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Strong quake hits near Greek capital of Athens, sparks fear

By DEREK GATOPOULOS Associated Press ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A strong earthquake hit Friday near the Greek capital of Athens, causing residents to run into the streets in fear and firefighters to check for people trapped in elevators. The Athens Institute of Geodynamics gave the earthquake a ...

Iran denies Trump claim that US destroyed Iranian drone

By AMIR VAHDAT and DAVID RISING Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Friday it can provide images that disprove President Donald Trump's statement that a U.S. warship destroyed an Iranian drone near the Persian Gulf after it threatened the ship. The incident marked a new escalation ...

Dutch Supreme Court upholds Srebrenica deaths liability

By MIKE CORDER Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch Supreme Court upheld Friday a lower court's ruling that the Netherlands is partially liable in the deaths of some 350 Muslim men who were murdered by Bosnian Serb forces during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The ...

Germany’s Merkel criticizes Trump comments on congresswomen

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's comments about Democratic lawmakers of color, saying they run counter to what she considers "the strength of America" and expressing solidarity with the women. Merkel was asked at her annual ...

Hand signals and Post-its: The Hong Kong protester playbook

By YANAN WANG and ALICE FUNG Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong's youth are no rookies when it comes to protests. The city's young activists have fine-tuned their strategies since Occupy Central in 2014, a months-long pro-democracy demonstration that ended without tangible ...

Von der Leyen: pro-EU fixture in Merkel’s Cabinets

By GEIR MOULSON and RAF CASERT Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — For Ursula von der Leyen, becoming European Commission president and perhaps the most important official in the European Union felt like coming home. After she was confirmed by the European Parliament in a cliffhanger ballot ...

‘Chatgate’ scandal throws Puerto Rico’s governor into crisis

By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and JOEL COLON Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nearly two years ago, Hurricane María exposed the raw dysfunction of Puerto Rico, collapsing long-neglected infrastructure and leaving several thousand dead on Gov. Ricardo Rosselló's watch. Last week, two ...

Some migrants allowed to cross on first day of asylum policy

By ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press Nearly two dozen immigrants were allowed to cross the U.S.-Mexico border to seek asylum on Tuesday, the day the Trump administration planned to launch a drastic policy change designed to end asylum protections for most migrants who travel through another ...

African man escaped a massacre, but death followed

By DAVID SHARP Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — When an armed conflict erupted in his village in Congo, Blaise Matshieba Nduluyele fled from the carnage. Hundreds of people, including some of his relatives, were slaughtered. Death remained close as his family undertook a grueling ...

US fears Iran seized UAE-based tanker in Strait of Hormuz

By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A small oil tanker from the United Arab Emirates traveling through the Strait of Hormuz entered Iranian waters and turned off its tracker two days ago, leading the U.S. to suspect Iran seized the vessel amid heightened ...