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Christian woman acquitted in Pakistan to leave country

By MUNIR AHMED, Associated Press ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Christian woman acquitted in Pakistan after eight years on death row for blasphemy plans to leave the country, her family said Thursday as radical Islamists mounted rallies for a second day against the verdict, blocking roads and burning ...

Saudi ties to US colleges come under mounting scrutiny

By COLLIN BINKLEY and CHAD DAY, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — U.S. colleges and universities have received more than $350 million from the Saudi government this decade, yet some are rethinking their arrangements in the wake of the killing of a journalist that has ignited a global uproar ...

End of austerity? Britain’s poor to see little improvement

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Much of Britain will continue to feel the effects of eight years of spending cuts, even after the government's Treasury chief heralded the end of austerity by splashing out billions of pounds for health, transportation and small business in his ...

Previous flight of crashed Lion Air jet terrified passengers

By NINIEK KARMINI and STEPHEN WRIGHT, Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Relatives numbed by grief provided samples for DNA tests to help identify victims of the Lion Air plane crash that killed 189 people in Indonesia, as accounts emerged Tuesday of problems on the jet's previous ...

Venice hit by high tide as Italy buffeted by winds; 6 killed

By COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — Venice was inundated by an exceptional high tide Monday, putting three-quarters of the famed Italian lagoon city under water as large swathes of the rest of Italy experienced flooding and heavy winds that toppled trees and other objects, ...

Merkel won’t seek a 5th term as German chancellor

By GEIR MOULSON and DAVID RISING, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Angela Merkel set off Monday on what could be a three-year countdown to the end of her leadership of Germany, a stint that has made her the European Union's longest-serving leader and a key figure in facing the continent's many ...

2nd group of migrants enters Mexico as main caravan resumes

By SANTIAGO BILLY and CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — Hundreds of Central Americans following in the footsteps of a thousands-strong migrant caravan making its way toward the U.S. border crossed a river from Guatemala into Mexico on Monday, defying a heavy ...

Large challenges loom for Brazil’s president-elect Bolsonaro

By PETER PRENGAMAN and SARAH DiLORENZO, Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro signaled Monday his administration would make tackling the country's budget-crushing pension system a top priority, doubling down on a campaign promise that made him the ...

Turkey’s leader opens new Istanbul Airport as global hub

By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president inaugurated a gleaming new aviation hub in Istanbul on Monday, a megaproject that he has pushed to fulfill his dream of making Turkey a global player. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Istanbul Airport was ...

Indonesia plane crash search finds remains, debris at sea

By NINIEK KARMINI and STEPHEN WRIGHT, Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rescuers in inflatable boats retrieved human remains, pieces of aircraft and personal belongings from the Java Sea on Monday after a new-generation Boeing jet operated by an Indonesian budget airline crashed ...

Spanish rescuers recover dead baby, save 520 migrants at sea

MADRID (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service says a baby has died despite efforts by rescuers to save it after a small boat carrying migrants sunk in the Mediterranean Sea. The death came as over 500 others were rescued. The service says Sunday that the bottom of the rubber boat gave out, ...

Mattis presses Saudi leader for full probe on writer’s death

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press PRAGUE (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Sunday he met with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister during an international conference and urged a full and complete investigation into the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi. Mattis told reporters traveling ...

Sickness, fear, harassment in Mexico whittle away at caravan

By MARK STEVENSON, Associated Press HUIXTLA, Mexico (AP) — Little by little, sickness, fear and police harassment are whittling down the migrant caravan making its way to the U.S. border, with many of the 4,000 to 5,000 migrants camped overnight under plastic sheeting in a town in southern ...

Changing story again, Saudi Arabia says killing was planned

By AYA BATRAWY, CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi prosecutors say the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was planned, state-run media reported Thursday, reflecting yet another change in the shifting Saudi Arabian account of what ...

Japan reporter freed from captivity in Syria returns home

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese journalist returned to Tokyo on Thursday after being freed from more than three years of captivity in Syria. Jumpei Yasuda was released on Tuesday and taken to neighboring Turkey. Yasuda, wearing a black T-shirt, was escorted from ...

AP Investigation: Hospital patients held hostage for cash

By MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Kenyatta National Hospital is east Africa's biggest medical institution, home to more than a dozen donor-funded projects with international partners — a "Center of Excellence," says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

Russian rocket puts satellite into orbit, 1st since failure

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian Soyuz rocket put a military satellite in orbit on Thursday, its first successful launch since a similar rocket failed earlier this month to deliver a crew to the International Space Station. The Russian military said a Soyuz-2 ...

Ruling: Italy violated Mafia boss Provenzano’s human rights

MILAN (AP) — The European court of human rights in Strasbourg has ruled that Italy violated the rights of the late Mafia "boss of bosses" Bernardo Provenzano by maintaining strict anti-Mafia prison conditions in his last few months alive. The court ruled Thursday that Italy was not justified ...

Turkish president: Saudis plotted writer’s killing for days

By SUZAN FRASER, ZEYNEP BILGINSOY and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Saudi officials murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi in their Istanbul consulate after plotting his death for days, Turkey's president said Tuesday, contradicting Saudi Arabia's explanation that ...

Dangerous Cat 4 Hurricane Willa closing in on Mexico coast

By MARCO UGARTE, Associated Press MAZATLAN, Mexico (AP) — Authorities rushed to evacuate low-lying areas and set up shelters as an "extremely dangerous" Hurricane Willa with winds of 130 mph (215 kph) headed toward a Tuesday afternoon landfall along a stretch of Mexico's Pacific coast dotted ...