AP sources: US cuts staff in Cuba, citing health attacks


WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is warning Americans against visiting Cuba and ordering more than half of its Havana embassy personnel to leave the island, senior officials said Friday in a dramatic response to what they described as targeted "specific attacks" affecting the health of U.S. diplomats.

  • Written by By JOSH LEDERMAN and MATTHEW LEE , Associated Press

Iraqi flight ban on Kurdish airports goes into effect


IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — A central government imposed ban on international flights servicing airports in Iraq's Kurdish region went into effect Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. local.


  • Written by By SUSANNAH GEORGE , Associated Press

Wray installed as FBI director; Trump absent at ceremony


WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Wray was formally installed as the new FBI director on Thursday in a ceremony notable for the absence of the man who appointed him: President Donald Trump.

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  • Written by By ERIC TUCKER , Associated Press

Rhetoric heats up over Catalonia independence vote


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A parade of farmers' tractors rolled into Barcelona on Friday in support for Catalonia's independence vote as Catalan and Spanish authorities issued conflicting statements on whether the disputed referendum would even take place on Sunday.


  • Written by By CIARAN GILES and ARITZ PARRA , Associated Press