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German justice minister open for EU sanctions against Poland

Germany's justice minister is welcoming possible European Union sanctions against Poland because of that country's controversial judicial reforms. Minister Heiko Maas on Sunday told the weekly paper Bild am Sonntag that "the independence of the judiciary is in danger in Poland." He says "somebody who gives so little respect to the rule of law has to accept that he isolates himself politically...

Erdogan says Muslims won't remain silent on Jerusalem crisis

Turkey's president has condemned Israeli security precautions at a sensitive Jerusalem holy site saying the Islamic world would not remain silent. Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed reporters Sunday in Istanbul before departing on a visit to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. He says: "No one can expect the Islamic world to remain unresponsive after the humiliation Muslims suffered with the restrictions...

12 US paratroopers hospitalized after night jump in Romania

Officials say 12 U.S. paratroopers have been hospitalized after they sustained minor injuries during a nighttime parachute jump in Romania. Brent M. William, a spokesman for the "Atlantic Resolve" military exercises, told Romania's Agerpres news agency the accident occurred early Saturday at the Campia Turzii air base in northwest Romania. He said 500 troops jumped from C-130 Hercules planes...

Book about Nelson Mandela's medical treatment stirs dispute

Some relatives of Nelson Mandela say a new book by a military doctor that documents the South African leader's medical treatments before his 2013 death violates doctor-patient confidentiality. But the retired doctor, Vejay Ramlakan, said in an interview this weekend on the eNCA news channel the Mandela family had requested that the book be written. The book, "Mandela's Last Years," was published...
Pope calls for

Pope calls for "moderation" after Jerusalem shrine violence

Pope Francis has appealed for moderation after recent killings at a Jerusalem holy site. Francis told faithful Sunday in St. Peter's Square that he was following "with trepidation the grave tensions and violence" unleashed at a contested shrine. Last week Arab gunmen, shooting from the shrine, killed two Israeli policemen, three Palestinians were killed in street clashes and a Palestinian...
Divided UK, inconclusive election could put brakes on Brexit

Divided UK, inconclusive election could put brakes on Brexit

Lucy Harris thinks Britain's decision to leave the European Union is a dream come true. Nick Hopkinson thinks it's a nightmare. The two Britons — a "leave" supporter and a "remainer" — represent the great divide in a country that stepped into the unknown just over a year ago, when British voters decided by 52 percent to 48 percent to end more than four decades of EU...
Uber's airport service in Madrid under attack from town hall

Uber's airport service in Madrid under attack from town hall

The city of Madrid has asked Spain's anti-trust watchdog to investigate whether Uber's new airport transport service violates fair competition laws. Uber, the San Francisco-headquartered mobile ride-hailing service, offers rides from 15-29 euros ($17-$34) from Madrid's airport to the city center. The fair for taxis is set at 30 euros ($35). In a statement Saturday evening, Madrid's city hall says...
BBC women demand action on gender pay gap now, not in future

BBC women demand action on gender pay gap now, not in future

Prominent women at the BBC want the broadcaster's gender pay gap to be resolved immediately rather than in several years. TV personalities including Clare Balding, Victoria Derbyshire and others wrote an open letter Sunday to the BBC's top manager saying that plans to resolve the company's gender pay gap must be accelerated. Documents made public last week showed that male BBC TV and radio personalities...

UAE official: Qatar must change its ways as part of talks

A top official in the Arab bloc isolating Qatar says the Gulf state needs to change its policies as part of any direct negotiations to resolve the crisis. Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said late Friday that Qatar is prepared to talk with the four countries lined up against it, but that any resolution must respect its sovereignty and the terms cannot be dictated from outside. United Arab Emirates...

