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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 ...

Trudeau: Canada to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17

By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting Oct. 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country's youth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday. The Senate gave final passage to the ...

Legal pot will roll out differently in Canada than in US

By GENE JOHNSON, Associated Press Mail-order weed? You betcha! With marijuana legalization across Canada on the horizon, the industry is shaping up to look different from the way it does in nine U.S. states that have legalized adult recreational use of the drug. Age limits, government ...

New Zealand leader welcomes newborn girl ‘to our village’

By NICK PERRY, Associated Press WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave birth to a daughter Thursday and posted a message welcoming the healthy newborn "to our village." She is the second elected world leader to give birth while holding office after ...

AP-NORC Poll: Majority approve of Trump’s North Korea effort

By EMILY SWANSON and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans now approve of President Donald Trump's handling of U.S. relations with North Korea, a change that comes after his historic summit with that country's leader, Kim Jong Un. But most don't believe ...

British police: 3 struck dead by train in south London

LONDON (AP) — Three people have died after being struck by a train in south London, British Transport Police said Monday. Police said they were trying to determine details about the deaths at the Loughborough Junction station, on a busy commuter line into the city center. Police said the ...

Strong quake near Osaka, Japan, kills 3, knocks over walls

By MARI YAMAGUCHI and KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Residents in western Japan were cleaning up debris Monday after a powerful earthquake hit the area around Osaka, the country's second-largest city of commerce, killing three people and injuring hundreds while knocking over ...

Compulsive video-game playing now new mental health problem

By JAMEY KEATEN and MARIA CHENG, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — For video game addicts, it might soon be "game over." In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the World Health Organization said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental ...

Number of asylum-seekers in Europe plunges in 2017

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's asylum office says the number of people applying for international protection in Europe has plunged but remains higher than before 2015, when more than one million migrants entered, many fleeing the war in Syria. EASO said in an annual report Monday that ...

Germany will fail 2020 climate goals, now eyes 2030 target

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's environment minister says the country will likely miss its target of cutting carbon emissions by 2020, an embarrassment for a government that wants to lead the charge on limiting climate change. Minister Svenja Schulze said Monday the goal of cutting carbon emissions ...