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North Korea’s parliament meets, with Kim Jong Un at center

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's parliament has convened, with the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, taking the center seat. The Supreme People's Assembly normally meets once or twice a year at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in central Pyongyang. The parliament consists of approximately ...

Israel shuts Egypt border crossing following terror warning

By IAN DEITCH, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel closed its Taba border crossing to Egypt Monday following a warning by its anti-terrorism office and intelligence reports of an "imminent" militant attack there. The closure comes hours before the start of the Passover holiday, when ...

Sweden mourns 4 killed, 15 wounded in Stockholm truck attack

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedes have observed a minute of silence to honor the four people killed and 15 wounded in a truck attack on shoppers in Stockholm. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who declared Monday an official day of mourning, told a crowd outside Stockholm City Hall that "we will never ...

Poland marks anniversary of president’s death in plane crash

By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — With wreath-laying ceremonies and prayers, Poland on Monday observed the seventh anniversary of a plane crash in Russia that killed President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and 94 others. Poland's current Law and Justice ruling party is ...

Egypt’s Christians bury dead after IS church bombings

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian Christians are burying their dead a day after at least 44 people were killed in twin suicide bombings at Palm Sunday services in two separate cities. Women wailed as caskets marked with the word "martyr" were brought into the Mar Amina church in the coastal city of ...

G-7 ministers aim to press Russia to stop backing Assad

LUCCA, Italy (AP) — Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized nations are gathering Monday for a meeting given urgency by the chemical attack in Syria and the U.S. military response, with participants aiming to pressure Russia to end its support for President Bashar ...

South African president holds firm despite challenges

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president is proceeding with official business despite calls for his resignation, attending a commemoration of an anti-apartheid leader who was assassinated in 1993. Some supporters at the ceremony on Monday chanted the name of President Jacob Zuma, who has ...

Airstrike on Syrian town hit by chemical weapons kills 1

BEIRUT (AP) — Warplanes struck a northern Syrian town Saturday where a chemical attack killed scores of people earlier this week, killing one person and wounding another as Turkey described the U.S. missile attack on an air base as a "cosmetic intervention" unless it removes President Bashar ...

Swedish authorities say truck attack suspect held

By MATTI HUUHTANEN, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish police said Saturday that they believe they have arrested the driver of a hijacked beer truck which killed four people and injured 15 others on a busy street in the Swedish capital. "Yes, it is correct, it is likely him," police ...

US threatens more pressure on Syria after missile strikes

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The United States is vowing to keep up the pressure on Syria after the intense nighttime wave of missile strikes from U.S. ships, despite the prospect of escalating Russian ill will that could further inflame one of the ...

3 killed, 4 injured, 5 missing in house collapse in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Three people were killed and four were injured when an apartment house collapsed in southwestern Poland, and rescuers were working to account for five others, authorities said Saturday. Regional governor Pawel Hreniak said the search and rescue operation was expected to ...

US strike on Syrian air base has limited impact on Assad

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. missile attack caused heavy damage to one of Syria's biggest and most strategic air bases, used to launch warplanes to strike opposition-held areas throughout Syria. Videos from inside the Shayrat air base showed fighter jets and ...

US strike on Syria is widely praised, but angers Russia

By ZEINA KARAM and SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — World leaders rallied around the United States after it launched a missile strike early Friday on a Syrian air base in response to this week's chemical attack, while Russia condemned the move as "aggression" and suspended ...

Sweden PM: Truck crash into Stockholm store is terror attack

By DAVID KEYTON and JAN OLSEN, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — A driver crashed a hijacked beer truck into an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday, killing at least two people, according to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who called the crash a terror attack. Live ...

Russia ups ante by freezing communications with US in Syria

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia reacted to U.S. military strikes on its ally Syria Friday by cutting a hotline intended to prevent midair incidents, a response that demonstrates Moscow's readiness to defy Washington and could even put the two nuclear superpowers ...

Romanian tourist hurt in London attack has died

By GREGORY KATZ and ALISON MUTLER, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — They were a young Romanian couple, in love, strolling across Westminster Bridge, taking in London's memorable sights like dozens of other tourists. A marriage proposal was in the air — though yet unstated — and the final ...

World response to US strike reflects divide over Syria

By The Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base was widely welcomed as a response to this week's chemical weapons attack, but condemned by Syria's government and its allies Russia and Iran, which said the move would complicate efforts to fight ...

Fast train hits truck in Poland; 15 hospitalized

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A fast train hit a flat-bed truck at an unguarded railway crossing in southwestern Poland, sending 18 people to the hospital, including seven with grave injuries,, a spokesman for the national firefighters said Friday. A number of other suffered less severe ...

Russian police arrest 3 suspected of links to subway bombing

By IRINA TITOVA and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian security agents on Thursday arrested three people suspected of links to a suicide bomber accused of attacking the city's subway and deactivated an explosive device in the apartment where they ...

Turkey: Syria autopsies show chemical weapons used in attack

By BASSEM MROUE and SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey said Thursday that autopsies of Syrian victims from this week's assault in Syria's Idlib province show they were subjected to chemical weapons as France's foreign minister called for the prosecution of President Bashar ...