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Killing of Maltese journalist silences anti-corruption voice

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press BIDNIJA, Malta (AP) — A few hundred meters from the home of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, in the field where the flaming wreckage of her car landed after being blown off the road by an assassin's bomb, a plastic pen is stuck into ...

Iraq halts troops tasked to retake land from Kurdish control

By SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's Prime Minister on Friday issued a 24-hour suspension of the movement of troops who are deployed in Iraq's north to bring territory held by Kurdish forces back under federal control. The order was given to "prevent clashes and ...

Dueling votes in Madrid, Barcelona over Catalan independence

By ARITZ PARRA and CIARAN GILES, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain faced a territorial showdown Friday with dueling votes over the future of Catalonia. Lawmakers in the regional parliament voted to secede and establish an independent Catalan Republic — an extraordinary move ...

Kenya fears more bloodshed as delayed voting to proceed

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's opposition appealed to election officials not to conduct voting in four restive counties on Saturday, saying it will only lead to more bloodshed after at least five people died in clashes between police and ...

Cuba presents detailed defense against sonic attack charges

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press HAVANA (AP) — Cuba presented its most detailed defense to date against U.S. accusations that American diplomats in Havana were subjected to mysterious sonic attacks that left them with a variety of ailments including headaches, ...

Thailand grieves in elaborate final goodbye to King Bhumibol

By KAWEEWIT KAEWJINDA, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — With solemn faces and outright tears, Thais said farewell to their king and father figure with elaborate funeral ceremonies that cap a year of mourning and are steeped in centuries of tradition. Smoke rose just before midnight Thursday ...

Pentagon chief Mattis stresses diplomacy in Korean crisis

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer PANMUNJOM, Korea (AP) — On his first visit to the tense but eerily quiet frontier between North and South Korea as U.S. secretary of defense, Jim Mattis conveyed the message he hopes will win the day: Diplomacy is the answer to ending the nuclear ...

Rerun of Kenyan presidential vote marred by deadly clashes

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Opposition supporters boycotted Thursday's rerun of Kenya's disputed presidential election, clashing with police in some parts of the East African country and forcing authorities to postpone voting in areas affected ...

Confusion as Catalan president cancels, reschedules address

By ARITZ PARRA and ELENA BECATOROS, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The standoff between Spain and its secessionist-minded region of Catalonia headed to a crucial juncture Thursday as Catalans awaited their president's next move amid speculation he might back off a full independence ...

European Central Bank to reduce stimulus — but slowly

DAVID McHUGH, Associated Press FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank will ease the pace of its bond-buying stimulus program — carefully dialing back a measure that has helped the eurozone bounce back from a debt crisis that threatened to break up the currency union. The ECB ...

Thailand grieves in elaborate final goodbye to King Bhumibol

By TASSANEE VEJPONGSA and STEPHEN WRIGHT, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — With solemn faces and outright tears, black-clad Thais said farewell to their king and longtime father figure Thursday on Bangkok's streets and at viewing areas around the nation, capping a year of mourning with ...

New screenings begin for passengers on US-bound flights

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — New security screenings for all passengers on U.S.-bound flights began on Thursday, with airlines worldwide questioning flyers about their trip and their luggage in the latest Trump administration decision affecting global ...

Explosion, inferno at Indonesia fireworks factory kills 47

By TATAN SYUFLANA, Associated Press TANGERANG, Indonesia (AP) — An explosion and inferno at a fireworks factory near the Indonesian capital on Thursday killed at least 47 people, most of them female workers who were apparently locked inside, and injured dozens. Witnesses said a huge ...

Long day of diplomacy: Tillerson visits Afghanistan, Iraq

By MATTHEW LEE and ALEX BRANDON, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Far from the Washington murmurs about his future, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveled to two of America's enduring war zones Monday, prodding leaders in Afghanistan and Iraq to reach out to longtime ...

IS came with a hit list, left Syria town in a trail of blood

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State militants came into the Syrian town with a hit list. By the time they left three weeks later, more than 70 civilians had been killed — shot or beheaded, their bodies dumped in farms and ditches. The apparent revenge ...

Women on trial visit airport where Kim Jong Nam was attacked

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — The two women accused of killing the North Korean leader's half brother toured the Malaysian airport Tuesday as participants in their murder trial visited the scene of the attack. The judge, prosecutors, defense lawyers and ...

Venezuela opposition governors take oath before assembly

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Four of the five opposition governors recently elected in Venezuela took an oath Monday before leaders of the all-powerful, pro-government constitutional assembly, reversing an earlier refusal and underlining fractures in the opposition. The small ceremony in ...

Xi accrues power, worrying critics and delighting supporters

By GERRY SHIH, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — The model lunar rover didn't much impress the retiree in a cotton Mao jacket visiting an exhibition of Chinese achievements under President Xi Jinping. Nor did the displays charting China's climate change progress or other technological ...

Australian forces to train Filipino troops on urban warfare

CLARK, Philippines (AP) — The Australian defense chief says her country will deploy forces to train Filipino troops on urban warfare following a disastrous siege by pro-Islamic State group militants on Marawi city in the southern Philippines. Philippine troops accustomed to battling ...

Syria troops capture central town recently taken by IS

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces and their allies regained control Saturday of a predominantly Christian central town that sleeper cells of the Islamic State group captured late last month. The government-run Syrian Central Military Media said "the ...