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A poster of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam is seen after a march against an extradition bill outside Legislative Council in Hong Kong on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Hong Kong residents Sunday continued their massive protest over an unpopular extradition bill that has highlighted the territory's apprehension about relations with mainland China, a week after the crisis brought as many as 1 million into the streets. (AP PhotoVincent Yu)


HONG KONG-EXTRADITION LAW _ Hong Kong citizens have marched for hours in a massive protest that drew a late-in-the-day apology from the city's top leader for her handling of legislation that has stoked fears of expanding control from Beijing in this former British colony. Leaders of the Civil Human Rights Front say they estimated almost 2 million people had marched to demand Chief Executive Carrie Lam scrap the legislation and resign. By Christopher Bodeen and Elaine Kurtenbach. SENT: 1,145 words, photos.

ARGENTINA-BLACKOUT _ A massive blackout leaves more than 44 million people without electricity in Argentina and Uruguay after an unexplained failure in the neighboring countries’ interconnected power grid. Authorities were working frantically to restore power but only about a half a million in Argentina had electricity back by early afternoon. By Paul Byrne and Patricia Luna. SENT: 700 words, photos.

A subway employee stands in the hallways of Buenos Aires's subway lit only by emergency lights during a blackout, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sunday, June 16, 2019. Argentina and Uruguay were working frantically to return power on Sunday, after a massive power failure left large swaths of the South American countries in the dark. (AP PhotoTomas F. Cuesta)

TRUMP-THE LAUNCH _ It was the escalator ride that would change history. Four years ago on Sunday, Donald Trump descended through the pink marble and brass atrium of Trump Tower to announce his candidacy for president. It was the first step on a journey few believed would take him all the way to the White House. By Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire. SENT: 1,230 words, photos. This story is this week’s Monday Spotlight.

IMMIGRATION-AFRICAN WAVE _ Undaunted by a journey over thousands of miles, people fleeing economic privation and human rights abuses in African countries are coming to the United States in unprecedented numbers. Border agents and officials in Texas and even in Maine are scrambling to absorb them. Mexico, on the overland route to America, is on pace to tripling the number of African immigrants it is processing. SENT: 1,020 words, photos. With MEXICO-IMMIGRATION _ Mexican authorities say they have intercepted four trucks packed with nearly 800 migrants in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz. SENT: 130 words.

PERSIAN GULF-TENSIONS _ Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says the kingdom isn't seeking war in the region, but won't hesitate to deal with any threats to its people and vital interests. In his first public remarks since attacks last month on oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, the powerful Saudi prince accused Iran of using militias to destabilize the region. By Aya Batrawy. SENT: 690 words, photos. With UNITED STATES-IRAN _ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reaching out to wary foreign leaders to frame alleged Iranian attacks in a Middle East oil shipping route as a problem for the world at large, especially for Asian countries vitally dependent on that oil. SENT: 635 words, photos, videos.

Sandra Torres, presidential candidate of the National Unity of Hope party, UNE, poses for photographers after casting her vote during general elections in Guatemala City, Sunday, June 16, 2019. Guatemalans vote for their next president Sunday in elections plagued by widespread disillusion and distrust, and as thousands of their compatriots flee poverty and gang violence to seek a new life in the United States. (AP PhotoOliver de Ros)

BOEING-PLANES _ The CEO of Boeing says the company made a "mistake" in handling a problematic cockpit warning system in 737 Max jets before two deadly crashes of the top-selling plane. Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg told reporters in Paris on Sunday that Boeing's communication "was not consistent" and that's "unacceptable." SENT: 290 words, photos. Developing.




BRITAIN-ROYALS _ Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, have released a photograph of their six-week-old son Archie for Father's Day. SENT: 140 words, photo.

WWII VETERAN-BIRTHDAY CARDS _ A World War II veteran whose family hoped to help him get 101 cards for his 101st birthday have been overwhelmed by the more than 5,000 cards. SENT: 320 words, photos.

MACHETE KID _ Authorities in North Carolina say a home invasion suspect fought off by an 11-year-old with a machete has left the hospital and is on the loose. SENT: 140 words.

FRANCE-ORANGUTAN _ Nenette, one of the world's oldest Borneo orangutans in captivity, celebrates her 50th birthday at a zoo in Paris, where she has lived almost all her life. SENT: 120 words, photos.




ELECTION 2020-FREE COLLEGE _ The free college movement is back on the national stage as a rallying point for Democrats as they set their sights on the White House. Many presidential contenders are supporting some version of free college _ such as eliminating tuition at public colleges and universities or making community college free. SENT: 1,130 words, photo.

