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  • Attacker in Berlin skullcap case turns himself in to police

    BERLIN (AP) — A 19-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker turned himself in to police Thursday after his violent attack on a man wearing a Jewish skullcap in Berlin caused outrage across Germany. The young Syrian showed up with his lawyer at a police precinct, police spokesman Winfrid Wenzel said. The 21-year-old victim, an Arab Israeli, caught Tuesday’s […]
  • EU foreign policy hails Western Balkan efforts at membership

    PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — The European Union foreign policy chief on Thursday hailed efforts by nations in Western Balkans to advance toward membership in the bloc, ending a tour of the volatile region where Russia is also vying for influence. Federica Mogherini spoke in Serbian capital Belgrade, the last stop of her trip that also […]
  • A look at Cuba at a time of political transition

    HAVANA (AP) — Some facts about Cuba: ___ POPULATION: Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean in both area and population, with nearly 11.5 million people. The capital is Havana. ___ MONEY: There is a dual-currency system featuring one type of Cuban peso worth 4 cents and another that is nearly a dollar. The […]
  • Power restored to those hit by Puerto Rico blackout

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s power company said Thursday that it has restored electricity to all customers affected by an island-wide blackout that was caused by an excavator hitting a transmission line, but tens of thousands of families still remain without normal service seven months after hurricanes Maria and Irma. Officials said […]
  • Thai court acquits northeastern gold mine protesters

    BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand found seven environmental activists not guilty Thursday of violating a law on public gatherings that imposes severe penalties for actions that disrupt public services. The activists, all women, in November 2016 blocked access to a meeting at a local government office in Loei province in Thailand’s northeast to […]
  • Procter & Gamble pays $4.2 bln for unit of Germany’s Merck

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German pharmaceutical and chemical company Merck says it has agreed to sell its global consumer health business to Procter & Gamble for 3.4 billion euros ($4.2 billion) in cash. The deal means Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble, whose over-the-counter brands include Pepto-Bismol and NyQuil, acquires a business that saw 6 percent organic […]
  • Greek court backs release of Turkish officer seeking asylum

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s highest court on Thursday approved the release from custody of one of eight Turkish servicemen who have applied for asylum in Greece after fleeing Turkey following a failed 2016 coup in the neighboring country. The ruling is likely to anger NATO-ally and regional rival Turkey, which has repeatedly demanded their […]
  • Nepal honors 1st conquest of Everest without bottled oxygen

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal’s government on Thursday honored two climbers who were the first to scale Mount Everest without supplementary oxygen 40 years ago. Minister for Tourism Rabindra Adhikari praised the climbers at a ceremony in the capital, Kathmandu. Italian Reinhold Messner and Austrian Peter Habeler reached the summit without use of supplementary oxygen, […]
  • Russia joins bid to win compensation over US metals tariffs

    GENEVA (AP) — Russia on Thursday joined the European Union, India and China in appealing through the World Trade Organization to demand compensation from the United States for its tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. The WTO published a filing from Russia that, like other countries, argues that the U.S. tariffs that took effect March […]
  • Women take fall in Nobel scandal for man’s alleged misdeeds

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Thousands of protesters called Thursday for the resignation of the secretive board that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature after a sex-abuse scandal linked to the prestigious Swedish academy forced the ouster of its first-ever woman head and tarnished the reputation of the coveted prize. The ugly internal feud has already reached […]