Russian director put under house arrest; fans see censorship


MOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court put a revered theater director under house arrest Wednesday on charges of embezzling $1.1 million, the latest step in a case widely seen as part of a crackdown on freedom of expression in Russia.


  • Written by By NATALIYA VASILYEVA , Associated Press

Police: DNA of headless torso matches Swedish journalist


COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A headless torso found on a beach off Copenhagen has been identified as that of missing Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who is believed to have died on an amateur-built submarine earlier this month, Danish police said Wednesday.

  • Written by By JAN M. OLSEN , Associated Press

Key UN panel urges US to reject racist hate speech, crimes


GENEVA (AP) — A top U.N. body on racial discrimination has taken the unusual step of calling on the United States to "unequivocally and unconditionally" reject racist hate speech and crimes following a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Egypt snubs Trump envoy after US cuts, delays aid


CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Foreign Ministry abruptly cancelled a meeting with White House adviser Jared Kushner on Wednesday after the Trump administration cut or delayed hundreds of millions of dollars in aid over human rights concerns.

  • Written by By MENNA ZAKI , Associated Press

US new-home sales fell in July, yet still ahead of last year


WASHINGTON (AP) — Sales of new U.S. homes plummeted 9.4 percent in July, the sharpest one-month drop in nearly a year. But the decline follows strong sales in previous months, and sales so far this year are outpacing last year's.

  • Written by By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER , AP Economics Writer