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Police: 2 killed when train hits car on rail crossing

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Police say two people have been killed when a train hit a car at a rail crossing in the northern Netherlands. The accident happened Monday at an unguarded rail crossing near the northern coastal town of Harlingen, 120 kilometers (75 miles) north of ...

UK: Attacker used WhatsApp, firm must help police get access

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Westminster Bridge attacker Khalid Masood sent a WhatsApp message that cannot be accessed because it was encrypted by the popular messaging service, a top British security official said Sunday. British press reports suggest Masood used the ...

Exit polls show party of Bulgaria’s former PM leading

VESELIN TOSHKOV, Associated Press SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A pair of exit polls from Bulgaria's parliamentary election shows the center-right GERB party of former Prime Minister Boiko Borisov taking the lead. The Alpha Research exit poll said GERB won 32.2 percent of the vote, with the ...

Corruption protests sweep Russia; opposition leader arrested

By HOWARD AMOS and JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of people crowded into Moscow's Pushkin Square on Sunday for an unsanctioned protest against the Russian government, the biggest gathering in a wave of nationwide protests that were the most extensive show of defiance in ...

Merkel party wins state vote as election year starts

By GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party easily won an election in Germany's western Saarland state on Sunday, an unexpectedly strong performance as Merkel prepares to seek a fourth term in a national vote later this year, projections ...

Why the London attacker’s links to Saudi Arabia might matter

By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The British man who killed four people in a rampage in London last week had made three trips to Saudi Arabia in his lifetime. Though millions of foreigners from around the world live and work in the kingdom, Khalid Masood's ...

Islamic State warns Syrian dam at risk, evacuates residents

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group ordered residents to evacuate the Syrian city of Raqqa on Sunday following reports that a dam contested by U.S.-backed forces upstream on the Euphrates River could collapse, activists reported. The militants said coalition airstrikes had weakened the ...

EU leaders mark bloc’s 60th anniversary as turning point

By FRANCES D'EMILIO and RAF CASERT, Associated ROME (AP) — European Union leaders marked the 60th anniversary of their founding treaty on Saturday as a turning point in their history in the knowledge that Britain will officially trigger divorce proceedings from the bloc next week. In their ...

Saudi embassy confirms UK attacker had been in Saudi Arabia

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The man who killed four people outside Britain's Parliament was in Saudi Arabia three times and taught English there, the Persian Gulf country's embassy said. Khalid Masood taught English in Saudi Arabia from November 2005 to November 2006 and ...

700 hold banned anti-government protest in Belarus’ capital

By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press MINSK, Belarus (AP) — About 700 demonstrators defied a heavy riot-police presence in the center of the Belarusian capital to hold a banned anti-government protest Saturday. A cordon of club-wielding police blocked the demonstrators' movement along Minsk's ...

Canada pulls vehicle license plate deemed offensive

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) — A Canadian provincial government has withdrawn a man's eponymous personalized vehicle license plate, saying Lorne Grabher's surname is offensive to women when viewed on his car bumper. Grabher said Friday that he put his last name on the license plate decades ago ...

11 endangered wild elephants rescued from mud in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Eleven endangered wild elephants were rescued in Cambodia on Saturday, four days after getting stuck in a 3-meter-deep mud hole, officials said. The animals were rescued in northeastern Mondulkiri province, home to about 250 wild elephants, said Wildlife Alliance ...

Police clash with anti-Christian mob in southern Egypt

By HAGAG SALAMA, Associated Press LUXOR, Egypt (AP) — Police have used tear gas to disperse an angry mob of Muslims approaching Christian homes in southern Egypt. The Friday clashes injured four policemen and seven of the Muslim villagers. Police have made eight arrests. The trouble in the ...

London attacker born in Britain, previously investigated

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The man who mowed down pedestrians on a London bridge and fatally stabbed a police officer on Parliament's grounds was born in Britain and was known to intelligence services, the prime minister said Thursday. Theresa May, who ...

South Korean ferry that sank 3 years ago lifted from sea

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A 6,800-ton South Korean ferry was hoisted to the surface Thursday nearly three years after it capsized and sank into violent seas off the country's southwestern coast, an emotional moment for the country as it searches for ...

At 93 years old, Zimbabwe’s Mugabe remains a jet-setter

By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's 93-year-old leader might be slowing down, but his busy foreign travels have led the opposition to call him the "non-resident president." President Robert Mugabe has visited Singapore, Ghana, Swaziland and Mauritius in the ...

Let there be light: German scientists test ‘artificial sun’

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Thursday on what's being described as "the world's largest artificial sun" and which they hope will help shed light on new ways of making climate-friendly fuel. The giant honeycomb-like setup of 149 ...

Former Russian lawmaker shot dead in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov was shot and killed in Kiev Thursday in what Ukrainian police described as a contract hit probably ordered by Russia. Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko blamed the Kremlin for Voronenkov's killing, saying Russia wanted ...

IRA chief, peacemaker McGuinness to be laid to rest in Derry

DUBLIN (AP) — The Northern Ireland city of Londonderry is filling with mourners for the funeral of former IRA commander and Sinn Fein deputy leader Martin McGuinness, who helped lead his militant movement to compromise with British Protestants. Thursday's ceremony is the biggest Irish ...

No electronics on some US-bound jets from Mideast, Africa

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL and DAVID KOENIG, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is ordering passengers on nonstop, U.S.-bound flights from a handful of mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries to pack electronic devices other than cellphones in their checked ...