• Erdogan ally wins vote of confidence in Turkish parliament

    Erdogan ally wins vote of confidence in Turkish...

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's new government, led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's loyal ally, has easily won a vote of confidence in parliament. Legislators voted 315-138 on Sunday to approve Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's government. Yildirim, 60, replaced former premier Ahmet Davutoglu, who stepped down after falling out of favor with Erdogan over a range of issues. They included Davutoglu's apparent lack of enthusiasm for constitutional changes, pressed by Erdogan, which would transform his largely ceremonial presidency into one where the president wields more power. Yildirim has promised to immediately work toward passing the controversial constitutional changes demanded by Erdogan.

  • Rain washes out attempt to set record Greek sirtaki dance

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    CONSTANTA, Romania (AP) — Torrential rain has dashed hopes in Romania of setting a Guinness Book world record for Greece's famous sirtaki dance. Romanians were attempting to break the world record for the dance made famous in the 1964 movie "Zorba the Greek" before a storm struck this Black Sea port on Saturday. Organizers declared the attempt a washout, then had a change of heart and called people back to the beach in the port, 250 kilometers (156 miles) east of Bucharest. The current world sirtaki record was set in Volos, Greece, in 2012 when 5,614 people danced. Organizers in Romania claim more than 6,000 people took part in Saturday's record-breaking attempt.

  • Israel arrests Palestinian suspects in Jerusalem bus attack

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's internal security service says it has arrested six Palestinians from the West Bank suspected of preparing explosives and planning the bomb attack on a bus in Jerusalem that wounded 21 Israelis last month. The Shin Bet said Sunday that the suspected militant cell from the Bethlehem area was planning other car bombings and shooting attacks. It says one of the detained suspects, Mohammad Sami Abed al-Hamid al-Azza, from the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, learned how to build explosives from online videos. It says he procured the explosives from others affiliated with the Islamic militant group Hamas and that they recruited and trained the bomber, Abed al-Hamid Abu Sarour, who died from his woun

  • Breakaway Taliban faction expresses support for peace talks

    Breakaway Taliban faction expresses support for...

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    SHINDAND, Afghanistan (AP) — A breakaway Taliban faction is willing to hold peace talks with the Afghan government but will demand the imposition of Islamic law and the departure of all foreign forces, a senior leader of the group said Sunday. Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi told a group of around 200 followers in eastern Afghanistan that his faction had no faith in the government but was willing to negotiate without preconditions. Niazi is deputy to Mullah Mohammad Rasool, who split from the Taliban last summer after Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was chosen to succeed the group's late founder, Mullah Mohammad Omar. Mansoor was killed earlier this month in a U.S.

  • AP PHOTOS: Refugees who made a train to nowhere their home

    AP PHOTOS: Refugees who made a train to nowhere...

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    IDOMENI, Greece (AP) — Before catching the world's attention, Idomeni was a sleepy village on the Greek border with Macedonia, the last stop on the train before heading through former Yugoslav countries and onto western Europe. Hundreds of thousands of refugees followed the train tracks past Idomeni northward in 2015, when the migrant crisis exploded. They came from Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, trekking through Greece after dangerous rides on rickety smugglers' boats from Turkey, most hoping to make it west and north to more prosperous European countries. Idomeni is where they stopped when Europe decided to close its borders in March. Gradually, helped by volunteers, the stranded refugees created a small town.

  • German rhetoric on Afghan migrants doesn't meet reality

    German rhetoric on Afghan migrants doesn\'t meet...

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — The 75 people stuffed onto the small dinghy watched with horror as the water flowed in, eventually covering bags filled with clothes and mementos from the devastated homes they were fleeing. Jawad, a 25-year-old Afghan, prayed as he huddled with his wife, daughter and infant son. "We were about to sink. All the children were crying," he says. "We were praying and crying. We were so hopeless." And then came deliverance, in the form of a passing Greek patrol boat. Jawad and his family were taken to Greece and made the long overland journey to the country they hope to make their home — Germany. Jawad recalls that day vividly when he hears the German government's new tough talk about sending Afghan refugee

  • Germany's Lufthansa to suspend flights to Venezuela

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    BERLIN (AP) — German airline Lufthansa says it is suspending its flights to Caracas, citing the difficult economic situation in Venezuela. Lufthansa spokesman Andreas Bartels said Sunday that the company is suspending its three weekly Frankfurt-Caracas flights "until further notice" from June 17. He cited Venezuela's economic situation and difficulties in transferring currency. Venezuela's economy shrank 5.7 percent last year while shortages of basic goods multiplied. Currency rationing is increasingly cutting Venezuela's global trade. The government has created what amount to subsidized rates for hard currency and requires companies to get approval for converting local bolivars into dollars.

