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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 ...

Pope adds 35 saints to church, nearly all martyrs

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, who often laments current persecutions of Christians, has given the Catholic Church 35 new saints, nearly all of them martyrs, from past centuries. The latest saints were proclaimed Sunday during a Mass celebrated by Francis in St. Peter's Square and ...

AP Analysis: Iran angered by Trump, but needs nuclear deal

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump angered Iran with his speech on refusing to re-certify the nuclear deal, but Tehran is unlikely to walk away from the agreement in retaliation. Brinksmanship aside, Iran needs to sell its oil on ...

Death toll from blast in Somalia’s capital rises to 189

By ABDI GULED, Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — The death toll from the most powerful bomb blast witnessed in Somalia's capital rose to 189 with more than 200 injured, making it the deadliest single attack ever in the Horn of Africa nation, police and hospital sources said ...

Opposition vies for landmark victory in polarized Venezuela

By FABIOLA SANCHEZ and CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Elections in Venezuela on Sunday could tilt a majority of the states' 23 governorships back into opposition control for the first time in nearly two decades of socialist party rule — though the government ...