'Running of the Bulls' gets underway this week in Pamplona, Spain
LONDON (AP) -- Britain has deported radical Muslim preacher Abu Qatada to Jordan, ending a more than decade-long battle to remove a man prosecutors have described as a key al-Qaida operative in Europe.
Abu Qatada -- whose real name is Omar Mahmour Mohammed Othman -- is wanted in Jordan for retrial in several terror cases in which he was sentenced in absentia. Successive British governments have tried since 2001 to deport Abu Qatada, but courts have blocked extradition over concerns that evidence obtained under torture could be used against him.
Last month, Jordan and Britain ratified and endorsed a treaty aimed at ensuring that does not happen.
British Home Secretary Theresa May said early Sunday "a dangerous man has now been removed" from U.K. shores, confirming Abu Qatada had been sent to Jordan.
TOKYO (AP) -- Japan is moving a step closer to restarting nuclear reactors as utilities are set to file for safety inspections at their idled reactors, the clearest sign of Japan's return to nuclear energy nearly two and a half years after the Fukushima disaster.
With all but two of its 50 reactors off line since the disaster, Japan has been without nuclear energy that once supplied about a third of its power.
Four of nine Japanese nuclear plant operators will apply for safety inspections by the Nuclear Regulation Authority for a total of 10 reactors Monday, when new safety requirements take effect.
Critics say the rules have loopholes, including grace periods for some safety equipment.
Pro-industry Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pushed for restarting the reactors, saying they're vital to Japan's economy.
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Popocatepetl volcano just east of Mexico City has spit out a cloud of ash and vapor 2 miles (3 kilometers) high as it continues several days of eruptions.
Mexico City residents awoke to find a fine layer of volcanic dust on their cars. Claudia Dominguez of the Mexico City civil defense office says the ash probably had been floating around the city from earlier outbursts.
It has been years since the center of the nation's capital has seen a noticeable ash fall because prevailing winds usually blow the ash in other directions.
The city's legion of car washers quickly wiped the fine coating from cars on Saturday with no apparent ill effects.
Ash fell earlier this week in some neighborhoods on Mexico City's south and east sides.
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Police in Istanbul are using tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters gathered at the city's landmark Taksim Square with the intention of entering a park which has been cordoned off by police.
A few thousand people had converged on the square Saturday despite warnings from the city's governor that the protest is illegal and police would break it up.
Organizers said protesters would serve notice to authorities of a court decision that has annulled redevelopment plans for Taksim and break through police cordons.
The park has been cordoned off since June 15, when police routed environmentalists who occupied it amid widespread anti-government protests in June.
PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) -- The start of the annual San Fermin bull-running festival has been delayed briefly after suspected Basque nationalists obstructed the view in a historic city plaza before dignitaries could set off a firework marking the beginning of reveries.
The nine-day fiesta featuring a heady mix of alcohol, bulls and adrenaline began some 20 minutes later than planned on Saturday after organizers removed an oversize Basque flag that blocked the balcony from where the rocket, known as Chupinazo, was to be ignited.
Thousands of revelers, dressed in white, packed the square chanting "Viva San Fermin" and waited 19 minutes as the flag was removed.
Immortalized in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises," the ancient festival is famous for daily bull runs and all-night partying.
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