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3 killed, 4 injured, 5 missing in house collapse in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Three people were killed and four were injured when an apartment house collapsed in southwestern Poland, and rescuers were working to account for five others, authorities said Saturday. Regional governor Pawel Hreniak said the search and rescue operation was expected to ...

US strike on Syrian air base has limited impact on Assad

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. missile attack caused heavy damage to one of Syria's biggest and most strategic air bases, used to launch warplanes to strike opposition-held areas throughout Syria. Videos from inside the Shayrat air base showed fighter jets and ...

US strike on Syria is widely praised, but angers Russia

By ZEINA KARAM and SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — World leaders rallied around the United States after it launched a missile strike early Friday on a Syrian air base in response to this week's chemical attack, while Russia condemned the move as "aggression" and suspended ...

Sweden PM: Truck crash into Stockholm store is terror attack

By DAVID KEYTON and JAN OLSEN, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — A driver crashed a hijacked beer truck into an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday, killing at least two people, according to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who called the crash a terror attack. Live ...

Russia ups ante by freezing communications with US in Syria

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia reacted to U.S. military strikes on its ally Syria Friday by cutting a hotline intended to prevent midair incidents, a response that demonstrates Moscow's readiness to defy Washington and could even put the two nuclear superpowers ...

Romanian tourist hurt in London attack has died

By GREGORY KATZ and ALISON MUTLER, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — They were a young Romanian couple, in love, strolling across Westminster Bridge, taking in London's memorable sights like dozens of other tourists. A marriage proposal was in the air — though yet unstated — and the final ...

World response to US strike reflects divide over Syria

By The Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base was widely welcomed as a response to this week's chemical weapons attack, but condemned by Syria's government and its allies Russia and Iran, which said the move would complicate efforts to fight ...

Fast train hits truck in Poland; 15 hospitalized

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A fast train hit a flat-bed truck at an unguarded railway crossing in southwestern Poland, sending 18 people to the hospital, including seven with grave injuries,, a spokesman for the national firefighters said Friday. A number of other suffered less severe ...

Russian police arrest 3 suspected of links to subway bombing

By IRINA TITOVA and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian security agents on Thursday arrested three people suspected of links to a suicide bomber accused of attacking the city's subway and deactivated an explosive device in the apartment where they ...

Turkey: Syria autopsies show chemical weapons used in attack

By BASSEM MROUE and SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey said Thursday that autopsies of Syrian victims from this week's assault in Syria's Idlib province show they were subjected to chemical weapons as France's foreign minister called for the prosecution of President Bashar ...

Trump boosts coal as China takes the lead on climate change

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and LOUISE WATT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, cutting carbon emissions to stave off the worst impacts of climate change was routinely near the top of the agenda at talks between the leaders of the United States and China. Not anymore. As President ...

French bishop resigns, accused of ‘inappropriate’ behavior

PARIS (AP) — The French Catholic Church says that a French bishop has resigned at the Vatican's suggestion because of accusations of an "inappropriate pastoral attitude." The French Conference of Bishops said in a statement that Pope Francis accepted Monsignor Herve Gaschignard's resignation ...

Somalia leader declares country a war zone, replaces chiefs

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's new president on Thursday declared the country a war zone and replaced its military and intelligence chiefs while instructing the army to prepare a new offensive against al-Shabab extremists. The shakeup is an attempt to ...

Analysis: Toxic attack could wreck Assad’s political gains

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — President Bashar Assad took an enormous gamble if his forces were behind the chemical weapons attack that killed dozens in northern Syria: committing an overt war crime just as the Trump administration and most Western leaders had made clear ...

Officials: St. Petersburg subway blast was suicide attack

By IRINA TITOVA and NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — A suicide bomber was behind a blast on the St. Petersburg subway that killed 14 people, Russian investigators said Tuesday, while authorities in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan identified a suspect ...

Syrian group raises death toll in suspected gas attack to 58

By PHILIP ISSA and SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A suspected chemical attack in a town in Syria's northern Idlib province killed dozens of people on Tuesday, Syrian opposition activists said, describing the attack as among the worst in the country's six-year civil war. The ...

Pink diamond auctioned for record $71.2M in Hong Kong

By KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer HONG KONG (AP) — A stunning 59.6 carat diamond known as the "Pink Star" sold for $71.2 million at a Sotheby's auction Tuesday in Hong Kong, setting a new world record for any diamond or jewel, according to the auction house. The oval mixed-cut diamond ...

Watchdog report: ‘Breakdown of democracy’ in Poland, Hungary

By VANESSA GERA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S.-based pro-democracy group Freedom House said Tuesday that a "spectacular breakdown of democracy" has been taking place in Poland and Hungary, two countries that stood as models of democratic change after the collapse of communism ...

Hungary approves stricter terms for Soros-founded university

By PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lawmakers from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party on Tuesday approved a draft education bill that critics say targets a university founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros. The bill modifies rules ...

Poland’s ruling party lost popularity after opposing Tusk

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's populist ruling party, Law and Justice, lost some popularity after making an unsuccessful attempt to block the re-election of Donald Tusk to his top European Union job, recent polls show. Polls also show a strong jump in support for Civic Platform, the party ...