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Sunday 06/16/2019
Huge crowds march in Hong Kong, piling pressure on leader
Updated: June 16, 2019 - 3:32 am

HONG KONG (AP) — Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents, mostly in black, jammed the city's streets Sunday, demanding an end to a proposed extradition bill and the resignation of the city's top leader.

Saudi crown prince says kingdom isn't seeking war in region
Updated: June 16, 2019 - 3:15 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in remarks published Sunday that the kingdom is not seeking war in the region, but warned it will not hesitate to confront threats to its security.

The Latest: Damaged oil tanker arrives off UAE coast
Posted: June 16, 2019 - 2:16 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf (all times local):

The Latest: Hong Kongers, in black, jam streets in protest
Updated: June 16, 2019 - 2:42 am

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong against an extradition bill (all times local):

Saturday 06/15/2019
Crew members of targeted Norwegian-owned tanker now in Dubai
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 10:46 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Crew members from a Norwegian-owned oil tanker apparently attacked in the Gulf of Oman landed Saturday in Dubai after two days in Iran as the other tanker targeted in the assault limped into anchorage off the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates.

The Latest: Yemen's Houthi rebels launch Saudi drone attack
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 10:31 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf (all times local):

Activists push Sunday protest despite Hong Kong bill delay
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 8:31 pm

HONG KONG (AP) — Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong are planning a mass protest Sunday even after the territory's embattled leader Carrie Lam sought to quell public anger by shelving an unpopular extradition bill that has highlighted apprehension about relations with mainland China.

After bill fiasco, Hong Kong chief fights for political life
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 8:16 pm

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam steadily climbed her way up bureaucratic ranks to capture the top position in the former British colony, relying on sheer intelligence, ambition, canny networking and an astute deference to authority.

"Romeo and Juliet" director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 7:31 pm

ROME (AP) — Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions, most famously captured in his cinematic "Romeo and Juliet" and the miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth," died Saturday at 96.

Versace to Emporio: Men's looks shine, literally, in Milan
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 7:04 pm

MILAN (AP) — Milan Fashion Week for spring/summer menswear previews has started with a slightly different rhythm, with many mainstays not showing this season.

Notre Dame celebrates 1st Mass since devastating April fire
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 4:45 pm

PARIS (AP) — The archbishop wore a hard-hat helmet, burnt wood debris was still visible and only about 30 people were let inside, but Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday held its first Mass since the devastating April 15th fire that ravaged its roof and toppled its masterpiece spire.

Hobby horse fans show off their skills in Finland
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 3:45 pm

HELSINKI (AP) — The 400 contestants at a sports arena in Finland show jumped, barrel raced and pranced in a dressage competition. They just didn't do it with live horses.

Diplomats: Europeans weigh sanctions on Venezuela's Maduro
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 3:30 pm

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Major European nations are considering imposing sanctions on Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro and several top officials for their recent crackdown on political opponents, although divisions remain over the timing of any action for fear of derailing a negotiated exit to the country's crisis, The Associated Press has learned.

Ugandan medics now tackling Ebola say they lack supplies
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 2:31 pm

BWERA, Uganda (AP) — The isolation ward for Ebola patients is a tent erected in the garden of the local hospital. Gloves are given out sparingly to health workers. And when the second person in this Uganda border town died after the virus outbreak spread from neighboring Congo , the hospital for several hours couldn't find a vehicle to take away the body.

"Romeo and Juliet" director Franco Zeffirelli dies at 96
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 1:15 pm

ROME (AP) — Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who delighted audiences around the world with his romantic vision and extravagant productions, most famously captured in "Romeo and Juliet" and the miniseries "Jesus of Nazareth," died Saturday at 96.

The Latest: Activists say shelving bill is not enough
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 11:45 am

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong against an extradition bill (all times local):

Passengers subdue chaotic man on board Turkish Airlines jet
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 1:45 pm

ISTANBUL (AP) — Passengers on a Turkish Airlines jetliner flying to Sudan had to subdue a man who started screaming a few minutes after takeoff and began smashing at an oxygen mask box and then a cabin window, before pushing flight attendants aside and rushing toward the cockpit.

