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Trump boosts coal as China takes the lead on climate change

By MICHAEL BIESECKER and LOUISE WATT, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, cutting carbon emissions to stave off the worst impacts of climate change was routinely near the top of the agenda at talks between the leaders of the United States and China. Not anymore. As President ...

French bishop resigns, accused of ‘inappropriate’ behavior

PARIS (AP) — The French Catholic Church says that a French bishop has resigned at the Vatican's suggestion because of accusations of an "inappropriate pastoral attitude." The French Conference of Bishops said in a statement that Pope Francis accepted Monsignor Herve Gaschignard's resignation ...

Somalia leader declares country a war zone, replaces chiefs

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's new president on Thursday declared the country a war zone and replaced its military and intelligence chiefs while instructing the army to prepare a new offensive against al-Shabab extremists. The shakeup is an attempt to ...

Analysis: Toxic attack could wreck Assad’s political gains

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — President Bashar Assad took an enormous gamble if his forces were behind the chemical weapons attack that killed dozens in northern Syria: committing an overt war crime just as the Trump administration and most Western leaders had made clear ...

Officials: St. Petersburg subway blast was suicide attack

By IRINA TITOVA and NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — A suicide bomber was behind a blast on the St. Petersburg subway that killed 14 people, Russian investigators said Tuesday, while authorities in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan identified a suspect ...

Syrian group raises death toll in suspected gas attack to 58

By PHILIP ISSA and SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — A suspected chemical attack in a town in Syria's northern Idlib province killed dozens of people on Tuesday, Syrian opposition activists said, describing the attack as among the worst in the country's six-year civil war. The ...

Pink diamond auctioned for record $71.2M in Hong Kong

By KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer HONG KONG (AP) — A stunning 59.6 carat diamond known as the "Pink Star" sold for $71.2 million at a Sotheby's auction Tuesday in Hong Kong, setting a new world record for any diamond or jewel, according to the auction house. The oval mixed-cut diamond ...

Watchdog report: ‘Breakdown of democracy’ in Poland, Hungary

By VANESSA GERA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — U.S.-based pro-democracy group Freedom House said Tuesday that a "spectacular breakdown of democracy" has been taking place in Poland and Hungary, two countries that stood as models of democratic change after the collapse of communism ...

Hungary approves stricter terms for Soros-founded university

By PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lawmakers from Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's Fidesz party on Tuesday approved a draft education bill that critics say targets a university founded by billionaire philanthropist George Soros. The bill modifies rules ...

Poland’s ruling party lost popularity after opposing Tusk

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's populist ruling party, Law and Justice, lost some popularity after making an unsuccessful attempt to block the re-election of Donald Tusk to his top European Union job, recent polls show. Polls also show a strong jump in support for Civic Platform, the party ...

Families in flood-hit Colombian city search for children

By ALBA TOBELLA, Associated Press MOCOA, Colombia (AP) — Jose Albeiro Vargas last saw his grandson the night a fierce rain came and unleashed havoc on this small city surrounded by rivers and mountains in southern Colombia. From what the store owner has been able to gather, the torrents of ...

French radicals get respect in Le Pen’s presidential race

By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press LYON, France (AP) — There's no doubt that an extreme-right French group known for violence and large doses of anti-Semitism doesn't like journalists or the establishment. "You lie ... you spend your time at society soirees ... you are the system!" Steven ...

Leftist claims win in Ecuador election; rival cries foul

By GONZALO SOLANO, Associated Press QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Leftist candidate Lenin Moreno appeared to have won Ecuador's presidential election but his opposition rival refused to recognize the results, calling on his supporters to take to the streets to guard against "fraud." Sunday's ...

Messy web of ties, some to Trump, in Turkish mogul’s case

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A high-flying Turkish-Iranian businessman is busted in Miami, accused of laundering money for Iran. Turkey accuses the prominent American prosecutor of ties to a shadowy group it blames for a failed coup attempt. President Donald Trump ...

German court sentences extremist to life over bomb plot

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has sentenced an Islamic extremist to life in prison over a plot to carry out a bomb attack at a train station. The Duesseldorf regional court found Marco G. guilty Monday of attempted murder over an explosive device placed at the main train station in the ...

Human Rights Watch says Israel blocking access to Gaza

By FARES AKRAM, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — An international human rights group on Monday accused Israel of barring foreign researchers from entering the Gaza Strip to document abuses, saying the restrictions call into question Israel's stated commitment to investigating ...

US ambassador: No question Russia meddled in election

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says there's no question Russia was involved in the U.S. presidential election and that the actions of the Kremlin will be addressed after the investigations are completed. "We don't want any country involved in our elections, ...

Fire hits Dubai high-rise complex near world’s tallest tower

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An inferno burned early Sunday in a high-rise tower complex being built alongside Dubai's largest mall, its thick black smoke shrouding the world's tallest building nearby in this desert metropolis where skyscraper blazes ...

UK leader tries to reassure Gibraltar in Brexit process

LONDON (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has offered reassurances to Gibraltar that the UK remains steadfastly committed to the overseas territory amid concerns over its future as Britain leaves the European Union. May's Downing Street office says Sunday that she phoned the chief ...

Oxford-Cambridge boat race to go on after WWII bomb removed

LONDON (AP) — The annual Oxford-Cambridge boat race will proceed as planned Sunday after police removed an unexploded World War II-era bomb found near the start of the race on the River Thames. The bomb was discovered by a member of the public near Putney Bridge in southwest London, just ...