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French sailor Gabart sets new solo round-the-world record

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 06:31:01 GMT2017-12-17T06:31:01Z

BREST, France (AP) -- French sailor Francois Gabart has broken the record for sailing around the world alone, circumnavigating the planet in just 42 days and 16 hours....



Indonesia clerics want boycott of US products over Jerusalem

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 05:35:57 GMT2017-12-17T05:35:57Z

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Muslim clerics have called for a boycott of American products in Indonesia's largest protest against President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital....



AP Exclusive: In western China, thought police instill fear

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 05:15:15 GMT2017-12-17T05:15:15Z

KORLA, China (AP) -- Nobody knows what happened to the Uighur student after he returned to China from Egypt and was taken away by police....



Chileans vote in fiercely contested presidential election

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 05:03:24 GMT2017-12-17T05:03:24Z

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Chileans voters will decide Sunday whether to swing the world's top copper-producing country to the right or maintain its center-left path in a fiercely contested presidential runoff election....



Argentina dismisses navy chief amid submarine investigation

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 04:18:29 GMT2017-12-17T04:18:29Z

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina has dismissed the head of its navy as part of the investigation into the disappearance of a submarine with 44 crew members aboard last month....



North Korea marks 6th anniversary of Kim Jong Il's death

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 04:10:14 GMT2017-12-17T04:10:14Z

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- Crowds of flower-bearing North Koreans on Sunday streamed passed statues and portraits of their leaders to pay respects on the sixth anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Un's father, Kim Jong Il....



Sydney man charged with brokering North Korea missile sales

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 04:06:43 GMT2017-12-17T04:06:43Z

SYDNEY (AP) -- A South Korean-born Sydney man was charged Sunday with acting as an economic agent for North Korea in Australia by allegedly attempting to broker sales worth tens of millions of dollars for Pyongyang that included components used in ballistic missiles....



2 couples tie knot in Australia's 1st same-sex weddings

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 03:35:58 GMT2017-12-17T03:35:58Z

SYDNEY (AP) -- Two female couples tied the knot in Australia's first same-sex weddings under new legislation allowing gay marriages....



Odebrecht: No sign dealings with Peru's president illegal

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 02:00:27 GMT2017-12-17T02:00:27Z

LIMA, Peru (AP) -- The Brazilian construction giant at the center of Latin America's largest corruption scandal says there is no indication the payments made to a consulting firm owned by Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski were illegal....



Helicopter crash kills Honduran president's sister, 5 others

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 01:58:30 GMT2017-12-17T01:58:30Z

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- Hilda Hernandez, sister of President Juan Orlando Hernandez, and five other people were killed in a helicopter crash Saturday on a mountain near the Honduran capital....



Au

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:47:08 GMT2017-12-17T00:47:08Z

TORONTO (AP) -- Investigators are awaiting the results of autopsies performed on Canadian billionaire Barry Sherman and his wife after they were found dead in their home in what police called suspicious deaths....



China, Britain pledge cooperation as UK leaves EU

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:36:17 GMT2017-12-17T00:36:17Z

BEIJING (AP) -- Britain and China pledged Saturday to promote London as a center for offshore use of Beijing's currency and cooperate in clean energy research and promoting trade as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union....



Honduran government accuses opposition of spurring unrest

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:09:05 GMT2017-12-16T22:09:05Z

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- The Honduran government is accusing President Juan Orlando Hernandez's political rivals of ordering "gangs" to block streets and undertake other acts of violence amid protests over the disputed Nov. 26 election....



Ex-union boss in Mexico moved from custody to house arrest

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:44:05 GMT2017-12-16T20:44:05Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The former head of Mexico's powerful teachers union was transferred early Saturday from custody to house arrest while she fights a years-old legal case involving alleged money laundering, a move that prompted speculation about a possible political deal ahead of next year's elections....



Remains of exiled Italian king to be returned after 70 years

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:28:44 GMT2017-12-16T20:28:44Z

ROME (AP) -- The remains of exiled King Victor Emmanuel III, whose rule through two world wars led to the end of Italy's monarchy, are expected to be returned to a family mausoleum near Turin soon, an Italian church said Saturday....



Populist far-right leaders want no EU in future Europe

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:01:55 GMT2017-12-16T20:01:55Z

PRAGUE (AP) -- Far-right populists in Europe vowed Saturday to work together to create a new model of intercontinental cooperation that is far removed from the European Union....



