Catalan separatists eye freedom after Spain's Cabinet pardon
Nine Catalan separatist leaders jailed for sedition are eyeing freedom, after Spain’s Cabinet pardoned them in the hope of starting what Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called a much-needed reconciliation in the country’s restive northeast.
France's Sarkozy faces jail term in campaign financing trial
The trial of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has concluded in Paris, after a month during which the court sought to determine whether he broke laws on campaign financing in his unsuccessful 2012 re-election bid.
Dead turtles, dolphins, blue whale wash ashore after ship fire
Nearly a hundred carcasses of turtles with throat and shell damage, as well as a dozen dead dolphins and a blue whale, have washed ashore in Sri Lanka since a container ship burned and sank.
Palestinians, settlers clash in tense Jerusalem neighborhood
Palestinians and Jewish settlers have hurled stones, chairs and fireworks at each other overnight in a tense Jerusalem neighborhood where settler groups are trying to evict several Palestinian families.
Kim sister derides US official, dismisses chances for talks
The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has dismissed prospects for an early resumption of diplomacy with the United States, saying that U_S_ expectations of talks would “plunge them into a greater disappointment.”.
Vaccine technology transfer center to open in South Africa
The head of the World Health Organization says the U.N. organization is in talks to create the first-ever technology transfer hub for coronavirus vaccines in South Africa, a move to boost supply to the continent desperately in need of COVID-19 jabs.
Nicaragua places former first lady under house arrest
Nicaragua police say they have placed former first lady María Fernanda Flores Lanzas, wife of former President Arnoldo Aleman, under house arrest for alleged crimes against the state.
Suu Kyi tells lawyers trial testimony against her is wrong
Lawyers for Myanmar’s ousted leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, say she told them some of the testimony against her was wrong in her trial on criminal charges that could send her to prison and end her political career.
U.K.'s newest carrier joins IS fight, stirs Russian interest
British Royal Navy commanders say the U.K.’s newest aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth is helping to take on the “lion’s share” of operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq.
Merkel's bloc pledges stability, renewal to German voters
Germany’s center-right bloc is pledging to boost the economy without raising taxes and make the European Union nation “climate neutral” by 2045 while preserving industrial jobs.
Scottish leader, Manchester mayor spar over virus travel ban
Scotland’s leader has defended the ban on nonessential travel between the country and the northwest English city of Manchester after its mayor lambasted the decision and called for compensation.
Hong Kong's Apple Daily newspaper says it may shut down
Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily says its board of directors has asked authorities to unfreeze some assets so that it can pay salaries.
2 plead not guilty in trial linked to Jordan's royal rift
A former top adviser to Jordan's King Abdullah II and a relative of the monarch have pleaded not guilty to sedition and incitement charges.
Rainstorms bring relief as Europe suffers summer heat wave
Thunderstorms have brought a much-needed cooldown to parts of Western Europe over the weekend after the continent sweltered under its first summer heat wave.
Spanish leader: 9 Catalan separatists will receive pardons
Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says the Spanish Cabinet will approve pardons for nine separatist Catalan politicians and activists imprisoned for their roles in the 2017 push to break away from Spain.
German tourists investigated in Italy for fatal boat crash
Italian police say they are investigating two German tourists from Munich for a boat collision on Lake Garda that killed an Italian man and woman.
Armenian leader's party wins snap vote despite defeat in war
Voting results show that the party of Armenia’s acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has won snap parliamentary elections which he called to ease anger over a peace deal he signed with Azerbaijan.
Companies give vaccines to workers, boosting Japan's rollout
Thousands of Japanese companies began distributing COVID-19 vaccines to workers and their families Monday in an employer-led drive that aims to rev up the nation’s slow vaccine rollout.
US envoy hopes N. Korea responds positively on offered talks
President Joe Biden’s special envoy for North Korea says he hopes to see a positive reaction from the North soon on U.S. offers for talks after the North Korean leader ordered officials to prepare for both dialogue and confrontation.
