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Digitally enhanced: Estonia plots the end of bureaucracy

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — In the Estonian capital of Tallinn, three-day-old Oskar Lunde sleeps soundly in his hospital cot, snuggled into a lime green blanket decorated with red butterflies. Across the room, his father turns on a laptop. "Now we will register ...

Koreas break ground on railways but sanctions block project

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea broke ground Wednesday on an ambitious project to modernize North Korean railways and roads and connect them with the South, but without progress in nuclear negotiations, regular trains won't be crossing the ...

Tsunami set off by volcanic eruption kills 222 in Indonesia

By NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — An eruption of one of the world's most infamous volcanic islands is believed to have triggered a tsunami that killed at least 222 people in Indonesia during a busy holiday weekend. The waves smashed onto beaches at night ...

French police defend pulling out gun against protesters

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French authorities on Sunday defended aggressive police actions to contain violence at yellow vest protests after a policeman was seen briefly brandishing a gun at a surging crowd in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron called for "the ...

Trump loses US envoy to anti-IS coalition over Syria plan

By MATTHEW LEE and SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, joining Defense Secretary ...

UK police free 2 drone suspects in Gatwick travel chaos

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British police on Sunday freed two people who been arrested in connection with the drone incursions at London's Gatwick Airport, saying they were no longer suspects. The move left the public with no answers about who had disrupted the holiday ...

9 bodies found in burning potash mine in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Rescue teams on Sunday found the bodies of nine construction workers who were trapped inside a burning potash mine in Russia's Ural Mountains. A fire erupted Saturday at the mine operated by fertilizer company Uralkali in the Perm region. , Uralkali said two teams of workers ...

After delays, Egypt’s new mega-museum set to open in 2020

By BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — On the Giza Plateau outside Cairo, thousands of Egyptians are laboring in the shadow of the pyramids to erect a monument worthy of the pharaohs. The Grand Egyptian Museum has been under construction for well over a decade and is intended to ...

US ally in Syria says pullout will aid IS, Putin disagrees

By ZEINA KARAM and SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — The United States' main ally in Syria on Thursday categorically rejected President Donald Trump's claim that Islamic State militants have been defeated, but Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed Trump's decision to withdraw ...

Putin issues chilling warning on rising nuclear war threat

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a chilling warning Thursday about the rising threat of a nuclear war, saying "it could lead to the destruction of civilization as a whole and maybe even our planet" — and putting the blame ...