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British police: 3 struck dead by train in south London

LONDON (AP) — Three people have died after being struck by a train in south London, British Transport Police said Monday. Police said they were trying to determine details about the deaths at the Loughborough Junction station, on a busy commuter line into the city center. Police said the ...

Strong quake near Osaka, Japan, kills 3, knocks over walls

By MARI YAMAGUCHI and KEN MORITSUGU, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Residents in western Japan were cleaning up debris Monday after a powerful earthquake hit the area around Osaka, the country's second-largest city of commerce, killing three people and injuring hundreds while knocking over ...

Compulsive video-game playing now new mental health problem

By JAMEY KEATEN and MARIA CHENG, Associated Press GENEVA (AP) — For video game addicts, it might soon be "game over." In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the World Health Organization said Monday that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental ...

Number of asylum-seekers in Europe plunges in 2017

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's asylum office says the number of people applying for international protection in Europe has plunged but remains higher than before 2015, when more than one million migrants entered, many fleeing the war in Syria. EASO said in an annual report Monday that ...

Germany will fail 2020 climate goals, now eyes 2030 target

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's environment minister says the country will likely miss its target of cutting carbon emissions by 2020, an embarrassment for a government that wants to lead the charge on limiting climate change. Minister Svenja Schulze said Monday the goal of cutting carbon emissions ...

AP Explains: Who and what are behind Germany’s govt crisis?

By GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's fourth-term government took nearly six months to put together, taking office in March after the center-left Social Democrats reluctantly agreed to team up with her conservatives again. But the crisis shaking the new ...

After summit, North Korea shows Trump in new light

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Koreans are getting a new look at U.S. President Donald Trump. They see him shaking hands with Kim Jong Un at their historic summit in Singapore, and even awkwardly saluting a three-star general. It's a far cry from the ...

Prosecutor: Man makes deadly toxin for an attack in Germany

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER and DAVID RISING, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — German authorities have thwarted a plot by a Tunisian man who created the deadly toxin ricin using castor bean seeds and planned to use the poison in an Islamic extremist attack in Germany, federal prosecutors said ...

Glass walls, not metal fencing, to surround Eiffel Tower

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Goodbye metal fencing, hello glass walls: Paris authorities are building a permanent security belt around the Eiffel Tower, replacing the current fencing around it with more visually appealing glass walls. The company operating France's ...

Greece refuses to extradite slain reporter’s source to Malta

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's Supreme Court has rejected a second bid by Malta for the extradition of a Russian whistleblower who helped a murdered Maltese journalist investigate money-laundering in high places. Thursday's ruling upheld an earlier decision in April by a lower court, which ...

Saudi-led troops fight rebel forces south of Yemen’s Hodeida

By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Troops in a Saudi-led coalition captured a town south of Yemen's port city of Hodeida on Thursday as fierce fighting and airstrikes pounded the area, officials said, on the second day of an offensive to capture the strategic harbor. A ...

Hungary sends smugglers to prison for 71 suffocation deaths

By PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A Hungarian court on Thursday sentenced four human traffickers to 25 years in prison each for their roles in the 2015 case in which 71 migrants suffocated to death in the back of a refrigerated truck found on a highway in ...

100 years of voting: British marches celebrate suffragettes

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Thousands of women turned British cities into rivers of green, white and violet Sunday to mark 100 years since the first women won the right to vote in the U.K. Part artwork, part parade, "Processions" saw women march through London, ...

Business as usual in North Korea as public unaware of summit

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — With all the international attention focused on Singapore and the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang must be buzzing with excitement, right? Well, it might be, if ...

Isolated Kim takes big gamble leaving home for Trump summit

By FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press SINGAPORE (AP) — Spare a moment, as you anticipate one of the most unusual summits in modern history, to consider North Korea's leader as he left the all-encompassing bubble of his locked-down stronghold of Pyongyang on Sunday and stepped off a jet onto ...

Spain rescues 334 migrants from Mediterranean, finds 4 dead

MADRID (AP) — Spain's maritime rescue service has saved 334 migrants and recovered four bodies from boats it intercepted trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea. The rescue service says its patrol craft reached nine different boats carrying migrants that had left from ...

Poll shows deep divisions between Israelis and American Jews

JERUSALEM (AP) — An opinion poll published Sunday shows deep divisions between Israelis and American Jews, particularly in relation to President Donald Trump, highlighting the growing rift between the world's two largest Jewish communities. The survey of the American Jewish Committee showed ...

Disneyland Paris enters Marvel universe with Avengers theme

By THOMAS ADAMSON, Associated Press CHESSY, France (AP) — Helicopters, concept cars and SWAT teams shrouded in smoke heralded the launch of the first Avengers-themed season at Disneyland Paris following the announcement of plans for a $2.5 billion park expansion that will feature Marvel ...

Secluded resort chosen for Trump-Kim summit in Singapore

By ZEKE MILLER and CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet at a luxury resort on Sentosa Island for nuclear talks next week in Singapore, the White House said Tuesday. The historic meeting will be held at the ...

Obama-era license aimed to let Iran convert money in dollars

By JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran access — albeit briefly — to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite repeatedly telling Congress and ...