Ethiopia votes in test for PM Abiy amid reports of abuses
Ethiopians are voting in a major test for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, whose rise to power initially seemed to signal a break with decades of authoritarian rule but who has since waged war in the Tigray region and whose party has been accused of election abuses.
Suspect arraigned in killing of American student in Russia
A court in central Russia has arraigned a suspect on murder charges in the death of an American woman studying at a local university.
Ivory Coast's former president Gbagbo attends Mass in public
Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo has attended Mass, one of his first public appearances since returning home after nearly a decade in exile.
AP Interview: Former president says US failed in Afghanistan
Afghanistan’s former president says the United States came to his country to fight extremism and bring stability to his war-tortured nation and is leaving nearly 20 years later having failed at both.
Israeli PM: World powers must 'wake up' on Iran nuclear deal
Israel’s new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett opened his first Cabinet meeting by slamming Iran’s newly-elected president and calling on world powers to “wake up” to the perils of returning to a nuclear agreement with Tehran.
5 killed in school construction site collapse in Belgium
A school undergoing construction work has collapsed in the Belgian city of Antwerp, killing five workers and injuring nine others, according to local authorities.
Diplomats: Progress made in Vienna at Iran nuclear talks
Top diplomats say further progress has been made at talks between Iran and global powers to try to negotiate and restore a landmark 2015 agreement to contain Iranian nuclear development that was later abandoned by the Trump administration.
Ex-UK Speaker Bercow, scourge of Brexiteers, joins Labour
Former U.K. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, a longtime Conservative, says he has switched allegiances and joined the opposition Labour Party.
Far right falters as conservatives lead French regional vote
Polling agencies and early official results estimate that France’s traditional conservative party dominated the first round of regional elections, and that Marine Le Pen’s far right party performed less well than expected.
Armenian PM's party far ahead with partial election results
Partial results in Armenia's snap parliamentary elections show a strong lead for the party of acting prime minister Nikol Pashinyan, who called the election in a bid to ease anger over peace deal he signed with Azerbaijan.
Fear shakes Mexico border city after violence leaves 18 dead
Fear has invaded the Mexican border city of Reynosa after gunmen in vehicles killed 14 people, including taxis drivers, workers and a nursing student, and security forces responded with operations that left four suspects dead.
Uganda Olympic team member tests positive for coronavirus
A member of Uganda’s Olympic team has tested positive for the coronavirus and was barred entry into Japan, in the first detected infection among arriving athletes for the Tokyo Games opening in five weeks.
Dolce&Gabbana's "light therapy'' collection celebrates life
Dolce & Gabbana are coaxing men off their sofas and back into the world, however it will be, with a resplendent collection inspired by the extravagant lighting installations that characterize southern Italian street festivals.
Queen beams as she returns to Ascot after COVID-19 hiatus
Queen Elizabeth II has attended the final day of the Ascot races, where environmental protesters urged the monarch to press politicians to act against climate change.
Putin names Lavrov, Shoigu to United Russia elections list
Russian President Vladimir Putin says his foreign minister and his defense minister will head the candidates' list for the dominant United Russia party in September's parliamentary election.
An architect of European unity moves ahead on sainthood path
A French statesman whose efforts helped pave the way for what eventually became the European Union has moved ahead on the Catholic church's path toward possible sainthood.
Partygoers, police injured at curfew-busting rave in France
A 22-year-old man lost his hand and several others were also injured amid violence as police tried to break up an unauthorized rave party in western France.
Polarized by war, Armenia votes Sunday in an early election
Armenians head to polls Sunday for an early parliamentary election stemming from a political crisis that has engulfed the country in the aftermath of the last year’s fighting with Azerbaijan over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Editor, CEO denied bail in Apple Daily case in Hong Kong
A Hong Kong court has ordered the top editor of pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily and the head of its parent company held without bail.