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St. Peter’s Square fountains being shut off due to drought

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says it is shutting off all its fountains, including those in St. Peter's Square, because of Italy's drought. Vatican Radio on Monday said the decision is linked with Pope Francis' teachings on the environment. The pope has decried wasteful practices and ...

Turkish president meets Qatari leader over Gulf dispute

By ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Turkey's president on Monday urged Qatar and Arab countries isolating it to negotiate an end to the crisis dividing them as he wrapped up a two-day Gulf tour. Presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said in a brief statement ...

Israel seeks alternative to metal detectors to end crisis

By KARIN LAUB and IAN DEITCH, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's security Cabinet met for a second straight day Monday to try to defuse an escalating crisis with the Muslim world and find an alternative to metal detectors that had been installed a week earlier at a contested ...

Hunt is on for chainsaw attacker who wounded 5 in Swiss city

BERLIN (AP) — A man armed with a chainsaw wounded five people at a health insurer's office Monday in the northern Swiss city of Schaffhausen, police said, triggering a manhunt for a suspect described as aggressive and psychologically unstable. Suspect Franz Wrousis, 51, has two previous ...

Trump lets Iran deal live, but signals he may not for long

By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Having accused Iran of flouting the nuclear deal, President Donald Trump was inclined to tell Congress that Tehran was violating it. His national security aides talked him out of it, but only after agreeing to last-minute changes to try to ...

Metal detectors at Jerusalem shrine trigger new tensions

By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — A dispute over metal detectors is escalating into a new showdown between Israel and the Muslim world over a Jerusalem shrine that has triggered major Israeli-Palestinian confrontations in the past. Israel says installing the devices at the ...

Polish leader seeks to stop critical debate on top court law

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president sought on Tuesday to end a bitter political conflict surrounding changes that the ruling populist party is introducing into the nation's judicial system. The parliament, dominated by the ruling Law and Justice party, was holding a heated debate over a ...

Wife of Princeton researcher held in Iran urges his release

By ADAM SCHRECK and DIDI TANG, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The wife of a Princeton graduate student sentenced to 10 years behind bars in Iran called on authorities there to release him Tuesday, saying the Chinese-American man has been "unjustly imprisoned." Xiyue ...

Turkish court jails 6 human rights activists pending trial

By NEYRAN ELDEN and SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court on Tuesday jailed Amnesty International's Turkey director and five other human rights activists pending trial for allegedly aiding an armed terror group — making them the latest suspects in a massive ...

Spanish soccer executive, son arrested in corruption probe

By ARITZ PARRA and JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — The executive who oversaw Spain's rise to dominate world soccer in recent years was arrested Tuesday in an anti-corruption investigation, dealing yet another blow to the sport's already-tarnished image. Angel Maria Villar, his ...

Wildfires in B.C. have forced nearly 40,000 to evacuate

KAMLOOPS, British Columbia (AP) — Fast-moving wildfires in British Columbia have forced nearly 40,000 residents to leave their homes and residents are flooding into crowded evacuation centers amid a provincial state of emergency. Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale announced Monday ...

Venezuelan opposition calls for nationwide strike

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and FABIOLA SANCHEZ, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition leaders called Monday for a 24-hour nationwide strike to increase pressure on the socialist government after more than 7 million people rejected a plan to rewrite the constitution ...

3 years on, families honor loved ones lost on downed MH17

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press VIJFHUIZEN, Netherlands (AP) — The father of two siblings killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine three years ago said Monday that relatives of the 298 people killed would not rest until those responsible face justice. At an ...

Guatemala hands Mexico ex-governor wanted in corruption case

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The former governor of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz was extradited from Guatemala to Mexico on Monday to face corruption charges. Former Gov. Javier Duarte was flown to Mexico City after dropping a fight against extradition. Duarte appeared at the Mexico City ...

UN envoy warns that Iraq faces major challenges after Mosul

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Iraq warned Monday that the road ahead for the Mideast nation is "extremely challenging" following the liberation of Mosul, stressing that freeing other territory controlled by Islamic State extremists won't be ...

Bastille Day: Macron vows merciless fight against terror

By ELAINE GANLEY and MILOS KRIVOKAPIC, Associated Press NICE, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday vowed to "fight without mercy" inside and outside France to end extremist attacks like the one that killed 86 revelers on Bastille Day in the Riviera city of Nice one year ...

Liberation from militants leaves devastation in Mosul

By SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — There was a smell of death in Mosul's Old City when Ayman Hashem came back this week to see what happened to his home. His neighborhood was unrecognizable. "All that's left is rubble and the bodies of families trapped underneath," the ...

Uruguay: Recreational pot sales begin July 19 at pharmacies

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Legal sales of marijuana for recreational purposes are set to begin next week in Uruguay at a limited number of pharmacies to nearly 5,000 people who have registered as consumers. The South American nation's Cannabis Regulation and Control Institute said Friday ...

Attack on market in Congo’s capital kills at least 2

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Congo police say a group of assailants carrying guns and machetes staged an attack in the capital's main market, killing at least two people and seriously wounding six police officers. Police spokesman Col. Pierrot Mwanamputu said Friday the administrator of the market ...

Arab gunmen kill 2 Israeli policemen at Jerusalem shrine

By IAN DEITCH, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Arab assailants struck at ground zero of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Friday, opening fire from inside a major Jerusalem shrine and killing two Israeli policemen before being shot dead. The rare attack from within the sacred site, ...