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Polanski extradition case moves forward

KRAKOW, Poland — A Polish court that is to rule on a U.S. request to extradite Roman Polanski over a 1977 child sex conviction has received legal documents it requested from U.S. authorities, it said on Tuesday, taking the case a step closer to its conclusion.

Bomb in Thai capital kills 16, wounds 81

BANGKOK — A bomb planted at one of the Thai capital’s most renowned shrines on Monday killed 16 people, including three foreign tourists, and wounded scores in an attack the government called a bid to destroy the economy.

Reunion police, army halt MH370 debris search

SAINT-DENIS -- The police and army on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion have called off their search for more debris from the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which vanished last year, police said on Monday.

Cuba on edge as drought worsens

HAVANA — Cuba put its civil defense system on alert on Monday due to a year-long drought that is forecast to worsen in the coming months and has already damaged agriculture and left more than a million people relying on trucked-in water.

U.S., allies conduct 18 air strikes in Syria, Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A coalition led by the United States conducted 13 air strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq on Sunday, and it also targeted the militant group in Syria with five air attacks, according to a statement released on Monday.

More explosions at disaster site in China

BEIJING — More explosions and fires hit the Chinese port city of Tianjin Saturday as confusion reigned about whether authorities had ordered the evacuation of a 2-mile zone around the hazardous chemicals warehouse that exploded Wednesday,

Hostage raped by Islamic State leader before death

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Kayla Mueller, the U.S. aid worker who died earlier this year while being held hostage by Islamic State militants, was raped repeatedly by the group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi while in captivity in Syria, U.S. officials said on Friday.

Huge blasts at Chinese port kill 50

TIANJIN, China — Two huge explosions tore through an industrial area where toxic chemicals and gas were stored in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin, killing at least 50 people, including at least a dozen fire fighters, officials and state media said on Thursday.

Ruling party heads towards split before bailout vote

ATHENS — Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s Syriza party looked set to split after the leader of its far-left faction called for a new movement to fight a bailout deal that lawmakers will vote on later on Thursday.

ISIL claims huge truck bomb attack in Baghdad’s Sadr City

BAGHDAD — At least 76 people were killed and 212 wounded on Thursday in a blast claimed by Islamic State in Baghdad’s Sadr City, police and medical sources said, one of the biggest attacks on the capital since Haider al-Abadi became prime minister a year ago.

Huge explosion in China injures hundreds

An explosion late Wednesday at a container terminal in northern China injured hundreds and created a massive fireball that blasted high above the city’s skyscrapers, Chinese media reported.

Iraq votes to transform ruling system in boost for Abadi

BAGHDAD — Iraq’s parliament voted unanimously on Tuesday for the biggest shakeup in its governing system since the U.S. military occupation, eliminating entire layers of government and giving Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi new powers.

Two killed in IKEA knife attack in Sweden

STOCKHOLM -- A man and a woman were killed and a third injured in a knife attack at an IKEA store in the Swedish city of Vasteras on Monday and two suspects were arrested, police said.

Billions approved for funding migration crisis

BRUSSELS -- The European Commission on Monday approved $2.6 billion of aid over six years for countries including Greece and Italy that have struggled to cope with a surge in numbers of immigrants.

Shots fired at U.S. consulate as wave of attacks kills 9

ISTANBUL/DIYABAKIR -- Two women shot at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul on Monday and at least nine people were killed in a wave of separate attacks on Turkish security forces, weeks after Ankara began a crackdown on Islamic State, Kurdish and far-left militants.

Turkish jets hit targets; soldiers killed in southeast

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — Turkish warplanes hit Kurdish rebel targets in southeastern Turkey on Tuesday, Dogan news agency reported, and three soldiers were killed in two separate attacks in a neighboring province, the military said.

UK extends campaign against Islamic State

LONDON — Britain will extend its air campaign in Iraq against Islamic State militants by a year, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said on Tuesday, saying it would use aging Tornado fighter jets to conduct strikes until at least early 2017.

Greek stocks plunge after shut down

ATHENS — Greece’s stock market closed with heavy losses on Monday after a five-week shutdown brought on by fears that the country was about to be dumped from the euro zone.