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Germany’s Merkel faces tricky task to build government

By GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel was embarking Monday on a complicated quest to form a new government for Europe's biggest economy and find answers to the rise of a nationalist, anti-migrant party. Sunday's election left Merkel's conservative ...

Saudi official fired after textbooks show Yoda with king

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A senior Education Ministry official in Saudi Arabia has been fired after high school students opened their textbooks to find an image of Yoda from the "Star Wars" films seated next to a Saudi king. The image produced by Saudi artist Abdullah Al Shehri, known as ...

Austria: Passenger stops driverless bus from abyss plunge

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian police say a passenger in a bus with 23 others on board narrowly averted tragedy after the driver lost consciousness, helping stop the vehicle at the point when it was already hanging over an Alpine abyss. A police statement says the driver fainted Saturday as the bus ...

British police charge 18-year-old over London subway bombing

LONDON (AP) — British police on Friday charged an 18-year-old man with attempted murder and causing an explosion over last week's bomb attack on the London subway. Ahmed Hassan was accused of planting the bomb at Parsons Green station on Sept. 15. The Metropolitan Police force said Hassan is ...

Relatives keep vigil amid search for Mexico quake survivors

By GISELA SALOMON and MARIA VERZA, Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Survivors were still being pulled from the rubble in Mexico City as rescue operations stretched into a fourth day Friday, spurring hope among desperate relatives gathered at the sites of buildings collapsed by a magnitude ...

21 migrants dead, 9 missing after boat sinks in Black Sea

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A fishing boat carrying migrants sank Friday off Turkey's Black Sea coast, killing at least 21 people and leaving up to nine others missing, the Turkish coast guard said. At least 40 migrants were rescued by coast guard boats and commercial ships, the Coast Guard ...

Kim fires off insults at Trump and hints at weapons test

By FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lobbed a string of insults at President Donald Trump on Friday, calling him a "mentally deranged U.S. dotard" and hinting at a frightening new weapon test. It was the first time for a North Korean ...

Spain to send extra police to try to halt Catalan referendum

By CIARAN GILES, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Spain will deploy police reinforcements to Catalonia to help maintain order if an independence referendum pledged by Catalan officials but opposed by the national government goes ahead, officials said Friday. The measure came amid rising ...

Istanbul’s mayor announces his sudden resignation

ISTANBUL (AP) — The mayor of Istanbul has announced his resignation as head of the city of nearly 15 million people. Kadir Topbas, a member of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party, declared he was stepping down during a televised news conference Friday. He did not provide a ...

Hurricane Maria smashes Dominica, now menaces other islands

By CARLISLE JNO BAPTISTE and DANICA COTO, Associated Press ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) — Hurricane Maria smashed into Dominica with 160 mph winds, ripping the roof off even the prime minister's residence and causing what he called "mind-boggling" devastation Tuesday as it plunged into a Caribbean ...

German WWI U-boat found off Belgium with 23 bodies inside

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — An intact German World War I submarine containing the bodies of 23 people has been found off the coast of Belgium, authorities said Tuesday. Western Flanders Governor Carl Decaluwe told The Associated Press that the find on the floor of the ...

Under fire over Rohingya, Suu Kyi defends Myanmar actions

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — With a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims sparking accusations of ethnic cleansing from the United Nations and others, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday said her country does not fear international scrutiny and invited diplomats to see some areas for ...

Rohingya Muslims being wiped off Myanmar’s map

By ROBIN McDOWELL, Associated Press YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — For generations, Rohingya Muslims have called Myanmar home. Now, in what appears to be a systematic purge, the minority ethnic group is, quite literally, being wiped off the map. After a series of attacks by Muslim militants last ...

Syrian troops battling IS cross river toward US-backed force

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian troops battling the Islamic State militant group crossed to the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in Deir el-Zour on Monday, threatening a potential faceoff with the U.S.-backed forces operating there. But the U.S.-led coalition ...

Hurricane Maria grows, threatens storm-battered Caribbean

By DANICA COTO, Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Maria grew into an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm Monday as it barreled toward a potentially devastating collision with islands in the eastern Caribbean, and forecasters warned it was likely to become even ...

Andrea Bocelli prays at Jordan River site of Jesus’ baptism

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press AL-MAGHTAS, Jordan (AP) — Italian star tenor Andrea Bocelli made a pilgrimage to the traditional site of Jesus' baptism Monday, praying for peace as he stood on the edge of the River Jordan. Bocelli, 58, who is blind, was guided by a priest who scooped up ...

Austria: Girl stabbed to death, police say by her brother

VIENNA (AP) — Vienna police and municipal officials say a 14-year-old girl from Afghanistan has been stabbed to death and that her 18-year-old brother has confessed to the slaying. Petra Mandl of Vienna's Youth and Family Offices says the girl had been living in a crisis center run by the ...

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 ...