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FILE - This Tuesday, May 8, 2007, file photo shows the Purdue Pharma logo at its offices in Stamford, Conn. Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of over $8 billion, Justice Department officials told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey, File)

US officials: OxyContin maker to plead to 3 criminal charges

Oct. 21, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, Justice Department officials told The Associated...

Turkey: Police on trial for killing of prominent lawyer

Oct. 21, 2020 10:12 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Three police officers went on trial Wednesday in southeastern Turkey over the killing of a prominent lawyer and human rights defender nearly five years ago. Lawyer Tahir Elci was fatally shot in the head after making a press statement on the destruction of a historic mosque in the Sur...

Parents of Eyah Hallaq, an autistic Palestinian man who was fatally shot by Israeli police, Khiri and mother Rana, talk during an interview In Jerusalem, Wednesday, June 3, 2020. The family says it is hopeful the officers will be prosecuted after finally confirming the existence of security-camera footage of the incident.(AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Officer may face charges in killing of autistic Palestinian

Oct. 21, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli prosecutors on Wednesday recommended charging a police officer with reckless manslaughter in the deadly shooting of an autistic Palestinian man in Jerusalem's Old City earlier this year. The decision came nearly five months after the shooting of Eyad Hallaq. Hallaq's family, which...

Several held hostage at bank in ex-Soviet republic Georgia

Oct. 21, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — An armed assailant took several people hostage at a bank in the ex-Soviet nation of Georgia on Wednesday, authorities said. The Georgian Interior Ministry didn’t immediately say how many people have been taken hostage in the town of Zugdidi in western Georgia, or what demands...

Kansas City police ID man found fatally shot in parking lot

Oct. 21, 2020 9:56 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police have identified a man found fatally shot in a fast-food restaurant parking lot in the Hickman Mills neighborhood on the south side of Kansas City. Officers were called to a McDonald’s parking lot around 11 a.m. Monday and found Rickey Arrington, 35, inside a vehicle...

Pro-democracy activists flash three-fingered salute during a demonstration at Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. Student activists applied to a Bangkok court Wednesday to revoke a state of emergency the government declared last week to try to rein in Thailand's growing protests. Demonstrations have continued daily in a movement that calls for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to step down, for a more democratic constitution and for reforms to the monarchy — a revered institution traditionally treated as sacrosanct in Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Thailand's leader urges protesters to give up confrontation

Oct. 21, 2020 9:52 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand’s prime minister on Wednesday pleaded with his countrymen to resolve their political differences through Parliament, as student-led protests seeking to bring his government down continued for an eighth straight day. “The only way to a lasting solution for all sides...

People demonstrate on the street to protest against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria, Wednesday Oct. 21, 2020. After 13 days of protests against alleged police brutality, authorities have imposed a 24-hour curfew in Lagos, Nigeria's largest city, as moves are made to stop growing violence. ( AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Nigeria protesters break curfew amid gunfire, chaos in Lagos

Oct. 21, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian protesters demanding an end to police brutality defied a curfew as gunfire rang out where they were setting up a blockade Wednesday, a day after shots were fired into a crowd of demonstrators singing the country’s national anthem. That disturbing turn drew global...

Syrian held in deadly German attack, extremist motive probed

Oct. 21, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A young Syrian has been arrested over an attack earlier this month on two German tourists, one of whom later died, in the eastern German city of Dresden, authorities said Wednesday. Prosecutors said they suspect the man may have had an Islamic extremist motive for the attack, news agency dpa...

Officer shot at suspect; unclear if he was hit

Oct. 21, 2020 9:27 AM EDT

MOLINE ACRES, Mo. (AP) — Police continue to search for a suspect after a suburban St. Louis police officer shot at him. Police aren't sure if the suspect was struck in the incident Tuesday in Moline Acres. The officer involved in the shooting suffered an ankle injury during the confrontation. Authorities...

People holds posters reading

French militant group dissolved after teacher's beheading

Oct. 21, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The French government issued an order Wednesday to dissolve a domestic militant Islamic group after the beheading last week near Paris of a teacher who had shown students caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Government spokesperson Gabriel Attal said the Collective Cheikh Yassine group was...