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  1. Prize-winning Polish-US playwright Janusz Glowacki dies

    08.19 / 18:10 sfgate.com SFgate.com-World
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Renowned Polish-U.S. playwright and screenwriter Janusz Glowacki, who won top prizes for his bitter, ironic analysis of the difficult lives of immigrants, died Saturday at 78. His wife, actress Olena Leonenko-Glowacka, announced his death but its cause was not immediately revealed. Popular in New York and Polish artistic and intellectual circles, Glowacki was the author of award-winning plays "Antigone in New York" and "The Fourth Sister," which set classic themes in t…
  2. Venezuela congress defies push to take over its powers

    08.19 / 17:11 sfgate.com SFgate.com-World
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's congress is meeting in defiance of what opposition leaders consider an autocratic push by allies of President Nicolas Maduro to usurp the legislature's powers. The deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas was among a group of foreign diplomats who attended Saturday's special session to express solidarity with the increasingly cornered lawmakers. Venezuela's ongoing political standoff took another dramatic turn Friday after the p…
  3. The Latest: Nigeria's president returns after 3 months away

    08.19 / 16:07 sfgate.com SFgate.com-World
    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on Nigeria president's return after three months of medical treatment in London (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to the country after more than three months in London for medical treatment. His plane has landed in the capital, Abuja. Supporters have lined the road to the airport, singing. Buhari's long absence, his second this year, had created uncertainty in Africa's most populous country amid some calls for h…
  4. Physicist Hawking criticizes UK health secretary on service

    08.19 / 15:06 sfgate.com SFgate.com-World
    LONDON (AP) — Noted physicist Stephen Hawking has criticized Britain's health secretary for what he described as the selective use of scientific studies to support changes in the National Health Service. The world-renowned scientist has accused Conservative minister Jeremy Hunt of "cherry picking" evidence to support the changes and says the service is at risk. Hunt rejected Hawking's charges Saturday, but the public spat underscored the strains on the health service after years of c…
  5. Liquor stores closed in Turkmenistan's capital for a month

    08.19 / 15:06 sfgate.com SFgate.com-World
    ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Liquor stores have been closed down and alcoholic products taken off the shelves of food stores in the capital of Turkmenistan ahead of a major international athletic completion next month. Merchants at several stores told The Associated Press on Saturday that authorities had ordered alcohol sales be halted until October, after the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games conclude. The competition in Ashgabat, the capital, takes place Sept. 17-27. There has been no …
  6. The Latest: South Africa blocks Air Zimbabwe flight

    08.19 / 14:07 sfgate.com SFgate.com-World
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Latest on assault allegations against Zimbabwe's first lady (all times local): 3:40 p.m. South African authorities say an Air Zimbabwe flight was not allowed to take off from Johannesburg because it was not in compliance with civil aviation rules. The South African Civil Aviation Authority says an inspection was conducted Friday evening on the Boeing 767-200 aircraft and it was found not to be in compliance with South African and international guidelines. The a…
  7. Boy missing as many countries mourn Barcelona attack victims

    08.19 / 14:07 sfgate.com SFgate.com-World
    PARIS (AP) — An Italian father who saved his children's lives but lost his own. An American celebrating his first wedding anniversary. A Portuguese woman celebrating her birthday with her granddaughter. These were but a few of the more than 100 people from around the world killed or injured in Barcelona's attacks. They leave behind devastated loved ones in nearly three dozen countries, a testimony to the openness and global attraction of the vibrant seaside city. World leaders mourned lost …
  8. The Latest: Finland: Turku knife attack is likely terror act

    08.19 / 13:07 sfgate.com SFgate.com-World
    HELSINKI (AP) — The Latest on the deadly stabbing attack in the western Finnish city of Turku (all times local): 2:30 p.m. The Finnish Security Intelligence Service says the deadly stabbing attack in the western city of Turku was "a likely terror act." Pekka Hiltunen of SUPO told reporters Saturday that the agency was investigating the suspects' connections to the Islamic State group, since IS "has previously encouraged this kind of behavior." On Friday, an 18-year-old asylum-seeker from M…
  9. Hundreds missing in Sierra Leone mudslides likely dead

    08.19 / 11:04 sfgate.com SFgate.com-World
    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Survivors picking through the debris of Sierra Leone's deadly mudslides are facing the reality that most, if not all, of the estimated 600 people missing are dead. The death toll is already above 450 from the flooding and mudslides in the capital, Freetown, early Monday. Large-scale-burials have begun amid rainy weather and the threat of further mudslides. Rescue officials have warned that the chances of finding survivors "are getting smaller every day." The g…
  10. South Africa mulls fate of Mugabe's wife after assault claim

    08.19 / 11:04 sfgate.com SFgate.com-World
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Zimbabwe's first lady is expected to make her first public appearance today since being accused of assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel in South Africa. Local media are reporting that Grace Mugabe is expected to attend a regional summit Saturday with her husband in South Africa's capital, Pretoria. President Robert Mugabe is attending the Southern African Development Community's leaders' conference. South African authorities are weighing a request by Zimbabwe's g…
  11. Police separate some 500 neo-Nazis, opponents at Berlin demo

