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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama have released the identity of a man who died after being assaulted during a carjacking and run over by an off-duty officer.Al.com reports Birmingham police say 40-year-old Jerand Deon Jackson was killed early Wednesday. It's unclear if he died …
LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England has kept its main interest rate on hold at 0.75% as rate-setters continue to await developments over Brexit.All nine members of the rate-setting Monetary Policy Committee backed the decision to not change rates.There had been some expectations in the …
MILAN (AP) — Italian firefighters say three people were killed by an explosion in an apartment building that appears to have been caused by a gas leak.The explosion Thursday morning in the northeastern city of Gorizia near the Slovenian border completely leveled the building, leaving just …
JERUSALEM (AP) — Four political parties representing Israel's Arab minority have announced they will unite for the upcoming parliamentary elections.After last spring's disappointing showing, the move looks to boost turnout and improve Arab representation in parliament.The four factions first …
MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin faced a litany of complaints about low living standards during a marathon call-in show Thursday, promising to boost wages and pensions and boost social programs.More than 1.5 million people have sent their questions by phone, video calls or email.For …
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. drone on Thursday amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over its collapsing nuclear deal with world powers, American and Iranian officials said, though they disputed the circumstances of the incident.The Guard …
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Putin's annual call-in show (all times local):1:45 p.m.President Vladimir Putin says that Russia will not compromise on its core interests to win a respite from Western sanctions.Putin admitted that the U.S. and the European Union sanctions have cost Russia an …
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Asian nations are scrambling to contain the spread of highly contagious African swine fever, with Vietnam culling 2.5 million pigs and China reporting more than a million dead in an unprecedentedly huge epidemic some fear is out of control.Smaller outbreaks have been …
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region amid rising tensions between Iran and the U.S. (all times local):2:20 p.m.Iran's foreign ministry has warned the United States over violating Iranian airspace after the Revolutionary Guard shot down a …
LONDON (AP) — A British court has ruled that the U.K. government must reconsider its decision to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia for use in the Yemen war.The Court of Appeal ruled Thursday in favor of anti-weapons campaigners, who argued that the sales should not have been allowed because there …
MOSCOW (AP) — An American man kept behind bars in Russia on spying charges on Thursday appealed to U.S. President Donald Trump for help.Paul Whelan was arrested in a hotel room in Moscow at the end of December and charged with espionage, which carries up to 20 years in prison in Russia.The …
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento police on Thursday were trying to negotiate the surrender of a gunman suspected of killing a police officer during a domestic dispute.Tara O'Sullivan, 26, died at UC Davis Medical Center hours after the gunman opened fire on her Wednesday, Deputy Chief …
HONG KONG (AP) — A deadline imposed by activist groups for Hong Kong's government to meet demands including the scrapping of controversial extradition legislation passed Thursday without an official response.The groups have said they would call on supporters to surround government …
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Treasury chief is urging Conservative Party leadership contenders to be honest with the public and spell out what they would do if their plans for leaving the European Union falter.Philip Hammond is expected to use his Mansion House showcase speech in the City of …
NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government has created a new ministry to respond to a growing water crisis, with more than 60% of the country's 1.3 billion people dependent on farming and favorable monsoon rains.Indian President Ram Nath Kovind told Parliament on Thursday that the new Ministry of …
BEIJING (AP) — China's Commerce Ministry says officials on both sides are preparing for a meeting of Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping next week in Osaka, but that threats and tariffs will not resolve trade tensions between the two biggest economies.Ministry spokesman Gao Feng said …
NEW YORK (AP) — The Pulitzer Prize-winning librettist Mark Campbell received a note in late February 2018 from the general director of the New York City Opera: "I may have a project for you, but you have to write quickly."A day later, the note writer, Michael Capasso, asked Campbell to …
BERLIN (AP) — A union representing German cabin crew is threatening to stage a strike at the height of the summer travel season amid negotiations with airlines over pay.The UFO union said Thursday that it will ballot members who work for budget airlines Eurowings and Germanwings. Both are …
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas' chief says Israel is ignoring the terms of an indirect cease-fire agreement for the Gaza Strip.Ismail Haniyeh told foreign reporters in Gaza on Thursday that the understandings, brokered by Egypt, Qatar and the U.N., now are "in the danger zone."He said …
ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Thursday his country is determined to ensure that former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's dramatic death in a Cairo courtroom is not forgotten.Erdogan spoke during a meeting with a group of foreign journalists a day after he …

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