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The Latest: Hundreds in the Balkans protest climate change

Sep. 20, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the global climate protests being held in cities around the world (all times local): 12:35 p.m. Hundreds of people across the Balkans have held protest marches as part of a day of global action against climate change. Demonstrations were held throughout Friday in several...

Saudis allow media to see oil facility damaged by attacks

Sep. 20, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

BUQAYQ, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry remained wrapped in scaffolding Friday as workers sought to repair the charred innards and shrapnel-blasted arteries caused by drone-and-cruise-missile attacks that raised tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Saudi officials brought...

Nikki Haley moves back to SC, fuels political speculation

Sep. 20, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley is moving back to her native South Carolina, re-establishing a home base and also fueling speculation that a return to politics is next on her to-do list. The 47-year-old former South Carolina governor, who left office in 2017 to join the Trump...

AP Interview: Serie A CEO cites 'billion' lost to TV piracy

Sep. 20, 2019 11:53 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The accumulated damage to Italian soccer by illegal television streaming services is "well beyond a billion euros," according to Serie A's CEO. Speaking in the aftermath of a Europe-wide crackdown this week against allegedly fraudulent pay-TV subscription services, Luigi De Siervo also said in...

Mechanic pleads not guilty in airliner sabotage case

Sep. 20, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A former American Airlines mechanic who prosecutors say may have some links to terrorists pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that he sabotaged an aircraft with 150 people aboard. The plea came at a hearing in Miami federal court for Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, 60. He's charged with...

The Latest: Hezbollah tells Saudi Arabia to stop Yemen war

Sep. 20, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

BUQAYQ, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local): 6:20 p.m. The leader of Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has called on Saudi Arabia to stop its war in Yemen, or else it will face more attacks on its soil. In a televised speech Friday, Hassan Nasrallah warned Saudi...

US says airstrike against IS in Libya kills 8

Sep. 20, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike against the Islamic State group in Libya. It's the first U.S. airstrike in the North African country in over a year. U.S. Africa Command released a statement Friday saying eight militants were killed in the airstrike, launched a day...

Russian anti-doping CEO says track ban won't be lifted soon

Sep. 20, 2019 10:56 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The CEO of the Russian anti-doping agency predicted Friday that the country's track team won't be reinstated in time for the upcoming world athletics championships. The Russian team has been suspended from international track and field since 2015 over widespread doping, though dozens are...

Journalists see heart of Saudi oil industry after attack

Sep. 20, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

BUQAYQ, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia took journalists on Friday to the site of a missile-and-drone strike on the kingdom's oil industry that shook global energy markets over the weekend, while Kuwait raised the security levels at its ports following the attack that the U.S. alleges Iran carried out....

Activist: Egyptian authorities arrest brother to silence me

Sep. 20, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S.-based Egyptian activist whose Facebook page helped ignite the 2011 pro-democracy uprising said authorities have arrested his brother in Cairo. Wael Ghonim, a computer engineer, said his criticism of Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi prompted authorities to retaliate by...