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Seychelles president’s underwater speech: Protect our oceans

By DAVID KEYTON Associated Press DESROCHES ISLAND, Seychelles (AP) — In a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean's surface, the Seychelles president on Sunday made a global plea for stronger protection of the "beating blue heart of our planet." President Danny Faure's call for ...

Hundreds evacuated in Frankfurt so WWII bomb can be defused

BERLIN (AP) — Some 600 people have been evacuated from their homes in the old city of Frankfurt so specialists could remove a World War II-era bomb that was discovered in the Main River. The German news agency dpa reported the bomb was defused, as planned, underwater on Sunday, which led to ...

US-Russia chill stirs worry about stumbling into conflict

By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — It has the makings of a new Cold War, or worse. The deep chill in U.S.-Russian relations is stirring concern in some quarters that Washington and Moscow are in danger of stumbling into an armed confrontation that, by mistake or ...

Philippines: US DNA tests confirm death of IS-linked leader

By JIM GOMEZ Associated Press MANILA, Philippines (AP) — U.S. DNA tests have confirmed the death of a Muslim militant commander who helped lead the 2017 siege of a city in the southern Philippines and was considered a key leader of the Islamic State group in the region, officials said ...

Madagascar measles epidemic kills more than 1,200 people

By LAETITIA BEZAIN Associated Press AMBALAVAO, Madagascar (AP) — Babies wail as a nurse tries to reassure mothers who have come to vaccinate their children. They fear a measles epidemic that has killed more than 1,200 people in this island nation where many are desperately poor. As ...

In a first, Bedouin women lead tours in Egypt’s Sinai

By NARIMAN EL-MOFTY Associated Press ABU ZENIMA, Egypt (AP) — Amid a stunning vista of desert mountains, a Bedouin woman, Umm Yasser, paused to point out a local plant, and she began to explain how it was used in medicine to the group of foreign tourists she was guiding. Umm Yasser is ...

US forces: 3 Marines killed, Afghan contractor wounded

By RAHIM FAIEZ Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. forces in Afghanistan revised on Tuesday the death toll from a Taliban attack the previous day near the main American base in the country, saying three service members were killed but not a contractor who was initially reported ...

UK’s May to ask EU for Brexit delay; long extension expected

By MIKE CORDER and RAF CASERT Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Just days away from a potentially calamitous no-deal Brexit, European Union leaders meet Wednesday to discuss granting the United Kingdom a new delay — possibly of up to a year — to its departure from the bloc. It's likely ...

A look at what comes after Netanyahu’s seeming win in Israel

By ARON HELLER Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to be headed toward a historic fifth term as Israel's prime minister on Wednesday, with near-final election results giving his right-wing Likud and its traditional Jewish ultra-Orthodox and nationalist allies a ...

Red Cross regains entry to Venezuela jails, military prisons

By JOSHUA GOODMAN and JAMEY KEATEN Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The International Committee of the Red Cross has regained access to prisons in Venezuela, including highly guarded military facilities where dozens of inmates considered political prisoners are being held, as ...