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Families of Japan war dead to pray for fallen US soldiers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 8:00am

Dozens of descendants of Japanese soldiers killed in World War II headed to Hawaii on Thursday to pay respects to American war dead.

Former Australian prime minister says he was head-butted

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 7:52am

A former Australian prime minister who decided two years ago that the people should vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legalized said he was head-butted Thursday by a gay rights advocate while walking in a city street.

Belgian lawyer says Jewish Museum suspect may have tumor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 7:46am

The lawyer of a Frenchman accused of shooting dead four people at a Jewish Museum in Belgium says his client may have a brain tumor and is being denied medical treatment.

The Latest: Dominica official describes Maria's damage

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 7:42am

The Latest on Hurricane Maria (all times local):

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 7:41am

Dominica Tourism Minister Robert Tonge is describing his badly damaged country three days after Hurricane Maria made landfall in the eastern Caribbean island. An update from Tonge says the capital of Roseau still has severe flooding and there's heavy damage throughout the city. The hospital and a community center both lost roofs.

Swiss indict 3 over alleged al-Qaida propaganda videos

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 7:41am

Federal prosecutors in Switzerland on Thursday announced indictments of the leader of a prominent Swiss Islamic group and two other top members over alleged al-Qaida propaganda videos posted on YouTube. Contacted by phone in Bangladesh, one of the suspects rejected the case as "politically motivated."

The Latest: Rafael Nadal weighs in on Catalan referendum

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 7:34am

The Latest on independence efforts in Spain's Catalonia region (all times local):

Thousands gather to protest arrests over Catalonian vote

Emilio Morenatti, Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 7:34am

Thousands gathered Thursday at the gates of Catalonia's judicial body in Barcelona to demand the release of a dozen officials arrested in connection with a vote on independence that Spanish authorities are challenging as illegal.

Le Pen's deputy quits as tensions engulf French far right

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 7:30am

The right-hand man of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen quit the National Front on Thursday, in a power battle that further weakened the party after Le Pen's bruising defeat in May's presidential election.

Russia warns US, says special forces helping Syrian troops

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 7:15am

Russia on Thursday issued a stern warning to U.S. forces and their allies in Syria, saying it has deployed Russian special forces alongside Syrian government troops in the battle for the oil-rich Deir el-Zour province and that Moscow would retaliate if the Russians come under fire.

Hong Kong leader condemns UK criticism over jailed activists

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 7:13am

Hong Kong's leader has condemned criticism from British politicians over the city's recent jailing of student activists, saying such comments are unfair and "disrespectful."

The Latest: Mexico rescuers say close to trapped girl

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 7:06am

The Latest on the major earthquake that struck Mexico (all times local):

Poland, NATO troops hold drills amid security concerns

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 6:54am

Thousands of Polish and other NATO troops have launched major defensive exercises in Poland's north amid security concerns raised by war games recently held by neighboring Russia and Belarus.

UK bases in Cyprus employ drones to catch songbird poachers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 6:42am

Police at Britain's two military bases on Cyprus say the use of a state-of-the-art drone will greatly boost their ongoing crackdown on the illicit trapping of small migratory birds.

Germany's kingmaker party seeks strong election comeback

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 6:42am

A pro-business party ejected from Germany's parliament four years ago is aiming for a strong comeback in Sunday's election, wooing voters with a dynamic young leader, a tough tone on eurozone strugglers and talk of a new immigration law.

Iran's top leader dismisses Trump's 'ugly, foolish' remarks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 6:16am

Iran's supreme leader said Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump's "cheap, ugly, foolish and unreal" remarks before the U.N. General Assembly earlier this week were a sign of desperation.

Germany: Merkel aide criticized over comment on nationalists

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 5:51am

Germany's justice minister accused Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff on Thursday of playing into the nationalist Alternative for Germany's hands after he said it was better not to vote at all than to choose the anti-migration party.

Filipino protesters slam martial law, killings under Duterte

Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 5:49am

Thousands of protesters marked Thursday's anniversary of the 1972 declaration of martial law by late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos with an outcry against what they say are the current president's authoritarian tendencies and his bloody crackdown on illegal drugs.

Grenade attack kills 3, wounds 30 in Indian-held Kashmir

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted   Sep 21st - 5:43am

Suspected rebels lobbed a grenade at a motorcade of a local government minister in Indian-controlled Kashmir Thursday, killing three civilians and wounding 30 others, police said.