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Satellite photos show burning Iran space center launch pad

By JON GAMBRELL Associated Press DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A rocket at an Iranian space center that was to conduct a satellite launch criticized by the U.S. apparently exploded on its launch pad Thursday, satellite images show, suggesting the Islamic Republic suffered its third ...

Space Command set to open, will defend US interests in space

By ROBERT BURNS AP National Security Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Mindful of President Donald Trump's intense interest in space, the Pentagon is declaring U.S. Space Command open for business as part of a broader effort to better defend American interests in space. But there's still no Space ...

Italy’s bitter political foes unite in bid to foil Salvini

BY COLLEEN BARRY and GIADA ZAMPANO Associated Press ROME (AP) — Days after stepping down, Italy's ex-premier accepts the role of premier-designate Thursday in a bid to cobble together a new coalition of long-time political foes with the aim of blocking a power grab by Matteo Salvini, the ...

Russian election chief defends ban on Moscow candidates

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The head of Russia's election commission is standing by a decision to keep a dozen independent candidates from running for the city legislature in Moscow, but concedes after weeks of protests drew unusually large crowds, thousands of ...

Backlash grows to Johnson’s suspension of UK Parliament

By DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Opposition to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move to suspend Parliament intensified Thursday, with the head of the Labour Party vowing "to politically stop him" from pushing through a chaotic no-deal Brexit. Johnson's tactic gave ...

Trump vows response to China tariffs on $75B of US goods

By JOE McDONALD, PAUL WISEMAN and JILL COLVIN AP Business Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Friday that he had "hereby ordered" American companies with operations in China "to immediately start looking for" an alternative after Beijing announced a series of retaliatory ...

Bolsonaro prepares to send army to contain Amazon fires

By MARCELO SILVA de SOUSA Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Under increasing international pressure to contain record numbers of fires in the Amazon, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday he might send the military to battle the massive blazes. "That's the plan," said ...

Boris Johnson prepares to take his place on world stage

By DANICA KIRKA Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has endeavored to lead his country since he was a boy, will get his first moment on the world stage in his new role at the Group of Seven summit in France this weekend. And he will be at pains to ensure ...

Putin orders Russia to respond after US missile test

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military on Friday to work out a quid pro quo response after the test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty. In Sunday's test, a modified ground-launched version of a ...

France threatens economic retaliation over Amazon fires

By SYLVIE CORBET and JOHN LEICESTER Associated Press BIARRITZ, France (AP) — In a sharp escalation of tensions over fires ravaging the Amazon, France on Friday accused Brazil's president of having lied to French leader Emmanuel Macron and threatened to block a European Union trade deal with ...

Mysterious missile explosion in Russia raises questions

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — A deadly explosion at a naval weapons testing range in northwestern Russia. A brief spike in radiation levels. An evacuation order issued, then rescinded, for a nearby village. Last week's mysterious accident on the White Sea, along with ...

German economy shrinks, casting shadow over European growth

By DAVID McHUGH AP Business Writer FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany's economy shrank by 0.1 percent in the second quarter as global trade conflicts and troubles in the auto industry held back the largest member of the 19-country euro currency union. The weak performance darkened prospects ...

Flights resume at Hong Kong airport as protesters apologize

By VINCENT THIAN and YANAN WANG Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Flights resumed Wednesday at Hong Kong's airport after two days of disruptions that descended into clashes with police, highlighting the hardening positions of pro-democracy protesters and the authorities in the ...

Satellite photos: Chinese armored vehicles near Hong Kong

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Satellite photos show what appear to be armored personnel carriers and other vehicles belonging to the China's paramilitary People's Armed Police parked in a sports complex in the city of Shenzhen, in what some have interpreted as a ...

European theaters mostly wait-and-see on Domingo accusations

BY COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press MILAN (AP) — While two U.S. opera houses immediately canceled performances by famed tenor Placido Domingo following sexual harassment allegations, European opera houses are taking stances ranging from supportive to wait-and-see. The Philadelphia Orchestra ...

Puerto Rico high court overturns Pedro Pierluisi as governor

By DÁNICA COTO Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's Supreme Court has overturned the swearing in of Pedro Pierluisi as the island's governor less than a week ago, clearing the way for Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez to take up the post after weeks of ...

Taliban suicide blast in Kabul kills 14 people, 145 wounded

By RAHIM FAIEZ and CARA ANNA Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A Taliban car bomb aimed at Afghan security forces ripped through a busy Kabul neighborhood on Wednesday, killing 14 people and wounding 145 — most of them women, children and other civilians — shortly after the ...

Venezuela talks in the balance as US ups pressure on Maduro

By JOSHUA GOODMAN Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — For weeks, representatives of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and his would-be successor, opposition leader Juan Guaidó, have been shuttling back and forth to Barbados trying to agree on a common path out of the country's ...

Russian couple face losing custody of child after protest

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow's children's rights ombudsman and other public figures have reacted with outrage to Russian prosecutors' moves to remove a 1-year-old boy from his parents because they allegedly took him to an unauthorized protest. Prosecutors ...

Bolton warns foreigners that violate Venezuela asset freeze

By JOSHUA GOODMAN and DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton pressed his case Tuesday for sweeping action against Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro, warning foreign governments and companies that they could face retaliation in the U.S. ...