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2nd man nears end of historic solo trek across Antarctica

By AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press A British adventurer was close to becoming the second person to traverse Antarctica completely unassisted just a few days after an American became the first to conquer the feat, which was previously said to be impossible. Louis Rudd's expedition blog on ...

Quake from Mount Etna volcano jolts Sicily, sparks panic

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press ROME (AP) — A quake triggered by Mount Etna's eruption jolted eastern Sicily before dawn Wednesday, injuring at least 10 people, damaging churches and houses on the volcano's slopes and prompting panicked villagers to flee their homes. Italy's Civil ...

Indonesia says avoid coast near volcano, fearing new tsunami

By NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities asked people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed at least 430 people last weekend in a fresh warning issued on the anniversary of the catastrophic 2004 Asian earthquake and tsunami. The ...

Japan to resume commercial whaling, but not in Antarctic

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Wednesday that it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts for the animals for the first time in 30 years, but said it would no longer go to the Antarctic for its much-criticized annual ...

Russia’s Putin oversees test of hypersonic weapon

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says the Russian military has successful tested a new hypersonic glide vehicle. It said Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw the test launch of the Avangard vehicle from the Defense Ministry's control room. In Wednesday' test, the weapon was launched from the ...

Digitally enhanced: Estonia plots the end of bureaucracy

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — In the Estonian capital of Tallinn, three-day-old Oskar Lunde sleeps soundly in his hospital cot, snuggled into a lime green blanket decorated with red butterflies. Across the room, his father turns on a laptop. "Now we will register ...

Koreas break ground on railways but sanctions block project

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea broke ground Wednesday on an ambitious project to modernize North Korean railways and roads and connect them with the South, but without progress in nuclear negotiations, regular trains won't be crossing the ...

Tsunami set off by volcanic eruption kills 222 in Indonesia

By NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — An eruption of one of the world's most infamous volcanic islands is believed to have triggered a tsunami that killed at least 222 people in Indonesia during a busy holiday weekend. The waves smashed onto beaches at night ...

French police defend pulling out gun against protesters

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French authorities on Sunday defended aggressive police actions to contain violence at yellow vest protests after a policeman was seen briefly brandishing a gun at a surging crowd in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron called for "the ...

Trump loses US envoy to anti-IS coalition over Syria plan

By MATTHEW LEE and SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, joining Defense Secretary ...

UK police free 2 drone suspects in Gatwick travel chaos

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British police on Sunday freed two people who been arrested in connection with the drone incursions at London's Gatwick Airport, saying they were no longer suspects. The move left the public with no answers about who had disrupted the holiday ...

9 bodies found in burning potash mine in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Rescue teams on Sunday found the bodies of nine construction workers who were trapped inside a burning potash mine in Russia's Ural Mountains. A fire erupted Saturday at the mine operated by fertilizer company Uralkali in the Perm region. , Uralkali said two teams of workers ...

After delays, Egypt’s new mega-museum set to open in 2020

By BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — On the Giza Plateau outside Cairo, thousands of Egyptians are laboring in the shadow of the pyramids to erect a monument worthy of the pharaohs. The Grand Egyptian Museum has been under construction for well over a decade and is intended to ...

US ally in Syria says pullout will aid IS, Putin disagrees

By ZEINA KARAM and SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The United States' main ally in Syria on Thursday categorically rejected President Donald Trump's claim that Islamic State militants have been defeated, but Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed Trump's decision to withdraw ...

Putin issues chilling warning on rising nuclear war threat

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a chilling warning Thursday about the rising threat of a nuclear war, saying "it could lead to the destruction of civilization as a whole and maybe even our planet" — and putting the blame ...

Trump pulling out of Syria. Might Afghanistan be next?

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Against the advice of many in his own administration, President Donald Trump is pulling U.S. troops out of Syria. Could a withdrawal from Afghanistan be far behind? Trump has said his instinct is to quit Afghanistan as a lost ...

Investigation into worst migrant shipwreck yields more dead

By LORI HINNANT, TRISHA THOMAS and KRISTA LARSON, Associated Press ROME (AP) — Before their lives ended in an underwater deathtrap, before they lined up 100 to a row on a Libyan beach to board a boat with no anchor, the young men from the parched villages of the Sahel had names. Two ...

Travelers face chaos as drones shut London’s Gatwick airport

By GREGORY KATZ and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Tens of thousands of passengers were delayed, diverted or stuck on planes Thursday as the only runway at Britain's Gatwick Airport remained closed into a second day after drones were spotted over the airfield. The airport ...

Norway sees boom in electric cars, fueled by the government

By MARK LEWIS, Associated Press OSLO, Norway (AP) — A silent revolution has transformed driving in Norway. Eerily quiet vehicles are ubiquitous on the fjord-side roads and mountain passes of this wealthy European nation of 5.3 million. Some 30 percent of all new cars sport plug-in cables ...

US reviews report of imports from forced labor in China camp

By MARTHA MENDOZA and YANAN WANG, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. government said Tuesday that it is reviewing reports of forced labor at a Chinese internment camp where ethnic minorities are sewing clothes that have been shipped to the U.S. market. U.S. Customs and Border ...