ISRAEL-TRUMP’S SETTLEMENT _ The Trump name graces apartment towers, hotels and golf courses. Now it is the namesake of a twice-failed Israeli settlement in the Golan Heights. SENT: 730 words, photos.

HELICOPTER CRASH-BLACK BOXES _ The Senate's top Democrat is calling on the Federal Aviation Administration to require all helicopters be equipped with data recorders after a deadly chopper crash in New York City. SENT: 590 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-BUTTIGIEG _ Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg wants to start a family with his husband, Chasten, and says that could happen if he's in the White House. SENT: 120 words, photo.

OCASIO-CORTEZ OFFICE _ Authorities have arrested a man who they say set off a fire extinguisher while at a building where Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has one of her district offices. SENT: 130 words.




CHEMICAL CASTRATION _ Alabama will require some sex offenders whose crimes involve children to take chemical castration mediation during parole, a requirement that has prompted some legal concerns and appears to be rarely used in states that allow it. SENT: 900 words, photo.

MEASLES-SUMMER CAMP _ As a measles outbreak stretches toward summer camp season, New York counties with a concentration of Orthodox Jewish camps are requiring vaccinations for campers and staff. SENT: 780 words, photo.

TEXAS-PASTOR ARRESTED _ A former Southern Baptist pastor who supported legislation in Texas that would have criminalized abortions has been arrested on charges of child sex abuse. SENT: 130 words.




GUATEMALA-ELECTIONS _ Guatemalans vote for their next president in elections plagued by widespread disillusion and distrust, and as tens of thousands of their compatriots flee poverty and gang violence to seek a new life in the United States. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from election results expected at midnight.

BRITAIN-CONSERVATIVES _ Contenders to become Britain's next prime minister are warning that the Conservative Party needs a real contest, rather than a coronation for front-runner Boris Johnson. Johnson will not take part in a Channel 4 debate featuring his five competitors. SENT: 845 words, photos. UPCOMING: Updates from debate, now in progress.

SUDAN-BASHIR _ Sudan's former President Omar al-Bashir has appeared in public for the first time since his ouster, as he was led away to a prosecutor's office in a corruption probe. Al-Bashir's appearance on Sunday comes as the former strongman has been held under arrest in the capital, Khartoum, since the military removed him from power in April amid mass protests against his 30-year rule. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ISRAEL-SARA NETANYAHU _ The wife of Israel's prime minister has been sentenced to pay a fine of roughly $15,000 for misusing state funds. SENT: 500 words, photo.

CYPRUS-CONFLICT PALACE _ Once the playground of Cyprus’ elite, Ledra Palace hotel remains a poignant symbol of Cyprus’ ethnic division. It's been 45 years since the pitter-patter of high-heels on the hotel's floors was replaced by the thud of soldiers' combat boots during the division of Cyprus. The U.N. now says the aging building is no longer suitable for military housing. SENT: 650 words, photos.

LIBYA _ Head of Libya's UN-recognized government proposes nationwide elections in 2019 to end war. SENT: 540 words.

INDIA-ELECTING CRIMINAL SUSPECTS _ Nearly 43% of new members of India's lower house of Parliament have won office despite facing criminal charges. While the recent election delivered a historic victory to the world's largest democracy's Hindu nationalist party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it also exposed corruption. SENT: 860 words, photos.

CHINA-UN VISIT _ China says the U.N. counterterrorism chief has visited Xinjiang despite protests from the U.S. and a rights group that the trip would be inappropriate in light of the human rights conditions in the far west region. SENT: 315 words, photo.




SPECIALTY CROP STRUGGLES _ Torrential rain this spring prevented most Midwest farmers from planting their crops, but while the federal government provides help to growers of corn and soybeans, those who grow specialty crops including vegetables and flowers are largely on their own. SENT: 900 words, photos.




FILM-BOX OFFICE _ "Men in Black: International" is the No. 1 movie in North America this weekend but the Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth-led reboot isn't exactly a franchise-revitalizing hit. SENT: 760 words, photos.

ABORTION LAW-TIFFANY HADDISH _ Actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish has canceled her upcoming Atlanta performance because of Georgia's new restrictive abortion law. SENT: 135 words, photos.




GLF--US OPEN _ Gary Woodland has a one-shot lead over Justin Rose going into the final round of the U.S. Open. Brooks Koepka, going for a record-tying three in a row, started four shots behind. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 10 p.m. With the Latest, notebook, glance, key hole, leader cards, runner-up, other sidebars on merits.

NHL LABOR FEARS _ An overwhelming majority of NHL Players' Association representatives surveyed by The Associated Press and Canadian Press name escrow as the biggest issue in collective bargaining talks. SENT: 980 words, photos.




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