Police crack down on European cocaine “super cartel”.

BRUSSELS — Law enforcement agencies in six different countries have joined forces to take down a “super cartel” of drug traffickers that controls about a third of Europe’s cocaine trade, the European Union crime organization said Monday. Europol said 49 suspects were arrested during the investigation. The latest series of raids in Europe and the … Read more

Japanese filmmaker released from Myanmar prison vows to tell story

TOKYO — Toru Kubota, a Japanese journalist who was arrested while covering a protest in military-ruled Myanmar and detained for more than three months, said his experience made him more determined to tell the story of the people there. “I feel like I can better understand their feelings,” he said at a news conference in … Read more

The British minister says Australian submarines will insure neighbours

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s move to nuclear-powered submarines will reassure its neighbors in the South Pacific of its commitment to regional security, Britain’s foreign secretary for the Indo-Pacific said Monday. Australia will announce in March what type of submarine powered by US nuclear technology it plans to build under an agreement with the United States … Read more

Brother and sister cause turmoil on Prince William’s ‘Earthshot’ US trip

LONDON — Prince William and the Princess of Wales will draw attention to their Earthshot award for environmental innovators when they visit the US for the first time in eight years this week, a trip likely to be dogged by tensions with Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, who have criticized the British royal family … Read more

Australia reduces national terror threat to ‘possible’

CANBERRA, Australia — Australia’s terrorism threat level has been lowered from ‘probable’ to ‘possible’ for the first time since 2014, the head of the country’s main domestic intelligence agency said Monday. The defeat of the Islamic State group in the Middle East battle and an ineffective al-Qaeda propaganda machine that failed to connect with Western … Read more

Plane get stuck in power lines after crash, 2 occupants unharmed

GAITHERSBURG, Maryland — A small plane with two people on board became trapped in live power lines in Maryland on Sunday evening, leading to widespread power outages in the surrounding county as officials tried to free the plane. The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that the single-engine plane, which had departed from White … Read more

Mexico’s Lopez Obrador leads massive pro-government march

MEXICO CITY — Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Mexico’s capital on Sunday to show their support for President Manuel López Obrador, who had led some of the country’s largest protests before he became president. The “people’s march” marked four years in office for the leftist leader and was in response to a major … Read more

Landslide kills at least 14 at funeral in Cameroon’s capital

YAOUNDE, Cameroon — A landslide during a funeral ceremony in Cameroon’s capital killed at least 14 people on Sunday, the regional governor said. Dozens of others went missing as rescue crews dug through the rubble with flashlights. Center Regional Gov. Naseri Paul Bea told Cameroon’s national broadcaster CRTV that the search for survivors continued well … Read more

Avian flu leads to the slaughter of 1.8 million chickens in Nebraska

OMAHA, Neb. — Farm officials in Nebraska say an additional 1.8 million chickens must be killed after bird flu was found on a farm. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture said Saturday that the state’s 13th case of avian flu was found on an egg-laying farm in Dixon County, northeastern Nebraska, about 120 miles north of … Read more

Iraqi Prime Minister: Probe recovers portion of $2.5 billion embezzled from taxes

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi government said on Sunday it will reclaim a portion of nearly $2.5 billion in misappropriated funds from the country’s tax authorities in a massive plan involving a network of businesses and officials. About 182 billion Iraqi dinars, or $125 million, of the stolen amount will be recovered through the seizure of … Read more