The Latest: Taliban overrun second district headquarters

The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local): 12:10 p.m. An Afghan official says Taliban fighters have captured a second district headquarters in as many days, this one in western Ghor province. Six police were killed. Ghor provincial police chief Mohammad Mustafa Moseni says his forces retreated after multiple assaults on the Taywara district headquarters. He says additional troops...
Baby Charlie protesters to rally as hospital reports threats

Baby Charlie protesters to rally as hospital reports threats

Protesters who want critically ill British baby Charlie Gard to receive an experimental medical treatment are planning a rally and prayer vigil Sunday, while hospital officials say emotions are running so high in the heart-breaking case they have received death threats. Activists supporting Gard's parents will gather Sunday afternoon outside the High Court in London where legal proceedings will resume...
Princes William, Harry remember their final call with Diana

Princes William, Harry remember their final call with Diana

It was a typical phone call between two boys and their mother, who was on vacation in France. It was brief — the boys wanted to get back to playing with their cousins, not spend time on the phone chatting. The brevity of that 1997 call haunts Prince William and Prince Harry to this day — for their mother, Princess Diana, would die in a car crash that night. "Harry and I were in a...
The Latest: Israeli DM says no ties will harm Palestinians

The Latest: Israeli DM says no ties will harm Palestinians

The Latest on developments in Israel (all times local): 1 p.m. Israel's defense minister says it can live without security cooperation with the Palestinians, but they will suffer if Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas carries through with his promise to do so. Speaking to the YNet news site Sunday, Avigdor Lieberman says the security ties are mostly beneficial for the Palestinians anyway. He lambasted...
Israel installs new security cameras at Jerusalem holy site

Israel installs new security cameras at Jerusalem holy site

Israel installed new security cameras Sunday at the entrance to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site, as officials began indicating it was considering "alternatives" to the metal detectors at the contested shrine that set off a weekend of violence and raised tensions in the region. Israel set up the new security measures last week after Arab gunmen opened fire from the shrine, killing two Israeli...
Princes William, Harry remember their final call with Diana

Princes William, Harry remember their final call with Diana

It was a typical phone call between two boys playing and their mother, who was on vacation in France. It was brief — the boys wanted to get back to playing with their cousins, not spend time on the phone chatting. The brevity of that 1997 call troubles Prince William and Prince Harry to this day — for their mother, Princess Diana, would die in a car crash that night. "Harry and I...

Tehran seeks release of detained Iranian citizens in US

Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency is saying Tehran has demanded the United States release detained Iranian citizens. The Saturday report quotes Iran's deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi as saying he raised the issue Friday while meeting with a U.S. delegation in Vienna on the sidelines of a meeting on the 2015 nuclear deal. "We raised issue of the release of Iranians who are detained...
The Latest: New judge in court clash detained in Venezuela

The Latest: New judge in court clash detained in Venezuela

The Latest on protests in Venezuela against President Nicolas Maduro's bid to rewrite the constitution (all times local): 8:50 p.m. Venezuelan authorities have detained one of the 33 people named to the supreme court by the country's opposition-controlled congress, further escalating political conflict. Congressional leader Julio Borges says on Twitter that Saturday's detention of Angel Zerpa is what...

Egypt opens military base says largest in region

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has inaugurated a military base in the country's northwest to protect facilities and projects in coastal cities. Saturday's inauguration, aired by state TV, was held with senior Arab officials present. It comes ahead of the 65th anniversary of the July 23 military coup which ended the monarchy. The base is named after late President Mohammed Naguib, an Egyptian...
The Latest: 2 aftershocks hit damaged Greek island of Kos

The Latest: 2 aftershocks hit damaged Greek island of Kos

The Latest on the earthquake in Greece and Turkey (all times local): 9 p.m. Two strong aftershocks have struck the eastern Greek island of Kos within minutes of each other, sending startled residents and tourists scurrying away from homes and restaurants. A 4.4 magnitude tremor struck Saturday night at 8:09 p.m. (1709 GMT), followed by a 4.6 magnitude shock 16 minutes later, the Athens Geodynamics...
Venezuelans protest Maduro's plan to rewrite constitution

