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Changing story again, Saudi Arabia says killing was planned

By AYA BATRAWY, CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi prosecutors say the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was planned, state-run media reported Thursday, reflecting yet another change in the shifting Saudi Arabian account of what ...

Japan reporter freed from captivity in Syria returns home

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — A Japanese journalist returned to Tokyo on Thursday after being freed from more than three years of captivity in Syria. Jumpei Yasuda was released on Tuesday and taken to neighboring Turkey. Yasuda, wearing a black T-shirt, was escorted from ...

AP Investigation: Hospital patients held hostage for cash

By MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Kenyatta National Hospital is east Africa's biggest medical institution, home to more than a dozen donor-funded projects with international partners — a "Center of Excellence," says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ...

Russian rocket puts satellite into orbit, 1st since failure

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian Soyuz rocket put a military satellite in orbit on Thursday, its first successful launch since a similar rocket failed earlier this month to deliver a crew to the International Space Station. The Russian military said a Soyuz-2 ...

Ruling: Italy violated Mafia boss Provenzano’s human rights

MILAN (AP) — The European court of human rights in Strasbourg has ruled that Italy violated the rights of the late Mafia "boss of bosses" Bernardo Provenzano by maintaining strict anti-Mafia prison conditions in his last few months alive. The court ruled Thursday that Italy was not justified ...

Turkish president: Saudis plotted writer’s killing for days

By SUZAN FRASER, ZEYNEP BILGINSOY and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Saudi officials murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi in their Istanbul consulate after plotting his death for days, Turkey's president said Tuesday, contradicting Saudi Arabia's explanation that ...

Dangerous Cat 4 Hurricane Willa closing in on Mexico coast

By MARCO UGARTE, Associated Press MAZATLAN, Mexico (AP) — Authorities rushed to evacuate low-lying areas and set up shelters as an "extremely dangerous" Hurricane Willa with winds of 130 mph (215 kph) headed toward a Tuesday afternoon landfall along a stretch of Mexico's Pacific coast dotted ...

China opens mega-bridge linking Hong Kong to mainland

By DAKE KANG, Associated Press ZHUHAI, China (AP) — China on Tuesday opened the world's longest sea-crossing bridge linking Hong Kong to the mainland, a feat of engineering carrying immense economic and political significance. Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a ceremony in the ...

Birth of a new Ukrainian church brings fears of violence

By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The rough-looking young men brought clubs and brass knuckles to the Pechersk Monastery in Kiev , one of Orthodox Christianity's most important pilgrimage sites, apparently seeking to disrupt worship. Police spread-eagled them against a ...

Migrants vow to re-form caravan, continue north toward US

By MARK STEVENSON and SONIA PEREZ D., Associated Press CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — About 2,000 Central American migrants who circumvented Mexican police at a border bridge and swam, forded and floated across the river from Guatemala decided on Saturday to re-form their mass caravan and ...

Taiwan train derails, killing 18 and injuring 160

By RALPH JENNINGS, Associated Press TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Eighteen people were killed and at least 160 others injured on Sunday when one of Taiwan's newer, faster trains derailed on a curve along a popular weekend route, officials said. The Puyuma express train was carrying more than 366 ...

Gaza rocket hits home in Israel, military strikes back

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — A rocket fired from Gaza struck a residential home in southern Israel early Wednesday and the Israeli military began attacking militant sites in Gaza in response after days of rising tensions. The Magen David Adom medical service said a ...

Mattis to meet Chinese counterpart amid US-China tensions

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to meet on Thursday in Singapore with his Chinese counterpart amid escalating tensions over China's purchase of Russian fighter planes and missiles as well as ongoing friction in the South ...

Pompeo meets with Turkish leaders on missing Saudi writer

By SUZAN FRASER and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A pro-government Turkish newspaper on Wednesday published a gruesome recounting of the alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, just as America's top diplomat arrived in the ...

Prince Harry and Meghan expecting their 1st child in spring

By ROD McGUIRK and GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child in the spring, Kensington Palace said Monday. The announcement came hours after Harry and the former Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney ...

Harry and Meghan’s baby would be 7th in line for UK throne

LONDON (AP) — A baby born to Prince Harry and Meghan, the duchess of Sussex, would be seventh in line for the British throne when it is born next spring. Here is the current line of succession to the British throne upon of the death of 92-year-old Queen Elizabeth II: ___ 1. Prince Charles, ...

Recovery of Nepal climbers delayed by mountain’s remoteness

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA and EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Rescuers hampered by difficult, remote terrain took two days to recover the bodies of nine climbers, including one of the world's best, who hoped to map a new route to a Himalayan peak in Nepal that hasn't been ...

Cologne police: Hostage incident at train station

BERLIN (AP) — Cologne police say they have closed parts of the western German city's main train station because of a hostage situation. Police officer Christoph Schulte told The Associated Press that incident appears to have started Monday at 12:45 p.m.at a pharmacy inside the train station. ...

Saudi crown prince’s carefully managed rise hides dark side

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In a kingdom once ruled by an ever-aging rotation of elderly monarchs, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stands out as the youthful face of a youthful nation. But behind the carefully calibrated public-relations ...

US pastor freed from Turkey prays with Trump in Oval Office

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE and ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Freed American pastor Andrew Brunson fell to one knee in the Oval Office and placed his hand on President Donald Trump's shoulder in prayer before asking God to provide Trump "supernatural wisdom to accomplish all the ...