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Three killed in magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Japan

A 9-year-old girl and two men in their 80s were killed by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in the western Japan metropolis of Osaka.

Taxi driver who hit 8 Moscow pedestrians says he fell asleep

The accident took place near Red Square as Russia is hostings the World Cup soccer games.

Woman hurts 2 in south France with box cutter, is detained

A customer in the store in the maritime town of La Seyne-sur-Mer was injured in the chest and hospitalized.

Conservative tops Colombia vote

Ivan Duque was leading by 13 percentage points over former leftist guerrilla-turned-politico Gustavo Petro.

Macedonia signs historic deal with Greece on name dispute

If ratified, the agreement could resolve a decades-old dispute and pave the way for the enlargement of the European Union and NATO.

Taliban reject Afghan government’s proposed cease-fire extension

Thousands of Taliban fighters swarmed into cities and towns to celebrate the three-day Eid holiday.

Convoy of rescued migrants reaches Spain

The arrival ended a weeklong ordeal for hundreds of people, as the larger EU debate over migration intensified.

Boats carrying 630 migrants dock in Spain

The convoy arrived early Sunday in Valencia. Officials will examine the migrants case-by-case to see if they qualify for asylum.

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Pope: Abortion is ‘white glove’ equivalent to Nazi crimes

The pontiff compared abortion to the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them.

Deadly blast punctures Afghanistan’s brief peace

Saturday’s blast killed at least 26 people and wounded more than 50.

Greek government survives no-confidence vote over Macedonia deal

But the government suffered a loss in its parliamentary majority after lawmaker Dimitris Kammenos of the nationalist Independent Greeks was kicked out of the party immediately after the vote, leaving the governing coalition with a three-member majority.

Bistros are the life of Paris, but are they UNESCO worthy?

A coalition of bistro owners, unions, and trade organizations is lobbying to get UNESCO to grant Paris’ sidewalk bistros and cafes official status as France’s “intangible cultural heritage.”

Summit does not deal with North Korea’s hacking

Among the subjects President Trump apparently didn’t discuss with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was North Korea’s record of dangerous cyberattacks.

After a killing, an Israeli soldier and an Arab family confront justice

The case is exceptional, even extraordinary, because Israeli security forces are so rarely taken to court for killing or abusing Palestinians.

23-foot-long python swallows Indonesian woman

Villagers located the python after the woman went missing, cut it open, and found her inside.

Fire guts Glasgow School of Art for second time in 4 years

Considered the jewel in the Scottish city’s architectural crown, the building had been under restoration after being badly damaged in a 2014 blaze.

Trump searches for credit on North Korea nuclear deal

President Donald Trump credits his accord with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un with saving tens of millions of people from nuclear war. Now he just has to get everyone else on board.

Clarinetist discovers his ex-girlfriend faked a rejection letter from his dream school

Eric Abramovitz thought he was rejected from the world-class Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. Two years later, he found out that he was, in fact, accepted to the program.

US drone strike kills leader of Pakistani Taliban

Mullah Fazlullah ordered attacks on schoolchildren in Pakistan, including future Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

Gaza residents pray near Israel, as Muslims mark major feast

Several thousand Gaza worshipers knelt on prayer rugs spread on sandy soil, near the perimeter fence with Israel.

Hawking laid to rest in Westminster Abbey

His ashes were placed between the remains of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, two of the giants of science.

Greek lawmakers debate no-confidence vote over Macedonia name

The government has tentatively agreed to end a dispute with neighboring Macedonia over that country’s name.

Fierce fighting intensifies outside Yemen’s Hodeida airport

Preparations are underway by the Saudi-led coalition and Yemeni fighters to seize control of the airport.

US drone kills Pakistan Taliban chief, Afghan official says

Insurgent leader Mullah Fazlullah, reportedly killed in the strike, ordered the assassination of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

US announces tariffs on $50 billion in China imports

President Trump’s administration announced a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports, escalating a trade dispute between the world’s two largest economies.

They Let 71 People Die in Stifling Truck. They Got 25 Years.

A series of migration tragedies defined the summer of 2015 in Europe.

