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Protests in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Security forces violently repressed small protests that broke out in Venezuela’s capital Friday after the government-stacked Supreme Court gutted congress of its last vestiges of power, drawing widespread condemnation from foreign governments. Governments across ...

Ford hires 400 for Canadian connected-vehicle research

TORONTO (AP) — Ford Motor Co. will hire approximately 400 employees from software company BlackBerry Ltd. as part of sizable new investments in Canada that include a connected-vehicle research center in Ottawa, company officials said Thursday. Ford said the Ottawa research center is part of ...

Dylan to meet Nobel academy to receive literature diploma

HELSINKI (AP) — Nobel literature prize laureate Bob Dylan will meet with members of the Swedish Academy during a weekend visit to Stockholm and they will hand over his Nobel diploma and medal, the academy said Wednesday Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the academy, said in a blog on the ...

Britain files to exit EU

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, overturning four decades of integration with its neighbors, demolishing the notion that EU expansion is inevitable and shaking the foundations of a bloc that is facing challenges to its identity and its ...

Massive coin worth millions stolen from German museum

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police say thieves broke into the German capital’s Bode Museum and made off with a massive 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin worth millions. Spokesman Stefen Petersen said thieves apparently entered through a window about 3:30 a.m. Monday, broke into a cabinet where ...

London attacker cheerful, joking on eve of deadly rampage

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Long before his short stints in jail turned into years behind bars, Khalid Masood was known as Adrian Elms, with a reputation for drinking and an unpredictable temper. At least twice he was convicted of violent crimes, well before he stabbed a police officer to ...

Israel didn’t comply with UN call to stop settlements

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Israel took no steps to comply with a Security Council call to stop all settlement activity in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and instead authorized "a high rate" of settlement expansions in violation of international law, the United Nations said Friday. U.N. envoy ...

Prince Charles visits victims

LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles has visited people injured in the London attack, meeting privately with victims at a hospital. The heir to the British throne thanked staff at King’s College Hospital for their “marvelous efforts.” He shook hands with nurses, who took photos of him as he ...

Four dead in vehicle, knife attack near British Parliament

LONDON (AP) — A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage at the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, mowing down pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing an armed police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Four people were killed, including the ...

Helicopter attack kills 31 Somali refugees

HODEIDA, Yemen (AP) — A helicopter gunship attacked a boat packed with Somali migrants off the coast of Yemen overnight Thursday, killing at least 31 people, according to a U.N. agency, Yemeni officials and a survivor who witnessed the attack. Yemen’s Shiite rebels accused the Saudi-led ...

Tillerson gets a look at NKorea at the DMZ between Koreas

CAMP BONIFAS, South Korea (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the world’s most heavily armed border, greeting U.S. soldiers on guard near the tense buffer zone between rivals North and South Korea. Tillerson touched down by helicopter Friday at Camp Bonifas, a U.S. base ...

US charges Russian officials, hackers in mass Yahoo breach

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States announced charges Wednesday against two Russian intelligence officers and two hackers, accusing them of a mega data breach at Yahoo that affected at least a half billion user accounts. The hack targeted the email accounts of Russian and U.S. officials, ...

Guatemala fire toll rises to 37

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Families buried some of the 37 girls killed in a fire at an overcrowded government-run youth shelter as Guatemalan authorities worked Friday to determine exactly what happened. The death toll mounted as girls succumbed to burns from Wednesday’s disaster, which ...

Canada, US meet on refugees

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada’s public safety minister said Friday after meeting with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly that both countries have resolved to gather “hard facts” about a recent influx of would-be refugees into Canada. Ralph Goodale told reporters the critical ...

Egypt archaeologists discover massive statue in Cairo slum

CAIRO (AP) — Archaeologists in Egypt discovered a massive statue in a Cairo slum that may be of pharaoh Ramses II, one of the country’s most famous ancient rulers. The colossus, whose head was pulled from mud and groundwater by a bulldozer and seen by The Associated Press on Friday, is ...

Nine injured in ax attack

BERLIN (AP) — German police said nine people were injured when a man randomly attacked passengers with an ax in Duesseldorf’s main train station. The suspect, a 36-year-old man from Kosovo, was arrested shortly after the attack late Thursday, said Dietmar Kneip, a senior police official. ...

Iconic rock arch from ‘Game of Thrones’ falls into Malta sea

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The Azure Window, a natural rock arch which jutted onto the sea off Malta and was a backdrop for the “Game of Thrones” TV series, has collapsed in a storm. Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat tweeted his “heartbreaking” sadness at the loss Wednesday of one of ...

Thousands flee Iraq’s Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Thousands of civilians fled Mosul overnight as Iraqi forces advanced north of a sprawling military base near the city's airport on Friday. Iraq's special forces pushed into the Wadi Hajar district in western Mosul and retook the area from the Islamic State group Friday, ...

New anti-IS strategy may mean deeper US involvement in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new military strategy to meet President Donald Trump's demand to "obliterate" the Islamic State group is likely to deepen U.S. military involvement in Syria, possibly with more ground troops, even as the current U.S. approach in Iraq appears to be working and will require ...

Ex-congregants reveal abuse

SPINDALE, N.C. (AP) — From all over the world, they flocked to this tiny town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lured by promises of inner peace and eternal life. What many found instead: years of terror — waged in the name of the Lord. Congregants of the Word of Faith ...