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10 sailors missing in collision between US warship, tanker

Ten U.S. sailors are missing after a collision between the USS John S. McCain and a tanker early Monday east of Singapore, the second accident involving a ship from the Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months. The Navy said five sailors were hurt in the collision between the guided-missile destroyer and the 183-meter (600-foot) Alnic MC, an oil and chemical tanker. Four of them were evacuated...
10 sailors missing in collision between US warship, tanker

10 sailors missing in collision between US warship, tanker

Ten U.S. sailors are missing after a collision between the USS John S. McCain and a tanker early Monday east of Singapore, the second accident involving a ship from the Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months. The Navy said five sailors were hurt in the collision between the guided-missile destroyer and the 183-meter (600-foot) Alnic MC, an oil and chemical tanker. Four of them were evacuated...
Big Ben bell to go silent in London for repairs until 2021

Big Ben bell to go silent in London for repairs until 2021

The British Parliament's Big Ben bell is due to sound the hour for the last time before it is silenced for repair work scheduled to last until 2021. After 12 deep bongs at noon Monday, the bell will begin its longest period of silence since it first sounded in 1859. The break will allow workers to carry out much-needed maintenance to the Victorian clock and clock tower, but will deprive Londoners...
US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

U.S. and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills are largely computer-simulated war games held every summer and have drawn furious responses from North Korea, which views them as an...
US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

U.S. and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills are largely computer-simulated war games held every summer and have drawn furious responses from North Korea, which views them as an...
US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

U.S. and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills are largely computer-simulated war games held every summer and have drawn furious responses from North Korea, which views them as an...
The Latest: Singapore helicopter evacuates 4 injured US crew

The Latest: Singapore helicopter evacuates 4 injured US crew

The Latest on the collision between a U.S. Navy ship and a merchant ship near Singapore (all times local): 11:40 a.m. The U.S. Navy says four sailors injured in a ship collision were evacuated to a hospital. The Navy says 10 sailors are missing in the collision of the USS John S. McCain and the Alnic MC tanker in waters east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca early Monday. The U.S. Navy said in...
Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host, dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host, dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91. Lewis died Sunday of natural causes in Las Vegas with his family by his side, publicist Candi Cazau...
Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host, dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host, dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91. Lewis died Sunday of natural causes in Las Vegas with his family by his side, publicist Candi Cazau...
Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host, dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, comedy icon and telethon host, dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91. Lewis died Sunday of natural causes in Las Vegas with his family by his side, publicist Candi Cazau...
Hospital officals: Nearly 500 dead in Sierra Leone mudslides

Hospital officals: Nearly 500 dead in Sierra Leone mudslides

Churches across Sierra Leone held special services Sunday in memory of those killed in mudslides and flooding earlier this week, as hospital officials announced the toll had risen to nearly 500 bodies collected. More than 600 people remain missing and rescue officials have warned that the chances of finding survivors are decreasing each day. The death toll earlier stood at 450. The Inter-Religious...
Finland honors stabbing victims; wounded suspect questioned

Finland honors stabbing victims; wounded suspect questioned

Finland has observed a minute of silence for the victims of a stabbing attack in the western city of Turku that left two people dead and eight injured. Hundreds of people gathered in Turku's central market square on Sunday to leave flowers and candles at the location of Friday's violence. An 18-year-old asylum-seeker from Morocco is suspected in the attack, which police say deliberately targeted women...
Syria's Assad rejects security cooperation with the West

Syria's Assad rejects security cooperation with the West

Syrian President Bashar Assad on Sunday refused any security cooperation with Western nations or the reopening of their embassies, until they cut ties with opposition and insurgent groups. Shortly after Assad gave his speech, a shell hit the first international fair in the country since the war began six years ago, killing and wounding several people. Assad's defiant comments come at a time when his...

UK gov't considers more check on car, truck rentals

Britain's government is considering more checks on drivers wishing to rent cars and vans following several attacks in which vehicles were used to mow down pedestrians. The Department for Transport is working with police and the rental industry to explore tightening regulations following attacks using rented vehicles in Britain, France, Germany and most recently, Spain. The department says in a statement...
Merkel stands by her 2015 decision to open German borders

Merkel stands by her 2015 decision to open German borders

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday stood by her decision to open Germany's borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees two years ago, a move she has previously defended as a necessary response to a humanitarian emergency. Asked during a pre-election television event with voters whether she would do things differently if faced with the same situation, Merkel said in retrospect, "I still...
Attack victims came from around world to celebrate Barcelona

Attack victims came from around world to celebrate Barcelona

The victims of last week's attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort town came from around the world and across generations — a Canadian with an adventurous spirit, a Portuguese woman celebrating her 74th birthday, a 3-year-old Spanish boy enjoying a day out with his family. They are among 14 people killed and more than 120 others wounded in Barcelona and the nearby town of Cambrils on Thursday...

