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Australian prime minister calls on pope to fire archbishop

Australia's prime minister on Thursday called on Pope Francis to fire an Australian archbishop who is the most senior Roman Catholic cleric ever convicted for covering up child sexual abuse. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said two weeks ago that Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson should have resigned when he was convicted in May of failing to report to police the repeated abuse of two altar boys by...
EU ruling against Google opens 'opportunity,' rival says

EU ruling against Google opens 'opportunity,' rival says

European regulators' latest swipe at the dominance of U.S. tech giant Google could open new opportunities for rivals in search and web browsers — that is, if handset manufacturers decide to make the most of the opening. The European Commission on Wednesday fined Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android operating system to install Google's search...
After rescue, Thai soccer boys pray for fortune at temple

After rescue, Thai soccer boys pray for fortune at temple

The Thai soccer boys and their coach began their first day back home with their families since they were rescued from a flooded cave with a trip to a Buddhist temple on Thursday to pray for protection from misfortunes. The 11 boys and the coach kneeled and pressed their hands in prayer to the tune of chanting monks. They were joined by relatives and friends at the Wat Pra That Doi Wao temple, overlooking...
As state of emergency ends, Turkey mulls new terror laws

As state of emergency ends, Turkey mulls new terror laws

As Turkey's two-year state of emergency comes to an end, the government is set to introduce new anti-terrorism laws it says are needed to deal with continued security threats. The opposition insists the laws are just as oppressive as the emergency powers they will replace. Turkey declared a three-month state of emergency days after a violent failed coup attempt in 2016 and extended it seven times...
Ex-official facing trial recognized as refugee in Belarus

Ex-official facing trial recognized as refugee in Belarus

A former Ukrainian defense minister accused of embezzling $2 million has been granted refugee status in neighboring Belarus. Mykhailo Yezhel told journalists in the Belarusian capital on Wednesday that he and his family are living in Minsk. Yezhel could be sentenced to up to six years in prison if he is tried and convicted in Ukraine. He is accused of engaging in widespread corruption as defense minister...
Military veterans divided over Trump's Russia comments

Military veterans divided over Trump's Russia comments

Iraq War veteran Chris Sheppard fumed as he watched President Trump's joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. The former combat engineer with the U.S. Marine Corps sat glued to his cellphone screen in his downtown Seattle office, watching live on Monday as the American president suggested he believed Putin's denial that his agents interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections...
Military veterans divided over Trump's Russia comments

Military veterans divided over Trump's Russia comments

Iraq War veteran Chris Sheppard fumed as he watched President Trump's joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. The former combat engineer with the U.S. Marine Corps sat glued to his cellphone screen in his downtown Seattle office, watching live on Monday as the American president suggested he believed Putin's denial that his agents interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections...
Under Assad's grip, uneasy co-existence with former rebels

Under Assad's grip, uneasy co-existence with former rebels

Former rebel commander Omar Melhem has nearly come full circle. He was a colonel in the Syrian army when the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in 2011. He defected a year later and joined the armed revolt against the Syrian leader. Then, when Assad's forces marched into Talbiseh, he was among the rebels who handed over their weapons and agreed to a surrender deal that would allow them...
Military veterans divided over Trump's Russia comments

Military veterans divided over Trump's Russia comments

Iraq War veteran Chris Sheppard fumed as he watched President Trump's joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. The former combat engineer with the U.S. Marine Corps sat glued to his cellphone screen in his downtown Seattle office, watching live on Monday as the American president suggested he believed Putin's denial that his agents interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections...
OAS condemns human rights abuses in Nicaragua

OAS condemns human rights abuses in Nicaragua

The Organization of American States adopted a resolution Wednesday condemning human rights abuses committed by Nicaraguan police and armed pro-government civilians since protests against President Daniel Ortega began in mid-April. The resolution, which was adopted 21-3 with seven abstentions, also criticized the harassment of Roman Catholic bishops. Catholic officials who have been mediating stalled...

