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Moldovan court suspends president in political standoff

Moldova's Constitutional Court has temporarily stripped the country's pro-Moscow president of his duties for refusing to endorse new ministers in a political standoff. Monday's ruling to suspend President Igor Dodon's powers came after he said he wouldn't approve candidates for the health and agriculture portfolios because they lacked the necessary skills. Dodon's spokesman, Maxim Lebedinschi, accused...
Tanzania investigates ferry disaster which killed 225

Tanzania investigates ferry disaster which killed 225

Tanzania's government on Monday launched an inquest into the cause of the ferry disaster, in which 227 people died when a boat capsized in Lake Victoria last week. The government is also taking steps to build a bigger ferry. A preliminary investigation found that overloading was the main reason that the MV Nyerere overturned on Thursday, because more than 260 people were on the ferry, which had a...
Calm opposition leader wins Maldives presidency amid storm

Calm opposition leader wins Maldives presidency amid storm

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the president-elect of the Maldives, spent his youth marching in the streets for democracy. He was elected to Parliament at age 32 as an independent candidate, helping to draw up a new constitution. But unlike other reformers of his generation, Solih was never sidelined by a prison sentence or political exile, a fact that propelled him into the role of the opposition party's...
Man at center of Nobel sex scandal remanded pending verdict

Man at center of Nobel sex scandal remanded pending verdict

The man at the center of a sex abuse and financial crimes scandal that is tarnishing the academy awarding the Nobel Literature Prize was remanded in custody Monday, pending the verdict in his trial. Jean-Claude Arnault, a major cultural figure in Sweden and the husband of Swedish Academy member Katarina Frostenson, was on trial for two counts of rape of a woman that allegedly took place in 2011. The...
EU takes Poland to its top court over judicial reform

EU takes Poland to its top court over judicial reform

The European Union said Monday it has decided to take Poland to the bloc's top court over the overhaul of the country's judicial system and also ask the European Court of Justice to suspend a recent law on Supreme Court judges. The EU's executive Commission has been increasingly critical of Poland's judicial reform under a right-wing government and has alleged some laws are a violation of Western...
Russia to send newer, S-300 missile defense systems to Syria

Russia to send newer, S-300 missile defense systems to Syria

Russia announced Monday it will supply Syria's government with more modern, S-300 missile defense systems after last week's downing of a Russian plane by Syria, a friendly fire incident that sent regional tensions over the war-torn country soaring. The Russian military's reconnaissance Il-20 was shot down by the Syrian government missile defense systems responding to an Israeli airstrike. All 15 people...
The Latest: Maldives' president concedes election loss

The Latest: Maldives' president concedes election loss

The Latest on the Maldives presidential election (all times local): 1 p.m. The Maldives' strongman President Yameen Abdul Gayoom has conceded he lost Sunday's election to his challenger. Gayoom said at a news conference televised live from the capital, Male: "I know I have to step down now." The election commission has released provisional results earlier Monday showing longtime lawmaker...
Pope praises Latvians for keeping faith during occupation

Pope praises Latvians for keeping faith during occupation

Pope Francis praised Latvians on Monday for resisting Soviet and Nazi occupation and persevering in their Christian faith, telling them: "You fought the good fight, you ran the race, you kept the faith." On the third day of his Baltic pilgrimage, Francis traveled to Latvia and placed flowers at the monument to Latvian independence. He joined Lutheran and Orthodox leaders at a music-filled...
French boat rescues injured Indian sailor from yacht

French boat rescues injured Indian sailor from yacht

A French ship on Monday rescued an Indian sailor who was injured in the remote southern Indian Ocean during a round-the-world solo yacht race, Indian officials said. India's defense minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, tweeted that it was "a sense of relief to know that naval officer" Abhilash Tomy was "rescued by the French fishing vessel. He's conscious and doing okay." She said the...
Iran holds funerals for victims of terror attack in Ahvaz

