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Egyptian Coptic priest killed in Cairo attack

By MENNA ZAKI, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church says a priest has been killed in a knife attack in a poor Cairo district, the latest deadly assault on members of the country's Christian minority. The church said the attack took place Thursday and that the priest ...

UAE stops issuing new visas for North Korean laborers

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates said Thursday it would stop issuing new visas to North Korean workers, becoming the latest Gulf country to limit Pyongyang's ability to evade sanctions and raise money abroad amid tensions with the ...

Sweden won’t prosecute Italian stem cell scientist

By DAVID KEYTON, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish prosecutors have abandoned an investigation against a disgraced Italian stem cell scientist suspected of involuntary manslaughter in connection with three patients who died after windpipe transplants. Prosecutor Jennie Nordin said ...

UK finance chief: Worst-case Brexit could ground all flights

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — A worst-case Brexit scenario could see all air traffic between the U.K. and the European Union grounded the day after Britain leaves the bloc on March 29, 2019, Britain's finance minister said Wednesday. Philip Hammond said he considers that ...

Danish police says submarine inventor won’t talk anymore

By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen, suspected in the death of a Swedish journalist whose torso, decapitated head, legs and clothes were found in the sea off Copenhagen, won't talk with investigators anymore, police said ...

Russia scores temporary win against US on cybercrime suspect

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Russia on Wednesday won the latest round in a judicial tug-of-war with the U.S. over who should try a Russian cybercrime suspect arrested during a holiday in Greece. Last week, a panel of judges in the city of Thessaloniki agreed to send Alexander Vinnik to the ...

Hezbollah says new US measures attempt to ‘demonize’ group

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A multimillion dollar reward offered by the Trump administration in return for information leading to the arrest of two senior operatives of the Lebanese Hezbollah group is part of ongoing U.S. efforts to "demonize" the group, a Hezbollah ...

Kenya ruling brings new uncertainty to fresh election

By TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan judge on Wednesday ruled that a minor opposition candidate can run for president in this month's election, bringing fresh uncertainty a day after opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew from the new vote ordered by the Supreme ...

Filipino troops find 22 bodies of suspected militants, bombs

MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops have recovered 22 bodies of suspected Muslim extremists and dozens of homemade bombs from two buildings that were retaken in one of the final government assaults to end an Islamic State group-inspired siege in southern Marawi city, the military ...

Spain anxiously awaits Catalan leader’s independence speech

By ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia's regional leader prepared to address parliament Tuesday in a highly anticipated session that could spell the birth of a new republic, marking a critical point in a decade-long standoff between Catalan separatists and Spain's ...

A look at what might happen if Catalonia declares secession

BY CIARAN GILES, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Time is ticking fast for Spain and its prosperous region Catalonia to try to avoid a much-feared head-on collision that would pose the most serious threat to Spain's national unity in decades. Attention is focused on whether Catalonia will ...

EU’s Tusk sees next Brexit step in December, not this month

By RAF CASERT and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union Council President Donald Tusk says Brexit negotiations will not move to the next stage focused on trade relations before December at the earliest — not later this month, as Britain was hoping. Tusk bemoaned ...

Media: S.Korean lawmaker says North Korea hacked war plans

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean media are quoting a lawmaker as saying that North Korean hackers may have stolen highly classified military documents, including U.S.-South Korean wartime "decapitation strike" plans against the North. Democratic Party Rep. Lee Cheol-hee cited ...

Brazil branches of US-based church target of numerous probes

By PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Every day before work, Liliane Souza says, she and three dozen fellow workers at a Brazilian picture-framing factory affiliated with the Word of Faith Fellowship church were obligated to pray. When workers made a mistake, such as ...

Spain warns it will act if Catalonia declares independence

By ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned anew Monday that Spain will not be divided by a declaration of independence from Catalonia and said the government is ready to respond to any such attempt. Catalan regional President Carles ...

Richard Thaler wins Nobel for work in behavioral economics

By DAVID KEYTON and JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Nobel prize in economics was awarded Monday to Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago for research showing how people's choices on economic matters — whether on savings or game shows like "Deal or No Deal" — are ...

Italian police arrest younger brother of Marseille attacker

By COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — A Tunisian terror suspect arrested in northern Italy had fought in Syria, was previously expelled from Italy and is believed responsible for radicalizing his elder brother, who stabbed two women to death in France this month, authorities said ...

Husband says Iranian-British woman faces new charges in Iran

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian-British woman serving a five-year prison sentence in Iran for plotting the "soft toppling" of its government while traveling with her toddler daughter faces new charges that could add 16 years to her sentence, ...

Migration agency says 8 people dead, 20 missing off Tunisia

By COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Eight Tunisian migrants have died and a further 20 are believed to be missing after a Tunisian naval ship collided with a wooden boat packed with migrants, the U.N. migration agency said Monday. Tunisian authorities said 38 people were ...

Shark-suit wearer runs afoul of Austria’s “burqa ban” law

VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian law that forbids any kind of full-face covering including Islamic veils has claimed an unusual victim — a man wearing a shark suit. Police say they issued a citation Monday after the man — part of a street advertising campaign for the McShark computer chain ...