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Kyrgyzstan votes on constitutional changes amid instability

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 02:02:35 GMT2016-12-11T02:02:35Z

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) -- Voters in Kyrgyzstan are casting ballots in a constitutional referendum that includes amendments that boost the power of prime minister - something opposition groups have criticized in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation....



Tokyo breaks ground on new 2020 Olympics National Stadium

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 01:57:51 GMT2016-12-11T01:57:51Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Tokyo held a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday for a $1.5 billion National Stadium to host the 2020 Olympic Games....



More than 30 dead as tanker rams into vehicles on Kenya road

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 01:48:57 GMT2016-12-11T01:48:57Z

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- A tanker carrying chemical gas slammed into other vehicles and burst into flames on a major road in Kenya, killing more than 30 people and injuring 10, officials said Sunday....



Turkish minister: 29 killed, 166 wounded in twin bombings

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 01:33:25 GMT2016-12-11T01:33:25Z

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey's Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu says two blasts after an Istanbul soccer match killed have 29 people and wounded 166 others....



Turkey's interior minister says Istanbul bombings kill 29, wound 166

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 01:29:13 GMT2016-12-11T01:29:13Z

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey's interior minister says Istanbul bombings kill 29, wound 166....



Mexican drug cartel leader's son arrested in western state

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 01:15:13 GMT2016-12-11T01:15:13Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican police arrested the son of a drug cartel leader who was extradited to the United States, authorities said Saturday....



Mexico's drug war marks a decade amid doubts, changes

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:49:20 GMT2016-12-11T00:49:20Z

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) -- Ten years after Mexico declared a war on drugs, the offensive has left some major drug cartels splintered and many old-line kingpins like Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in jail, but done little to reduce crime or violence in the nation's roughest regions....



Sri Lanka troops fire warning shots at dock workers' protest

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:39:03 GMT2016-12-11T00:39:03Z

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lankan naval troops fired warning shots to break up a protest by striking dock workers who have held up a Japanese vessel for four days at the island's southern international port....



At least 60 killed as crowded church collapses in Nigeria

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 23:40:13 GMT2016-12-10T23:40:13Z

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- The roof of a crowded church collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria on Saturday, killing at least 60 people, witnesses and an official said....



A look at notable dates in Mexico's decade-old drug war

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 23:29:10 GMT2016-12-10T23:29:10Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Dec. 11, 2006: Then-President Felipe Calderon orders almost 7,000 soldiers to his home state of Michoacan to fight drug cartels....



Kenya official: Over 30 feared dead after tanker ferrying chemical gas rammed into other v...

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 23:16:55 GMT2016-12-10T23:16:55Z

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya official: Over 30 feared dead after tanker ferrying chemical gas rammed into other vehicle in Rift valley....



Dylan expresses awe over Nobel Prize, alludes to Shakespeare

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:52:24 GMT2016-12-10T22:52:24Z

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Bob Dylan has expressed awe at receiving the Nobel Prize in literature and thanked the Swedish Academy for including him among the "giants" of writing....



Colombia's Santos accepts Nobel, urges shift in drug war

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:52:07 GMT2016-12-10T22:52:07Z

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday, saying it helped his country achieve the "impossible dream" of ending a half-century-long civil war....



Patti Smith blanks out during Nobel Prize performance

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:32:10 GMT2016-12-10T22:32:10Z

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Patti Smith needed two attempts to get through Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm on Saturday....



Brazil's Temer cited 44 times in corruption testimony

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:18:15 GMT2016-12-10T22:18:15Z

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A former executive at a mega-construction company cited Brazilian President Michel Temer 44 times during testimony to federal prosecutors in a corruption probe, making accusations of illegal campaign financing that put his embattled administration at an even bigger risk of ending within months....



Romanian PM tries the tieless look ahead of a national vote

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:39:17 GMT2016-12-10T21:39:17Z

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- The Romanian prime minister's tieless look has become a talking point before the parliamentary election, applauded by some, but also a reason for disapproval in the conservative Eastern European country....



Greece passes austerity 2017 budget, eyes 2.7 percent growth

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:12:36 GMT2016-12-10T21:12:36Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's Parliament has passed a budget of continued austerity as mandated by the country's creditors, but which forecasts robust growth for 2017....



