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Trump expands anti-abortion ban to all US global health aid

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:29:01 GMT2017-01-25T00:29:01Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- President Donald Trump has massively expanded the ban on providing federal money to international family planning groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information to all organizations receiving U.S. global health assistance....



Officials: Mexico could leave NAFTA if talks unsatisfactory

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:10:21 GMT2017-01-25T00:10:21Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico could leave the North American Free Trade Agreement if talks on re-negotiating it are unsatisfactory, officials said Tuesday ahead of scheduled meetings in Washington with the Trump administration....



Cyberconscripts: Baltic draftees can choose IT over infantry

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:45:24 GMT2017-01-24T23:45:24Z

LILLE, France (AP) -- The tiny Baltic nation of Estonia is experimenting with the idea of cyberconscription, a move that gives draftees with tech skills the chance to work shoring up their military's electronic infrastructure, an Estonian defense official said Tuesday....



Possible snag for 1st Guantanamo court session of Trump era

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 22:58:25 GMT2017-01-24T22:58:25Z

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- The first session of the Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunal under President Donald Trump may have hit a snag....



In a new Gambia, the prison doors begin to swing open

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 22:25:31 GMT2017-01-24T22:25:31Z

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) -- Gambian soldiers picked up Tijan Barrow, beat him with their guns and threw him into a cell at the notorious National Intelligence Agency prison. His alleged crime: Creating and selling T-shirts for the opposition....



French president meets with leftist rebels in Colombia

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 22:16:24 GMT2017-01-24T22:16:24Z

LA VENTA, Colombia (AP) -- French President Francois Hollande met with leaders of Colombia's largest rebel movement Tuesday in an area where guerrillas will soon begin turning over weapons as part of a historic peace deal....



France issues record $7.5 billion in 'green bonds'

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 22:12:16 GMT2017-01-24T22:12:16Z

PARIS (AP) -- France has issued a record 7 billion euros ($7.5 billion) in so-called green treasury bonds, a boost to efforts to generate investment in clean energy....



With Trump's swearing-in, Israel pushes ahead on settlements

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 21:34:26 GMT2017-01-24T21:34:26Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel announced plans Tuesday to build 2,500 more settler homes on the West Bank, moving to step up construction just days after the swearing-in of Donald Trump brought to power a U.S. administration seen as friendly to the settlement movement....



UK government loses Brexit case, must consult Parliament

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 21:33:15 GMT2017-01-24T21:33:15Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's government warned lawmakers not to try to "thwart the will of the people" after the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Prime Minister Theresa May must seek the approval of Parliament before starting the formal process of leaving the European Union....



Panama charges 17 in Brazilian firm bribery scheme

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:58:13 GMT2017-01-24T20:58:13Z

PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Panama's chief prosecutor says 17 people have been charged with money-laundering in connection with a bribery scheme involving Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht....



Wife of ex-Brazilian president hospitalized after stroke

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:55:13 GMT2017-01-24T20:55:13Z

SAO PAULO (AP) -- A hospital in Sao Paulo says Brazil's former first lady Marisa Leticia Lula da Silva has had a stroke....



Dead body reported in Mexico City turns out to be Xmas tree

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:46:52 GMT2017-01-24T20:46:52Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Police investigating reports of a dead body left on a street in the Mexican capital say it turned out to be just a discarded Christmas tree....



Dutch government wants to counter Trump with abortion funds

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:20:56 GMT2017-01-24T20:20:56Z

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- The Dutch government says it wants an international fund to finance access to birth control, abortion and education for women in developing countries....



Polish town that once made tiny Fiats offers Tom Hanks one

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:06:25 GMT2017-01-24T20:06:25Z

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A Tom Hanks fan in southern Poland says her town that once produced small Fiat cars is offering one to the actor....



Gambian lawmakers end country's week-old state of emergency

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:04:22 GMT2017-01-24T20:04:22Z

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) -- Gambia's lawmakers on Tuesday lifted the country's state of emergency and revoked a three-month extension of ousted leader Yahya Jammeh's term, as the new government began dismantling his final attempts to cling to power....



Syria's motley crew of fighters now at negotiating table

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:59:23 GMT2017-01-24T19:59:23Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- Regardless of whether the talks in the freezing Kazakh capital provide a path forward for peace in Syria, there was one definite and tangible outcome: The country's ragtag army of rebels has found a place at the negotiating table, literally....



