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Mysterious missile explosion in Russia raises questions

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — A deadly explosion at a naval weapons testing range in northwestern Russia. A brief spike in radiation levels. An evacuation order issued, then rescinded, for a nearby village. Last week's mysterious accident on the White Sea, along with ...

German economy shrinks, casting shadow over European growth

By DAVID McHUGH AP Business Writer FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany's economy shrank by 0.1 percent in the second quarter as global trade conflicts and troubles in the auto industry held back the largest member of the 19-country euro currency union. The weak performance darkened prospects ...

Flights resume at Hong Kong airport as protesters apologize

By VINCENT THIAN and YANAN WANG Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Flights resumed Wednesday at Hong Kong's airport after two days of disruptions that descended into clashes with police, highlighting the hardening positions of pro-democracy protesters and the authorities in the ...

Satellite photos: Chinese armored vehicles near Hong Kong

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Satellite photos show what appear to be armored personnel carriers and other vehicles belonging to the China's paramilitary People's Armed Police parked in a sports complex in the city of Shenzhen, in what some have interpreted as a ...

European theaters mostly wait-and-see on Domingo accusations

BY COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press MILAN (AP) — While two U.S. opera houses immediately canceled performances by famed tenor Placido Domingo following sexual harassment allegations, European opera houses are taking stances ranging from supportive to wait-and-see. The Philadelphia Orchestra ...

Puerto Rico high court overturns Pedro Pierluisi as governor

By DÁNICA COTO Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Supreme Court has overturned the swearing in of Pedro Pierluisi as the island's governor less than a week ago, clearing the way for Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez to take up the post after weeks of ...

Taliban suicide blast in Kabul kills 14 people, 145 wounded

By RAHIM FAIEZ and CARA ANNA Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban car bomb aimed at Afghan security forces ripped through a busy Kabul neighborhood on Wednesday, killing 14 people and wounding 145 — most of them women, children and other civilians — shortly after the ...

Venezuela talks in the balance as US ups pressure on Maduro

By JOSHUA GOODMAN Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — For weeks, representatives of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his would-be successor, opposition leader Juan Guaidó, have been shuttling back and forth to Barbados trying to agree on a common path out of the country's ...

Russian couple face losing custody of child after protest

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow's children's rights ombudsman and other public figures have reacted with outrage to Russian prosecutors' moves to remove a 1-year-old boy from his parents because they allegedly took him to an unauthorized protest. Prosecutors ...

Bolton warns foreigners that violate Venezuela asset freeze

By JOSHUA GOODMAN and DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton pressed his case Tuesday for sweeping action against Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro, warning foreign governments and companies that they could face retaliation in the U.S. ...

Troops lock down Kashmir as India votes to strip its status

By EMILY SCHMALL Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that strips the statehood from the Indian-administered portion of Muslim-majority Kashmir amid an indefinite security lockdown in the disputed Himalayan territory, actions that neighboring Pakistan ...

As UK-EU relations cool, battle looms to stop no-deal Brexit

By JILL LAWLESS Associated Press LONDON (AP) — In Brussels and London, one question is growing louder: Can Boris Johnson be stopped? Britain's prime minister says the U.K. is leaving the European Union in less than 90 days, either with a divorce deal, or — it seems increasingly likely — ...

China stabilizes currency but tensions with US remain high

By JOE McDONALD AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — China stabilized its currency Tuesday, suggesting it might hold off from aggressively letting the yuan weaken as a way to respond to U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. The yuan declined to 7.0562 to the dollar before strengthening back to 7.0297 ...

China vows to counter US deployment of midrange arms in Asia

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China said Tuesday that it "will not stand idly by" and will take countermeasures if the U.S. deploys intermediate-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region, which Washington has said it plans to do within months. The statement from the ...

Nearly 90 protesters reported held in Moscow

By JIM HEINTZ Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow police on Saturday detained nearly 90 people protesting the exclusion of some independent and opposition candidates from the city council ballot, a monitoring group said, a week after authorities arrested nearly 1,400 at a similar ...

Hong Kong protesters throw Chinese flag into iconic harbor

By YANAN WANG Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong protesters removed a Chinese national flag from its pole and flung it into the city's iconic Victoria Harbour on Saturday after a pro-democracy rally once again continued into the evening despite police warnings to stick to a short, ...

Sudanese activists, army finalize power-sharing deal

By SAMY MAGDY Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — The African Union envoy to Sudan said Saturday the pro-democracy movement and the ruling military council have finalized a power-sharing agreement. Mohammed el-Hassan Lebatt told reporters that the two sides "fully agreed" on a constitutional ...

Freed from Swedish jail, rapper A$AP Rocky lands in US

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly a month after he was arrested in Sweden, rapper A$AP Rocky returned to the United States as the verdict in an assault case against him and two other Americans looms. Los Angeles television stations reported the artist was among a group of people shown emerging from ...

North Korea says Kim supervised latest rocket launcher test

By KIM TONG-HYUNG Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Saturday its leader Kim Jong Un supervised another test-firing of a new multiple rocket launcher system that could potentially enhance the country's ability to strike targets in South Korea and U.S. military bases ...

Johnson presses EU to give way amid no-deal Brexit warnings

By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson pushed Britain closer to a no-deal exit from the European Union on Monday, insisting he will not hold Brexit talks with EU leaders unless the bloc lifts its refusal to reopen the existing divorce ...