    08.19 / 11:04 sfgate.com SFgate.com-World
    BERLIN (AP) — Some 500 far-right extremists began a march in Berlin on Saturday in honor of the 30th anniversary of the death of top Nazi Rudolf Hess. About 500 counter-demonstrators gathered nearby the parade in the Spandau district, separated by hundreds of heavily armored police. Berlin police spokesman Carsten Mueller told The Associated Press that authorities have imposed a number of restrictions on Saturday's march to ensure it passes peacefully. Police have told organizers they can m…
  12. Nigeria says ailing president to return today after 3 months

    08.19 / 10:05 sfgate.com SFgate.com-World
    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will return to the country Saturday after more than three months in London for medical treatment, his office announced, while giving no details on what exactly has been ailing him. Buhari will address the nation in a broadcast Monday morning, the statement from the office of the presidency said. The government of Africa's most populous nation has never said what kind of medical treatment the 74-year-old leader has been receiving. He …
  13. Finnish police: stabbing investigated as possible terrorism

    08.19 / 10:05 sfgate.com SFgate.com-World
    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A suspect detained for allegedly stabbing two people to death in a wild knife attack in the western Finnish city of Turku is being investigated for murder with possible terrorist intent, police said Saturday. The dead from the apparent indiscriminate attack a day earlier are Finnish citizens, while the eight wounded include one Italian national and two Swedes, the National Bureau of Investigation said in a statement. Police have identified the suspect, an 1…
  14. The Latest: Spanish officials to set terrorist threat level

    08.19 / 08:13 sfgate.com SFgate.com-World
    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the Spain attacks (all times local): 9:30 a.m. Representatives from the Spanish and Catalan government are meeting to determine the terrorist threat level for the country and its Catalan region, after Barcelona and the southern resort town of Cambrils were hit with terrorist attacks. Following the Thursday afternoon and early Friday morning attacks that killed 14 people and wounded more than a hundred, Spain's threat level is now four on a scale that g…
  15. A look at US-S. Korea war games and how North might respond

    08.19 / 02:22 sfgate.com SFgate.com-World
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — America's annual joint military exercises with South Korea always frustrate North Korea. The war games set to begin Monday may hold more potential to provoke than ever, given President Donald Trump's "fire and fury" threats and Pyongyang's as-yet-unpursued plan to launch missiles close to G…
  16. Attack in Spain could have been more devastating

    08.19 / 00:21 sfgate.com SFgate.com-World
    BARCELONA, Spain — A cell of at least nine extremists meticulously plotted to combine vehicles and explosives in a direct hit on tourists and managed to carry off most of their deadly plan, killing 14 people, authorities said Friday. Police in Spain and France pressed a manhunt for any remaining members of the group, which Islamic State claimed as its own. Only flawed bomb construction avoided a more devastating attack, authorities said after taking a closer look at a b…
  17. News of the day from across the globe, Aug. 18

    08.19 / 00:21 sfgate.com SFgate.com-World
    1 Finland stabbings: A man stabbed eight people Friday in the western city of Turku, killing two of them, before police shot him in the thigh and detained him, officials said. A suspect — who police said was “a youngish man with a foreign background” — was being treated in the city’s main hospital but was in police custody. Security was increased across the Nordic country, said Interior Minister Paula Risikko. Police said the man is likely to have acted alone though it was not possible to c…
  18. Kenya opposition files challenge against presidential vote

    08.18 / 22:08 sfgate.com SFgate.com-World
    NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Lawyers representing the Kenyan opposition coalition National Super Alliance filed a petition Friday with the Supreme Court challenging President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election, beating a midnight deadline. A statement from the group's presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, and his running mate, Kalonzo Musyoka, said they turned to the high court because of alleged irregularities in the Aug. 8 presidential vote. Those included, among others, "numerous instances when t…
  19. Pro-government assembly in Venezuela takes congress' powers

    08.18 / 22:08 sfgate.com SFgate.com-World
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's pro-government constitutional assembly took over the powers of the opposition-led congress Friday, dramatically escalating a standoff between President Nicolas Maduro and his political foes. The move triggered further international condemnation from the dozens of countries that have already criticized the creation of the all-powerful assembly as an undemocratic power grab by Maduro. Assembly delegates approved a decree giving them the authority to pass …
  20. Pro-government assembly takes powers of Venezuelan congress

    08.18 / 21:07 sfgate.com SFgate.com-World
    CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s new pro-government Constituent Assembly formally moved Friday to assume the powers of the opposition-dominated congress, completing what critics call a power grab that effectively puts all branches of government under the control of President Nicolas Maduro. The Constituent Assembly, created in a July 30 vote decried as fraud by the opposition and a host of nations, had begun to assume the role of the National Assembly, whose members were de…