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Cuban military fires 21-gun artillery salute to mark start of funeral ceremonies for Fidel...

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:04:40 GMT2016-12-04T12:04:40Z

SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) -- Cuban military fires 21-gun artillery salute to mark start of funeral ceremonies for Fidel Castro....



Activists say at least 21 people killed in air strikes on rebel-held town of Idlib in nort...

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 12:00:05 GMT2016-12-04T12:00:05Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- Activists say at least 21 people killed in air strikes on rebel-held town of Idlib in northwest Syria....



The Latest: Candidate: Austria vote has import beyond nation

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:57:13 GMT2016-12-04T11:57:13Z

VIENNA (AP) -- The Latest on Austria's presidential election (all times local):...



Italians vote in referendum; Renzi vows to quit if he loses

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:50:37 GMT2016-12-04T11:50:37Z

MILAN (AP) -- Italians vote Sunday in a referendum on constitutional reforms that is being closely watched abroad to see if Italy becomes the next country to reject the political status quo....



Putin confident Trump will make responsible decisions

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:35:15 GMT2016-12-04T11:35:15Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says he is confident that President-elect Donald Trump will soon realize the level of responsibility his job entails....



Iraq's government ferrying relief supplies to Mosul

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:24:56 GMT2016-12-04T11:24:56Z

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- The Iraqi government on Sunday sent truckloads of food, heating oil and drinking water to residents of areas retaken from the Islamic State group in and around the northern city of Mosul as more civilians streamed out of the city amid intense fighting between the militants and troops....



Still grieving, French man seeks clues to Flight 370 mystery

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:23:46 GMT2016-12-04T11:23:46Z

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) -- A French man whose wife and two of his three children were on a Malaysia Airlines plane that disappeared in 2014 says he is still trying to find out what happened to the aircraft partly as a way of dealing with the emotional pain of his loss....



UK foreign secretary downplays EU payment suggestions

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:17:43 GMT2016-12-04T11:17:43Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's foreign secretary has dismissed suggestions that London would be willing to pay into European Union coffers following an exit from the bloc, describing the idea as speculation....



Suspected warlord killed in Russia's Dagestan

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:10:22 GMT2016-12-04T11:10:22Z

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) -- A warlord suspected to be behind multiple attacks in the North Caucasus and four of his accomplices have been killed in a police operation in Dagestan, local police said Sunday....



Russian patriarch blesses new Paris church, a Putin project

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 11:03:05 GMT2016-12-04T11:03:05Z

PARIS (AP) -- The patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church consecrated a prominent new church Sunday near the Eiffel Tower seen as a controversial symbol of President Vladimir Putin's influence in Europe....



Uzbekistan votes in first election since Karimov's death

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:55:15 GMT2016-12-04T10:55:15Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Voters are casting ballots on Sunday in Uzbekistan's tightly controlled presidential election, the first vote since the death of authoritarian leader Islam Karimov who ruled the country for 27 years....



German finance minister holds out against Greek debt cut

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:46:51 GMT2016-12-04T10:46:51Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's finance minister is underlining his opposition to a debt cut for Greece and urging Athens to push ahead with reforms before a meeting with his eurozone counterparts....



The Latest: Renzi votes in Italy with future on the line

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:35:24 GMT2016-12-04T10:35:24Z

MILAN (AP) -- The Latest on Italy's referendum on constitutional reforms (all times local):...



Palestinian Fatah party ends conference with boost for Abbas

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:12:51 GMT2016-12-04T10:12:51Z

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tightened his hold on Fatah and shut out a key rival, according to unofficial results Sunday of leadership elections in the movement which has dominated West Bank politics for decades....



Syrian army tells rebels in eastern Aleppo: leave or die

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:53:42 GMT2016-12-04T09:53:42Z

ALEPPO, Syria (AP) -- Syria's army says it is offering rebel fighters in besieged eastern Aleppo an opportunity to leave the city with their lives....



3 women dead in Finland shooting in southeastern town

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:43:10 GMT2016-12-04T09:43:10Z

HELSINKI (AP) -- A gunman killed three women in an apparent random shooting in a nightlife district in a small town in southeastern Finland, police said Sunday. A 23-year-old local man has been detained....



Qatar news outlet scales back output after website blocked

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:23:13 GMT2016-12-04T09:23:13Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A popular news website in Qatar is scaling back operations days after authorities blocked access in what the company describes as an act of censorship....



Iran's president submits proposed budget to parliament

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:11:00 GMT2016-12-04T09:11:00Z

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that President Hassan Rouhani submitted a $83 billion budget bill to parliament for the next fiscal year, beginning in March....



