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Iran claims launch of satellite-carrying rocket into space

By AMIR VAHDAT and ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran successfully launched its most advanced satellite-carrying rocket into space, the country's state media reported on Thursday, in what is likely the most significant step yet for the launch vehicle. A confirmed launch ...

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters now control almost half of IS city

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press RAQQA, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed Syrian fighters have captured almost half of the Islamic State group's de facto capital of Raqqa, but the push into the city in northern Syria has slowed due to stiff resistance and large amounts of explosives planted by the ...

Qatar says UN should play a role in resolving Gulf crisis

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Qatar's foreign minister is calling on the United Nations to help resolve the crisis in the Persian Gulf and accusing the four Arab countries that have isolated his energy-rich nation of violating international law. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani tells ...

U.S. attorney general presses on with mission to El Salvador

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Though his future may be in doubt, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions forged ahead Thursday with a tough-on-crime agenda that once endeared him to President Donald Trump, opening a mission in El Salvador to step up ...

Hop on! Wild rabbits surf on sheep to flee New Zealand flood

By NICK PERRY, Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — It was a woolly ride, but three wild rabbits managed to escape rising floodwaters in New Zealand by clambering aboard sheep and surfing to safety on their backs. Ferg Horne, 64, says he's been farming since he left school at age ...

Top EU court moves to restore Hamas terror listing

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's top court ruled Wednesday that Islamic militant group Hamas should stay on the EU terror list, saying a lower court should not have ordered the group removed from the EU's terror list, and sent the case back to the lower ...

Judge: Baby Charlie Gard will end life in hospice, not home

By CAROLINE SPIEZIO, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Critically ill baby Charlie Gard will be transferred to a hospice and taken off life support unless his parents and a hospital agree on a plan that could potentially keep the child alive for a bit longer, a British judge ruled ...

Dubai website, magazine banned over ‘false news’ allegation

By ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United Arab Emirates banned a popular Mideast website and magazine on Wednesday for publishing what the authorities alleged was "false news." The move against Arabian Business magazine comes as the seven-state UAE ...

U.S. ambassador reports progress on new North Korea sanctions

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and China are making progress on a new U.N. resolution that would impose additional sanctions against North Korea following its test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said ...

U.S. Navy fires warning shots near Iran ship in Persian Gulf

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. Navy patrol boat fired warning shots Tuesday near an Iranian vessel that American sailors said came dangerously close to them during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf, the first such incident to happen under ...

Thousands join Muslim prayer protests over Jerusalem shrine

By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH and IAN DEITCH, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Thousands of Palestinian Muslims prayed in the streets near Jerusalem's most contested holy site Tuesday, heeding a call by clergy to not enter the shrine despite Israel's seeming capitulation when it removed metal ...

Chainsaw attack suspect arrested in Switzerland

BERLIN (AP) — The suspect in a chainsaw attack on a health insurer's office in Switzerland that left five people wounded was caught on Tuesday after more than a day on the run, police said. Franz Wrousis was arrested in Thalwil, some 45 kilometers (28 miles) from the scene of Monday ...

Libyan rivals agree in France to cease-fire, elections

By ELAINE GANLEY and NADINE ACHOUI-LESAGE, Associated Press LA CELLE SAINT-CLOUD, France (AP) — Two rival Libyan leaders committed themselves on Tuesday to a cease-fire, working toward presidential and parliamentary elections and finding a roadmap to secure lawless Libya against terrorism ...

St. Peter’s Square fountains being shut off due to drought

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says it is shutting off all its fountains, including those in St. Peter's Square, because of Italy's drought. Vatican Radio on Monday said the decision is linked with Pope Francis' teachings on the environment. The pope has decried wasteful practices and ...

Turkish president meets Qatari leader over Gulf dispute

By ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Turkey's president on Monday urged Qatar and Arab countries isolating it to negotiate an end to the crisis dividing them as he wrapped up a two-day Gulf tour. Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in a brief statement ...

Israel seeks alternative to metal detectors to end crisis

By KARIN LAUB and IAN DEITCH, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's security Cabinet met for a second straight day Monday to try to defuse an escalating crisis with the Muslim world and find an alternative to metal detectors that had been installed a week earlier at a contested ...

Hunt is on for chainsaw attacker who wounded 5 in Swiss city

BERLIN (AP) — A man armed with a chainsaw wounded five people at a health insurer's office Monday in the northern Swiss city of Schaffhausen, police said, triggering a manhunt for a suspect described as aggressive and psychologically unstable. Suspect Franz Wrousis, 51, has two previous ...

Trump lets Iran deal live, but signals he may not for long

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Having accused Iran of flouting the nuclear deal, President Donald Trump was inclined to tell Congress that Tehran was violating it. His national security aides talked him out of it, but only after agreeing to last-minute changes to try to ...

Metal detectors at Jerusalem shrine trigger new tensions

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — A dispute over metal detectors is escalating into a new showdown between Israel and the Muslim world over a Jerusalem shrine that has triggered major Israeli-Palestinian confrontations in the past. Israel says installing the devices at the ...

Polish leader seeks to stop critical debate on top court law

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president sought on Tuesday to end a bitter political conflict surrounding changes that the ruling populist party is introducing into the nation's judicial system. The parliament, dominated by the ruling Law and Justice party, was holding a heated debate over a ...