Venezuelans protest Maduro's plan to rewrite constitution

A few thousand protesters attempted to reach Venezuela's Supreme Court Saturday before clashing with national guardsmen and largely dispersing by late afternoon — a disappointing turnout for opponents of President Nicolas Maduro eight days before he launches the rewriting of the country's constitution. The opposition said millions participated in a symbolic vote last week against the constitutional...
Bodies buried after being missing in Swiss Alps for 75 years

Bodies buried after being missing in Swiss Alps for 75 years

A Swiss couple whose bodies were found on an Alpine glacier after they went missing for nearly 75 years has been buried in Switzerland. Swiss broadcaster SRF said the funeral of Marcelin Dumoulin and his wife, Francine, took place Saturday in a church in Saviese in southwestern Switzerland. They were 40 and 37 when they disappeared on Aug. 15, 1942. The couple's daughter, Marceline Udry-Dumoulin,...
Lawmakers herald agreement on sweeping Russia sanctions bill

Lawmakers herald agreement on sweeping Russia sanctions bill

Congressional Republicans and Democrats announced Saturday they had reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria. Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, said lawmakers had settled lingering issues with the bill, which also includes stiff economic penalties against...
Lawmakers herald agreement on sweeping Russia sanctions bill

Lawmakers herald agreement on sweeping Russia sanctions bill

Congressional Republicans and Democrats announced Saturday they had reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria. Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, said lawmakers had settled lingering issues with the bill, which also includes stiff economic penalties against...

Quake rattles Italian town devastated by 2016 temblor

An earthquake has rattled Amatrice, the central Italian town that was devastated by a much more powerful temblor in 2016. Italian authorities reported no injuries or serious damage from the 4.2 magnitude quake that occurred shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday. Residents living in shelters near the town were rattled. But Mayor Sergio Pirozzi tells The Associated Press that locals are used to quakes and aftershocks...

The Latest: Lebanese town official slain in Syria

The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The Lebanese army says the former deputy mayor of the border town of Arsal was killed while on a mediation mission with al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria. The army said in a statement that Ahmad Fleeti was killed Saturday near the border town after al-Qaida-linked militants hit his vehicle with a missile. Fleeti's killing came a day...
Germany reaches out to Turkish-rooted citizens over crisis

Germany reaches out to Turkish-rooted citizens over crisis

Germany's foreign minister has tried to reach out to the country's Turkish-rooted citizens, saying the crisis between both countries isn't directed against them. Sigmar Gabriel wrote an open letter to the 3.5 million Germans of Turkish descent, which was published in both Turkish and German in Bild daily paper Saturday. He said that the government wants to let them know that "the friendship between...
The Latest: German girl found in Mosul is in good health

The Latest: German girl found in Mosul is in good health

The Latest on foreigners found in Iraq (all times local): 7:10 p.m. Iraqi intelligence and investigative officials say a German teenager who was found in Iraq after running away from home shortly after converting to Islam a year ago is in good health. The officials, who were not allowed to give their names publicly, said Saturday that 16-year-old Linda W. was "too stunned" to speak on the...

Russia: 'Safe zone' in Syria's Ghouta demarcated

Russia's Defense Ministry said Saturday an agreement has been reached with the Syrian opposition on the boundaries for a de-escalation zone for the eastern suburbs of the capital Damascus while the Syrian army command said it has ceased military operations in several areas near the capital. The announcements in Moscow and Damascus came after days of bombardment and airstrikes on the area that is known...

