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Algeria protesters keep up pressure on regime

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of protesters in Algeria demonstrated for a ninth straight Friday against the country's leadership amid calls for the departure of the powerful military's chief of staff. With police forces deployed across the city, protesters gathered in the morning at the main post office in Algiers — the Grande…

Relatives of German bus crash victims arrive in Madeira

FUNCHAL, Portugal (AP) — Relatives of some of the 29 German tourists who died in a bus crash in Madeira arrived on the Portuguese island on Friday as investigators pushed on with the task of finding out why the bus veered off the road and plunged down a slope. German tour operator Trendtours said it…

Women cleared of defamation in French sexual misconduct case

PARIS (AP) — A Paris court has dismissed a defamation case against six women who accused a former French lawmaker of sexual misconduct and the journalists who reported the allegations. The court on Friday ordered Denis Baupin to pay 1,000 euros ($1,120) in damages to each of the 12 people he sued. In May 2016,…

More yellow vest protests despite Notre Dame fire

PARIS (AP) — For many yellow vest protesters, the stinging sadness that came with the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral has quickly given way to boiling anger. Some of the activists, whose violent protests against inequality have been shaking up France for months, said they cried in front of their TV sets as they…

Brazil judge reverses order censoring news sites

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A judge on Brazil's top court has cancelled a ruling that forced two news sites to remove reports that a corruption investigation had included a reference to the court's president. Thursday's ruling by Judge Alexandre de Moraes overturns his own order issued Monday, which had been widely criticized by other…

Parents say missing Austrian Alpine star 'lived his dream'

BERLIN (AP) — The parents of celebrated Austrian climber David Lama said Friday that he had "lived his dream," as hopes he and two other top climbers survived an avalanche in the Canadian Rockies faded. Lama, fellow Austrian Hansjörg Auer and American climber Jess Roskelley have been missing in Alberta's Banff National Park since Wednesday.…

Virginia governor wants Confederate arch gone from US fort

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Ralph Northam is calling for the removal of an arch honoring the former president of the Confederacy at Fort Monroe, where the first enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia 400 years ago. The Daily Press reports that Northam's office presented a letter to the Fort Monroe Authority Board of Trustees Thursday…

Census estimates show Baltimore continues to lose population

BALTIMORE (AP) — New annual estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show that Baltimore is continuing to shed inhabitants. Census data released Thursday shows that Maryland's biggest city lost an estimated 7,346 citizens during the 12 months that ended July 1. That's a loss of 1.2% of the city's population. It's the fourth straight year…

Turkey detains 2 people suspected of spying for UAE

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities have detained two people on suspicion of spying for the United Arab Emirates, a Turkish official said Friday. The two UAE nationals were detained on Monday following a joint operation by police and the intelligence agency, the official told The Associated Press. They were taken to a court on…

Video: Deputy slams high school student's head to the ground

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — A Florida sheriff's office is investigating after cellphone video shows deputies pepper spraying a teen and banging his head against the ground. Broward Sheriff's spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that officials are investigating what happened Thursday between deputies and students from J.P. Taravella High School who…