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Boys’ team identity, meditation may ease stress in Thai cave

By TASSANEE VEJPONGSA and GRANT PECK, Associated Press MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — At a gilded temple in Thailand's mountainous north, Ekapol Chanthawong honed a skill that will serve him well as he sits trapped underground in a dark cave: meditation. Before the 25-year-old was a coach to the ...

AP Explains: Novichok nerve agent that sickened UK couple

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Novichok, a lethal nerve agent that nearly killed a former Russian spy and his daughter in March and recently sickened another couple in England, was the product of a highly secretive Soviet chemical weapons program. Here are key ...

Silent march in France to protest police killing of driver

PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of people marched silently Thursday in France's western city of Nantes to protest the fatal police shooting of a driver who was apparently trying to avoid an identity check — a march that came after two nights of violence rocked the city. Residents laid flowers near ...

Raging wildfire threatens moorlands in northern England

LONDON (AP) — Some 120 firefighters are trying to contain a wildfire that has been declared a "major incident" as it spreads in the moorlands of northern England. British fire officials said two large fires had merged because of high winds and extremely dry conditions as much of England is ...

Rescuers clear hurdle in cave search for missing Thai boys

By TASSANEE VEJPONGSA, Associated Press MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — Rescue divers cleared a key hurdle Sunday in the increasingly desperate search for 12 boys and their soccer coach who went missing in a cave in northern Thailand more than a week ago, officials said. A team led by Thai navy ...

Overcrowded bus plunges into gorge in India, killing 48

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — At least 48 people were killed on Sunday when an overcrowded bus plunged off a mountain road into a gorge in northern India, officials said. Chief Minister of Uttarakhand state Trivendra Rawat said the bus fell into a 213-meter- (700-foot-) deep gorge in the Himalayan ...

France honors Holocaust survivor Simone Veil at the Pantheon

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Holocaust survivor Simone Veil, one of France's most revered politicians, is getting the rare honor of being buried at the Pantheon, where French heroes are interred, one year after her death. Veil was being inhumed Sunday at the Paris ...

Gunfire, clashes amid Iran protests over water scarcity

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Gunfire erupted as Iranian security forces confronted protesters early Sunday amid demonstrations over water scarcity in the country's south, violence that authorities said wounded at least 11 people, mostly police. The ...

French convict escapes from prison via a helicopter

PARIS (AP) — France's Justice Ministry says a Frenchman convicted of murder has escaped from prison using a helicopter. The ministry said Redoine Faid's escape only took "a few minutes" Sunday and no one was injured or taken hostage. It says "an armed commando landed in a helicopter in the ...

EU leaders press ahead with tough new Africa migrant plan

By LORNE COOK and DAVID RISING, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders vowed Thursday to move forward with plans to screen migrants in northern Africa for asylum eligibility to dissuade many of them from setting out for the continent, part of a desperate attempt to shore up ...

Private plane crashes in crowded Mumbai area; 5 people dead

By RAJANISH KAKADE, Associated Press MUMBAI, India (AP) — A small private plane crashed Thursday in a busy area of Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital, killing five people including one person on the ground, police said. A former aviation minister said the pilot avoided a ...

Hundreds of Syrian refugees in Lebanon cross back into Syria

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press ARSAL, Lebanon (AP) — Women and children crammed in the back of pick-up trucks piled high with mattresses and blankets, as dozens of Syrian refugees in Lebanon began crossing the border on Thursday, heading back home to an uncertain future in war-torn ...

Putin: New Russian weapons decades ahead of foreign rivals

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted about his country's prospective nuclear weapons Thursday, saying they are years and even decades ahead of foreign designs. Speaking before the graduates of Russian military academies, Putin said ...

European Central Banker to face prosecution in Latvia

By CARLO PIOVANO, Associated Press RIGA, Latvia (AP) — The Latvian official on the European Central Bank's top policymaking board will be prosecuted for bribery in a scandal that has highlighted the EU country's problems with corruption and money laundering. The Latvian prosecutor-general's ...

Putin, Trump to hold summit in Helsinki on July 16

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a summit in Helsinki on July 16, a long-expected encounter that comes amid spiraling tensions between Moscow and Washington. A terse synchronized statement ...

Protests in Iran as Rouhani says US wants ‘economic war’

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Angry protesters in Iran's capital held a third day of demonstrations on Tuesday over the country's anemic economy as President Hassan Rouhani told the nation that it faces an "economic war" with the United States following ...

Austrian police, army stage training to keep out migrants

By PHILIPP JENNE and FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press SPIELFELD, Austria (AP) — Fearful of a domino effect if Germany closes its borders, Austria staged a high-profile training exercise Tuesday to show how it could deal with an influx of refugees along its frontier with Slovenia. Hundreds of ...

Prince William visits Israel’s Holocaust memorial

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Prince William began his visit to Israel on Tuesday with an emotional tour of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, a soccer game with Arab and Jewish youth and an introduction to Tel Aviv's vibrant start-up scene. The prince is the first ...

Large army veteran protests in China pose challenge for Xi

By GERRY SHIH, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — On Chinese state television broadcasts, President Xi Jinping is often shown clad in battle fatigues inspecting troops, praising their service, and hailing the People's Liberation Army as key to the country's rising global power. But the ...

What’s that sound? Singapore scare highlights US concern

By JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump was heading to Singapore for a historic summit with North Korea's leader, a State Department diplomatic security agent who was part of the advance team reported hearing an unusual sound he believed ...