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Pop star Ariana Grande visits fans in hospital

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Pop star Ariana Grande surprised young fans injured in the Manchester Arena attack, hugging the thrilled little girls in their hospital beds as they recovered from injuries sustained in the May 22 suicide bombing. The attack at Grande's ...

Security footage shows rampaging gunman in casino attack

By TERESA CEROJANO, Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The gunman in a deadly casino rampage in the Philippines was seen on security camera footage firing his M4 rifle in the air, setting fires and shooting at security forces in a stairwell during an attack that killed at least 38 ...

Bombing in diplomatic area of Kabul kills 80, wounds scores

By RAHIM FAIEZ and AMIR SHAH, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A massive suicide truck bombing rocked a highly secure diplomatic area of Kabul on Wednesday morning, killing 80 people and wounding as many as 350, an attack that left a scene of mayhem and destruction and sent a huge ...

Civilians seek food, water as Philippines siege continues

By JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — There was food and water— welcome commodities amid the frequent tears. There was, finally, safety, at least for the moment. And there were stories — stories of things that mothers and fathers hope never happen to their ...

Prince Charles tours churches to be restored in Transylvania

By OLIMPIU GHEORGHIU, Associated Press VISCRI, Romania (AP) — Britain's Prince Charles stepped into the Transylvanian countryside on Wednesday, touring medieval churches that have been vandalized with the hope of restoring them. He visited one 800-year-old church in the village of Drauseni, ...

Lebanon bans the new “Wonder Woman” movie

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A Lebanese security official says authorities have banned the new "Wonder Woman" movie following a campaign against its lead actress, who served in the Israeli army. Lebanon is officially at war with Israel. The ban is in accordance with a ...

Malaysia Airlines plane diverted over disruptive passenger

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Malaysia Airlines plane was forced to return to Australia on Wednesday after a disruptive passenger attempted to enter the cockpit, the airline said. It said Flight MH128, which was headed from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur, turned back to Melbourne because of the ...

Merkel spokesman: Germany still seeking stronger US ties

By DAVID RISING, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Berlin remains committed to strong trans-Atlantic relations, but Chancellor Angela Merkel's suggestion after meetings with President Donald Trump that Europe can no longer entirely rely on the U.S. "speaks for itself," her spokesman said ...

BA travel problems enter 3rd day as most services resume

LONDON (AP) — Travelers on British Airways faced a third day of delays and cancellations Monday, though most long-haul services were resumed, after a colossal IT failure over the weekend caused chaos for thousands of passengers. BA chief executive Alex Cruz said the airline was running a ...

Prince William talks of sadness that family can’t meet Diana

Prince William talks of sadness that family can't meet Diana LONDON (AP) — Prince William says he is sad his wife and two young children can't meet his late mother, Princess Diana. In an interview with the magazine British GQ, the heir to the throne opened up about his feelings about his ...

Putin visits France, hopes to mend strained ties with West

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV and SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press VERSAILLES, France (AP) — On a visit likely to shape Russia-France ties for years, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin at the sumptuous Palace of Versailles on Monday for what the newly-elected ...

Paris mayor pans black feminist event over white exclusion

By THOMAS ADAMSON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The mayor of Paris has strongly criticized and is threatening to cancel an upcoming festival for black feminists where four-fifths of the event space will be open exclusively to black women. Rights groups have branded the event a step ...

UK bomber said to have told mother ‘Forgive me’ before blast

By JILL LAWLESS, PAISLEY DODDS, MAGGIE MICHAEL and GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Britons faced stepped-up security, authorities pushed forward with raids they said were uncovering key evidence and a trans-Atlantic rift opened Thursday in the aftermath of a deadly ...

Troops pull out of Brazil capital; president under pressure

By ERALDO PERES and SARAH DiLORENZO, Associated Press BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Brazil's president on Thursday cancelled an order to deploy the military to the streets of the capital after criticism that the move was excessive and merely an effort to hold onto power amid increasing calls for ...

NATO leaders meet under intense Trump pressure on spending

By LORNE COOK and ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Meeting fellow NATO leaders for the first time, President Donald Trump aggressively challenged them Thursday to spend more on their own defense, putting the alliance under exceptional pressure to become tougher, sharper and ...

Hezbollah chief says dialogue with Iran is only way forward

BEIRUT (AP) — The chief of Lebanon's Hezbollah group is telling Saudi Arabia that dialogue with Iran is the only way forward, lashing out at the kingdom's lavish royal welcome of U.S. president Donald Trump. In a speech Thursday, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah says the U.S. president is 'only ...

Turkey’s leader confronted by France, Germany at NATO summit

By RAF CASERT, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was confronted by key allies France and Germany with diplomatic complaints despite him traveling to Brussels to celebrate the unity of the NATO alliance. French President Emmanuel Macron and German ...

NATO, the world’s biggest military alliance, explained

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — It sounds strange to characterize the North Atlantic Treaty Organization as a huge gun club, but the comparison can be useful in understanding the world's biggest military alliance. Like many gun clubs, NATO actually has no weapons of its own. ...

Children among victims of suicide bomb at Ariana Grande show

By JILL LAWLESS and GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press MANCHESTER, England (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up as young concert-goers left a show by the American singer Ariana Grande in the northern English city of Manchester, killing at least 22 people, some wearing the star's trademark ...

In Jerusalem, Trump solemnly remembers Holocaust victims

By JONATHAN LEMIRE and JULIE PACE, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — President Donald Trump solemnly paid tribute Tuesday to the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust, calling on the world to never forget "history's darkest hour." On a visit to the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem, the ...