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JAKARTA, Indonesia | Indonesia’s Soputan volcano erupts, ejecting thick ash

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A volcano in central Indonesia has erupted, ejecting columns of thick ash as high as 7,500 meters (24,606 feet) into the sky. Mount Soputan, located on the northern part of Sulawesi island, erupted twice Sunday morning, according to the national disaster agency’s spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. He said in anticipation of hot … Continue reading JAKARTA, Indonesia | Indonesia’s Soputan volcano erupts, ejecting thick ash

BEIRUT | Syrian Kurdish force: Turkey attack would impact war on IS

BEIRUT— The main Syrian Kurdish-led militia warned on Thursday that threats by Turkey’s president to launch a new military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria will negatively impact their fight against the Islamic State group. Nuri Mehmud, spokesman of the People’s Protection Units or the YPG, also said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s … Continue reading BEIRUT | Syrian Kurdish force: Turkey attack would impact war on IS

NAIROBI, Kenya | Ex-Somalia extremist now running for office is arrested

NAIROBI, Kenya  — The former No. 2 leader of Somalia’s al-Shabab extremist group, who is now a top candidate in a regional election next week, was arrested on Thursday, prompting violent protests in which four people were killed, officials said. Mukhtar Robow, once al-Shabab’s spokesman, was arrested by Ethiopian troops that are part of the … Continue reading NAIROBI, Kenya | Ex-Somalia extremist now running for office is arrested

LONDON | The Latest: German government approves Brexit legislation

LONDON  — The Latest on political turmoil in Britain (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Germany’s Cabinet has approved legislation to protect British residents’ rights in the country in the event of a no-deal Brexit and to make the country a more attractive location for banks seeking to relocate. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: German government approves Brexit legislation

TOKYO | The Latest: Prosecutors deny plan to force Ghosn confession

TOKYO — The Latest on charges against former Nissan Motor Co. chairman Carlos Ghosn, who was arrested last month on suspicion of underreporting his income (all times local): 5:40 p.m. A spokesman for the Tokyo prosecutors who have charged former Nissan Motor Co. chairman Carlos Ghosn with underreporting tens of millions of dollars of income … Continue reading TOKYO | The Latest: Prosecutors deny plan to force Ghosn confession

KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan official: Taliban kill 14 troops in western province

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official says the Taliban have killed 14 Afghan soldiers and taken another 21 captive in an overnight attack in the country’s western Herat province. Herat provincial council member Najibullah Mohebi says attackers besieged two army outposts late on Thursday in Herat’s Shindand district. He says the fighting lasted for six … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan official: Taliban kill 14 troops in western province

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Giuliani calls Cohen ‘proven liar’ after plea

WASHINGTON— The Latest on Michael Cohen‘s guilty plea to lying to Congress about work he did on a Trump real estate deal (all times local): 11:50 a.m. President Donald Trump’s lawyer-spokesman is calling Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen a “proven liar” who is trying to get out of a lengthy prison sentence. Rudy Giuliani … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Giuliani calls Cohen ‘proven liar’ after plea

KIEV, Ukraine | The Latest: Kremlin surprised by Trump’s Putin cancellation

KIEV, Ukraine— The Latest on raised tensions between Russia and Ukraine (all times local): 7:15 p.m. The Kremlin says it has not been notified of a cancellation of the much-anticipated meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump. Russian news agencies on Thursday quoted Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, as saying that the … Continue reading KIEV, Ukraine | The Latest: Kremlin surprised by Trump’s Putin cancellation

HONG KONG | Gene-edited baby claim by Chinese scientist sparks outrage

HONG KONG — More than 100 scientists have signed a petition calling for greater oversight on gene editing experiments after a researcher in China claimed he altered the DNA of twin girls born earlier this month. He Jiankui of Southern University of Science and Technology of China says he did it to try to help … Continue reading HONG KONG | Gene-edited baby claim by Chinese scientist sparks outrage

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty in Khashoggi’s killing

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor announced Thursday he’s recommended the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul. The announcement by the kingdom’s top prosecutor, Saud al-Mojeb, appears aimed at distancing the killers and their … Continue reading DUBAI, United Arab Emirates | Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty in Khashoggi’s killing

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. | The Latest: Scott campaign calls Nelson lawsuit frivolous

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.— The Latest on the Florida election recount of 2018 (all times local): 1 p.m. A spokesman for Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s Senate campaign says the lawyer for incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson “seems to be content filing frivolous and laughable lawsuits.” The Nelson campaign sued the Florida Department of State on … Continue reading FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. | The Latest: Scott campaign calls Nelson lawsuit frivolous

MARSEILLE, France | French rescue teams find 2nd body in collapsed buildings

MARSEILLE, France — Firefighters in the southern French city of Marseille said Tuesday they found a second body in the ruins of two buildings that collapsed a day ago. A spokesman for the Marseille Firefighters told The Associated Press that a female body was recovered, in addition to a man’s body they found earlier. Several … Continue reading MARSEILLE, France | French rescue teams find 2nd body in collapsed buildings

WASHINGTON | Mueller refers plot to make false claims about him to FBI

WASHINGTON— A spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller says the office has referred to the FBI allegations that women were offered money to make up false claims about Mueller. In a statement Tuesday, spokesman Peter Carr says that once the office learned of the allegations, it immediately referred the matter to the FBI for investigation. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mueller refers plot to make false claims about him to FBI

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Sri Lanka’s crisis deepens as president suspends Parliament