Iran holds funerals for victims of terror attack in Ahvaz

In a collective outpouring of grief, Iranians held funerals Monday for the victims of the weekend terror attack on a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz that killed 25 people, the deadliest attack in the country in nearly a decade. Saturday's assault in Ahvaz, the provincial capital of Khuzestan, was blamed on Iran's Arab separatists. At least 60 people were also wounded when militants...
Maldives' president concedes loss to opposition candidate

Maldives' president concedes loss to opposition candidate

Maldives strongman President Yameen Abdul Gayoom conceded that he lost Sunday's election to his challenger, longtime lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, in a speech broadcast live on television Monday. Speaking in the Maldives' native language, Dhivehi, Gayoom congratulated Solih and said, "I know I have to step down now." The concession and the results were a surprise to Maldives' opposition...
Mandela: A life of soaring symbolism, now harnessed by UN

Mandela: A life of soaring symbolism, now harnessed by UN

Nelson Mandela's South African journey from anti-apartheid leader to prisoner to president to global statesman — the "Long Walk to Freedom" of his autobiography title — is one of the 20th century's great stories of struggle, sacrifice and reconciliation. Now the United Nations is seeking to harness its soaring symbolism. The unveiling of a statue of Mandela, born 100 years ago...
Mandela: A life of soaring symbolism, now harnessed by UN

Mandela: A life of soaring symbolism, now harnessed by UN

Nelson Mandela's South African journey from anti-apartheid leader to prisoner to president to global statesman — the "Long Walk to Freedom" of his autobiography title — is one of the 20th century's great stories of struggle, sacrifice and reconciliation. Now the United Nations is seeking to harness its soaring symbolism. The unveiling of a statue of Mandela, born 100 years ago...
In a first, Hong Kong bans pro-independence political party

In a first, Hong Kong bans pro-independence political party

Authorities in Hong Kong on Monday took an unprecedented step to quash separatist voices by banning a political party that advocates independence for the southern Chinese territory on national security grounds. John Lee, the territory's secretary for security, announced that the Hong Kong National Party would be prohibited from operation from Monday. At a briefing, Lee said the political party led...
Vietnam to hold state funeral for President Tran Dai Quang

Vietnam to hold state funeral for President Tran Dai Quang

Vietnam will hold a state funeral and national mourning this week for President Tran Dai Quang, who died last week of a viral illness at age 61. Flags will fly at half-staff and entertainment activities will be canceled during the two-day funeral that starts Wednesday, the Communist Party and government announced. Quang will be buried in his home village in northern Ninh Binh province, some 115 kilometers...
Mystery around disappearance of Chinese star Fan Bingbing

Mystery around disappearance of Chinese star Fan Bingbing

X-Men star Fan Bingbing's Beijing management office is dark and abandoned. Her birthday passed almost unremarked in China's hyper-adrenalized social media environment. For one of China's best known stars and a rising Hollywood actress, Fan's vanishing is stunning, coming amid vague allegations of tax fraud and possibly other infractions that could have put her at odds with Chinese authorities. Fan...
The Latest: Maldives' opposition candidate declares victory

The Latest: Maldives' opposition candidate declares victory

The Latest on the Maldives' presidential election (all times local): 12:25 a.m. Opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has declared victory in the Maldives' third-ever multiparty presidential elections. Independent newspaper website mihaaru.com reports that Solih has 58.3 percent of the vote, with nearly 92 percent of ballots counted. Independent election watchdog Transparency Maldives...
The Latest: US congratulates Maldives, notes opposition win

The Latest: US congratulates Maldives, notes opposition win

The Latest on the Maldives' presidential election (all times local): 5 a.m. The U.S. State Department has congratulated the Maldives' on its peaceful democratic election. Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih declared victory in Sunday's vote, which was widely seen as a referendum on democracy in the nation that was holding only its third multiparty democratic elections. The nation's strongman...
Burials begin as deaths from capsized ferry rise to 224

Burials begin as deaths from capsized ferry rise to 224

Relatives wept in grief on Sunday at the mass burial in Tanzania of many of the 224 people who drowned when a ferry in capsized on Lake Victoria. Colorfully painted coffins were lined up to go into graves on Ukara Island. Grieving family members places wreaths of flowers on the coffins. The overloaded boat tipped over Thursday as it got to about 50 meters (55 yards) from the island's dock. People...
Pompeo: No end to NKorea sanctions until 'denuclearization'

Pompeo: No end to NKorea sanctions until 'denuclearization'

Top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo said Sunday that economic sanctions on North Korea won't be reduced until it completes "denuclearization" after leader Kim Jong Un offered to close the North's main nuclear site in exchange for U.S. concessions. Kim said last week at a summit with South Korea's president that he was willing to dismantle the Nyongbyon nuclear complex in the presence of outside...

