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  • Former Dutch PM Wim Kok dies at 80, haunted by Srebrenica

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Former Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok, a trade unionist-turned-politician who inspired a new breed of pragmatic Social Democratic leaders who swept to power in Europe in the 1990s, has died at 80. Current Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Kok, who died Saturday, “was a man to look up to […]
  • Tropical Storms Willa and Vicente swirling off Mexico

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two tropical storms are swirling in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico, and one is forecast to become a hurricane and approach the country’s west coast late next week. Tropical Storm Willa is the 21st named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season. It was about 280 miles (450 kilometers) south-southwest of […]
  • The Latest: Honduran migrant says he wants to return home

    TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — The Latest on a caravan of Central American migrants hoping to reach the United States (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Migrant Gonzalo Martinez says he is voluntarily returning to Honduras from a bridge connecting Guatemala and Mexico because he was disappointed in the unruliness of caravan members and just wanted […]
  • Moscow blocks commemoration of Stalin victims at city square

    MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow authorities have refused permission for an annual commemoration of Stalin-era political repression victims to be held in Lubyanka Square outside the former KGB headquarters and the event’s organizers have objected to a proposed alternative site. For the past decade, the historical and civil rights group Memorial on Oct. 29 has conducted […]
  • Terror charges against Sri Lankan in Australia dropped

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The family of a Sri Lankan man living in Australia says terrorism charges against him have been dropped. Kamer Nizamdeen, a 25-year-old working at the University of New South Wales, had been under investigation for terrorism since he was arrested by Australian authorities in August. Police said they found in […]
  • 3 charged in southern France extremist attack

    PARIS (AP) — Three people have been charged in France over an Islamic extremist’s shooting rampage and supermarket hostage-taking earlier this year. French regional media reported that the three are suspected of providing help to assailant Redouane Lakdim before his March attack in Carcassonne and the nearby town of Trebes. Four people were killed, including […]
  • The Latest: Group: Malta finally allows rescue ship to leave

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on migration issues in Europe (all times local): 3:55 p.m. A humanitarian group says its migrant rescue ship has been cleared to leave Malta for repairs, after being prevented from doing so for months by the island’s authorities. The German group Sea-Watch said Saturday that the vessel, Sea-Watch 3, […]
  • Cyprus takes in 29 Syrian migrants departing from Lebanon

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cypriot police say most of the 29 Syrian migrants who have arrived to the Mediterranean island after setting sail from Lebanon told authorities they have relatives living on Cyprus. Police said Saturday that the migrants, including five women, nine children and one unescorted minor, have so far made no requests for […]
  • Rights groups warn Ethiopia against return to repression

    ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Rights groups are calling on Ethiopia’s reformist new leader to stop using repressive tactics once favored by the previous leadership, in their most outspoken criticism since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took office in April. Human Rights Watch on Saturday highlighted the recent detention of hundreds of youth in the capital, […]
  • Thousands of pro-independence demonstrators rally in Taiwan

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Thousands of pro-independence demonstrators gathered in Taiwan’s capital on Saturday to express their disapproval with China’s stance toward their island. China cut off contact with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen’s government shortly after her inauguration in 2016 and has been ratcheting up diplomatic, economic and military pressure on Taiwan in a bid […]