Partner of dead Belarus protester believes police shot him

MINSK, Belarus (AP) - The partner of a man who died in the protests engulfing Belarus says she does not believe the official account that Alexander Taraikovsky was killed when an explosive device that he intended to throw at police blew up in his hand.

Pompeo inks deal for US troop move from Germany to Poland

WARSAW (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sealed a defense cooperation deal Saturday with Polish officials that will pave the way to redeploy American troops from Germany to Poland.

The year the music might die: British clubs face closure

LONDON (AP) - When Keiron Marshall was 15, he found his way out of a desperate situation with help from an unexpected source: Eric Clapton. The guitar great was host at the first gig Marshall ever went to, and he was joined on stage by Gary Brooker of Procol Harum, The Who's Pete Townshend and Beatle Ringo Starr.

Fewer people but deep faith on Greece's Assumption holiday

TINOS, Greece (AP) - In twos and threes, in small groups or alone, they came. Most walking, many crawling, ignoring bloodied knees and aching arms to climb a hill to the famed church housing an icon of the Virgin Mary believed to perform miracles.

Protests in Belarus focus on spot where demonstrator died

MINSK, Belarus (AP) - Thousands of demonstrators in Belarus gathered Saturday at the spot in the capital where a protester died in clashes with police, calling for authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko to resign after 26 years in power.


Hague police arrest 27 amid third night of rioting

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Police in The Hague arrested 27 people as rioting broke out in a low-income neighborhood for the third night, with youths torching a storage building and throwing stones and fireworks at police Friday night and into the early hours of Saturday.

Thousands of Britons return from France to avoid quarantine

LONDON (AP) - Thousands of British tourists beat a hasty retreat from France, packing out planes, trains and ferries to return to the U.K. by the early hours of Saturday morning to avoid a mandatory 14-day quarantine at home.

On V-J Day, UK's Johnson pays tribute to campaign's veterans

LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is paying tribute to veterans of the multinational World War II campaign against Japan, which formally ended 75 years ago some three months after Nazi Germany had been vanquished in Europe.

Freed from Belarus jails, protesters recount beatings

MINSK, Belarus (AP) - They emerged dazed, shaken and in tears from the detention center in Minsk, to be met by waiting relatives. They displayed the black-and-blue bruises on their bodies, saying police had beaten them mercilessly. One teenager asked his weeping mother to look away.

By sea, rail or by air, Brits scramble to get out of France

LONDON (AP) - Cars lined up at ports while trains and planes filled out fast as British tourists scurried to get out of France on Friday before a deadline that would require them to quarantine at home for two weeks.


Thousands flood Belarus capital as election protests grow

MINSK, Belarus (AP) - Tens of thousands of people flooded the heart of the Belarus capital of Minsk on Friday in a show of anger over a brutal police crackdown this week on peaceful protesters that followed a disputed election, and authorities sought to ease rising public fury by freeing at least 2,000 who were jailed after earlier demonstrations.

EU holding urgent talks on Greece-Turkey energy dispute

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - European Union foreign ministers were holding urgent talks Friday on military tensions between Greece and Turkey as the neighboring countries' navies continued a game of brinkmanship over eastern Mediterranean drilling rights.

Small Lithuania has outsized role as EU faces Belarus crisis

WARSAW, Poland (AP) - Lithuania is relatively small by European Union measures, but it is playing an outsized role as protesters in neighboring Belarus face a brutal law enforcement crackdown following a presidential election they say was rigged.

Pompeo urges unity on Iran ahead of UN arms embargo vote

VIENNA (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday called for the world to unite around a long-shot American bid to indefinitely extend a United Nations arms embargo on Iran.

Dutch economy shrinks by 'unprecedented' 8.5% as virus hits

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - The Dutch economy suffered an unprecedented 8.5% contraction in the second quarter as the coronavirus pandemic slammed the brakes on spending, exports and investments, the country's Central Bureau for Statistics said Friday.

Scotland: Investigators confirm derailed train hit landslide

LONDON (AP) - A passenger train hit a landslide before derailing in Scotland earlier this week, killing three people, U.K. rail investigators confirmed Friday.

