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    Thousands in France march to protest Macron’s labor law

    PARIS (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Paris and other French cities against President Emmanuel Macron’s contested labor law reforms Thursday — a day before he adopts them by executive order. The nationwide action, backed by the powerful, hard-left CGT trade union, saw protesters take to the streets in the second round […]
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    Families of Japan war dead to pray for fallen US soldiers

    TOKYO (AP) — Dozens of descendants of Japanese soldiers killed in World War II headed to Hawaii on Thursday to pay respects to American war dead. Nippon Izokukai, the Bereaved Family Association of Japan, is sending 36 children, grandchildren and other relatives of fallen Japanese soldiers to the U.S. to mark the 70th anniversary of […]
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    UK bases in Cyprus employ drones to catch songbird poachers

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Police at Britain’s two military bases on Cyprus say the use of a state-of-the-art drone will greatly boost their ongoing crackdown on the illicit trapping of small migratory birds. British Bases Police Chief Constable Chris Eyre says poachers can no longer use the cover of darkness for trapping because the drone […]
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    Germany’s kingmaker party seeks strong election comeback

    BERLIN (AP) — A pro-business party ejected from Germany’s parliament four years ago is aiming for a strong comeback in Sunday’s election, wooing voters with a dynamic young leader, a tough tone on eurozone strugglers and talk of a new immigration law. Christian Lindner, 38, has worked hard to make the Free Democratic Party — […]
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    WTO sharply upgrades forecast for trade growth in 2017

    GENEVA (AP) — The World Trade Organization has revised sharply upward its forecast for world trade growth this year to 3.6 percent, citing “resurgence in Asian trade flows” and a rebound in North American import demand. WTO had previously forecast a growth of 2.4 percent. The upturn compares to what the Geneva-based trade body called […]
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    The Latest: No missing child at collapsed Mexican school

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on the major earthquake that struck Mexico (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Mexico’s navy says there are no missing children at a collapsed Mexico City school where rescuers have been hunting for a girl they believed to be trapped. Assistant Navy Secretary Angel Enrique Sarmiento says there is evidence […]
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    The Latest: Spain hires ferries for more police in Catalonia

    MADRID (AP) — The Latest on independence efforts in Spain’s Catalonia region (all times local): 7:45 p.m. Unions representing Spanish security forces say authorities have hired three ferries to accommodate some of the additional police officers dispatched to Catalonia for the Oct. 1 independence referendum. AUGC union spokesman Juan Fernandez said the Civil Guard presence […]
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    Hong Kong leader condemns UK criticism over jailed activists

    LONDON (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader has condemned criticism from British politicians over the city’s recent jailing of student activists, saying such comments are unfair and “disrespectful.” Addressing a business dinner in London on Wednesday, Carrie Lam said she was “extremely disturbed” to hear criticism of Hong Kong’s judicial independence from British politicians and commentators. […]
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    Swiss indict 3 over alleged al-Qaida propaganda videos

    GENEVA (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Switzerland on Thursday announced indictments of the leader of a prominent Swiss Islamic group and two other top members over alleged al-Qaida propaganda videos posted on YouTube. Contacted by phone in Bangladesh, one of the suspects rejected the case as “politically motivated.” Attorney General Michael Lauber’s office alleges the […]
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    AP Explains: Why Japan doesn’t sign nuclear arms ban treaty

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan, the only country to have suffered atomic bomb attacks, has repeatedly called for a global ban on nuclear weapons. Yet it sided with the nuclear powers and NATO in refusing to sign a treaty to ban such weapons during the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York. The treaty, the first […]