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Anxious Zimbabwe awaits presidential election results

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Hundreds of angry opposition supporters outside Zimbabwe's electoral commission were met by riot police firing tear gas on Wednesday as the country awaited the results of Monday's presidential election, the ...

IS claims Tajikistan attack that killed 4 foreign cyclists

By MARIA DANILOVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a car-and-knife attack on Western tourists cycling in Tajikistan that killed two Americans and two Europeans. Officials in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation didn't publicly ...

Animals, crops and people all suffer amid Europe’s heatwave

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — The heatwave gripping large stretches of Europe has already been blamed for deadly forest fires and crop failures. Now freshwater fish could be its next victims. Some regions in Germany sweltered as the mercury hit 39 degrees Celsius ...

Zimbabwe says election is clean; opposition is skeptical

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's election took an uneasy turn Tuesday when the opposition alleged results were not posted outside one-fifth of polling stations as required by law, and the electoral commission said the impatient ...

Bodies of 76 killed in deadly Greek wildfires identified

By ELENA BECATOROS, Associated Press ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The bodies of 76 people killed by Greece's deadliest wildfire in decades have been identified, authorities said Tuesday, as forensic experts kept working to identify more remains recovered from the charred resort area. Separately, ...

US Vatican cardinal: “Not once did I even suspect” McCarrick

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The highest-ranking American at the Vatican insisted Tuesday he never knew or even suspected that his former boss, disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, allegedly sexually abused boys and adult seminarians, telling The Associated ...

Opposition says Cambodian election was death of democracy

By SOPHENG CHEANG and JERRY HARMER, Associated Press PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The ruling party of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen congratulated itself Monday on its election victory, while the opposition party unable to contest the polls said they marked the death of democracy in the ...

Report says 3rd party intervention possible in MH370 mystery

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian-led independent investigation report released Monday, more than four years after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, highlighted shortcomings in the government's response and raised the possibility of "intervention ...

Zimbabwe votes for first time without Mugabe on ballot

By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA and FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabweans on Monday were voting peacefully in their first election without Robert Mugabe on the ballot, a contest that could bring international legitimacy and investment or signal more stagnation if the ...

Death toll from Greek wildfire reaches 91 as village grieves

By COSTAS KANTOURIS and DEMETRIS NELLAS, Associated Press MATI, Greece (AP) — Fire officials in Greece raised the death toll from a wildfire that raged through a coastal area east of Athens to 91 and reported that 25 people were missing Sunday, six days after Europe's deadliest forest fire ...

Australian bishop convicted of sex abuse cover-up resigns

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resignation of an Australian archbishop convicted in criminal court of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a priest, taking action after coming under mounting pressure from ordinary ...

Cruise ship guards first tried to scare polar bear away

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norwegian authorities are defending the actions of guards from a German cruise ship that killed a polar bear that had attacked and injured a crew member, saying they at first tried to scare it away. Police spokesman Ole Jakob Malmo says Monday that two members of ...

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe emerges, rejects Mnangagwa in election

By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's former leader Robert Mugabe on Sunday emerged to address the nation for the first time since stepping down in November and just hours before Monday's historic election, declaring that "I will not vote for those who have ...

Cambodians vote in election with main opposition silenced

By SOPHENG CHEANG and JERRY HARMER, Associated Press PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — With the main opposition silenced, Cambodians voted in an election Sunday virtually certain to return to office Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power for more than three decades. Although 20 parties ...

Strong quake hits Indonesian island, killing at least 14

By NINIEK KARMINI and ALI KOTARUMALOS, Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong and shallow earthquake early Sunday killed at least 14 people and injured more than 160 on Indonesia's Lombok island, a popular tourist destination next to Bali, officials said. The quake damaged more ...

Pope accepts resignation of McCarrick after sex abuse claims

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a move seen as unprecedented, Pope Francis has effectively stripped U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick of his cardinal's title following allegations of sexual abuse, including one involving an 11-year-old boy. The Vatican announced ...

Tears, grief at memorial service for Greek wildfire victims

MATI, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of people have attended a memorial service in the Greek seaside resort of Mati for the dozens who perished in a wildfire that devastated the area. Bishop Kyrillos presided over Sunday's service at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, six ...

Palestinian protest icon Tamimi released from Israeli prison

By MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH, Associated Press NABI SALEH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi returned home to a hero's welcome in her West Bank village on Sunday after Israel released the 17-year-old from prison at the end of her eight-month sentence for slapping and kicking ...

Chinese leader arrives for Africa visit as US interest wanes

By BABACAR DIONE and CARA ANNA, Associated Press DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Africa on Saturday on a four-nation visit seeking deeper military and economic ties while his rival in a bitter trade war, the Trump administration, shows little interest in the ...

French investigators raid home of Macron’s ex-bodyguard

PARIS (AP) — French investigators on Saturday raided the house of one of French President Emmanuel Macron's former top security aides, a man who was caught on camera beating a young protester in May. Alexandre Benalla's involvement in the beating and questions about the government's handling ...