Liberia leader acknowledges failure in anti-corruption fight

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:33:18 GMT2017-01-24T19:33:18Z

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Liberia's president said Tuesday her administration had fallen short in its fight against corruption, which she called "public enemy number one" when she took office more than a decade ago....



All 6 dead in helicopter crash in central Italy

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:33:14 GMT2017-01-24T19:33:14Z

CAMPO FELICE, Italy (AP) -- A helicopter ferrying an injured skier off the slopes slammed into a mountainside in central Italy Tuesday, killing all six people aboard in a new tragedy to hit a region already hobbled by a series of earthquakes, paralyzing snowfall and a deadly avalanche....



Prosecutors seek to question Rome mayor of problem hires

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:27:25 GMT2017-01-24T19:27:25Z

ROME (AP) -- Prosecutors are seeking to question Rome's embattled mayor over one of several problematic appointments that have tarnished her young administration and Italy's populist 5-Star Movement....



Pope on fake news, 'alternative facts': Tell positive truth

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:21:05 GMT2017-01-24T19:21:05Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- At a time of fake news and "alternative facts," Pope Francis is asking the media to not only tell the truth, but to report good news....



Bulgaria: President sets date for early general elections

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:13:58 GMT2017-01-24T19:13:58Z

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) -- Bulgaria's new president, Rumen Radev, has set March 26 as the date for early elections and appointed a law professor to lead a caretaker government until then....



Syria powerbrokers endorse cease-fire deal at talks

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:07:06 GMT2017-01-24T19:07:06Z

ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) -- Russia, Iran and Turkey presented a united front at the conclusion of two days of talks in Kazakhstan between the Syrian government and the armed opposition, pledging support for the country's shaky cease-fire and a joint mechanism to ensure compliance....



Toll from Italy avalanche climbs to 17 as hopes diminish

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:05:55 GMT2017-01-24T19:05:55Z

FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) -- Hopes faded Tuesday that any more survivors of the devastating avalanche that buried an Italian resort hotel would be found after the death toll more than doubled to 17, with 12 people still unaccounted for....



Iraqi PM: Eastern Mosul 'fully liberated' from Islamic State

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:01:58 GMT2017-01-24T19:01:58Z

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's prime minister on Tuesday declared eastern Mosul "fully liberated" from Islamic State group militants after a day of fierce fighting and more than three months after a massive U.S.-backed operation to retake the city began....



Brr! Winter nights in Austria are cold for naked cyclist

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:43:06 GMT2017-01-24T18:43:06Z

VIENNA (AP) -- Bike riders know the challenge of dressing warmly when pushing the pedals in sub-freezing temperatures. One man in Austria didn't even try - he was naked....



Austrian man gets prison for selling pro-Hitler songs online

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:20:50 GMT2017-01-24T18:20:50Z

VIENNA (AP) -- An Austrian court has convicted a man under the country's anti-Nazi law and sentenced him to prison for selling recorded songs with titles such as "Adolf Hitler Lives" and displaying Nazi tattoos....



Israeli held in undisclosed Arab country accused in shooting

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:19:45 GMT2017-01-24T18:19:45Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- An Israeli government minister says a Jewish Israeli citizen is being held in an undisclosed Arab country after allegedly shooting to death a local man....



The Latest: US welcomes attempt to reduce violence in Syria

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:04:59 GMT2017-01-24T18:04:59Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The latest developments on Syria following two-day talks in Kazakhstan between the Damascus government and rebel factions (all times local):...



Greece offers to extend automatic austerity mechanism

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:51:26 GMT2017-01-24T17:51:26Z

ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's left-wing government says it is willing to extend an automatic austerity mechanism for one additional year in an effort to break the deadlock on current bailout negotiations....



Italy's constitutional court mulls electoral law

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:48:11 GMT2017-01-24T17:48:11Z

ROME (AP) -- Italy's constitutional court began hearing challenges Tuesday to the country's electoral law, the outcome of which could help determine when new elections are held....



BT shares plunge on cost of Italian accounting scandal

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:03:47 GMT2017-01-24T17:03:47Z

LONDON (AP) -- Shares in telecoms giant BT plunged by a fifth Tuesday after the London-based company warned of the cost of an accounting scandal at its Italian business and broad weakness in the global market....



Seekers of phone sex keep dialing Irish town in error

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:01:46 GMT2017-01-24T17:01:46Z

DUBLIN (AP) -- The citizens of Westport have a message for the sexually desperate of Ireland: Please, babe, let us sleep....



