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Pieters becomes 1st golfer to win Czech Masters twice

Aug. 18, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) — Thomas Pieters shot a 3-under 68 on Sunday to become the first golfer to win the Czech Masters for the second time. Overnight leader by one stroke, Pieters took a three-shot lead after a birdie on the 7th only to bogey the 8th. He added a birdie and a bogey on the back...

Gibraltar rejects US pressure to hold Iranian oil tanker

Aug. 18, 2019 11:05 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Authorities in Gibraltar on Sunday rejected the United States' latest request not to release a seized Iranian supertanker, clearing the way for the vessel to set sail after being detained last month for allegedly attempting to breach European Union sanctions on Syria. The ship was expected to...

Migrants jump off rescue boat to try to reach Italian island

Aug. 18, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Several migrants jumped into the sea from a Spanish rescue boat Sunday in a thwarted bid to reach shore in Italy, where the government's hard-line interior minister has refused to let the 107 passengers disembark. "We have been warning for days, desperation has its limits," said Open Arms...

Leaked UK memos warn of food, drug shortages in Brexit chaos

Aug. 18, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Secret British government documents have warned of serious disruptions across the country in the event that the U.K. leaves the European Union without a trade deal on Oct. 31, according to a report. The Sunday Times newspaper published what it said was what the British government expects in...

Rescue workers try to free 2 trapped cavers in Poland

Aug. 18, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish media are reporting that more than two dozen rescue experts are trying to free two spelunkers trapped by rising water in a cave in southern Poland. The private broadcaster TVN said Sunday that rescue officials have not yet managed to make contact with the two, who became...

Epstein's purported madam now a focus in sex abuse cases

Aug. 18, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — She's been called Jeffrey Epstein's madam, the woman who recruited girls for his sexual appetites, and at times his social planner and household organizer in places ranging from New York to Palm Beach, Florida. Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of a British publishing magnate who died under...

The Latest: Migrant aid group refuses to sail to Spain

Aug. 18, 2019 8:43 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 2:40 p.m. A spokeswoman for Spanish humanitarian group Open Arms has told The Associated Press that the organization is not willing to sail to Spain's southern Algeciras port given the emergency situation that they are experiencing on...

Trump wields sanctions hammer; experts wonder to what end

Aug. 18, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the diplomacy of coercion. The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving their aims. Since...

Greek Orthodox bishop convicted of hate speech resigns

Aug. 18, 2019 8:30 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Metropolitan Amvrosios of Kalavryta, a fiery conservative Greek Orthodox bishop known for criticizing, often in intemperate terms, those who he believed acted in a "non-Christian" or "non-Greek" way, including gays, migrants and politicians, resigned Sunday. Amvrosios, 81,...

British journalist says he was victim of planned assault

Aug. 18, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A well-known left-wing British journalist says he was pushed to the ground and kicked in the head in what he described as a "blatant premeditated assault." Guardian columnist Owen Jones said in a series of tweets that he was out celebrating his birthday late Saturday night with friends when...