After 400 years, Native stories at heart of Mayflower events

SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) - Four hundred years after English colonists landed on Plymouth Rock and upended the lives of her ancestors, Paula Peters is on a quest to recover a small part of what her people have lost.

UK's Princess Anne to mark 70th birthday in low-key fashion

LONDON (AP) - Queen Elizabeth II's only daughter, Princess Anne, will be celebrating her 70th birthday on Saturday in a no-nonsense manner befitting her reputation in Britain.

Hague police arrest more than 20 amid overnight rioting

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Rioters on rooftops and streets threw stones, eggs and fireworks at police overnight during a second night of unrest in a low-income neighborhood of The Hague, Dutch police said Friday.

Thousands in Belarus form 'lines of solidarity' in protest

MINSK, Belarus (AP) - Crowds of protesters in Belarus swarmed the streets and thousands of workers rallied outside industrial plants Thursday to denounce a police crackdown on demonstrations over a disputed election that extended the 26-year rule of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko.

Florida sheriff race hinges on massacre, old shooting

FILE- In this Oct. 21, 2019 file photo, former Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel appears before the Senate Rules Committee concerning his dismissal by Gov. Ron DeSantis, in Tallahassee, Fla. Israel is running against Sheriff Gregory Tony in the upcoming Florida primary. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

Forecasters look to learn from deadly Midwest wind storm

Eric Fish takes a break from hauling downed branches in front of his home, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The storm that struck Monday morning left  tens of thousands of Iowans without power as of Friday morning. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Former Illinois Gov. James Thompson, 'Big Jim,' dies at 84

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 1985 file photo, Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson, behind the wheel of a Chrysler convertible, is joined by G. Glenn Gardner, left, and Yoichi Nakane, after a news conference in Chicago.   Thompson, known as

Former Illinois Gov. James R. 'Big Jim' Thompson, longest-serving in state history, dies at 84
Tropical Storm Josephine closer to land, Kyle moving away
Iran threatens 'dangerous future' for UAE after Israel deal

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2020, file photo, Tel Aviv City Hall is lit up with the flag of the United Arab Emirates as UAE and Israel announced they would be establishing full diplomatic ties, in Tel Aviv, Israel.Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard vowed on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020 that there would be dangerous consequences for the United Arab Emirates after it announced a historic deal with Israel to open up diplomatic relations. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

FBI team arrives this weekend to take part in Beirut probe

Relatives and friends of 23-year-old Ralph Malahi, one of the firefighters killed in the Aug. 4 explosion that hit the seaport, mourn during his funeral in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Israel hits Gaza militant sites after incendiary balloons
Families of Lebanese blast victims plead for outside inquiry

FILE - In this August 6, 2020 file photo, Lebanese army soldiers stand guard at the scene where an explosion hit on Tuesday the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon's judicial investigation of the Beirut port explosion started with political wrangling over the naming of a lead investigator, military threats to jail leakers and doubts over whether a panel appointed along sectarian lines could be fully impartial. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Iran FM says West using Beirut blast to dictate policies

Rescue teams search for missing people at the site of the Aug. 4 explosion that killed more than 170 people, injured thousands and caused widespread destruction, in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Female member of Afghan peace team survives attack by gunmen

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, Afghan politician Fawzia Koofi speaks to media before the

Indian, Nepalese prime ministers talk amid border dispute
Thousands rally against SKorea leader despite virus warning

Police officers wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus patrol around the Gyeongbok Palace, one of South Korea's well-known landmarks, in Seoul, South Korea, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Thai student leader freed on bail, vows to keep up protest

Protest leader Parit

Asia Today: Restrictions in S. Korea, India cases hit 2.5M

Members of the National Cadet Corps, a youth wing of Armed Forces for school and college students, dressed in the colors of the Indian national flag and wearing face masks as a precaution against coronavirus, listen to the speech of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort monument on Independence Day in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. India's prime minister said Saturday his country has done well in containing the coronavirus pandemic and announced $1.46 trillion infrastructure projects to boost the sagging economy. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)