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Official: Turkish military officer seeks asylum in Cyprus

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — An official says a Turkish military officer is seeking asylum in Cyprus after sailing into a port on the island's southern coast aboard a small sailboat. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he's not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said ...

Security forces kill several at protests in Cameroon

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Amnesty International says several people have been shot dead by security forces during protests in Cameroon. The group said Monday that some demonstrations turned violent in Cameroon's English-speaking regions Sunday when people gathered on the 56th anniversary of the ...

Drone strike kills at least 8 Hezbollah fighters in Syria

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — At least eight Hezbollah fighters were killed in a drone strike in the eastern Syrian desert, where pro-government forces are engaged in a grinding battle against the Islamic State group, a monitoring group said Monday. The Britain-based Syrian ...

Tillerson calls for calming of situation on Korean Peninsula

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Saturday for a calming of the situation on the Korean Peninsula, but said it was incumbent on North Korea to halt its missile launches. Following meetings with Chinese President Xi Jinping ...

Pope to mayors: Don’t build towers, expand piazzas

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is urging Italian mayors to redouble their efforts to welcome migrants and refugees and promote ways to integrate them into their new communities. In a meeting Saturday with the mayors, Francis said he understood the difficulties of providing accommodation ...

Iraqi military preparing to take control of Kurdish borders

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's military prepared Saturday to take control of the international borders of the northern Kurdish region. The move is part of the central government's stepped-up efforts to isolate the Kurds following their vote on independence earlier this week. On Friday evening, ...

UK PM May faces new tensions before Conservative conference

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing new tensions within her Conservative Party on the question of how to best manage Britain's departure from the European Union. U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told The Sun newspaper that a proposed transition period to ease the ...

At least 10 killed in Congo military cargo plane crash

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Authorities in Congo say at least 10 people have died after a military cargo plane crash shortly after takeoff from the capital. Government spokesman Lambert Mende confirmed the crash of the Antonov cargo plane at N'djili International Airport on Saturday morning based ...

Police ultimatum in Catalonia: Leave schools before dawn

By JOSEPH WILSON and CIARAN GILES, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Police in Catalonia issued an ultimatum Saturday: the separatists, parents and children who are occupying schools to use them as polling stations for a disputed referendum on the region's independence from Spain must ...

Tillerson to meet top Cuba envoy amid probe into ‘attacks’

By MATTHEW LEE and JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet Tuesday with Cuba's top diplomat, U.S. officials said, as the United States is seeking answers about mysterious "attacks" on its diplomats in Havana. Tillerson's meeting with ...

Experts: NKorea lacks ability, intent to attack US planes

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Military analysts say North Korea doesn't have either the capability or the intent to attack U.S. bombers and fighter jets, despite the country's top diplomat saying it has every right do so. They view the remark by North Korean ...

Fears of Bali volcano eruption spark exodus of 75,000

By FIRDIA LISNAWATI, Associated Press BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Warnings that a volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali will erupt have sparked an exodus of more than 75,000 people that is likely to continue to swell, the country's disaster agency said Tuesday. Authorities have ...

Swedish passenger train collides with armored vehicle

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A passenger train collided with an armored vehicle in southern Sweden Tuesday, injuring the train driver and three military staff, authorities said. The accident happened near Trosa, south of Stockholm, on Tuesday, police said. "We heard a bang, it sounded loud ...

Trump’s travel ban unlikely to affect North Korea

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's new restrictions on visitors from several nations are largely symbolic in North Korea's case, because not many of its citizens visit the United States. North Korea's authoritarian government doesn't ...

Searchers dig as Mexico City reopens just 1% of schools

By MARIA VERZA, Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Search teams were still digging in dangerous piles of rubble, hoping against the odds to find survivors at collapsed buildings, while officials say they have so far cleared only 103 of Mexico City's nearly 9,000 schools to reopen ...

Iraqi Kurds vote in referendum on independence from Baghdad

By SUSANNAH GEORGE and BALINT SZLANKO, Associated Press IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurds cast ballots on Monday in their autonomous region and in a wide sweep of captured territories on whether to seek independence from Baghdad, a historic vote that has also raised tensions and fears of ...

Germany’s Merkel faces tricky task to build government

By GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel was embarking Monday on a complicated quest to form a new government for Europe's biggest economy and find answers to the rise of a nationalist, anti-migrant party. Sunday's election left Merkel's conservative ...

Saudi official fired after textbooks show Yoda with king

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A senior Education Ministry official in Saudi Arabia has been fired after high school students opened their textbooks to find an image of Yoda from the "Star Wars" films seated next to a Saudi king. The image produced by Saudi artist Abdullah Al Shehri, known as ...

Austria: Passenger stops driverless bus from abyss plunge

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian police say a passenger in a bus with 23 others on board narrowly averted tragedy after the driver lost consciousness, helping stop the vehicle at the point when it was already hanging over an Alpine abyss. A police statement says the driver fainted Saturday as the bus ...

British police charge 18-year-old over London subway bombing

LONDON (AP) — British police on Friday charged an 18-year-old man with attempted murder and causing an explosion over last week's bomb attack on the London subway. Ahmed Hassan was accused of planting the bomb at Parsons Green station on Sept. 15. The Metropolitan Police force said Hassan is ...