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Victims of Poland escape room fire to be buried together

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A city mayor in northern Poland says the five teenage girls who died in a fire at an escape room entertainment site will be buried together in a joint ceremony Thursday. Fire officials said that 26 similar sites have been shut down due to security flaws since the ...

China begins first surface exploration of moon’s far side

By KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese space rover explored the lunar terrain on Friday in the world's first mission on the surface of the far side of the moon. Jade Rabbit 2 drove off a ramp the previous night and onto the soft, snow-like surface after a Chinese ...

Fragmentation helps Netanyahu re-election hopes

By ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Barring a devastating legal ruling against him in a series of corruption allegations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks to be cruising toward re-election and a historic fifth term in office after the upcoming April 9 vote. Part ...

Tropical storm’s rain, surging seas strike Thai beaches

By SUMETH PANPETCH, Associated Press LAEM TALUMPUK, Thailand (AP) — Rain, winds and surging seawater buffeted coastal villages and world-famous tourist resorts Friday, as Tropical Storm Pabuk made landfall on southern Thailand's east coast. The storm, with maximum sustained winds of 70 kph ...

Navy SEAL to plead not guilty to murder charge of ISIS teen

By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press SAN DIEGO (AP) — A decorated Navy SEAL is facing charges of premediated murder and numerous other offenses in connection with the fatal stabbing of a teenage Islamic State prisoner under his care in Iraq in 2017, along with the shooting of unarmed Iraqi ...

North Korean envoy to Italy vanishes — did he defect?

By FRANCES D'EMILIO and KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press ROME (AP) — North Korea's top diplomat in Italy has gone into hiding along with his wife, according to a South Korean lawmaker, raising the possibility of a defection of a senior North Korean official. The news came from South Korea's ...

Waning iPhone demand highlights Chinese consumer anxiety

By JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer BEIJING (AP) — Apple's $1,000 iPhone is a tough sell to consumers in China unnerved by an economic slump and the trade war with the U.S. CEO Tim Cook said in a letter to shareholders Wednesday that demand for iPhones is waning and revenue for the last ...

AP Exclusive: Vatican letter undermines US cardinal on abuse

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican blocked U.S. bishops from taking measures to address the clergy sex abuse scandal because U.S. church leaders didn't discuss the legally problematic proposals with the Holy See enough beforehand, according to a letter ...

US fires tear gas across Mexico border to stop migrants

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — U.S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants who tried to breach the border fence in Tijuana. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement later Tuesday that the gas was used to target rock ...

Russian baby rescued after nearly 36 hours in frozen rubble

By JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Laboring through sub-freezing temperatures, Russian rescue workers were digging into a sprawling heap of jagged rubble from a collapsed apartment building when one heard the faintest sound. It was the sound of life. On Tuesday, to everyone's ...