Spain rescues 57 migrants from 2 boats in Mediterranean

Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved 57 migrants from two boats trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Morocco. The rescue service says that it reached a small boat carrying four Moroccan men in the Strait of Gibraltar after the craft was spotted by Spain's Civil Guard. The four were in apparent good health and the rescue ship brought them ashore. A maritime rescue ship intercepted...
The Latest: Anti-govt protesters march in Polish cities

The Latest: Anti-govt protesters march in Polish cities

The Latest on Poland's move to give politicians influence over Supreme Court (all times local): 8:45 p.m. Thousands of government opponents are gathering in Warsaw, Krakow and other cities across Poland to urge President Andrzej Duda to reject legislation that would give the ruling party control of the Supreme Court and the judiciary. People with national and European Union flags gathered before the...
UK palace releases Prince George's 4th birthday portrait

UK palace releases Prince George's 4th birthday portrait

Kensington Palace has released a portrait to mark Prince George's fourth birthday. The son of Prince William and his wife Kate celebrated his birthday Saturday. George, who is third in line to the throne, is beaming with a happy smile in the photo. The palace said William and Kate "are delighted to share a new official portrait of Prince George to mark His Royal Highness's fourth birthday."...
Hungary's leader: EU and Soros seek to

Hungary's leader: EU and Soros seek to "Muslimize" Europe

European Union leaders and Hungarian-American billionaire George Soros are seeking a "new, mixed, Muslimized Europe," Hungary's anti-migration prime minister said Saturday. Prime Minister Viktor Orban said during a visit to Romania that Hungary's border fences, supported by other Central European countries, will block the EU-Soros effort to increase Muslim migration into Europe. While Hungary...
Protests across Poland over law to control judiciary

Protests across Poland over law to control judiciary

Outrage over plans by Poland's governing party to put the judicial system under its political control sparked another day of nationwide protests Saturday, with some people gathering outside the home of ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski and accusing him of being a dictator. Polish democracy icon and former President Lech Walesa addressed a protest in Gdansk, urging young Poles to fight to preserve...
Protests across Poland over law to control judiciary

Protests across Poland over law to control judiciary

Outrage over plans by Poland's governing party to put the judicial system under its political control sparked another day of nationwide protests Saturday, with some people gathering outside the home of ruling party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski and accusing him of being a dictator. Polish democracy icon and former President Lech Walesa addressed a protest in Gdansk, urging young Poles to fight to preserve...
UK to tighten rules on drones after near-misses with planes

UK to tighten rules on drones after near-misses with planes

British officials announced plans Saturday to further regulate drone use in a bid to prevent accidents and threats to commercial aviation. The new rules will require drones that weigh eight ounces (226.79 grams) or more to be registered and users will have to pass a safety awareness exam. The government acted because of concerns that a midair collision between a drone and an aircraft could cause a...
UK to tighten rules on drones after near-misses with planes

UK to tighten rules on drones after near-misses with planes

British officials announced plans Saturday to further regulate drone use in a bid to prevent accidents and threats to commercial aviation. The new rules will require drones that weigh eight ounces (226.79 grams) or more to be registered and users will have to pass a safety awareness exam. The government acted because of concerns that a midair collision between a drone and an aircraft could cause a...
UK to tighten rules on drones after near-misses with planes

UK to tighten rules on drones after near-misses with planes

British officials announced plans Saturday to further regulate drone use in a bid to prevent accidents and threats to commercial aviation. The new rules will require drones that weigh eight ounces (226.79 grams) or more to be registered and users will have to pass a safety awareness exam. The government acted because of concerns that a midair collision between a drone and an aircraft could cause a...
German runaway girl who converted to Islam is found in Iraq

German runaway girl who converted to Islam is found in Iraq

A German girl who ran away from home after converting to Islam has been found as Iraqi forces liberated the northern city of Mosul from Islamic State extremists, German and Iraqi officials said Saturday. She is reported to be in good health and will be interrogated next week by Iraqi officials. The 16-year-old teenager, only identified as Linda W. in line with German privacy laws, is getting consular...
Turkey reissues warrant for 4 activists after release

Turkey reissues warrant for 4 activists after release

Turkey's official news agency says a court has reissued detention warrants for four human rights activists who were released earlier this week. Anadolu news agency said the court on Friday accepted an objection filed by the Istanbul prosecutor's office to the activists' release. The four activists were initially released Tuesday after surrendering their passports and they were required to regularly...
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