Israelis march against corruption amid Netanyahu probe

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:45:07 GMT2017-12-16T19:45:07Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Thousands of Israelis are calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to resign at a demonstration in central Tel Aviv....



Egypt reopens ancient library in Sinai after renovations

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:08:13 GMT2017-12-16T19:08:13Z

ST. CATHERINE'S, Egypt (AP) -- Egypt reopened on Saturday an ancient library which holds thousands of centuries-old religious and historical manuscripts at the famed St. Catherine Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in South Sinai....



Syrian troops march into rebel-held province of Idlib

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:35:08 GMT2017-12-16T17:35:08Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian government forces entered Saturday small parts of the northwestern rebel-held province of Idlib in one of their deepest incursions into the area where President Bashar Assad's government has almost no presence....



Pope: Media sins by dredging up, sensationalizing old news

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:17:59 GMT2017-12-16T17:17:59Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is criticizing journalists who dredge up old scandals and sensationalize the news, saying it's a "very serious sin" that hurts all involved....



South Africa ruling party's fight for its future kicks off

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:10:09 GMT2017-12-16T17:10:09Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The fight to replace South Africa's scandal-prone President Jacob Zuma began Saturday as thousands of delegates of the ruling African National Congress gathered to elect a new leader, with Zuma acknowledging "failures" that have threatened the party's future....



Libya's coast guard rescues over 270 migrants

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:07:33 GMT2017-12-16T17:07:33Z

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Libyan coast guards rescued at least 270 migrants off the country's shores, a Navy official said on Saturday, bringing to over 450 the total number of migrants they've rescued in less than a week....



New Austrian government pledges pro-EU approach, more police

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:56:05 GMT2017-12-16T16:56:05Z

BERLIN (AP) -- The new Austrian government led by a conservative and a nationalist party is pledging to tighten the country's asylum and immigration regulations while maintaining a firm commitment to the European Union, according to their coalition agreement released Saturday....



The Latest: South Africa leader doesn't endorse a successor

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:39:34 GMT2017-12-16T16:39:34Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The Latest on South Africa's ruling party meeting (all times local):...



Who will lead South Africa's ANC? A look at top candidates

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:15:46 GMT2017-12-16T16:15:46Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The race to lead South Africa's scandal-weakened ruling party, and likely the country, has put the future of the African National Congress in question. The rift between the top candidates is so pronounced that some observers warn the party of Nelson Mandela could split in two. Here's a look at the leading contenders to succeed President Jacob Zuma and lead the party toward the 2019 elections:...



Vatican issues new rules for relics in saint-making process

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:38:08 GMT2017-12-16T15:38:08Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's saint-making office has updated its rules governing the use of relics for would-be saints, issuing detailed new guidelines Saturday that govern how body parts and cremated remains are to be obtained, transferred and protected for eventual veneration....



Relatives lose contact with Palestinian tycoon in Saudi

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:34:47 GMT2017-12-16T15:34:47Z

JERICHO, West Bank (AP) -- Two relatives say they have lost contact with a Jordanian-Palestinian tycoon after he flew to Saudi Arabia....



South Africa's ruling party opens crucial meeting to choose leader amid anger over scandal...

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:35:05 GMT2017-12-16T13:35:05Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- South Africa's ruling party opens crucial meeting to choose leader amid anger over scandals....



Nigeria military rescues 4 Chinese nationals from pirates

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:16:53 GMT2017-12-16T13:16:53Z

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) -- A Nigerian military official says four abducted Chinese nationals have been rescued after a gun battle with sea pirates....



Rahul Gandhi takes over India's opposition Congress party

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:40:09 GMT2017-12-16T11:40:09Z

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's most famous political dynasty, took over as president of the main opposition Congress party on Saturday while facing a stiff challenge from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalists....



Merkel's Bavarian ally re-elects Horst Seehofer as leader

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:36:31 GMT2017-12-16T11:36:31Z

BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavaria-only sister party has re-elected Horst Seehofer as its leader, but with his weakest support so far following a dismal performance in September's election....



Australian government restores grip on power in by-election

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:18:05 GMT2017-12-16T10:18:05Z

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- The Australian government on Saturday won a crucial by-election that restores its tenuous grip on power that was threatened by a constitutional ban on dual citizens sitting in Parliament....



Yemeni rebels slam US charges that Iran is arming Houthis

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 10:06:48 GMT2017-12-16T10:06:48Z

SANAA,Yemen (AP) -- A Yemeni rebel spokesman has heavily criticized U.S. charges that Iran is funneling missiles to the Shiite rebels in Yemen, known as Houthis....



