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French convict escapes from prison via a helicopter

PARIS (AP) — France's Justice Ministry says a Frenchman convicted of murder has escaped from prison using a helicopter. The ministry said Redoine Faid's escape only took "a few minutes" Sunday and no one was injured or taken hostage. It says "an armed commando landed in a helicopter in the ...

EU leaders press ahead with tough new Africa migrant plan

By LORNE COOK and DAVID RISING, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders vowed Thursday to move forward with plans to screen migrants in northern Africa for asylum eligibility to dissuade many of them from setting out for the continent, part of a desperate attempt to shore up ...

Private plane crashes in crowded Mumbai area; 5 people dead

By RAJANISH KAKADE, Associated Press MUMBAI, India (AP) — A small private plane crashed Thursday in a busy area of Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital, killing five people including one person on the ground, police said. A former aviation minister said the pilot avoided a ...

Hundreds of Syrian refugees in Lebanon cross back into Syria

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press ARSAL, Lebanon (AP) — Women and children crammed in the back of pick-up trucks piled high with mattresses and blankets, as dozens of Syrian refugees in Lebanon began crossing the border on Thursday, heading back home to an uncertain future in war-torn ...

Putin: New Russian weapons decades ahead of foreign rivals

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted about his country's prospective nuclear weapons Thursday, saying they are years and even decades ahead of foreign designs. Speaking before the graduates of Russian military academies, Putin said ...

European Central Banker to face prosecution in Latvia

By CARLO PIOVANO, Associated Press RIGA, Latvia (AP) — The Latvian official on the European Central Bank's top policymaking board will be prosecuted for bribery in a scandal that has highlighted the EU country's problems with corruption and money laundering. The Latvian prosecutor-general's ...

Putin, Trump to hold summit in Helsinki on July 16

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a summit in Helsinki on July 16, a long-expected encounter that comes amid spiraling tensions between Moscow and Washington. A terse synchronized statement ...

Protests in Iran as Rouhani says US wants ‘economic war’

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Angry protesters in Iran's capital held a third day of demonstrations on Tuesday over the country's anemic economy as President Hassan Rouhani told the nation that it faces an "economic war" with the United States following ...

Austrian police, army stage training to keep out migrants

By PHILIPP JENNE and FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press SPIELFELD, Austria (AP) — Fearful of a domino effect if Germany closes its borders, Austria staged a high-profile training exercise Tuesday to show how it could deal with an influx of refugees along its frontier with Slovenia. Hundreds of ...

Prince William visits Israel’s Holocaust memorial

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Prince William began his visit to Israel on Tuesday with an emotional tour of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, a soccer game with Arab and Jewish youth and an introduction to Tel Aviv's vibrant start-up scene. The prince is the first ...

Large army veteran protests in China pose challenge for Xi

By GERRY SHIH, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — On Chinese state television broadcasts, President Xi Jinping is often shown clad in battle fatigues inspecting troops, praising their service, and hailing the People's Liberation Army as key to the country's rising global power. But the ...

What’s that sound? Singapore scare highlights US concern

By JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump was heading to Singapore for a historic summit with North Korea's leader, a State Department diplomatic security agent who was part of the advance team reported hearing an unusual sound he believed ...

Dutch parliament approves limited ban on burqa, niqab

By RAF CASERT and ALEKSANDAR FURTULA THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Netherlands has approved a limited ban on "face-covering clothing" in public places, including Islamic veils and robes such as the burqa and niqab but not the hijab, which covers only the hair. Firebrand far-right ...

Police: 25 injured in building explosion in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — Twenty-five people were injured, four of them severely, when an explosion destroyed an apartment building in the western German city of Wuppertal, police said Sunday. Police said the explosion rocked the several-story building shortly before midnight Saturday with a large bang, ...

UK euroskeptics urge PM May to prepare for ‘no deal’ Brexit

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Pro-Brexit politicians and business figures have urged British Prime Minister Theresa May to be ready to walk away from the European Union without a trade agreement, despite warnings from major manufacturers that a "no deal" Brexit would be an ...

Hundreds march in Berlin to demand an end to using coal

BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of protesters are marching through the German capital to demand an end to burning coal to produce electricity. The demonstrators — many of them families pushing strollers, people on bikes and samba bands — walked through the Berlin's government district on Sunday, ...

Mini-migration summit: EU nations try to resolve differences

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of Germany, France and about a dozen other European Union nations are converging on Brussels for an afternoon of informal talks on differences over migration ahead of a full EU summit that starts next Thursday. Facing a domestic political crisis in Germany over ...

Erdogan seeks to cement power in Turkey’s high-stakes votes

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey held high-stakes presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday that could consolidate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's grip on power or curtail his vast political ambitions. Opposition leaders cast their ballots vowing to be ...

Saudi women take the wheel as longstanding driving ban ends

By AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi women drove to work and ran errands on Sunday, relishing the freedom to move about without relying on men after the kingdom lifted the world's last remaining ban on women driving. It's a historic moment for women who have ...

Pope, in Geneva, says Christians can work together on peace

By JAMEY KEATEN and FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Christians to work together to further peace and justice in the world and resist the temptation to use religious differences as excuses to thwart unity as he made a visit to Geneva, one ...