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Sunday 07/21/2019
Hong Kong protesters continue past march's end point
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 6:00 am

HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters in Hong Kong pressed on Sunday past the designated end point for a march in which tens of thousands repeated demands for direct elections in the Chinese territory and an independent investigation into police tactics used in previous demonstrations.

UK navy heard in audio trying to thwart Iran ship seizure
Posted: July 21, 2019 - 5:15 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In an audio recording released by a maritime security risk firm, a British naval officer can be heard saying that the transit of a British-flagged vessel through the Strait of Hormuz must not be impaired under international law, just before it is seized by Iranian forces.

With Boris Johnson tipped to win PM race, UK eyes rocky ride
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 1:50 am

LONDON (AP) — Britain is getting a new prime minister. Buckle up for a rocky ride.

Iran says its seizure of British ship a 'reciprocal' move
Updated: July 21, 2019 - 1:02 am

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's seizure of a British oil tanker was a response to Britain's role in impounding an Iranian supertanker first, senior officials said Saturday, as newly released video of the incident showed Iranian commandos in black ski masks and fatigues rappelling from a helicopter onto the vessel in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Saturday 07/20/2019
British Airways, Lufthansa suspend Cairo flights
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 9:15 pm

LONDON (AP) — British Airways and Lufthansa both said Saturday they were suspending flights to Cairo for unspecified reasons related to safety and security.

Russian capsule carrying 3 docks with space station
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 7:30 pm

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Russian space capsule with three astronauts aboard has docked with the International Space Station after a fast-track trip to the orbiting laboratory.

War-weakened South Sudan tries to prepare for Ebola
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 12:32 pm

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — With the deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo now an international emergency , neighboring South Sudan and its war-weakened health system is a major concern, especially after one case was confirmed near its border. Health experts say there is an urgent need to increase prevention efforts.

Monsoon flooding death toll climbs to 164 in South Asia
Posted: July 20, 2019 - 9:11 am

GAUHATI, India (AP) — The death toll in monsoon flooding in South Asia has climbed past 160 as millions of people and animals continue to face the brunt in three countries, officials said Saturday.

Iran tanker seizure linked to earlier act by UK marines
Posted: July 20, 2019 - 8:10 am

LONDON (AP) — Taken on its own, Iran's seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz may seem like a brazen act of aggression, a provocative poke in the nose to both Britain and its ally, the United States.

Friday 07/19/2019
Suspect in Japan anime studio arson reportedly had grudge
Updated: July 20, 2019 - 12:16 am

TOKYO (AP) — The man suspected of setting ablaze a beloved Japanese animation studio, killing 34 people, was raging about theft and witnesses and media reported he had a grudge against the company, as questions arose why such mass killings keep happening in the country.

Iran's seizure of UK tanker in Gulf seen as escalation
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 8:15 pm

LONDON (AP) — Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker Friday and briefly detained a second vessel in the Strait of Hormuz, intensifying tensions in the strategic waterway that has become a flashpoint between Tehran and the West.

The Latest: Gulf incidents rattle shipping industry
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 7:05 pm

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Latest on developments related to tensions between the U.S and Iran (all times local):

Lowry, Holmes share Open lead as McIlroy leaves with cheers
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 4:15 pm

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Everyone in the massive grandstand rose to cheer and celebrate a bold performance by Rory McIlroy, who longed for such support and affection on his walk toward his final hole at Royal Portrush in the British Open.

Correction: El Salvador-Massacre story
Posted: July 19, 2019 - 3:12 pm

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — In a story July 18 about new charges related to the 1981 El Mozote massacre in El Salvador, The Associated Press reported erroneously that two military officers were killed in 1984 when the helicopter in which they were flying was fired on by guerrillas. It was blown up by a guerrilla bomb.

Man climbs onto plane wing before takeoff at Nigeria airport
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 3:15 pm

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian aviation authorities say an intruder who climbed onto the wing of a commercial plane that was preparing to fly from the country's busiest airport has been detained.

The Latest: McIlroy makes a late charge with 65
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 2:45 pm

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — The Latest on the British Open (all times local):

Column: Another missed cut for Tiger, who's not 23 anymore
Posted: July 19, 2019 - 12:00 pm

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — So now we know.