Hamas radio: 3 bodies recovered from flooded Gaza tunnel

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:50:03 GMT2016-12-04T08:50:03Z

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Emergency workers have recovered the bodies of three Palestinians who went missing in a smuggling tunnel between Gaza and Egypt....



Trump's call inspires hope in Taiwan, concern in Beijing

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:12:10 GMT2016-12-04T08:12:10Z

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) -- Donald Trump's 10-minute phone call with Taiwan's president has raised the hopes of some Taiwanese that the United States will work more forcefully with the island....



No more room for the dead as Syria's Aleppo is crushed

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 08:09:51 GMT2016-12-04T08:09:51Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The old Aleppo cemetery filled up a year ago. The new one filled up last week. Now the dead are left in the besieged enclave's streets, buried in backyards and overwhelming the morgues....



Body parts found after Indonesia plane with 13 disappears

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 07:47:54 GMT2016-12-04T07:47:54Z

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesian rescuers on Sunday recovered body parts in the sea where a police plane with 13 people aboard is believed to have crashed the day before....



Iran demands that Obama allow US sanctions to expire

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 07:14:55 GMT2016-12-04T07:14:55Z

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani demanded Sunday that U.S. President Barack Obama not sign an extension of U.S. sanctions, saying the bill is a violation of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers....



Austrians vote for president in election watched Europe-wide

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 06:38:11 GMT2016-12-04T06:38:11Z

VIENNA (AP) -- In an election sure to reverberate across Europe, Austrian voters are choosing between a right-wing populist and a left-leaning former politician for their next president....



France pledges $30 million for wartime heritage protection

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:33:05 GMT2016-12-04T05:33:05Z

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- France committed $30 million toward protecting cultural heritage sites during wartime on Saturday, a first step in the creation of an international fund aimed at preventing destruction like that carried out by Islamic State militants....



Fidel Castro's final resting spot shrouded in mystery

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:05:53 GMT2016-12-04T05:05:53Z

SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) -- About a year ago, trucks full of building materials began arriving at the Santa Ifigenia cemetery in the eastern Cuban city of Santiago. On Saturday, a white cloth was draped over a new structure near the mausoleum for Cuban independence leader Jose Marti....



Cuba to prohibit naming of monuments, streets after Fidel

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:05:05 GMT2016-12-04T05:05:05Z

SANTIAGO, Cuba (AP) -- President Raul Castro announced that Cuba will prohibit the naming of streets and monuments after his brother Fidel, and bar the construction of statues of the former leader and revolutionary icon in keeping with his desire to avoid a cult of personality....



Malaysian PM leads protest against 'genocide' of Rohingya

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:04:21 GMT2016-12-04T05:04:21Z

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak led a protest rally Sunday against what he called a "genocide" of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority, as he urged Asian neighbors and the world to step up the pressure to stop the violence....



Indonesians rally for tolerance after blasphemy protests

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 04:24:53 GMT2016-12-04T04:24:53Z

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Indonesians rallied in the center of the capital Jakarta on Sunday, calling for tolerance and unity after massive protests by conservative Muslims against the city's minority Christian governor....



Death toll in China's 2nd coal mine blast rises to 32

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 03:28:02 GMT2016-12-04T03:28:02Z

BEIJING (AP) -- Thirty-two miners were confirmed dead Sunday in the second coal mine explosion in a week in China, state-run media reported....



Buzz Aldrin: Altitude sickness forced South Pole evacuation

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 02:31:29 GMT2016-12-04T02:31:29Z

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) -- Buzz Aldrin said he was evacuated from the South Pole last week because he became short of breath and began showing signs of altitude sickness....



Toronto doctor charged with murdering his wife

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 23:56:27 GMT2016-12-03T23:56:27Z

TORONTO (AP) -- A Toronto neurosurgeon appeared in court Saturday to face a first-degree murder charge in the death of his wife, a family physician....



Rain and sorrow accentuate memorial for dead at Brazil club

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:35:51 GMT2016-12-03T21:35:51Z

CHAPECO, Brazil (AP) -- On a rainy Saturday that only accentuated the grief, 20,000 people filled a tiny stadium under umbrellas and plastic ponchos to say goodbye to members of the Chapecoense soccer club who died in a plane crash....



Saudi king starts tour of Gulf Arab states with visit to UAE

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 19:32:37 GMT2016-12-03T19:32:37Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's King Salman has arrived in the United Arab Emirates to begin a regional tour aimed at strengthening relations with four neighboring Gulf allies....



