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Church conservatives question pope's airborne nuptials

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 03:00:49 GMT2018-01-20T03:00:49Z

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- The honeymoon, as it were, is apparently over....



US and Pakistan clash at UN over Afghanistan

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 01:33:10 GMT2018-01-20T01:33:10Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United States urged Pakistan on Friday not to give sanctuary to "terrorist organizations" - and Pakistan demanded that the Trump administration address safe havens inside Afghanistan and its income from the narcotics trade....



The Latest: Traditionalist blog questions mid-flight wedding

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 01:05:35 GMT2018-01-20T01:05:35Z

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (AP) -- The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to Peru (all times local):...



Pope: Corruption is 'social virus' infecting Latin America

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:35:31 GMT2018-01-20T00:35:31Z

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Pope Francis strongly condemned corruption in Latin America as a "social virus" infecting all aspects of life in stern remarks Friday to Peru's president and high-ranking political leaders, several of whom are embroiled in the region's biggest graft scandal....



Russia exhorts Trump to counter 'Russo-phobic' intrigues

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:59:22 GMT2018-01-19T23:59:22Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Russia's top diplomat on Friday exhorted President Donald Trump to counter "Russo-phobic" intrigues against him in the United States to improve ties between Washington and Moscow....



Pope to indigenous: Amazon is 'heart of the church'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:27:02 GMT2018-01-19T23:27:02Z

PUERTO MALDONADO, Peru (AP) -- From deep in the scorching Amazon rainforest, Pope Francis demanded Friday that corporations stop their relentless extraction of timber, gas and gold from God's "holy ground," and called on governments to recognize the indigenous peoples living there as the primary forces in determining its future....



Egypt's el-Sissi says he will run for a second term

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:11:00 GMT2018-01-19T23:11:00Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi announced Friday that he will run for a second four-year term in March elections. He was widely expected to be a candidate, with no serious challenge to his re-election....



Baby dies, 17 injured after car hits crowd on Rio boardwalk

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 22:05:59 GMT2018-01-19T22:05:59Z

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A motorist who drove into a crowded boardwalk along Rio's famed Copacabana beach killed a baby and injured 17 people, Brazilian authorities said Friday....



Honduran congressman indicted in US for drug trafficking

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:34:38 GMT2018-01-19T21:34:38Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Honduran legislator has been charged in a U.S. federal court with participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy and related weapons offenses....



Turkey faces balancing act amid border offensive in Syria

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:12:10 GMT2018-01-19T21:12:10Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- As Turkey threatens a bloody confrontation with a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in the main Syrian Kurdish enclave in northwestern Syria, it faces the challenge of maintaining its old alliance with Washington and reinforcing a new rapprochement with Moscow....



Not guilty verdict reached in Quebec train disaster trial

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:53:51 GMT2018-01-19T20:53:51Z

SHERBROOKE, Quebec (AP) -- Three men charged in a criminal negligence trial stemming from a 2013 derailment that killed 47 people in the Canadian province of Quebec have all been found not guilty....



French prison guards protest, 2 attacked by inmates

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:17:42 GMT2018-01-19T20:17:42Z

PARIS (AP) -- Two prison guards were seriously injured Friday by inmates on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, an attack that threatened to further ignite national protests by prison guards who are demanding more security, more staff and safer handling of violent inmates....



Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says he will run for a second, four-year term in ...

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:15:49 GMT2018-01-19T20:15:49Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says he will run for a second, four-year term in March election....



Color galore in Paris as menswear gets bold

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 20:12:38 GMT2018-01-19T20:12:38Z

PARIS (AP) -- There was color galore at Paris menswear shows Friday, with John Galliano channeling the hues of the rainbow for Maison Margiela and Cerutti 1881 featuring flashes of gold. The Alexander McQueen fashion house mixed in flashes of red to an otherwise dark display of menswear....



Italian who survived Auschwitz as a child given top honor

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:53:28 GMT2018-01-19T19:53:28Z

ROME (AP) -- A Jewish woman who was one of the few Italian children to survive deportation to a Nazi death camp has been made a senator-for-life in Italy....



US-backed Somalia commandos kill 4 al-Shabab extremists

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:31:29 GMT2018-01-19T18:31:29Z

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somali and U.S. commandos stormed a camp for al-Shabab extremist fighters in an overnight raid, killing at least four of the fighters and rescuing dozens of child conscripts, a Somali intelligence official said Friday....