  • UN refugee agency: Over 700 migrants feared dead in 3 Mediterranean shipwrecks in south of Italy

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    PO (AP) — UN refugee agency: Over 700 migrants feared dead in 3 Mediterranean shipwrecks in south of Italy.

  • Ex-finance chief at U. of Miami school guilty of $2.3M theft

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — A former finance director at a University of Miami science school faces prison time after pleading guilty to tax evasion in a $2.3 million embezzlement scheme. Sentencing is set for August in Miami federal court for 58-year-old Kimberly Jean Miller, who faces up to five years behind bars on each of four tax evasion counts. Miller was finance director at the university's Rosensteil School of Marine and Atmospheric Science from 2002 to 2012. Court documents show she used her authority to embezzle $2.3 million by falsifying vendor invoices so that checks could be deposited in a business bank account she controlled.

  • Fiji pulls some peacekeepers from Egypt amid security fears

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji says it's bringing home about 65 of the 300-plus peacekeepers it has stationed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula and has closed remote bases there as the security situation deteriorates. Commander Humphery Tawake, who heads the South Pacific nation's foreign peacekeeping force, said Sunday that Fiji was asked to scale down its presence by the leaders of the international peacekeeping force stationed in Egypt. Tawake said the U.S. and Colombia are also planning to reduce troop numbers as the peacekeepers find themselves increasingly caught amid fighting between Egypt's armed forces and militants. He said the decisions on troop numbers were made at the headquarters of the Multinational Force and O

  • Search for missing teen on Northern California coast ends

    Search for missing teen on Northern California...

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities called off a search along a Northern California creek for a teenager who was last seen being abducted by an armed acquaintance after investigators found no signs of the girl. Authorities have no further plans to look for 15-year-old Pearl Pinson in the Willow Creek area of Sonoma Coast State Park, the Solano County Sherriff's Office said in a statement. "Investigators are continuing to follow up on leads in this case and continue to have hope we will find and bring Pearl home," the statement said Saturday. Pinson was abducted Wednesday morning as she walked to school.

  • Veterans sites in California, Kentucky, Virginia damaged

    Veterans sites in California, Kentucky,...

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Memorials to veterans in a Los Angeles neighborhood and a town in Kentucky, as well as a Civil War veterans cemetery in Virginia, were damaged as the nation prepares to mark Memorial Day, officials said. A Vietnam War memorial in the Venice area of Los Angeles has been extensively defaced by graffiti. The vandalism occurred sometime during the past week, KCAL/KCBS-TV (http://cbsloc.al/1RAa3mg) reported. The homespun memorial painted on a block-long wall on Pacific Avenue lists the names of American service members missing in action or otherwise unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. News of the vandalism came as another veterans-related memorial was reported damaged in Henderson, Kentucky.

  • Veterans sites in California, Kentucky, Virginia damaged

    Veterans sites in California, Kentucky,...

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Memorials to veterans in a Los Angeles neighborhood and a town in Kentucky, as well as a Civil War veterans cemetery in Virginia, were damaged as the nation prepares to mark Memorial Day, officials said. A Vietnam War memorial in the Venice area of Los Angeles has been extensively defaced by graffiti. The vandalism occurred sometime during the past week, KCAL/KCBS-TV (http://cbsloc.al/1RAa3mg) reported. The homespun memorial painted on a block-long wall on Pacific Avenue lists the names of American service members missing in action or otherwise unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. News of the vandalism came as another veterans-related memorial was reported damaged in Henderson, Kentucky.

  • Arizona man rescued after being trapped in car for 3 days

    Arizona man rescued after being trapped in car...

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    JEROME, Ariz. (AP) — A man trapped in his crashed vehicle on a central Arizona mountain for three days might never have been rescued if not for a couple taking sightseeing photos, authorities said. Jerome Police Chief Allen Muma says the 50-year-old man's purple SUV was spotted Friday afternoon by a couple who had pulled over on a road on Mingus Mountain, about 10 miles south of Jerome. "The big thing I want to get across is how lucky this gentleman was," Muma said Saturday. "These people happened to stop and take a picture. Had they not, he'd be dead. There's no doubt in my mind." The couple was on Allen Springs Road, which Muma described as an unimproved, dirt Forest Service road and the surrounding terrain has brus

  • Slain Utah rail worker's family offers forgiveness to killer

    Slain Utah rail worker\'s family offers...

