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Boring machine catches fire in Austrian tunnel, 18 in hiding

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:33:27 GMT2017-12-11T08:33:27Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Austrian media are reporting that a tunnel-boring machine has caught fire at the construction site of a railway tunnel under the Alps that will link Austria with Italy....



Group from Bahrain on Israel visit not representing Manama

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:23:22 GMT2017-12-11T08:23:22Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- An inter-faith group of residents living in Bahrain who are visiting Israel has issued a statement saying it doesn't represent the government in Manama or any of the kingdom's authorities....



Trial begins against suspects in Istanbul nightclub attack

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:20:47 GMT2017-12-11T08:20:47Z

ISTANBUL (AP) -- A trial has begun in Turkey against dozens of suspects, including the alleged shooter in the New Year's Eve attack that left 39 people dead in Istanbul....



Diphtheria deaths in Indonesia spark immunization campaign

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:12:16 GMT2017-12-11T08:12:16Z

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Indonesia has begun a campaign to immunize 8 million children and teenagers against diphtheria after the disease killed 38 people, mostly children, since January....



American man escapes from prison on Indonesia's Bali

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:53:17 GMT2017-12-11T07:53:17Z

BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- An American citizen detained for a drug offense escaped Monday from an overcrowded and under-staffed prison on the Indonesian resort island of Bali....



EU, Israel meet on peace process, status of Jerusalem

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:53:07 GMT2017-12-11T07:53:07Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address the issues of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and the chances of reinvigorating negotiations on the peace process....



Australian city of Melbourne to test terrorism alarm system

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:48:13 GMT2017-12-11T07:48:13Z

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Melbourne will test a terrorism alarm system this month after police thwarted two alleged plots targeting Christmas-New Year crowds and a lone driver killed six pedestrians in the last year in Australia's second-largest city....



Philippine's Duterte asks Congress to extend martial law

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:43:20 GMT2017-12-11T07:43:20Z

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to extend by one year the martial law he declared in the south to ensure the "total eradication" of pro-Islamic State group extremists....



Asian shares advance following encouraging US jobs report

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:12:50 GMT2017-12-11T07:12:50Z

TOKYO (AP) -- Share prices were higher in Asia on Monday, lifted by encouraging employment data from the U.S. that took the Standard & Poor's 500 index to its third straight weekly gain on Friday despite weakness earlier in the week....



21 Rohingya women recount rape by Myanmar armed forces

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:37:31 GMT2017-12-11T06:37:31Z

UKHIA, Bangladesh (AP) -- The use of rape by Myanmar's armed forces has been sweeping and methodical, The Associated Press found in interviews with 29 Rohingya Muslim women and girls now in Bangladesh....



Success, then suppression for Ukraine anti-corruption agency

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:30:06 GMT2017-12-11T06:30:06Z

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- An anti-corruption agency established in Ukraine two years ago was expected to be the driving force that would uproot the endemic graft that depleted the nation's resources and worried its Western allies....



American diplomat: US looks to counter Iran in post-war Iraq

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:23:10 GMT2017-12-11T06:23:10Z

BAGHDAD (AP) -- As Iraq emerges from three years of war with the Islamic State group, the U.S. is looking to roll back the influence of neighboring Iran and help the central government resolve its dispute with the Kurdish region, the American envoy to the country told The Associated Press....



AP Investigation: Rape of Rohingya sweeping, methodical

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:17:29 GMT2017-12-11T06:17:29Z

UKHIA, Bangladesh (AP) -- An Associated Press investigation has found that the rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar's security forces has been sweeping and methodical....



An AP investigation finds the rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar's security forces has been...

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:26:01 GMT2017-12-11T05:26:01Z

UKHIA, Bangladesh (AP) -- An AP investigation finds the rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar's security forces has been sweeping and methodical....



Venezuela's socialists romp to victory in mayoral elections

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:04:36 GMT2017-12-11T05:04:36Z

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's ruling socialists swept nearly all the races for mayors across the country, and President Nicolas Maduro is now threatening to ban key opposition parties from future elections in the oil-rich country wracked by economic crisis....



South Korea imposes new sanctions on North Korea

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:56:50 GMT2017-12-11T02:56:50Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korea added several North Korean groups and individuals to its sanctions list Monday in a largely symbolic move that is part of efforts to cut off funding for the North's weapons programs....