The Latest: Panama pulls migrant rescue boat's registration

The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local): 8:10 p.m. Panama says that it has withdrawn the registration of the only private migrant rescue boat still operating in the central Mediterranean after complaints from Italy, which is cracking down on migrant arrivals. Panama's maritime authority said in a statement that Italy contends that the captain of Aquarius 2 defied instructions to return...
OPEC, allies agree not to further increase oil production

OPEC, allies agree not to further increase oil production

A meeting of OPEC and its allies ended without any decision to further increase oil output despite President Donald Trump's call for lower prices. Members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries met on Sunday in Algiers with non-members including Russia. The committee said in a statement that it was satisfied "regarding the current oil market outlook, with an overall healthy...
Dolce&Gabbana explore DNA with star-filled cast

Dolce&Gabbana explore DNA with star-filled cast

Milan designers are embracing women of all shapes, sizes and ages, even if the young, thin model prevailed during this week's previews for next spring and summer. Marni's runway included women of different sizes while Dolce & Gabbana continued their embrace of models in a range of ages and sizes for their DNA runway show on Sunday. Highlights from Sunday's show, the fifth day of previews of womenswear...
The Latest: German coalition reaches deal on spy chief

The Latest: German coalition reaches deal on spy chief

The Latest on a standoff in Germany's governing coalition over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief (all times local): 8:25 p.m. Germany's interior minister says leaders of the governing coalition have reached a deal to resolve a dispute over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief. Horst Seehofer said Sunday that Hans-Georg Maassen, currently the head of the BfV...

3 Greek journalists set free after minister's complaint

Three journalists were released from custody Sunday following a complaint against them by Greece's defense minister. The publisher, editor-in-chief and political editor of daily paper "Fileleftheros" (Liberal) had voluntarily turned themselves in Saturday after Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said an article in the paper's Friday edition had defamed him. The article alleged large-scale mismanagement...
Tackling climate change to be key talking point at UN summit

Tackling climate change to be key talking point at UN summit

With global temperatures rising, superstorms taking their deadly toll and a year-end deadline to firm up the Paris climate deal, leaders at this year's U.N. General Assembly are feeling a sense of urgency to keep up the momentum on combating climate change. That's why, in between discussing how to tackle wars, poverty and deadly diseases around the world, leaders will be devoting substantial time...
Meghan reveals 'something blue' she wore at royal wedding

Meghan reveals 'something blue' she wore at royal wedding

It's an old tradition that a bride should have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue on her wedding day, and the Duchess of Sussex followed at least part of that when she married Prince Harry. The former Meghan Markle has revealed in a television documentary that she had a piece of blue fabric from the dress she wore on her first date with Harry sewn into her wedding...

Performance artist unhurt after hit by painting in Italy

A man has hit performance artist Marina Abramovic on the head with a painting at a Florence museum. Palazzo Strozzi director Arturo Galansino tweeted that Abramovic was unhurt in the attack Sunday in the courtyard of the palazzo, which is hosting a retrospective about her. Galansino, the show's curator, says "everything's fine." Italian media say the wood-framed painting is a portrait of...

Russian opposition candidate on track to win regional vote

Partial results in a regional election in Russia's Far East show an opposition candidate has beaten the incumbent governor by a wide margin. The official tally on the Central Election Commission's website showed on Sunday that incumbent Vyacheslav Shport was trailing 40 percent behind opposition candidate Sergei Furgal, with 90 percent of the votes counted. The tally so far in the Khabarovsk region...