Vatican-OK'd journal strikes out again at US evangelicals

A Vatican-approved journal has dismissed "prosperity gospel" as a pseudo theology dangerously tied up with the American Dream and President Donald Trump's politics, launching its second major critique of American evangelicals in as many years. Two of Pope Francis' top communications advisers — an Italian Jesuit and an Argentine Protestant pastor — penned "The Prosperity...

UK extremist convicted of plotting to kill prime minister

An extremist loyal to the Islamic State group has been found guilty of plotting to kill the British prime minister. Naa'imur Zakariyah Rahman was convicted Wednesday of planning to bomb the entry gates to the prime minister's residence and office at 10 Downing Street, kills the guards there and then attack Theresa May with a knife or gun. The 20-year-old, who is originally from the Birmingham area...
Puerto Rico's power company sees 3rd CEO in 2 weeks

Puerto Rico's power company sees 3rd CEO in 2 weeks

Puerto Rico's governor named a new CEO on Wednesday to lead the U.S. territory's power company, which has now seen three top executives in two weeks as it struggles with a lack of leadership, bankruptcy and the restoration of electricity to hundreds who remain in the dark since Hurricane Maria. Electrical engineer Jose Ortiz, who once served as executive director of the island's water and sewer company...

Nazi hunter slams right-wing singer at Croatia celebration

The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center has strongly criticized a far-right singer's participation in the celebration welcoming Croatia's national soccer team home from the World Cup. The center issued a statement on Wednesday that described Marko Perkovic — who goes by the stage name Thompson — as a "notorious" sympathizer of Croatia's World War II pro-Nazi regime whose songs...
Dozens of wildfires rage in Sweden amid Nordic heat wave

Dozens of wildfires rage in Sweden amid Nordic heat wave

Sweden says it has mobilized all available resources to put out dozens of wildfires raging across the country. The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency said Wednesday that two Canadair CL-415 water-bombing planes on loan from Italy joined the firefighting efforts that included helicopters from Norway. Swedish public broadcaster SVT says an estimated 40 wildfires are burning mostly in Sweden, mostly...

Russia offers to help refugees return, resettle in Syria

Russia's Defense Ministry has offered to help organize the return of Syrian refugees who fled during their country's civil war and want to go home. The ministry said in a statement Wednesday that it has created a center for sorting and resettling refugees who fled abroad, as well as people displaced within Syria during the seven-year war. The statement says Russia is in contact with the United Nations...
19 dead, 25 missing as migrant boat capsizes north of Cyprus

19 dead, 25 missing as migrant boat capsizes north of Cyprus

Nineteen people drowned when a boat loaded with as many as 150 people who were thought to be migrants capsized off the northern coast of Cyprus, a Turkish Cypriot official said Wednesday. Tolga Atakan, the transport minister in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus, told The Associated Press that rescue crews were searching for 25 missing passengers in an area where a passing cargo ship...
The Latest: Johnson says it's not too late save Brexit

The Latest: Johnson says it's not too late save Brexit

The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson implored fellow lawmakers not to abandon Brexit, urging them to remember the initial enthusiasm for a sharp break from the European Union. Johnson criticized Prime Minister Theresa May's outline for negotiations presented earlier this month at her Chequers retreat, saying it was a plan for Brexit "in name...

1st commercial flight from Ethiopia to ex-rival Eritrea

Hailed as "the bird of peace," the first commercial flight from Ethiopia to former rival Eritrea landed on Wednesday as air links resumed after the swift and stunning end of a 20-year state of war. Eritrea's information minister announced the arrival of the Ethiopian Airlines flight in the capital, Asmara, to a warm red-carpet welcome with the flags of both nations displayed. "Astonishing!"...
The Latest: EU border guards may be deployed in Macedonia