What new president? Rural Zimbabweans missed Mugabe drama

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:42:52 GMT2017-12-16T09:42:52Z

LUPANE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Good luck convincing some of Zimbabwe's far-flung residents that they have a new president despite last month's dramatic ouster of Robert Mugabe after 37 years in power....



Nigeria troops arrest 400-plus Boko Haram fighters, families

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:33:26 GMT2017-12-16T09:33:26Z

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Military authorities say Nigerian soldiers have arrested more than 400 people associated with the Boko Haram extremist group hiding on the islands of Lake Chad, including fighters, wives and children....



Talks between Venezuela, opposition set to resume in January

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 04:14:43 GMT2017-12-16T04:14:43Z

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Another round of talks between the Venezuelan government and opposition leaders has ended without an agreement but the dialogue is slated to resume again in January....



Strong earthquake rattles Indonesia's Java island; 2 dead

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 03:03:11 GMT2017-12-16T03:03:11Z

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- A strong earthquake shook Indonesia's densely populated Java island on Friday night, killing two people and severely damaging dozens of homes near the epicenter....



Mexican Senate keeps military in policing role

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:37:42 GMT2017-12-16T02:37:42Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico's Congress approved a law Friday that would give the military a legal framework to act as police, despite unanimous objections from human rights groups....



N. Korea unmoved as world unites against its nuke ambitions

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:04:51 GMT2017-12-16T02:04:51Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- North Korea's friends and enemies joined forces Friday in opposing its determination to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and calling on leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula - but the North gave no sign of budging on its nuclear ambitions....



Opposition blocks highways after Honduras presidential vote

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:53:55 GMT2017-12-16T01:53:55Z

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- Thousands of supporters of opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla blocked highways with flaming barricades Friday to protest Honduras' disputed presidential election, in which incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez holds a slim lead according to official results....



With obesity on rise, Paris reflects on mirrored 'fatphobia'

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:46:01 GMT2017-12-15T23:46:01Z

PARIS (AP) -- France gave the world butter croissants and foie gras, yet it has often been a place where being overweight was seen as almost sinful....



Poor Venezuelans launch local currency amid cash crunch

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:42:16 GMT2017-12-15T23:42:16Z

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Hard cash is tough to find in Venezuela as the country struggles with financial hardship. So residents in the capital on Friday unveiled their own currency....



2 found dead at home of Apotex founder Barry Sherman

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:10:39 GMT2017-12-15T23:10:39Z

TORONTO (AP) -- Toronto billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman and his wife were found dead in their mansion Friday, and police said they were investigating the deaths as suspicious....



Poland's senators defy EU warnings, approve judicial laws

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:47:25 GMT2017-12-15T22:47:25Z

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- Poland's senators approved legislation Friday that gives the government greater control of a top court and a key judicial body despite warnings from European Union leaders that the move could put the country at risk of losing its EU voting rights....



Report: Rich will get still richer unless policies change

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:17:06 GMT2017-12-15T22:17:06Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Global income inequality has worsened over the past four decades, a report finds, with the wealthiest 1 percent of the world's population capturing twice as much income growth as the bottom half....



The Latest: Poland's senators defy EU, approve judicial laws

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:48:29 GMT2017-12-15T20:48:29Z

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- The Latest on the Polish government's changes to the judicial system: (all times local):...



Anger grows as Puerto Rico misses power restoration deadline

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:29:31 GMT2017-12-15T20:29:31Z

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Union leaders representing Puerto Rico power company workers slammed local and federal officials on Friday as the U.S. territory missed a deadline to restore 95 percent of power as promised by the island's governor....



The Latest: South Korea says North close to 'weaponization'

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:27:29 GMT2017-12-15T20:27:29Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The Latest on the U.N.'s ministerial meeting on North Korea (all times local):...



Spanish court allows extradition of 121 Taiwanese to China

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:23:38 GMT2017-12-15T20:23:38Z

MADRID (AP) -- A Spanish court on Friday granted China's extradition request for 121 Taiwanese citizens accused of belonging to Spain-based gangs that swindled people in China out of millions of euros by telephone....



Austrian conservative, nationalist leaders say they have reached a deal to form a new coal...

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:15:15 GMT2017-12-15T20:15:15Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Austrian conservative, nationalist leaders say they have reached a deal to form a new coalition government....