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Kenya ruling brings new uncertainty to fresh election

By TOM ODULA, Associated Press NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Kenyan judge on Wednesday ruled that a minor opposition candidate can run for president in this month's election, bringing fresh uncertainty a day after opposition leader Raila Odinga withdrew from the new vote ordered by the Supreme ...

Filipino troops find 22 bodies of suspected militants, bombs

MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops have recovered 22 bodies of suspected Muslim extremists and dozens of homemade bombs from two buildings that were retaken in one of the final government assaults to end an Islamic State group-inspired siege in southern Marawi city, the military ...

Spain anxiously awaits Catalan leader’s independence speech

By ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Catalonia's regional leader prepared to address parliament Tuesday in a highly anticipated session that could spell the birth of a new republic, marking a critical point in a decade-long standoff between Catalan separatists and Spain's ...

A look at what might happen if Catalonia declares secession

BY CIARAN GILES, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Time is ticking fast for Spain and its prosperous region Catalonia to try to avoid a much-feared head-on collision that would pose the most serious threat to Spain's national unity in decades. Attention is focused on whether Catalonia will ...

EU’s Tusk sees next Brexit step in December, not this month

By RAF CASERT and JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union Council President Donald Tusk says Brexit negotiations will not move to the next stage focused on trade relations before December at the earliest — not later this month, as Britain was hoping. Tusk bemoaned ...

Media: S.Korean lawmaker says North Korea hacked war plans

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean media are quoting a lawmaker as saying that North Korean hackers may have stolen highly classified military documents, including U.S.-South Korean wartime "decapitation strike" plans against the North. Democratic Party Rep. Lee Cheol-hee cited ...

Brazil branches of US-based church target of numerous probes

By PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Every day before work, Liliane Souza says, she and three dozen fellow workers at a Brazilian picture-framing factory affiliated with the Word of Faith Fellowship church were obligated to pray. When workers made a mistake, such as ...

Spain warns it will act if Catalonia declares independence

By ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy warned anew Monday that Spain will not be divided by a declaration of independence from Catalonia and said the government is ready to respond to any such attempt. Catalan regional President Carles ...

Richard Thaler wins Nobel for work in behavioral economics

By DAVID KEYTON and JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Nobel prize in economics was awarded Monday to Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago for research showing how people's choices on economic matters — whether on savings or game shows like "Deal or No Deal" — are ...

Italian police arrest younger brother of Marseille attacker

By COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press MILAN (AP) — A Tunisian terror suspect arrested in northern Italy had fought in Syria, was previously expelled from Italy and is believed responsible for radicalizing his elder brother, who stabbed two women to death in France this month, authorities said ...