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Taliban cling to pockets of Afghan city after assault

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan forces were still battling the Taliban in parts of Ghazni on Saturday, a day after the insurgents launched a multi-pronged assault on the eastern city. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said at least 25 security forces have been killed and wounded ...

Nagasaki marks 73 years since A-bombing as UN chief attends

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Nagasaki marked the anniversary of the world's second atomic bombing Thursday with the United Nations chief and the city's mayor urging global leaders to take concrete steps toward nuclear disarmament. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the ...

Israel launches scores of airstrikes as Gaza fire persists

By ILAN BEN ZION, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes struck dozens of targets in the Gaza Strip and three people were reported killed there, while Palestinian militants from the territory fired scores of rockets into Israel in a fierce burst of violence overnight and into ...

Third strong earthquake shakes Lombok as death toll tops 300

By ANDI JATMIKO, Associated Press TANJUNG, Indonesia (AP) — The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week Thursday as the official death toll from the most powerful of the quakes topped 300. The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 ...

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 ...