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Hurricane Irma lashes Cuba; Jose poses threat elsewhere

By DESMOND BOYLAN, Associated Press CAIBARIEN, Cuba (AP) — Irma battered Cuba with deafening winds and relentless rain Saturday, while a second hurricane, Jose, threatened to lash already-reeling islands elsewhere in the Caribbean. Cuban coastal cities were clobbered by high winds from ...

Kosovo lawmakers choose Haradinaj as the new prime minister

By VISAR KRYEZIU, Associated Press PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Ramush Haradinaj, ex-prime minister of Kosovo and a former guerrilla fighter, has been voted the country's new premier. Parliament on Saturday voted 61 in favor and one abstention to choose Haradinaj, 49, who is also the leader of ...

Spanish police raids aim to halt Catalan independence vote

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A Spanish judge ordered police to search a printer's shop and two offices of a regional newspaper in Catalonia as part of an investigation into alleged preparations for an illegal referendum on independence for the prosperous ...

Trump speaks with Turkey’s leader, backs regional stability

By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — President Donald J. Trump has spoken with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. The White House says Trump in the call on Saturday emphasized the common commitment of the United States and Turkey to work together to increase ...

Pakistan: 12 picnickers drown at Karachi beach

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say at least 12 people, including women and children, have drowned at a beach near the port city of Karachi after being swept away by strong waves in the Arabian sea. Police official Ijaz Khokhar says initially two people drowned Saturday after ...

Greek PM: Creditor supervision of economy to end in 2018

By COSTAS KANTOURIS and DEMETRIS NELLAS, Associated Press THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said Saturday that the Greek economy is turning around and will no longer be under the supervision of the country's creditors in 2018. Speaking at the opening of the 82nd ...

US adds launchers to THAAD as dozens hurt in SKorea protests

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Dozens of people were injured in clashes between South Korean protesters and police Thursday as the U.S. military added more launchers to the high-tech missile-defense system it installed in a southern town to better cope with ...

Rohingya Muslim refugee crisis provokes anger, denials

BANGKOK (AP) — Two weeks after violence erupted in western Myanmar, minority Rohingya Muslims continue to flood into neighboring Bangladesh every day. The military said it was carrying out "clearance operations" in northern Rakhine state to flush out Rohingya insurgents who attacked police ...

New Myanmar fires in empty Rohingya village raise questions

BANGKOK (AP) — Journalists saw new fires burning Thursday in a Myanmar village that had been abandoned by Rohingya Muslims, and pages ripped from Islamic texts that were left on the ground. That intensifies doubts about government claims that members of the persecuted minority have been ...

Dozens of migrants found on crippled yacht off Greece

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's coast guard says it has located a crippled yacht carrying dozens of migrants in waters south of the Aegean island of Santorini, and is towing it to safety. The coast guard says that between 50 and 70 people are believed to be on the vessel, which is expected ...

Syrian army: Israeli air raid on military position kills 2

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Israeli warplanes struck a military position near the Mediterranean coast in western Syria early Thursday, killing two soldiers and causing material damage, the Syrian army said. The airstrike targeted a facility near the town of Masyaf that ...

Merkel say NKorea solution can only be peaceful

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Latest on North Korea's nuclear test and the world reaction (all times local): 4 p.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test as a "flagrant violation" of international conventions, but also said there can only be a ...

Global stock markets subdued amid Korea jitters

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Stock markets were subdued on Tuesday after South Korean warships carried out military exercises amid tensions over North Korea's weekend nuclear test explosion. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo and Seoul indexes closed lower earlier, but Germany's ...

International Red Cross: 2 international staff released

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross says two of its staff members have been released after being detained for seven months in Afghanistan's northern Jawzjan province. A statement by ICRC Tuesday said the two staff members were abducted by an armed group on ...

UK: 4 army members linked to neo-Nazi group arrested

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Four serving members of the army were arrested under the Terrorism Act on suspicion of being members of a banned far-right group, British defense officials and police said Tuesday. The West Midlands Counterterrorism Unit said officers had ...

Venezuela leader won’t attend UN rights council meeting

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations says Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro won't attend a U.N. Human Rights Council meeting next week as originally planned. Council spokesman Rolando Gomez said in an email Tuesday to reporters that Maduro "will not address the Human Rights Council." Gomez ...

Kenyan opposition leader rejects date of new elections

By TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga said Tuesday he does not accept the date for the new presidential elections, demanding reforms to the electoral commission and other "legal and constitutional guarantees." The East African power ...

Mattis begins sending additional troops to Afghanistan

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has begun sending additional troops to Afghanistan to carry out President Donald Trump's new war strategy, which will stick to his predecessor's approach of supporting the Afghans' fight against the Taliban rather ...

In tit for tat, US tells Russia to close post in San Fran

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In an escalating tit-for-tat, the United States forced Russia on Thursday to shutter its consulate in San Francisco and scale back its diplomatic presence in Washington and New York, as relations between the two former Cold War foes ...

Iraq says Tal Afar ‘fully liberated’ from Islamic State

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — The northern town of Tal Afar has been "fully liberated" from the Islamic State group, Iraq's prime minister said Thursday, further shrinking the territory controlled by the extremists who overran nearly a third of the country three years ...