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Scientists discover hidden chamber in Egypt’s Great Pyramid

CAIRO (AP) — Scientists have found a previously undiscovered hidden chamber in Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza, the first such discovery in the structure since the 19th century. In a report published in the journal Nature on Thursday, an international team says the 30-meter (yard) void deep ...

Vatican aims to head off US-North Korea nuclear standoff

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is hosting a conference next week aimed at trying to head off a threatened nuclear confrontation between the U.S. and North Korea, bringing together 11 Nobel peace laureates and top U.N. and NATO officials as well as ambassadors from key countries. Vatican ...

US Navy ship with 2 women rescued at sea reaches Japan

By KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press WHITE BEACH NAVAL FACILITY, Japan (AP) — Two women from Hawaii who were adrift on a storm-battered sailboat in the Pacific for months set foot on solid ground Monday at a U.S. Navy base in southern Japan. The USS Ashland rescued Jennifer Appel and Tasha ...

Pro-independence Catalans: ‘I’ve never felt Spanish’

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press GIRONA, Spain (AP) — To sense the conflicting currents of identity that have led Spain to the edge of a constitutional cliff, look no farther than Girona, some 60 miles (100 kilometers) northeast of Barcelona. Maps and world governments say it's in Spain — ...

Spain seeks rebellion charges against fired Catalan leaders

By ARITZ PARRA and ELENA BECATOROS, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain's state prosecutor said Monday that he would seek charges of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement against members of Catalonia's ousted secessionist government, pushing the crisis over the region's ...

Russian journalist thanks supporters after stabbing attack

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian journalist who was put into a coma after a stabbing attack at work has thanked supporters in her first statement from the hospital. Tatyana Felgenhauer, a top host and deputy editor-in-chief at Ekho Moskvy, Russia's only independent news radio station, was stabbed in ...

Killing of Maltese journalist silences anti-corruption voice

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press BIDNIJA, Malta (AP) — A few hundred meters from the home of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, in the field where the flaming wreckage of her car landed after being blown off the road by an assassin's bomb, a plastic pen is stuck into ...

Iraq halts troops tasked to retake land from Kurdish control

By SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Prime Minister on Friday issued a 24-hour suspension of the movement of troops who are deployed in Iraq's north to bring territory held by Kurdish forces back under federal control. The order was given to "prevent clashes and ...

Dueling votes in Madrid, Barcelona over Catalan independence

By ARITZ PARRA and CIARAN GILES, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain faced a territorial showdown Friday with dueling votes over the future of Catalonia. Lawmakers in the regional parliament voted to secede and establish an independent Catalan Republic — an extraordinary move ...

Kenya fears more bloodshed as delayed voting to proceed

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's opposition appealed to election officials not to conduct voting in four restive counties on Saturday, saying it will only lead to more bloodshed after at least five people died in clashes between police and ...

Cuba presents detailed defense against sonic attack charges

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press HAVANA (AP) — Cuba presented its most detailed defense to date against U.S. accusations that American diplomats in Havana were subjected to mysterious sonic attacks that left them with a variety of ailments including headaches, ...

Thailand grieves in elaborate final goodbye to King Bhumibol

By KAWEEWIT KAEWJINDA, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — With solemn faces and outright tears, Thais said farewell to their king and father figure with elaborate funeral ceremonies that cap a year of mourning and are steeped in centuries of tradition. Smoke rose just before midnight Thursday ...

Pentagon chief Mattis stresses diplomacy in Korean crisis

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer PANMUNJOM, Korea (AP) — On his first visit to the tense but eerily quiet frontier between North and South Korea as U.S. secretary of defense, Jim Mattis conveyed the message he hopes will win the day: Diplomacy is the answer to ending the nuclear ...

Rerun of Kenyan presidential vote marred by deadly clashes

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Opposition supporters boycotted Thursday's rerun of Kenya's disputed presidential election, clashing with police in some parts of the East African country and forcing authorities to postpone voting in areas affected ...

Confusion as Catalan president cancels, reschedules address

By ARITZ PARRA and ELENA BECATOROS, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The standoff between Spain and its secessionist-minded region of Catalonia headed to a crucial juncture Thursday as Catalans awaited their president's next move amid speculation he might back off a full independence ...

European Central Bank to reduce stimulus — but slowly

DAVID McHUGH, Associated Press FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank will ease the pace of its bond-buying stimulus program — carefully dialing back a measure that has helped the eurozone bounce back from a debt crisis that threatened to break up the currency union. The ECB ...

Thailand grieves in elaborate final goodbye to King Bhumibol

By TASSANEE VEJPONGSA and STEPHEN WRIGHT, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — With solemn faces and outright tears, black-clad Thais said farewell to their king and longtime father figure Thursday on Bangkok's streets and at viewing areas around the nation, capping a year of mourning with ...

New screenings begin for passengers on US-bound flights

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — New security screenings for all passengers on U.S.-bound flights began on Thursday, with airlines worldwide questioning flyers about their trip and their luggage in the latest Trump administration decision affecting global ...

Explosion, inferno at Indonesia fireworks factory kills 47

By TATAN SYUFLANA, Associated Press TANGERANG, Indonesia (AP) — An explosion and inferno at a fireworks factory near the Indonesian capital on Thursday killed at least 47 people, most of them female workers who were apparently locked inside, and injured dozens. Witnesses said a huge ...

Long day of diplomacy: Tillerson visits Afghanistan, Iraq

By MATTHEW LEE and ALEX BRANDON, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Far from the Washington murmurs about his future, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveled to two of America's enduring war zones Monday, prodding leaders in Afghanistan and Iraq to reach out to longtime ...