Angry, forgiving families confront Dylann Roof at hearing

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — One by one, family members of nine slain church members confronted Dylann Roof on Wednesday before he was formally sentenced to die for the slaughter. There were laughter and tears; love and hate; anger and forgiveness; despair and hope.

  • Written by JEFFREY COLLINS , Associated Press

Hamburg's spectacular Elbphilharmonie opens for 1st concert


BERLIN (AP) — Hamburg's spectacular new Elbphilharmonie concert hall is finally hosting its first concert on Wednesday night, several years behind schedule and far over the original budget.

  • Written by KIRSTEN GRIESHABER , Associated Press

UAE mourns 5 diplomats killed in mysterious Afghan bombing

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — The killing of five diplomats from the United Arab Emirates in a bombing in southern Afghanistan marks the deadliest attack ever for the young nation's diplomatic corps, though it's too soon to tell who was behind it or if the Gulf envoys were even the targets.

  • Written by JON GAMBRELL and MIRWAIS KHAN, Associated Press

Philippines to offer free contraceptives to 6 million women

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered government agencies to ensure free access to contraceptives for 6 million women who cannot obtain them, officials said Wednesday, in a move expected to be opposed by the dominant Roman Catholic church.