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Ebola deaths rise to 26, says Congo health ministry

Congo's health ministry says there is one new death from Ebola, bringing to 26 the number of deaths from the deadly outbreak in Equateur province in the country's northwest. Four new cases have been confirmed as Ebola, said the health ministry in a statement released early Sunday. A total of 46 cases of hemorrhagic fever have been reported in the current outbreak, including 21 confirmed cases of Ebola...
Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first. The electoral commission announced early Saturday that the militant-turned-populist preacher, who has long spoken out against both Iranian and U.S. influence in Iraq, had defeated his establishment...
British royal family thanks those who celebrated wedding

British royal family thanks those who celebrated wedding

The royal family, blessed with fantastic weather and a buoyant public mood at the royal wedding, has thanked people who attended or watched Prince Harry marry Meghan Markle. The family tweeted its thanks late Saturday night while Harry and his bride were attending a private soiree hosted by Harry's father, Prince Charles. "Thank you to everyone who came to Windsor and those who followed from...
US, China agree to cut American trade deficit

US, China agree to cut American trade deficit

The United States and China have agreed to take measures to "substantially reduce" America's massive trade deficit with China, but the Trump administration failed to get the Chinese to commit to a specific numerical goal. Still, the talks, which began Thursday and ended Saturday with the issuance of a joint statement, may have helped to ease tensions at least slightly between the world's...
Maduro favored as Venezuelans vote amid crisis

Maduro favored as Venezuelans vote amid crisis

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win a second six-year term in Sunday's election, despite a deepening crisis that's made food scarce and inflation soar as oil production in the once wealthy nation plummets. More than 1 million Venezuelans have abandoned their country for a better life abroad in recent years, while those staying behind wait in line for hours to buy subsidized food...
US, China agree to cut American trade deficit

US, China agree to cut American trade deficit

The United States and China have agreed to take measures to "substantially reduce" America's massive trade deficit with China, but the Trump administration failed to get the Chinese to commit to a specific numerical goal. Still, the talks, which began Thursday and ended Saturday with the issuance of a joint statement, may have helped to ease tensions at least slightly between the world's...
Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline. Mexico's government said late Saturday that its National Civil Aviation Authority will carry out an operational audit of Damojh airlines to see if its...
Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline. Mexico's government said late Saturday that its National Civil Aviation Authority will carry out an operational audit of Damojh airlines to see if its...
Officials say company in Cuba crash had safety complaints

Officials say company in Cuba crash had safety complaints

The Mexican charter company whose plane crashed in Havana, killing 110 people, has been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline. The plane was barred from Guyanese airspace last year after authorities discovered that its crew had been allowing dangerous overloading of...
Macedonian PM says Greece agrees to discuss proposed name

Macedonian PM says Greece agrees to discuss proposed name

Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Saturday he is ready to go ahead with a new name for his country in order to solve a decades-long name dispute with Greece and pave the way for full integration of the small Balkan country into the European Union and NATO. But Greek political leaders briefed by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras rejected the Macedonian proposal outright and the Greek government...
The Latest: Cuba official: 110 dead in crash, recorder found

The Latest: Cuba official: 110 dead in crash, recorder found

The Latest on the crash in Cuba of a passenger jet with 113 people on board (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Cuba's transportation minister says 110 people were killed in Friday's plane crash near Havana. Adel Yzquierdo Rodriguez says 113 people were on board including 102 Cubans, three tourists, two foreign residents and six crew members who were from Mexico. Three Cuban women survived but are in critical...
Oprah to Idris: Celebrities spice up royal wedding

Oprah to Idris: Celebrities spice up royal wedding

Oprah Winfrey seemed a tad confused about her seating assignment. Serena Williams documented her journey to St. George's Chapel on Instagram. Idris Elba smiled broadly as he escorted his fiancee, model Sabrina Dhowre, who wore the obligatory hat. They were among a slew of celebrities among the 600 guests Prince Harry and Meghan Markle invited to their wedding ceremony on Saturday, an event from which...
Love and fire: Text of Michael Curry's royal wedding address

Love and fire: Text of Michael Curry's royal wedding address

And now in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen. From the Song of Solomon, in the Bible: "Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it." The late Dr. Martin...
Father of Pakistani victim in Texas school shooting grieves

Father of Pakistani victim in Texas school shooting grieves

Abdul Aziz Sheikh sits on the ground floor of his Karachi home surrounded by mourning friends, relatives and local politicians that have come to give their condolences. Composed, he fights back tears. On the floor above, his wife is still in shock. The friends around her wail in grief. Their daughter, Sabika Sheikh, an 18-year-old exchange student from Pakistan, was among those killed when Dimitrios...
Powerful, unpopular Venezuela leader faces opposition foes

Powerful, unpopular Venezuela leader faces opposition foes

Here's a look at Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the two opposition candidates he faces in Sunday's election: ___ MADURO: The 55-year-old former bus driver rose to power after earning the late President Hugo Chavez's trust and taking on key roles in the socialist leader's former government. Before his death from cancer in 2013, Chavez urged Venezuelans to choose Maduro to continue his legacy...