The Latest: UN says thousands will flee Tal Afar operation

The Latest on developments in Iraq (all times local): 3:20 p.m. The United Nations is warning that thousands of civilians are expected to flee Islamic State-held Tal Afar and surrounding areas where Iraqi security forces have launched an operation to retake the town. The Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Lise Grande, describes the situation inside Tal Afar as "very tough," where food and...
Police say 39 people detained over neo-Nazi march in Berlin

Police say 39 people detained over neo-Nazi march in Berlin

Berlin police say 39 people were detained Saturday in connection with a far-right march commemorating the 30th anniversary of the death of high-ranking Nazi official Rudolf Hess. More than 500 neo-Nazis had attempted to march to the site of the former prison in Berlin's western district of Spandau where Hess died in 1987, but were blocked by left-wing groups and local residents. Police said Sunday...
Iran approves nearly all of Rouhani's Cabinet picks

Iran approves nearly all of Rouhani's Cabinet picks

Iranian lawmakers on Sunday approved 16 Cabinet members nominated by recently re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, including the first defense minister unaffiliated with the elite, hard-line Revolutionary Guard in 25 years. Parliament speaker Ali Larijani said 16 of 17 proposed ministers were approved, including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who negotiated the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with...

The Latest: Reports say shell hits Syrian fair

The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 2:35 p.m. Social media activists and a local journalist say a shell has hit Syria's first international trade fair since the war broke out six years ago, killing and wounding several people. Sunday's shelling comes three days after the Syrian government opened the international trade fair, an event hailed by officials as a "victory"...
Germany welcomes release of writer sought by Turkey

Germany welcomes release of writer sought by Turkey

Germany welcomed the release Sunday of a German writer detained in Spain on a Turkish warrant and accused Turkey of abusing the international system used to hunt down fugitives. Turkish-born writer Dogan Akhanli, who has German citizenship, was arrested Saturday while on holiday in southern Spain. Akhanli was conditionally released after a court hearing Sunday, but ordered to remain in Madrid while...
French designer in costly dispute over Pitt-Jolie chateau

French designer in costly dispute over Pitt-Jolie chateau

A French lighting designer has won a $600,000 court ruling in a dispute with Brad Pitt over the re-design of the chateau in Provence that he and Angelina Jolie shared. But designer Odile Soudant isn't stopping there. Soudant says her business went under and her career was irreparably damaged because of Pitt's refusal to pay for costly architectural reveries. She's now fighting for the intellectual...
A look at Zimbabwe's first lady, who is accused of assault

A look at Zimbabwe's first lady, who is accused of assault

A South African model's claims of assault have drawn attention to Zimbabwe's increasingly outspoken first lady Grace Mugabe, who has been viewed as a possible successor to her 93-year-old husband. Grace Mugabe and President Robert Mugabe returned to Zimbabwe Sunday, despite calls by a South African legal group and protesters for the Zimbabwean first lady to be denied diplomatic immunity. Here's a...
The Latest: South Africa grants immunity to Zim first lady

The Latest: South Africa grants immunity to Zim first lady

The Latest on Grace Mugabe returning to Zimbabwe (all times local): 3:15 p.m. South Africa granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe's first lady, who was accused of assaulting a woman in a Johannesburg hotel a week ago. South Africa's foreign minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, granted immunity to Grace Mugabe in a government gazette notice that was published Sunday. The notice recognizes "the immunities...
The Latest: Las Ramblas barriers idea considered inefficient

The Latest: Las Ramblas barriers idea considered inefficient

The Latest on the two vehicle attacks in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils (all times local): 7:45 a.m. A Catalan official says regional and local authorities discarded the Spanish government's suggestion to place traffic barriers to protect the Las Ramblas promenade because they deemed them "inefficient." Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont told La Sexta television...
Spanish town struggles to reconcile locals as extremist cell

Spanish town struggles to reconcile locals as extremist cell

They were brothers and boyhood friends from a town with no unfamiliar faces. They were linked by Moroccan roots and equally tied by their upbringings in Ripoll, an ancient hub in the Catalan foothills known for its monastery and passageways dotted with cafes and kebab shops. But most recently, police believe, the young men were drawn together by an imam and an alleged plot to murder on a massive scale...
Spanish town struggles to reconcile locals as extremist cell

