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Plane skids off rainy Manila runway, rips off engine, wheel

By JIM GOMEZ, Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Passengers of a plane from China that veered off a runway at Manila's airport and lost an engine and a wheel after landing hard in a rainstorm recalled Friday their brush with the terrifying mishap, with some of the 165 people on ...

Crews remove major rubble 3 days after Italy bridge collapse

By COLEEN BARRY and PAOLO SANTALUCIA, Associated Press GENOA, Italy (AP) — Excavators began clearing large sections of the collapsed highway bridge in the Italian city of Genoa on Friday, searching for people still missing three days after the deadly accident that one survivor said ended ...

US threatens more sanctions, keeping alive Turkish crisis

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey and the United States exchanged new threats of sanctions Friday, keeping alive a diplomatic and financial crisis that is threatening the economic stability of the NATO country. Turkey's lira fell once again after the trade ...

More than 1,000 Google workers protest censored China search

By RYAN NAKASHIMA, Technology Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than a thousand Google employees have signed a letter protesting the company's secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship. The letter calls on executives to review ethics and transparency ...

Mattis says further Taliban assaults likely in weeks ahead

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Taliban is likely to keep up its recent surge of violence in advance of scheduled parliamentary elections in October but Western-backed Afghan defenses will not break, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said ...

Crash outside parliament in London treated as terrorism

By DANICA KIRKA and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — A car plowed into pedestrians and cyclists near the Houses of Parliament in London during the morning rush hour Tuesday, injuring three people in what police suspect is the latest in a string of vehicle-based attacks in the ...

Highway bridge collapses in Italy, cars plunge 260 feet

By COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — A bridge on a main highway between Italy and France collapsed Tuesday in the Italian city of Genoa during a sudden, violent storm, sending vehicles plunging 262 feet into a heap of rubble below. Amalia Tedeschi, a firefighter, told RAI state ...

Turkey’s Erdogan vows US boycott, but diplomats resume talks

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president appeared to escalate a dispute with the United States that has helped foment a Turkish currency crisis, claiming Tuesday that his country will boycott U.S.-made electronic goods. Behind the scenes, however, diplomats ...

Australia archbishop gets house detention for abuse cover-up

NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Roman Catholic cleric convicted of covering up child sex abuse was ordered by an Australian court Tuesday to serve his 1-year sentence in home detention rather than jail. Newcastle Magistrate Robert Stone on Tuesday ordered former Adelaide ...

Taliban overrun Afghan army base, kill 17 troops

By RAHIM FAIEZ and AMIR SHAH, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban overran a base in northern Afghanistan, killing 17 soldiers, even as Afghan forces battled the insurgents for the fifth straight day in the eastern provincial capital of Ghazni on Tuesday, trying to flush ...

Swedish leader voices anger after dozens of cars are burned

By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Masked youths torched dozens of cars overnight in Sweden and threw rocks at police, prompting an angry response from the prime minister, who denounced an "extremely organized" night of vandalism. Police spokesman Hans Lippens said ...

Shooting in Canadian city leaves 4 dead, including 2 police

By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — A shooting in a small Canadian city Friday that left four people dead, including two police officers who were responding to a call of shots fired, struck a nerve in a country that has been roiled in recent months by several instances of mass ...

Yemen’s Shiite rebels welcome UN call for Saudi strike probe

By AHMED AL-HAJ and MENNA ZAKI, Associated Press SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Shiite rebels on Friday backed a U.N. call for a probe into a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in the country's north that killed dozens of people the previous day, including many children, in an attack that drew wide ...

Russian PM strongly warns US against ramping up sanctions

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's prime minister sternly warned the United States against ramping up sanctions, saying Friday that Moscow would retaliate with economic, political and unspecified "other" means. The tough message from Prime Minister Dmitry ...

Violence erupts amid Gaza cease-fire, 2 Palestinians killed

By IAN DEITCH and FARES AKRAM, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Violence erupted at the Gaza border Friday after the territory's militant Islamic Hamas rulers and Israel appeared to be honoring a cease-fire that ended two days of intense violence amid efforts by neighboring Egypt to ...

French police detain 2 campsite officials in flooding probe

BERLIN (AP) — French police detained two officials from a German association that operates a campsite in southern France where flooding danger prompted evacuations and a man was reported missing, a local prosecutor said Friday. The association, based in Leverkusen, Germany, owns the property ...

Taliban cling to pockets of Afghan city after assault

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan forces were still battling the Taliban in parts of Ghazni on Saturday, a day after the insurgents launched a multi-pronged assault on the eastern city. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said at least 25 security forces have been killed and wounded ...

Nagasaki marks 73 years since A-bombing as UN chief attends

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Nagasaki marked the anniversary of the world's second atomic bombing Thursday with the United Nations chief and the city's mayor urging global leaders to take concrete steps toward nuclear disarmament. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the ...

Israel launches scores of airstrikes as Gaza fire persists

By ILAN BEN ZION, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes struck dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip and three people were reported killed there, while Palestinian militants from the territory fired scores of rockets into Israel in a fierce burst of violence overnight and into ...

Third strong earthquake shakes Lombok as death toll tops 300

By ANDI JATMIKO, Associated Press TANJUNG, Indonesia (AP) — The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week Thursday as the official death toll from the most powerful of the quakes topped 300. The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 ...