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  • Israeli police say Palestinian stabs teens on Jewish holiday

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say a 19-year-old Palestinian man stabbed two Israeli teenagers as they walked to a holy site on a Jewish festival. Spokeswoman Luba Samri said the Palestinian stabbed the two 17-year-old boys from behind Sunday. Samri says officers later apprehended the suspected attacker and the two boys remain hospitalized....

  • 52 dead in China floods, including 2 kids on overloaded bus

    BEIJING (AP) — The death toll in China's latest round of flooding has risen to at least 52, including two schoolchildren aboard a bus carrying more than twice its authorized passenger load that plunged into a pond, authorities said. At least six other people are missing in floods that have ravaged mountain districts of six provinces and...

  • At least 10 Afghan police officers killed in Taliban assault

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban insurgents attacked police checkpoints Sunday in volatile southern Afghanistan, killing at least 10 officers in the ongoing assault, authorities said. Mohammad Ismail Hotaki, the director of Helmand province's Joint Coordination Office, said that Taliban fighters attacked 10 police checkpoints in the...

  • Thousands evacuated in Nepal after landslide blocks river

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Thousands of people fled villages and towns along a mountain river in northwest Nepal on Sunday after it was blocked by a landslide that could burst and cause flash floods, officials said. The landslide created a dam and a lake 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) long on the Kaligandaki River, said government administrator Yam...

  • Putin signs Russian law to shut 'undesirable' organizations

    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law Saturday giving prosecutors the power to declare foreign and international organizations "undesirable" in Russia and shut them down. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have condemned the measure as part of an "ongoing draconian crackdown which is squeezing the life out of...

  • Jailed Venezuelan leader starts hunger strike, urges protest

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez said he is beginning a hunger strike and called for a mass anti-government protest next week in a video leaked Saturday. Lopez has been held in a military prison for more than a year on charges related to his role in leading protests against the South American country's...

  • The Latest on flooding: Music festival evacuated in Oklahoma

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — 10:20 p.m. A music festival in Oklahoma is being evacuated because of inclement weather. Officials with the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, about 50 miles west of Tulsa, urged attendees around 9 p.m. to head to their cars or the nearby camping area to wait out the incoming weather. They later stressed the campgrounds were...

  • The Latest in Cleveland: Multiple arrests after verdict

    11:18 p.m. Cleveland police say more than a dozen arrests have been made at one location during protests Saturday night over the acquittal of a patrolman charged in the deaths of two unarmed black suspects after a high-speed chase. Deputy police chief Wayne Drummond says the protesters were arrested for failing to disperse from an alley in...

  • Ohio patrolman's acquittal in 2 deaths sets off protests

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The acquittal of a white Cleveland police officer Saturday set off angry but mostly orderly protests while shining little light on how an event that started with a car backfiring could end in a 137-shot barrage, the patrolman firing from the hood of the car and the deaths of two unarmed black suspects. Michael Brelo, 31, put...

  • Ireland gives resounding 62.1 percent 'yes' to gay marriage

    DUBLIN (AP) — Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world's first national vote on the issue. As the official ballot counting continued, the only question appeared to be how large the "yes" margin of victory from...

  • Year-old Thai coup imposes superficial calm but little else

    BANGKOK (AP) — Shortly after seizing power in a coup that followed months of debilitating street protests, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed to end Thailand's decade of political upheaval once and for all. In his words, "to bring everything out in the open and fix it." A year later, the military can boast that it has restored stability and kept...

  • Myanmar president signs off on contested population law

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's president has signed off on a law requiring some mothers to space their children three years apart despite objections by a visiting senior U.S. diplomat and rights activists, who worry it could be used not only to repress women, but also religious and ethnic minorities. The Population Control Health Care Bill —...

  • CANNES WATCH: Going out In style

    CANNES, France (AP) — The 68th Cannes Film Festival was going out in style this weekend, with Marion Cotillard drawing raves on both carpet and screen at the "Macbeth" premiere and the very cool entourage from the LA indie "Dope" continuing to wow the fest as anticipation grew for Sunday's Palme d'Or finale. ___ QUEEN OF THE CARPET Marion...

  • B.B. King memorial more cheers than tears in Las Vegas

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A standing ovation for B.B. King and more cheers than tears marked a family-and-friends memorial of the late blues great's life and legacy Saturday in Las Vegas. "B.B. was energetic, Amen?" Pastor Pamela Myrtis Mason said to open the service that drew more than 350 to the Palm Mortuary chapel. "Amen," they said. King's...

  • Defending 100-meter champion Magnusssen out of swim worlds

    SYDNEY (AP) — Defending 100-meter freestyle champion James Magnussen of Australia will miss the July world swimming championships in Kazan, Russia, due to left shoulder surgery. Swimming Australia said in a statement Sunday that doctors discovered significant damage to Magnussen's sub-scapular region in his left shoulder which has caused it to...

  • Nigerian airlines cancel flights amid fuel crisis

    LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian airlines grounded flights Saturday and radio stations were silenced as a months-long fuel shortage aggravated by striking oil tanker drivers worsened in Africa's biggest oil producer. Vehicles also were grounded. Normally bustling roads in Lagos, a metropolis of 20 million, were half-empty and gas stations closed...

  • Many questions in Mexico cartel battle that killed 43

    ECUANDUREO, Mexico (AP) — The call for backup went out to local police after 8 a.m. There was a shootout underway at a ranch in the western reaches of Michoacan state and the federal authorities needed help. One patrolman said he sped with his colleagues from a town 20 minutes away and arrived at the scene Friday to see bullets flying and...

  • Nigerian troops kill extremists as militants slay villagers

    YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian troops killed scores of Islamic extremists and rescued 20 women and children from captivity even as reports came in Saturday of Boko Haram fighters slitting villagers' throats and chopping them to death. That bolsters reports the insurgents are running out of ammunition and resorting to hit-and-run assaults in the...

  • Salvadorans rejoice as slain Archbishop Romero beatified

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Archbishop Oscar Romero was beatified by Roman Catholic officials Saturday in an emotional ceremony elevating the once-controversial cleric to the ranks of the blessed 35 years after his assassination. Underneath a rainbow halo ringing the sun, Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Vatican's saint-making...

  • Things to know about the Cleveland Police Department

    CLEVELAND (AP) — A white Cleveland patrolman who participated in a 137-bullet shooting that left two unarmed black people dead in their car was acquitted of criminal charges on Saturday, leading to angry but peaceful protests. The acquittal of officer Michael Brelo followed a determination by the U.S. Department of Justice that the police...

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