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China criticizes Apple for app that tracks Hong Kong police

By JOE McDONALD AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Apple became the latest company targeted for Chinese pressure over protests in Hong Kong when the ruling Communist Party's main newspaper criticized the tech giant Wednesday for a smartphone app that allows activists to report police ...

Russia lists Navalny’s anti-fraud group as a foreign agent

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials on Wednesday designated a nonprofit anti-corruption group set up by opposition leader Alexei Navalny as a foreign agent, a move seen as the latest attempt to squeeze the opposition. The Foundation for Fighting Corruption, which focuses on major investigative ...

2 killed in shooting in eastern Germany near a synagogue

BERLIN (AP) — Two people were killed Wednesday in a shooting in the eastern German city of Halle and the assailants are on the run, police said. Local media reported the shooting took place near a synagogue. Several shots were fired and the suspected assailants then fled in a car, police ...

Kurds mobilize in Syria as Turkey poised for imminent attack

By LEFTERIS PITARAKIS and BASSEM MROUE Associated Press AKCAKALE, Turkey (AP) — Warning of a "humanitarian catastrophe," Syrian Kurdish forces who are allied with the United States issued a "general mobilization" call on Wednesday in northeastern Syria, along the border with Turkey, as ...

Turkey says it won’t bow to US threat over its Syria plans

By BASSEM MROUE and SUZAN FRASER Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey will not bow to threats over its Syria plans, the Turkish vice president said Tuesday in an apparent response to President Donald Trump's warning to Ankara the previous day about the scope of its planned military ...

UK says chances of Brexit deal slim; EU chides ‘blame game’

By JILL LAWLESS and RAF CASERT Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Britain and the European Union traded bad-tempered barbs Tuesday as the chances of a Brexit deal appeared to fade, with just over three weeks until the U.K.'s scheduled departure from the bloc. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's ...

Climate activists block roads, camp out in global protests

By DANICA KIRKA and TRISTAN LAVALETTE Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of climate change activists camped out in central London on Tuesday during a second day of world protests by the Extinction Rebellion movement to demand more urgent actions to counter global warming. Determined ...

South Park, games company swept up in China censorship fury

The Associated Press undefined TV show South Park and a major video game studio are the latest businesses to get swept into a controversy over how to handle China's censorship efforts. Video games maker Activision Blizzard said Tuesday it kicked a Hong Kong esports pro out of a tournament and ...

3 win Nobel Prize in Physics for work to understand cosmos

By DAVID KEYTON Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — A Canadian-American cosmologist and two Swiss scientists won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics on Tuesday for their work in understanding how the universe has evolved from the Big Bang and the blockbuster discovery of the first known planet ...

Austrian police: Man kills 5 in Alpine resort of Kitzbuehel

BERLIN (AP) — A 25-year-old man turned himself in to Austrian police Sunday after allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend, her family and her new boyfriend in the Alpine resort town of Kitzbuehel. The Austrian news agency APA reported that the 25-year-old suspect, whose name hasn't been ...

US researchers on front line of battle against Chinese theft

By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. warned allies around the world that Chinese tech giant Huawei was a security threat, the FBI was making the same point quietly to a Midwestern university. In an email to the associate vice chancellor for research at the ...

Anger grows at civilian deaths by US, Afghan forces

By KATHY GANNON Associated Press JALALABAD, Afghanistan (AP) — The workers were sleeping on the mountainside where they had spent a long day harvesting pine nuts in eastern Afghanistan. Some were in tents, others lay outside under the stars, when the U.S. airstrike tore into them. Only ...

Pope urges bold action to protect the Amazon amid fires

By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged bishops on Sunday to boldly shake up the status quo as they chart ways to better care for the Amazon and its indigenous people amid threats from forest fires, development and what he called ideological "ashes of ...

Socialists tipped to stay in power as Portugal votes

By BARRY HATTON Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal held a general election Sunday, with the center-left Socialist Party widely expected to collect most votes and stay in power for another four years. Socialist Prime Minister Antonio Costa has overseen a strong economic ...

Iranian hackers said to target presidential campaign

By TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Microsoft said Friday that hackers linked to the Iranian government targeted a U.S. presidential campaign, as well as government officials, media targets and prominent expatriate Iranians. Overall, the hackers attempted to penetrate 241 ...

Thousands protest mask ban as HK leader toughens stance

By JOHN LEICESTER and EILEEN NG Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Defiant masked protesters rampaged, police fired tear gas, and a teen was wounded by gunfire hours after Hong Kong's embattled leader banned masks at rallies, invoking rarely used emergency powers to quell four months of ...

Violence escalates in Iraq even after top cleric urges calm

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Security forces opened fire directly at hundreds of anti-government demonstrators Friday in central Baghdad, killing at least 10 protesters and injuring dozens, hours after Iraq's top Shiite cleric warned both sides to end four days of ...

Paris police force attack treated as possible terror act

By SYLVIE CORBET Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors opened an investigation Friday that treats the fatal knife attack that a civilian employee carried out at Paris police headquarters as a potential act of terrorism. The longtime police employee stabbed four colleagues to ...

Ukraine reviews cases on owner of firm that hired Biden son

By YURAS KARMANAU and NATALIYA VASILYEVA Associated Press ZHYTOMYR, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's top prosecutor said Friday his office is reviewing several cases related to the owner of a gas company where the son of former Vice President Joe Biden sat on the board, but he added that he wasn't ...

Chirac gets full military honors as France bids him farewell

By SAM PETREQUIN and CLAIRE PARKER Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Former French President Jacques Chirac was given full military honors Monday as past and current world leaders gathered in Paris to attend his final service. Cutting a solemn figure, French President Emmanuel Macron presided ...