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US, Europe clamp down on migration even as arrivals drop

By KARL RITTER, Associated Press ROME (AP) — As NATO allies convene, one issue not on their formal agenda but never far from their thoughts is immigration — even though illegal border crossings are decreasing on both sides of the Atlantic. The separation of families at the U.S.-Mexico ...

Pompeo shrugs off NKorea’s ‘gangster’ rebuke, cites progress

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer TOKYO (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday brushed aside North Korea's accusation of "gangster-like" denuclearization demands. Pompeo maintained that his third visit to the country had produced results but also vowed that sanctions would ...

Operation to rescue Thai boys in flooded cave starts

By TASSANEE VEJPONGSA and KAWEEWIT KAEWJINDA, Associated Press MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — The operation has begun to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach who will need to dive out of the flooded Thai cave where they have been trapped for more than two weeks, with officials saying Sunday ...

4 hospitalized after Pamplona’s running of the bulls

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — A man who was gored and three others who were trampled in the first running of the bulls of this year's San Fermin festival were hospitalized Saturday, officials in the Spanish city of Pamplona said. Among those receiving medical treatment is a 20-year-old Canadian man ...

US-China trade war elevates the risks to the global economy

By PAUL WISEMAN and JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — The trade war that erupted Friday between the U.S. and China carries a major risk of escalation that could weaken investment, depress spending, unsettle financial markets and slow the global economy. The opening shots ...

Insider attack kills US service member in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition headquarters in Kabul has confirmed that a U.S. service member has been killed in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan. A Saturday statement by the Resolute Support Mission said that two other U.S. service members were wounded ...

Family in China say relatives sent Thai boat’s last moments

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — The boat lists hard to the right, sending a man tumbling across an aisle toward windows that look almost straight down on fast-moving white-capped waves. Another man catches him and appears to laugh nervously. A woman cries out. Someone ...

Israel lays down red lines for postwar relations with Syria

By JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — As Syrian government forces press on with a furious offensive against rebel-held areas in the country's south, Israel is quietly acknowledging that President Bashar Assad's forces will soon be on its doorstep, laying down red lines for ...

Governor: 49 missing as boat overturns in seas off Thailand

PHUKET, Thailand (AP) — A boat carrying dozens of Chinese tourists overturned Thursday in rough seas off southern Thailand and 49 passengers were unaccounted for, an official said. Strong winds were still blowing as searchers looked for the missing people off the tourist island of Phuket in ...

UK demands Russian explanation for new nerve agent poisoning

By DANICA KIRKA, JILL LAWLESS and GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press AMESBURY, England (AP) — Britain's interior minister demanded Thursday that Russia explain how two people were inadvertently poisoned with the same military-grade nerve agent used against a former Russian spy and his daughter, ...

Boys’ team identity, meditation may ease stress in Thai cave

By TASSANEE VEJPONGSA and GRANT PECK, Associated Press MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — At a gilded temple in Thailand's mountainous north, Ekapol Chanthawong honed a skill that will serve him well as he sits trapped underground in a dark cave: meditation. Before the 25-year-old was a coach to the ...

AP Explains: Novichok nerve agent that sickened UK couple

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Novichok, a lethal nerve agent that nearly killed a former Russian spy and his daughter in March and recently sickened another couple in England, was the product of a highly secretive Soviet chemical weapons program. Here are key ...

Silent march in France to protest police killing of driver

PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of people marched silently Thursday in France's western city of Nantes to protest the fatal police shooting of a driver who was apparently trying to avoid an identity check — a march that came after two nights of violence rocked the city. Residents laid flowers near ...

Raging wildfire threatens moorlands in northern England

LONDON (AP) — Some 120 firefighters are trying to contain a wildfire that has been declared a "major incident" as it spreads in the moorlands of northern England. British fire officials said two large fires had merged because of high winds and extremely dry conditions as much of England is ...

Rescuers clear hurdle in cave search for missing Thai boys

By TASSANEE VEJPONGSA, Associated Press MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — Rescue divers cleared a key hurdle Sunday in the increasingly desperate search for 12 boys and their soccer coach who went missing in a cave in northern Thailand more than a week ago, officials said. A team led by Thai navy ...

Overcrowded bus plunges into gorge in India, killing 48

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — At least 48 people were killed on Sunday when an overcrowded bus plunged off a mountain road into a gorge in northern India, officials said. Chief Minister of Uttarakhand state Trivendra Rawat said the bus fell into a 213-meter- (700-foot-) deep gorge in the Himalayan ...

France honors Holocaust survivor Simone Veil at the Pantheon

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Holocaust survivor Simone Veil, one of France's most revered politicians, is getting the rare honor of being buried at the Pantheon, where French heroes are interred, one year after her death. Veil was being inhumed Sunday at the Paris ...

Gunfire, clashes amid Iran protests over water scarcity

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Gunfire erupted as Iranian security forces confronted protesters early Sunday amid demonstrations over water scarcity in the country's south, violence that authorities said wounded at least 11 people, mostly police. The ...

French convict escapes from prison via a helicopter

PARIS (AP) — France's Justice Ministry says a Frenchman convicted of murder has escaped from prison using a helicopter. The ministry said Redoine Faid's escape only took "a few minutes" Sunday and no one was injured or taken hostage. It says "an armed commando landed in a helicopter in the ...

EU leaders press ahead with tough new Africa migrant plan

By LORNE COOK and DAVID RISING, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders vowed Thursday to move forward with plans to screen migrants in northern Africa for asylum eligibility to dissuade many of them from setting out for the continent, part of a desperate attempt to shore up ...