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Grim find: 39 dead in 1 of UK’s worst trafficking cases

By GREGORY KATZ and ALASTAIR GRANT Associated Press GRAYS, England (AP) — Police were reconstructing the final journey of 39 people found dead Wednesday in a truck container in an industrial park in England, attempting to piece together one of Britain's worst people smuggling tragedies. A ...

Spanish village gears up for dictator Franco’s remains

By ARITZ PARRA Associated Press EL PARDO, Spain (AP) — For visitors wondering why a tranquil cemetery outside Madrid suddenly needs around-the-clock police security, the answer is simple: an empty burial space awaits the remains of Gen. Francisco Franco, who is being reunited with his wife ...

Russian forces deploy at Syrian border under new accord

By SUZAN FRASER and LEFTERIS PITARAKIS Associated Press AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Russian military police began patrols on part of the Syrian border Wednesday, quickly moving to implement an accord with Turkey that divvies up control of northeastern Syria. The Kremlin told Kurdish fighters to ...

Ukrainian leader felt Trump pressure before taking office

By DESMOND BUTLER and MICHAEL BIESECKER Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — More than two months before the phone call that launched the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, Ukraine's newly elected leader was already worried about pressure from the U.S. president to investigate ...

Former top general gets a shot at forming Israeli government

By JOSEPH KRAUSS Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's former military chief Benny Gantz was tasked Wednesday with forming the next government, but he has few options after last month's elections left him in a near tie with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu was given the ...

Canada’s Trudeau wins 2nd term but nation more divided

By ROB GILLIES Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a second term in a stronger-than-expected showing in Canada's national elections, claiming a "clear mandate" Tuesday despite a Parliament and nation increasingly fractured along regional lines. Trudeau's ...

Russia, Turkey hold talks on future of border region

By SUZAN FRASER and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — As the leaders of Russia and Turkey sought to work out the fate of the Syrian border region, the United States ran into a new hitch in getting its troops out of Syria, with neighboring Iraq's military saying ...

British PM says he’ll pull Brexit bill if lawmakers delay

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was headed for a showdown Tuesday with lawmakers who want to put the brakes on his drive to push his European Union divorce bill through the House of Commons in just three days and take ...

South Sudan’s former child soldiers struggle to move on

By SAM MEDNICK Associated Press YAMBIO, South Sudan (AP) — When he escaped the armed group that had abducted him at the age of 15, the child soldier swore he'd never go back. But the South Sudanese teen still thinks about returning to the bush, six months after the United Nations secured his ...

Oslo police shoot to stop man driving on sidewalk, 3 injured

By JAN M. OLSEN Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An armed Norwegian man stole an ambulance and drove it along a sidewalk in Oslo on Tuesday, injuring two toddlers as police tried to stop him by shooting at the tires and ramming the vehicle. The 32-year-old man was injured and ...

Syrian army moves to confront Turkish forces as US withdraws

By MEHMET GUZEL and BASSEM MROUE Associated Press AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Syrian government troops moved into a series of towns and villages in northern Syria Monday, setting up a potential clash with Turkish-led forces in the area, as U.S. troops prepared to pull out. The Syrian army's ...

Japan looks for missing after typhoon kills dozens

By JAE C. HONG and YURI KAGEYAMA Associated Press NAGANO, Japan (AP) — Rescue crews dug through mudslides and searched near swollen rivers Monday as they looked for those missing from a typhoon that left dozens dead and caused serious damage in central and northern Japan. Typhoon Hagibis ...

Far-right groups protest Ukrainian president’s peace plan

By YURAS KARMANAU Associated Press KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — As police watched warily, far-right and nationalist groups protested Monday in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv, expressing anger at President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his long-awaited peace plan for eastern Ukraine. Zelenskiy paid homage ...

Conservatives dominate Polish vote, capitalize on spending

By VANESSA GERA Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's conservative ruling Law and Justice party has capitalized on its popular social spending policies to do even better at the ballot box than when it swept to power four years ago, according to nearly complete results reported ...

Economists who study poverty win Nobel Prize

By JAN M. OLSEN and ALEKSANDAR LJUBOJEVIC Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — The 2019 Nobel Prize in economics was awarded Monday to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer for pioneering new ways to alleviate global poverty. Banerjee and Duflo are at the Massachusetts Institute of ...

3 win Nobel in Chemistry for work on lithium-ion batteries

By DAVID KEYTON and JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for their work developing lithium-ion batteries, which have reshaped energy storage and transformed cars, mobile phones and many other devices — and reduced the ...

China criticizes Apple for app that tracks Hong Kong police

By JOE McDONALD AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Apple became the latest company targeted for Chinese pressure over protests in Hong Kong when the ruling Communist Party's main newspaper criticized the tech giant Wednesday for a smartphone app that allows activists to report police ...

Russia lists Navalny’s anti-fraud group as a foreign agent

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials on Wednesday designated a nonprofit anti-corruption group set up by opposition leader Alexei Navalny as a foreign agent, a move seen as the latest attempt to squeeze the opposition. The Foundation for Fighting Corruption, which focuses on major investigative ...

2 killed in shooting in eastern Germany near a synagogue

BERLIN (AP) — Two people were killed Wednesday in a shooting in the eastern German city of Halle and the assailants are on the run, police said. Local media reported the shooting took place near a synagogue. Several shots were fired and the suspected assailants then fled in a car, police ...

Kurds mobilize in Syria as Turkey poised for imminent attack

By LEFTERIS PITARAKIS and BASSEM MROUE Associated Press AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Warning of a "humanitarian catastrophe," Syrian Kurdish forces who are allied with the United States issued a "general mobilization" call on Wednesday in northeastern Syria, along the border with Turkey, as ...