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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 ...

Six dead in Holy Land violence

JERUSALEM (AP) — Escalating Israeli-Palestinian tensions over the Holy Land’s most contested shrine boiled over into violence Friday that killed six people — three Palestinians in street clashes in Jerusalem and three Israelis in a stabbing attack at a West Bank settlement. The military ...

Jimmy Carter out of hospital

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was back at a Habitat for Humanity worksite Friday, a day after he was hospitalized for dehydration while working with the organization to build homes for needy families in Canada. A smiling Carter showed up in blue jeans and a ...

Cease-fire in Syria announced

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — The United States and Russia struck an agreement Friday on a cease-fire in southwest Syria, crowning President Donald Trump's first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. It is the first U.S.-Russian effort under Trump's presidency to stem Syria's six-year ...

Tensions rise after NKorea missile test

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump expressed frustration with China today for failing to do more to cut off support to North Korea and exert pressure to curb its nuclear pursuits. North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile test this week demonstrated a dangerous new reach for ...

40 people killed in bomb, gun attacks in 3 Pakistani cities

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — At least 40 people were killed and nearly 100 wounded Friday in four separate bomb and gun attacks in three major Pakistani cities, officials said. A suicide bomber was involved in the first car bombing near the office of the provincial police chief in the ...

Suicide bomber blows himself up as Saudis foil Mecca plot

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque at Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends, Saudi security forces said Saturday. The Interior Ministry said it launched a raid in Jiddah ...

Charges eyed for deadly fire

LONDON (AP) — Police are considering filing manslaughter charges related to the fire at a west London apartment tower that killed at least 79 people. In its most detailed briefing on the criminal investigation, the Metropolitan Police today confirmed residents’ suspicions that the June 14 ...

IS militants destroy 12th century mosque in Iraq’s Mosul

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The Islamic State group blew up a historic landmark in Mosul — the city’s famed 12th century al-Nuri mosque with its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba, from where the IS leader proclaimed the militant group’s self-styled caliphate nearly three years ago. The ...

US sends bombers in show of force against N Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday in a show of force against North Korea, South Korean officials said. The U.S. often sends powerful warplanes in times of heightened animosities with North Korea, and flew B-1B ...

Man plows van into crowd by London mosque, killing one and injuring 10

LONDON (AP) — In an attack that British Muslims say was aimed directly at them, a man plowed a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers outside a north London mosque early today, injuring 10 people. London police are investigating it as a terrorist incident. Police said another man died at ...

US student freed by North Korea in a coma dies

CINCINNATI (AP) — Otto Warmbier, an American college student who was released by North Korea in a coma last week after almost a year and a half in captivity, died Monday, his family said. The 22-year-old "has completed his journey home," relatives said in a statement. They did not cite a ...

Seven die in Navy destroyer collision

YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) — The U.S. Navy has identified the seven sailors who died when their destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan on Saturday. Seven crew members were unaccounted for after the collision flooded berths with seawater. Navy divers recovered the bodies after the ...

Cuba rejects ‘hostile rhetoric’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Cuban government is rejecting what it calls the “hostile rhetoric” of President Donald Trump’s speech announcing a new U.S. policy toward the island, but says it is willing to continue “respectful dialogue” with the U.S. on topics of mutual interest. In a ...

Russia claims IS leader killed

BEIRUT (AP) — Russia said Friday it was verifying whether it had killed the leader of the Islamic State group in an airstrike targeting a meeting of IS leaders just outside the group's de facto capital in Syria, dealing a potentially severe blow to the extremist group as it fights to hang on ...