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Spain’s PM waves off post-attack criticisms

MADRID (AP) — Spain's prime minister on Friday dismissed criticism about the lack of coordination between Spanish national authorities and those in the widely self-governed Catalonia region during the attacks by an Islamic extremist cell that killed 15 people last week. The probe into the ...

Dutch police detain suspect in concert terror threat

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — Alerted by a detailed tip from Spanish colleagues, Dutch police arrested a 22-year-old man early today and said he was suspected of preparing a “terrorist attack” on a concert by an American rock band. The arrest in Brabant province, south of Rotterdam, ...

Navy dismisses fleet commander after collisions

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Navy dismissed the commander of the Asia-based 7th Fleet on Wednesday after a series of warship accidents raised questions about its operations in the Pacific. A two-sentence statement said Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, had relieved Vice Adm. ...

Yemen officials: Saudi-led forces launch airstrikes

CAIRO (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition carried out several airstrikes in Yemen early today, hitting a small hotel near the capital of Sanaa and killing dozens of people, Yemeni officials and witnesses said. There were conflicting reports on the victims, with doctors saying they were farmers ...

Libyan official: IS beheads 11

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — The spokesman of Libya’s self-styled national army in the east says Islamic State militants beheaded 11 people in an attack on a checkpoint. Brig. Gen. Ahmed al-Mosmari said in a Facebook post that two of those killed Wednesday were civilians, while the rest were ...

Barcelona van attack kills 13, injures 100

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish police intensified a manhunt Friday for suspects behind two deadly vehicle attacks on civilians, shooting and killing five people wearing fake bomb belts who attacked a seaside resort and arresting four others believed linked to the carnage wrought on a ...

Trump continues to talk tough

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday issued fresh threats of swift and forceful retaliation against nuclear North Korea, declaring the U.S. military “locked and loaded” and warning that the communist country’s leader “will regret it fast” if he takes any action ...

Diplomat from Venezuela ousted

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru’s government is expelling Venezuela’s ambassador as it and other nations in Latin America begin to assert more pressure on President Nicolas Maduro’s government for allegedly trampling on the constitutional order. Peru said in a statement Friday it was giving ...

Tensions escalate between US, North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared the U.S. nuclear arsenal “far stronger and more powerful than ever before,” even as his top diplomat was working to calm the North Korea crisis and insisting there wasn’t “any imminent threat.” In a series of early-morning tweets ...

Nations look to enforce North Korea sanctions

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Armed with extraordinary new U.N. sanctions, nations raced today to ensure North Korea’s biggest trading partners actually carry them out, an elusive task that has undercut past attempts to strong-arm Pyongyang into abandoning its nuclear weapons. North Korea ...

As eels grow in value, US clamps down on poaching

BREWER, Maine (AP) — Changes in the worldwide sushi industry have turned live baby American eels into a commodity that can fetch more than $2,000 a pound at the dock, but the big demand and big prices have spawned a black market that wildlife officials say is jeopardizing the species. Law ...

Venezuela quells attack

VALENCIA, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro vowed that a band of anti-government fighters who attacked a Venezuelan army base will get the “maximum penalty” as his administration roots out his enemies. Troops killed two of the 20 intruders who slipped into the Paramacay base in ...

A journalist’s murder underscores growing threat in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The staff of the weekly newspaper Riodoce normally meets on Wednesdays to review their plans for coverage of the most recent mayhem wrought in Sinaloa state by organized crime, corrupt officials and ceaseless drug wars. But on this day, in the shadow of their own tragedy, ...

Fire put out at Dubai skyscraper

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Police in Dubai have reopened the streets around one of the world’s tallest residential skyscrapers after firefighters put out a blaze that erupted early Friday in the high-rise, forcing residents to evacuate in the middle of the night and sending chunks ...

Venezuelan heads toward showdown

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is heading toward a showdown with his political foes, promising to seat a new constituent assembly Friday that will rewrite the country’s constitution and hold powers that override all other government branches. Leaders of the ...

Sea dispute in ASEAN meetings

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Alarm over North Korea's missile tests, a tentative step to temper South China Sea disputes, and unease over a disastrous siege by pro-Islamic State group militants will grab the spotlight at annual meetings of Southeast Asia's top diplomats and their Asian and ...

Soyuz space capsule with three astronauts blasts off to orbiting lab

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Soyuz space capsule successfully blasted off for the International Space Station on Friday, carrying an American astronaut, a Russian cosmonaut and an Italian astronaut. NASA's Randy Bresnik, Russia's Sergei Ryazansky and Italy's Paolo Nespoli lifted off from ...

Peaceful prayers at Jerusalem holy site

JERUSALEM (AP) — Muslim prayers at a major Jerusalem shrine ended peacefully Israeli police said Friday but violence continued in the West Bank where a Palestinian was killed attacking soldiers as forces were on high alert following two weeks of violence over the sacred site, holy to both ...

Officials say 7,000 IS remain

BAGHDAD (AP) — High-ranking Iraqi security officials say up to 7,000 Islamic State group affiliates remain in Iraq after the fall of Mosul, where the group’s leader declared the self-styled caliphate three years ago. Three intelligence and defense officials also told The Associated Press ...