Syria: Thousands of Aleppo's displaced pack market shelter

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 19:10:48 GMT2016-12-03T19:10:48Z

JIBREEN, Syria (AP) -- Azza Haj Hussein held out for four years in war-ravaged eastern Aleppo, moving from one bombed-out home to another and surviving mostly on bread, crushed wheat and rice for four months under a suffocating government siege....



Bolivia minister: country could face US aviation downgrade

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:27:12 GMT2016-12-03T18:27:12Z

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- The U.S. could downgrade the country's aviation safety rating because of irregularities that may have contributed to this week's crash of a chartered plane carrying a Brazilian soccer team, Bolivia's Defense Minister said Saturday....



Morocco arrests suspect tied to thwarted French attack plot

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 18:21:16 GMT2016-12-03T18:21:16Z

RABAT, Morocco (AP) -- Moroccan police have arrested a "dangerous element" who allegedly served as a liaison between the Islamic State group and members of a French cell dismantled last month while allegedly planning an attack, the state-run MAP news agency reported Saturday....



AP INTERVIEW: Leader promises 'a new Gambia' after upset win

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:59:09 GMT2016-12-03T17:59:09Z

YUNDUM, Gambia (AP) -- Gambia's newly elected president on Saturday vowed to free all political prisoners and urged exiles who fled the 22-year reign of Yahya Jammeh to return from abroad and help him reform the tiny West African country....



A look at some of the world's worst nightclub fires

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 17:11:47 GMT2016-12-03T17:11:47Z

LONDON (AP) -- A fatal fire Friday night at a warehouse party in the San Francisco Bay Area has claimed the lives of at least nine people. More than a dozen are still unaccounted for as of Saturday morning....



Afghan teenager detained in rape, slaying of German student

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:41:49 GMT2016-12-03T16:41:49Z

BERLIN (AP) -- German authorities say a 17-year-old Afghan who entered the country last year as an unaccompanied minor has been taken into custody on suspicion he raped and killed a 19-year-old university student....



Suspect wearing suicide belt killed by agents in Azerbaijan

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 16:13:10 GMT2016-12-03T16:13:10Z

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- Azerbaijan's domestic security agency says its agents have killed a man who was allegedly wearing a suicide bomb belt....



Q&A: Candidates, issues in Austria presidential election

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:24:15 GMT2016-12-03T15:24:15Z

VIENNA (AP) -- Austria holds presidential elections on Sunday in a contest pitting a left-leaning contender against a right-winger supported by a populist anti-immigration party. Beyond the contest for the largely ceremonial office, the vote is being watched in other EU countries as a barometer of how well their populist candidates will do in upcoming elections. A look at the candidates and the issues:...



The Latest: Iran and Russia reaffirm alliance in Syria war

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 15:24:05 GMT2016-12-03T15:24:05Z

ALEPPO, Syria (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):...



The Latest: Scuffles, arrests at Danish anti-Islam march

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:51:58 GMT2016-12-03T14:51:58Z

BERLIN (AP) -- The Latest on Europe's response to migrant arrivals (all times local):...



Israeli TV journalist becomes a thorn in Netanyahu's side

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:28:11 GMT2016-12-03T14:28:11Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- After a series of embarrassing reports about Israel's first family, an investigative journalist has become a particular target of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu....



Police: stolen Nazi camp gate probe could be complicated

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 14:24:41 GMT2016-12-03T14:24:41Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- The investigation into how an iron gate stolen from the Nazis' Dachau concentration camp in southern Germany ended up in western Norway may be complicated because "no useable evidence" has been found, police said Saturday....



S. Koreans rally for 6th weekend calling for leader's ouster

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:19:41 GMT2016-12-03T13:19:41Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Rallying for the sixth straight weekend in what has become perhaps South Korea's biggest protest movement ever, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in Seoul got the closest yet Saturday to the president they desperately want removed....



Afghan and US presidents discuss fight against terrorism

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 13:11:28 GMT2016-12-03T13:11:28Z

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Afghan government says U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have emphasized their joint commitment to fighting terrorism in a phone conversation....



Ex-German POW gives legacy to Scottish village

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:54:48 GMT2016-12-03T12:54:48Z

LONDON (AP) -- A former German soldier has left his life's savings to a small Scottish village where he was held as a prisoner of war during World War II....



Mixed rulings for protest law by Egypt constitutional court

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 12:18:36 GMT2016-12-03T12:18:36Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's Constitutional Court has issued mixed rulings on the constitutionality of a protest law, which rights groups have decried as repressive....