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Woman with Down syndrome loses UK abortion law challenge

LONDON (AP) - A woman with Down syndrome lost a court challenge against the British government Thursday over a law allowing the abortion up until birth of a fetus with the condition.


Lava flow slows on Spanish island after volcanic eruption

TODOQUE, Canary Islands (AP) - The advance of lava from a volcanic eruption in Spain's Canary Islands has slowed significantly, raising fears Thursday that it might fan out further across the land and destroy more homes instead of flowing into the sea.


One to charge them all: EU demands single plug for phones

LONDON (AP) - The European Union unveiled plans Thursday that would require smartphone makers to adopt a single charging method for mobile devices.


EU legal adviser says VW software is banned 'defeat device'

BRUSSELS (AP) - A top European Union legal adviser said Thursday that software installed in Volkswagen cars to alter the amount of pollutants coming out of their exhaust pipes in hot or cold weather and at high altitude doesn't conform to the 27-nation bloc's laws.


Floods, books & kids: Highlights of German election campaign

BERLIN (AP) - Germans go to the polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament and produce a new German leader after 16 years of having Angela Merkel at the helm. Merkel decided not to run for a fifth term and the election campaign has largely focused on the three candidates hoping to succeed her.


Danes side with US against French criticism of defense deal

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Denmark is siding with the United States in the dispute with its fellow EU member France over a major Indo-Pacific defense deal.


Tunisia's Saied strengthens presidential powers in decrees

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) - Tunisian President Kaïs Saied issued presidential decrees bolstering the already near-total power he granted himself two months ago.


In German election, hunger strikers seek climate promises

BERLIN (AP) - After three-and-a-half weeks on a hunger strike, Henning Jeschke is frail and gaunt, but determined to go on, still hoping to pressure the three candidates for chancellor of Germany into meeting him for a debate about the climate crisis ahead of Sunday's general election.


Climate change tops agenda as Iceland heads to elections

REYKJAVIK , Iceland (AP) - Climate change is top of the agenda when voters in Iceland head to the polls for general elections on Saturday, following an exceptionally warm summer and an election campaign defined by a wide-reaching debate on global warming.


Naval officer wins praise for Portugal's vaccine rollout

OEIRAS, Portugal (AP) - As Portugal closes in on its goal of fully vaccinating 85% of the population against COVID-19 in nine months, other countries in Europe and beyond want to know how it was accomplished.


US-French spat seems to simmer down after Biden-Macron call

PARIS (AP) - The most significant rift in decades between the United States and France seemed on the mend Wednesday after French President Emmanuel Macron and President Joe Biden got on the phone Wednesday to smooth things over.


Fendi, Del Core lead Milan fashion's runway return

MILAN (AP) - Italy's fashion capital is again alive with the sound of shoppers swarming boutiques and editors filling socially distanced fashion week venues, a sign of a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel.


Johnny Depp: 'Not one of you' is safe with 'cancel culture'

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AP) - Taking center stage in a prestigious Spanish film festival to receive a top career award, actor Johnny Depp presented himself as a victim of the "cancel culture" that, he said, has spread across the cinema industry.


Nigeria-born designer Joy Meribe opens Milan Fashion Week

MILAN (AP) - Nigeria-born designer Joy Meribe opened Milan Fashion Week on Wednesday with her debut runway collection, a concrete success for a movement to promote diversity in Italian fashion just a year after launching.


UK coroner asks for public inquiry into Novichok poisonings

LONDON (AP) - A coroner presiding over an inquest into the death of British woman who was poisoned by a Soviet-developed nerve agent after an attack targeting a Russian ex-spy said Wednesday that she wants the probe to be turned into a public inquiry so she can examine Russia's possible involvement.


Anti-LGBT resolution revoked by regional assembly in Poland

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - A region in southern Poland revoked an anti-LGBT resolution Wednesday under the threat of losing European Union funding.


EU's top diplomat urges Iran to return to nuclear talks

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The European Union's top diplomat urged Iran to return to talks on its nuclear program while the country's foreign minister reiterated Tehran's "willingness to resume negotiations" during a meeting at the United Nations, the EU said Wednesday.


'My whole life in a van': Islanders flee Spanish volcano

TODOQUE, Canary Islands (AP) - A wall of lava up to 12 meters (40 feet) high bore down on a Spanish village Wednesday as islanders scrambled to save what they could before the molten rock swallowed up their homes following a volcanic eruption.


Italy: Uncle of teen who refused arranged marriage detained

ROME (AP) - The uncle of an 18-year-old woman who disappeared months ago in Italy after refusing an arranged marriage in Pakistan was detained Wednesday on the outskirts of Paris, according to Italian authorities who fear the teenager may be dead.


UK's Johnson concedes US trade deal not in the offing

LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson conceded Wednesday that a post-Brexit trade deal with the U.S. was not imminent as he voiced confidence that the decades-long U.S. ban on imports of British lamb would be lifted.


