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Microsoft uncovers more Russian hacking ahead of midterms

By MATT O'BRIEN, AP Technology Writer Microsoft has uncovered new Russian hacking efforts targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections. The company said Tuesday that a group tied to the Russian government created fake websites that appeared to spoof two American conservative ...

Italian coast guard ship with migrants arrives in Sicily

MILAN (AP) — The Italian coast guard ship Diciotto has made port in the Sicilian city of Catania with 177 migrants awaiting word on which countries will take them following another standoff between Malta and Italy. Though the ship made port late Monday, the Italian government is not allowing ...

Vatican: Pope expected to meet with abuse victims in Ireland

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Tuesday that Pope Francis is expected to meet with victims of sexual abuse during his weekend visit to Ireland and speak out about the problem. Spokesman Greg Burke effectively confirmed the meeting during a briefing ...

Rockets hit during Afghan president’s address; no injuries

By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Rockets were fired Tuesday toward the presidential palace in Kabul as the Afghan president was delivering his holiday message for the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Adha, police said, prompting a ferocious aerial response, with ...

Pope on sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the "crime" of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of ...

Afghan forces free 149 hostages taken by Taliban in ambush

By AMIR SHAH, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan forces launched a lightning operation in northern Kunduz province on Monday, rescuing 149 people, including women and children, abducted by the Taliban just hours earlier, officials said. By mid-afternoon, fighting was still ...

Spanish police shoot man dead in suspected terror attack

By EMILIO MORENATTI, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A man pleaded to be let into a locked police station in Barcelona before dawn Monday, then lunged with a knife at officers inside. Police shot him dead and the attack is being investigated for any links to terror, authorities ...

Quake swarm jolts Indonesian islands, killing at least 12

By ROSIDIN SEMBAHULUN, Associated Press SEMBALUN, Indonesia (AP) — Multiple strong earthquakes killed at least a dozen people on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Sumbawa as the region was trying to recover from a temblor earlier this month that killed hundreds of people. A shallow ...

Shots fired at gate of US Embassy in Turkey; no one hurt

By ZEYNEP BILGINSOY, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Turkey was shot at from a moving car before dawn on Monday, an attack that came during heightened tensions between the two NATO allies. There were no casualties and no claim of responsibility for the fleeting attack, ...

Brief Korean reunions bring tears for separated families

By HYUNG-JIN KIM and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The 92-year-old South Korean woman wept and stroked the wrinkled cheeks of her 71-year-old North Korean son on Monday, their first meeting since they were driven apart during the turmoil of the 1950-53 Korean ...