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China’s Xi looks to extend power at Communist Party congress

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Having bested his rivals, Chinese President Xi Jinping is primed to consolidate his already considerable power as the ruling Communist Party begins its twice-a-decade national congress on Wednesday. From meetings largely cloaked in ...

Deadly fires ease, anger grows over Iberia’s 41 fire deaths

By BARRY HATTON, Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal began three days of national mourning Tuesday over its 37 fire deaths amid widespread public anger, with pressure growing on the government to explain why officials failed to prevent the tragedy that came just four months ...

Portugal wildfires kill 27; 4 dead across border in Spain

By BARRY HATTON, Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Wildfires in Portugal killed at least 27 people, injured dozens more and left an unconfirmed number of missing in the country's second such tragedy in four months, officials said Monday. In neighboring Spain, at least four deaths were ...

Did he or didn’t he? No clarity on Catalan independence bid

By ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A Monday morning deadline came and went without the president of the Catalonia region clarifying whether he had declared independence from Spain, and the Spanish government says he now has until Thursday to backtrack on any steps the ...

Somalia truck bombing toll over 300 as funerals continue

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The death toll from a truck bombing in Somalia's capital has risen above 300, the director of an ambulance service said Monday, as the fragile Horn of Africa nation reeled from the deadliest single attack it's ever experienced. More ...

Tillerson: US prefers diplomacy with NKorea, but has options

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the North Korean crisis "will continue until the first bomb drops." That statement comes despite President Donald Trump's tweets a couple of weeks ago that his chief envoy was "wasting his time" ...

EU backs Iran deal, urges US Congress to protect it

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union foreign ministers are urging the U.S. Congress to safeguard the Iran nuclear agreement after President Donald Trump withdrew his support for the deal. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in Luxembourg on Monday that "we hope Congress will not call ...

Iraqi forces drive Kurds from disputed areas near Kirkuk

By BALINT SZLANKO, Associated Press KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi Kurdish officials said early Monday that federal forces and state-backed militias have launched a "major, multi-pronged" attack aimed at retaking Kirkuk, as fighting erupted just outside the disputed northern city. Kurdish forces ...

Yes or No? Catalan separatists face critical answer to Spain

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia's president is facing a critical decision that could determine the course of the region's secessionist movement to break away from Spain. The Spanish government has given Carles Puigdemont until Monday morning to clarify ...

Philippine, Australian forces stage sea drill as ties deepen

By BULLIT MARQUEZ, Associated Press SUBIC BAY, Philippines (AP) — Filipino and Australian naval forces darted across the sea and landed on a Philippine wharf in a disaster-response drill Sunday that reflects their deepening security ties in a region prone to calamities, piracy and ...