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London extremist attack takes center stage in UK campaign

By GREGORY KATZ Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Britain's political leaders sparred Sunday over who is responsible for the early release of a convicted extremist who launched a stabbing attack in central London that left two dead and injured three. After a one-day pause out of respect for ...

UN chief warns of ‘point of no return’ on climate change

By ARITZ PARRA and FRANK JORDANS Associated Press MADRID (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Sunday that the world's efforts to stop climate change have been "utterly inadequate" so far and there is a danger global warming could pass the "point of no return." Speaking before ...

With prime minister out, Iraq in constitutional ‘black hole’

By SAMYA KULLAB and MURTADA FARAJ Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's parliament on Sunday formally accepted the prime minister's resignation, but the path to replacing Adil Abdul-Mahdi was clouded with legal questions that one lawmaker described as a "black hole in the constitution," ...

Malta leader to resign amid protests over reporter’s death

By STEPHEN CALLEJA Associated Press VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told the nation Sunday night that he would resign in January, following pressure from angry citizens for the truth about the 2017 car bombing that killed an anti-corruption journalist. In a ...

Thieves steal ‘priceless’ jewel sets from Dresden museum

By DAVID RISING and FRANK JORDANS Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Thieves broke into Dresden's Green Vault, one of the world's oldest museums, early Monday morning, making off with three "priceless" sets of 18th century jewelry that German officials said would be impossible to sell on the ...

Lebanon clashes threaten to crack open fault lines

By BASSEM MROUE and ZEINA KARAM Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Increasingly violent clashes between Lebanese protesters and supporters of the Shiite militant Hezbollah group are putting Lebanon's military and security forces in a delicate position, threatening to crack open the country's ...

Tiffany is latest jewel for French luxury group LVMH’s crown

By ANGELA CHARLTON and RACHEL LERMAN Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French luxury group LVMH has agreed to buy New York jeweler Tiffany & Co. for $16.2 billion, adding a famed star to its portfolio that already boasts Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior and Bulgari. LVMH said in a statement ...

Priests guilty of abusing deaf children at Argentine school

By ALMUDENA CALATRAVA Associated Press MENDOZA, Argentina (AP) — Two priests were found guilty on Monday of sexually abusing deaf children at a Catholic-run school in Argentina and sentenced to more than 40 years in prison, in a case that has shaken the church in Pope Francis's homeland. A ...

Iraqi officials cite progress on oil deal with Kurds

By SAMYA KULLAB Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's government has agreed "in principle" on a long-anticipated oil-sharing deal with the northern Kurdish region, officials said Monday. The agreement comes amid weeks of anti-government protests threatening the continued rule of Prime ...

Prince Andrew’s troubles not over despite change in status

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Prince Andrew continues to face many hurdles despite his decision to step down from royal duties because of his friendship with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The 59-year-old prince who is Queen Elizabeth II's son is struggling to stay at the helm of his ...

Paris protesters march against deadly domestic violence

By ANGELA CHARLTON and THIBAULT CAMUS Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Several thousand protesters marched through Paris on Saturday to demand a national wake-up call and more government investment to prevent deadly domestic violence against women, a problem that President Emmanuel Macron calls ...

Pence on surprise Iraq trip to reassure allies, greet troops

By ZEKE MILLER Associated Press IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Saturday in the highest-level American trip since President Donald Trump ordered a pullback of U.S. forces in Syria two months ago. Flying in a C-17 military cargo jet to ...

Mudslides, floods kill 34 people in western Kenya

By TOM ODULA Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's interior minister says 29 people have been killed in mudslides, among the 34 people overall who lost their lives Saturday amid flooding in the East Africa nation. Heavy rains unleashed overnight floods in western Kenya. Interior ...

US joins in global movement to make asylum harder to obtain

By ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Nkeze wasn't home when Cameroonian militants came knocking, probably to deliver their signature ultimatum to join their separatist movement or have his writing arm cut off. The 24-year-old economics student escaped to Douala, the ...

Russia providing mood music for House impeachment drama

By AAMER MADHANI and ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the talk about Ukraine in the House impeachment inquiry, there’s a character standing just off-stage with a dominant role in this tale of international intrigue: Russia. As has so often been the case since ...

Pope’s Asian agenda: Disarmament, martyrs, family reunion

By NICOLE WINFIELD and YURI KAGEYAMA Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have ...

UK media: Prince Andrew’s sex claims rebuttal a PR disaster

By DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British media on Sunday slammed Prince Andrew’s effort to rebut claims that he had sex with a teenager who says she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein, branding his televised interview a complete public relations disaster. In a rare interview ...

Hip waders on: Venice copes with record 3rd exceptional tide

By COLLEEN BARRY and LUCA BRUNO Associated Press VENICE, Italy (AP) — Venetians coped with another exceptional tide Sunday in a season that is setting records while other parts of Italy wrestled with a cornucopia of weather woes, from rain-swollen rivers to high winds to an out-of-season ...

Hong Kong protesters fight off police with fire and arrows

By KEN MORITSUGU Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong police officer was hit in the leg by an arrow and protesters set an overhead footbridge on fire Sunday as they fought to keep police using tear gas and water cannons from advancing on their university campus stronghold. Police ...

As Gaza truce begins, Israel could face questions on tactics

By FARES AKRAM and JOSEF FEDERMAN Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Residents say the airstrike came without warning: With fighting raging between Israel and Islamic Jihad militants throughout Gaza, two loud blasts shook the night, destroying the Abu Malhous home and killing ...