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US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — U.S. and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last ...

Big Ben bell falls silent in London for repairs until 2021

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — With a dozen deep bongs, Britain's Big Ben sounded the hour for the last time Monday before falling silent for repair work due to last almost four years. The giant bell atop Parliament's clock tower rang out at noon, as it has almost every ...

Spanish authorities hunting just 1 person in vehicle attacks

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish authorities on Monday said they were looking for just one person after the deadly vehicle attacks last week in Barcelona and a seaside town south of the city by a 12-man jihadi cell. Moroccan suspect Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, ...

Nigerian president vows to step up fight against Boko Haram

By BASHIR ADIGUN, Associated Press ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said his government will step up its campaign against Islamic extremist rebels but made no mention of his health he spoke to the nation for the first time Monday, after more than three months of ...

Attack victims came from around world to celebrate Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The victims of attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort came from around the world and across generations — a Canadian with an adventurous spirit, a Portuguese woman celebrating her 74th birthday, a 3-year-old Spanish boy enjoying a day out with his family. They are ...

PM: Iraqi forces begin operation to retake Tal Afar from IS

By AHMED SAMI, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces on Sunday began a multi-pronged military operation to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, from the Islamic State group, Iraq's prime minister announced. Tal Afar and the surrounding area is one of the ...

Grace Mugabe returns to Zimbabwe despite assault claim

By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned home from South Africa on Sunday despite calls that she be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel in Johannesburg. A report by Zimbabwean state ...

French designer in costly dispute over Pitt-Jolie chateau

PARIS (AP) — A French lighting designer has won a $600,000 court ruling in a dispute with Brad Pitt over a grandiose re-design of the chateau in Provence that he and Angelina Jolie shared. But designer Odile Soudant isn't stopping there. She says her business went under because of Pitt's ...

Police say 39 people detained over neo-Nazi march in Berlin

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police say 39 people were detained Saturday in connection with a far-right march commemorating the 30th anniversary of the death of high-ranking Nazi official Rudolf Hess. More than 500 neo-Nazis had attempted to march to the site of the former prison in Berlin's western ...

Report: German writer wanted by Turkey released in Spain

BERLIN (AP) — German news agency dpa reports that a German writer detained in Spain on a Turkish warrant has been released from jail. Dpa cited lawyer Ilias Uyar as saying Sunday that his client Dogan Akhanli had been ordered to stay in Madrid while Turkey's extradition request is ...