The Latest: EU border guards may be deployed in Macedonia

The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The European Union and Macedonia have agreed to allow EU border guards to be deployed in Macedonia if the country, which borders Greece, faces "sudden migratory challenges." The deal, initialed by EU commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Macedonian interior minister Oliver Spasovski Wednesday, will allow the EU's...
UNAIDS chief says won't quit over agency harassment claims

UNAIDS chief says won't quit over agency harassment claims

The embattled UNAIDS chief said Wednesday he will not quit his post over criticism of his handling of sexual harassment allegations at the Geneva-based agency. "I need to deliver on my job," Michel Sidibe said in response to questions from The Associated Press during a Paris press conference amid calls for his resignation. He spoke while presenting a U.N. report that sounds the alarm that...
US pastor denied release in latest trial hearing in Turkey

US pastor denied release in latest trial hearing in Turkey

A Turkish court on Wednesday again denied a request for the release from custody of an American pastor based in Turkey who is on trial on charges of aiding terror groups and engaging espionage. Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from Black Mountain, North Carolina, was arrested in the aftermath of a 2016 coup attempt for alleged links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or...
EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps. The European Union said Google's practices restrict competition and reduce choices for consumers. While Google can easily afford the fine, the ruling could undermine the company's...
EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

EU fines Google a record $5 billion over mobile practices

European regulators came down hard on another U.S. tech giant Wednesday, fining Google a record $5 billion for forcing cellphone makers that use the company's Android operating system to install Google search and browser apps. The European Union said Google's practices restrict competition and reduce choices for consumers. While Google can easily afford the fine, the ruling could undermine the company's...
The Latest: Thai youth soccer team meets with the media

The Latest: Thai youth soccer team meets with the media

The Latest on Thai youth soccer players and their coach who were rescued after being trapped in a cave (all times local): 6:30 p.m. The 12 boys and their soccer coach who were rescued from a cave in northern Thailand have appeared at a news conference, entering to applause from the media and classmates. The boys put on a quick demonstration of their ball-handling skills in a special miniature soccer...
South Africa, Obama mark Mandela centennial with charity

South Africa, Obama mark Mandela centennial with charity

South Africans along with former U.S. President Barack Obama were marking the centennial of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela's birth on Wednesday with acts of charity in a country still struggling with deep economic inequality 24 years after the end of white minority rule. Obama met with young leaders from around Africa to mark the anniversary, a day after he delivered a spirited speech in Johannesburg...
South Africa, Obama mark Mandela centennial with charity

South Africa, Obama mark Mandela centennial with charity

South Africans along with former U.S. President Barack Obama were marking the centennial of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela's birth on Wednesday with acts of charity in a country still struggling with deep economic inequality 24 years after the end of white minority rule. Obama met with young leaders from around Africa to mark the anniversary, a day after he delivered a spirited speech in Johannesburg...
Elon Musk apologizes for comments about cave rescue diver

Elon Musk apologizes for comments about cave rescue diver

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has apologized for calling a British diver involved in the Thailand cave rescue a pedophile, saying he spoke in anger but was wrong to do so. There was no immediate public reaction from diver Vern Unsworth to Musk's latest tweets . Musk's initial tweet calling Unsworth a "pedo" was a response to a TV interview Unsworth gave. In it, he said Musk and SpaceX engineers...
Elon Musk apologizes for comments about cave rescue diver

Elon Musk apologizes for comments about cave rescue diver

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has apologized for calling a British diver involved in the Thailand cave rescue a pedophile, saying he spoke in anger but was wrong to do so. There was no immediate public reaction from diver Vern Unsworth to Musk's latest tweets . Musk's initial tweet calling Unsworth a "pedo" was a response to a TV interview Unsworth gave. In it, he said Musk and SpaceX engineers...
Elon Musk apologizes for comments about cave rescue diver

Elon Musk apologizes for comments about cave rescue diver

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has apologized for calling a British diver involved in the Thailand cave rescue a pedophile, saying he spoke in anger but was wrong to do so. There was no immediate public reaction from diver Vern Unsworth to Musk's latest tweets . Musk's initial tweet calling Unsworth a "pedo" was a response to a TV interview Unsworth gave. In it, he said Musk and SpaceX engineers...
Elon Musk apologizes for comments about cave rescue diver

