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Romanian tourist hurt in London attack has died

By GREGORY KATZ and ALISON MUTLER, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — They were a young Romanian couple, in love, strolling across Westminster Bridge, taking in London's memorable sights like dozens of other tourists. A marriage proposal was in the air — though yet unstated — and the final ...

World response to US strike reflects divide over Syria

By The Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base was widely welcomed as a response to this week's chemical weapons attack, but condemned by Syria's government and its allies Russia and Iran, which said the move would complicate efforts to fight ...

Fast train hits truck in Poland; 15 hospitalized

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A fast train hit a flat-bed truck at an unguarded railway crossing in southwestern Poland, sending 18 people to the hospital, including seven with grave injuries,, a spokesman for the national firefighters said Friday. A number of other suffered less severe ...

Russian police arrest 3 suspected of links to subway bombing

By IRINA TITOVA and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian security agents on Thursday arrested three people suspected of links to a suicide bomber accused of attacking the city's subway and deactivated an explosive device in the apartment where they ...

Turkey: Syria autopsies show chemical weapons used in attack

By BASSEM MROUE and SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey said Thursday that autopsies of Syrian victims from this week's assault in Syria's Idlib province show they were subjected to chemical weapons as France's foreign minister called for the prosecution of President Bashar ...

Trump boosts coal as China takes the lead on climate change

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and LOUISE WATT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, cutting carbon emissions to stave off the worst impacts of climate change was routinely near the top of the agenda at talks between the leaders of the United States and China. Not anymore. As President ...

French bishop resigns, accused of ‘inappropriate’ behavior

PARIS (AP) — The French Catholic Church says that a French bishop has resigned at the Vatican's suggestion because of accusations of an "inappropriate pastoral attitude." The French Conference of Bishops said in a statement that Pope Francis accepted Monsignor Herve Gaschignard's resignation ...

Somalia leader declares country a war zone, replaces chiefs

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's new president on Thursday declared the country a war zone and replaced its military and intelligence chiefs while instructing the army to prepare a new offensive against al-Shabab extremists. The shakeup is an attempt to ...

Analysis: Toxic attack could wreck Assad’s political gains

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — President Bashar Assad took an enormous gamble if his forces were behind the chemical weapons attack that killed dozens in northern Syria: committing an overt war crime just as the Trump administration and most Western leaders had made clear ...

Officials: St. Petersburg subway blast was suicide attack

By IRINA TITOVA and NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — A suicide bomber was behind a blast on the St. Petersburg subway that killed 14 people, Russian investigators said Tuesday, while authorities in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan identified a suspect ...

Syrian group raises death toll in suspected gas attack to 58

By PHILIP ISSA and SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A suspected chemical attack in a town in Syria's northern Idlib province killed dozens of people on Tuesday, Syrian opposition activists said, describing the attack as among the worst in the country's six-year civil war. The ...

Pink diamond auctioned for record $71.2M in Hong Kong

By KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer HONG KONG (AP) — A stunning 59.6 carat diamond known as the "Pink Star" sold for $71.2 million at a Sotheby's auction Tuesday in Hong Kong, setting a new world record for any diamond or jewel, according to the auction house. The oval mixed-cut diamond ...

Watchdog report: ‘Breakdown of democracy’ in Poland, Hungary

By VANESSA GERA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S.-based pro-democracy group Freedom House said Tuesday that a "spectacular breakdown of democracy" has been taking place in Poland and Hungary, two countries that stood as models of democratic change after the collapse of communism ...

Hungary approves stricter terms for Soros-founded university

By PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lawmakers from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party on Tuesday approved a draft education bill that critics say targets a university founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros. The bill modifies rules ...

Poland’s ruling party lost popularity after opposing Tusk

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's populist ruling party, Law and Justice, lost some popularity after making an unsuccessful attempt to block the re-election of Donald Tusk to his top European Union job, recent polls show. Polls also show a strong jump in support for Civic Platform, the party ...

Families in flood-hit Colombian city search for children

By ALBA TOBELLA, Associated Press MOCOA, Colombia (AP) — Jose Albeiro Vargas last saw his grandson the night a fierce rain came and unleashed havoc on this small city surrounded by rivers and mountains in southern Colombia. From what the store owner has been able to gather, the torrents of ...

French radicals get respect in Le Pen’s presidential race

By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press LYON, France (AP) — There's no doubt that an extreme-right French group known for violence and large doses of anti-Semitism doesn't like journalists or the establishment. "You lie ... you spend your time at society soirees ... you are the system!" Steven ...

Leftist claims win in Ecuador election; rival cries foul

By GONZALO SOLANO, Associated Press QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Leftist candidate Lenin Moreno appeared to have won Ecuador's presidential election but his opposition rival refused to recognize the results, calling on his supporters to take to the streets to guard against "fraud." Sunday's ...

Messy web of ties, some to Trump, in Turkish mogul’s case

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-flying Turkish-Iranian businessman is busted in Miami, accused of laundering money for Iran. Turkey accuses the prominent American prosecutor of ties to a shadowy group it blames for a failed coup attempt. President Donald Trump ...

German court sentences extremist to life over bomb plot

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has sentenced an Islamic extremist to life in prison over a plot to carry out a bomb attack at a train station. The Duesseldorf regional court found Marco G. guilty Monday of attempted murder over an explosive device placed at the main train station in the ...