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Albanian prosecutor seeks to lift former minister’s immunity

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The Albanian prosecutor general's office says it has asked parliament to lift the immunity of a former interior minister suspected of being involved with a drug trafficking ring. Saimir Tahiri, who was interior minister until March, is now a lawmaker with the governing ...

Thousands in Somali capital march in defiance after attack

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Thousands of people took to the streets of Somalia's capital Wednesday in a show of defiance after the country's deadliest attack, as officials said two people have been arrested in connection with Saturday's massive truck bombing ...

EU unveils measures to tackle lone-wolf, low-tech attacks

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is unveiling new measures to help counter lone-wolf attacks following a spate of killings in major cities by extremists driving vehicles into crowds of people. The measures announced Wednesday aim to better protect major gatherings like concerts or sports ...

In Egypt, archaeologists find part of 4,000-year-old statue

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt says archaeologists have discovered the head of a wooden statue, likely belonging to a female regent who ruled the country more than 4,000 years ago. Wednesday's statement by the Antiquities Ministry says the artifact was found in the district of Saqqara, near the ancient ...

Car bomb kills 5 police, 2 civilians in southwest Pakistan

By ABDUL SATTAR, Associated Press QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A car bomb attack struck a Pakistani police truck in the southwestern city of Quetta on Wednesday, killing at least five policemen and two civilians. In a separate attack in Quetta, a police officer was gunned down by assailants ...

Iran top leader urges Europe to do more to back nuclear deal

By AMIR VAHDAT, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday urged Europe to do more to back the 2015 nuclear deal after President Donald Trump refused to re-certify the pact. European companies have rushed into the Iranian markets since the landmark ...

AP News Guide: The rise and fall of the Islamic State group

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group, responsible for some of the worst atrocities perpetrated against civilians in recent history, appears on the verge of collapse. After brutalizing residents living under its command for more than three years, the ...

After Kirkuk, Kurdish forces pull out of more areas in Iraq

By BALINT SZLANKO, Associated Press KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish forces lost more territory in Iraq on Tuesday, withdrawing from the town of Sinjar a day after Iraqi forces pushed them out of the disputed city of Kirkuk. It was the second hasty withdrawal for the Kurdish forces, known as the ...

Syrian commander says Syria’s Raqqa is free from IS

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa from Islamic State militants on Tuesday, a senior commander for the force said, adding that clearing operations were underway to remove land mines left behind and search for the extremist ...

Ophelia batters UK after pummeling Ireland, leaves 3 dead

LONDON (AP) — Storm Ophelia is battering Scotland and northern England after leaving three people dead and hundreds of thousands without power in Ireland. The former Atlantic hurricane downed trees and power lines, sent waves surging over coastal defenses and disrupted transport again ...

China’s Xi looks to extend power at Communist Party congress

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Having bested his rivals, Chinese President Xi Jinping is primed to consolidate his already considerable power as the ruling Communist Party begins its twice-a-decade national congress on Wednesday. From meetings largely cloaked in ...

Deadly fires ease, anger grows over Iberia’s 41 fire deaths

By BARRY HATTON, Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal began three days of national mourning Tuesday over its 37 fire deaths amid widespread public anger, with pressure growing on the government to explain why officials failed to prevent the tragedy that came just four months ...

Portugal wildfires kill 27; 4 dead across border in Spain

By BARRY HATTON, Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Wildfires in Portugal killed at least 27 people, injured dozens more and left an unconfirmed number of missing in the country's second such tragedy in four months, officials said Monday. In neighboring Spain, at least four deaths were ...

Did he or didn’t he? No clarity on Catalan independence bid

By ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A Monday morning deadline came and went without the president of the Catalonia region clarifying whether he had declared independence from Spain, and the Spanish government says he now has until Thursday to backtrack on any steps the ...

Somalia truck bombing toll over 300 as funerals continue

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The death toll from a truck bombing in Somalia's capital has risen above 300, the director of an ambulance service said Monday, as the fragile Horn of Africa nation reeled from the deadliest single attack it's ever experienced. More ...

Tillerson: US prefers diplomacy with NKorea, but has options

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the North Korean crisis "will continue until the first bomb drops." That statement comes despite President Donald Trump's tweets a couple of weeks ago that his chief envoy was "wasting his time" ...

EU backs Iran deal, urges US Congress to protect it

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers are urging the U.S. Congress to safeguard the Iran nuclear agreement after President Donald Trump withdrew his support for the deal. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in Luxembourg on Monday that "we hope Congress will not call ...

Iraqi forces drive Kurds from disputed areas near Kirkuk

By BALINT SZLANKO, Associated Press KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish officials said early Monday that federal forces and state-backed militias have launched a "major, multi-pronged" attack aimed at retaking Kirkuk, as fighting erupted just outside the disputed northern city. Kurdish forces ...

Yes or No? Catalan separatists face critical answer to Spain

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia's president is facing a critical decision that could determine the course of the region's secessionist movement to break away from Spain. The Spanish government has given Carles Puigdemont until Monday morning to clarify ...

Philippine, Australian forces stage sea drill as ties deepen

By BULLIT MARQUEZ, Associated Press SUBIC BAY, Philippines (AP) — Filipino and Australian naval forces darted across the sea and landed on a Philippine wharf in a disaster-response drill Sunday that reflects their deepening security ties in a region prone to calamities, piracy and ...