Elon Musk apologizes for comments about cave rescue diver

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has apologized for calling a British diver involved in the Thailand cave rescue a pedophile, saying he spoke in anger but was wrong to do so. There was no immediate public reaction from diver Vern Unsworth to Musk's latest tweets . Musk's initial tweet calling Unsworth a "pedo" was a response to a TV interview Unsworth gave. In it, he said Musk and SpaceX engineers...
Elon Musk apologizes for comments about cave rescue diver

Elon Musk apologizes for comments about cave rescue diver

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has apologized for calling a British diver involved in the Thailand cave rescue a pedophile, saying he spoke in anger but was wrong to do so. There was no immediate public reaction from diver Vern Unsworth to Musk's latest tweets . Musk's initial tweet calling Unsworth a "pedo" was a response to a TV interview Unsworth gave. In it, he said Musk and SpaceX engineers...
Thai boys recount cave rescue: Voices in dark, then 'hello'

Thai boys recount cave rescue: Voices in dark, then 'hello'

Trapped in the recesses of a flooded cave, the 12 boys and their soccer coach were trying to dig their way out when they heard voices in the darkness. Their coach quickly told everyone to be quiet. "We weren't sure if it was for real," said 14-year-old Adul Samon. "So we stopped and listened. And it turned out to be true. I was shocked." That stunning moment when two British divers...
Australia succeeds in stopping migrants but many in limbo

Australia succeeds in stopping migrants but many in limbo

When Aziz Abdul reached Australia's Christmas Island aboard a smuggler's boat, he had no idea that weeks earlier in 2013, his fate as a refugee from Sudan seeking a new life in a new world had been sealed. Australia drew a line in the sand on July 19, 2013, to stem a rising tide of asylum seekers brought by people smugglers on long and treacherous ocean voyages. No refugees who attempted to reach...
Syrian forces' bombing intensifies in southern rebel holdout

Syrian forces' bombing intensifies in southern rebel holdout

Syrian government forces determined to retake the largest opposition holdout in the country's southwest unleashed an intense bombing campaign, killing at least a dozen people and wounding over 100 in a densely populated town, activists and rescuers said Wednesday. The aerial bombardment of the town of Nawa came after talks to cede the town failed on Tuesday, triggering the heavy bombardment. Separately...
Syrian forces' bombing intensifies in southern rebel holdout

Syrian forces' bombing intensifies in southern rebel holdout

Syrian government forces determined to retake the largest opposition holdout in the country's southwest unleashed an intense bombing campaign, killing at least a dozen people and wounding over 100 in a densely populated town, activists and rescuers said Wednesday. The aerial bombardment of the town of Nawa came after talks to cede the town failed on Tuesday, triggering the heavy bombardment. Separately...

Iran nuclear chief says uranium stockpile reaches 950 tons

Iran continues to acquire uranium and is close to finishing a factory where it can build more centrifuges to enrich it, the country's nuclear chief said Wednesday, adding also that uranium stockpiles have nearly doubled in the last few years. The comments by Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, came as Tehran is in talks with major powers on preserving a 2015 deal meant to...
Trump talks tougher, now says he warned Putin on meddling

Trump talks tougher, now says he warned Putin on meddling

President Donald Trump spent a second day Wednesday managing the political fallout from his widely criticized meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin, shifting stances and mopping up what the White House said were misstatements. His toughness with the longtime American foe in question, Trump said he told the Russian president face-to-face during Monday's summit to stay out of America's elections "...
Trump backs off siding with Russia over US intelligence

Trump backs off siding with Russia over US intelligence

Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime U.S. enemy, President Donald Trump backed away from his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he simply misspoke when he said he saw no reason to believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. election. Rebuked as never before by his own party, including a stern pushback from usually reserved Senate Majority Leader...
Tumult of Trump's Europe trip smashes presidential precedent

