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  • Pakistan arrests US-wanted terror suspect in Mumbai attacks

    MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan on Wednesday arrested a radical cleric and U.S.-wanted terror suspect implicated in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, officials said, just days ahead of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s trip to Washington. Hafiz Saeed was taken into custody in Punjab province while traveling from the eastern city of Lahore to the city of […]
  • Global stocks mostly fall as Wall Street ends winning streak

    TOKYO (AP) — Global shares drifted lower Wednesday as investors await another batch of corporate earnings following Tuesday’s mostly disappointing results, which put an end to Wall Street’s five-day winning streak. The latest round of U.S. corporate financial reports ramps up this week and investors have low expectations. Wall Street is forecasting a 2.6% drop […]
  • Camilleri, author of Montalbano detective series, dies at 93

    ROME (AP) — Author Andrea Camilleri, creator of the best-selling Commissario Montalbano series about a likable, though oft-brooding small-town Sicilian police chief who mixed humanity with pragmatism to solve crimes, died in a Rome hospital Wednesday. He was 93. Italy’s RAI state TV, which produced wildly popular TV versions of his detective stories, interrupted its […]
  • Taliban close Afghan health facilities run by Swedish group

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban forced a Swedish non-profit group to close 42 health facilities it runs in eastern Afghanistan, the organization said Wednesday, the latest attempt by the insurgents to show strength amid negotiations to end the country’s nearly 18-year war. In Sweden, the group’s director called the closures “an obvious violation of […]
  • Germany: leader of Merkel party takes over defense ministry

    BERLIN (AP) — The new leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party took over Germany’s defense ministry on Wednesday in a risky but potentially rewarding move, reversing her previous insistence that she wouldn’t join the Cabinet. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer succeeded Ursula von der Leyen, who was elected Tuesday as the new head of the European Commission. Kramp-Karrenbauer […]
  • US wants role in efforts to settle South Korea-Japan dispute

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States will “do what it can” to help resolve festering trade and political disputes between South Korea and Japan, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday after a series of meetings with Seoul officials. David Stilwell, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asian affairs, is in South Korea for […]
  • Australian finds message in a bottle written 50 years ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A fisherman said on Wednesday he was looking for the author of a message in a bottle found off the southern Australian coast 50 years after it was written. Paul Elliot told Australian Broadcasting Corp. that he and his son Jyah found the bottle on the west coast of Eyre Peninsula […]
  • Confusion, fear reigns on Mexico border with new US policy

    NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — Asylum-seekers gathered in Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Texas, grappled to understand what a new U.S. policy that all but eliminates refuge claims by Central Americans and many others meant for their bids to find a better life in America amid a chaos of rumors, confusion and fear. The […]
  • Man in NW China executed after decades-long blood feud

    BEIJING (AP) — A man in northwest China was executed Wednesday for killing three neighbors in apparent revenge for his mother’s death more than two decades earlier. The Supreme People’s Court in Shaanxi province announced that it implemented the death penalty on Zhang Koukou for intentional homicide against three men — two brothers and their […]
  • Venezuela frees musician jailed after blasting Maduro online

    LOS TEQUES, Venezuela (AP) — Karen Palacios’ Yamaha clarinet still rests where she left it atop sheet music of a Mozart concerto that she practiced diligently the night before two strangers dressed in black lured her away in a luxury SUV. The 25-year-old musician’s captors duped her into believing she was needed for an interview […]