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Seoul: Rival Koreas to meet to prepare for leaders’ summit

By YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas will meet Monday for high-level talks meant to prepare for a summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South Korea said, the third such meetings between the leaders in ...

Argentine Senate rejects legalizing elective abortion

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO, Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's Senate on Thursday rejected a bill to legalize elective abortion, a defeat for a grassroots movement that came closer than ever to achieving the decriminalization of the procedure in the homeland of Pope ...

New Russia sanctions over poisoning of former spy, daughter

By SUSANNAH GEORGE and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — New sanctions against Russia will be imposed later this month for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempted assassination of a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this year, the United States said. The ...

Portugal battles major wildfire as Europe heat wave endures

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Emergency services in Portugal continued their fight Monday against a major, four-day wildfire on the south coast that threatened to engulf a hillside town overnight. The Civil Protection Agency said 44 people required medical assistance as the blaze passed by the ...

At least 98 dead after quake slams Indonesian island

By ROS IDIN and ALI KOTARUMALOS, Associated Press MATARAM, Indonesia (AP) — A powerful earthquake flattened houses and toppled bridges on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least 98 people and shaking neighboring Bali, as authorities said Monday that rescuers still hadn't ...

Saudi Arabia expels Canadian ambassador over criticism

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador on Monday and froze "all new business" with Ottawa over its criticism of the ultraconservative kingdom's arrest of women's rights — yet another warning to the West reflecting ...

Vintage plane crashes in Swiss Alps, killing 20 on board

By GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Determining why a vintage plane crashed in the Swiss Alps will be challenging since the 79-year-old aircraft did not have black boxes and was traveling in an area without frequent radar readings when it plunged into a mountain, killing all 20 ...

Venezuela detains 6, hunts more in drone attack on Maduro

By SCOTT SMITH and CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Investigators hunting for assailants behind a failed attempt to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro with explosives-laden drones have raided hotels and seized vehicles while grilling six suspects for details of ...

Hiroshima remembers atomic bombing on 73rd anniversary

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Hiroshima marked the anniversary of the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing of the city with a somber ceremony Monday to remember those killed and injured and a call to eliminate nuclear weapons amid hopes of denuclearizing North Korea. Hiroshima ...

All survive crash of Mexican jetliner, some walk from wreck

By CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press DURANGO, Mexico (AP) — Passengers and officials say a strong burst of wind hit an Aeromexico jetliner on takeoff, moments before it crashed, leaving those aboard with mere minutes to evacuate the burning plane. The plane tried to take off from ...