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European Central Bank to reduce stimulus — but slowly

DAVID McHUGH, Associated Press FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank will ease the pace of its bond-buying stimulus program — carefully dialing back a measure that has helped the eurozone bounce back from a debt crisis that threatened to break up the currency union. The ECB ...

Thailand grieves in elaborate final goodbye to King Bhumibol

By TASSANEE VEJPONGSA and STEPHEN WRIGHT, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — With solemn faces and outright tears, black-clad Thais said farewell to their king and longtime father figure Thursday on Bangkok's streets and at viewing areas around the nation, capping a year of mourning with ...

New screenings begin for passengers on US-bound flights

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — New security screenings for all passengers on U.S.-bound flights began on Thursday, with airlines worldwide questioning flyers about their trip and their luggage in the latest Trump administration decision affecting global ...

Explosion, inferno at Indonesia fireworks factory kills 47

By TATAN SYUFLANA, Associated Press TANGERANG, Indonesia (AP) — An explosion and inferno at a fireworks factory near the Indonesian capital on Thursday killed at least 47 people, most of them female workers who were apparently locked inside, and injured dozens. Witnesses said a huge ...

Long day of diplomacy: Tillerson visits Afghanistan, Iraq

By MATTHEW LEE and ALEX BRANDON, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Far from the Washington murmurs about his future, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson traveled to two of America's enduring war zones Monday, prodding leaders in Afghanistan and Iraq to reach out to longtime ...

IS came with a hit list, left Syria town in a trail of blood

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State militants came into the Syrian town with a hit list. By the time they left three weeks later, more than 70 civilians had been killed — shot or beheaded, their bodies dumped in farms and ditches. The apparent revenge ...

Women on trial visit airport where Kim Jong Nam was attacked

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) — The two women accused of killing the North Korean leader's half brother toured the Malaysian airport Tuesday as participants in their murder trial visited the scene of the attack. The judge, prosecutors, defense lawyers and ...

Venezuela opposition governors take oath before assembly

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Four of the five opposition governors recently elected in Venezuela took an oath Monday before leaders of the all-powerful, pro-government constitutional assembly, reversing an earlier refusal and underlining fractures in the opposition. The small ceremony in ...

Xi accrues power, worrying critics and delighting supporters

By GERRY SHIH, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — The model lunar rover didn't much impress the retiree in a cotton Mao jacket visiting an exhibition of Chinese achievements under President Xi Jinping. Nor did the displays charting China's climate change progress or other technological ...

Australian forces to train Filipino troops on urban warfare

CLARK, Philippines (AP) — The Australian defense chief says her country will deploy forces to train Filipino troops on urban warfare following a disastrous siege by pro-Islamic State group militants on Marawi city in the southern Philippines. Philippine troops accustomed to battling ...

Syria troops capture central town recently taken by IS

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces and their allies regained control Saturday of a predominantly Christian central town that sleeper cells of the Islamic State group captured late last month. The government-run Syrian Central Military Media said "the ...

Foreigners who joined IS faced almost certain death in Raqqa

By LORI HINNANT and SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The forces fighting the remnants of the Islamic State group in Syria have tacit instructions on dealing with the foreigners who joined the extremist group by the thousands: Kill them on the battlefield. As they made their last ...

Shock as Zimbabwe’s Mugabe named WHO ‘goodwill ambassador’

GENEVA (AP) — Shock and condemnation continued Saturday after Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was named a "goodwill ambassador" for the World Health Organization by the agency's first African leader. The 93-year-old Mugabe, the world's oldest head of state, has long been criticized at home ...

Somalia’s death toll now at 358 as ‘state of war’ planned

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The death toll in Somalia's deadliest attack has risen to 358 while dozens remain missing. Somalia's president was expected to announce a "state of war" against the al-Shabab extremist group blamed for the bombing, the prime minister ...

Pakistan: 7 bodies recovered from collapsed mine

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Rescue workers recovered the bodies of seven mine workers who were buried under a landslide in the country's southwest, officials said Saturday. Habibur Rehman, a government administrator, said rescue workers were searching for the remaining two workers in the Shrag ...

Polish man confesses to deadly knife attack, prosecutor says

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A prosecutor says a man who stabbed people at a shopping mall in Poland, killing one and injuring nine, has confessed and faces charges of homicide and attempted homicide. The 27-year-old wielding two knives attacked people at the VIVO! mall Friday afternoon in the ...

Drone video shows devastation in Raqqa, Syria

RAQQA, Syria (AP) — Drone footage from the northern Syrian city of Raqqa shows the extent of devastation caused by weeks of fighting between Kurdish-led forces and the Islamic State group and thousands of bombs dropped by the U.S.-led coalition. Footage from Thursday shows the bombed-out ...

Iraqi and Kurdish forces exchange fire at border

BALINT SZLANKO and PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi federal and Kurdish forces exchanged fire at their shared border on Friday, capping a dramatic week of maneuvers that saw the Kurds hand over territory across northern Iraq. Iraqi forces shelled Kurdish military ...

Study: Pollution kills 9 million a year, costs $4.6 trillion

By KATY DAIGLE, Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria ...

US-backed Syrian force declares victory over IS in Raqqa

By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian Kurdish-led forces backed by the United States declared victory over the Islamic State group in its former "capital" of Raqqa on Friday, declaring the northern Syrian city free of any extremist presence after a four-month battle that left ...