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hundreds of family, friends and colleagues remembered a slain Utah rail worker Saturday while also offering forgiveness to his killer. The three sons of 63-year-old Kay Ricks occasionally expressed anger at his death but also recalled their father's forgiving nature. Wynn Ricks said he knew his father forgave whoever killed him and was waiting for others to follow in his footsteps. Their father was someone who enjoyed fixing things for people for free and urged his sons to do the same. "If I can have half the love and determination my dad had, I will turn out to be a great man," Joel Ricks said, according to the Daily Herald in Provo (http://bit.ly/1NViXQX ). Relatives also touched on Ricks

  • Mexican League

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    ___ Tijuana 11, Monterrey 9 Aguascalientes 8, Monclova 1 Saltillo 6, Laguna 5 Yucatan 3, Veracruz 1 Ciudad del Carmen 5, Oaxaca 4 Tabasco 10, Quintana Roo 1 Puebla 10, Campeche 6, 11 innings Reynosa 7, Mexico 6 Tijuana at Monterrey, 1:00 p.m. Monclova at Aguascalientes, 7:00 p.m. Mexico at Reynosa, 7:00 p.m. Tabasco at Quintana Roo, 7:00 p.m. Laguna at Saltillo, 7:00 p.m. Veracruz at Yucatan, 7:05 p.m. Oaxaca at Ciudad del Carmen, 8:00 p.m. Puebla at Campeche, 8:00 p.m. Mexico at Monterrey, 8:05 p.m. Saltillo at Monclova, 8:30 p.m. Tijuana at Reynosa, 8:30 p.m. Veracruz at Quintana Roo, 9:00 p.m. Oaxaca at Campech

  • Mets find help at first base, get Loney in trade with Padres

    Mets find help at first base, get Loney in...

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets found some help at first base following Lucas Duda's injury, acquiring veteran James Loney from the San Diego Padres for cash on Saturday. Loney has spent this season in the minors, playing well for Triple-A El Paso. He was batting .342 with two home runs and 28 RBIs over 43 games in the Pacific Coast League. Always a fine fielder, the 32-year-old Loney hit .280 with four homers, 16 doubles and 32 RBIs in 104 games with Tampa Bay last year. The Rays released him April 3 and he signed with the Padres on April 8. "He brings great defense at first base," said Mets catcher Rene Rivera, who played with Loney on the Rays last season. "He can step up and help us.

  • Pulisic gets 1st goal as US tops Bolivia 4-0 in Copa tuneup

    Pulisic gets 1st goal as US tops Bolivia 4-0 in...

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Six weeks after becoming the youngest foreigner to score in the Bundesliga, 17-year-old Christian Pulisic became the youngest American in the modern era to get a goal for the national team. Pulisic capped the match by scoring in his third national team appearance, Gyasi Zardes had his first two-goal international game and the United States routed Bolivia 4-0 in an exhibition Saturday night to sweep its three warmup matches for next month's Copa America. "I'm just living life in the moment," Pulisic said. "It's cool stats and stuff are cool, but I just want to win this tournament coming up." Zardes scored in the 26th and 52nd minutes around defender John Brooks' goal in the 37th.

  • Suspect arrested after Georgia deputy shot during in face

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — A suspect was arrested after a sheriff's deputy was shot in the face during a traffic stop south of Atlanta, Georgia authorities said. Joe Lee Garrett, 24, was arrested just hours after the shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor told WTVM-TV (http://bit.ly/1TMuzrK). Police said Garrett turned himself in and was transported to Russell County Jail. He is being charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, and is currently being held as a fugitive from justice in relation to the shooting. No other arrests have been made and the case remains under investigation.

  • The Latest: Suspect arrested in shooting of Georgia deputy

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop south of Atlanta (all times local): 1:05 a.m. Authorities in Georgia say a suspect has been arrested after a sheriff's deputy was shot in the face during a traffic stop south of Atlanta. Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor tells WTVM-TV (http://bit.ly/1TMuzrK) that 24-year-old Joe Lee Garrett was arrested just hours after the shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Police say Garrett turned himself in and was transported to Russell County Jail. He is being charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, and is currently being held as a fugitive from justice in relation to the shooting. No other arrests have been made and




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