Mexico Culture Secretary Rafael Tovar y de Teresa dies

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 21:03:26 GMT2016-12-10T21:03:26Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican Secretary of Culture Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, a diplomat, historian and promoter of the arts, died Saturday, the Culture Ministry announced. He was 62....



Glencore, Qatari fund finalize deal to acquire Rosneft stake

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:49:50 GMT2016-12-10T20:49:50Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's Rosneft oil company said Saturday that commodities company Glencore and Qatar's sovereign wealth fund will invest $3 billion of their own funds to acquire a 19.5 percent stake in Rosneft....



Adding 200 more troops to Syria, US deepens involvement

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:31:57 GMT2016-12-10T20:31:57Z

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) -- Drawing the U.S. deeper into the Syria conflict, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Saturday he is sending 200 more troops to accelerate the push on the Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa....



Gambia's president-elect says Jammeh can't demand new vote

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 20:21:21 GMT2016-12-10T20:21:21Z

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Gambia's president-elect said Saturday that the outgoing leader who now rejects his defeat has no constitutional authority to call for another election, and he called on President Yahya Jammeh to help with a smooth transition in the interest of the tiny West African country....



Death toll in Yemen suicide bombing rises to 45

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 19:55:10 GMT2016-12-10T19:55:10Z

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A suicide bomber on Saturday blew himself up inside an army base in the southern city of Aden, killing 45 soldiers and wounding another 50, security officials said....



Radio journalist shot dead outside home in northern Mexico

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 19:45:46 GMT2016-12-10T19:45:46Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A radio station in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua says one of its reporters has been shot dead outside his home....



Islamic State militants re-enter Syria's historic Palmyra

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 19:43:05 GMT2016-12-10T19:43:05Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic State militants re-entered the historic city of Palmyra in central Syria on Saturday for the first time since they were expelled by Syrian and Russian forces nine months ago....



Turkey shifts closer to expanding powers for Erdogan

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 19:37:59 GMT2016-12-10T19:37:59Z

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey's ruling party on Saturday submitted proposed constitutional amendments that could greatly expand the powers and extend the mandate of the country's president....



Netanyahu's coalition chair angers Arabs with voting remarks

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 19:04:16 GMT2016-12-10T19:04:16Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The coalition chairman of Benjamin Netanyahu's government angered Israel's Arab minority on Saturday by saying he would rather they didn't vote, in comments reminiscent of those made by the prime minister last year....



Spain: Suspects in ill child charity scam spent $633,000

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 19:03:20 GMT2016-12-10T19:03:20Z

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- A Spanish couple arrested for allegedly exploiting the rare illness of their daughter in a charity scam spent almost 600,000 euros ($633,000) of donations on a ritzy lifestyle, according to Spanish police....



Italian president: We need a new government urgently

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:58:16 GMT2016-12-10T18:58:16Z

ROME (AP) -- Italy's president promised Saturday he'll decide "in the next hours" about who to tap as the next premier, saying the country needs a new government as soon as possible to tackle problems, like troubled banks and quake-struck towns needing reconstruction....



Venezuela seizes nearly 4M toys, will give them to poor kids

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:47:12 GMT2016-12-10T18:47:12Z

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Venezuela's socialist government has seized nearly 4 million toys from a private company and says it intends to hand them out as Christmas gifts to poor children this holiday season....



Non-OPEC oil producers to cut output 558,000 barrels a day

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 18:21:12 GMT2016-12-10T18:21:12Z

VIENNA (AP) -- OPEC has persuaded 11 non-member oil producers to cut production in an attempt to raise the low prices that have squeezed government finances in resource-dependent countries....



Russia accepts IOC plan to retest Olympic doping samples

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:45:52 GMT2016-12-10T17:45:52Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia will accept an International Olympic Committee plan to retest all drug test samples given by its athletes at the 2012 and 2014 Olympics, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said Saturday....



7 killed, 29 injured in Bulgarian tanker train explosion

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 17:34:25 GMT2016-12-10T17:34:25Z

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- A derailed tanker train exploded Saturday and decimated a village in northeastern Bulgaria, killing seven people and leaving least 29 injured, many with severe burns, the Interior Ministry said....



Syrian activists report Islamic State group militants have re-entered historic city of Pal...

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:53:06 GMT2016-12-10T16:53:06Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- Syrian activists report Islamic State group militants have re-entered historic city of Palmyra following 3-day blitz ....



