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Shootout at Cairo church kills nine

CAIRO (AP) — A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire Friday outside a church in a Cairo suburb and at a nearby store, sparking a shootout that killed at least nine people, including eight Coptic Christians, authorities said. It was the latest attack targeting Egypt’s embattled Christian ...

Catalan backs independence

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont called today for talks with his adversary, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, after snap regional elections that gave pro-independence parties a parliamentary majority. Puigdemont, who fled Spain almost two months ago to ...

Election hackers pursued reporters

PARIS (AP) — Russian hackers pursued journalists with the same gusto as when they went after U.S. politicians and intelligence figures, an Associated Press investigation has found. The espionage group known as Fancy Bear tried to break into Gmail inboxes of at least 200 reporters, ...

World unites against NKorea nuke ambitions — North ignores

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea’s friends and enemies joined forces Friday in opposing its determination to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and calling on leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula — but the North gave no sign of budging on its ...

15 UN peacekeepers killed in attack

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — In the deadliest single attack on a United Nations peacekeeping mission in nearly 25 years, rebels in eastern Congo killed 15 peacekeepers and wounded over 50 others in an assault on their base that was launched at nightfall and went on for hours. U.N. ...

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 ...

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, ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...