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World thirst for oil keeps growing, with SUVs a key culprit

By ANGELA CHARLTON Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The world's thirst for oil will continue to grow until the 2030s, with climate-damaging emissions climbing until at least 2040 — and consumers' insatiable appetite for SUVs is a big reason why. Mounting demand for plastic is another factor. ...

Trump, Erdogan to meet as thorny issues stress relations

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Donald Trump will meet as relations between the two NATO allies are at their lowest point in decades, with Turkey rebuffing the U.S. and turning toward Russia on security issues and ...

Chinese students flee Hong Kong as violence intensifies

By KEN MORITSUGU and PATRICK QUINN Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — University students from mainland China are fleeing Hong Kong, and classes in primary and secondary schools have been suspended as clashes turn increasingly violent in the city's 5-month-long anti-government unrest. Marine ...

Venice flooding nearly touches level of infamous 1966 flood

By COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press MILAN (AP) — The mayor of Venice is blaming climate change for flooding in the historic canal city that has reached the second-highest levels ever recorded, as another exceptional water level was recorded Wednesday. The high-water mark hit 187 centimeters ...

Uncertainty in Bolivia as senator claims interim presidency

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO and CARLOS VALDEZ Associated Press LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivians have new uncertainty to grapple with now that opposition Sen. Jeanine Añez declared herself interim president of the crisis-torn Andean country just hours after Evo Morales flew off to self-exile in ...

Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics, US says

By DAISY NGUYEN and BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Saudi Arabia, frustrated by growing criticism of its leaders and policies on social media, recruited two Twitter employees to spy on thousands of accounts that included prominent opponents, U.S. prosecutors have ...

Pompeo stresses NATO importance in Germany visit

By FRANK JORDANS Associated Press LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his German counterpart stressed the importance of the NATO alliance Thursday, saying that trans-Atlantic cooperation was critical in bringing about the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago and ...

Court sentences Congo warlord to 30 years for atrocities

By MIKE CORDER Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court passed its highest ever sentence Thursday, sending a Congolese warlord known as "The Terminator" to prison for 30 years for crimes including murder, rape and sexual slavery. Bosco Ntaganda was ...

Drought parches southern Africa, millions faced with hunger

Associated Press undefined JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An estimated 45 million people are threatened with hunger due to a severe drought that is strangling wide stretches of southern Africa. International aid agencies said they are planning emergency food deliveries for parts of South Africa, ...

US sanctions 3 Nicaraguan officials

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is sanctioning three Nicaraguan officials accused of human rights abuses, election fraud and corruption. The U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control on Thursday announced the sanctions, which block the officials from doing ...

Ex-Trump adviser Morrison testifies on concerns over Ukraine

By DEB RIECHMANN, LISA MASCARO and MIKE BALSAMO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top White House official who raised concerns about President Donald Trump's efforts to push Ukraine to investigate his political rivals confirmed some aspects of earlier reports but contradicted ...

Health care or Brexit? UK parties unveil election themes

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The opposition Labour Party kicked off its campaign for Britain's December general election with one overriding message Thursday: It's not just about Brexit. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn put the emphasis firmly on economic and ...

Islamic State group announces successor to al-Baghdadi

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group declared a new leader Thursday after it confirmed the death of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi days earlier in a U.S raid in Syria. In its audio release by the IS central media arm, al-Furqan Foundation, a new spokesman for IS identifies the successor as ...

Spain offers Madrid as host of December UN climate summit

By ARITZ PARRA Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Spain's interim leader has offered to have Madrid host an international U.N. climate conference next month that was originally scheduled to be held in riot-struck Chile. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera on Wednesday canceled plans to host ...

Legal opinion: Poland, Hungary, Czechs broke EU migrant law

By LORNE COOK and SAMUEL PETREQUIN Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — With overcrowded Greek migrant camps facing explosive new problems, a top EU legal adviser said Thursday that Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic broke European Union law by refusing to comply with a refugee quota program ...

EU grants Brexit delay to Jan. 31; UK ponders new election

By JILL LAWLESS and SAMUEL PETREQUIN Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The European Union agreed Monday to delay Brexit by three months until Jan. 31, acting to avert a chaotic U.K. departure just three days before Britain was due to become the first country ever to leave the 28-nation ...

Security increased at IS prisons after leader’s death

By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian Kurdish forces said Monday they are increasing security at prisons and detention facilities holding tens of thousands of Islamic State militants and supporters, including foreigners, following the death of the extremist group's leader in ...

Victims of IS attacks warn fight against terror is not over

By SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Survivors and families of the victims of the deadly 2015 extremist attacks around Paris say they are relieved at the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi but warn that the fight against extremism is not over. Al-Baghdadi was ...

UK leader honors 39 victims who died in truck container

By GREGORY KATZ and HAU DINH Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday honored the 39 victims who died in a container as the truck driver made his first court appearance after being charged with manslaughter and conspiracy. Johnson and Home Secretary ...

Draghi stepped in during euro’s darkest hour

By DAVID McHUGH AP Business Writer FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Mario Draghi leaves as head of the European Central Bank credited with having rescued the eurozone from disaster with a well-timed phrase and bold action to back up his words. He expanded the bank's arsenal of crisis-fighting ...