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October 2, 2015 - 6:36am
2 days 7 hours ago

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An official says a passenger plane carrying 10 people has been reported missing in eastern Indonesia.

Transportation Ministry spokesman Julius Barata said the Twin Otter plane lost contact Friday while on a flight in South Sulawesi province.

He said the plane lost radio contact about 30 minutes before it was expected to land in Makassar, the provincial capital.

It was carrying three crew and seven...

October 2, 2015 - 6:34am
2 days 7 hours ago

DUBLIN (AP) — Irish authorities say Brian Friel, the Tony Award-winning playwright who created "Dancing at Lughnasa" and more than 30 other plays, has died at the age of 86.

The Arts Council of Ireland says in a statement that Friel died Friday. The cause of death was not given.

The statement says Frield "was, quite simply, a giant not only of Irish but of world theater."

Trained as a teacher, Friel turned to writing plays full...

October 2, 2015 - 6:29am
2 days 7 hours ago

MADRID (AP) — Two of Spain's top media companies are facing off after a broadcasting magnate who has bankrolled Woody Allen movies asked a court to file criminal charges against the top editor of the country's leading newspaper.

Jaume Roures, who heads Barcelona-based Mediapro, says El Pais newspaper hurt his reputation with an article last year stating he had 250 million euros ($278 million) in 150 accounts around the world, much of it in tax havens.

October 2, 2015 - 6:16am
2 days 7 hours ago

BEIJING (AP) — China's state news agency says a man suspected of being responsible for 18 explosions in a southern Chinese county that killed 10 people and injured 51 others died in the blasts and had disputes with local villagers and companies.

State media had previously reported that 17 explosions triggered by explosive devices in mailed packages went off Wednesday afternoon in Liucheng in China's Guangxi region. Another explosion hit a house Thursday....

October 2, 2015 - 6:00am
2 days 17 min ago

LONDON (AP) — The contest for London mayor will pit a former Labour government minister against a wealthy Conservative environmentalist.

The Conservatives said Friday that party members had chosen Zac Goldsmith in an online primary to fight the May 5 election against Labour's Sadiq Khan.

Goldsmith is a lawmaker and former editor of The Ecologist magazine from a prominent wealthy family. He said transit, housing and the environment would be his top...

October 2, 2015 - 5:54am
2 days 8 hours ago

BERLIN (AP) — A new poll is adding to indications that Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal popularity is taking a knock amid the influx of migrants to Germany, though there's no sign of serious political damage.

The Infratest Dimap poll of 1,001 people for ARD television, conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, found 54 percent of respondents satisfied with Merkel, nine points fewer than a month earlier. Satisfaction with Bavarian governor Horst Seehofer, the most prominent...

October 2, 2015 - 5:27am
2 days 8 hours ago

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Interior Ministry says smugglers have killed a police officer in northern Sinai, near the border with Israel.

A statement Friday from the ministry says the smugglers shot dead officer Rabie Mostafa after he foiled their "smuggling attempt" on the border late on Thursday night. It says police have cordoned off the area and are searching for the perpetrators.

The statement did not provide further details.


October 2, 2015 - 5:24am
1 day 20 hours ago

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is confirming that the only "audience" the pope had while he was in Washington was with a former student and his family: Yayo Grassi, an openly gay Argentine who visited Francis with his longtime partner and some friends.

The revelation Friday turned the table on the narrative of Francis' meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky law clerk who went to jail after refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

The Vatican on...

October 2, 2015 - 5:10am
2 days 8 hours ago

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An aircraft belonging to a Dubai skydiving company has run off a runway, but it's unclear if there are any injuries in the crash.

An Associated Press reporter saw the Skydive Dubai propeller aircraft at the end of its runway in the Dubai Marina where it crashed on Friday, its nose tipping down over the breakers running along the water.

Two guards at Skydive Dubai blocked the AP from the crash site and declined to...

October 2, 2015 - 4:54am
2 days 8 hours ago

BANGKOK (AP) — Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal took a break from tennis to shake hands with the head of Thailand's ruling junta on a promotional trip to the military-ruled country that mixed sports with politics.

The No. 1-ranked Djokovic and his longtime rival Nadal were in Thailand for a sold-out Friday night exhibition match dubbed "Back to Thailand."

The event was organized by local authorities to boost confidence in the country's safety after a...

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