Puerto Rico finances under scrutiny amid plea for help

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:30:51 GMT2018-01-19T18:30:51Z

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Top financial officials in Puerto Rico offered a peek Friday into why the U.S. territory is mired in an 11-year recession as a federal control board demanded more transparency and information about the island's finances....



European watchdog: More migrants heading to Spain by sea

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:19:18 GMT2018-01-19T18:19:18Z

MADRID (AP) -- Europe's border watchdog says the number of migrants and asylum-seekers coming across the western Mediterranean Sea to Europe this year is likely to increase, after 2017 closed with more than twice the traffic of the previous year....



Radio Free Europe says Pakistan closes its bureau

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:13:49 GMT2018-01-19T18:13:49Z

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty says Pakistani authorities have closed the Islamabad bureau of its Pashto-language Radio Mashaal after Pakistan's intelligence agency accused it of airing programs "against the interest of Pakistan."...



Merkel, Macron hopeful about German coalition talks

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:06:51 GMT2018-01-19T18:06:51Z

PARIS (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expressing optimism that a weekend meeting by the rival Social Democrats will lead to coalition talks with her conservatives that could end months of tense political limbo in Europe's leading economy....



Tensions soar along Indian, Pakistan frontier in Kashmir

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:06:43 GMT2018-01-19T18:06:43Z

SRINAGAR, India (AP) -- Tensions have soared along the volatile frontier between India and Pakistan in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, as rival troops shelled villages and border posts for a third day Friday....



Turkey says no turning back from offensive in Syria

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:44:19 GMT2018-01-19T17:44:19Z

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's defense minister said Friday there is no turning back from his country's decision to launch a ground assault on a Syrian Kurdish-controlled enclave in northwest Syria, saying the offensive had "de facto" started with the sporadic Turkish military shelling of the area....



Lithuania probing bogus story after TV station is hacked

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:27:50 GMT2018-01-19T17:27:50Z

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) -- Lithuania's Defense Ministry says an investigation was launched Friday after hackers posted a bogus story on the website of a television news station....



Israel to name Jordan envoy after settling spat: report

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:23:16 GMT2018-01-19T17:23:16Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will soon decide on Israel's new ambassador to Jordan a day after the two countries agreed to put a monthslong diplomatic spat behind them....



6.3-magnitude earthquake shakes Mexico's Gulf of California

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:18:28 GMT2018-01-19T17:18:28Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck offshore in Mexico's Gulf of California on Friday morning, but there were no immediate reports of damage....



High school students in Hungary rally for modern education

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:16:52 GMT2018-01-19T17:16:52Z

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Several thousand high school students in Hungary have held a rally outside the national parliament to demand improvements to their education system....



IOC: More initiatives coming to promote Korean unity

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:05:44 GMT2018-01-19T17:05:44Z

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Olympics organizers on Friday welcomed an agreement between North and South Korea to unite athletes at the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and promised that "much more exciting initiatives" promoting Korean unity will emerge this weekend....



N.Korea cancels S.Korea visit by advance team for art troupe

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:40:41 GMT2018-01-19T16:40:41Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- North Korea on Friday abruptly canceled plans to send a delegation led by the head of a hugely popular girl band to South Korea over the weekend to check preparations for a trip by a North Korean art troupe she also leads during next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics....



Hezbollah chief weighs in on Lebanon's Spielberg controversy

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:06:42 GMT2018-01-19T16:06:42Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The leader of Hezbollah is weighing in on a local controversy surrounding Steven Spielberg's newspaper drama "The Post," saying it was wrong to screen it in Lebanese theaters....



Hezbollah denies US drug trafficking accusations

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:04:04 GMT2018-01-19T16:04:04Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group has categorically dismissed allegations that it is involved in drug trafficking and money laundering....



Catalan ex-president to risk arrest, travel to Denmark

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:40:24 GMT2018-01-19T15:40:24Z

MADRID (AP) -- Catalonia's former president, a fugitive sought by Spain over a foiled secession bid, will travel to Denmark next week for a university debate despite the possible risk of arrest, officials said Friday....



A year after Jammeh's exit, Gambia emerges from the shadows

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:21:12 GMT2018-01-19T15:21:12Z

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) -- The military intervention looked imminent. West African troops were poised to push into Gambia as Yahya Jammeh, the tiny nation's leader for more than 22 years, refused to cede power after losing elections. President-elect Adama Barrow had flown to safety in neighboring Senegal, where he was sworn in at the Gambian embassy with international support....



Melted nuclear fuel seen inside second Fukushima reactor

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:08:03 GMT2018-01-19T15:08:03Z

TOKYO (AP) -- The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Friday that a long telescopic probe successfully captured images of what is most likely melted fuel inside one of its three damaged reactors, providing limited but crucial information for its cleanup....