Iraq sends reinforcements to eastern Mosul after IS attack

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:52:05 GMT2016-12-10T16:52:05Z

QAYARA AIR BASE, Iraq (AP) -- Reinforcements have been sent to eastern Mosul after a major Islamic State counterattack drove troops back last week, further slowing a nearly two-month-old offensive to retake the city, according to an Iraqi commander....



UK: Sunday Times critic AA Gill dies after cancer battle

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:39:55 GMT2016-12-10T16:39:55Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Sunday Times says its long-standing restaurant critic and columnist Adrian Gill, better known as AA Gill, has died after a short battle with cancer. He was 62....



France gives boost to electric vehicles amid pollution peaks

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:25:43 GMT2016-12-10T16:25:43Z

PARIS (AP) -- The French government has announced an anti-pollution plan, including a financial boost to buy electric vehicles, as Paris and other cities in the country are emerging from a particularly severe episode of air pollution....



Iran summons UK ambassador in Tehran

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:15:05 GMT2016-12-10T16:15:05Z

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that the country's Foreign Ministry has summoned the British ambassador in Tehran over the British prime minister's recent comments on Iran....



Syrians stream out of eastern Aleppo as fighting rages

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 16:06:04 GMT2016-12-10T16:06:04Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- Hundreds more civilians fled what remained of the Syrian opposition's enclave in Aleppo on Saturday as rebels and government forces exchanged artillery and mortar fire across the northern city....



Macedonia votes in early election

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:29:23 GMT2016-12-10T14:29:23Z

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Macedonians will vote on Sunday in a general election called two years early in a bid to defuse a deep political crisis sparked by a wiretapping scandal....



Gunmen kill counterterrorism police officer in Pakistan

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 14:20:44 GMT2016-12-10T14:20:44Z

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani police say gunmen have shot and killed a counterterrorism police officer and wounded his young son in the northwestern city of Peshawar....



Syria: Kerry, diplomats seek help for Aleppo's opposition

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:47:27 GMT2016-12-10T13:47:27Z

PARIS (AP) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and leading diplomats pleaded Saturday for safe passage for civilians and respect for Syria's crippled opposition, as Syrian government forces neared victory over rebels in Aleppo after a devastating blitz....



French government seeks extension of state of emergency

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:26:45 GMT2016-12-10T13:26:45Z

PARIS (AP) -- French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says 17 attacks have been thwarted in the country so far this year and he is asking Parliament to extend the state of emergency until July 15....



Indonesian police detonate bomb in neighborhood, arrest 4

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 13:25:36 GMT2016-12-10T13:25:36Z

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian police said they safely detonated a bomb in a neighborhood on the outskirts of the capital on Saturday after arresting suspected Islamic militants who were planning to attack the presidential palace....



Toll rises to 57 in suicide bombings in northeast Nigeria

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:52:10 GMT2016-12-10T12:52:10Z

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) -- An official says the toll from a double suicide bombing in a marketplace in northeast Nigeria has risen to 57 dead and 177 wounded....



Russia's lab wizard created drug cocktails but caught cheats

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 12:13:53 GMT2016-12-10T12:13:53Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Even as he worked to cover up doping by Russian athletes, Grigory Rodchenkov was developing technology which would help to catch them years later....



Burundi recalls Belgium ambassador amid tensions

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:54:10 GMT2016-12-10T11:54:10Z

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) -- Burundi's foreign minister says the country's ambassador to Belgium has been told to return home amid diplomatic tensions related to political violence in the central African nation....



The Latest: IS says it shot down Syrian jet near Palmyra

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:39:33 GMT2016-12-10T11:39:33Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):...



Greek ferry workers end 9-day strike

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:25:10 GMT2016-12-10T11:25:10Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greek ferry workers have ended a nine-day strike, saying they did not wish to disrupt the holiday season, but promised to resume action if the government did not back off tax hikes for ferry workers....



The 2016 Nobel Prize winners and their work

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:58:34 GMT2016-12-10T10:58:34Z

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- This year's Nobel Prizes will be handed out Saturday for ground-breaking work ranging from the development of the world's smallest machines to song lyrics that have touched generations of fans....



South Korean leader's fall offers fodder for Pyongyang

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 10:58:03 GMT2016-12-10T10:58:03Z

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea, after following the travails of South Korean President Park Geun-hye with unconcealed joy, got off to a slow start Saturday in reacting to her actual impeachment....