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Microsoft uncovers more Russian hacking ahead of midterms

By MATT O'BRIEN, AP Technology Writer Microsoft has uncovered new Russian hacking efforts targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections. The company said Tuesday that a group tied to the Russian government created fake websites that appeared to spoof two American conservative ...

Italian coast guard ship with migrants arrives in Sicily

MILAN (AP) — The Italian coast guard ship Diciotto has made port in the Sicilian city of Catania with 177 migrants awaiting word on which countries will take them following another standoff between Malta and Italy. Though the ship made port late Monday, the Italian government is not allowing ...

Vatican: Pope expected to meet with abuse victims in Ireland

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Tuesday that Pope Francis is expected to meet with victims of sexual abuse during his weekend visit to Ireland and speak out about the problem. Spokesman Greg Burke effectively confirmed the meeting during a briefing ...

Rockets hit during Afghan president’s address; no injuries

By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Rockets were fired Tuesday toward the presidential palace in Kabul as the Afghan president was delivering his holiday message for the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Adha, police said, prompting a ferocious aerial response, with ...

Pope on sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the "crime" of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of ...

Afghan forces free 149 hostages taken by Taliban in ambush

By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan forces launched a lightning operation in northern Kunduz province on Monday, rescuing 149 people, including women and children, abducted by the Taliban just hours earlier, officials said. By mid-afternoon, fighting was still ...

Spanish police shoot man dead in suspected terror attack

By EMILIO MORENATTI, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A man pleaded to be let into a locked police station in Barcelona before dawn Monday, then lunged with a knife at officers inside. Police shot him dead and the attack is being investigated for any links to terror, authorities ...

Quake swarm jolts Indonesian islands, killing at least 12

By ROSIDIN SEMBAHULUN, Associated Press SEMBALUN, Indonesia (AP) — Multiple strong earthquakes killed at least a dozen people on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Sumbawa as the region was trying to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. A shallow ...

Shots fired at gate of US Embassy in Turkey; no one hurt

By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Turkey was shot at from a moving car before dawn on Monday, an attack that came during heightened tensions between the two NATO allies. There were no casualties and no claim of responsibility for the fleeting attack, ...

Brief Korean reunions bring tears for separated families

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The 92-year-old South Korean woman wept and stroked the wrinkled cheeks of her 71-year-old North Korean son on Monday, their first meeting since they were driven apart during the turmoil of the 1950-53 Korean ...

Plane skids off rainy Manila runway, rips off engine, wheel

By JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Passengers of a plane from China that veered off a runway at Manila's airport and lost an engine and a wheel after landing hard in a rainstorm recalled Friday their brush with the terrifying mishap, with some of the 165 people on ...

Crews remove major rubble 3 days after Italy bridge collapse

By COLEEN BARRY and PAOLO SANTALUCIA, Associated Press GENOA, Italy (AP) — Excavators began clearing large sections of the collapsed highway bridge in the Italian city of Genoa on Friday, searching for people still missing three days after the deadly accident that one survivor said ended ...

US threatens more sanctions, keeping alive Turkish crisis

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and the United States exchanged new threats of sanctions Friday, keeping alive a diplomatic and financial crisis that is threatening the economic stability of the NATO country. Turkey's lira fell once again after the trade ...

More than 1,000 Google workers protest censored China search

By RYAN NAKASHIMA, Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than a thousand Google employees have signed a letter protesting the company's secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship. The letter calls on executives to review ethics and transparency ...

Mattis says further Taliban assaults likely in weeks ahead

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Taliban is likely to keep up its recent surge of violence in advance of scheduled parliamentary elections in October but Western-backed Afghan defenses will not break, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said ...

Crash outside parliament in London treated as terrorism

By DANICA KIRKA and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — A car plowed into pedestrians and cyclists near the Houses of Parliament in London during the morning rush hour Tuesday, injuring three people in what police suspect is the latest in a string of vehicle-based attacks in the ...

Highway bridge collapses in Italy, cars plunge 260 feet

By COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — A bridge on a main highway between Italy and France collapsed Tuesday in the Italian city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 262 feet into a heap of rubble below. Amalia Tedeschi, a firefighter, told RAI state ...

Turkey’s Erdogan vows US boycott, but diplomats resume talks

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president appeared to escalate a dispute with the United States that has helped foment a Turkish currency crisis, claiming Tuesday that his country will boycott U.S.-made electronic goods. Behind the scenes, however, diplomats ...

Australia archbishop gets house detention for abuse cover-up

NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Roman Catholic cleric convicted of covering up child sex abuse was ordered by an Australian court Tuesday to serve his 1-year sentence in home detention rather than jail. Newcastle Magistrate Robert Stone on Tuesday ordered former Adelaide ...

Taliban overrun Afghan army base, kill 17 troops

By RAHIM FAIEZ and AMIR SHAH, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban overran a base in northern Afghanistan, killing 17 soldiers, even as Afghan forces battled the insurgents for the fifth straight day in the eastern provincial capital of Ghazni on Tuesday, trying to flush ...