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IRA chief, peacemaker McGuinness to be laid to rest in Derry

DUBLIN (AP) — The Northern Ireland city of Londonderry is filling with mourners for the funeral of former IRA commander and Sinn Fein deputy leader Martin McGuinness, who helped lead his militant movement to compromise with British Protestants. Thursday's ceremony is the biggest Irish ...

South Korean ferry that sank 3 years ago lifted from sea

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A 6,800-ton South Korean ferry was hoisted to the surface Thursday nearly three years after it capsized and sank into violent seas off the country's southwestern coast, an emotional moment for the country as it searches for closure ...

London attacker born in Britain, previously investigated By JILL LAWLESS and DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The man who mowed down pedestrians on a London bridge and fatally stabbed a police officer on Parliament's grounds was born in Britain and was known to intelligence ...

At 93 years old, Zimbabwe’s Mugabe remains a jet-setter

By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's 93-year-old leader might be slowing down, but his busy foreign travels have led the opposition to call him the "non-resident president." President Robert Mugabe has visited Singapore, Ghana, Swaziland and Mauritius in the ...

No electronics on some US-bound jets from Mideast, Africa

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL and DAVID KOENIG, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government is ordering passengers on nonstop, U.S.-bound flights from a handful of mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries to pack electronic devices other than cellphones in their checked ...

Martin McGuinness, Irish rebel turned politician, dies at 66

By SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press DUBLIN (AP) — Martin McGuinness, the Irish Republican Army commander who led his underground paramilitary movement toward reconciliation with Britain, died Tuesday, his Sinn Fein party announced. He was 66. Turning from rebel to peacemaker, McGuinness ...

Thailand’s coin-eating turtle dies of blood poisoning

By KAWEEWIT KAEWJINDA, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — Tourists in eastern Thailand used to toss coins at a green sea turtle that lived in a pond in eastern Thailand, wishing for luck and longevity. But swallowing the shiny tidbits turned out to be a death sentence for the reptile. After ...

S. Korea prosecutors grill Park over corruption allegations

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors grilled the country's just-ousted president on Tuesday in a long-awaited investigation of corruption allegations that ended her rule and now threaten to put her in jail. The questioning of Park Geun-hye ...

Norway: South Sudan crisis is man-made, government must act

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's foreign minister says South Sudan's leaders have inflicted a massive humanitarian crisis on the population threatened by a famine, adding that a stop in fighting in the civil war is needed urgently. Borge Brende says South Sudan is "one of the world's ...

Tiger crushed to death in bungled rescue in north India

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian conservation authorities are investigating the death of a tiger that was crushed by an earthmover in a bungled operation by rescue workers to move the animal back to a wildlife park in northern India. Officials from the National Tiger Conservation Authority on Tuesday ...

UK police simulate Thames hijacking in anti-terror exercise

LONDON (AP) — British police in inflatable powerboats have boarded a River Thames cruise boat as part of an exercise simulating the hijacking of a tourist vessel in London. The Metropolitan Police force says Sunday's training exercise is designed to test the emergency services' response to ...

Autopsy to learn if Paris airport attacker was drunk or high

By JOHN LEICESTER, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French officials were conducting an autopsy Sunday to determine whether a suspected Islamic extremist was drunk or high on drugs when he took a soldier hostage at Paris' Orly Airport and was shot dead by her fellow patrolmen. The suspect, ...

Tillerson lauds China-US contacts in meeting with leader Xi

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — The United States is looking forward to the first meeting between President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday, on the final day of a swing through Asia dominated by ...

Candy, makeup, K-pop get doused amid China’s ire over THAAD

By YOUKYUNG LEE and CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The once-cordial ties between South Korea and its biggest trading partner have soured due to the perception that China has targeted businesses, sports teams and culture to protest deployment of an advanced ...

North Korea tests newly developed high-thrust rocket engine

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un is calling a revolutionary breakthrough for the country's space program, the North's state media said Sunday. Kim attended Saturday's ...

Mythic creatures dance through Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day

By SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press DUBLIN (AP) — Performers dressed as colorful creatures from Irish myth and legend danced Friday down the chilly streets of Dublin as Ireland commemorated its national saint in a St. Patrick's Day parade witnessed by hundreds of thousands. Throngs of ...

Italian media: Thieves’ smoke bombs spark panic in Venice

MILAN (AP) — News reports say thieves attempting to rob a jewelry store in Venice's famous St. Mark's Square set off panic among tourists when they ignited smoke bombs to cover their movements. The news agency ANSA says one smoke bomb was set off Friday near St. Mark's Basilica bell tower, ...

Syria fires missiles at Israeli jets after airstrikes

By IAN DEITCH, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Syria fired missiles at Israeli warplanes early Friday after a series of Israeli airstrikes inside Syria — a rare military exchange between the two hostile neighbors that was confirmed by both sides. The Israeli military said its aircraft ...

Tillerson: Pre-emptive force an option with NKorea

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States signaled a tougher strategy toward North Korea on Friday that leaves open the possibility of pre-emptive military action and rejects talks with the communist nation until it gives up its weapons of mass ...

Military attack kills 42 Somali refugees off Yemen’s coast

By ABDEL-KARIM AL-AYYASHI and JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press HODEIDA, Yemen (AP) — The boat packed with dozens of Somali refugees was more than 30 miles off war-torn Yemen's coast when a military vessel and a helicopter gunship swooped in, opening fire in the dead of night Friday, killing ...