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Hezbollah says new US measures attempt to ‘demonize’ group

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A multimillion dollar reward offered by the Trump administration in return for information leading to the arrest of two senior operatives of the Lebanese Hezbollah group is part of ongoing U.S. efforts to "demonize" the group, a Hezbollah ...

Kenya ruling brings new uncertainty to fresh election

By TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan judge on Wednesday ruled that a minor opposition candidate can run for president in this month's election, bringing fresh uncertainty a day after opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew from the new vote ordered by the Supreme ...

Filipino troops find 22 bodies of suspected militants, bombs

MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops have recovered 22 bodies of suspected Muslim extremists and dozens of homemade bombs from two buildings that were retaken in one of the final government assaults to end an Islamic State group-inspired siege in southern Marawi city, the military ...

Spain anxiously awaits Catalan leader’s independence speech

By ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia's regional leader prepared to address parliament Tuesday in a highly anticipated session that could spell the birth of a new republic, marking a critical point in a decade-long standoff between Catalan separatists and Spain's ...

A look at what might happen if Catalonia declares secession

BY CIARAN GILES, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Time is ticking fast for Spain and its prosperous region Catalonia to try to avoid a much-feared head-on collision that would pose the most serious threat to Spain's national unity in decades. Attention is focused on whether Catalonia will ...

EU’s Tusk sees next Brexit step in December, not this month

By RAF CASERT and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union Council President Donald Tusk says Brexit negotiations will not move to the next stage focused on trade relations before December at the earliest — not later this month, as Britain was hoping. Tusk bemoaned ...

Media: S.Korean lawmaker says North Korea hacked war plans

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean media are quoting a lawmaker as saying that North Korean hackers may have stolen highly classified military documents, including U.S.-South Korean wartime "decapitation strike" plans against the North. Democratic Party Rep. Lee Cheol-hee cited ...

Brazil branches of US-based church target of numerous probes

By PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Every day before work, Liliane Souza says, she and three dozen fellow workers at a Brazilian picture-framing factory affiliated with the Word of Faith Fellowship church were obligated to pray. When workers made a mistake, such as ...

Spain warns it will act if Catalonia declares independence

By ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned anew Monday that Spain will not be divided by a declaration of independence from Catalonia and said the government is ready to respond to any such attempt. Catalan regional President Carles ...

Richard Thaler wins Nobel for work in behavioral economics

By DAVID KEYTON and JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Nobel prize in economics was awarded Monday to Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago for research showing how people's choices on economic matters — whether on savings or game shows like "Deal or No Deal" — are ...

Italian police arrest younger brother of Marseille attacker

By COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — A Tunisian terror suspect arrested in northern Italy had fought in Syria, was previously expelled from Italy and is believed responsible for radicalizing his elder brother, who stabbed two women to death in France this month, authorities said ...

Husband says Iranian-British woman faces new charges in Iran

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An Iranian-British woman serving a five-year prison sentence in Iran for plotting the "soft toppling" of its government while traveling with her toddler daughter faces new charges that could add 16 years to her sentence, ...

Migration agency says 8 people dead, 20 missing off Tunisia

By COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Eight Tunisian migrants have died and a further 20 are believed to be missing after a Tunisian naval ship collided with a wooden boat packed with migrants, the U.N. migration agency said Monday. Tunisian authorities said 38 people were ...

Shark-suit wearer runs afoul of Austria’s “burqa ban” law

VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian law that forbids any kind of full-face covering including Islamic veils has claimed an unusual victim — a man wearing a shark suit. Police say they issued a citation Monday after the man — part of a street advertising campaign for the McShark computer chain ...

Turkey shells Syria’s northern Idlib province

By SARAH EL DEEB and ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish forces on Sunday shelled areas along its border with Syria's northwestern province, an area dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants, as Turkey's president says an operation in the area to enforce a "de-escalation" ...

UK police free driver in museum car crash; inquiry continues

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — London police on Sunday released a 47-year-old man arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a car crash outside the Natural History Museum injured 11 people. Police said the man was released "under investigation." He has not been ...

Hundreds protest to free Morocco’s northern activists

By REDA ZAIREG, Associated Press CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — Hundreds of people from around Morocco protested on Sunday in the nation's economic capital, Casablanca, to demand freedom for activists jailed for their roles in a protest movement that took off a year ago in a neglected northern ...

Egypt court asks Mufti to weigh in on death sentences for 13

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has referred the case of 13 defendants accused on terrorism charges to the country's top religious authority, the Grand Mufi, for a non-binding opinion on whether they can be potentially executed as the prosecution seeks. The Giza Criminal Court says Sunday the ...

11 activists charged in Turkey over alleged terror links

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Istanbul prosecutor's office is charging Amnesty International's Turkey chief and 10 others for allegedly belonging to and aiding terror groups with the completion of an indictment Sunday, according to the country's official news agency. The Anadolu news agency said ...

Italian, Swiss journalists among 3 detained in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan journalists association says the country's National Guard has detained three journalists who were reporting on a prison. They include an Italian and a Swiss citizen. The National Press Workers Union says on its Twitter feed that it's not sure why ...