Man arrested at Buckingham Palace with stun gun

London police say a man has been arrested at the visitors' entrance to Buckingham Palace carrying a firearm. Police said Sunday a 38-year-old was arrested on suspicion of carrying a stun gun. He is being questioned at a London police station. The man hasn't been identified or charged. The suspect was detained by Buckingham Palace security staff and handed over to police. A limited part of the palace...

Tunisia floods kill at least 4, cause major damage

Severe floods have struck northeastern Tunisia, killing at least four people and damaging homes, bridges, roads and fields. Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed visited the town of Nabeul, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) west of the capital, on Sunday, a day after heavy rains hit the region. He said that "it's urgent to work so things return to normal." He added the government will help...

German police review handling of far-right protests

Police in the German city of Dortmund say they will examine whether they were tough enough in handling a pair of far-right demonstrations during which they say an anti-Semitic slogan was chanted. The protests took place Friday, one attended by about 100 people and the other by 75. Police deployed around 80 officers, and say some of the demonstrators illegally set off fireworks. In a statement Sunday...

Egypt court sentences 65 people over 2013 violence

An Egyptian court has sentenced 64 people to varying prison terms and one man to death over violence in 2013 when the military overthrew the elected Islamist president. The Sunday decision by the Minya Criminal Court included a life sentence for Mohammed Badie, the spiritual guide of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, over events in the city of el-Adwa, south of Cairo, where a crowd raided...

2 militant groups reject demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib

Two insurgent groups rejected a deal reached this month between Russia and Turkey to establish a demilitarized zone in Syria's Idlib region with one saying Sunday that the agreement aims to "bury the revolution." The rejection by some jihadi groups of the Russia-Turkey deal highlights the problems that the agreement may face in the coming weeks, as the demilitarized zone is scheduled to...

Macedonia's president says he won't vote in referendum

Macedonia's president says he won't vote in a Sept. 30 referendum on whether to change the Balkan country's name to "North Macedonia." Macedonians will vote next weekend on a proposal to change the country's name, ending a long-running dispute with neighboring Greece, which sees the use of the term "Macedonia " as a claim on its own province of the same name. President Gjorge Ivanov...
Iran fears plot by US and its Gulf allies as pressure grows

Iran fears plot by US and its Gulf allies as pressure grows

On the same day Arab separatists killed at least 25 people in an attack targeting a military parade in southwestern Iran, President Donald Trump's lawyer mounted a stage in New York to declare that the government would be toppled. "I don't know when we're going to overthrow them. It could be in a few days, months or a couple of years, but it's going to happen," former New York Mayor Rudy...
Iran fears plot by US and its Gulf allies as pressure grows

Iran fears plot by US and its Gulf allies as pressure grows

On the same day Arab separatists killed at least 25 people in an attack targeting a military parade in southwestern Iran, President Donald Trump's lawyer mounted a stage in New York to declare that the government would be toppled. "I don't know when we're going to overthrow them. It could be in a few days, months or a couple of years, but it's going to happen," former New York Mayor Rudy...
Iran's president blames US after attack on military parade

Iran's president blames US after attack on military parade

Iran's president on Sunday accused an unnamed U.S.-allied country in the Persian Gulf of being behind a terror attack on a military parade that killed 25 people and wounded 60, further raising regional tensions. Hassan Rouhani's comments came as Iran's Foreign Ministry also summoned Western diplomats over them allegedly providing havens for the Arab separatists who claimed Saturday's attacks in the...
Marchers demand better protection for British wildlife

Marchers demand better protection for British wildlife

The animals can't protest so people in London did that for them. Hundreds of marchers demanded better protection for British wildlife at the People's Walk for Wildlife in Hyde Park on Saturday. Many carried pro-nature and pro-animal banners and placards and some wore animal masks. Organizers said the march was to raise awareness about the threat to species and habitats across the United Kingdom. Singer...
Spain saves some 440 migrants; new crackdown on rescue boat

Spain saves some 440 migrants; new crackdown on rescue boat

Spain's maritime rescue service said Sunday it rescued more than 400 people from 15 small boats, most of them off the country's southern coast, while humanitarian groups lamented that the sole private rescue boat operating near the deadly central Mediterranean human trafficking route risked being put out of action by Italy's anti-migrant leaders. While the Spaniards pulled 447 people to safety on...

