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Turkish president: Saudis plotted writer’s killing for days

By SUZAN FRASER, ZEYNEP BILGINSOY and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Saudi officials murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi in their Istanbul consulate after plotting his death for days, Turkey's president said Tuesday, contradicting Saudi Arabia's explanation that ...

Dangerous Cat 4 Hurricane Willa closing in on Mexico coast

By MARCO UGARTE, Associated Press MAZATLAN, Mexico (AP) — Authorities rushed to evacuate low-lying areas and set up shelters as an "extremely dangerous" Hurricane Willa with winds of 130 mph (215 kph) headed toward a Tuesday afternoon landfall along a stretch of Mexico's Pacific coast dotted ...

China opens mega-bridge linking Hong Kong to mainland

By DAKE KANG, Associated Press ZHUHAI, China (AP) — China on Tuesday opened the world's longest sea-crossing bridge linking Hong Kong to the mainland, a feat of engineering carrying immense economic and political significance. Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a ceremony in the ...

Birth of a new Ukrainian church brings fears of violence

By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The rough-looking young men brought clubs and brass knuckles to the Pechersk Monastery in Kiev , one of Orthodox Christianity's most important pilgrimage sites, apparently seeking to disrupt worship. Police spread-eagled them against a ...

Migrants vow to re-form caravan, continue north toward US

By MARK STEVENSON and SONIA PEREZ D., Associated Press CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — About 2,000 Central American migrants who circumvented Mexican police at a border bridge and swam, forded and floated across the river from Guatemala decided on Saturday to re-form their mass caravan and ...

Taiwan train derails, killing 18 and injuring 160

By RALPH JENNINGS, Associated Press TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Eighteen people were killed and at least 160 others injured on Sunday when one of Taiwan's newer, faster trains derailed on a curve along a popular weekend route, officials said. The Puyuma express train was carrying more than 366 ...

Gaza rocket hits home in Israel, military strikes back

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — A rocket fired from Gaza struck a residential home in southern Israel early Wednesday and the Israeli military began attacking militant sites in Gaza in response after days of rising tensions. The Magen David Adom medical service said a ...

Mattis to meet Chinese counterpart amid US-China tensions

By ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to meet on Thursday in Singapore with his Chinese counterpart amid escalating tensions over China's purchase of Russian fighter planes and missiles as well as ongoing friction in the South ...

Pompeo meets with Turkish leaders on missing Saudi writer

By SUZAN FRASER and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A pro-government Turkish newspaper on Wednesday published a gruesome recounting of the alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, just as America's top diplomat arrived in the ...

Prince Harry and Meghan expecting their 1st child in spring

By ROD McGUIRK and GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting their first child in the spring, Kensington Palace said Monday. The announcement came hours after Harry and the former Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney ...