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Belgium shooting rampage was terrorist act, prosecutors say

By LORNE COOK and RAF CASERT, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — The man who killed three people during a knife and shooting rampage through the Belgian city of Liege carried out an act of "terrorist murder," prosecutors said Wednesday, as authorities tried to establish whether he acted ...

Gaza’s Hamas rulers say cease-fire reached with Israel

By FARES AKRAM, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas rulers said Wednesday they had agreed to a cease-fire with Israel to end the largest flare-up of violence between the sides since a 2014 war. Khalil al-Hayya, a senior Hamas official, said Egyptian mediators ...

Afghan officials say attack on ministry was repelled

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber struck outside the Afghan Interior Ministry on Wednesday, allowing several gunmen to pass through an outer gate where they traded fire with security forces, who eventually killed the attackers, officials said. Gen. Daud Amin, the Kabul police chief, ...

Top North Korean official heads to US for pre-summit talks

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN and HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A top North Korean official headed to New York on Wednesday for talks aimed at salvaging a summit between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump on the future of Kim's nuclear program, in the North's highest-level ...

Ahead of summit with Kim Jong Un, Trump has lots of options

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — When President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in Singapore next month, assuming they can stay on track long enough to make it happen, they will have two very different agendas. Washington has set the bar for the summit ...

Russia critic Browder briefly detained in Spain

ARITZ PARRA, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — A prominent critic of the Kremlin says Russia is abusing an Interpol system of warrants that caused him to be briefly detained in Spain on Wednesday. William Browder, a U.S-born investor based in London, said he was in the Spanish capital to share ...

Economist to lead Italy to new election amid political drama

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press ROME (AP) — Amid growing political turmoil, economist Carlo Cottarelli was tapped on Monday to lead Italy to early elections, possibly as soon as after the summer, after populist parties failed to convince the president their Cabinet picks wouldn't ...

Portugal considers allowing euthanasia, assisted suicide

By BARRY HATTON, Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — After legalizing abortion and same-sex marriage in recent times, Portuguese lawmakers will decide Tuesday on another issue that has brought a confrontation between faith and politics in this predominantly Catholic country: whether to ...

US team in NKorea raises expectations of a Trump-Kim summit

By CATHERINE LUCEY, MATTHEW LEE, HYUNG-JIN KIM and FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press A U.S. team was in North Korea to plan a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to President Donald Trump, raising expectations that the on-off-on meeting would indeed take place. Both the State ...

Colombia set for combative runoff with divisions over peace

By CHRISTINE ARMARIO and JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's presidential election is heading into a divisive runoff between two ideological opposites as the conservative first-place finisher in Sunday's voting took a hard line against the country's peace deal ...