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Mysterious missile explosion in Russia raises questions

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — A deadly explosion at a naval weapons testing range in northwestern Russia. A brief spike in radiation levels. An evacuation order issued, then rescinded, for a nearby village. Last week's mysterious accident on the White Sea, along with ...

German economy shrinks, casting shadow over European growth

By DAVID McHUGH AP Business Writer FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany's economy shrank by 0.1 percent in the second quarter as global trade conflicts and troubles in the auto industry held back the largest member of the 19-country euro currency union. The weak performance darkened prospects ...

Flights resume at Hong Kong airport as protesters apologize

By VINCENT THIAN and YANAN WANG Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Flights resumed Wednesday at Hong Kong's airport after two days of disruptions that descended into clashes with police, highlighting the hardening positions of pro-democracy protesters and the authorities in the ...

Satellite photos: Chinese armored vehicles near Hong Kong

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Satellite photos show what appear to be armored personnel carriers and other vehicles belonging to the China's paramilitary People's Armed Police parked in a sports complex in the city of Shenzhen, in what some have interpreted as a ...

European theaters mostly wait-and-see on Domingo accusations

BY COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press MILAN (AP) — While two U.S. opera houses immediately canceled performances by famed tenor Placido Domingo following sexual harassment allegations, European opera houses are taking stances ranging from supportive to wait-and-see. The Philadelphia Orchestra ...

Puerto Rico high court overturns Pedro Pierluisi as governor

By DÁNICA COTO Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Supreme Court has overturned the swearing in of Pedro Pierluisi as the island's governor less than a week ago, clearing the way for Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez to take up the post after weeks of ...

Taliban suicide blast in Kabul kills 14 people, 145 wounded

By RAHIM FAIEZ and CARA ANNA Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban car bomb aimed at Afghan security forces ripped through a busy Kabul neighborhood on Wednesday, killing 14 people and wounding 145 — most of them women, children and other civilians — shortly after the ...

Venezuela talks in the balance as US ups pressure on Maduro

By JOSHUA GOODMAN Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — For weeks, representatives of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his would-be successor, opposition leader Juan Guaidó, have been shuttling back and forth to Barbados trying to agree on a common path out of the country's ...

Russian couple face losing custody of child after protest

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow's children's rights ombudsman and other public figures have reacted with outrage to Russian prosecutors' moves to remove a 1-year-old boy from his parents because they allegedly took him to an unauthorized protest. Prosecutors ...

Bolton warns foreigners that violate Venezuela asset freeze

By JOSHUA GOODMAN and DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton pressed his case Tuesday for sweeping action against Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro, warning foreign governments and companies that they could face retaliation in the U.S. ...