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Earthquake dims stylish nightlife in Mexico City district

In the stylish Condesa neighborhood, young revelers typically spill out from dimly lit bars and restaurants on a Friday night. But the first weekend since a 7.1 magnitude earthquake toppled buildings just blocks away began on a somber note. Instead of crowds gathered with beers, small handfuls of rescue workers still dressed in reflective vests took breaks from digging through rubble. Entire restaurants...
The Latest: Catalonia refuses to give police over to Spain

The Latest: Catalonia refuses to give police over to Spain

The Latest on the conflict between the Spanish government and officials in the country's Catalonia region over plans for a referendum on Catalan independence (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Catalonia's top security official says the regional government is refusing to hand over control of a regional police force to Spanish central authorities who are trying to stop a referendum on independence. The announcement...
Spain takes over coordinating police work in Catalonia

Spain takes over coordinating police work in Catalonia

Spain's Interior Ministry began coordinating all police efforts Saturday in Catalonia, a tactic designed to halt the region's referendum on secession following tensions with the regional police force controlled by the pro-independence Catalan government. The move came at the request of the top prosecutor in Catalonia, an Interior Ministry official said, at a meeting Saturday with the regional Mossos...
The Sun rises in new play about Murdoch's tabloid revolution

The Sun rises in new play about Murdoch's tabloid revolution

Rupert Murdoch has power, wealth — and legions of detractors, who say the media mogul's tabloids and TV stations have fueled crass celebrity culture, phone hacking and fake news. A new play in London explores the roots of his success and his divisiveness. "Ink" shows how Murdoch revolutionized British journalism at the end of the 1960s, turning the failing Sun newspaper into the country's...
The Latest: New quake causes alarm in shaken Mexico

The Latest: New quake causes alarm in shaken Mexico

The Latest on earthquakes in Mexico (all times local): 8:45 a.m. Quake alarms sounded in Mexico City as a new quake struck, prompting people with fresh memories of this week's devastating temblor to flee homes and hotels. Alejandra Castellanos was on the second floor of a hotel in a central neighborhood and ran down the stairs and outside with her husband. In her words, "I was frightened because...
London mayor: Uber to blame for loss of license in city

London mayor: Uber to blame for loss of license in city

London's mayor said Saturday that people angry about the decision by transit authorities to strip Uber of its license to operate in the city should blame the ride-hailing company itself. "I have every sympathy with Uber drivers and customers affected by this decision, but their anger really should be directed at Uber," Mayor Sadiq Khan said. The city's transportation agency, Transport for...
French far-left leader rallies Macron critics to the streets

French far-left leader rallies Macron critics to the streets

French far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon rallied disaffected voters Saturday against President Emmanuel Macron's plan to weaken worker protections, amid spreading discontent with Macron's vision of a more business-friendly economy. Thousands gathered at the iconic Place de la Bastille for a march through eastern Paris, including Melenchon supporters, environmental activists, anti-capitalism campaigners...
Bottega Veneta embraces the now at Milan Fashion Week

Bottega Veneta embraces the now at Milan Fashion Week

It's a season of celebration and commemoration at Milan Fashion Week, in its fourth day Saturday. Angela Missoni marks 20 years as creative director at the family-owned and -run brand founded by her parents. Donatella Versace made an emotional tribute to her brother, fashion house creator Gianni Versace, to honor his contributions to the fashion world and his vision of female empowerment 20 years...
German plane hijacked to Somalia in 1977 brought back home

German plane hijacked to Somalia in 1977 brought back home

A Lufthansa passenger jet that was hijacked to Somalia 40 years ago at the height of a far-left militant group's campaign against West German authorities has returned home. The dpa news agency reported Saturday that most parts of the Boeing 737 arrived Saturday in the city of Friedrichshafen, where they will be reassembled and displayed at the Dornier Museum. The remainder is due to arrive Wednesday...

US-backed SDF says it took Syria's largest gas field from IS

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters captured Saturday the country's largest gas field from the Islamic State group in an eastern province that borders Iraq as they race with government forces to capture the energy-rich region, a senior official with the group said. Nasser Haj Mansour of the Syrian Democratic Forces said the Conoco gas field and plant came under full control of the group on Saturday morning...
10 photos from Bangladesh camps, 10 stories of desperation

10 photos from Bangladesh camps, 10 stories of desperation

More than 400,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims have poured into Bangladesh since the latest wave of violence exploded in their nearby home of Myanmar last month. The crisis has drawn global condemnation, with the United Nations and human rights groups calling on Myanmar to end what they describe as a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing. The Associated Press' South Asia news director, Bernat Armangue...
Turkey warns Kurdish leaders on vote as parliament convenes