France: Unions approve 1,300 job cuts at Peugeot maker PSA

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:58:02 GMT2018-01-19T14:58:02Z

PARIS (AP) -- Unions at Peugeot maker PSA Group have agreed to 1,300 job cuts made possible by new French labor rules imposed by President Emmanuel Macron....



Crowds jostle for holy water as Ethiopia celebrates Epiphany

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:33:43 GMT2018-01-19T14:33:43Z

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Ethiopia's Orthodox Christians have gathered to celebrate Timkat, or Epiphany, a major holiday marking the baptism of Jesus....



Czech lawmakers lift immunity for PM Babis over fraud claims

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:13:10 GMT2018-01-19T14:13:10Z

PRAGUE (AP) -- Czech lawmakers agreed Friday to lift the immunity from prosecution for Prime Minister Andrej Babis over alleged fraud involving European Union subsidies....



Germany halts further arms exports to parties in Yemen war

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:03:21 GMT2018-01-19T14:03:21Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany says it won't approve arms exports to countries involved in the conflict in Yemen, a move that could affect sales of military hardware to Saudi Arabia....



Olympics organizer to AP: 'More exciting initiatives' promoting North Korea-South Korea un...

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:39:19 GMT2018-01-19T13:39:19Z

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Olympics organizer to AP: 'More exciting initiatives' promoting North Korea-South Korea unity to be announced Saturday....



Jamaica imposes curfew in Montego Bay amid rise in crime

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:37:14 GMT2018-01-19T13:37:14Z

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) -- Authorities in Jamaica have declared a state of emergency in areas including the popular tourist town of Montego Bay amid a rise in violent crime....



France's Macron pledges big increase in defense budget

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:33:29 GMT2018-01-19T13:33:29Z

PARIS (AP) -- French President Emmanuel Macron will boost defense spending in the coming years to guarantee his country's domestic security and maintain French military engagement abroad, as he repeated his wishes for an increased European military cooperation on Friday....



China police take away lawyer who wrote letter urging reform

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:31:06 GMT2018-01-19T13:31:06Z

BEIJING (AP) -- Early Friday morning, Yu Wensheng, a Chinese human rights lawyer, was waiting in his car to take his 13 year-old son to school when more than a dozen police officers came and took him into custody....



A bridge too far? UK's Boris Johnson suggests span to France

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:22:48 GMT2018-01-19T13:22:48Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain may be leaving the European Union, but Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson wants to build bridges with the Continent. Literally....



The Latest: Catalan president to travel to Denmark next week

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:22:07 GMT2018-01-19T13:22:07Z

MADRID (AP) -- The Latest on the Spain-Catalonia political situation (all times local):...



France's Davos? Macron hosting 140 CEOs in investment push

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:05:28 GMT2018-01-19T13:05:28Z

PARIS (AP) -- French President Emmanuel Macron will be hosting over 100 CEOs of major multinationals at the chateau of Versailles to try to persuade them to invest, and especially hire, in France....



China calls deadly tanker collision 'unprecedented'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:58:00 GMT2018-01-19T12:58:00Z

BEIJING (AP) -- The deadly explosion and sinking of an Iranian oil tanker in the East China Sea was without precedent and created enormous difficulties for rescue and recovery efforts, a Chinese official said Friday....



Teen denies responsibility in London subway bomb attack

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:48:08 GMT2018-01-19T12:48:08Z

LONDON (AP) -- An 18-year-old has denied responsibility for an explosion on a London subway station that injured 30 people in September....



Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:44:31 GMT2018-01-19T12:44:31Z

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Pope Francis accused victims of Chile's most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country....



Seller of pistol used in Munich rampage sentenced to 7 years

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:38:43 GMT2018-01-19T12:38:43Z

BERLIN (AP) -- A man who sold the pistol used by a teenager in a deadly 2016 shooting rampage in Munich was convicted Friday of involuntary manslaughter and other offenses. He was sentenced to seven years in prison....



US says airstrike in Somalia kills 4 members of al-Shabab

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:34:02 GMT2018-01-19T12:34:02Z

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike in Somalia that killed four members of the al-Shabab extremist group....



Gaza family kills relative after Hamas says he aided Israel

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:13:45 GMT2018-01-19T12:13:45Z

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) -- A Palestinian family says it has killed one of its members after Gaza's Hamas rulers said he aided Israel in killing three of the militant group's commanders....