Honduras' electoral court finds results 'consistent'

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:26:57 GMT2017-12-11T02:26:57Z

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- Honduras' electoral court finished a hand recount of votes in nearly 5,000 ballot boxes Sunday, saying results were "extremely consistent" with original data for the presidential election two weeks earlier despite delays, irregularities and allegations of fraud leveled by the main opposition candidate challenging President Juan Orlando Hernandez....



The Latest: Early returns say socialists sweep big cities

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:21:19 GMT2017-12-11T02:21:19Z

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- The latest on mayoral elections in Venezuela (all times local):...



Venezuela's ruling socialist party sweeps major cities, according to early results in mayo...

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:14:38 GMT2017-12-11T02:14:38Z

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela's ruling socialist party sweeps major cities, according to early results in mayoral elections....



APNewsBreak: Files show birth of Papua independence struggle

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:02:53 GMT2017-12-11T01:02:53Z

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Declassified U.S. State Department cables show prominent Papuans pleaded for the U.S. to give them money and arms in the mid-1960s to fight Indonesia's colonization of their vast remote territory, only to be rebuffed under decades of brutal oppression....



Israeli, French leaders tangle over US Jerusalem decision

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 23:52:07 GMT2017-12-10T23:52:07Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The French and Israeli leaders sparred verbally Sunday over the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, while new violence rippled across the region following the move by U.S. President Donald Trump....



Corsican nationalists win regional vote with historic score

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:29:54 GMT2017-12-10T22:29:54Z

PARIS (AP) -- Corsican nationalists swept elections Sunday on the French Mediterranean island of Corsica for a new regional assembly, crushing President Emmanuel Macron's young centrist movement and traditional parties....



Police search area after bag with ammunition found in Berlin

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:21:43 GMT2017-12-10T22:21:43Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Berlin police are trying to determine the source of 200 rounds of ammunition found in an underground parking lot in the German capital....



Romania: Protests of laws viewed as lax on graft renewed

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:49:01 GMT2017-12-10T21:49:01Z

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- More than 10,000 people on Sunday participated in another round of protests against Romanian legislation that critics say would make it harder to punish high-level corruption....



Qatar buys 24 Typhoon fighters as part of $8 billion deal

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 20:16:06 GMT2017-12-10T20:16:06Z

LONDON (AP) -- British aerospace company BAE Systems has agreed to sell 24 Typhoon fighter planes to Qatar as part of a 6 billion pound ($8 billion) deal with European defense contractors....



German FM: 'United States of Europe' wouldn't negate nations

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:49:44 GMT2017-12-10T19:49:44Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's foreign minister says a "United States of Europe" proposed by his party's leader wouldn't spell the end of nation-states on the continent....



Peace laureate urges world to 'see the light' and ban nukes

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 19:01:07 GMT2017-12-10T19:01:07Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- A survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima compared her struggle to survive in 1945 to the objectives of the group awarded this year's Nobel's Peace Prize during a formal presentation Sunday....



The Latest: Israeli PM urges approval of Jerusalem decision

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:45:56 GMT2017-12-10T18:45:56Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Latest on the fallout from the U.S. decision to declare Jerusalem Israel's capital (all times local):...



Britain's top diplomat raises detainee's case in Iran talks

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:14:28 GMT2017-12-10T18:14:28Z

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson raised the case of a detained dual national on Sunday when he met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a two-day trip to Tehran....



Anti-migrant leader pushes to win national power in Italy

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:41:23 GMT2017-12-10T17:41:23Z

ROME (AP) -- The leader of an Italian party that hopes to capitalize on growing resentment of migrants and asylum-seekers told supporters in Rome Sunday it would be "splendid" if he wins national elections and his government can issue one-way tickets home to undeserving refugees....



Kenya opposition group says protest mock inaugural postponed

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:14:01 GMT2017-12-10T17:14:01Z

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- Kenya's main opposition group on Sunday postponed a mock ceremony to inaugurate its leader as president....



Kuwait names ruler's son as defense minister in shakeup

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:46:05 GMT2017-12-10T16:46:05Z

KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- Kuwait has announced new picks for Cabinet, with five out of 16 members hailing from the royal family, including the ruler's son who has been chosen to head the Defense Ministry....



