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World thirst for oil keeps growing, with SUVs a key culprit

By ANGELA CHARLTON Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The world's thirst for oil will continue to grow until the 2030s, with climate-damaging emissions climbing until at least 2040 — and consumers' insatiable appetite for SUVs is a big reason why. Mounting demand for plastic is another factor. ...

Trump, Erdogan to meet as thorny issues stress relations

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Donald Trump will meet as relations between the two NATO allies are at their lowest point in decades, with Turkey rebuffing the U.S. and turning toward Russia on security issues and ...

Chinese students flee Hong Kong as violence intensifies

By KEN MORITSUGU and PATRICK QUINN Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — University students from mainland China are fleeing Hong Kong, and classes in primary and secondary schools have been suspended as clashes turn increasingly violent in the city's 5-month-long anti-government unrest. Marine ...

Venice flooding nearly touches level of infamous 1966 flood

By COLLEEN BARRY Associated Press MILAN (AP) — The mayor of Venice is blaming climate change for flooding in the historic canal city that has reached the second-highest levels ever recorded, as another exceptional water level was recorded Wednesday. The high-water mark hit 187 centimeters ...

Uncertainty in Bolivia as senator claims interim presidency

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO and CARLOS VALDEZ Associated Press LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivians have new uncertainty to grapple with now that opposition Sen. Jeanine Añez declared herself interim president of the crisis-torn Andean country just hours after Evo Morales flew off to self-exile in ...

Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics, US says

By DAISY NGUYEN and BRIAN MELLEY Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Saudi Arabia, frustrated by growing criticism of its leaders and policies on social media, recruited two Twitter employees to spy on thousands of accounts that included prominent opponents, U.S. prosecutors have ...

Pompeo stresses NATO importance in Germany visit

By FRANK JORDANS Associated Press LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his German counterpart stressed the importance of the NATO alliance Thursday, saying that trans-Atlantic cooperation was critical in bringing about the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago and ...

Court sentences Congo warlord to 30 years for atrocities

By MIKE CORDER Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court passed its highest ever sentence Thursday, sending a Congolese warlord known as "The Terminator" to prison for 30 years for crimes including murder, rape and sexual slavery. Bosco Ntaganda was ...

Drought parches southern Africa, millions faced with hunger

Associated Press undefined JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An estimated 45 million people are threatened with hunger due to a severe drought that is strangling wide stretches of southern Africa. International aid agencies said they are planning emergency food deliveries for parts of South Africa, ...

US sanctions 3 Nicaraguan officials

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is sanctioning three Nicaraguan officials accused of human rights abuses, election fraud and corruption. The U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control on Thursday announced the sanctions, which block the officials from doing ...