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s president suspended Parliament even as the prime minister he fired the previous day claimed he has majority support, adding to a growing political crisis in the South Asian island nation. Chaminda Gamage, a spokesman for the parliamentary speaker, confirmed that President Maithripala Sirisena had suspended Parliament until Nov. 16. … Continue reading COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | Sri Lanka’s crisis deepens as president suspends Parliament

SAN FRANCISCO | Google reveals 48 employees fired for sexual harassment

SAN FRANCISCO — Google says it has fired 48 employees for sexual harassment during the past two years and sent them away without a severance package. The surprise disclosure came Thursday in an email Google CEO Sundar Pichai sent to employees after The New York Times reported that the company had dismissed the executive in … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Google reveals 48 employees fired for sexual harassment

WARSAW, Poland | Polish national airline cancels flights amid employee strike

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s national airline LOT is cancelling some flights as crew members strike to protest layoffs and demand better pay and working conditions. A spokesman for LOT, Konrad Majszyk, said Wednesday that over a dozen international flights from Warsaw, including to Germany and Denmark, were cancelled. Flights were also cancelled on Monday and … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Polish national airline cancels flights amid employee strike

ATHENS, Greece  | Greece: Former minister to be held ahead of corruption trial

ATHENS, Greece  — A former Greek finance minister, who headed the country’s effort to join the euro, is due to be jailed while awaiting trial on corruption charges. Yannos Papantoniou and his wife Stavroula Kourakou are scheduled to be jailed Wednesday in Athens, after a judge ordered they be held in pre-trial detention on money … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece  | Greece: Former minister to be held ahead of corruption trial

LOS ANGELES | About 15,000 strike at University of California hospitals

LOS ANGELES  — About 15,000 medical workers on Tuesday started a three-day strike at five University of California medical centers amid a dispute over pay raises and job security, forcing the cancellation and rescheduling of thousands of surgeries and outpatient appointments, officials said. The workers that included radiology technicians, respiratory therapists and pharmacy workers picketed … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | About 15,000 strike at University of California hospitals

KABUL, Afghanistan | 3 top Afghan officials killed by guards, US general survives

KABUL, Afghanistan  — The three top officials in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province were killed when their own guards opened fire on them at a security conference Thursday, the deputy provincial governor said, and a Taliban spokesman said the target was Washington’s top general in Afghanistan, Gen. Scott Miller, who escaped without injury, according to NATO. Agha … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | 3 top Afghan officials killed by guards, US general survives

CAIRO | Saudi-led airstrike kills 17 in contested Yemeni port city

CAIRO — Yemeni rebel officials say an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition targeting Shiite rebels has killed at least 17 people in the port-city of Hodeidah. A spokesman for the Houthi-rebel-run Health Ministry, Youssef al-Hadari, says that beyond the 17 killed there were also 20 wounded in the Saturday strike on the Gabal Ras area. … Continue reading CAIRO | Saudi-led airstrike kills 17 in contested Yemeni port city

KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan official: 13 killed in bombing at candidate rally

KABUL, Afghanistan — A motorcycle rigged with explosives detonated at an election rally in northeastern Afghanistan on Saturday killing at least 13 people, including civilians and security forces, officials said. Khalil Aser, spokesman for the provincial police chief in Takhar province, said 32 others were wounded when the explosives-laden motorbike parked near the rally in … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghan official: 13 killed in bombing at candidate rally

PANAMA CITY | The Latest: Florida psychiatric hospital ‘cut off’ by storm

PANAMA CITY, Fla.  — The Latest on the impact of Hurricane Michael’s destructive path across the southeastern U.S. (all times local): 6:35 p.m. State officials say Hurricane Michael left Florida’s largest psychiatric hospital “entirely cut off.” A spokesman with the Florida Department of Children and Families says Florida State Hospital in Chattahoochee has been running … Continue reading PANAMA CITY | The Latest: Florida psychiatric hospital ‘cut off’ by storm

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan | US, Russian astronauts safe after emergency landing

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan— Two astronauts from the U.S. and Russia were safe Thursday after an emergency landing in the steppes of Kazakhstan following the failure of a Russian booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos’ Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as scheduled at 2:40 p.m. (0840 GMT; 4:40 a.m. … Continue reading BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan | US, Russian astronauts safe after emergency landing

PALU, Indonesia | Indonesia’s grim search for disaster dead nears its end

PALU, Indonesia— Indonesia’s search for victims buried in neighborhoods annihilated by an earthquake and tsunami is nearing its end almost two weeks after the double disasters hit the remote city of Palu in central Sulawesi. Authorities had said the official search and rescue effort would end Thursday with prayers in areas of the city such … Continue reading PALU, Indonesia | Indonesia’s grim search for disaster dead nears its end

LONDON | The Latest: Kremlin refuses to comment on Bellingcat report

LONDON— The Latest on the Russian suspects in ex-spy’s poisoning (all times local): 1:15 p.m. The Kremlin has refused to comment on the claim by investigative group Bellingcat that one of the two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-spy in England is a doctor who works for Russian military intelligence. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Kremlin refuses to comment on Bellingcat report

CHICAGO | Mayor’s spokesman: Trump ‘clueless,’ wrong on stop-and-frisk

CHICAGO — A spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called President Donald Trump “clueless” for reviving criticism of Chicago and encouraging more stop-and-frisks by police. Trump told a police chiefs convention in Orlando on Monday that he’d order his attorney general to send officials “to help straighten out the terrible shooting wave” in Chicago. … Continue reading CHICAGO | Mayor’s spokesman: Trump ‘clueless,’ wrong on stop-and-frisk