Turkey warns Kurdish leaders on vote as parliament convenes

Turkish officials are pressing Iraqi Kurdish leaders to call off an upcoming independence referendum as Turkey's parliament convenes to renew a mandate for the country's military to intervene in Iraq and Syria. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Saturday called the Monday referendum to create a Kurdish state in neighboring Iraq "a mistake, an adventure." Yildirim says Turkey would...
South Korea says natural North Korea earthquake detected

South Korea says natural North Korea earthquake detected

South Korea's weather agency said a magnitude 3.2 earthquake was detected in North Korea on Saturday close to where the country recently conducted a nuclear test, but it assessed the quake as natural. The quake was detected in an area around Kilju, in northeastern North Korea, just 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) northwest of where the North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3,...
Etching of German rifle ground off AK-47 monument in Moscow

Etching of German rifle ground off AK-47 monument in Moscow

Just days after a monument honoring AK-47 designer Mikhail Kalashnikov was unveiled in Moscow, workers have removed a part of it that showed a German weapon that many believe inspired the renowned assault rifle. The monument features a towering statue of Kalashnikov and an adjacent sculpture of St. George fighting a dragon with an AK-47-tipped spear. Metalwork on the plinth of that statue bore etchings...
Etching of German rifle ground off AK-47 monument in Moscow

Etching of German rifle ground off AK-47 monument in Moscow

Just days after a monument honoring AK-47 designer Mikhail Kalashnikov was unveiled in Moscow, workers have removed a part of it that showed a German weapon that many believe inspired the renowned assault rifle. The monument features a towering statue of Kalashnikov and an adjacent sculpture of St. George fighting a dragon with an AK-47-tipped spear. Metalwork on the plinth of that statue bore etchings...
Powerless Puerto Rico's storm crisis deepens with dam threat

Powerless Puerto Rico's storm crisis deepens with dam threat

Puerto Rican officials could not communicate with more than half the towns in the U.S. territory as they rushed to evacuate tens of thousands of people downstream of a failing dam and the massive scale of the disaster wrought by Hurricane Maria started to become clear. Authorities launched an evacuation of the 70,000 people living downstream from the Guajataca Dam in northwest Puerto Rico, sending...
In final push, Merkel seeks to reach undecided German voters

In final push, Merkel seeks to reach undecided German voters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged her supporters to keep up the momentum in the final hours before Sunday's national election, urging a last push to try to sway undecided voters. Merkel is seeking a fourth term in office and her conservative bloc of the Christian Democratic Party and Bavarian-only Christian Social union has a healthy lead in the polls. Surveys in the last week show it leading...
In final push, Merkel seeks to reach undecided German voters

In final push, Merkel seeks to reach undecided German voters

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged her supporters to keep up the momentum in the final hours before Sunday's national election, urging a last push to try to sway undecided voters. Merkel is seeking a fourth term in office and her conservative bloc of the Christian Democratic Party and Bavarian-only Christian Social union has a healthy lead in the polls. Surveys in the last week show it leading...
Britain hopes for Brexit progress; EU leaders cautious

Britain hopes for Brexit progress; EU leaders cautious

Britain and the European Union are preparing to head back to the Brexit negotiating table after a speech by Prime Minister Theresa May that received a cautious welcome from the bloc's leaders. May stressed in her Friday speech that Britain wants to keep closes ties with the bloc and offered to keep paying the EU and following its rules during a two-year transition period after the U.K.'s formal departure...
Prime Minister Bill English ahead in New Zealand election

Prime Minister Bill English ahead in New Zealand election

Vote counts on Saturday night in New Zealand's general election showed Prime Minister Bill English's National Party ahead but not by enough to form a government without help from other parties. That means New Zealanders may need to wait for days or even weeks to confirm whether English will retain the top job as the different political parties try to negotiate with each other to form a coalition....
New earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery Mexico

New earthquake, magnitude 6.1, shakes jittery Mexico

A strong new earthquake shook Mexico on Saturday, causing new alarm in a country reeling from two still-more-powerful quakes this month that have killed nearly 400 people. The U.S. Geological Survey said the new, magnitude 6.1 temblor was centered about 11 miles (18 kilometers) south-southeast of Matias Romero in the state of Oaxaca, which was the region most battered by a magnitude 8.1 quake on Sept...
Trump travel ban expires Sunday; new ban may vary by country

