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Islamic State claims bombing at Kabul wedding that killed 63

Aug. 18, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death toll from a late-night suicide bombing at a crowded wedding party in the Afghan capital rose to at least 63 on Sunday, including women and children, officials said. The local Islamic State group's affiliate claimed responsibility for what was the deadliest attack in...

Tens of thousands march in latest Hong Kong protest

Aug. 18, 2019 7:26 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Heavy rain fell on tens of thousands of umbrella-toting protesters Sunday as they marched from a packed park and filled a major road in Hong Kong, where mass pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity this summer. Organizers said they hoped the assembly would be...

Biden's prism of loss: A public man, shaped by private grief

Aug. 18, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the night before Joe Biden's world collapsed, he sat in a picture-perfect scene with his wife by the fireside in their Delaware living room. Biden, the hotshot senator-elect at just 30, was reflecting on the big things he would do when he got to Washington. It was one week out from...

Portland 'ground zero' for protests between right, left-wing

Aug. 18, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of far-right protesters and anti-fascist counter-demonstrators swarmed downtown Portland, Oregon, on Saturday for a long-hyped rally that attracted President Donald Trump's attention and resulted in at least 13 arrests. Police seized metal poles, bear spray and other weapons...

French police suicide rate climbs, French govt is flummoxed

Aug. 18, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Three riot police officers, a police commander, a police academy teacher — all are among eight French police officers who have killed themselves recently. That makes 64 so far this year — and the number just keeps on climbing. Deaths by suicide for French police now outnumber...

Doctors say new rule will mean sicker immigrants

Aug. 18, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Diabetics skipping regular checkups. Young asthmatics not getting preventive care. A surge in expensive emergency room visits. Doctors and public health experts warn of poor health and rising costs they say will come from sweeping Trump administration changes that would deny green cards to...

Warren, Sanders get personal with young, black Christians

Aug. 17, 2019 10:05 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) — Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren framed their Democratic presidential bids in personal, faith-based terms Saturday before black millennial Christians who could help determine which candidate becomes the leading progressive alternative to former Vice President Joe Biden. Sanders,...

Blooms, beasts affected as Alaska records hottest month

Aug. 18, 2019 2:14 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska has been America's canary in the coal mine for climate warming, and the yellow bird is swooning. July was Alaska's warmest month ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Sea ice melted. Bering Sea fish swam in above-normal temperatures. So did...

Mexico City assesses monument damage after anti-rape march

Aug. 18, 2019 5:05 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Workers erected a wooden wall around Mexico City's iconic Angel of Independence monument Saturday after feminists defaced it with graffiti during a raucous and violent protest over a string of alleged rapes by police. The disorder Friday night erupted as part of protests that arose this...

Miocic stops Cormier, reclaims heavyweight belt at UFC 241

Aug. 18, 2019 2:55 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Stipe Miocic waited over a year to face Daniel Cormier again, and his plan for the rematch didn't start to work until they were deep in the fourth round. That's when the patient, determined firefighter from Cleveland finally got his revenge — and suddenly reclaimed his UFC...

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The Latest: Hong Kong protesters occupy major road

Aug. 18, 2019 8:05 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 5 p.m. Tens of thousands of protesters have occupied a major road in central Hong Kong and are marching onward after a large public park could not contain the droves of participants. Public transit trains were not stopping Sunday at...

Gibraltar authorities are rejecting a renewed US request that the UK territory not release an Iranian oil tanker

Aug. 18, 2019 7:58 AM EDT
MADRID (AP) — Gibraltar authorities are rejecting a renewed US request that the UK territory not release an Iranian oil tanker.

Tens of thousands march in latest Hong Kong protest

Aug. 18, 2019 7:26 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — Heavy rain fell on tens of thousands of umbrella-toting protesters Sunday as they marched from a packed park and filled a major road in Hong Kong, where mass pro-democracy demonstrations have become a regular weekend activity this summer. Organizers said they hoped the assembly would be...

Italy's Salvini tells ship with 107 migrants to go to Spain

Aug. 18, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Seeking to end a humanitarian crisis, Spain says a Spanish rescue boat with 107 migrants in the southern Mediterranean can sail to Spain and disembark its passengers in Algeciras. Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Sunday told the Open Arms ship to leave Italian waters and go to Spain....

A look at deadliest attacks in Afghanistan in recent years

Aug. 18, 2019 7:19 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The deadly bombing at a wedding in Afghanistan's capital late Saturday was a stark reminder that the war-weary country faces daily threats not only from the long-established Taliban but also from a brutal local affiliate of the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for...

Restrictions continue in Kashmir despite security ease

Aug. 18, 2019 7:15 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Restrictions are continuing in much of Indian-administered Kashmir, despite India's government saying it's gradually restoring phone lines and easing a security lockdown that's been in place for nearly two weeks. Soldiers on Sunday still manned nearly deserted streets and limited movement...

Major players shaping troubled Afghanistan's future

Aug. 18, 2019 7:15 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Saturday night's devastating attack on a wedding in Afghanistan's capital comes amid huge uncertainty about the country's future. The United States and the Taliban say they are nearing a deal to end America's longest conflict, one that has lasted a generation and left tens of...

Syrian troops close to western outskirts of rebel-held town

Aug. 18, 2019 7:07 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media and an opposition war monitor say government forces have gained more ground in the country's northwest, almost reaching the western outskirts of a major rebel-held town. The state SANA news agency says government troops made advances on Sunday around the rebel-held town of...

Top Iran diplomat suggests 90-year-old Kuwait ruler is ill

Aug. 18, 2019 7:03 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's foreign minister says he's praying for the "speedy recovery" of Kuwait's ruling emir, though there has been no public word on the 90-year-old ruler being ill or injured. Mohammad Javad Zarif made the comment on Sunday on Twitter as part of a visit to the small,...

Islamic State claims bombing at Kabul wedding that killed 63

Aug. 18, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The death toll from a late-night suicide bombing at a crowded wedding party in the Afghan capital rose to at least 63 on Sunday, including women and children, officials said. The local Islamic State group's affiliate claimed responsibility for what was the deadliest attack in...