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Roads shut after 2 fall ill in UK city where ex-spy poisoned

LONDON (AP) — Police closed roads and called a hazardous response team Sunday night after two people became ill at a restaurant in the English city where a Russian ex-spy and his daughter were poisoned with a chemical nerve agent. Wiltshire Police described the emergency steps taken in ...

Mangkhut weakens to tropical storm after plowing into China

By VINCENT YU and JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Mangkhut weakened from a typhoon to a tropical storm as it moved deeper into southern China on Monday, leaving death and destruction from Hong Kong to the Philippines. The storm was still affecting southern China's coast and the ...

Typhoon lashes south China after killing 36 in Philippines

By VINCENT YU and JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Typhoon Mangkhut barreled into southern China on Sunday after lashing the northern Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain that left at least 36 people dead and dozens more feared buried in a landslide. More than 2.4 ...

Gunmen wearing mariachi garb kill 5, wound 8 in Mexico City

By AMY GUTHRIE, Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexicans heading into the weekend's Independence Day celebrations were jolted by a brazen shooting by men dressed as mariachi musicians who killed five people and wounded eight in Garibaldi Plaza, an iconic square in the capital where the ...

UK leader: Talk of leadership during Brexit ‘irritating’

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May concedes that she gets "irritated" by the debate over her leadership during the difficult Brexit negotiations. She told the BBC in an interview scheduled to be broadcast Monday that she is concerned for the ...

Skepticism rising in S. Korea ahead of 3rd summit with North

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The shine is starting to come off South Korean President Moon Jae-in's engagement strategy with the North. The liberal politician, who reversed nearly a decade of conservative hard-line policy toward North Korea after his election ...

Israeli lawmaker to PM: Dismiss US envoy over aide scandal

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — An opposition Israeli lawmaker on Sunday called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to dismiss his ambassador to the United States for failing to report sexual assault allegations against a top Netanyahu aide, ballooning an already ...

Kurds opt out of first local elections in Syria since 2011

ALBERT AJI, Associated Press DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria held its first municipal elections since 2011 on Sunday, amid tensions with the country's self-administered Kurdish region, which refused to allow polls. Turnout was modest at stations in the Syrian capital and candidates aligned ...

Kosovo Albanians block roads during Serbia president visit

By RADUL RADOVANOVIC, Associated Press MITROVICA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo Albanians on Sunday blocked roads and burned tires on a planned route by Serbia's president in the former Serbian province, further fueling tensions between the two Balkan foes. During his two-day trip, President ...

Sweden votes in election amid heated debate on immigration

By PIETRO DECRISTOFARO and JARI TANNER, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden went to the polls Sunday in a general election that is expected to be one of the most unpredictable and thrilling races in the Scandinavian country for decades amid heated debate on immigration. The election ...

Boris Johnson’s Brexit ‘suicide vest’ comment sparks furor

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has compared Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for Brexit to putting the country's constitution in a "suicide vest" and handing the detonator to the European Union — remarks that drew ...

China’s trade surplus with US hits record $31 billion

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — China's trade surplus with the United States widened to a record $31 billion in August as exports surged despite American tariff hikes, potentially adding fuel to President Donald Trump's battle with Beijing over industrial policy. Exports ...

N. Korea stages huge parade, holds back on advanced missiles

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea rolled out some of its latest tanks and marched its best-trained goose-stepping units through Kim Il Sung Square in a major military parade on Sunday to mark its 70th anniversary, but held back its most advanced ...

Calm returns to Iraq’s Basra after week of violent protests

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press BASRA, Iraq (AP) — A sense of calm returned to Iraq's southern city of Basra on Sunday after a week of violent protests over unemployment and poor public services that left at least 15 people dead and threatened stability in the oil-rich ...

Amsterdam: ‘Terrorist motive’ alleged in attack on Americans

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press AMSTERDAM (AP) — A 19-year-old Afghan citizen had a "terrorist motive" for allegedly stabbing two Americans at the main train station in Amsterdam, city authorities in the Dutch capital said Saturday. Amsterdam police shot and wounded the suspect after the ...

German police end march envisioned as far-right springboard

By ADAM PEMBLE and KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, Associated Press CHEMNITZ, Germany (AP) — Police in eastern Germany brought an early close Saturday to an anti-migrant march that far-right activists hoped would launch a nationwide movement to challenge the political establishment, with the fatal ...

Foreign minister to Germans: get off the couch, fight racism

By ADAM PEMBLE and KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, Associated Press CHEMNITZ, Germany (AP) — Germany's foreign minister told his fellow countrymen Sunday they're too lazy when it comes to battling racism and fighting for democracy. "We have to get off the couch and open the mouth," Heiko Maas said in ...

Trump: Canada ‘will be out’ of trade deal unless it’s ‘fair’

By LUIS ALONSO LUGO, PAUL WISEMAN and ROB GILLIES, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Canada on Saturday that it "will be out" of a revised North American trade agreement unless it's "fair" to the United States, and he threatened to scrap the current deal should ...

Blasts from area of military airport shake Syrian capital

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — A string of powerful blasts from the direction of a military airport in Damascus lit up the skies and shook the capital city in the early morning hours on Sunday, residents and state TV reported. The explosions were seen and heard coming from the direction of the ...

Paul McCartney talks of seeing God during psychedelic trip

LONDON (AP) — Former Beatle Paul McCartney has told a British newspaper he believes he once saw God during a psychedelic trip. The 76-year-old star told The Sunday Times he was "humbled" by the experience. He said that "it was huge. A massive wall that I couldn't see the top of, and I was ...