Trump travel ban expires Sunday; new ban may vary by country

The next version of President Donald Trump's travel ban could include new, more tailored restrictions on travelers from additional countries. The Department of Homeland Security has recommended the president impose the new, targeted restrictions on foreign nationals from countries it says refuse to share sufficient information with the U.S. or haven't taken necessary security precautions. The restrictions...
China imposes limit on oil supply to North Korea

China imposes limit on oil supply to North Korea

China announced Saturday that it will limit energy supplies to North Korea and stop buying its textiles under U.N. sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile development, further reducing support from Pyongyang's last ally. Exports of refined petroleum to the North will be limited to 2 million barrels per year, effective Jan. 1, the Commerce Ministry said. Sales of liquefied natural gas are banned...
China imposes limit on oil supply to North Korea

China imposes limit on oil supply to North Korea

China announced Saturday that it will limit energy supplies to North Korea and stop buying its textiles under U.N. sanctions imposed over its nuclear and missile development, further reducing support from Pyongyang's last ally. Exports of refined petroleum to the North will be limited to 2 million barrels per year, effective Jan. 1, the Commerce Ministry said. Sales of liquefied natural gas are banned...
In Mexico quake, villages on edge of capital feel forgotten

In Mexico quake, villages on edge of capital feel forgotten

Inhabitants of the villages that dot the largely rural southern edge of Mexico City said Friday they feel abandoned, as aid and rescue workers focused on the 38 buildings that collapsed nearer the city's downtown in this week's 7.1 magnitude quake. Jaime Perez, 72, was pulled from the rubble of the Sept. 19 quake that destroyed his house but hasn't yet received any aid. Perez is the local historian...
Russia: Relations with US poor over 'Russo-phobic hysteria'

Russia: Relations with US poor over 'Russo-phobic hysteria'

Russia's foreign minister said Friday the downturn in relations with the United States began with the Obama administration's "small-hearted" and "revengeful" actions and has plummeted further because of "Russo-phobic hysteria." Sergey Lavrov told a news conference there has been a lengthy campaign claiming Russia interfered in the U.S. election to ensure victory for President...
Have you seen this dog? Mexicans search for missing pets

Have you seen this dog? Mexicans search for missing pets

Jack is a small white dog who lives in Mexico City and has been missing since a magnitude 7.1 earthquake startled both humans and their pets when it struck early Tuesday afternoon. "I got lost in the earthquake!!!" a sign with his picture taped to a tree exclaims. Around Mexico's capital are scattered signs for missing pets, mostly dogs, who their owners believe got scared and escaped in...
Former leader of Muslim Brotherhood Mahdi Akef dies at 89

Former leader of Muslim Brotherhood Mahdi Akef dies at 89

Former leader of Egypt's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group Mahdi Akef, who had been detained since 2013, has died of complications from cancer and other health issues at age 89, a Brotherhood spokesman said Friday. Talaat Fahmy said Akef's family had requested he be released from custody because of his medical condition but the request was declined by an Egyptian court. He said Akef had cancer, heart...
Hurricane pushes long-suffering Puerto Rico to the edge

Hurricane pushes long-suffering Puerto Rico to the edge

A tired and discouraged Rosa Maria Almonte cleaned steel pots with bleach inside her darkened cafe as her daughter cooked up rice, beans and pork chops on a gas stove to feed people desperate for a hot meal in their storm-ravaged city. She has run El Buen Cafe for 21 years and seen some tough times, but the damage from Hurricane Maria, with no running water, no electricity and the prospect of a grinding...
The Latest: UAE says Iran is main obstacle to Arab peace

The Latest: UAE says Iran is main obstacle to Arab peace

The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): 9 p.m. The foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates says Iran's "hostile and expansionist policy" is the major obstacle to solving all crises in the Arab world. Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan accused Iran of interfering in the internal affairs of other countries and supporting "terrorist groups," including Shiite Houthi...

Istanbul's mayor announces his sudden resignation

The mayor of Istanbul has announced his resignation as head of the city of nearly 15 million people. Kadir Topbas, a member of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling party, declared he was stepping down during a televised news conference Friday. He did not provide a reason. The resignation, however, came after the 72-year-old Topbas vetoed five zoning plan changes in the city but was overturned by...

