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One Hong Kong, two sentiments after 20 years of Chinese rule

By KELVIN CHAN, Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong is planning a big party as it marks 20 years under Chinese rule. But many people in the former British colony are not in the mood to celebrate. Fireworks, a gala variety show and Chinese military displays are among the official ...

Venezuela: Helicopter strafes court in ‘terrorist attack’

By JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A police helicopter fired on Venezuela's Supreme Court and Interior Ministry in what President Nicolas Maduro said was a thwarted terrorist attack aimed at ousting him from power. The confusing incident, which may ratchet up ...

As firms gauge cost, Ukraine says cyberattack under control

By RAPHAEL SATTER, AP Cybersecurity Writer PARIS (AP) — The data-scrambling software epidemic that paralyzed computers globally is under control in Ukraine, where it likely originated, officials said Wednesday, as companies and governments around the world counted the cost of a crisis that ...

Mattis says Syria’s government taking US threat seriously

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Syria's government has taken seriously the U.S. warning against launching another chemical weapons attack, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday. Speaking to reporters traveling with him to Brussels, Mattis noted there has been no ...

EU fines Google a record 2.4 billion euros in antitrust case

By LORNE COOK, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union slapped a record 2.42 billion-euro ($2.72 billion) fine on internet giant Google on Tuesday for taking advantage of its dominance in online searches to direct customers to its own online shopping business. European ...

Dutch government partially liable in 300 Srebrenica deaths

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch appeals court ruled Tuesday that the government was partially liable in the deaths of more than 300 Muslim men killed by Bosnian Serb forces in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The ruling formally struck down a civil ...

Syria denies US allegations of coming chemical attack

By PHILIP ISSA and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government on Tuesday dismissed White House allegations that it was preparing a new chemical weapons attack, as activists reported an airstrike on an Islamic State-run jail in eastern Syria that they said killed more ...

10 more mass graves uncovered in restive central Congo

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Authorities say 10 more mass graves have been uncovered in the restive region of central Congo where the Catholic church has estimated more than 3,300 people have died. Maj. Gen. Joseph Ponde told journalists that armed forces were alerted to the graves by Red Cross ...

Overturned oil tanker explodes in Pakistan, killing 148

By IRAM ASIM, Associated Press BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan (AP) — An overturned oil tanker burst into flames in Pakistan on Sunday, killing 148 people who had rushed to the scene of the highway accident to gather leaking fuel, an official said. The death toll could rise further as another 50 ...

10 bodies found, scores missing in massive China landslide

By HAN GUAN NG and DIDI TANG, Associated Press MAO COUNTY, China (AP) — Rescuers recovered 10 bodies and were still searching for 93 other people on Sunday, a day after a massive landslide buried a picturesque mountain village in southwestern China. More than 2,500 rescuers with detection ...

UK: 6 hurt as vehicle crashes into pedestrians in Newcastle

LONDON (AP) — Six people, including three children, were injured Sunday after a car ran into pedestrians outside a Newcastle sports center where people gathered to celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. Police said the incident was not believed to be terror-related. Northumbria Police ...

Air bag maker Takata bankruptcy expected Monday in Japan, US

By TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer DETROIT (AP) — Drowning in a sea of lawsuits and recall costs, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. is expected to seek bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the United States early Monday. Takata was done in by defective air bag inflators that can explode with ...

40 people killed in bomb, gun attacks in 3 Pakistani cities

By RIAZ KHAN and ABDUL SATTAR, Associated Press PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — At least 40 people were killed and nearly 100 wounded Friday in four separate bomb and gun attacks in three major Pakistani cities, officials said. A suicide bomber was involved in the first car bombing near the ...

Hungary: Lawmakers pass billboard law, opposition cries foul

By PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Lawmakers from Hungary's governing parties on Friday approved legislation on political advertising which opposition parties say will limit their billboard campaigns while increasing the government's publicity advantage. The new ...

Slain Venezuela protester a son of former Maduro supervisor

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest youth to die during Venezuela's crackdown on anti-government protests has a connection to President Nicolas Maduro: His father was once the socialist leader's supervisor. David Vallenilla told Blu Radio in Colombia on Friday he'd been Maduro's supervisor ...

China: Political solution in Syria speeds refugees’ return

BEIRUT (AP) — China's Foreign Minister called for a political solution to end Syria's six-year crisis on Friday, saying that once the country's security conditions begin to improve refugees will start returning to their country. Foreign Minister Wang Yi made his comments in Beirut during a ...

Philippines: IS funded siege through Malaysian militant

MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — The Islamic State group helped fund the monthlong siege of a southern Philippine city through a Malaysian militant who was reportedly killed by troops, the Philippine military chief said Friday. Gen. Eduardo Ano told The Associated Press that Malaysian Mahmud bin ...

UN chief to lobby Congress Tuesday against UN financing cuts

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is heading to Washington on Tuesday to press Congress not to accept the deep cuts in U.S. funding for the United Nations proposed by the Trump administration, which he said "would create an unsolvable problem to the management of ...

Jewish groups critical of Hungarian praise for Hitler ally

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The World Jewish Congress and the leading Jewish group in Hungary are both objecting to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's praise for Miklos Horthy, a leader who allied Hungary with Nazi Germany. WJC President Ronald Lauder said Friday that Horthy's anti-Jewish ...

Raging forest fire kills 61 in Portugal; many as they fled

By HELENA ALVES and ARMANDO FRANCA, Associated Press PEDROGAO GRANDE, Portugal (AP) — A raging forest fire in central Portugal sent flames sweeping over roads, killing at least 61 people, many of them trapped in their cars as they tried to flee, officials said Sunday. The country's prime ...