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Quake from Mount Etna volcano jolts Sicily, sparks panic

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press ROME (AP) — A quake triggered by Mount Etna's eruption jolted eastern Sicily before dawn Wednesday, injuring at least 10 people, damaging churches and houses on the volcano's slopes and prompting panicked villagers to flee their homes. Italy's Civil ...

Indonesia says avoid coast near volcano, fearing new tsunami

By NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities asked people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed at least 430 people last weekend in a fresh warning issued on the anniversary of the catastrophic 2004 Asian earthquake and tsunami. The ...

Japan to resume commercial whaling, but not in Antarctic

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Wednesday that it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts for the animals for the first time in 30 years, but said it would no longer go to the Antarctic for its much-criticized annual ...

Russia’s Putin oversees test of hypersonic weapon

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says the Russian military has successful tested a new hypersonic glide vehicle. It said Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw the test launch of the Avangard vehicle from the Defense Ministry's control room. In Wednesday' test, the weapon was launched from the ...

Digitally enhanced: Estonia plots the end of bureaucracy

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — In the Estonian capital of Tallinn, three-day-old Oskar Lunde sleeps soundly in his hospital cot, snuggled into a lime green blanket decorated with red butterflies. Across the room, his father turns on a laptop. "Now we will register ...

Koreas break ground on railways but sanctions block project

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea broke ground Wednesday on an ambitious project to modernize North Korean railways and roads and connect them with the South, but without progress in nuclear negotiations, regular trains won't be crossing the ...

Tsunami set off by volcanic eruption kills 222 in Indonesia

By NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — An eruption of one of the world's most infamous volcanic islands is believed to have triggered a tsunami that killed at least 222 people in Indonesia during a busy holiday weekend. The waves smashed onto beaches at night ...

French police defend pulling out gun against protesters

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French authorities on Sunday defended aggressive police actions to contain violence at yellow vest protests after a policeman was seen briefly brandishing a gun at a surging crowd in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron called for "the ...

Trump loses US envoy to anti-IS coalition over Syria plan

By MATTHEW LEE and SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, joining Defense Secretary ...

UK police free 2 drone suspects in Gatwick travel chaos

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British police on Sunday freed two people who been arrested in connection with the drone incursions at London's Gatwick Airport, saying they were no longer suspects. The move left the public with no answers about who had disrupted the holiday ...