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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019, 8:47 p.m.

Top UK court: Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was illegal

In a decision that badly undermines Boris Johnson’s authority, Britain’s highest court ruled unanimously Tuesday that the prime minister broke the law by suspending Parliament in a way that squelched …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019, 7:17 p.m.

UK, France, Germany blame Iran for Saudi oil attacks

Britain, France and Germany joined the United States on Monday in blaming Iran for attacks on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia, but the Iranian foreign minister pointed to claims …


Vacations upended, jobs lost as UK’s Thomas Cook collapses

Hundreds of thousands of travelers were stranded across the world Monday after the British tour company Thomas Cook collapsed in the middle of the night, immediately halting almost all its …


5 EU nations reach temporary deal on rescued migrants

Five European Union nations agreed on Monday to a temporary arrangement for disembarkation and relocation of migrants rescued in the central Mediterranean from human traffickers’ unseaworthy boats, with officials pushing …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019, 10:09 p.m.

‘You are failing us’: Plans, frustration at UN climate talks

Scolded for doing little, leader after leader promised the United Nations on Monday to do more to prevent a warming world from reaching even more dangerous levels.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019, 7:14 p.m.

Afghan officials: 40 civilians killed in anti-Taliban raid

Anti-Taliban raids by Afghan forces backed by U.S. airstrikes killed at least 40 civilians attending a wedding party in the southern Helmand province, Afghan officials said.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 23, 2019, 12:21 p.m.

At least 7 killed as school collapses in Kenya’s capital

A school collapsed in Kenya’s capital on Monday and killed at least seven children, officials said, while some outraged residents alleged shoddy construction. Two other children were in critical condition.


More cases of mysterious disease found in dogs in Norway

Norwegian authorities have recorded six new cases of a mysterious and potentially fatal canine disease that has now affected at least 173 dogs across the country, killing 43 of them.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019, 7:56 p.m.

Tour company Thomas Cook collapses in UK

British tour operator Thomas Cook has collapsed after failing to secure rescue funding, and travel bookings for its more than 600,000 global vacationers were canceled.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019, 8:52 p.m.

World leaders feel the heat in Monday’s climate summit

Only leaders who promise bold action are likely to be featured at United Nations climate action summit Monday.


Cuba: diplomat expulsions, gas crisis part of US offensive

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Friday that the U.S. expulsion of two Cuban diplomats and energy shortages across the island are part of a Trump administration offensive that will …


Philippines confirms 2nd polio case after declaring outbreak

Philippine health officials on Friday confirmed a second case of polio in a 5-year-old child a day after declaring the country’s first outbreak in nearly two decades, and announced plans …


Notre Dame Cathedral: ‘lot of work’ before rebuild can begin

Notre Dame Cathedral has far to go to recover from a destructive fire but a hardy copper rooster that once topped the spire is serving as a reminder that all …


Hurricane Lorena nears Mexico’s resort-studded Los Cabos

Hurricane Lorena neared Mexico’s resort-studded Los Cabos area Friday as owners pulled their boats from the water, tourists hunkered down in hotels, and police and soldiers went through low-lying, low-income …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019, 11:57 a.m.

Saudis show media scorched, shrapnel-blasted oil facility

The heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry remained wrapped in scaffolding Friday as workers sought to repair the charred innards and shrapnel-blasted arteries caused by drone-and-cruise-missile attacks that raised tensions …


Harry and Meghan make 1st official tour as family in Africa

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, along with their infant son, Archie, are set to take their first official tour as a family, starting Monday in a troubled South Africa …


Tour operator Thomas Cook in race to avoid collapse

Thomas Cook, one of the world’s oldest and largest travel companies, is facing a race against time to stay afloat and ensure that around 150,000 British holidaymakers traveling abroad can …


UK top court aims to rule next week on Parliament shutdown

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused by one of the country’s former leaders of obstructing Parliament by shutting down the legislature for five weeks, as a landmark legal challenge …


China attacks Pelosi for meeting Hong Kong activists

China’s foreign ministry on Thursday accused U.S. congressional leader Nancy Pelosi of making irresponsible remarks about pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, one day after she welcomed activists from the city …


In Israel, calls for unity reveal deep divisions after vote

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival, Benny Gantz, on Thursday each called for the formation of a unity government following Israel’s inconclusive national election. But with both men …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019, 3:33 p.m.

Cat burglar: Black panther caught prowling French rooftops

Emergency workers caught an unusual prowler lurking around rooftops in northern France: a black panther.


Japan court: TEPCO execs not guilty in Fukushima disaster

A Japanese court ruled Thursday that three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company were not guilty of professional negligence in the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019, 3:19 p.m.

Hurricane rips roofs, cuts power in Bermuda, but no deaths

Hurricane Humberto blew off rooftops, toppled trees and knocked out power as it blew past the British Atlantic island of Bermuda. But officials said Thursday that the Category 3 storm …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019, 8:06 p.m.

Iran diplomat warns of ‘all-out war’ if hit for Saudi attack

Iran’s top diplomat said Thursday that any attack on his country over a drone-and-missile strike on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry will result in “all-out war,” further pushing up tensions across …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 9:43 p.m.

Japan court: TEPCO execs not guilty of Fukushima nuke crisis liability

A Japanese court says three former executives for Tokyo Electric Power Co. are not guilty of professional negligence in the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 8:16 p.m.

‘It was a dumb thing to do’: Trudeau apologizes for wearing brownface makeup at a costume party in 2001

Canadian leader Justin Trudeau’s campaign for national elections was hit Wednesday by the publication of a yearbook photo showing him in brownface makeup at a costume party in 2001. The …


Indian govt. approves ban on e-cigarettes

India’s government has decided to ban e-cigarettes, expressing concern at the alarming rate at which vaping is becoming popular among the country’s youth and causing breathing illnesses.


German women facing eviction blow up house

German authorities say a mother and daughter are under investigation for attempted murder after setting off an explosion at their home near Muenster when police and a court officer showed …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 1:48 p.m.

Israel’s Arabs poised to gain new voice after tight election

Israel’s Arab coalition appears poised to emerge as the main opposition bloc following Tuesday’s election, a historic first that would grant a new platform to a long-marginalized minority.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 1:41 p.m.

Zimbabwe doctors march as abducted leader is still missing

A line of baton-wielding police on Wednesday stopped a march by Zimbabwean doctors protesting the alleged abduction of a union leader as fears grew about government repression – and about …