French court rejects claim over 1994 Estonian ferry disaster
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 9:01 am

PARIS (AP) — A Paris court rejected a compensation claim Friday related to the 1994 sinking of an Estonian ferry, which remains one of Europe's deadliest maritime disasters.

Swiss celebrate once-in-a-generation winegrowers' festival
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 8:16 am

VEVEY, Switzerland (AP) — Swiss residents and tourists alike are partying like they haven't since 1999.

Australia 'deeply disappointed' China criminally detains man
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 7:00 am

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's foreign minister said on Friday her government was "deeply disappointed" that a Chinese Australian writer was placed in criminal detention in Beijing, prompting China to urge against "irresponsible" interference.

South Korean dies from self-immolation near Japan's embassy
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 7:00 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A 78-year-old South Korean man died hours after setting himself ablaze near the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on Friday, police said, at a time of worsening tensions between Seoul and Tokyo.

FIFA-backed students sent out to help run world sports
Posted: July 19, 2019 - 12:40 am

NEUCHATEL, Switzerland (AP) — It's the Swiss finishing school that has prepared hundreds of post-graduate students to lead, manage and litigate world sports.

A different era: Oda wins Japan's first Olympic gold in 1928
Updated: July 19, 2019 - 12:30 am

TOKYO (AP) — Few paid much attention when Mikio Oda won Japan's first Olympic gold medal — and Asia's first individual gold medal — way back at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.

Thursday 07/18/2019
Man shouting 'You die!' kills 33 in Japan anime studio fire
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 8:00 pm

TOKYO (AP) — A man screaming "You die!" burst into an animation studio in Kyoto, doused it with a flammable liquid and set it on fire Thursday, killing 33 people in an attack that shocked the country and brought an outpouring of grief from anime fans.

British Open back at Royal Portrush and puts on quite a show
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 5:30 pm

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — An emotional opening shot by Darren Clarke. A shocking one by Rory McIlroy.

The Latest: 33 die in fire set at Kyoto animation studio
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 3:16 pm

TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on a fire in a Japanese animation studio (all times local):

Asylum seekers waiting in Nuevo Laredo fear lurking dangers
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 2:33 pm

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — The round-faced woman from La Ceiba, Honduras, and her 5- and 12-year-old sons arrived in this city across the border from Laredo, Texas, where she had been promised a job and hoped to build a new life.

Cyprus detains 12 Israelis for 8 days over alleged rape
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 1:15 pm

PARALIMNI, Cyprus (AP) — A Cyprus court has ordered 12 Israelis vacationing on the east Mediterranean island nation to remain in police custody for eight days after a 19-year-old British woman alleged that she was raped.

Iran state TV: Iranian forces seize foreign oil tanker, crew
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 1:15 pm

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran said Thursday its Revolutionary Guard seized a foreign oil tanker and its crew of 12 for smuggling fuel out of the country, and hours later released video showing the vessel to be a United Arab Emirates-based ship that had vanished in Iranian waters over the weekend.

Jet2 sends big bill to passenger for flight return to London
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 12:47 pm

LONDON (AP) — A passenger accused of severe misbehavior on a Jet2 flight that had to return to London's Stansted Airport in June has received a huge bill from the airline.

Congo soldiers, police to enforce Ebola emergency measures
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 12:46 pm

GOMA, Congo (AP) — Congolese soldiers and police will enforce hand-washing and fever checks now that the deadly Ebola outbreak has been declared an international health emergency , authorities said Thursday.

Lawmakers impede next UK leader's path to a no-deal Brexit
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 12:46 pm

LONDON (AP) — With Britain set to get a new pro-Brexit leader within days, lawmakers on Thursday erected a roadblock in the path of any attempt by the incoming prime minister to take the country out of the European Union without a divorce deal.

Serbia police detain man over Lufthansa bomb scare
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 11:32 am

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbian police say they have arrested a man over a bomb scare that forced the evacuation of a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt and caused a long delay.