Danes side with US against French criticism of defense deal

In this image made from UNTV video, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen of Denmark speaks in a pre-recorded message that was played during the U.N. General Assembly, Sustainable Development Goals, at UN headquarters, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. (UNTV via AP)

Many migrants staying in US even as expulsion flights rise

Migrants are released from United States Border Patrol custody at a humanitarian center, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Del Rio, Texas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

World shares advance after Fed signals it will ease support

A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. Asian shares were mostly higher on Thursday after the Federal Reserve signaled it may begin easing its extraordinary support measures for the economy later this year.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Mideast in shambles, but the world has moved on for now

FILE - In this May 14, 2021, file photo, Palestinians inspect their destroyed houses following overnight Israeli airstrikes in town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip. More than 4,000 homes in Gaza were destroyed or severely damaged and 250 people killed, most of them civilians. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

Woman plans to help fellow Rwandan amputees get prosthetics

Claudine Humure, of Rwanda, takes a step with her new prosthetic leg as Arthur Graham, prosthetist at Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, looks on, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, in Newton, Mass. Humure was orphaned during her country's genocide and lost part of her leg to childhood cancer. Her new leg was provided free by the prosthetic clinic and features the latest in artificial limb technology. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

In Israel, relatives of cable car survivor ask for privacy

Gali Peleg, center, maternal aunt of Eitan Biran, who survived a cable car crash in Italy that killed his immediate family, arrives to court in Tel Aviv on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 for a hearing in the alleged kidnapping of her nephew. The boy's parents and younger sibling were among 14 killed in May when a cable car slammed into a mountainside in northern Italy. He is now the focus of a custody battle between his maternal grandparents in Israel and his paternal relatives in Italy. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Dubai real-estate firm DAMAC approved to take firm private

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, cars pass by the under construction DAMAC towers on Sheikh Zayed highway in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A Dubai real-estate company DAMAC Properties, known for its deals with former President Donald Trump, said, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, it has received regulator approval for an effort to take the firm private. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

AP Week in Pictures: Middle East

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women adorn 30-day-old Yossef Tabersky, the great grandchild of the chief rabbi of the Lelov Hassidic dynasty, during the

Key Libya commander suspends duties ahead of December vote

FILE - This Jan. 17, 2020, file photo is Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter during a meeting in Athens. Egypt's president met Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, with Libya's parliament speaker and a powerful military commander as Cairo pushes for the withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries and the holding of elections as scheduled in December.áPresident Abdel Fattah el-Sissi received Speaker Aguila Saleh and Gen. Khalifa Hifter, commander of the self-styled Libyan Arab Armed Forces, in Cairo, the Egyptian leader's office said in a statement. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis, File)

Lebanese ex-minister asks that port blast judge be replaced

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2021 file photo, a monument that represents justice stands in front of towering grain silos that were gutted in the massive August 2020 explosion at the port that killed more than 200 people and wounded over 6,000, in Beirut, Lebanon. The lead judge investigating Lebanon's massive port explosion last year issued an arrest warrant Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, for Youssef Fenianos, the former minister of Public Works who failed to appear for questioning, the state-run National News agency reported. Fenianos is one of a number of former government officials who have declined to appear before investigating judge Tarek Bitar. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Detained Australian economist appears in Myanmar court

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2005, file image taken from video, Sean Turnell, an economist at Australia's Macquarie University, speaks during an interview at his university office in Sydney. Turnell, who was arrested when Myanmar's military seized power in February made an appearance Thursday in a court in the capital Naypyitaw, where he will be tried for violation of the official secrets law. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP, File)

Tensions grow as US, allies deepen Indo-Pacific involvement

Front to back; HNLMS Evertsen, JS Izumo, HMS Defender, HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMCS Winnipeg, JS Ise, RFA Tidespring. UK Royal Navy Carrier Strike Group 21 HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Defender, RFA Tidespring and HNLMS Evertsen from CSG21 sails with Japanese ships JS Izumo and JS Ise along with the Canadian ship HMCS Winnipeg in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 2021. With increasingly strong talk in support of Taiwan, a new deal to supply Australia with nuclear submarines, and the launch of a European strategy for greater engagement in the Indo-Pacific, the U.S. and its allies are becoming growingly assertive in their approach toward a rising China.  (UK Ministry of Defence via AP)

Boeing to build military aircraft drones in Australian city

In this image made from video, Scott Carpendale, managing director of Boeing Defence Australia, speaks during a press conference in Toowoomba, Australia, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing has announced plans to build a new type of drone military aircraft in Australia. Boeing said Wednesday it has selected Toowoomba city in Queensland state as the final assembly point for its unmanned Loyal Wingman planes. The first test flights were completed earlier this year. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation via AP)

China sends 19 fighter jets towards Taiwan in show of force

FILE -In this undated file photo released by the Taiwan Ministry of Defense, a Chinese PLA J-16 fighter jet flies in an undisclosed location. China sent 19 fighter jets, including 12 J-16s, towards Taiwan Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in a large display of force, just a day after the island announced its intention to join an 11-nation Pacific trade group, which China has also applied to join. (Taiwan Ministry of Defense via AP)

Fears of contagion from Chinese builder's debt problems ease

Residents pass near the headquarters for Evergrande in Shenzhen in southern China, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. The Chinese real estate developer whose struggle to avoid defaulting on billions of dollars of debt has rattled global markets says it will pay interest due Thursday to bondholders in China but gave no sign of plans to pay on a separate bond abroad. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)