Spanish town struggles to reconcile locals as extremist cell

They were brothers and boyhood friends from a town with no unfamiliar faces. They were linked by Moroccan roots and equally tied by their upbringings in Ripoll, an ancient hub in the Catalan foothills known for its monastery and passageways dotted with cafes and kebab shops. But most recently, police believe, the young men were drawn together by an imam and an alleged plot to murder on a massive scale...
Philippine churches to ring bells to protest drug killings

Philippine churches to ring bells to protest drug killings

A Philippine Catholic leader said Sunday that church bells would be rung every night for three months across his northern district to raise alarm over a sharp spike in police killings of drug suspects, adding to a growing outcry over President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody crackdown. Archbishop Socrates Villegas said church bells would toll for 15 minutes nightly across his religious district from Tuesday...
Grace Mugabe gets diplomatic immunity, returns to Zimbabwe

Grace Mugabe gets diplomatic immunity, returns to Zimbabwe

Granted diplomatic immunity by South Africa, the wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned home from Johannesburg on Sunday despite calls that she be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel there. Zimbabwean state broadcaster ZBC showed Grace Mugabe greeting government and military officials at the Harare airport after returning on an Air Zimbabwe plane with her...
Iraq launches operation to take back IS-held town near Mosul

Iraq launches operation to take back IS-held town near Mosul

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces on Sunday launched a multi-pronged assault to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, marking the next phase in the country's war on the Islamic State group. Tal Afar and the surrounding area is one of the last pockets of IS-held territory in Iraq after victory was declared in July in Mosul, the country's second-largest city. The town, about 150 kilometers (93 miles) east...
Researchers find wreckage of WWII-era USS Indianapolis

Researchers find wreckage of WWII-era USS Indianapolis

Civilian researchers say they have located the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, the World War II heavy cruiser that played a critical role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before being struck by Japanese torpedoes. The sinking of the Indianapolis remains the Navy's single worst loss at sea. The fate of its crew — nearly 900 were killed, many by sharks, and just 316 survived — was one of...
Researchers find wreckage of WWII-era USS Indianapolis

Researchers find wreckage of WWII-era USS Indianapolis

Civilian researchers say they have located the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, the World War II heavy cruiser that played a critical role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before being struck by Japanese torpedoes. The sinking of the Indianapolis remains the Navy's single worst loss at sea. The fate of its crew — nearly 900 were killed, many by sharks, and just 316 survived — was one of...
Researchers find wreckage of WWII-era USS Indianapolis

Researchers find wreckage of WWII-era USS Indianapolis

Civilian researchers say they have located the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, the World War II heavy cruiser that played a critical role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before being struck by Japanese torpedoes. The sinking of the Indianapolis remains the Navy's single worst loss at sea. The fate of its crew — nearly 900 were killed, many by sharks, and just 316 survived — was one of...

Mexico: 1 dead, 5 hurt in blast at illegal fuel pipeline tap

Mexican authorities say an explosion at an illegal fuel pipeline tap has killed a person and injured five more in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. The state Civil Protection agency reports via Twitter that people were treated for burns from the blast near the town of Zapoapan. Veracruz's Public Safety Department published photos showing a thick column of smoke rising from an agricultural field and...

Far-right group sees anti-migrant sea mission as a success

A far-right European group has hailed as a success its bid to stop humanitarian organizations from rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean but ended its trouble-plagued voyage stranded at sea. Operation Defend Europe came to an abrupt end this week after more than a month at sea in the chartered ship C Star. Malta refused to let its vessel dock on Saturday and it was unable to dock in Sicily earlier...
Prize-winning Polish-US playwright Janusz Glowacki dies

Prize-winning Polish-US playwright Janusz Glowacki dies

Renowned Polish-U.S. playwright and screenwriter Janusz Glowacki, who won top prizes for his bitter, ironic analysis of the difficult lives of immigrants, died Saturday at 78. His wife, actress Olena Leonenko-Glowacka, announced his death but its cause was not immediately revealed. Popular in New York and Polish artistic and intellectual circles, Glowacki was the author of award-winning plays "...
Venezuela congress defies push to take over its powers

Venezuela congress defies push to take over its powers

Venezuela's congress met Saturday in defiance of what opposition leaders consider an autocratic push by allies of President Nicolas Maduro to usurp the legislature's powers. Brian Naranjo, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, was among a group of foreign diplomats from countries including Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom who attended Saturday's special session to express...

