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Gunmen kill 2 state investigators, child in Cancun

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in the Mexican resort city of Cancun say gunmen have killed two agents who were investigators for the state prosecutor's office, as well as a child who was with them. Quintana Roo state prosecutor Miguel Angel Pech Cen says the investigators were leaving a ...

Venezuela opposition blames Maduro for councilman’s death

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition is blaming the government of President Nicolas Maduro for the death of a city councilman who they say suffered a stroke while in detention. Leaders of the First Justice party say Carlos Garcia died Sunday after suffering a stroke in ...

Raul Castro’s surprising response to harmed US diplomats

By JOSH LEDERMAN, MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ROB GILLIES, Associated Press HAVANA (AP) — Raul Castro seemed rattled. The Cuban president sent for the top American envoy in the country to address grave concerns about a spate of U.S. diplomats harmed in Havana. There was talk of futuristic ...

Fleeing Rohingya Muslims watch as homes burn in Myanmar

By JULHAS ALAM, Associated Press TUMBRU, Bangladesh (AP) — Days after fleeing their village on the Myanmar side of the border fence, a group of Rohingya Muslims watched from just inside Bangladesh as yet another house went up in flames. "You see this fire today," said Farid Alam, one of ...

UN takes up North Korea after latest missile launch

By KIM TONG-HYUNG and FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea conducted its longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile Friday, sending an intermediate-range weapon hurtling over U.S. ally Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean in a launch that signals both ...

US nuke commander ‘assumes’ North Koreans tested H-bomb

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — The top commander of U.S. nuclear forces said Thursday he assumes the Sept. 3 nuclear test by North Korea was a hydrogen bomb, suggesting a heightened U.S. concern that the North has advanced to a new level of ...

Manhunt on after homemade bomb wounds 22 on London subway

By JILL LAWLESS and GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of British police embarked on a massive manhunt Friday, racing to find out who placed a homemade bomb on a packed London subway train during the morning rush hour. The explosion — labeled a terrorist attack by ...

Vatican diplomat recalled amid child porn investigation

By NICOLE WINFIELD and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — A high-ranking priest working in the Vatican's embassy in Washington has been recalled after U.S. prosecutors asked for him to be charged there and face trial in a child pornography investigation, Vatican and U.S. ...

Qatar diplomatic crisis engulfs a major US military base

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar's emir is persona non grata to four U.S.-allied Arab states that accuse his wealthy Gulf nation of sponsoring extremists, but he recently received a warm welcome at the sprawling military base his troops share with ...

Long-endangered snow leopard upgraded to ‘vulnerable’ status

BANGKOK (AP) — Conservationists say the elusive snow leopard — long considered an endangered species — has been upgraded to "vulnerable." The reclassification by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, or IUCN, follows a three-year assessment during which experts determined ...

Norwegians find well-preserved Viking-era sword

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Norwegian archaeologist says a well-preserved, if rusty, iron sword dating to the Viking era has been found in southern Norway. Lars Holger Piloe says the nearly one-meter-long (3-foot) sword was found slid down between rocks with the blade sticking out, and may ...

Saudi pilot dies during operation against al-Qaida in Yemen

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition at war in Yemen says a Saudi pilot has died due to a technical failure in the region of Abyan during an operation there against al-Qaida. The statement, published Thursday in the state-run Saudi Press Agency, says the incident occurred ...

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 ...