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2015 Paris attacks suspect: Deaths of 130 'nothing personal'

Sep. 15, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The key defendant in the 2015 Paris attacks trial said Wednesday the coordinated killings were in retaliation for French airstrikes on the Islamic State group, calling the deaths of 130 innocent people “nothing personal" as he acknowledged his role for the first time. ...

EU approves funds to Italy's ITA, lifts Alitalia burden

Sep. 10, 2021 08:54 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s competition watchdog on Friday cleared an injection of Italian government funds into new national flag carrier ITA, and said the company would not be held accountable for illegal state aid given to its predecessor Alitalia. Just a...

Kansas sheriff's office says K-9 died after chasing suspect

Sep. 08, 2021 11:02 AM EDT

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — A police dog in southwestern Kansas has died after being sent to chase a suspect, authorities there said. The Ford County Sheriff’s Office reported on its Facebook page that a police dog named Kyra was called in Monday to help in chasing down a...

Timeline of 2015 attacks as Paris trial set to begin

Sep. 08, 2021 08:01 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The 2015 attacks in Paris killed 130 people and wounded hundreds of others. The trial of 20 men accused of having roles in the carnage began Wednesday. The attacks were carefully planned and simultaneous across the French capital. ___...

Emotions raw before Paris trial for Islamic State carnage

Sep. 07, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — For the music lover, it was nearly three hours at gunpoint, wondering if he would become yet another body on the floor of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris. For the grieving mother, the night of carnage robbed her of her son and tarnished her view of the...

Timeline of 2015 attacks as Paris trial set to begin

Sep. 07, 2021 03:31 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The 2015 attacks in Paris killed 130 people and wounded hundreds of others. A trial begins Wednesday of 20 men accused of having roles in the carnage. The attacks were carefully planned and simultaneous across the French capital. ___...

Italy sets unbeaten record; Germany, Spain top WCup groups

Sep. 05, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Italy set an international record of 36 games unbeaten on Sunday as Germany and Spain returned to the top of their World Cup qualifying groups. Though European champions Italy were held 0-0 at Switzerland, Germany and Spain were joined by England and...

EU backs helping Afghanistan's neighbors cope with refugees

Aug. 31, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union justice and home affairs ministers pledged Tuesday to support Afghanistan's neighbors to help them host people fleeing the new Taliban regime and prevent a new wave of migrants heading to Europe. In a closing statement following a meeting...

Jacques Rogge, IOC president for 12 years, dies at 79

Aug. 29, 2021 17:10 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Jacques Rogge approached the job of running the Olympics the same way he approached his work as a physician: Listen, analyze and consult. Before taking over as president of the International Olympic Committee, Rogge, whose death was announced Sunday, was...

Verstappen wins rain-marred Belgian GP after short restart

Aug. 29, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Max Verstappen won a rain-soaked Belgian Grand Prix when it was finally called off Sunday after it restarted under a safety car nearly three hours later than its scheduled time. The race was shortened to last one hour with only half...