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UK says chances of Brexit deal slim; EU chides ‘blame game’

By JILL LAWLESS and RAF CASERT Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Britain and the European Union traded bad-tempered barbs Tuesday as the chances of a Brexit deal appeared to fade, with just over three weeks until the U.K.'s scheduled departure from the bloc. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's ...

Climate activists block roads, camp out in global protests

By DANICA KIRKA and TRISTAN LAVALETTE Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of climate change activists camped out in central London on Tuesday during a second day of world protests by the Extinction Rebellion movement to demand more urgent actions to counter global warming. Determined ...

South Park, games company swept up in China censorship fury

The Associated Press undefined TV show South Park and a major video game studio are the latest businesses to get swept into a controversy over how to handle China's censorship efforts. Video games maker Activision Blizzard said Tuesday it kicked a Hong Kong esports pro out of a tournament and ...

3 win Nobel Prize in Physics for work to understand cosmos

By DAVID KEYTON Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Canadian-American cosmologist and two Swiss scientists won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for their work in understanding how the universe has evolved from the Big Bang and the blockbuster discovery of the first known planet ...

Austrian police: Man kills 5 in Alpine resort of Kitzbuehel

BERLIN (AP) — A 25-year-old man turned himself in to Austrian police Sunday after allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend, her family and her new boyfriend in the Alpine resort town of Kitzbuehel. The Austrian news agency APA reported that the 25-year-old suspect, whose name hasn't been ...

US researchers on front line of battle against Chinese theft

By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. warned allies around the world that Chinese tech giant Huawei was a security threat, the FBI was making the same point quietly to a Midwestern university. In an email to the associate vice chancellor for research at the ...

Anger grows at civilian deaths by US, Afghan forces

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — The workers were sleeping on the mountainside where they had spent a long day harvesting pine nuts in eastern Afghanistan. Some were in tents, others lay outside under the stars, when the U.S. airstrike tore into them. Only ...

Pope urges bold action to protect the Amazon amid fires

By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged bishops on Sunday to boldly shake up the status quo as they chart ways to better care for the Amazon and its indigenous people amid threats from forest fires, development and what he called ideological "ashes of ...

Socialists tipped to stay in power as Portugal votes

By BARRY HATTON Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal held a general election Sunday, with the center-left Socialist Party widely expected to collect most votes and stay in power for another four years. Socialist Prime Minister Antonio Costa has overseen a strong economic ...

Iranian hackers said to target presidential campaign

By TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Microsoft said Friday that hackers linked to the Iranian government targeted a U.S. presidential campaign, as well as government officials, media targets and prominent expatriate Iranians. Overall, the hackers attempted to penetrate 241 ...

Thousands protest mask ban as HK leader toughens stance

By JOHN LEICESTER and EILEEN NG Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Defiant masked protesters rampaged, police fired tear gas, and a teen was wounded by gunfire hours after Hong Kong's embattled leader banned masks at rallies, invoking rarely used emergency powers to quell four months of ...

Violence escalates in Iraq even after top cleric urges calm

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Security forces opened fire directly at hundreds of anti-government demonstrators Friday in central Baghdad, killing at least 10 protesters and injuring dozens, hours after Iraq's top Shiite cleric warned both sides to end four days of ...

Paris police force attack treated as possible terror act

By SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors opened an investigation Friday that treats the fatal knife attack that a civilian employee carried out at Paris police headquarters as a potential act of terrorism. The longtime police employee stabbed four colleagues to ...

Ukraine reviews cases on owner of firm that hired Biden son

By YURAS KARMANAU and NATALIYA VASILYEVA Associated Press ZHYTOMYR, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's top prosecutor said Friday his office is reviewing several cases related to the owner of a gas company where the son of former Vice President Joe Biden sat on the board, but he added that he wasn't ...

Chirac gets full military honors as France bids him farewell

By SAM PETREQUIN and CLAIRE PARKER Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Former French President Jacques Chirac was given full military honors Monday as past and current world leaders gathered in Paris to attend his final service. Cutting a solemn figure, French President Emmanuel Macron presided ...

Saudi crown prince denies ordering journalist’s murder

NEW YORK (AP) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in a television interview that he takes "full responsibility" for the grisly murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but denied allegations that he ordered it. "This was a heinous crime," Prince Mohammed, 34, told "60 Minutes" ...

China’s Xi renews commitment to Hong Kong amid protests

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Communist Party leader and President Xi Jinping on Monday renewed his government's commitment to allowing Hong Kong to manage its own affairs amid continuing anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Xi ...

Turkey vows to keep investigating Jamal Khashoggi’s killing

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Days ahead of the anniversary of the grisly slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that his country will press ahead with efforts to shed light on the killing. In a Washington Post op-ed, Erdogan described the ...

UK’s Johnson denies wrongdoing as allegations mount

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced political opposition and personal allegations Monday as he tried to fulfil his pledge to lead Britain out of the European Union in just over a month. The prime minister's office denied a journalist's claim that Johnson ...

Ex-French President Chirac dies at 86

By ELAINE GANLEY Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Jacques Chirac, a two-term French president who was the first leader to acknowledge France's role in the Holocaust and defiantly opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, died Thursday at age 86. His son-in-law Frederic Salat-Baroux told The ...