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Portugal wildfires kill 27; 4 dead across border in Spain

By BARRY HATTON, Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Wildfires in Portugal killed at least 27 people, injured dozens more and left an unconfirmed number of missing in the country's second such tragedy in four months, officials said Monday. In neighboring Spain, at least four deaths were ...

Did he or didn’t he? No clarity on Catalan independence bid

By ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A Monday morning deadline came and went without the president of the Catalonia region clarifying whether he had declared independence from Spain, and the Spanish government says he now has until Thursday to backtrack on any steps the ...

Somalia truck bombing toll over 300 as funerals continue

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The death toll from a truck bombing in Somalia's capital has risen above 300, the director of an ambulance service said Monday, as the fragile Horn of Africa nation reeled from the deadliest single attack it's ever experienced. More ...

Tillerson: US prefers diplomacy with NKorea, but has options

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the North Korean crisis "will continue until the first bomb drops." That statement comes despite President Donald Trump's tweets a couple of weeks ago that his chief envoy was "wasting his time" ...

EU backs Iran deal, urges US Congress to protect it

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers are urging the U.S. Congress to safeguard the Iran nuclear agreement after President Donald Trump withdrew his support for the deal. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in Luxembourg on Monday that "we hope Congress will not call ...

Iraqi forces drive Kurds from disputed areas near Kirkuk

By BALINT SZLANKO, Associated Press KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish officials said early Monday that federal forces and state-backed militias have launched a "major, multi-pronged" attack aimed at retaking Kirkuk, as fighting erupted just outside the disputed northern city. Kurdish forces ...

Yes or No? Catalan separatists face critical answer to Spain

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia's president is facing a critical decision that could determine the course of the region's secessionist movement to break away from Spain. The Spanish government has given Carles Puigdemont until Monday morning to clarify ...

Philippine, Australian forces stage sea drill as ties deepen

By BULLIT MARQUEZ, Associated Press SUBIC BAY, Philippines (AP) — Filipino and Australian naval forces darted across the sea and landed on a Philippine wharf in a disaster-response drill Sunday that reflects their deepening security ties in a region prone to calamities, piracy and ...

Pope adds 35 saints to church, nearly all martyrs

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, who often laments current persecutions of Christians, has given the Catholic Church 35 new saints, nearly all of them martyrs, from past centuries. The latest saints were proclaimed Sunday during a Mass celebrated by Francis in St. Peter's Square and ...

AP Analysis: Iran angered by Trump, but needs nuclear deal

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump angered Iran with his speech on refusing to re-certify the nuclear deal, but Tehran is unlikely to walk away from the agreement in retaliation. Brinksmanship aside, Iran needs to sell its oil on ...

Death toll from blast in Somalia’s capital rises to 189

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The death toll from the most powerful bomb blast witnessed in Somalia's capital rose to 189 with more than 200 injured, making it the deadliest single attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation, police and hospital sources said ...

Opposition vies for landmark victory in polarized Venezuela

By FABIOLA SANCHEZ and CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Elections in Venezuela on Sunday could tilt a majority of the states' 23 governorships back into opposition control for the first time in nearly two decades of socialist party rule — though the government ...

Kobe Steel announces more cases of faked inspections data

By ELAINE KURTENBACH and MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — The scandal over product inspections data faked by Japanese materials and machinery giant Kobe Steel expanded Friday to include products shipped to more than 500 customers. Kobe Steel's president, Hiroya Kawasaki, told ...

Turkish troops move into al-Qaida-dominated Syrian province

By SARAH EL DEEB and SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish armored vehicles have rolled into northwestern Syria to impose a "de-escalation zone" in a province dominated by al-Qaida-linked militants, an incursion that the Turkish leader said was meant to secure his country's ...

Uber appeals decision to cancel its London license

LONDON (AP) — Uber has appealed the decision to deny it a new operating license in London. The ride-hailing app had until Friday to file an appeal, which will allow it to continue operating while the case is heard. It said in a statement it was hoping to "continue having constructive ...

Thai elephants in tribute to late king at ancient capital

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand (AP) — Eleven Thai elephants, doused in powder to appear an auspicious white, stood at attention and trumpeted grandly at a ceremony Friday in Thailand's ancient royal capital, Ayutthaya, marking one year since King Bhumibol Adulyadej's death. Mourners clad in black stood ...

Iran’s speaker: Spiking nuclear deal an insult to UN

MOSCOW (AP) — The Iranian parliament speaker said Friday that any U.S. move against a nuclear deal with Iran would be an insult to the United Nations. Speaker Ali Larijani spoke on a visit to Russia hours before U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech expected to contain harsh ...

India’s top court delays ruling on Rohingya deportation

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Supreme Court has postponed a decision on whether the government can evict about 40,000 Rohingya Muslims who have taken refuge in the country, an attorney said Friday. Attorney Prashant Bhushan said the court had been expected to issue its ruling Friday, but delayed ...

Ex-first lady registers as independent candidate in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican former first lady Margarita Zavala says she will try to collect more than 866,000 signatures to run as an independent candidate for president next year. Zavala is the wife of ex-President Felipe Calderon, who governed from 2006 to 2012. She has formally registered ...

Divorce bill deadlock: EU laments progress on Brexit

By LORNE COOK and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Brexit talks have hit a deadlock on the key issue of Britain's exit bill in the divorce, the European Union's chief negotiator said Thursday, adding that the slow-moving talks won't be broadened anytime soon to include future ...