Kosovo experts to prove no loss in Montenegro border deal

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:57:56 GMT2017-01-24T16:57:56Z

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) -- A commission of experts in Kosovo has started work to measure the territory before August 2015 when a demarcation border deal with neighboring Montenegro, vehemently contested by the country's opposition, was signed....



Thousands attend funeral of Israeli Arab killed in clash

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:46:46 GMT2017-01-24T16:46:46Z

UMM AL-HIRAN, Israel (AP) -- Thousands of people have attended the funeral of an Israeli Arab man who police say rammed his vehicle into a group of officers, killing one before being shot by police....



The Latest: France's Le Pen denied entry to migrant camp

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:38:58 GMT2017-01-24T16:38:58Z

BERLIN (AP) -- The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):...



Petrobras investors seek compensation in the Netherlands

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:33:47 GMT2017-01-24T16:33:47Z

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Institutional investors who say they lost billions of dollars as a result of the corruption scandal at Brazilian state-run oil giant Petrobras have launched a compensation case in the Netherlands....



Egypt's el-Sissi says he is alarmed by high divorce rates

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:33:29 GMT2017-01-24T16:33:29Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Egypt's president said Tuesday he was alarmed by his country's high divorce rate, suggesting a ground-breaking legislation to delegalize divorces verbally declared by Muslim men to their spouses, the latest foray by the general-turned-president into thorny social and cultural issues in the most populous Arab nation....



French internet censorship rose sharply in 2016

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:21:26 GMT2017-01-24T16:21:26Z

LILLE, France (AP) -- French authorities ordered the blockage or removal of more than 2,700 websites in 2016, Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said Tuesday, a spike in censorship that some critics in the tech industry fear will do little to snuff out extremist content online....



South Sudan ambassador dismisses rift with Ethiopia

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:21:11 GMT2017-01-24T16:21:11Z

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- South Sudan's ambassador to Ethiopia is dismissing reports that relations are strained between the two countries after President Salva Kiir visited Egypt and met with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo earlier this month....



Former German President Herzog commemorated in state funeral

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:16:52 GMT2017-01-24T16:16:52Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Former German President Roman Herzog has been commemorated in a state funeral in Berlin for his services to the country during his tenure in the 1990s....



France's presidential hopeful Macron pushes for Syria talks

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:15:39 GMT2017-01-24T16:15:39Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron says his country needs a more "balanced" policy toward Syria....



The Latest: Italy helicopter crash kills all 6 aboard

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:10:59 GMT2017-01-24T16:10:59Z

FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) -- The Latest on rescue efforts at Italian hotel struck by an avalanche (all times local):...



Court allows Polish government to take over WWII museum

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:06:10 GMT2017-01-24T16:06:10Z

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A Polish court ruled Tuesday in favor of the government in its standoff with a major new World War II museum fighting for its survival....



The Latest: Settler leader welcomes new West Bank homes

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:02:15 GMT2017-01-24T16:02:15Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after Israel announced the construction of 2,500 new settler homes in the West Bank (all times local):...



Germany: Social Democrats leader won't run for chancellor

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:59:29 GMT2017-01-24T15:59:29Z

BERLIN (AP) -- The leader of Germany's Social Democratic Party said Tuesday he won't stand as the party's candidate for chancellor in this fall's national election, shaking up the political landscape on the same day the country's president confirmed the election will be held Sept. 24....



Austrian official: suspected radical says he built test bomb

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:52:19 GMT2017-01-24T15:52:19Z

VIENNA (AP) -- Austria's interior minister says suspected Islamic radical detained last week and suspected of planning a possible attack has told interrogators that he built a test bomb....



In Zimbabwe, losing husband can mean 'losing everything'

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:50:16 GMT2017-01-24T15:50:16Z

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- For many Zimbabwean women, the death of a husband means much more than losing a spouse....



2 Poles injured in crash with US Army truck

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:24:20 GMT2017-01-24T15:24:20Z

WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A U.S. Army truck has collided with a private van in southwestern Poland, hospitalizing two Poles....



Police in Sweden probe rape reportedly aired on Facebook

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:19:51 GMT2017-01-24T15:19:51Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- Three men have been arrested in Sweden on suspicion of participating in a group rape that was streamed live on a closed Facebook group, Swedish authorities said Tuesday....



Vietnam War-era tear gas bombs found in Cambodian village

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:04:27 GMT2017-01-24T15:04:27Z

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) -- A village in eastern Cambodia will have to be largely evacuated next month when two large bombs left over from the Vietnam War containing a powerful tear gas are excavated from the grounds of a Buddhist temple, demining experts said Tuesday....