India vs Pakistan: More than just cricket at the World Cup
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 10:30 am

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — It's the contest for continental supremacy played on a global stage.

Knox accuses media of having built false story around her
Posted: June 15, 2019 - 9:12 am

ROME (AP) — Taking the stage Saturday at an Italian conference on justice, Amanda Knox accused the media of having built a false narrative around her during her yearslong murder trial and appeals process, depicting her as guilty even though she was eventually acquitted.

'We are trapped': Zimbabwe's economic crunch hits passports
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 12:45 pm

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — With Zimbabwe's economy in shambles and political tensions rising, leaving the country seems the best option for many who are desperate for jobs. But those dreams often end at the passport office, which doesn't have enough foreign currency to import proper paper and ink.

Zero elephants poached in a year in top Africa wildlife park
Posted: June 15, 2019 - 7:30 am

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One of Africa's largest wildlife preserves is marking a year without a single elephant found killed by poachers, which experts call an extraordinary development in an area larger than Switzerland where thousands of the animals have been slaughtered in recent years.

Middle East attack jolts oil-import dependent Asia
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 4:33 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The blasts detonated far from the bustling megacities of Asia, but the attack this week on two tankers in the strategic Strait of Hormuz hits at the heart of the region's oil import-dependent economies.

The Latest: Arab League chief tells Iranians to 'be careful'
Updated: June 15, 2019 - 2:49 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local):

Friday 06/14/2019
Calls mount for compromise over unpopular Hong Kong bill
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 8:45 pm

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam faced calls from both outside and within her government to delay extradition legislation that has spurred massive protests.

AP Interview: Ex-official urges dropping HK extradition bill
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 8:30 pm

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's former Chief Secretary Anson Chan — long an outspoken advocate for more democracy in the ex-British colony — is urging the city's chief executive, Carrie Lam, to shelve proposed extradition legislation that has sparked mass protests.

Zegna, Stella McCartney tout transition in Milan
Posted: June 14, 2019 - 7:02 pm

MILAN (AP) — The opening shows of Milan Fashion Week on Friday evening underscored a world in transition.

Major oil companies commit to carbon pricing at Vatican
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 3:15 pm

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Some of the world's major oil producers pledged Friday to support "economically meaningful" carbon pricing regimes after a personal appeal from Pope Francis to avoid "perpetrating a brutal act of injustice" against the poor and future generations.

UN says Ebola outbreak in Congo still not a global emergency
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 2:31 pm

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization on Friday said the Ebola outbreak in Congo — which spilled into Uganda this week — is an "extraordinary event" of deep concern but does not yet merit being declared a global emergency.

Small donors, not French tycoons, help pay Notre Dame works
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 7:30 pm

PARIS (AP) — The billionaire French donors who publicly proclaimed they would give hundreds of millions to rebuild Notre Dame have not yet paid a penny toward the restoration of the French national monument, according to church and business officials.

UN court rejects UAE request in Qatar dispute
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 12:31 pm

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The highest U.N. court on Friday rejected a request by the United Arab Emirates for interim measures to be imposed on Qatar in a racial discrimination dispute.

US says video shows Iran removing mine from stricken tanker
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 7:30 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military released a video Friday it said showed Iran's Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the oil tankers targeted near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, suggesting Tehran wanted to hide evidence of its alleged involvement.

Russian fire teams save 300 cats from burning animal shelter
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 12:02 pm

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russian emergency workers have rescued hundreds of cats and several dogs from a fire that engulfed an animal shelter.

Probe shows that Russian jet had excessive landing speed
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 11:02 am

MOSCOW (AP) — A preliminary probe into last month's crash of a Russian passenger jet that left 41 dead has found the plane was going at an excessive speed when it made an emergency landing.

Sudan military acknowledges violations in sit-in dispersal
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 10:32 am

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan's ruling military acknowledged that security forces committed violations when they moved in to disperse protesters at a sit-in camp outside military headquarters in Khartoum last week, and a major human rights organization said Friday the need for an outside investigation was more urgent than ever in light of the admission.

