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Turkish minister says govt will respond to any US sanctions

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister has reiterated that the country intends to respond to any U.S. sanctions over its purchase of Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems. However, Mevlut Cavusoglu told Turkey’s TGRT television in an interview Monday that President Donald Trump is reluctant to sanction Turkey. Turkey began taking delivery of parts of the S-400 earlier of this …

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In key Senate races, Democrats buck leftward tilt on issues

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — MJ Hegar, the leading U.S. Senate challenger in Texas, rides a Harley-Davidson in viral videos and has called herself “an ass-kicking, motorcycle-riding Texas Democrat.” She is not a Democrat who promotes “Medicare for All.” She mentions that during a narrow loss for a House seat last year, her campaign signs appeared in front yards that also …

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Israeli crews demolish Palestinian homes in east Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli work crews on Monday began demolishing dozens of Palestinian homes in an east Jerusalem neighborhood, in one of the largest operations of its kind in years. The demolitions capped a years-long legal battle over the buildings, built along the invisible line straddling the city and the occupied West Bank. Israel says the buildings were erected too …

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Stocks subdued as oil rises again on Mideast tensions

TOKYO (AP) — Global stock markets were subdued Monday while the price of oil climbed as tensions in the Persian Gulf escalated after Iran’s seizure of a British oil tanker on Friday. The price of oil rose 1.3% as the British government is due to chair an emergency meeting to discuss possible responses to the tanker’s seizure and other recent …

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Denmark police investigate after 100 gravestones vandalized

HELSINKI (AP) — About 100 gravestones in Denmark have been found vandalized with graffiti in a cemetery adjacent to Hadsund Church in the eastern part of the Jutland peninsula. Several of the gravestones had “666”written on them with black spray paint and large letters. The number is generally considered to be a sign of the devil. The church’s staff noticed …

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Firefighters battle wildfire in Portugal, 31 people hurt

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — More than 1,000 firefighters on Monday were battling a major wildfire amid scorching temperatures in Portugal, where forest blazes wreak destruction every summer. About 90% of the fire area in the Castelo Branco district, 200 kilometers (about 125 miles) northeast of the capital Lisbon, was brought under control during cooler overnight temperatures, according to local Civil …

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Puerto Rico prepares for massive protest to expel governor

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico braced early Monday for what many people expected to be one of the biggest protests ever seen in the U.S. territory as irate islanders pledged to drive Gov. Ricardo Rosselló from office. Hundreds of thousands of people were expected to take over one of the island’s busiest highways Monday morning to press …

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UK legislator charged with 2 sexual assaults against women

LONDON (AP) — A Conservative Party legislator in Britain has been charged with sexually assaulting two women. The Crown Prosecution Service said Monday that Charlie Elphicke was charged with three counts of sexual assault. Prosecutors say the first charge stems from an alleged attack in 2007 and the other two charges relate to two alleged attacks in 2016. The 48-year-old …

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German ambassador returns to Venezuela after 4 ½ months

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says the country’s ambassador to Venezuela has returned to Caracas, 4 ½ months after Venezuelan authorities ordered him to leave. Foreign Ministry spokesman Rainer Breul said Monday that ambassador Daniel Kriener returned to Venezuela on Saturday. Venezuela previously withdrew its classification of Kriener as persona non grata. Kriener and some other diplomats greeted opposition …

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