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UK police return Buddha statue to India 57 years after theft

Aug. 15, 2018 8:11 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Police in London have returned a 12th century statue of Buddha to India after recovering it 57 years after it was stolen. Police handed over the bronze statue with silver inlay during a ceremony Wednesday in London marking India's Independence Day. The Buddha was one of 14 statues stolen from...

Malta to let rescue boat dock with 141 migrants aboard

Aug. 14, 2018 1:06 PM EDT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta on Tuesday agreed to let a private rescue ship dock on the island, with the 141 migrants it is carrying to be distributed among five fellow European Union nations in what was described as a "responsibility-sharing exercise." The migrants were plucked to safety by the aid boat...

The Latest: Germany says it will take 60 migrants

Aug. 14, 2018 12:14 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on a ship carrying rescued migrants in the Mediterranean (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Germany's Interior Ministry says the country will take in up to 50 migrants from the rescue ship Aquarius as a humanitarian gesture. The dpa news agency reported Tuesday that the ministry said...

Today in History

Aug. 11, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 11, the 223rd day of 2018. There are 142 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On August 11, 1965, rioting and looting that claimed 34 lives broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los Angeles. On this date: In 1909, the steamship SS Arapahoe...

Jewish teens enlisted to fight anti-Semitism in Germany

Jul. 29, 2018 3:56 AM EDT

LUCKAU, Germany (AP) — Sophie Steiert opens a bag of kosher gummy bears and offers them to 20 other German teenagers seated around her in their high school classroom. "They're really yummy," Steiert, 16, says with an enticing smile. "And by the way, does any one of you know what kosher means?" The students...

Superintendent resigns amid controversy in sex-assault case

Jul. 27, 2018 4:42 PM EDT

BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — A school superintendent in New Hampshire resigned Friday over his decision to allow employees to publicly support a guidance counselor who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old student. Bedford Superintendent Chip McGee said in a statement that he decided to step down because he didn't want...

Review: Bask in the effervescent insanity of 'Mamma Mia 2'

Jul. 17, 2018 1:38 PM EDT

"Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again " is a wholly ridiculous movie that I thoroughly enjoyed. It's the kind of movie that feels and sounds like a summer vacation should: Fizzy, lively, low-stakes and soundtracked by ABBA. This is a world where things generally just work out, where folks are kind and willing to help,...

The Latest: Devastated coach tells players to take a shower

Jul. 2, 2018 5:23 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the World Cup (all times local): 12:05 a.m. Akira Nishino was lost for words, devastated after Japan's last-minute loss to Belgium at the World Cup. His players were stunned, too. So what did he say to console his squad, known as the Samurai Blue: "Take a shower."...

Sweden inspired by heavyweights' fall at the World Cup

Jul. 2, 2018 9:24 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Day by day, the heavyweights of international football are dropping out of the World Cup, and that's giving countries like Sweden reason to dream. Lionel Messi and Argentina, along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal — the reigning European champion — were...

Today in History

Jun. 29, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Friday, June 29, the 180th day of 2018. There are 185 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On June 29, 1927, the first trans-Pacific airplane flight was completed as U.S. Army Air Corps Lt. Lester J. Maitland and Lt. Albert F. Hegenberger arrived at Wheeler Field in...