The Latest: Oil firms commit to 'meaningful' carbon pricing
Posted: June 14, 2019 - 8:54 am

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on a Vatican summit on climate change (all times local):

Burial of Ugandan Ebola victim shows flash of confrontation
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 12:46 pm

KARAMBI, Uganda (AP) — At last the pickup truck carrying the Ebola victim's coffin arrived. The woman's relatives were relieved. But a small group of young people hissed in anger.

Correction: Bitcoin-Carbon Footprint story
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 8:46 am

BERLIN (AP) — In a story June 13 about the carbon footprint of bitcoin, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the electricity required for a bitcoin transaction results in hundreds of times as much CO2 emitted as a credit card payment. It is hundreds of thousands of times as much.

Thai vets nurture lost baby dugong with milk and sea grass
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 8:31 am

BANGKOK (AP) — A baby dugong, a large ocean mammal, that has developed an attachment to humans after being separated from its mother and getting lost off southern Thailand is being nurtured by marine experts in hopes that it can one day fend for itself.

Pride parade kicks off in Tel Aviv with partyers, protesters
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 8:16 am

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — The largest gay pride parade in the Middle East drew hundreds of thousands of revelers and demonstrators from all over to the streets of Tel Aviv on Friday.

Man accused in New Zealand mosque killings pleads not guilty
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 8:16 am

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The man accused of the New Zealand mosque attacks smirked as his lawyer entered not guilty pleas to terrorism, murder and attempted murder charges Friday before a judge who set his trial for next May.

Oil tanker attacks echo Persian Gulf's 1980s 'Tanker War'
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 8:31 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Mysterious attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz this week show how one of the world's crucial chokepoints for global energy supplies can be easily targeted, 30 years after the U.S. Navy and Iran were entangled in a similarly shadowy conflict called the "Tanker War."

The Latest: China summons US envoy over Hong Kong criticism
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 7:45 am

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on the Hong Kong extradition bill and protests (all times local):

A year after World Cup, Russia toasts big soccer crowds
Updated: June 14, 2019 - 1:47 am

MOSCOW (AP) — A year after hosting the World Cup, Russia is boasting the biggest club soccer crowds since Soviet days and participation at the amateur level is on the rise. Still, there are signs of trouble for the sport.

Thursday 06/13/2019
Asian shares mixed over concerns about oil tankers, trade
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 10:17 pm

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed Friday as investors weighed a variety of factors, including suspected attacks on two oil tankers in the strategic Strait of Hormuz and lingering worries about trade conflict between the U.S. and China.

Prosecutors believe suspects in Ortiz shooting wanted in US
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 10:02 pm

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — American prosecutors said Thursday that they believe two suspects in the shooting of retired Red Sox star David Ortiz are wanted for crimes in the United States, while the father of another suspect said his son belongs to a notorious Dominican gang of drug-dealing hitmen.

The Latest: US officials: 2nd Ortiz shooting suspect wanted
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 9:16 pm

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Latest on the shooting for former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz (all times local):

Neymar undergoes questioning by police, denies rape claim
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 8:16 pm

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian soccer star Neymar spent about five hours at a police station Thursday to undergo questioning about rape allegations against him, one of the final steps in the investigation.

AP Photos: Tokyo's Shibuya Crossing is not so pedestrian
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 8:00 pm

TOKYO (AP) — It's not just a pedestrian crossing. Located just outside Tokyo's Shibuya Station, it's one of the top tourist attractions in Japan.

Tankers struck near Strait of Hormuz; US blames Iran
Posted: June 13, 2019 - 7:21 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. blamed Iran for suspected attacks on two oil tankers Thursday near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, denouncing what it called a campaign of "escalating tensions" in a region crucial to global energy supplies.

The Latest: Iran urges regional dialogue to ease tensions
Updated: June 13, 2019 - 7:46 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on Mideast developments amid rising tensions in the Persian Gulf region (all times local):


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