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Lithuanian asks US Supreme Court to clarify extradition law

Sep. 9, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — An ex-Lithuanian judge jailed in Chicago is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on her pending extradition to Lithuania, where she faces charges linked to her allegations a pedophile network victimized her 4-year-old niece. A 46-page high-court filing by Neringa Venckiene's...

France, Australia into World Cup quarters; US must wait

Sep. 7, 2019 10:28 PM EDT

France and Australia reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Saturday. They join Serbia, Spain, Poland and Argentina in the final eight. The last two quarterfinal spots will be decided Monday when the United States (4-0) faces Brazil (3-1) and Greece (2-2) plays the Czech Republic (3-1). The U.S. is in the...

Governor to take Tree of Life mezuzah to Holocaust memorials

Sep. 7, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — When Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf visits Holocaust memorials in Lithuania and Poland, he will carry the mezuzah that was on the office door of Rabbi Jeffrey Myers when a gunman burst into Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue last year and killed 11 people. Wolf said Friday that he...

Greece beats New Zealand for final spot in 2nd round of WCup

Sep. 5, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

Greece is headed to the second round of the World Cup after beating New Zealand 103-97 on Thursday in a showdown between teams that both had a shot at advancing. Greece (2-1) was the last team to make the 16-team field for the second round. New Zealand (1-2) has to settle for the consolation bracket and will be...

Ingles 1 assist short of triple-double as Australia advances

Sep. 3, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

Australia showed it can do damage by ending the Americans' 78-game winning streak in a warm-up game just over a week ago. On Tuesday in Group H, the Boomers defeated Senegal 81-68 in Dongguan in the far south of China to improve to 2-0 and qualify for the second round. Senegal is 0-2. Patty Mills of the San...

Vilnius protests diplomats scuffled pro-Hong Kong supporters

Sep. 2, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuania has protested to China's ambassador to the Baltic country, Shen Zhifei, after several Chinese diplomats were filmed scuffling with pro-Hong Kong protesters during a peaceful rally in central Vilnius last month. Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said Monday that "some...

NBA MVP Antetokounmpo, Greece open World Cup with easy win

Sep. 1, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo stole the ball at one end, dribbled behind his back around midcourt, kept going and took off from just below the foul line before unleashing a dunk. The NBA MVP sent a message on Sunday. So did his team. Turning it into a rout by halftime, Greece opened its World Cup...

Pope names 13 new cardinals, including 2 who help migrants

Sep. 1, 2019 9:55 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is giving the Catholic church 13 new cardinals, including two churchmen who have worked to help migrants and several others who toil in poor countries or nations where Christians are a minority. Francis made the surprise announcement Sunday from his studio window...

Hello, World Cup: A record field set for FIBA's main event

Aug. 30, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — The biggest basketball World Cup is about to begin. Many of the world's top players — and a couple of the world's top national teams — are not in China for the FIBA World Cup, a 32-team extravaganza that begins Saturday. At stake over the next 16 days: The world championship,...

Baltics mark 30th anniversary of anti-Soviet human chain

Aug. 23, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The three Baltic countries on Friday marked the 30th anniversary of the 1989 "Baltic Way," a historic anti-Soviet protest that involved nearly 2 million people forming a human chain more than 600 kilometers (370 miles) long. On Aug. 23, 1989, as the Soviet Union was weakening, the...