Police kill 4 gunmen who raided Orthodox church in Chechnya

Four gunmen attacked a Russian Orthodox church in the mostly Muslim Russian province of Chechnya, but were killed by security forces in a clash Saturday that also left two policemen and a churchgoer dead. The attack underscored security challenges in Russia as it prepares to host soccer's World Cup next month. The provincial capital of Chechnya, Grozny, is not scheduled to host any World Cup games...

Report: 2 killed in shooting in southwestern Germany

German media are reporting two people have been killed in a shooting near the southwestern city of Saarbruecken. The Saarbruecker Zeitung newspaper reported Saturday that police have a suspect in custody. The newspaper reports the shooting was in the Fechingen area, southeast of the city. Broadcaster Saarbruecker Rundfunk reports that several people are injured in what police say was a domestic incident...
Markle's bridal gown work of Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller

Markle's bridal gown work of Givenchy's Clare Waight Keller

Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy is the master British designer behind the sleek silk boat-necked gown and long billowing veil worn by Meghan Markle as she walked down the nave of St. George's Chapel for her wedding to Prince Harry. The clean lines of the white dress highlighted Markle's smiling face Saturday as she sat at the altar of the chapel, holding Harry's hand as the sprawling train lay at...

Palestinians: 2 wounded from Israeli border fire have died

Gaza's health ministry says two Palestinians have died days after they were shot and wounded by Israeli gunfire during border protests. The ministry says Saturday the two, aged 20 and 58 respectively, had been in critical condition. The two were shot on Monday, when Israeli troops killed 59 Palestinians in what turned out to be the deadliest day of cross-border violence in recent years. It marked...
It's all about the well-plumed hats for royal wedding guests

It's all about the well-plumed hats for royal wedding guests

Like every good royal wedding, it was all about the hats, the dresses and the posh tails, with some fashion standouts among the guests at Windsor Castle. Amal Clooney was undeniably regal in a mustard yellow Stella McCartney dress with cap sleeves and a long tie in back that bordered on a train as she glided into St. George's Chapel on Saturday for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Her...
Congo says 3 new Ebola cases confirmed in large city

Congo says 3 new Ebola cases confirmed in large city

Three new cases of the often lethal Ebola virus have been confirmed in a city of more than 1 million people, Congo's health minister announced, as the spread of the hemorrhagic fever in an urban area raised alarm. The statement late Friday said the confirmed cases are in Mbandaka city, where a single case was confirmed earlier in the week. There are now 17 confirmed Ebola cases in this outbreak, including...
Detained Saudi women driving campaigners branded traitors

Detained Saudi women driving campaigners branded traitors

Just weeks before Saudi Arabia is set to lift its ban on women driving, the kingdom's state security said Saturday it had detained seven people who are being accused of working with "foreign entities." Rights activists say all those detained had worked in some capacity on women's rights issues, with five of those detained among the most prominent and outspoken women's rights campaigners...
White House pushes ahead with Mideast peace plan

White House pushes ahead with Mideast peace plan

The Trump administration is aiming to roll out its much-hyped but long-delayed Middle East peace plan next month amid signs it may further alienate the Palestinians by slashing millions of dollars in funding for humanitarian and development projects in the West Bank and Gaza. Five U.S. officials and a congressional aide say the administration intends to release the peace plan in mid- to late-June...
The Latest: Royal newlyweds to spend night in Windsor Castle

The Latest: Royal newlyweds to spend night in Windsor Castle

The Latest on the royal wedding (all times local): 9:20 p.m. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, otherwise known as Britain's Prince Harry and bride Meghan Markle, will spend their first night as a married couple in Windsor Castle. An exclusive evening reception for 200 guests at the royal Frogmore House country estate could make it a late night before they can retire to the vast castle grounds. The newlyweds...
Episcopal bishop Curry gives royal wedding an American flair

Episcopal bishop Curry gives royal wedding an American flair

Nothing quite captured the trans-Atlantic nature of Saturday's royal wedding as much as the guest preacher whose sermon brought American flair to a very English church service. The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, the first black leader of the Episcopal Church in the United States, was hand-picked by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to address their 600 wedding guests. The bishop's sermon on the theme...
A royal wedding bridges the Atlantic and breaks old molds

A royal wedding bridges the Atlantic and breaks old molds

The son of British royalty and the daughter of middle-class Americans wed Saturday in a service that reflected Prince Harry's royal heritage, Meghan Markle's biracial roots and the pair's shared commitment to putting a more diverse, modern face on the monarchy. British reserve crisscrossed with American verve in a service that broke molds and created new ones. Choirboys and a gospel choir; the archbishop...
Cuba: 110 died in plane crash, 3 survivors 'critical'

Cuba: 110 died in plane crash, 3 survivors 'critical'

The only three survivors of Cuba's worst aviation disaster in three decades were clinging to life Saturday, a day after their passenger jet crashed in a fireball in Havana's rural outskirts with 113 people on board. In the first official death toll provided by authorities, Transportation Minister Adel Yzquierdo Rodriguez said 110 had died including five children. He also announced that a flight recorder...
Militant-turned-populist cleric Sadr wins Iraqi election

