGBT tolerance day under govt pressure

WARSAW, Poland— Several schools in Poland have canceled activities promoting tolerance for gays and lesbians following government pressure and threats in some places. More than 200 schools had planned to take part in “Rainbow Friday,” an anti-discrimination event that a civic rights group, the Campaign Against Homophobia, had promoted in hopes of building greater acceptance … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Polish schools cancel LGBT tolerance day under govt pressure

WASHINGTON | Mattis expected to send hundreds of troops to borderd

WASHINGTON  — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to sign an order as early as Thursday sending 800 or more troops to the southern border to support the Border Patrol, a U.S. official said. Mattis is responding to a request from President Donald Trump, who says he’s “bringing out the military” to address what he’s … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mattis expected to send hundreds of troops to borderd

WASHINGTON | The Latest: 2 suspicious packages addressed to Rep. Waters

WASHINGTON— The Latest on explosive devices sent to former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, CNN and others (all times local): 9:30 p.m. The FBI is confirming that two additional suspicious packages, addressed to Rep. Maxine Waters, have been intercepted that are similar in appearance to five others that were received. The FBI updated its tally … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: 2 suspicious packages addressed to Rep. Waters