Swiss-flagged cargo ship attacked off Nigeria, 12 kidnapped

A Swiss shipping company says that a bulk carrier has been attacked by pirates off Nigeria's coast and 12 of its 19 crew members have been kidnapped. Geneva-based Massoel Shipping said the MV Glarus was attacked early Saturday as it sailed from Lagos to Port Harcourt with a load of wheat. It said in a statement emailed Sunday that the pirates apparently boarded the ship using long ladders and cut...
Get out the needle: Tattoo artists show off their skills

Get out the needle: Tattoo artists show off their skills

Tattoo fans around the world may be wondering just where their favorite artists are. Wonder no longer: Tattoo experts from 22 countries are showing off their skills at a convention in the Swiss lakeside city of Montreux. The Montreux Tattoo Convention, which opened on Friday and ends Sunday, features some 160 artists along with concerts and competitions. It's the fourth edition of the gathering.
The Latest: Pope visits ex-KGB headquarters in Lithuania

The Latest: Pope visits ex-KGB headquarters in Lithuania

The Latest on Pope Francis' trip to the three Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Pope Francis has warned Lithuanians not to forget the suffering of past generations and stay alert to future threats as he visited a museum dedicated to the atrocities committed during a half-century of Soviet and Nazi occupation. Francis denounced the "unrestrained ambition"...
Germany's Porsche says it won't produce new diesel models

Germany's Porsche says it won't produce new diesel models

Porsche's chief executive says the sports car maker won't produce any new diesel models in the wake of parent company Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal. CEO Oliver Blume told Sunday's Bild am Sonntag newspaper that, although Porsche itself never developed and produced diesel engines, its image has suffered from the scandal that erupted in 2015. He was quoted as saying the company wants to concentrate...
Germany's Porsche says it won't produce new diesel models

Germany's Porsche says it won't produce new diesel models

Porsche's chief executive says the sports car maker won't produce any new diesel models in the wake of parent company Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal. CEO Oliver Blume told Sunday's Bild am Sonntag newspaper that, although Porsche itself never developed and produced diesel engines, its image has suffered from the scandal that erupted in 2015. He was quoted as saying the company wants to concentrate...

Israel gives West Bank village Oct. 1 demolition deadline

The Israeli military has informed residents of a West Bank hamlet that they have until Oct. 1 to leave before their homes face demolition. Israel says Khan al-Ahmar, an encampment of corrugated shacks outside an Israeli settlement, was illegally built and has offered to resettle residents a few miles away. But Palestinians and other critics say it's impossible for Palestinians to get building permits...
German government reaches deal to solve spy chief dispute

German government reaches deal to solve spy chief dispute

Leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition reached a deal Sunday to resolve a standoff over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief, a dispute that has further dented the image of their fractious six-month-old alliance. The center-left Social Democrats have insisted that Hans-Georg Maassen be removed as head of the BfV spy agency for appearing to downplay recent...
The Latest: Boy wounded in Iran parade attack has died

The Latest: Boy wounded in Iran parade attack has died

The Latest on the fallout from Saturday's attack on a military parade in Iran (all times local): 4:25 p.m. Iran's state TV has reported that a 4-year-old boy who was wounded during Saturday's terror attack on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz has died at a hospital. Sunday's report showed the deceased Mohammad Taha lying on his bed in an Ahvaz hospital. Beside him, a doctor next says: "He...
Swiss reject bids to improve food quality, protect farmers

Swiss reject bids to improve food quality, protect farmers

Swiss voters on Sunday roundly rejected two proposals aimed at protecting Swiss farmers and ensuring that food from both domestic and foreign producers is healthier, more environmentally sound and animal-friendly. About 61.3 percent of voters rejected the "Fair-Food Initiative," which would have required the government to promote environmentally sound, animal-friendly and fairly produced...
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