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Trump delivers shock rebuke to Colombia over cocaine surge

By JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening that he may decertify Colombia as a partner in the war against drugs unless the South American nation reverses a record surge in cocaine production. The shock rebuke for Washington's ...

Greek crews struggle to mop up oil spill after tanker sinks

By ELENA BECATOROS, Associated Press ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities insisted Thursday they were doing everything they can to clean up pollution following the sinking of a small oil tanker that has left large sections of the Greek capital's coastal areas coated in viscous, ...

Prosecutor investigates some 700 Catalan mayors over vote

MADRID (AP) — Spain's state prosecutor office says he is investigating more than 700 Catalan mayors for cooperating with a referendum on independence that has been suspended by a court, and has ordered police to arrest them if they don't comply. The pro-independence coalition ruling ...

Officials: Bomber kills 7 outside Afghan cricket stadium

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Authorities say a suicide bomber has attacked a cricket stadium in the Afghan capital of Kabul, killing at least two people and wounding at least seven. Basir Mujahid, spokesman for Kabul police, said the attack just outside the gates of the stadium happened ...

German right-wing party on course to enter parliament

By FRANK JORDANS and CHRISTOPH NOELTING, Associated Press PFORZHEIM, Germany (AP) — A nationalist party that wants Germany to close its borders to migrants, leave Europe's common currency and end sanctions against Russia is predicted to enter Parliament for the first time this month, ...

Turkey shrugs off worries over Russian defense system

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dismissed concerns within NATO over his country's decision to purchase Russian-made missile defense systems. Erdogan has said in comments reported by Turkish media that accords had been signed and a deposit has been paid for ...

Pakistani police probe alleged honor killing of teen couple

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say they suspect two teenagers were electrocuted to death by their own families last month when they tried to elope, in what may be the latest in a series of so-called honor killings in the conservative Muslim country. Police officer Rao Anwar said ...

US says drone strikes in Somalia kill 6 al-Shabab members

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The U.S. has carried out three drone strikes in southern Somalia that killed six members of the al-Shabab extremist group, the military said Wednesday, as efforts increase to combat Africa's deadliest Islamic extremist ...

11-year-old boy, parents killed in Italian volcanic field

MILAN (AP) — Three family members visiting a steamy volcanic field near Naples died Tuesday after an 11-year-old boy entered an off-limits area and his parents followed to try to rescue him, police said. Police said the boy apparently slipped after he breached a fence surrounding the ...

UK approves Stonehenge tunnel, diverted to ease druid dismay

LONDON (AP) — British authorities on Tuesday approved plans for a contentious and long-delayed road tunnel under the site of Stonehenge — but altered its route so it won't impede views of the sun during the winter solstice. The government said the 1.8-mile (2.9-kilometer) tunnel will bury ...

Zimbabwe hosts global carnival despite economic problems

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An international carnival aimed at boosting Zimbabwe's tourism industry has ended in the economically troubled country. Some saw the festivities that featured artists from Brazil, Cuba, Egypt and elsewhere as a relief from the struggle to get by in the southern ...

EU escalates efforts to preserve rule of law in Poland

By VANESSA GERA, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Tuesday escalated its case against Poland over what it sees as democratic backsliding in the Central European nation, moving a step closer to a possible court case that could result in financial penalties for ...

Belgian police hold teen suspected of cutting mayor’s throat

BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities on Tuesday were questioning a teenager suspected of killing a city mayor in a cemetery overnight by slashing his throat with a box cutter. Alfred Gadenne, the mayor of Mouscron in western Belgium, was found dead early Monday evening in a cemetery near his ...

Pakistan says it is open to joint Afghan border patrols

By MUNIR AHMED, Associated Press ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister on Tuesday said his country was willing to set up joint patrols with Afghanistan to combat militants along their porous border. His remarks came weeks after President Donald Trump called on Pakistan to do more to ...

Hurricane Irma lashes Cuba; Jose poses threat elsewhere

By DESMOND BOYLAN, Associated Press CAIBARIEN, Cuba (AP) — Irma battered Cuba with deafening winds and relentless rain Saturday, while a second hurricane, Jose, threatened to lash already-reeling islands elsewhere in the Caribbean. Cuban coastal cities were clobbered by high winds from ...

Kosovo lawmakers choose Haradinaj as the new prime minister

By VISAR KRYEZIU, Associated Press PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Ramush Haradinaj, ex-prime minister of Kosovo and a former guerrilla fighter, has been voted the country's new premier. Parliament on Saturday voted 61 in favor and one abstention to choose Haradinaj, 49, who is also the leader of ...

Spanish police raids aim to halt Catalan independence vote

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A Spanish judge ordered police to search a printer's shop and two offices of a regional newspaper in Catalonia as part of an investigation into alleged preparations for an illegal referendum on independence for the prosperous ...

Trump speaks with Turkey’s leader, backs regional stability

By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — President Donald J. Trump has spoken with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. The White House says Trump in the call on Saturday emphasized the common commitment of the United States and Turkey to work together to increase ...

Pakistan: 12 picnickers drown at Karachi beach

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say at least 12 people, including women and children, have drowned at a beach near the port city of Karachi after being swept away by strong waves in the Arabian sea. Police official Ijaz Khokhar says initially two people drowned Saturday after ...

Greek PM: Creditor supervision of economy to end in 2018

By COSTAS KANTOURIS and DEMETRIS NELLAS, Associated Press THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Saturday that the Greek economy is turning around and will no longer be under the supervision of the country's creditors in 2018. Speaking at the opening of the 82nd ...