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  • Iran FM says ready to meet Saudi counterpart

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister said Sunday he is ready to meet his Saudi Arabian counterpart on the sidelines of next month's UN General Assembly and to visit the Gulf powerhouse later this year. Mohammad Javad Zarif's remarks come amid a slight diplomatic warming between Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia and Shiite-majority Iran, which...

  • China: No open nominations for Hong Kong leader

    BEIJING (AP) — China's legislature on Sunday ruled against allowing open nominations in elections for Hong Kong's leader, saying it would create a "chaotic society" in a decision that promises to ignite political tensions in the Asian financial hub. The legislature's powerful Standing Committee ruled that all candidates for chief executive...

  • Iceland raises volcano aviation alert again

    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — Iceland's authorities have raised the aviation warning code for a region close to the subglacial Bardarbunga volcano after a small fissure eruption in the area. The country's meteorological agency described the eruption in the Holuhraun lava field, about five kilometers (three miles) north of the vast Dyngjujoekull...

  • Somalia: Extremists attack high security prison

    MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A Somali police officer says heavily armed suspected Islamic militants have attacked a high security prison in the Somali capital. Capt. Mohamed Hussein said that armed men on Sunday morning invaded the Godka Jilacow prison, which also serves as a key interrogation center for Somalia's intelligence agency. Mohamed...

  • Al-Qaida-linked group releases 5 Lebanese soldiers

    BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's official news agency says an al-Qaida-linked Syrian rebel group has released five Lebanese soldiers captured earlier this month in a cross-border raid. The soldiers were captured when militants from Syria rampaged through the Lebanese town of Arsal for five days, kidnapping and killing soldiers before withdrawing toward...

  • Migrant boat carrying 100 capsizes off Libya

    TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A Libyan coast guard official says a boat carrying more than 100 migrants has capsized off the coast near the capital. Abdel-Latif Mohammed said the coast guard found the damaged rubber boat early Sunday off the shores of al-Qarbouli, 50 kilometers (30 miles) east of Tripoli. The coast guard has not yet confirmed the...

  • Obamas attend wedding of their longtime chef

    POCANTICO HILLS, N.Y. (AP) — Setting aside for a few hours the pressures of trying to calm the world's trouble spots, President Barack Obama assumed the role of spectator for something more joyous: the wedding of the first family's longtime chef and friend. Chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner tied the knot Saturday at Blue Hill at Stone...

  • Afghanistan crash kills 23

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A van slammed into a fuel tanker in western Afghanistan on Sunday, killing 23 people in the latest horrific accident in a country with poorly maintained roads and often reckless driving. The crash happened Sunday morning on the main highway between the city of Herat and the Iranian border, said Raouf Ahmadi, a...

  • Pakistani protester dies in clashes with police

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police on Sunday clashed with scattered pockets of anti-government protesters trying to advance on the prime minister's residence after a night of violence that saw hundreds wounded and the first death in more than two weeks of demonstrations. The violence has raised the stakes in a political standoff, in which...

  • German security official warns of terror threat

    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's domestic intelligence chief says he expects Islamic extremists who have traveled to Syria and Iraq will return and commit terror attacks. Hans-Georg Maassen told Deutschlandfunk radio on Sunday that there was an "increased abstract threat" of attacks in Germany. Unlike Britain, Germany hasn't raised its national threat...

  • Wind, weather stoke Northern California wildfires

    HAPPY CAMP, Calif. (AP) — Two wildfires sparked by lightning nearly three weeks ago were still growing on Saturday while threatening as many as 250 homes in far Northern California. Low humidity and warm weather helped the fires burning in the Klamath National Forest one mile east of the gold mining and logging town of Happy Camp continue its...

  • 3 juveniles dead in Pennsylvania SUV crash, 3 hurt

    LAKE ARIEL, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say an SUV carrying six young people overturned in northeastern Pennsylvania, killing three and injuring the others. State police did not release the ages of those involved in Saturday morning's crash but said all were juveniles. The crash happened in Paupack Township, Wayne County, about 70 miles north of...

  • German anti-euro party could enter state assembly

    BERLIN (AP) — A party that wants Germany to ditch the euro currency is tipped to win its first seat in a state assembly Sunday. A recent poll conducted for public broadcaster ZDF predicts that the party Alternative for Germany will receive 7 percent of the vote in elections for the Saxony state parliament. This would be enough for the party,...

  • All Filipino peacekeepers escape Golan standoff

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Under cover of darkness, 40 Filipino peacekeepers made a daring escape after being surrounded and coming under fire by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights, the Philippine military chief said Sunday, while 44 Fijian troops remained in the hands of the al-Qaida-linked insurgents. After coming under rebel attack...

  • Moderate earthquake hits region near Fairbanks

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Earthquake Information Center says a magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit 43 miles northwest of Fairbanks on Saturday night. The center says no reports of damage have been received about the earthquake. It adds that the earthquake hit at 7:06 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time and had a depth of 10 miles. The Fairbanks...

  • Vintage racing crash kills Connecticut man

    SALISBURY, Conn. (AP) — Police say a vintage racing enthusiast is dead after a crash during a race in Connecticut. Authorities say 73-year-old Lee Duran, of Lyme, lost control of his car and crashed Saturday afternoon at Lime Rock Park. No other cars were involved. A track spokesman did not immediately return phone and email messages from The...

  • Tunisia recovers bodies of Syrian boat migrants

    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — The Tunisian Coast Guard has recovered at least 41 bodies of migrants, mostly Syrians, who drowned trying to sail to Europe, a local official said Saturday. The bodies were found after a search was launched Friday after a few decomposed bodies washed up on shore suggesting the sinking of another boat carrying migrants...

  • Pakistan protesters march on PM's residence

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Hundreds of people were injured as Pakistani police battled throngs of protesters demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with tear gas, batons and rubber bullets outside the prime minister's official residence and the adjacent parliament building. After a night of clashes, protesters started regrouping at...

  • 3 juveniles killed, 3 hurt in SUV rollover

    LAKE ARIEL, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say three juveniles are dead and three others hurt after an SUV crash in northeastern Pennsylvania. State police say a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban carrying six juveniles overturned late Saturday morning in Paupack Township, Wayne County. That's about 70 miles north of Philadelphia. Officials say one person died...

  • Judge finds Texas abortion rules unconstitutional

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tough new Texas abortion restrictions are on hold after a federal judge found Republican-led efforts to hold abortion clinics to hospital-level operating standards unconstitutional in a ruling that spares more than a dozen clinics from imminent closure. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office has filed an appeal of...


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