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15 killed as van carrying migrants crashes in eastern Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey — A van carrying migrants rolled into a roadside ditch in eastern Turkey on Thursday, killing 15 people, a Turkish official said.

Pope Francis names British-born Matteo Bruni as spokesman

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis named a new Vatican spokesman Thursday, tapping Matteo Bruni, the British-born official who has handled media logistics for papal trips, in the latest shakeup of the Vatican's communications operations.
South Korea's central bank lowers rate amid Japan trade row

South Korea's central bank lowers rate amid Japan trade row

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — South Korea's central bank on Thursday cut its policy rate for the first time in three years to shore up growth threatened by a trade dispute with Japan.
Lin-Manuel Miranda joins rally against Puerto Rico governor

Lin-Manuel Miranda joins rally against Puerto Rico governor

NEW YORK — "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has joined protests in New York demanding the resignation of Puerto Rico's governor. Miranda led about 200 people, many from Puerto Rico, at a rally in Manhattan's Union Square on Wednesday.
Trump vs. Dems: 'Racist,' 'socialist' lines drawn for 2020

Trump vs. Dems: 'Racist,' 'socialist' lines drawn for 2020

WASHINGTON — With tweets and a vote, President Donald Trump and House Democrats established the sharp and emotionally raw contours of the 2020 election campaigns. In the process, they have created a fraught political frame: "racists" vs. "socialists.
Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency

Ebola outbreak in Congo declared a global health emergency

GENEVA — The deadly Ebola outbreak in Congo is now an international health emergency, the World Health Organization announced Wednesday after a case was confirmed in a city of 2 million people .
Paul McCartney writing 'It's a Wonderful Life' stage musical

Paul McCartney writing 'It's a Wonderful Life' stage musical

LONDON — Paul McCartney is writing his first stage musical, an adaptation of the classic movie "It's a Wonderful Life." The ex-Beatle is collaborating with "Billy Elliot" playwright Lee Hall and West End producer Bill Kenwright.
Lead paint suppliers settle California lawsuit for $305M

Lead paint suppliers settle California lawsuit for $305M

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The nation's former major suppliers of lead paint have agreed to pay California's largest cities and counties $305 million to settle a nearly 20-year-old lawsuit, attorneys said Wednesday.
Nuclear industry push for reduced oversight gaining traction

Nuclear industry push for reduced oversight gaining traction

WASHINGTON — Fewer mock commando raids to test nuclear power plants' defences against terrorist attacks. Fewer, smaller government inspections for plant safety issues. Less notice to the public and to state governors when problems arise.
Judge: Michael Cohen campaign finance probe over

Judge: Michael Cohen campaign finance probe over

NEW YORK — Federal prosecutors have told a judge in New York they have concluded their investigation into campaign finance crimes committed by President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen.