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Boys’ team identity, meditation may ease stress in Thai cave

By TASSANEE VEJPONGSA and GRANT PECK, Associated Press MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — At a gilded temple in Thailand's mountainous north, Ekapol Chanthawong honed a skill that will serve him well as he sits trapped underground in a dark cave: meditation. Before the 25-year-old was a coach to the ...

AP Explains: Novichok nerve agent that sickened UK couple

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Novichok, a lethal nerve agent that nearly killed a former Russian spy and his daughter in March and recently sickened another couple in England, was the product of a highly secretive Soviet chemical weapons program. Here are key ...

Silent march in France to protest police killing of driver

PARIS (AP) — Hundreds of people marched silently Thursday in France's western city of Nantes to protest the fatal police shooting of a driver who was apparently trying to avoid an identity check — a march that came after two nights of violence rocked the city. Residents laid flowers near ...

Raging wildfire threatens moorlands in northern England

LONDON (AP) — Some 120 firefighters are trying to contain a wildfire that has been declared a "major incident" as it spreads in the moorlands of northern England. British fire officials said two large fires had merged because of high winds and extremely dry conditions as much of England is ...

Rescuers clear hurdle in cave search for missing Thai boys

By TASSANEE VEJPONGSA, Associated Press MAE SAI, Thailand (AP) — Rescue divers cleared a key hurdle Sunday in the increasingly desperate search for 12 boys and their soccer coach who went missing in a cave in northern Thailand more than a week ago, officials said. A team led by Thai navy ...

Overcrowded bus plunges into gorge in India, killing 48

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — At least 48 people were killed on Sunday when an overcrowded bus plunged off a mountain road into a gorge in northern India, officials said. Chief Minister of Uttarakhand state Trivendra Rawat said the bus fell into a 213-meter- (700-foot-) deep gorge in the Himalayan ...

France honors Holocaust survivor Simone Veil at the Pantheon

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Holocaust survivor Simone Veil, one of France's most revered politicians, is getting the rare honor of being buried at the Pantheon, where French heroes are interred, one year after her death. Veil was being inhumed Sunday at the Paris ...

Gunfire, clashes amid Iran protests over water scarcity

By JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Gunfire erupted as Iranian security forces confronted protesters early Sunday amid demonstrations over water scarcity in the country's south, violence that authorities said wounded at least 11 people, mostly police. The ...

French convict escapes from prison via a helicopter

PARIS (AP) — France's Justice Ministry says a Frenchman convicted of murder has escaped from prison using a helicopter. The ministry said Redoine Faid's escape only took "a few minutes" Sunday and no one was injured or taken hostage. It says "an armed commando landed in a helicopter in the ...

EU leaders press ahead with tough new Africa migrant plan

By LORNE COOK and DAVID RISING, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders vowed Thursday to move forward with plans to screen migrants in northern Africa for asylum eligibility to dissuade many of them from setting out for the continent, part of a desperate attempt to shore up ...