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Gunman kills 3 on Dutch tram; mayor fears terrorism

Mar. 18, 2019 7:08 PM EDT

UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — A gunman killed three people and wounded five during a mid-morning tram ride Monday in the Dutch city of Utrecht, raising the specter of another extremist attack only days after the murderous rampage in New Zealand. Authorities seized a Turkish-born suspect after a manhunt that...

The Latest: Spy agency says no threats ahead of massacre

Mar. 18, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque shootings in New Zealand (all times local): 11:45 a.m. New Zealand's international spy agency has confirmed it had not received any relevant information or intelligence ahead of last week's deadly mass shooting on two mosques. The Government...

A shimmering night in Dubai as Dior shows its haute couture

Mar. 18, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Under a large circus-style tent, Dior showcased its latest haute couture collection to a crowd of Mideast-based fashionistas, social media figures, celebrities, buyers, designers and editors Monday night. It was the first show in Dubai for the French fashion house, which...

Stories of the victims of the New Zealand mosque attack

Mar. 18, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

Fifty people were killed in a terror attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday. Some information about the victims: HUSNA AHMED Farid Ahmed refuses to turn his back on his adopted home, despite losing his 45-year-old wife, Husna Ahmed, in the Al Noor mosque attack. They had split up to go to...

The Latest: Turkey condemns Dutch tram attack

Mar. 18, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Latest on a shooting in a tram in the Netherlands (all times local): 8 p.m. Turkey's foreign ministry has condemned the Utrecht tram shooting that killed at least three people.  In a written statement Monday, the ministry said it "strongly" condemned the attack,...

Takeaways from Beto O'Rourke's presidential launch

Mar. 18, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) — After weeks of hype, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke swung through Iowa for the first time and strode into the presidential race to larger crowds and more media attention than most others in the already crowded 2020 Democratic field. Until recently, O'Rourke was a little-known El...

Turkey announces operation against Kurdish rebels

Mar. 18, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey has announced a military operation against Kurdish militants along its eastern border with Iran. Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu says the operation against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, began Monday. He described it as a joint operation with Iran, but Iran's...

Report: Yemeni civilian deaths double in 2 areas, 350 killed

Mar. 18, 2019 1:00 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An international charity says fighting in two Yemeni provinces has killed at least 350 civilians in the past three months. The Norwegian Refugee Council said Monday that civilian deaths have doubled in Hajjah and Taiz provinces, even as casualties in the flashpoint city of Hodeida were down...

Erdogan shows New Zealand attack video in weekend rallies

Mar. 18, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's president showed parts of a video taken by the attacker who killed 50 people at two mosques in New Zealand to comment on what he called rising Islamophobia. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan showed the clips over the weekend during campaign rallies for March 31 local elections. The...

Supreme Court won't intervene in oldest US synagogue dispute

Mar. 18, 2019 12:09 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene Monday in a fight over control of the nation's oldest synagogue and its religious bells worth millions, leaving in place a ruling that the Rhode Island synagogue will remain the property of a New York congregation. The Congregation...