Voices of loss in the wake of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico

Some of the stories of Puerto Rican dead in the wake of Hurricane Maria, among 487 collected by The Associated Press, the news site Quartz and Puerto Rico's Center for Investigative Journalism: Ernesto Curiel, a 60-year-old former public employee, suffered from years of heart problems and diabetes.

Powerful quake hits northern Japan, some damage reported

A powerful earthquake hit wide areas on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido early Thursday, triggering landslides, as well as causing the loss of power at nearly all of 3 million households and a nuclear power plant to go on a backup generator.

The Latest: Afghan ambassador to US to assume NSA role

The Latest on the conflict in Afghanistan (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Afghan president Asharf Ghani has accepted the resignation of the country's national security adviser, Mohammed Haneef Atmar, and replaced him with Afghan Ambassador to the U.S. Hamdullah Mohib, according to government officials.

A look at al-Qaida’s most lethal branch, Yemen’s AQAP

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, is considered the most dangerous branch of the terror network after a series of failed attacks on U.S. soil.

Hot African air brings scorching heat, dust to Europe

Hot air from Africa is bringing a new heatwave to Europe, prompting health warnings about Sahara Desert dust and exceptionally high temperatures that are forecast to peak at 47 degrees Celsius (116.6 Fahrenheit) in some southern areas.

The Latest: 11 killed in blast near airport in Afghanistan

The Latest on developments in Afghanistan (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Hashmat Stanekzai, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, said that 11 people, including both civilians and military forces, have been killed in the suicide attack near Kabul's airport shortly after the country's controversial first vice president landed on his return from abroad.