Tumult of Trump's Europe trip smashes presidential precedent

Plenty of U.S. presidents have created commotion in their travels abroad, but none as much as President Donald Trump. The president's tumultuous trip across Europe, historians say, smashed the conventions of American leaders on the world stage. Trump's "America first" approach to foreign policy had him seeming to accept the word of a hostile power over his own intelligence agencies, insulting...
Tumult of Trump's Europe trip smashes presidential precedent

Tumult of Trump's Europe trip smashes presidential precedent

Plenty of U.S. presidents have created commotion in their travels abroad, but none as much as President Donald Trump. The president's tumultuous trip across Europe, historians say, smashed the conventions of American leaders on the world stage. Trump's "America first" approach to foreign policy had him seeming to accept the word of a hostile power over his own intelligence agencies, insulting...
Tumult of Trump's Europe trip smashes presidential precedent

Tumult of Trump's Europe trip smashes presidential precedent

Plenty of U.S. presidents have created commotion in their travels abroad, but none as much as President Donald Trump. The president's tumultuous trip across Europe, historians say, smashed the conventions of American leaders on the world stage. Trump's "America first" approach to foreign policy had him seeming to accept the word of a hostile power over his own intelligence agencies, insulting...
Russia denies promoting Macedonia protests over name deal

Russia denies promoting Macedonia protests over name deal

The Russian Embassy in Macedonia on Tuesday denied the Macedonian prime minister's allegations that Moscow is involved in public protests of an agreement with Greece that would enable the former Yugoslav republic to join NATO. In a statement , the embassy described Prime Minister Zoran Zaev's claim that Russia-based businessmen were used to channel money to protest groups in Macedonia as "unfounded...
Iceberg looming over Greenland village spotted from space

Iceberg looming over Greenland village spotted from space

An iceberg that drifted perilously close to a remote Greenland village is so big it can be seen from space. The European Space Agency released an image Tuesday showing the giant iceberg just off the coast of Innaarsuit. Dozens of village residents were evacuated to higher ground last week due to concerns the 11 million-ton iceberg might break apart and produce waves large enough to wash away low-lying...

Correction: EU-Trump-Putin-Man Removed story

In a story July 17 about the writer who was forcibly removed from the room where the U.S. and Russian presidents were about to give a news conference, The Associated Press incorrectly quoted Sam Husseini's explanation of the paper he held up at the time. Husseini told the AP he wanted to ask a question "on serious nuclear policy," not "on Syria's nuclear policy." A corrected and...
EU, US relations sinking further after divisive Trump tour

EU, US relations sinking further after divisive Trump tour

After a week of the worst barrage of insults yet from U.S. President Donald Trump, the European Union is looking westward toward the White House less and less. Making it worse, Trump spent Monday cozying up to EU adversary Vladimir Putin in an extraordinary chummy summit with the Russian leader in Helsinki. Never mind. In an age when Trump has made political optics all-important, on Tuesday the EU...
EU, US relations sinking further after divisive Trump tour

EU, US relations sinking further after divisive Trump tour

After a week of the worst barrage of insults yet from U.S. President Donald Trump, the European Union is looking westward toward the White House less and less. Making it worse, Trump spent Monday cozying up to EU adversary Vladimir Putin in an extraordinary chummy summit with the Russian leader in Helsinki. Never mind. In an age when Trump has made political optics all-important, on Tuesday the EU...
Iceberg looming over Greenland village is spotted from space

Iceberg looming over Greenland village is spotted from space

An iceberg that has drifted perilously close to a remote Greenland village is so big it can be seen from space. The European Space Agency released an image Tuesday showing the giant iceberg just off the coast of Innaarsuit in northwestern Greenland. Dozens of residents were evacuated to higher ground last week due to concerns that the 11 million-ton iceberg could break apart, creating high waves that...
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