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Confirmed Ebola cases rise to 13 in Congo’s latest outbreak

The number of confirmed cases in Congo’s new outbreak of the Ebola virus has risen to 13, including three deaths, the health ministry said late Saturday.


Brazil party names jailed leader as presidential nominee

The Workers’ Party in Brazil named jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Saturday as its nominee for the country’s top job.


Feeling sidelined, Israel’s Druze protest Jewish nation bill

Tens of thousands of members of Israel’s Druze minority and their Jewish supporters, some chanting “equality,” packed a central Tel Aviv square Saturday night to rally against a contentious new …


Romania probes anti-Jewish graffiti on Elie Wiesel’s house

Romanian police began an investigation Saturday after anti-Semitic graffiti appeared on the house of late Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel in northwest Romania.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 4:20 p.m.

Bring on the cake: France’s baby panda celebrates his 1st birthday

France’s first baby panda celebrated his first birthday Saturday with a cake of bamboo, honey, apples, oranges, strawberries and lemons.


Top U.S., North Korean diplomats exchange pleasantries, barbs

Roller-coaster nuclear diplomacy between the United States and North Korea hit highs and lows on Saturday as the countries’ top diplomats traded polite words and barbs, leaving efforts to rid …


Finnish brothers killed by lightning as they heated sauna

Finnish police say they suspect two men died from a lightning strike’s electric charge while they were heating up a sauna near a summer cottage in eastern Finland.


Ai Weiwei says Chinese authorities raze his Beijing studio

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei says authorities have begun razing his Beijing studio.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 10:09 a.m.

Russia: 18 killed in Siberian oil worker helicopter crash

A Russian helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday in Siberia, killing all 18 people aboard, mostly oil workers, authorities said.


Red alerts for Portugal, Spain amid smothering heat wave

Residents and tourists in Portugal and Spain stayed in the shade or flocked to the beach Saturday as southern Europe sweltered in a heat wave that has produced near-record temperatures …


Zimbabwe opposition says soldiers search for its supporters

Zimbabwean soldiers were searching parts of the capital for opposition supporters to detain after the disputed election, the main opposition party said Saturday, as elsewhere mourners gathered for a victim …


Spain saves 223 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean

Spanish authorities say they have rescued 223 migrants attempting the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea.


Bluebird jet boat floats again, 51 years after fatal crash

The famed jet boat Bluebird returned to the water Saturday for the first time since a 1967 crash that killed pilot Donald Campbell during a world speed-record attempt.


Thailand’s rescued cave boys end stay at Buddhist temple

MAE SAI, Thailand – With their heads bowed and wearing orange robes, the members of the boys’ soccer team rescued from almost three weeks trapped in a cave in northern …


Turkey to freeze assets of 2 U.S. officials as retaliation

Turkey’s president said Saturday the country will freeze the assets of two United States officials in retaliation for sanctions against Turkey’s justice and interior ministers over the detention of an …


Hot, dusty and on fire: Portugal’s heatwave breaks records

Eight places in Portugal broke local temperature records as a wave of heat from North Africa swept across the Iberian peninsula – and officials predicted the scorching temperatures could get …


Don’t call 12-year-old Mexican university student ‘genius’

The youngest student ever admitted to Mexico’s National Autonomous University wouldn’t call himself a “genius.”


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, 1:19 p.m.

1 killed, 90 wounded by Israel in Hamas-led Gaza protests

Gaza’s Hamas rulers led several thousand Palestinians in a protest along the frontier with Israel on Friday – a show of presence by Hamas as Egyptian efforts intensify to broker …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, 11:52 a.m.

Poland’s daredevil shows video from skiing down K2

Polish climber and daredevil skier Andrzej Bargiel is showing pictures from his latest trip, when he climbed and then skied down the world’s second-highest mountain, K2 in the Karakoram range …


Sunflower farm overwhelmed by selfie seekers

A Canadian sunflower farm has put an end to photo-seeking visitors for the remainder of the season due to a massive crowd last weekend.


Greek public order minister resigns after deadly forest fire

Greece’s public order minister resigned Friday over the deadly forest fire that killed at least 87 people in a seaside area near Athens last week, after spending days defending the …


Japan urges quick probe of female med school discrimination

Japan’s government urged a medical university to promptly disclose the results of an investigation into its admissions process Friday after reports alleged it had altered the test scores of female …


China announces $60B of U.S. goods for tariff retaliation

China on Friday announced a $60 billion list of U.S. goods including coffee, honey and industrial chemicals for retaliation if Washington goes ahead with its latest tariff threat.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, 8:35 a.m.

Moscow: U.N. investigating the killing of 3 Russian reporters

Officials in Moscow say U.N. representatives are helping investigate the killing of three Russian journalists in Central African Republic.


Zimbabwe opposition leader says vote was stolen by Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa on Friday forcefully rejected the narrow election win of President Emmerson Mnangagwa as fraudulent, calling it a vote “stolen from the people.”


Winner of top mathematics prize has medal stolen from him minutes after

The Fields Medal is the most prestigious award in mathematics, a recognition so esteemed that it is often compared to the Nobel Prize. But for Caucher Birkar, a professor at …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 10:34 a.m.

Thousands march in Jerusalem Gay Pride amid surrogacy uproar

More than 15,000 people marched in the Gay Pride Parade through Jerusalem on Thursday, partying in the shadow of a recently passed surrogacy law that excludes homosexual fathers and outraged …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 4:27 p.m.

Zimbabwe’s Mnangagwa wins 1st post-Mugabe election

Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa won election Friday with just over 50 percent of the ballots as the ruling party maintained control of the government in the first vote since the …


Pope seeks to abolish death penalty, changes church teaching

Pope Francis has decreed that the death penalty is “inadmissible” under all circumstances and that the Catholic Church must work to abolish it, changing official church teaching to reflect his …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 5:55 p.m.

Hot African air brings scorching heat, dust to Europe

Hot air from Africa is bringing a new heatwave to Europe, prompting health warnings about Sahara Desert dust and exceptionally high temperatures that are forecast to peak at 116.6 Fahrenheit …