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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 ...

South African musician Hugh Masekela battles prostate cancer

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African musician Hugh Masekela says he is canceling commitments in the near future because he needs all his energy to continue treatment for prostate cancer. The jazz trumpeter said in a statement Saturday that he started treatment in 2008 after doctors found a ...

Turkey’s president announces operation in Syria’s Idlib

By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY and BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president announced Saturday that the country has launched a "serious" operation in Syria's northwestern Idlib province with Turkey-backed Syrian opposition forces, following international efforts for ...

Navalny backers rally across Russia on Putin’s 65th birthday

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny rallied across Russia on Saturday, heeding his call to pressure authorities into letting him enter the presidential race with a wave of demonstrations on President Vladimir Putin's 65th ...

Poles pray for peace at border; some see anti-Muslim agenda

By VANESSA GERA and KAREL JANICEK, Associated Press GDANSK, Poland (AP) — Polish Catholics held rosaries and prayed together Saturday along the country's 3,500-kilometer (2,000-mile) border, appealing to the Virgin Mary and God for salvation for Poland and the world in a national event that ...

Car hits pedestrians outside London museum; some injured

By GREGORY KATZ and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British emergency services raced to London's Natural History Museum after a car struck pedestrians Saturday outside the building. Police said a number of people were injured and one person was detained at the scene. The crash ...

Ryanair’s operations chief to step down after cancellations

LONDON (AP) — The chief operations officer of Ryanair has announced plans to leave his post at the end of October following the cancellation of tens of thousands of flights scheduled for the coming months. Company officials said Saturday that Michael Hickey will still have an "advisory role" ...

Spain court release four leading Catalans in sedition case

By CIARAN GILES, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court on Friday unconditionally released two senior officers of Catalonia's regional police force and the leaders of two pro-independence civic groups being investigated for sedition in connection with the region's Oct. 1 ...

Zimbabwean talk about who will follow Mugabe gets murkier

By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — He was viewed as a likely successor to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, a longtime ally whose close association with the 93-year-old leader dates to the struggle against white minority rule, Now Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa ...

Iraqi Kurdistan receives body of late President Talabani

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of mourners gathered in the Iraqi city of Sulaimaniyah to pay their respects to late Kurdish leader and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who was to be buried Friday in the town that was the seat of his political power. Talabani, once ...

19 killed in Russia after train hits bus stuck on crossing

MOSCOW (AP) — Uzbekistan's Foreign Ministry says that 19 citizens of the ex-Soviet nation were killed when a train slammed into a bus carrying them near Moscow. Russia's state Investigative Committee said that another five passengers of the bus were injured in Friday's collision, which ...

Ukrainian parliament approves bills related to rebel regions

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian parliament has passed hotly-disputed bills regarding the rebel-controlled eastern territories following debates interrupted by scuffles. The bills submitted by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko have drawn fierce criticism from some lawmakers. Opponents ...

Iran arrests brother of country’s senior vice president

TEHRAN ,Iran (AP) — An Iranian news website says authorities have arrested the brother of the country's senior vice president, apparently over finance-related matters. The Tabnak site, affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard, reported on Friday that Eshaq Jahangiri's brother, Mahdi ...

Thousands of workers protest Romania’s plan to hike taxes

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Thousands of Romanian public sector workers rallied Wednesday outside government offices in Bucharest to demand that the government scrap its plan to make workers pay more social security taxes. Protesters blew whistles, yelled "Romania, wake up!" and called for the ...

German nationalist lawmaker Petry indicted in perjury probe

BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors in Germany's eastern state of Saxony have formally indicted prominent nationalist leader Frauke Petry in connection with a perjury probe. The dpa news agency reported Wednesday that Dresden prosecutors accuse Petry of lying under oath when she testified before ...