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EU to relocate 40,000 immigrants within union

BRUSSELS — The European Union will seek to shift the migration burden away from Italy and Greece by relocating 40,000 asylum seekers to other EU countries, according to a draft document seen by The Associated Press Tuesday. The relocation proposal, to be unveiled by the EU’s executive Commission on Wednesday, would see new Syrian and […]

UN says alarming spike in female suicide bombings in Nigeria

GUBIO, Nigeria — Children are now being seen as potential threats after an “alarming spike” in suicide bombings by girls and women being used by Boko Haram militants in northeastern Nigeria, the U.N. children’s agency said Tuesday. The number of reported suicide attacks has jumped to 27 in the first five months of this year […]

Iraq begins operation to oust Islamic State from Anbar

BAGHDAD — Iraq vowed Tuesday to retake Anbar province — now mostly held by the Islamic State — by launching a large-scale military operation less than two weeks after suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of the extremists in the provincial capital of Ramadi. The operation, which Iraqi state TV said was backed by […]

Closed-door trial in Iran of Washington Post reporter begins

TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian security court on Tuesday began the closed-door espionage trial of an Iranian-American reporter for The Washington Post who has been detained for more than 10 months. Jason Rezaian, the Post’s 39-year-old bureau chief in Tehran, is being tried in a Revolutionary Court on allegations of “espionage for the hostile government […]

Gunmen try to kill Libya’s recognized prime minister

BENGHAZI, Libya — Gunmen tried to assassinate Libya’s internationally recognized prime minister on his way to the airport in the eastern city of Tobruk on Tuesday, a spokesman for his government said. Arish Said, head of the government’s media department, said that Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni’s motorcade was attacked and one of his guards was […]

‘Bold’ Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide

DUBLIN — Ireland’s citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday – a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a “social revolution.” Friday’s referendum saw 62.1 percent of Irish voters say “yes” to changing the nation’s constitution to define marriage as a union […]

Colombian rebels call off cease fire

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombia’s largest rebel group on Friday called off a unilateral cease-fire in reaction to a military raid on a guerrilla camp that killed 26 of its fighters, further straining negotiations to end the country’s half-century-old conflict. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said in a statement Friday that it felt obliged to […]

Iraqis abandoned US-supplied equipment in Ramadi

WASHINGTON — Iraqi troops abandoned dozens of U.S military vehicles, including tanks, armored personnel carriers and artillery pieces when they fled Islamic State fighters in Ramadi on Sunday, the Pentagon said Tuesday. A Pentagon spokesman, Col. Steve Warren, estimated that a half dozen tanks were abandoned, a similar number of artillery pieces, a larger number of armored personnel […]

Clinton urges State Department to speed release of emails

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton urged the State Department on Tuesday to speed the release of 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, as her decision to spurn administration rules and use a private email address continued to dog her presidential campaign. “I want those emails out,” Clinton said at a campaign event in Iowa. Clinton’s comments came shortly after […]

House bill would cap expenses for ex-presidents

WASHINGTON — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and other former presidents who earn lucrative speaking fees and draw other income would no longer be able to count on taxpayer dollars to pay for their post-White House office space and staff under a bill in the House. On a voice vote, the House Oversight panel backed […]

Scotland Yard arrests 9 in major London jewel heist

LONDON — With meticulous planning and remarkable good fortune, the thieves who broke into a safe deposit in London’s diamond district seemed to have pulled off the perfect jewel heist. But their luck ran out Tuesday when more than 200 Scotland Yard officers closed in on them. The nine arrests were a triumph for embattled detectives […]

Iraq struggles with sectarian politics after Ramadi fall

BAGHDAD — As it moves to try to reverse the stunning loss of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s largest Sunni province, the Shiite-led government is hamstrung by the sectarian politics it has failed to overcome ever since the Islamic State group began its rampage more than a year ago. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi vowed Tuesday to arm […]

Shooter was fixated on George Zimmerman, police report says

ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida man charged with shooting at George Zimmerman last week had “a fixation” on the former neighborhood watch leader and had recently been admitted to a mental institution, according to a police report made public Tuesday. The Lake Mary Police Department report said that 36-year-old Matthew Apperson had shown signs of paranoia, anxiety […]

Police investigate after teen shoots friend through window

BILLINGS, Mont. — Authorities are considering whether to bring criminal charges against a Montana 17-year-old who fired a bullet through his bedroom window and killed a friend, in a case an investigator has described as an accident. The unidentified suspect had been startled when 15-year-old Mackeon Schulte and another friend knocked on his window early […]

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi sentenced to death

CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced the country’s first freely elected leader, ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, to death over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that eventually brought him to power. The ruling applies to another 120 people, and is the latest in a series of mass death sentences handed down […]

US says IS head of oil operations killed in US raid in Syria

BEIRUT — In a rare ground attack deep into Syria, U.S. Army commandos killed a man described as the Islamic State’s head of oil operations, captured his wife and rescued a woman whom American officials said was enslaved. A team of Delta Force commandos slipped across the border from Iraq under cover of darkness Saturday aboard […]

