EU promotes hotspots as fast track answer to refugee crisis

BRUSSELS (AP) — In EU-speak they’re called “hotspots” — teams of European border, legal and asylum experts considered key to identifying those in need of international protection among the tens of thousands of people arriving in Greece and Italy in...

Horrific stampede at hajj in Saudi Arabia kills 717 pilgrims

MINA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A horrific stampede killed at least 717 pilgrims and injured hundreds more Thursday on the outskirts of the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the deadliest tragedy to strike the annual hajj pilgrimage in more than two decades. At least 863...

The Latest: Saudi king offers condolences over hajj tragedy

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The latest developments from a crush of Muslim pilgrims on the third day of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia that killed hundreds of people. ___ 8 p.m. The Saudi king has expressed his condolences over the horrific stampede during the...

The Latest: UN refugee chief disappointed in EU refugee plan

BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest developments as European governments struggle to cope with the huge number of people moving across Europe. All times local: ___ 6:15 p.m. The head of the U.N. refugee agency says he is “disappointed” that a European Union plan to help...

The Latest: UN refugee chief disappointed in EU refugee plan

BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest developments as European governments struggle to cope with the huge number of people moving across Europe. All times local: ___ 6:15 p.m. The head of the U.N. refugee agency says he is “disappointed” that a European Union plan to help...

Soldiers leave capital, Burkina Faso returns to calm

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — People lined up at gas stations and money machines in Burkina Faso’s capital on Thursday as life began returning to normal after a week-long coup. Once interim President Michel Kafando and interim Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida were...

Soldiers leave capital, Burkina Faso returns to calm

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — People lined up at gas stations and money machines in Burkina Faso’s capital on Thursday as life began returning to normal after a week-long coup. Once interim President Michel Kafando and interim Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida were...

The Latest: US offers condolences to hajj stampede victims

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The latest developments from a crush of Muslim pilgrims on the third day of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia that killed hundreds of people. ___ 7:00 p.m. The United States has expressed its “deepest condolences” over the...

The Latest: US offers condolences to hajj stampede victims

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The latest developments from a crush of Muslim pilgrims on the third day of the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia that killed hundreds of people. ___ 7:00 p.m. The United States has expressed its “deepest condolences” over the...

Kremlin: Putin to meet Obama on Monday

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama are to meet on Monday in New York, their first face-to-face encounter in nearly a year amid strongly troubled relations between the two nations. The announcement of the meeting was made Thursday by the Russian president’s...