US insists sanctions will remain until North Korea denuclearizes

“We are going to get the complete denuclearization,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

Macron takes heat over new dishes

Macron takes heat over new dishes

British town rallies in defense of woman who hangs her laundry outside

LONDON — One person placed a bra atop a flagpole. By the end of the day, boxers, socks and shirts were draped outside homes and shops, and even strung across a street.

Argentine Congress OK’s elective abortion; bill now goes to Senate

The lower house of Argentina’s congress on Thursday approved a bill that would legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, sending the measure to the Senate. President Mauricio Macri has said he will sign the bill if it’s approved.

Glass walls, not metal fencing, to surround Eiffel Tower

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.

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

The Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen’s exiled government captured a town south of the port city of Hodeida on Thursday as fierce fighting and airstrikes pounded the area on the second day of an offensive to capture the strategic harbor that is the main entry point for food in a country teetering on the brink of famine.

Japanese utility eyes scrapping 2nd Fukushima nuclear plant

The utility responsible for meltdowns at a nuclear power plant in northeast Japan seven years ago said Thursday for the first time publicly that it will start making concrete plans to decommission another plant in Fukushima that narrowly escaped the crisis.

Remembering the Grenfell fire, iconic landmarks glow green

Remembering Grenfell fire, iconic landmarks glow green as Queen and Meghan join tributes

US returns 1493 Christopher Columbus letter to Vatican

The rare copy of the letter had been stolen from the Vatican, replaced with a forgery, and was then found by US investigators.

Lawmaker urges Russian women to be vigilant with World Cup fans

A Russian lawmaker said she hopes Russian women will decide against casual relationships with foreign spectators that may end up in unplanned pregnancies.

Egypt defends austerity measures amid fears of unrest

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Tuesday defended austerity measures aimed at reviving the economy, amid fears of public anger that may have motivated the arrests of activists and bloggers in recent weeks.

Trump-Kim summit creates new anxieties for Asian allies

For America’s allies in Asia, the outcome of President Trump’s summit meeting with Kim Jong Un of North Korea has been decidedly mixed.

Australia PM will make national apology to sex abuse victims

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will deliver a national apology to child sex abuse victims as part of the government’s response to a long-running inquiry that heard allegations against government and private institutions and prominent individuals in five years of hearings.

Iraq’s al-Sadr joins forces with Iran-backed coalition

Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, whose coalition won the largest number of seats in last month’s parliamentary elections, has announced an alliance with an Iran-backed coalition ahead of marathon negotiations to form a new government.

Iran detains rights lawyer who defended headscarf protesters

Iranian authorities on Wednesday detained a prominent rights lawyer who had recently defended women protesting the obligatory Islamic headscarf.

Former Polish leaders ask EU to defend Poland’s democracy

Lech Walesa and others appealed to the bloc to help defend the rule of law as a populist government overhauled the judiciary.

New German FM wants ‘Europe united’ to counter ‘America 1st’

Germany’s new foreign minister says that Europe’s response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America First” strategy should be “Europe United.”

Selfie blamed in falling deaths of 2 tourists in Portugal

Authorities in Portugal say that a British and an Australian tourist plunged to their deaths in a coastal town while reportedly taking selfies from a wall overlooking the beach.

Tensions flare between Italy and France as stranded migrants are diverted to Spain

Italy escalated its quarrel with France over migration Wednesday, challenging it to take in more asylum-seekers.

Attack on port raises fears that Yemen’s humanitarian crisis will worsen

An Arab military coalition invaded Yemen’s main Red Sea port, threatening to worsen the world’s most severe humanitarian disaster by disrupting food supplies.

Trump attacked Trudeau but ‘practically hugged’ Kim Jong Un, says French foreign minister

‘‘We are in a destabilizing situation,’’ Jean-Yves Le Drian said of President Trump and of the erratic nature of US foreign policy.

Sarin, chlorine likely used in Syria in March 2017, global watchdog says

The global chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday that the nerve agent sarin and toxic chemical chlorine were “very likely” used as weapons in two attacks in central Syria.

With summit over, Mike Pompeo makes visits to Asian allies

The top US diplomat was visiting South Korea on Wednesday.

Macedonia makes name change deal with Greece

Greece and Macedonia reached an historic agreement Tuesday to end a bitter 27-year name dispute that had kept the smaller and younger country out of international institutions such as NATO, the two countries’ prime ministers announced.