Militant-turned-populist cleric Sadr wins Iraqi election

Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's political coalition has won the most seats in Iraq's national parliamentary elections, according to complete results released by Iraq's electoral commission early Saturday. The announcement came nearly a week after Iraqis cast their votes on May 12 and put Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in third place, according to seat allocations. An alliance of...
Beijing showing signs of compromise in trade talks with US

Beijing showing signs of compromise in trade talks with US

China is sending conciliatory signals as U.S. and Chinese negotiators meet in Washington to try to head off a trade war between the world's two biggest economies. Beijing has dropped an anti-dumping investigation into imported U.S. sorghum, which it had accused the United States of unfairly subsiding. It has also given approval for a U.S. private equity firm to buy Toshiba's memory chip business....
After fumbling Ebola in 2014, Congo is key test for UN

After fumbling Ebola in 2014, Congo is key test for UN

Nearly four years after the World Health Organization was accused of bungling its response to the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, the U.N. agency appears to be moving swiftly to contain a flare-up in Congo, in what some experts see as a critical test of its credibility. "The difference between WHO's response in 2014 and now is like night and day," said Suerie Moon, of the Graduate Institute...
After biggest gaffe, pope demands accountability for abuse

After biggest gaffe, pope demands accountability for abuse

Four months ago, Pope Francis dug himself into the biggest hole of his papacy by strongly defending a Chilean bishop accused by sex abuse victims of witnessing and ignoring their abuse. On Friday, he emerged from that debacle after strong-arming the entire Chilean bishops conference to resign for what he said were their "grave defects" in handling abuse cases. He accused them of destroying...

Prosecutors in Poland probe sewage dump into Baltic bay

Prosecutors on Poland's Baltic coast have opened a probe into potential environmental damages in the Bay of Gdansk after the sewage system of that Baltic Sea city malfunctioned. The spokeswoman for Gdansk province prosecutors, Grazyna Wawryniuk, said Friday that prosecutors were looking into the cause of the accident and into whether it had endangered the environment or residents. Refuse from Gdansk's...
The Latest: Cuba state media says Castro had hernia surgery

The Latest: Cuba state media says Castro had hernia surgery

The Latest on the plane crash in Havana (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Cuban state media say Communist Party leader Raul Castro is recovering from a hernia operation. State television said on its evening broadcast that the 86-year-old leader who stepped down as president last month was following Friday's plane crash in Havana as he recovered from surgery. The report offered no further details on Castro's...
Airliner with 110 aboard crashes in Cuba, 3 said to survive

Airliner with 110 aboard crashes in Cuba, 3 said to survive

A 39-year-old airliner with 110 people aboard crashed and burned in a cassava field just after taking off from the Havana airport Friday, leaving three survivors in Cuba's worst aviation disaster in three decades, officials said. The Boeing 737 went down just after noon a short distance from the end of the runway at Jose Marti International Airport while on a short-hop flight to the eastern city of...
Saudi arrests activists who campaigned for women's driving

Saudi arrests activists who campaigned for women's driving

Saudi authorities have detained at least six activists, including three of the country's most prominent women's rights campaigners, just weeks before the kingdom is set to lift a ban on women driving, people familiar with the arrests said Friday. The Associated Press spoke with two people in touch with the detainees' relatives. One activist, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussion...
American bishop brings human rights focus to royal wedding

American bishop brings human rights focus to royal wedding

He's the son of an American civil rights activist and the descendant of African slaves. He condemned last year's white supremacist rally in Charlottesville as fascist and he has outspokenly stood up for gay rights. The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry also plans to join a march on the White House next week that rejects U.S. President Donald Trump's "America first" stance as "theological...
From chicken to condoms, marketers cash in on royal wedding

From chicken to condoms, marketers cash in on royal wedding

If British marketers are to be believed, nothing is a better royal wedding tribute than a limited-edition bucket of fried chicken chased with a bottle or two of Royal Wedding pale ale. Estimates are that consumers will spend between 40 million pounds to 70 million pounds ($54 million to $94 million) on royal wedding-related merchandise, including commemorative mugs, plates, coins and posters. If you're...
Putin: New nuclear weapons to enter duty in next few years

Putin: New nuclear weapons to enter duty in next few years

The Russian military will soon receive new nuclear weapons, which are far ahead of any foreign designs, President Vladimir Putin said Friday. Speaking at a meeting in Sochi, Putin said delivery of the new Avangard hypersonic vehicle will begin next year, while the new Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile will enter duty in 2020. The Avangard and the Sarmat were among an array of new nuclear weapons...

Yemen hit by storms as rare tropical cyclone Sagar nears

A UN agency has issued a warning for the rare tropical cyclone 'Sagar' in the Gulf of Aden, saying it threatens flash flooding, as authorities say it has struck Yemen's southern coastline. The Health Ministry's emergency center says that an elderly woman has died after her house caught on fire Friday because of the storm, and that her family failed to rescue her in Khor Maskar in Aden. Another building...
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