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11 Trade ministers reach deal on Pacific trade without US

DANANG, Vietnam (AP) — In a major breakthrough, trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries said they reached a deal Saturday to proceed with the free-trade Trans-Pacific Partnership deal that was in doubt after President Donald Trump abandoned it. A statement issued in the early hours ...

Spain cracks down on Catalonia

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain fired Catalonia’s regional government and dissolved its parliament Friday after a defiant Catalan declaration of independence that flouted the country’s constitution. Lawmakers in the Catalan parliament voted to unilaterally declare independence, prompting ...

Spain to halt Catalan break

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said his government will unveil on Saturday specific measures agreed with opposition parties to halt Catalonia’s independence bid, but refused to confirm if the deal includes plans to hold a regional election in January. The ...

Butter shortage in France

PARIS (AP) — French pastries and butter have become so popular abroad that the increased demand led to a mini shortage of the dairy product in French supermarkets. The price of butter has risen 60 percent in a year to reach 6.7 euros ($7.90) per kilogram in August, according to official ...

Beatrice Fihn, left, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), Daniel Hogsta, center, coordinator nd Grethe Ostern, right, member of the steering committee, celebrate with champagne at the headquarters of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday. The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) is the winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
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Nobel Peace Prize awarded to anti-nuclear campaign group

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, an organization seeking to eliminate atomic weapons through an international treaty-based prohibition. The Geneva-based ICAN won the $1.1 million prize because it "has been ...

US military halts exercises

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military has halted some exercises with its Gulf Arab allies over the ongoing diplomatic crisis targeting Qatar, trying to use its influence to end the monthslong dispute, authorities told The Associated Press on Friday. While offering few ...

Hamas levels an ancient treasure

TEL ES-SAKAN, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian and French archaeologists began excavating Gaza’s earliest archaeological site nearly 20 years ago, unearthing what they believe is a rare 4,500-year-old Bronze Age settlement. But over protests that grew recently, Gaza’s Hamas rulers have ...

Warnings over school ignored before quake

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexico City borough president said officials from a previous administration ignored warnings that unauthorized construction work had damaged the structural integrity of a school that collapsed during a powerful earthquake. The death toll from the magnitude 7.1 quake ...

Five killed in Afghan suicide bombing

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a mosque in the Afghan capital on Friday, killing five people and wounding 29 others, authorities said, in the latest attack to target the country’s minority Shiites. Mohammad Salim Rasuli, chief of Kabul hospitals, ...

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Residents evacuate after the passing of Hurricane Maria, in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, Friday. Because of the heavy rains brought by Maria, thousands of people were evacuated from Toa Baja after the municipal government opened the gates of the Rio La Plata Dam.

Dam failing as scope of Puerto Rico’s disaster becomes clear

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican officials rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of a failing dam and said they could not reach more than half the towns in the U.S. territory as the massive scale of the disaster wrought by Hurricane Maria started to become clear ...

Does NKorean H-bomb threat push US closer to actual war?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Would exploding a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific, as North Korea has threatened, push the current war of words between the U.S. and North Korea closer to actual war? As with much that has transpired lately in the U.S.-North Korea nuclear crisis, no one can be sure where ...

China to limit oil supply to North Korea

BEIJING (AP) — China has announced it will limit oil supplies to North Korea under U.N. sanctions, stepping up pressure on Pyongyang over its pursuit of nuclear and missile technology. The Commerce Ministry said Saturday that China, the North’s main trading partner and energy supplier, ...

LOCALS HELP CLEAR debris from a road Thursday after the passing of Hurricane Maria, in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico. The Category 3 storm was expected to approach the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas by early today. 
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Puerto Rico faces weeks without electricity after Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The eye of Hurricane Maria was nearing the Turks and Caicos early today as Puerto Rico sought to recover from the storm’s devastation. Two days after Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, flooding towns, crushing homes and killing at least two people, millions on the ...

A handler and his rescue dog look for victims at the site of a quake-collapsed seven-story building in Mexico City's Roma Norte neighborhood, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Mexican officials are promising to keep up the search for survivors as rescue operations stretch into a fourth day following Tuesday's major earthquake that devastated Mexico City and nearby states. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Search for Mexico quake survivors enters fourth day

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Survivors are still being pulled from rubble in Mexico City as rescue operations stretch into a fourth day today, spurring hope among desperate relatives gathered at the sites of buildings collapsed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. Mexico’s federal police said several ...

Uber to lose license in London

LONDON (AP) — Uber’s license to operate in London won’t be renewed because its practices endanger public safety and security, the local regulator said today, in a blow to a company already facing big questions over its corporate culture. Transport for London says the company, whose app ...

Families still hold out hope those missing in Mexico quake

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hope mixed with fear Friday on a 60-foot stretch of a bike lane in downtown Mexico City, where families huddled under tarps and donated blankets, awaiting word of their loved ones trapped in the four-story-high pile of rubble behind them. On Day 4 of the search for ...

Kim fires insults at Trump; hints at Pacific weapons test

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un lobbed a string of insults at President Donald Trump today, calling him a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” and hinting at a frightening new weapon test. It was the first time for a North Korean leader to issue such a direct ...

Puerto Rico faces long recovery after Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Rescuers fanned out to reach stunned victims today after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, knocking out electricity to the entire island and triggering landslides and floods. The extent of the damage is unknown given that dozens of municipalities remained ...

Afghan president says Pakistan must crush militant hideouts

NEW YORK (AP) — Abolishing militant hideouts in Pakistan is critical to establishing peace in neighboring Afghanistan, the Afghan leader said Thursday before meeting President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. Neither Trump nor Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ...

UN votes to help Iraq with IS

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. investigators can help Iraq collect evidence to build potential war crimes cases against Islamic State extremists, the Security Council decided today. The council unanimously passed a resolution that asks the U.N. to establish an investigative team to help Iraq ...