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U.S. ambassador reports progress on new North Korea sanctions

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and China are making progress on a new U.N. resolution that would impose additional sanctions against North Korea following its test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said ...

U.S. Navy fires warning shots near Iran ship in Persian Gulf

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. Navy patrol boat fired warning shots Tuesday near an Iranian vessel that American sailors said came dangerously close to them during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf, the first such incident to happen under ...

Thousands join Muslim prayer protests over Jerusalem shrine

By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and IAN DEITCH, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Palestinian Muslims prayed in the streets near Jerusalem's most contested holy site Tuesday, heeding a call by clergy to not enter the shrine despite Israel's seeming capitulation when it removed metal ...

Chainsaw attack suspect arrested in Switzerland

BERLIN (AP) — The suspect in a chainsaw attack on a health insurer's office in Switzerland that left five people wounded was caught on Tuesday after more than a day on the run, police said. Franz Wrousis was arrested in Thalwil, some 45 kilometers (28 miles) from the scene of Monday ...

Libyan rivals agree in France to cease-fire, elections

By ELAINE GANLEY and NADINE ACHOUI-LESAGE, Associated Press LA CELLE SAINT-CLOUD, France (AP) — Two rival Libyan leaders committed themselves on Tuesday to a cease-fire, working toward presidential and parliamentary elections and finding a roadmap to secure lawless Libya against terrorism ...

St. Peter’s Square fountains being shut off due to drought

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says it is shutting off all its fountains, including those in St. Peter's Square, because of Italy's drought. Vatican Radio on Monday said the decision is linked with Pope Francis' teachings on the environment. The pope has decried wasteful practices and ...

Turkish president meets Qatari leader over Gulf dispute

By ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Turkey's president on Monday urged Qatar and Arab countries isolating it to negotiate an end to the crisis dividing them as he wrapped up a two-day Gulf tour. Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in a brief statement ...

Israel seeks alternative to metal detectors to end crisis

By KARIN LAUB and IAN DEITCH, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's security Cabinet met for a second straight day Monday to try to defuse an escalating crisis with the Muslim world and find an alternative to metal detectors that had been installed a week earlier at a contested ...

Hunt is on for chainsaw attacker who wounded 5 in Swiss city

BERLIN (AP) — A man armed with a chainsaw wounded five people at a health insurer's office Monday in the northern Swiss city of Schaffhausen, police said, triggering a manhunt for a suspect described as aggressive and psychologically unstable. Suspect Franz Wrousis, 51, has two previous ...

Trump lets Iran deal live, but signals he may not for long

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Having accused Iran of flouting the nuclear deal, President Donald Trump was inclined to tell Congress that Tehran was violating it. His national security aides talked him out of it, but only after agreeing to last-minute changes to try to ...

Metal detectors at Jerusalem shrine trigger new tensions

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — A dispute over metal detectors is escalating into a new showdown between Israel and the Muslim world over a Jerusalem shrine that has triggered major Israeli-Palestinian confrontations in the past. Israel says installing the devices at the ...

Polish leader seeks to stop critical debate on top court law

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president sought on Tuesday to end a bitter political conflict surrounding changes that the ruling populist party is introducing into the nation's judicial system. The parliament, dominated by the ruling Law and Justice party, was holding a heated debate over a ...

Wife of Princeton researcher held in Iran urges his release

By ADAM SCHRECK and DIDI TANG, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The wife of a Princeton graduate student sentenced to 10 years behind bars in Iran called on authorities there to release him Tuesday, saying the Chinese-American man has been "unjustly imprisoned." Xiyue ...

Turkish court jails 6 human rights activists pending trial

By NEYRAN ELDEN and SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court on Tuesday jailed Amnesty International's Turkey director and five other human rights activists pending trial for allegedly aiding an armed terror group — making them the latest suspects in a massive ...

Spanish soccer executive, son arrested in corruption probe

By ARITZ PARRA and JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — The executive who oversaw Spain's rise to dominate world soccer in recent years was arrested Tuesday in an anti-corruption investigation, dealing yet another blow to the sport's already-tarnished image. Angel Maria Villar, his ...

Wildfires in B.C. have forced nearly 40,000 to evacuate

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia (AP) — Fast-moving wildfires in British Columbia have forced nearly 40,000 residents to leave their homes and residents are flooding into crowded evacuation centers amid a provincial state of emergency. Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced Monday ...

Venezuelan opposition calls for nationwide strike

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and FABIOLA SANCHEZ, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leaders called Monday for a 24-hour nationwide strike to increase pressure on the socialist government after more than 7 million people rejected a plan to rewrite the constitution ...

3 years on, families honor loved ones lost on downed MH17

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press VIJFHUIZEN, Netherlands (AP) — The father of two siblings killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine three years ago said Monday that relatives of the 298 people killed would not rest until those responsible face justice. At an ...

Guatemala hands Mexico ex-governor wanted in corruption case

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The former governor of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz was extradited from Guatemala to Mexico on Monday to face corruption charges. Former Gov. Javier Duarte was flown to Mexico City after dropping a fight against extradition. Duarte appeared at the Mexico City ...

UN envoy warns that Iraq faces major challenges after Mosul

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Iraq warned Monday that the road ahead for the Mideast nation is "extremely challenging" following the liberation of Mosul, stressing that freeing other territory controlled by Islamic State extremists won't be ...