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Couple stoned to death in northern Mali, accused of affair

By BABA AHMED, Associated Press BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A local official says a couple has been stoned to death in northern Mali after extremists accused them of conducting an extramarital affair. The official says Tuesday's killing of a Tuareg couple in Taghlite was ordered by the former mayor ...

Islamic State attacks Syrian state-held areas, 31 killed

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group attacked several government-held villages in central Syria on Thursday, capturing at least one of them in violence that left dozens of people dead, including three members of the same family. The attack in the central Hama province targeted villages ...

Intel sharing at heart of US, Europe talks on laptop ban

By LORNE COOK and LORI HINNANT, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The intelligence behind plans to broaden a U.S. ban on in-flight laptops and tablets to include planes from Europe took center stage on Wednesday as American and European officials met to discuss the looming decision. The ...

Clashes in Greece as thousands protest austerity

By ELENA BECATOROS and DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An anti-austerity rally in Greece's capital turned violent Wednesday as a general strike halted flights, ferries and public transportation, and thousands joined protest marches across the country. A small group ...

Blast kills 3 bomb disposal experts in Somalia’s capital

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Three bomb disposal experts were killed in a car bomb blast west of Somalia's capital on Wednesday, police said. The bomb detonated as the experts were trying to dismantle a car laden with explosives that security forces seized in ...

Trial for Istanbul nightclub attack suspects due in December

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's state-run news agency says a court has announced that the first hearing for 57 suspects involved in the deadly New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul will take place in December. Shooter Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbek citizen who was caught two weeks after the ...

Gunmen storm media compound in eastern Afghanistan, 7 killed

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunmen stormed the local headquarters of Afghanistan's state media in the eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday, setting off clashes that killed seven people and wounded at least 18, officials said. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the attack began ...

300 migrants in Sweden evacuated after 3 arson fires

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Three fires in southern Sweden apparently aimed at refugees are being investigated as arson, Swedish authorities said Wednesday. No injuries have been reported and no arrests have been made. But police said in separate statements Wednesday that more than 300 asylum seekers ...

North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke

By FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday boasted of a successful weekend launch of a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead. Outsiders also saw a significant technological jump, with the test-fire ...

Putin undecided which song to play when he meets Trump

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin, who whiled away the time playing the piano while waiting Sunday for the Chinese leader, says he has not decided yet what he would play when he meets U.S. President Donald Trump. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Putin with in April, ...

Erdogan visits Trump, amid much friction between US, Turkey

By JOSH LEDERMAN and VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is on a collision course with its NATO ally Turkey, pushing ahead with arming Syrian Kurds after deciding the immediate objective of defeating Islamic State militants outweighs the potential damage to a ...

Conservative drops out of Iran election to back hard-liner

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A conservative candidate dropped out of Iran's presidential election on Monday to back a hard-liner, state television reported, narrowing the field of those hoping to unseat moderate President Hassan Rouhani. The report said Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf made the ...

With Merkel and PM, France’s new president wastes no time

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — On his first full day in office, France's freshly inaugurated President Emmanuel Macron was moving quickly Monday on fronts foreign and domestic, with a scheduled first presidential trip to Berlin for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel and the ...

Monday morning blues as ‘WannaCry’ hits at workweek’s start

By YURI KAGEYAMA and LOUISE WATT, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — The worldwide "ransomware" cyberattack spread to thousands of more computers on Monday as people logged in at work, disrupting business, schools, hospitals and daily life, though no new large-scale breakdowns were reported. In ...

Turnout is key for Iran’s election, a challenge for Rouhani

By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's presidential election may turn on turnout. Historically, the more Iranians who cast ballots, the greater the chance a reformist or a moderate like incumbent President Hassan Rouhani will be elected. However, Rouhani's bid for ...

US Treasury chief: trade partners like Trump policies

BARI, Italy (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says major trading partners "are much more comfortable" with the Trump administration's trade policies and understand U.S. growth will benefit them. Mnuchin spoke after face-to-face meetings with major trade partners such as Germany, ...

North Korea says it will seek extradition of plot culprits

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Pyongyang will seek the extradition of anyone involved in what it says was a CIA-backed plot to kill leader Kim Jung Un last month with a biochemical poison, a top North Korean foreign ministry official said Thursday. Han Song Ryol, the vice foreign minister, ...

US, Japan, France, UK practice amphibious landings on Guam

By HAVEN DALEY and AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Troops from the U.S., Japan and two European nations are gathering on remote U.S. islands in the Pacific for drills they say will show support for the free passage of vessels in international waters amid fears China ...

Bye-bye Blue House as S. Korean leader shuns imperial home

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The new South Korean president is so eager to distance himself from his disgraced, jailed predecessor that he plans to partially abandon one of the job's major perks: the mountainside presidential palace, the Blue House, from ...

Australia warns travelers to not bring in hitchhiking toads

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian quarantine authorities on Thursday urged travelers through Asia to avoid bringing in hitchhiking amphibians after a passenger arrived at an airport with a dead Indonesian toad in his shoe. The Department of Agriculture ...