Correction: Norway-Italy-Radical Cleric story
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 10:17 am

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — In a story on July 16 about a Muslim cleric found guilty in Italy of planning terror, The Associated Press misidentified the lawyer of Mullah Krekar. His lawyer is Enrica Franzini, not Marco Vernillo. Vernillo represents another client in the case, but not Mullah Krekar.

Notre Dame's melted lead prompts deep clean for schools
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 9:01 am

PARIS (AP) — The city of Paris has ordered a deep cleaning for schools nearest to Notre Dame, whose lead roof melted away in the cathedral's devastating fire in April.

South Korea faces potential WCup qualifier in North Korea
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 10:02 pm

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea and North Korea will meet on the qualifying path to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar but it's unclear whether a rare match between them in Pyongyang will materialize considering their political tension.

Bitcoin craze hits Iran as US sanctions squeeze weak economy
Updated: July 18, 2019 - 7:45 am

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranians feeling the squeeze from U.S. sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's ailing economy are increasingly turning to such digital currencies as Bitcoin to make money, prompting alarm in and out of the country.

Wednesday 07/17/2019
Asian stocks follow Wall Street lower on trade war fears
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 11:16 pm

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets on Thursday followed Wall Street lower after President Donald Trump reignited trade fears by saying he could impose more tariffs on Chinese imports.

Mexico cuts budget for all, from athletes to archaeologists
Posted: July 17, 2019 - 7:08 pm

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican Olympic Committee said Wednesday it will no longer be able to offer food, lodging and medical services at its main sports training complex, the latest casualty in a round of deep budget cuts by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 8:01 pm

GENEVA (AP) — The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people .

Lawyer to be Mexico's first body builder at Pan Am Games
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 6:31 pm

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The sun hasn't even risen and the clang of metal is reverberating through a gym near Mexico City. On a frantic mission to sculpt his body, Carlos Suárez powers through another day of his heavy weight routine.

Confusion, fear spread on Mexico border with new US policy
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 5:16 pm

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — Asylum-seekers gathered in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Texas, grappled to understand what a new U.S. policy that all but eliminates refugee claims by Central Americans and many others meant for their bids to find a better life in America amid a chaos of rumors, confusion and fear.

AP Explains: Why Ebola is now an international emergency
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 4:47 pm

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization says the deadly Ebola virus outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency . More than 1,600 people have died since August in the second-worst outbreak of the disease in history. Wednesday's declaration was sparked by confirmation of a case in Goma, a Congo city of more than two million people on the border with Rwanda.

US: Russia refusing visas to teachers of diplomats' kids
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 4:16 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — The U.S. and British embassies in Moscow said on Wednesday that Russia has refused visas to teachers at a school that educates diplomats' children.

With Big Tech's dominance under scrutiny, EU probes Amazon
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 4:16 pm

BRUSSELS (AP) — While the U.S. Congress talks about reining in big tech companies, Europe is taking action.

French prosecutors want Air France tried for 2009 Rio crash
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 2:46 pm

PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors want Air France to stand trial for manslaughter in the 2009 crash of a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that killed all 228 people aboard, a judicial official said Wednesday.

Fans in Italy root for clever brown bear to elude captivity
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 10:02 pm

ROME (AP) — A brown bear in Italy has eluded capture for a third day, following its escape from an electrified enclosure in a forested Alpine region. Appeals mounted urging authorities not to shoot it.

Taste of the Tour: Hunting with dogs for 'Black Diamonds'
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 2:16 pm

CESTAYROLS, France (AP) — When he got the call that Monsieur le Directeur of the Tour de France and friends would be dining in his restaurant and would it be possible, please, to serve them truffles, chef Georges Bermond sprang into action.

Cyprus detains 12 Israelis after UK woman alleges rape
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 1:46 pm

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — A dozen Israelis have been detained after a 19-year-old British woman alleged that she was raped in the Cyprus resort town of Ayia Napa, a Cyprus police official said Wednesday.

UK leader May slams populist politics, Brexit 'absolutism'
Updated: July 17, 2019 - 1:31 pm

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday criticized the increasing intolerance and absolutism of world politics, a message that many will see as aimed at her successor as Britain's leader — and at President Donald Trump.

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