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France hosts Mediterranean conference without heads of state

PARIS (AP) — France is hosting a conference aimed at boosting cooperation between northern and southern Mediterranean countries, with senior government officials, non-governmental organizations, businesses and academics in attendance. President Emmanuel Macron took part in talks at the "Summit of the Two Shores" in the southern French port of Marseille on Monday. Participants from Mauritania,…

Death toll in Indian encephalitis outbreak rises to 152

PATNA, India (AP) — India's Supreme Court on Monday directed state and national authorities to file reports to the court on an encephalitis outbreak in the eastern state of Bihar this month in which 152 children have died. A senior health department official in Bihar, Sanjay Kumar, said the epidemic is showing signs of slowing…

Intense heat wave to strike Paris, shimmer across Europe

PARIS (AP) — The sunset had an orange glow and so does the new heat alert level for Paris. Authorities around the French capital have issued an orange alert for intense heat — the second-highest level on its scale — as very hot temperatures are expected across continental Europe this week. France's national weather agency…

Albania's Electoral College orders go-ahead of local polls

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania's top legal election institution has decided in favor of holding Sunday's municipal polls, turning down a move from the country's president to cancel them. The five-judge Electoral College voted unanimously that a small political party, which asked to deregister based on President Ilir Meta's action, must take part in Sunday's…

Help offered to woman jailed for turning in husband's guns

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida lawmaker and others are asking a State Attorney not to prosecute a woman who was arrested while giving her husband's guns to police after he was charged with trying to run her over. Courtney Irby spent six days in jail on charges of armed burglary and grand theft after…

Ethiopia says plotter of failed coup is killed by military

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The Ethiopian army brigadier general accused of leading a failed coup against a regional government has been killed in a firefight with the security forces, a spokesman for the Ethiopian prime minister's office said Monday. Brig. Gen. Asamnew Tsige was killed on the outskirts of Bahir Dar, capital of the…

Stories of Stonewall: How the LGBTQ rebellion left a legacy

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Olenick was 19 and living a secret social life, letting loose with friends at a speakeasy-like bar with blacked-out windows and one of the few floors in town where men danced with other men. Then the lights came on and the police strode into the Stonewall Inn. Adrenaline pumping, Olenick…

Iranians say their 'bones breaking' under US sanctions

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — As the U.S. piles sanction after sanction on Iran, it's the average person who feels it the most. From a subway performer's battered leather hat devoid of tips, to a bride-to-be's empty purse, the lack of cash from the economic pressure facing Iran's 80 million people can be seen everywhere. Many…

Sheriff: Woman, toddler, 2 infants found dead in South Texas

MISSION, Texas (AP) — A sheriff in South Texas says Border Patrol agents have discovered the bodies of four people, including three children, within a wildlife management area near the border. Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra tells the McAllen Monitor that the dead appeared to be two infants, a toddler and a woman in her…