Greek court says Syrian refugees can be returned to Turkey

Greece's supreme court ruled Friday that refugees can be returned to Turkey under last year's migrant deal between the European Union and Turkey, rejecting arguments by two Syrian men that Turkey is not a safe destination. In a case with implications for thousands of refugees in Greece — and others planning to enter the country seeking asylum — the court found that deported refugees face...
The Latest: Turkey says Kurdish referendum plans illegal

The Latest: Turkey says Kurdish referendum plans illegal

The Latest on developments in Iraq (all times local): 21:00 Turkey's highest security body has branded as "illegal and unacceptable" plans by Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region to hold a referendum on independence. A statement issued after a three hour-long National Security Council meeting on Friday that was chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would exert its rights...
Cuban official: Still no clue on US diplomat health mystery

Cuban official: Still no clue on US diplomat health mystery

Cuba hasn't unearthed any information so far about who or what caused a mysterious series of health problems that have affected U.S. and Canadian diplomats in Havana, its top diplomat said Friday. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla told the U.N. General Assembly that early results from its investigation have to date "found no evidence whatsoever that could confirm the causes or the origin"...
Stalin's bust unveiled in Moscow as part of

Stalin's bust unveiled in Moscow as part of "Rulers' Alley"

A series of busts of the nation's Soviet-era leaders, including Josef Stalin, were unveiled Friday by a Russian government-sponsored association, in a move that has drawn criticism from those who see it as part of efforts to whitewash his crimes. The Russian Military-Historic Society, an organization founded by President Vladimir Putin and led by his culture minister, unveiled the sculptures in order...

African art museum opens in Cape Town; Tutu is early visitor

South African Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu has attended the opening of a museum of contemporary African art in Cape Town. Tutu, who rarely makes public appearances since suffering recent health problems, on Friday walked with a cane into the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa and cheerfully greeted people. The 85-year-old former archbishop was among dignitaries and others who visited the waterfront...
Miss Turkey dethroned over 'unacceptable' tweet on coup

Miss Turkey dethroned over 'unacceptable' tweet on coup

Organizers have stripped Miss Turkey 2017 of her crown over a social media posting that was deemed insulting to the memory of the 250 people killed while opposing last year's failed military coup. Miss Turkey organizers said the 18-year-old Itir Esen was dethroned on Friday, a day after she won the contest and the right to represent Turkey at the Miss World contest in China. The organizers said in...
Miss Turkey dethroned over 'unacceptable' tweet on coup

Miss Turkey dethroned over 'unacceptable' tweet on coup

Organizers have stripped Miss Turkey 2017 of her crown over a social media posting that was deemed insulting to the memory of the 250 people killed while opposing last year's failed military coup. Miss Turkey organizers said the 18-year-old Itir Esen was dethroned on Friday, a day after she won the contest and the right to represent Turkey at the Miss World contest in China. The organizers said in...
Miss Turkey dethroned over 'unacceptable' tweet on coup

Miss Turkey dethroned over 'unacceptable' tweet on coup

Organizers have stripped Miss Turkey 2017 of her crown over a social media posting that was deemed insulting to the memory of the 250 people killed while opposing last year's failed military coup. Miss Turkey organizers said the 18-year-old Itir Esen was dethroned on Friday, a day after she won the contest and the right to represent Turkey at the Miss World contest in China. The organizers said in...
The Latest: EU's Brexit chief welcomes 'constructive' speech

The Latest: EU's Brexit chief welcomes 'constructive' speech

The Latest on British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech on Brexit (all times local): 4:50 p.m. The European Union's Brexit negotiator is welcoming Prime Minister Theresa May's speech on leaving the bloc but says its content must be turned into action. Michel Barnier said in a tweet that May's Brexit speech was "constructive" but that it "must be translated into negotiating positions...
Pakistan: Death toll from India attack in Kashmir rises to 6

Pakistan: Death toll from India attack in Kashmir rises to 6

At least six Pakistani villagers were killed and 26 were wounded in an overnight attack by India in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, Pakistan's military said Friday, adding that hundreds of villagers were forced to move to safer places. The Indian army said in a statement that all violations of a 2003 cease-fire agreement in Kashmir have been initiated by Pakistani forces. The disputed Kashmir...

The Latest: Migrant death toll off Turkey rises to 15

The Latest on the flow of migrants toward Europe (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Turkey's coast guard has increased to 15 the death toll of migrants who drowned when their boat capsized in the Black Sea. Authorities initially reported that four had died and 20 were missing. The coast guard later said that 15 bodies were recovered and 40 were rescued. Authorities are still searching for up to 15 migrants...
Newcomer to Swiss executive body chosen as foreign minister

Newcomer to Swiss executive body chosen as foreign minister

The newest member in Switzerland's seven-member executive body is set to become the Alpine country's next foreign minister. The Federal Council has chosen free-market proponent Ignazio Cassis of the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland to become head of the Department of Foreign Affairs after he joins the council on Nov. 1. The Swiss government said Friday that Cassis has decided not to speak publicly...
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