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Raging forest fire kills 61 in Portugal; many as they fled

By HELENA ALVES and ARMANDO FRANCA, Associated Press PEDROGAO GRANDE, Portugal (AP) — A raging forest fire in central Portugal sent flames sweeping over roads, killing at least 61 people, many of them trapped in their cars as they tried to flee, officials said Sunday. The country's prime ...

Rout by Macron’s party in French parliamentary election vote

By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Voters gave President Emmanuel Macron's fledgling party a solid victory in parliamentary elections Sunday, handing the upstart centrist a strong mandate to overhaul the country's labor laws, among the most sensitive issues for the ...

UK: Banned building materials suspected in London fire

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The new exterior cladding used in a renovation on London's Grenfell Tower may have been banned under U.K. building regulations, two British ministers said Sunday as police continued their criminal investigation into the inferno that killed at ...

Suspected jihadists attack resort outside Mali’s capital

By BABA AHMED, Associated Press BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Suspected jihadists launched an attack Sunday on a hotel resort in Mali's capital, taking hostages at a spot popular with foreigners on the weekends. The number of casualties was unclear in the assault, which continued through the ...

Iraq: Mass food poisoning, 2 die at Mosul camp for displaced

By BALINT SZLANKO and SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press HASSAN SHAM U2 CAMP, Iraq (AP) — A mass food poisoning at a camp for the displaced near the northern city of Mosul killed at least two people and sickened over 700, Iraq's health minister said Tuesday, becoming the latest battleground ...

UK leader holding alliance talks with NIreland party chief

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Britain's prime minister has begun talks with a Northern Ireland-based party Tuesday to see if they can create an alliance to push through the Conservative Party's agenda after a disastrous snap election left her short of a majority in ...

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman arrives in North Korea

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Dennis Rodman, the former NBA bad boy who has palled around with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, flew back to Pyongyang on Tuesday for the first time in Donald Trump's presidency. He said he is "just trying to open a door" on ...

Cuba hardliners, US defenders battle over new Trump policy

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press HAVANA (AP) — Cuba's best friends in the U.S. used to be a smattering of Washington policy wonks and leftists who sent donated school buses and computers to the communist-led island. Five months into the Trump administration, Cuba ...

UK police make new arrest in London Bridge attack inquiry

LONDON (AP) — London police have made a new arrest in their investigation of the London Bridge terrorist attack. Police said late Sunday night that a 19-year-old man had been arrested in the east London neighborhood of Barking. He is being detained on suspicion of violating the Terrorism ...

Senior UK Cabinet ministers offer support to prime minister

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Senior members of British Prime Minister Theresa May's government rallied to her defense Monday amid doubts about whether she will remain in power following a disastrous election result. As the Conservative Party digested the loss of its ...

Philippine flag raised on Independence Day in war-torn city

MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — Filipinos marked their country's Independence Day by raising the national flag Monday in a southern city where troops pressed assaults to quell a three-week siege by Islamic State group-aligned militants that has left 270 combatants and civilians dead. Many were ...

4 Syrians brothers face terrorism charges in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities say they've arrested four Syrian brothers on terrorism charges for allegedly fighting for an extremist group in their homeland five years ago. Mustafa K., 41, Abdullah K., 39, Sultan K., 44, and Ahmed K., 51, whose last names weren't released according to ...

French see no one to counter Macron, set to sweep parliament

By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Candidates in the runoff of French parliamentary elections hit the campaign trail on Monday, shaken by a record abstention rate in the first round and the prospect of a sweep by President Emmanuel Macron's new party which would shatter the ...

May’s UK election gamble backfires as Tories lose majority

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Spectacularly punished by voters who took away her majority in parliament, a politically wounded Theresa May sought to soldier on Friday as Britain's prime minister, resisting pressure to resign after the failure of her ...

North Korea says it has tested new anti-ship missile

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Friday it has test-launched a new type of cruise missile capable of striking U.S. and South Korean warships "at will," as South Korea found a suspected North Korean drone near the tense border ...

Japan enacts law allowing Emperor Akihito, 83, to abdicate

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japan's parliament on Friday passed a law allowing Emperor Akihito to become the country's first monarch to abdicate in 200 years, but put off a debate over how to tackle the shrinking royal population and whether to allow women to ascend the ...

Myanmar navy ship, fishermen find bodies in search for plane

By ESTHER HTUSAN, Associated Press SAN HLAN, Myanmar (AP) — Fishermen joined navy and air force personnel Thursday in recovering bodies and aircraft parts from the sea off Myanmar, where a military plane carrying 122 people including 15 children crashed a day earlier, officials said. The ...

Polls open in UK election after campaign marred by attacks

By DANICA KIRKA and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British voters went to the polls Thursday for an election envisioned to be dominated by the country's pending departure from the European Union but that ended up focusing on international terrorism following attacks in London ...

Iran says 5 Tehran attackers had fought for Islamic State

By NASSER KARIMI and AMIR VAHDAT, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Five of the men who launched an attack in the heart of Iran's capital previously fought for the Islamic State group, the country's Intelligence Ministry said Thursday, acknowledging the first such assault by the ...

S. Korea leader warns North after latest missile launch

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's latest launches of several suspected anti-ship missiles were short-range and landed well short of past efforts, but they still served as a defiant message for its enemies that Pyongyang will ...