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Police: 25 injured in building explosion in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Twenty-five people were injured, four of them severely, when an explosion destroyed an apartment building in the western German city of Wuppertal, police said Sunday. Police said the explosion rocked the several-story building shortly before midnight Saturday with a large bang, ...

UK euroskeptics urge PM May to prepare for ‘no deal’ Brexit

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Pro-Brexit politicians and business figures have urged British Prime Minister Theresa May to be ready to walk away from the European Union without a trade agreement, despite warnings from major manufacturers that a "no deal" Brexit would be an ...

Hundreds march in Berlin to demand an end to using coal

BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of protesters are marching through the German capital to demand an end to burning coal to produce electricity. The demonstrators — many of them families pushing strollers, people on bikes and samba bands — walked through the Berlin's government district on Sunday, ...

Mini-migration summit: EU nations try to resolve differences

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of Germany, France and about a dozen other European Union nations are converging on Brussels for an afternoon of informal talks on differences over migration ahead of a full EU summit that starts next Thursday. Facing a domestic political crisis in Germany over ...

Erdogan seeks to cement power in Turkey’s high-stakes votes

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey held high-stakes presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday that could consolidate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's grip on power or curtail his vast political ambitions. Opposition leaders cast their ballots vowing to be ...

Saudi women take the wheel as longstanding driving ban ends

By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi women drove to work and ran errands on Sunday, relishing the freedom to move about without relying on men after the kingdom lifted the world's last remaining ban on women driving. It's a historic moment for women who have ...

Pope, in Geneva, says Christians can work together on peace

By JAMEY KEATEN and FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Christians to work together to further peace and justice in the world and resist the temptation to use religious differences as excuses to thwart unity as he made a visit to Geneva, one ...

Trudeau: Canada to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17

By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country's youth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday. The Senate gave final passage to the ...

Legal pot will roll out differently in Canada than in US

By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press Mail-order weed? You betcha! With marijuana legalization across Canada on the horizon, the industry is shaping up to look different from the way it does in nine U.S. states that have legalized adult recreational use of the drug. Age limits, government ...

New Zealand leader welcomes newborn girl ‘to our village’

By NICK PERRY, Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a daughter Thursday and posted a message welcoming the healthy newborn "to our village." She is the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office after ...

AP-NORC Poll: Majority approve of Trump’s North Korea effort

By EMILY SWANSON and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans now approve of President Donald Trump's handling of U.S. relations with North Korea, a change that comes after his historic summit with that country's leader, Kim Jong Un. But most don't believe ...

British police: 3 struck dead by train in south London

LONDON (AP) — Three people have died after being struck by a train in south London, British Transport Police said Monday. Police said they were trying to determine details about the deaths at the Loughborough Junction station, on a busy commuter line into the city center. Police said the ...

Strong quake near Osaka, Japan, kills 3, knocks over walls

By MARI YAMAGUCHI and KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Residents in western Japan were cleaning up debris Monday after a powerful earthquake hit the area around Osaka, the country's second-largest city of commerce, killing three people and injuring hundreds while knocking over ...

Compulsive video-game playing now new mental health problem

By JAMEY KEATEN and MARIA CHENG, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — For video game addicts, it might soon be "game over." In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the World Health Organization said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental ...

Number of asylum-seekers in Europe plunges in 2017

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's asylum office says the number of people applying for international protection in Europe has plunged but remains higher than before 2015, when more than one million migrants entered, many fleeing the war in Syria. EASO said in an annual report Monday that ...

Germany will fail 2020 climate goals, now eyes 2030 target

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's environment minister says the country will likely miss its target of cutting carbon emissions by 2020, an embarrassment for a government that wants to lead the charge on limiting climate change. Minister Svenja Schulze said Monday the goal of cutting carbon emissions ...

AP Explains: Who and what are behind Germany’s govt crisis?

By GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's fourth-term government took nearly six months to put together, taking office in March after the center-left Social Democrats reluctantly agreed to team up with her conservatives again. But the crisis shaking the new ...

After summit, North Korea shows Trump in new light

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Koreans are getting a new look at U.S. President Donald Trump. They see him shaking hands with Kim Jong Un at their historic summit in Singapore, and even awkwardly saluting a three-star general. It's a far cry from the ...

Prosecutor: Man makes deadly toxin for an attack in Germany

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER and DAVID RISING, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have thwarted a plot by a Tunisian man who created the deadly toxin ricin using castor bean seeds and planned to use the poison in an Islamic extremist attack in Germany, federal prosecutors said ...

Glass walls, not metal fencing, to surround Eiffel Tower

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Goodbye metal fencing, hello glass walls: Paris authorities are building a permanent security belt around the Eiffel Tower, replacing the current fencing around it with more visually appealing glass walls. The company operating France's ...