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Japan's Abe says he will call snap election for parliament

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in March 2017.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Monday he will call an early election for parliament's more powerful lower house for next month.

Puerto Rico is in the dark in wake of Hurricane Maria

Two people sit in an apartment with a wall missing along the waterfront on Sept. 25, 2017 in San Juan. Nearly one week after hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, residents are still trying to get the basics of food, water, gas, and money from banks. Much of the damage done was to electrical wires, fallen trees, and flattened vegetation, in addition to home wooden roofs torn off.

Every night since Hurricane Maria hit, Miguel Martinez and his family have slept on mattresses on the porch to escape the heat inside their dark, stifling home. But it's nearly impossible to sleep with temperatures in the mid-80s.


UK's May meets EU leader in hopes to restart Brexit talks

Prime Minister Theresa May and European Council president Donald Tusk met Tuesday as Britain seeks to kick start deadlocked negotiations on leaving the European Union.


Actor Tony Booth, father-in-law of Tony Blair, dies at 85

Tony Booth, a British actor and the father-in-law of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, has died. He was 85.


Global stocks flat as traders await Fed speakers

Global stock markets traded in very narrow ranges Tuesday as investors awaited a speech by the Federal Reserve's Janet Yellen and ongoing worries over North Korea weighed on sentiment. Oil prices, meanwhile, came off two-year highs amid some modest profit-taking.


Ivanka Trump's business ties shrouded in secrecy in China

It is no secret that the bulk of Ivanka Trump's merchandise comes from China. But just which Chinese companies manufacture and export her handbags, shoes and clothes is more secret than ever, an Associated Press investigation has found.


Ex-rebel Serb commander sentenced to 15 years in Croatia

A Croatian court has sentenced a former Serb paramilitary commander and Australian citizen to 15 years in prison for war crimes in the 1990s.


New Angolan leader takes oath after dos Santos' 38-year rule

Angolan President Joao Lourenco has taken the oath of office at a ceremony attended by predecessor Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who stepped down after ruling the oil-rich but impoverished country since 1979.


Pakistan ex-PM criticizes judiciary for his disqualification

Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday criticized the country's judiciary for rejecting his appeal over his disqualification from office and vowed again to fight a legal battle to clear his name.


Dutch tourists robbed after leaving Johannesburg airport

South African authorities say thieves in a vehicle with police markings robbed several dozen Dutch tourists who were traveling in a bus after leaving Johanneburg's main international airport.


Egyptian opposition figure defiant after conviction

An Egyptian opposition figure whose conviction for "offending public morals" could jeopardize his likely presidential run next year says the verdict is payback for winning a lawsuit against the government over its transfer of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.


The Latest: Statement says Egypt concerned over Kurd vote

The Latest on the Iraqi Kurdish referendum on support for independence from Baghdad and the tensions surrounding the vote (all times local):


Kenya police tear gas protests over electoral commission

Kenya police Tuesday dispersed protesters in front of the electoral commission offices as controversy erupted over who should conduct the new presidential elections.


Prominent German nationalist to leave anti-migrant AfD party

One of the most prominent figures in the nationalist Alternative for Germany party said Tuesday she plans to leave it — a move that displayed tensions as other lawmakers from the anti-migrant party gathered for their first meeting after a strong showing at the polls.


Ukraine's president signs controversial education law

Ukraine's president has signed a controversial law on education, causing fury in Hungary which is threatening to block Ukraine's efforts to integrate with the European Union.


Syrian children in Lebanon find music school away from home

Hassan Youssef was 10 years old when a local Syrian composer discovered his talent: a deep powerful voice that was particularly resonant for traditional songs.


Palestinian kills 3 Israelis in settlement near Jerusalem

A Palestinian attacker opened fire early on Tuesday at the entrance to a settlement outside Jerusalem, killing three Israeli security men and critically wounding a fourth, Israeli police and medical services said, in one of the deadliest attacks in a two-year spate of violence.


Officials: Attacks in Afghanistan kill 5 police officers

Attacks in two neighboring provinces in Afghanistan killed at least five policemen, Afghan officials said on Tuesday, while a sixth policeman died in a gunbattle with the Taliban in another province.


Man arrested on suspicion of arson at Swedish mosque

Swedish police said Tuesday they arrested a man suspected of involvement in a fire that partly destroyed a mosque west of Stockholm.