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  • Trump closes doors to immigrants, some US citizens open them

    NEW YORK (AP) — As news of immigrant parents being separated from their children at the border filled headlines last summer, Vivien Tartter became distraught. So the 67-year-old psychology professor took action: She opened the doors of her Manhattan apartment to a Guatemalan family of three who had been separated at a detention center in […]
  • Green activists lose challenge to Irish govt climate plan

    LONDON (AP) — An Irish court has rejected a challenge by environmental activists who said the government’s plans for tackling climate change don’t go far enough. Friends of the Irish Environment argued that the government’s climate action plan breached human rights obligations and contravened Ireland’s constitution. Judge Michael MacGrath said Thursday at the High Court […]
  • Prices exceed expectations at Mexican relics sale

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Not only did Mexico fail to stop a French auction house’s sale of about 120 pre-Hispanic artifacts, many sold for well above their estimated prices. The Millon auction house says a stone statue of an Aztec goddess had an estimated pre-sale price of 40,000 to 60,000 euros. It sold for 377,000 […]
  • EU hopes for Russia-Ukraine gas deal despite slow progress

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s top energy official says he’s optimistic Russia and Ukraine can conclude a new gas transit agreement by the end of the year even though several issues need to be resolved. Energy Commissioner Maros Sefcovic said Thursday that there was “a sense of urgency” at talks in Brussels between the […]
  • Imam at Liberian school that burned says toll could rise

    PAYNESVILLE, Liberia (AP) — The imam at a Quranic boarding school in Liberia that burned this week says the death toll could rise above the 27 people reported. Mohammed Lamine Barry spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday, a day after the fire. It was not clear how many children had been sleeping inside when […]
  • Mexico still has much rebuilding to do from 2017 quake

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico marked the Sept. 19 anniversaries of 2017 earthquakes that killed more than 500 people and a devastating 1985 temblor that left at least 9,500 dead. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador presided over a ceremony Thursday in which the flag was raised to half-staff in memory of the victims. Mexico still […]
  • US takes back $100 million from Afghan govt over corruption

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Washington is taking back $100 million intended for an Afghan energy infrastructure project, citing unacceptably high levels of corruption in the Afghan government, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday in a harshly worded statement. The U.S. will still finish the massive project, Pompeo said, which involves five power substations […]
  • France floats tariffs on US goods amid Airbus-Boeing dispute

    PARIS (AP) — France’s finance minister says Europe is ready to impose retaliatory tariffs next year on U.S. goods as part of a long-running dispute over subsidies to plane makers Airbus and Boeing. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told reporters Thursday that “trade wars are good for no one,” noting damage caused worldwide by the […]
  • Watchdog says global oil consortium hurting South Sudan

    JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The largest multinational oil consortium in South Sudan is “proactively participating in the destruction” of the country, the actor George Clooney and co-founder of The Sentry watchdog group told The Associated Press this week. A new report released on Thursday by the Washington-based group that reports on links between corruption […]
  • At 98, D-Day vet jumps again, with eyes on the big 100

    GROESBEEK, Netherlands (AP) — Jump by jump, 98-year-old D-Day veteran Tom Rice is nudging closer to his goal of leaping out of planes at age 100. The American who caused a sensation in June by parachuting into Normandy for the 75th anniversary of the 1944 D-Day landings was at it again on Thursday. This time, […]