The Latest: Nigeria's president returns after 3 months away

The Latest on Nigeria president's return after three months of medical treatment in London (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to the country after more than three months in London for medical treatment. His plane has landed in the capital, Abuja. Supporters have lined the road to the airport, singing. Buhari's long absence, his second this year, had created...

Report of Ukraine witness to DNC hacking stirs confusion

A report that a cooperating witness has emerged out of Ukraine to help the FBI's inquiry into the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee is drawing confusion and denials in Ukraine. A front-page story published by The New York Times says a malware author linked to the hacking of the DNC's servers had turned himself in and was cooperating with authorities, citing Ukraine's Cyberpolice. But...
Physicist Hawking criticizes UK health secretary on service

Physicist Hawking criticizes UK health secretary on service

Noted physicist Stephen Hawking has criticized Britain's health secretary for what he described as the selective use of scientific studies to support changes in the National Health Service. The world-renowned scientist has accused Conservative minister Jeremy Hunt of "cherry picking" evidence to support the changes and says the service is at risk. Hunt rejected Hawking's charges Saturday...

Liquor stores closed in Turkmenistan's capital until October

Liquor stores have been closed down and alcoholic products taken off the shelves of food stores in the capital of Turkmenistan ahead of a major international athletic competition next month. Merchants at several stores told The Associated Press on Saturday that authorities had ordered alcohol sales halted until October, after the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games conclude. The competition in Ashgabat...
Finland stabbings 'a likely terror act;' Ties to Spain eyed

Finland stabbings 'a likely terror act;' Ties to Spain eyed

The knife attack in western Finland that left two people dead and seven others wounded is "a likely terror act," Finland's intelligence agency said Saturday, while police said Europol was investigating if it had any ties to deadly vehicle attacks in Spain. The suspect — an 18-year-old Moroccan asylum-seeker — was shot and wounded in the thigh by police during his rampage Friday...
Counter-protesters block neo-Nazi march to Berlin prison

Counter-protesters block neo-Nazi march to Berlin prison

Left-wing groups and Berlin residents prevented more than 500 far-right extremists from marching Saturday to the place where high-ranking Nazi official Rudolf Hess died 30 years ago. Police in riot gear kept the neo-Nazis and an estimated 1,000 counter-protesters apart as the two sides staged competing rallies in the German capital's western district of Spandau. Far-right protesters had planned to...

7 stabbed in Siberian attack; Russia skeptical of IS claim

A knife-wielding man went on a stabbing rampage Saturday in a Siberian city, wounding seven people before police shot and killed him. The Islamic State's Aamaq news agency hours later claimed the attacker was "an Islamic State soldier." There was no immediate Russian comment and it was unclear if the IS claim was opportunistic. A statement from Russia's Investigative Committee said the mid-day...

Jet2 asks French why flight was apparently tracked

Budget carrier Jet2 says it has asked French aviation officials for clarification as to why a flight from Spain to Britain was apparently tracked by military aircraft. Passengers on flight LS1204 from Malaga to Birmingham say they saw the military plane shadowing the aircraft for about 15 minutes Friday. The airline says in a statement Saturday that it was "awaiting clarification from the French...
From age 3 to 80, Barcelona victims represent a wide world

From age 3 to 80, Barcelona victims represent a wide world

An Italian father who saved his children's lives but lost his own. An American celebrating his first wedding anniversary. A Portuguese woman celebrating her birthday with her granddaughter. These were some of the 14 people from around the world killed in vehicle attacks in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils on Thursday and early Friday. They spanned generations — from age 3...
From age 3 to 80, Barcelona victims represent a wide world

From age 3 to 80, Barcelona victims represent a wide world

An Italian father who saved his children's lives but lost his own. An American celebrating his first wedding anniversary. A Portuguese woman celebrating her birthday with her granddaughter. These were some of the 14 people from around the world killed in vehicle attacks in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils on Thursday and early Friday. They spanned generations — from age 3...
The Latest: Finland: Turku knife attack is likely terror act

The Latest: Finland: Turku knife attack is likely terror act

The Latest on the deadly stabbing attack in the western Finnish city of Turku (all times local): 2:30 p.m. The Finnish Security Intelligence Service says the deadly stabbing attack in the western city of Turku was "a likely terror act." Pekka Hiltunen of SUPO told reporters Saturday that the agency was investigating the suspects' connections to the Islamic State group, since IS "has...
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