International News

Spain court release four leading Catalans in sedition case

By CIARAN GILES, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court on Friday unconditionally released two senior officers of Catalonia's regional police force and the leaders of two pro-independence civic groups being investigated for sedition in connection with the region's Oct. 1 ...

Zimbabwean talk about who will follow Mugabe gets murkier

By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — He was viewed as a likely successor to Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, a longtime ally whose close association with the 93-year-old leader dates to the struggle against white minority rule, Now Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa ...

Iraqi Kurdistan receives body of late President Talabani

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Thousands of mourners gathered in the Iraqi city of Sulaimaniyah to pay their respects to late Kurdish leader and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, who was to be buried Friday in the town that was the seat of his political power. Talabani, once ...

19 killed in Russia after train hits bus stuck on crossing

MOSCOW (AP) — Uzbekistan's Foreign Ministry says that 19 citizens of the ex-Soviet nation were killed when a train slammed into a bus carrying them near Moscow. Russia's state Investigative Committee said that another five passengers of the bus were injured in Friday's collision, which ...

Ukrainian parliament approves bills related to rebel regions

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Ukrainian parliament has passed hotly-disputed bills regarding the rebel-controlled eastern territories following debates interrupted by scuffles. The bills submitted by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko have drawn fierce criticism from some lawmakers. Opponents ...

Iran arrests brother of country’s senior vice president

TEHRAN ,Iran (AP) — An Iranian news website says authorities have arrested the brother of the country's senior vice president, apparently over finance-related matters. The Tabnak site, affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard, reported on Friday that Eshaq Jahangiri's brother, Mahdi ...

Thousands of workers protest Romania’s plan to hike taxes

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Thousands of Romanian public sector workers rallied Wednesday outside government offices in Bucharest to demand that the government scrap its plan to make workers pay more social security taxes. Protesters blew whistles, yelled "Romania, wake up!" and called for the ...

German nationalist lawmaker Petry indicted in perjury probe

BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors in Germany's eastern state of Saxony have formally indicted prominent nationalist leader Frauke Petry in connection with a perjury probe. The dpa news agency reported Wednesday that Dresden prosecutors accuse Petry of lying under oath when she testified before ...

Nobel Prize honors technique for seeing molecules’ details

By JIM HEINTZ and DAVID KEYTON, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Three researchers based in the U.S., U.K. and Switzerland won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for developing a way to create detailed images of the molecules that drive life — a technology that the Nobel committee ...

Solar energy is fastest growing source of power

PARIS (AP) — A report shows that solar energy was the fastest-growing source of power last year, accounting for almost two-thirds of net new capacity globally. The International Energy Agency said Wednesday that the rise was due to a boom in photovoltaic panel installations, particularly in ...

France still not confirmed IS links to Marseille attacker

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French authorities say they have not confirmed any links between the Tunisian man who stabbed two women to death at the Marseille train station and the Islamic State group or radical Islam. A French legal official told The Associated Press ...

Bomb kills 3 in court in west Libyan city; IS claims attack

By RAMI MUSA BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan health official says at least three people have been killed in a bomb explosion at a court house complex in the western city of Misrata. Libya's Islamic State affiliate has claimed responsibility for the attack. The city's hospital says on its ...

New US ambassador to Russia meets Putin in Kremlin visit

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The new U.S. ambassador to Russia presented his diplomatic credentials to President Vladimir Putin at a ceremony Tuesday in the Kremlin, a move that marks the formal start of Jon Huntsman's work in Russia. Huntsman, who has twice served ...

Plague in Madagascar hits urban areas, kills 2 dozen people

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Authorities in Madagascar are struggling to contain an outbreak of plague that has killed two-dozen people in recent weeks and has prompted a ban on large public gatherings in the capital to curb the disease's spread. The dead ...

Hungary: 3 new indictments in 2015 case of 71 migrant deaths

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungarian prosecutors say three more alleged human smugglers have been indicted in connection with the deaths of 71 migrants who suffocated in the back of a refrigerated truck abandoned in Austria in 2015. Prosecutors from Bacs-Kiskun County said Tuesday an Afghan ...

Netanyahu pledges to build in settlement, annex it to Israel

By ALON BERNSTEIN, Associated Press MAALE ADUMIM, West Bank (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Tuesday pledged to build thousands of new homes in one of the West Bank's biggest Jewish settlements and annex it to Israel. The comments drew an angry condemnation from the Palestinians and ...

Nobel prize cites finding of ripples in fabric of universe

By JIM HEINTZ and DAVID KEYTON, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Nobel Physics Prize 2017 has been awarded to three scientists for their roles in detecting faint ripples flying through the universe called gravitational waves — proof of a theory developed by Albert Einstein a century ...

Marseille suspect released from custody day before attack

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — A man who fatally stabbed two women outside Marseille's main train station had been detained for shoplifting and released the day before the attack, and used seven fake identities in previous encounters with police, officials said ...

2 women plead not guilty in N. Korean scion’s assassination

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — Two women accused of smearing a banned nerve agent on the face of the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader pleaded not guilty as their trial began Monday in the Feb. 13 assassination at a crowded Malaysian airport ...

Nissan recalls 1.2 million Japan vehicles for re-inspections

By YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer TOKYO (AP) — Nissan is recalling 1.2 million vehicles in Japan that were produced between October 2014 and September this year to re-inspect them because they had not gone through the proper final checks. Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. said Monday ...