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Suicide bombings kill 6 in northwestern Pakistan

By RIAZ KHAN and ASIF SHAHZAD, Associated Press PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Two suicide bombings in northwestern Pakistan killed at least six people on Wednesday following an almost three-month-long lull in the volatile region. A breakaway Taliban faction claimed responsibility for one of the ...

Woman arrested in killing of N. Korean leader’s half brother

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police arrested a woman Wednesday in connection with the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother. Police released a statement saying the woman was carrying Vietnamese travel documents when she was ...

NATO chief seeks bigger defense budgets ahead of US meeting

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The NATO chief urged allies on Tuesday to step up their defense spending, a day ahead of the first meeting between new U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his 27 NATO counterparts in Brussels. U.S. President Donald Trump suggested during his ...

Toshiba chairman resigns over huge nuclear business loss

By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — Toshiba Corp.'s chairman resigned Tuesday after the company logged such massive losses in its nuclear business that it must sell its lucrative computer-chip business to avoid going belly-up. The company projected a 712.5 billion yen ($6.3 ...

Italian court convicts couple in Islamic State group plot

MILAN (AP) — An Italian court has convicted a Moroccan-born man and his wife on charges of international terrorism in connection with an Islamic State plot to carry out attacks in Rome during the Holy Year in 2016. A court in Milan on Tuesday convicted Abderrahim Moutaharrik, and his wife, ...

Report says Islamic State extremists using mainstream media

LONDON (AP) — A report based on a translated Islamic State group document says the extremists consider mainstream media to be an effective weapon for spreading its message The International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence in London said Monday that IS has a ...

Swiss bank Credit Suisse to cut 5,500 jobs this year

GENEVA (AP) — Credit Suisse announced plans Tuesday to cut as many as 6,500 jobs this year in an "incremental headcount reduction," as the Swiss bank continues to rein in costs and change course after two years of losses. The news came as the Zurich-based bank said that it had more than ...

UN Security Council meeting sought over NKorea missile test

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — The United States, Japan and South Korea have requested urgent diplomatic talks at the United Nations on Monday over North Korea's latest ballistic missile launch, with Seoul condemning what it called "serious military and ...

Hamas names top militant as new leader in Gaza

By FARES AKRAM, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas has named a top militant commander as its new leader in the Gaza Strip, an official media outlet confirmed on Monday, placing one of the Islamic militant group's most hard-line figures in charge of operations in its core ...

Russian drone footage show wide damage at Syria’s Palmyra

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA and BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia released drone footage Monday showing new destruction in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, which was recently recaptured by the Islamic State group, and warned that the militants could be planning the further ...

North Korea says sanctions aim to hinder sports activities

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — With just one year to go before South Korea hosts the Winter Olympics, North Korea's Olympic committee lashed out Monday against sanctions over its nuclear and long-range missile programs, claiming they are aimed at hurting the ...

Top French banker: Le Pen’s euro exit would cost billions

PARIS (AP) — France's central bank chief says that presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's proposal to leave the euro currency would cost the country more than 30 billion euros ($32 billion) a year in extra debt interest. Francois Villeroy de Galhau vigorously defended the euro on ...

Schools reopen in Brazil state paralyzed by police protest

SAO PAULO (AP) — Children are returning to school and most public transport is operating again in a Brazilian state that was paralyzed by a protest that prevented military police from patrolling. The Espirito Santo state government said in a statement that public schools that closed last ...

Germany to elect new president; Steinmeier the favorite

By GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — A German parliamentary assembly will elect the country's new president on Sunday, with a respected former foreign minister who last year called Donald Trump one of the world's "hate preachers" the overwhelming favorite to win. The German ...

6 killed as strong quake strikes southern Philippines

SURIGAO, Philippines (AP) — A powerful nighttime earthquake in the southern Philippines killed at least six people and injured more than 120, with officials combing through cracked buildings and nearby towns Saturday to check on the damage and other possible casualties. The magnitude 6.7 ...

Poland’s PM suffered “nothing serious” in car crash

By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Prime Minister, Beata Szydlo, is in stable condition and can carry out her government duties as "nothing serious happened to her" when her limousine was involved in a car crash, her spokesman said Saturday. However, Rafal ...

Freedom granted to man who beheaded bus passenger in Canada

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — A Canadian man who was found not criminally responsible for beheading and cannibalizing a fellow passenger on a Greyhound bus has been granted his freedom. Manitoba's Criminal Code Review Board announced Friday it has given Will Baker, formerly known as Vince Li, an ...

Policeman killed during anti-government protests in Baghdad

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Clashes that erupted during protests in the Iraqi capital on Saturday left a policeman dead, according to police and hospital officials who said seven other policemen were injured along with dozens of protesters. The violent outbreak ...

UK offers teens cybersecurity classes to fight attacks

LONDON (AP) — Britain plans to give afterschool cybersecurity training to thousands of teenagers in a bid to protect the country from online attacks. The government says it has earmarked 20 million pounds ($25 million) for a Cyber Schools Program, due to start in September. The Department ...

Iranians trample on US flag, mark 1979 Islamic Revolution

By AMIR VAHDAT, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians on Friday marked the anniversary of the country's 1979 Islamic Revolution with nationwide celebrations and mass rallies that saw people step on large U.S. flags laid out on the streets while President Hassan Rouhani called the new ...