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10 more mass graves uncovered in restive central Congo

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Authorities say 10 more mass graves have been uncovered in the restive region of central Congo where the Catholic church has estimated more than 3,300 people have died. Maj. Gen. Joseph Ponde told journalists that armed forces were alerted to the graves by Red Cross ...

Overturned oil tanker explodes in Pakistan, killing 148

By IRAM ASIM, Associated Press BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan (AP) — An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday, killing 148 people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official said. The death toll could rise further as another 50 ...

10 bodies found, scores missing in massive China landslide

By HAN GUAN NG and DIDI TANG, Associated Press MAO COUNTY, China (AP) — Rescuers recovered 10 bodies and were still searching for 93 other people on Sunday, a day after a massive landslide buried a picturesque mountain village in southwestern China. More than 2,500 rescuers with detection ...

UK: 6 hurt as vehicle crashes into pedestrians in Newcastle

LONDON (AP) — Six people, including three children, were injured Sunday after a car ran into pedestrians outside a Newcastle sports center where people gathered to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Police said the incident was not believed to be terror-related. Northumbria Police ...

Air bag maker Takata bankruptcy expected Monday in Japan, US

By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — Drowning in a sea of lawsuits and recall costs, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. is expected to seek bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the United States early Monday. Takata was done in by defective air bag inflators that can explode with ...

40 people killed in bomb, gun attacks in 3 Pakistani cities

By RIAZ KHAN and ABDUL SATTAR, Associated Press PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — At least 40 people were killed and nearly 100 wounded Friday in four separate bomb and gun attacks in three major Pakistani cities, officials said. A suicide bomber was involved in the first car bombing near the ...

Hungary: Lawmakers pass billboard law, opposition cries foul

By PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lawmakers from Hungary's governing parties on Friday approved legislation on political advertising which opposition parties say will limit their billboard campaigns while increasing the government's publicity advantage. The new ...

Slain Venezuela protester a son of former Maduro supervisor

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest youth to die during Venezuela's crackdown on anti-government protests has a connection to President Nicolas Maduro: His father was once the socialist leader's supervisor. David Vallenilla told Blu Radio in Colombia on Friday he'd been Maduro's supervisor ...

China: Political solution in Syria speeds refugees’ return

BEIRUT (AP) — China's Foreign Minister called for a political solution to end Syria's six-year crisis on Friday, saying that once the country's security conditions begin to improve refugees will start returning to their country. Foreign Minister Wang Yi made his comments in Beirut during a ...

Philippines: IS funded siege through Malaysian militant

MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — The Islamic State group helped fund the monthlong siege of a southern Philippine city through a Malaysian militant who was reportedly killed by troops, the Philippine military chief said Friday. Gen. Eduardo Ano told The Associated Press that Malaysian Mahmud bin ...

UN chief to lobby Congress Tuesday against UN financing cuts

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is heading to Washington on Tuesday to press Congress not to accept the deep cuts in U.S. funding for the United Nations proposed by the Trump administration, which he said "would create an unsolvable problem to the management of ...

Jewish groups critical of Hungarian praise for Hitler ally

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The World Jewish Congress and the leading Jewish group in Hungary are both objecting to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's praise for Miklos Horthy, a leader who allied Hungary with Nazi Germany. WJC President Ronald Lauder said Friday that Horthy's anti-Jewish ...

Raging forest fire kills 61 in Portugal; many as they fled

By HELENA ALVES and ARMANDO FRANCA, Associated Press PEDROGAO GRANDE, Portugal (AP) — A raging forest fire in central Portugal sent flames sweeping over roads, killing at least 61 people, many of them trapped in their cars as they tried to flee, officials said Sunday. The country's prime ...

Rout by Macron’s party in French parliamentary election vote

By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Voters gave President Emmanuel Macron's fledgling party a solid victory in parliamentary elections Sunday, handing the upstart centrist a strong mandate to overhaul the country's labor laws, among the most sensitive issues for the ...

UK: Banned building materials suspected in London fire

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The new exterior cladding used in a renovation on London's Grenfell Tower may have been banned under U.K. building regulations, two British ministers said Sunday as police continued their criminal investigation into the inferno that killed at ...

Suspected jihadists attack resort outside Mali’s capital

By BABA AHMED, Associated Press BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Suspected jihadists launched an attack Sunday on a hotel resort in Mali's capital, taking hostages at a spot popular with foreigners on the weekends. The number of casualties was unclear in the assault, which continued through the ...

Iraq: Mass food poisoning, 2 die at Mosul camp for displaced

By BALINT SZLANKO and SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press HASSAN SHAM U2 CAMP, Iraq (AP) — A mass food poisoning at a camp for the displaced near the northern city of Mosul killed at least two people and sickened over 700, Iraq's health minister said Tuesday, becoming the latest battleground ...

UK leader holding alliance talks with NIreland party chief

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Britain's prime minister has begun talks with a Northern Ireland-based party Tuesday to see if they can create an alliance to push through the Conservative Party's agenda after a disastrous snap election left her short of a majority in ...

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Dennis Rodman, the former NBA bad boy who has palled around with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, flew back to Pyongyang on Tuesday for the first time in Donald Trump's presidency. He said he is "just trying to open a door" on ...

Cuba hardliners, US defenders battle over new Trump policy

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's best friends in the U.S. used to be a smattering of Washington policy wonks and leftists who sent donated school buses and computers to the communist-led island. Five months into the Trump administration, Cuba ...