Suicide bomber explodes at Nigerian bus station, kills 8

POTISKUM, Nigeria — A teenage suicide bomber blew herself up and killed seven other people Saturday outside a bustling bus station in the northeast Nigerian town of Damaturu, the state medical director said of the latest in a string of attacks this week by Nigeria’s home-grown Boko Haram extremists. Thirty-three people were seriously injured and […]

Russian rocket carrying Mexican satellite fails after launch

KIEV, Ukraine — A Russian rocket carrying a Mexican satellite malfunctioned Saturday shortly after its launch – the latest mishap to hit Russia’s troubled space industry, whose Soviet-era glory has been tarnished by a series of launch failures. The rocket, a Proton-M, was launched from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan. Roscosmos, the Russian Federal […]

Sailboat race is latest sign of better US-Cuba relations

HAVANA — U.S. sailors were making history as they raced across the Florida Straits to Cuba on Saturday. An amateur race billed as the “Havana Challenge” was taking place for the first time with U.S. government authorization thanks to the historic easing of tensions that began in December. Five 16-foot catamarans departed early Saturday from […]

2 dead, at least 20 injured in Germany train crash

BERLIN — A train hit the trailer of a tractor Saturday at a road crossing in western Germany, killing the train driver and one passenger and injuring at least 20 others, police said. Police spokesman Jochen Laschke said a regional train heading to the small town of Ibbenbueren from the city of Osnabrueck collided with […]

Israeli demolition plan for Bedouin village sparks outcry

UMM AL-HIRAN, Israel — Israelis are once again locked in a bitter settlement dispute with their Arab neighbors, but this time the conflict is not unfolding in the West Bank, but in Israel’s southern desert. After years of legal battles, Israel’s Supreme Court last week cleared the way for the government to uproot the nearly […]

Malaysia turns away 800 boat people; Thailand spots 3rd boat

LANGKAWI, Malaysia — Rohingya and Bangladeshis abandoned at sea following a crackdown on human traffickers had nowhere to go Thursday after Malaysia turned away two wooden boats crammed with hundreds of hungry people. Thailand, too, made it clear the migrants were not wanted. “What do you expect us to do?” asked Malaysian Deputy Home Minister […]

Sea lion pup startles sailor on yacht with snoring, sneezing

SAN DIEGO — A surprising stowaway startled a man out on his boat in San Diego: A sea lion pup who decided to crash in a bunk, waking the owner with his snoring. Michael Duffy, 48, said he was on his 41-foot Kettenburg boat “Elixir” at the San Diego Yacht Club when he awoke at […]

Bay Bridge committee OKs up to $4M to study latest problems

SAN FRANCISCO — A panel overseeing a new $6.4 billion eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge approved spending up to $4 million to study the latest problems discovered with the structure. The three-member Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee approved the funding Monday after an anchor rod in the bridge’s tower failed a test […]

Inmate hurt in blast at California sheriff’s gun range dies

FRESNO — A jail inmate who was injured in a gas pipeline explosion at a central California sheriff’s gun range last month has died, authorities said. Jeremiah Espino, 52, of Sanger, suffered severe injuries in the April 17 blast and died at a hospital on Monday afternoon, the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office said. The explosion […]

California Assembly panel rejects soda-tax proposal

SACRAMENTO — A legislative panel on Tuesday rejected a California soda tax, the latest loss for public health advocates seeking to cut down sugar consumption. The Assembly Health Committee voted 10-6 against AB1357, which needed an additional four votes to advance. The legislation would have added an extra 2-cents-per-ounce charge for sugar-sweetened beverages including soda […]

California community outraged serial rapist will stay free

LOS ANGELES — A judge decided not to send a serial rapist back to a psychiatric hospital, outraging the California community where he has lived since his release last year and where some fear he will attack again. Santa Clara County Judge Richard Loftus ruled Monday that Christopher Hubbart, known as the “pillowcase rapist,” is […]

College seeks civil rights travel course participants

FAIRFIELD — The seventh annual Civil Rights travel course, Social Science 053, will be offered for those of all ages who want to tour life-changing locales from the civil rights era in a trip slated for June 19-28. The course and tour provides an overview of the civil rights movement with stops in Selma, Alabama […]

CASA of Solano seeks volunteers

FAIRFIELD — CASA of Solano County is seeking volunteers to serve as child advocates for abused, neglected and abandoned children. The next volunteer orientation will take place from noon and at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Court Appointed Special Advocates offices in Fairfield. The minimum age to volunteer is 21. To sign up for the orientation, call […]

Public hearing set before Mental Health Advisory Board

FAIRFIELD — A public hearing on a proposal by the Solano County Mental Health Department will occur during a Solano County Mental Health Advisory Board meeting Tuesday. The meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. at 425 Executive Court North, Suisun Room B. The department is proposing a Mental Health Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Cultural Transformation Model in Interagency […]

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