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Taliban cling to pockets of Afghan city after assault

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan forces were still battling the Taliban in parts of Ghazni on Saturday, a day after the insurgents launched a multi-pronged assault on the eastern city. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said at least 25 security forces have been killed and wounded ...

Nagasaki marks 73 years since A-bombing as UN chief attends

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Nagasaki marked the anniversary of the world's second atomic bombing Thursday with the United Nations chief and the city's mayor urging global leaders to take concrete steps toward nuclear disarmament. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the ...

Israel launches scores of airstrikes as Gaza fire persists

By ILAN BEN ZION, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes struck dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip and three people were reported killed there, while Palestinian militants from the territory fired scores of rockets into Israel in a fierce burst of violence overnight and into ...

Third strong earthquake shakes Lombok as death toll tops 300

By ANDI JATMIKO, Associated Press TANJUNG, Indonesia (AP) — The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week Thursday as the official death toll from the most powerful of the quakes topped 300. The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 ...

Seoul: Rival Koreas to meet to prepare for leaders’ summit

By YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas will meet Monday for high-level talks meant to prepare for a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South Korea said, the third such meetings between the leaders in ...

Argentine Senate rejects legalizing elective abortion

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's Senate on Thursday rejected a bill to legalize elective abortion, a defeat for a grassroots movement that came closer than ever to achieving the decriminalization of the procedure in the homeland of Pope ...

New Russia sanctions over poisoning of former spy, daughter

By SUSANNAH GEORGE and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — New sanctions against Russia will be imposed later this month for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempted assassination of a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this year, the United States said. The ...

Portugal battles major wildfire as Europe heat wave endures

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Emergency services in Portugal continued their fight Monday against a major, four-day wildfire on the south coast that threatened to engulf a hillside town overnight. The Civil Protection Agency said 44 people required medical assistance as the blaze passed by the ...

At least 98 dead after quake slams Indonesian island

By ROS IDIN and ALI KOTARUMALOS, Associated Press MATARAM, Indonesia (AP) — A powerful earthquake flattened houses and toppled bridges on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 98 people and shaking neighboring Bali, as authorities said Monday that rescuers still hadn't ...

Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador over criticism

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador on Monday and froze "all new business" with Ottawa over its criticism of the ultraconservative kingdom's arrest of women's rights — yet another warning to the West reflecting ...

Vintage plane crashes in Swiss Alps, killing 20 on board

By GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Determining why a vintage plane crashed in the Swiss Alps will be challenging since the 79-year-old aircraft did not have black boxes and was traveling in an area without frequent radar readings when it plunged into a mountain, killing all 20 ...

Venezuela detains 6, hunts more in drone attack on Maduro

By SCOTT SMITH and CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Investigators hunting for assailants behind a failed attempt to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro with explosives-laden drones have raided hotels and seized vehicles while grilling six suspects for details of ...

Hiroshima remembers atomic bombing on 73rd anniversary

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Hiroshima marked the anniversary of the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing of the city with a somber ceremony Monday to remember those killed and injured and a call to eliminate nuclear weapons amid hopes of denuclearizing North Korea. Hiroshima ...

All survive crash of Mexican jetliner, some walk from wreck

By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press DURANGO, Mexico (AP) — Passengers and officials say a strong burst of wind hit an Aeromexico jetliner on takeoff, moments before it crashed, leaving those aboard with mere minutes to evacuate the burning plane. The plane tried to take off from ...

Poland honors fighters, victims of Warsaw’s 1944 revolt

By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — World War II veterans, Warsaw residents and the leaders of Poland joined anniversary ceremonies Wednesday honoring the fighters and victims of the city's ill-fated 1944 revolt against the Nazi occupation. President Andrzej Duda ...

Car, gun, perks: Scandal over Macron’s ex-aide grips France

By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The fancy car, the luxury address, the gun. How and why a security aide to French President Emmanuel Macron obtained them are at the heart of a political scandal dragging in the leader who promised voters an exemplary government before his ...

Japan vows to rescue journalist believed held in Syria

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japan's government said Wednesday it's doing its utmost for the rescue of a Japanese journalist believed to be held in Syria after a video of a man appearing to be him was posted on the internet. Freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda was last ...

Thieves steal Swedish royal jewels, escape by speedboat

By JAN M. OLSEN and BARRY HATTON, Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Thieves in Sweden walked into a small town's medieval cathedral in broad daylight and made off with priceless crown jewels dating back to the early 1600s before escaping by speedboat, police said Wednesday. Two ...

Anxious Zimbabwe awaits presidential election results

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Hundreds of angry opposition supporters outside Zimbabwe's electoral commission were met by riot police firing tear gas on Wednesday as the country awaited the results of Monday's presidential election, the ...

IS claims Tajikistan attack that killed 4 foreign cyclists

By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a car-and-knife attack on Western tourists cycling in Tajikistan that killed two Americans and two Europeans. Officials in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation didn't publicly ...