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At least 8 killed in Ukraine coal mine blast; 20 missing

MOSCOW (AP) — The Ukrainian emergencies service says an explosion at a coal mine in western Ukraine has left at least eight people dead. The blast took place about midday Thursday in the Stepovaya mine in the Lviv region, 460 kilometers (285 miles) west of the capital Kiev, about 550 meters ...

From LOL shirt to bulletproof vest, hit suspects go to court

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Because of a grainy security camera photo that went viral online, she is now known to many as the LOL assassin. But as Doan Thi Huong left a courthouse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after being formally charged with the murder of North Korean ...

Uber CEO caught on video arguing over fares with driver

The Associated Press Uber's CEO says he needs leadership help after a video has emerged of him arguing heatedly with a driver about fares. In the latest embarrassment to beset the ride-hailing company, CEO Travis Kalanick is seen discussing Uber's business model with the driver. In the ...

Tamils want Sri Lanka to fulfill promises to UN rights body

By BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI, Associated Press COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's main ethnic Tamil party has said the government has not fulfilled promises made to the United Nations, including allowing a probe into war crimes allegations from a civil war that ended nearly eight years ...

North Korea says Kim Jong Nam VX poison claim absurd

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — North Korea is strongly denying the findings of a Malaysian autopsy that suggest the deadly VX nerve agent was used to kill leader Kim Jong Un's half brother — or "Kim Chol, a citizen of (North Korea) bearing a diplomatic passport," as its ...

Iraqi forces push toward Mosul government complex

By SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — An Iraqi commander says his troops are within 800 meters (900 yards) of the main government complex in the northern city of Mosul, the capture of which would mark a symbolic victory against the Islamic State group. Maj. Gen Thamir ...

UN suspends services in volatile Palestinian camp in Lebanon

BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. says it has suspended services this week in a conflict-torn Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon amid an outbreak of clashes there. A statement released jointly on Wednesday by the U.N. children's agency and Palestinian relief agency says at least eight ...

Indian hometown grieves for engineer killed in Kansas bar

By OMER FAROOQ, Associated Press HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Hundreds of grieving family and friends tearfully mourned a 32-year-old engineer in his southern Indian hometown Tuesday after he was killed in an apparently racially motivated shooting in a crowded Kansas bar. Tears rolled down the ...

South Korean prosecutors indict Samsung’s de facto chief

By YOUKYUNG LEE and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean special prosecutors indicted Samsung's de facto chief Tuesday on bribery, embezzlement and other charges linked to a political scandal that has toppled President Park Geun-hye. The indictment of ...

N. Korean diplomats in Malaysia to seek Kim’s brother’s body

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A high-level North Korean delegation arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday seeking the body of leader Kim Jong Un's half brother, the victim of a nerve-agent attack that many suspect the North itself of orchestrating. The body of Kim ...

Putin says Russia could close military base in Kyrgyzstan

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says Russia will close its military base in Kyrgyzstan if the government of the Central Asian nation asks it to. Putin was speaking on Tuesday in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, as part of a Central Asian tour. The Kyrgyz president said in December that ...

French candidates canvass for votes from despairing farmers

PARIS (AP) — French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is stroking cows and promising new, improved subsidies to farmers who fear their livelihood is on its last legs after years of crisis. Le Pen is among a parade of candidates for the April-May election visiting the huge annual ...

Egypt’s Christians flee terror in north Sinai security void

By BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press ISMAILIA, Egypt (AP) — After Islamic militants barged into his uncle's house, shot him and his son dead, then looted the place and set it on fire, Said Sameh Adel Fawzy knew it was time to leave. The 35-year-old Christian, who owns a plumbing supply business ...

France’s 2 left-wing presidential candidates refuse to unite

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The two main left-leaning candidates in France's presidential election won't join forces after all. Socialist Benoit Hamon and far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, a former member of the Socialist Party who is supported by the Communists, ...

Poland’s populist govt brings hope to struggling rural areas

By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA, Associated Press KOBYLIN-BORZYMY, Poland (AP) — Life has always been hard for Witold Pogorzelski, a farmer in eastern Poland. Fuel shortages in the communist era prevented him from transporting his produce. In the capitalist era, the nearby sugar factory that provided ...

Russian opposition struggles 2 years after Nemtsov killing

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Two years after he was killed near the Kremlin, Boris Nemtsov can still attract crowds of supporters. But his death left in tatters Russia's opposition movement, which is struggling with infighting and seems unable to rally behind one ...

Germany: Heidelberg car suspect held on suspicion of murder

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say a man who drove into a group of pedestrians in the German city of Heidelberg, fatally injuring one man, is being held on suspicion of murder and attempted murder. Prosecutors and police said in a statement Sunday that they're examining whether the suspect, a ...

Russians march to remember slain opposition leader Nemtsov

MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of Russians are marching in the streets of Moscow to mark two years since opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down outside the Kremlin. Nemtsov was a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. His Feb. 27, 2015 death, in what appeared to be a contract ...

Malaysia: Poisoning of Kim caused paralysis, quick death

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's health minister said Sunday that the dose of nerve agent given to North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un's exiled half brother was so high that it killed him within 20 minutes and caused "very serious paralysis." Kim Jong Nam ...

Copy this: Vatican stakes out rights to Pope Francis’ image

By DANICA KIRKA and NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — God's love may be free, but the Vatican says it has a copyright on the pope. Unnerved by the proliferation of papal-themed T-shirts, snow globes and tea towels around the world, the Vatican has warned it intends to ...