World leaders congratulate Iraq on defeating IS

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 16:28:38 GMT2017-12-10T16:28:38Z

BAGHDAD (AP) -- World leaders congratulated Iraq Sunday following the prime minister's declaration of victory over the Islamic State group. Saudi Arabia says the achievement is a big victory against terrorism in the region and the United Kingdom applauded Iraq's security forces "for their courage and sacrifice."...



UN calls for urgent evacuation of 137 sick Syrian children

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:58:24 GMT2017-12-10T15:58:24Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The United Nations children's agency said Sunday 137 children stranded in a rebel-held suburb near the Syrian capital require immediate evacuation amid a crippling siege in which five have reportedly died from a lack of medical care....



'The Square' wins big at European Film Awards

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:48:59 GMT2017-12-10T15:48:59Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Swedish comedy "The Square" has swept this year's European Film Awards, winning six prizes, including for best film, director and screenwriter....



Swiss woman angry over champagne refusal ejected from plane

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:43:39 GMT2017-12-10T15:43:39Z

BERLIN (AP) -- German police say the pilot of a passenger jet destined for Zurich made an unscheduled stop at Stuttgart airport because a Swiss passenger become aggressive after being denied champagne....



Saakashvili supporters demand Ukraine's leader be impeached

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:24:21 GMT2017-12-10T14:24:21Z

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Several thousand supporters of opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili rallied in the Ukrainian capital Sunday, demanding his release from jail and calling for the country's president to be impeached....



Brexit secretary says a no-deal Brexit now less likely

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:12:42 GMT2017-12-10T14:12:42Z

LONDON (AP) -- The man in charge of Britain's departure from the European Union says the chances the country will leave the 28-nation bloc with no trade deal have "dropped dramatically" after the two sides reached a preliminary agreement on divorce terms....



Israel says it destroyed Hamas tunnel using new techniques

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 13:53:15 GMT2017-12-10T13:53:15Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- The Israeli military on Sunday said it has destroyed a tunnel built by the Hamas militant group that stretched from the Gaza Strip several hundred meters (yards) into Israeli territory, declaring a breakthrough in its war against underground threats from the Palestinian enclave....



3 people arrested in firebomb attack on Swedish synagogue

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 13:49:45 GMT2017-12-10T13:49:45Z

HELSINKI (AP) -- Three people have been arrested for allegedly throwing firebombs at a synagogue in the Swedish city of Goteborg, the second anti-Jewish attack in the Nordic nation in two days. Jewish groups condemned the attacks as "unconscionable" and demanded that authorities take action....



Israeli police: Security guard seriously wounded in stabbing at Jerusalem's central bus st...

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:51:56 GMT2017-12-10T12:51:56Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police: Security guard seriously wounded in stabbing at Jerusalem's central bus station....



Spain rescues 104 migrants crossing Mediterranean Sea

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:50:07 GMT2017-12-10T12:50:07Z

MADRID (AP) -- Spain's maritime rescue service says it has saved 104 migrants trying to make the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea to Europe from North Africa....



German intelligence warns of increased Chinese cyberspying

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:45:04 GMT2017-12-10T12:45:04Z

BERLIN (AP) -- The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency warned Sunday that China is using social networks to try to cultivate sources of information among lawmakers and officials, while Chinese hackers are increasingly attacking European companies through trusted suppliers....



Pope urges nuclear disarmament, climate-change solutions

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:56:36 GMT2017-12-10T11:56:36Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis is calling for a world without nuclear arms and for effective measures to combat climate change....



German intel chief: Islamic radical numbers are growing

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:03:23 GMT2017-12-10T11:03:23Z

BERLIN (AP) -- The head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency says the number of Islamic radicals is growing and becoming increasingly difficult to keep under surveillance as recruiting efforts move underground....



Saudi-backed forces push toward key rebel-held port in Yemen

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:01:40 GMT2017-12-10T11:01:40Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Yemen's official news agency is reporting that Saudi-backed forces are advancing toward the Red Sea port of Hodeida, which provides a lifeline to the Shiite rebels known as Houthis....



Thousands of Indonesians rally at US Embassy over Jerusalem

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:54:37 GMT2017-12-10T08:54:37Z

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- About 10,000 people rallied Sunday outside the U.S. Embassy in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta to denounce President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital....



Iran says 'good relations' possible if Saudis change

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:33:36 GMT2017-12-10T08:33:36Z

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- President Hassan Rouhani says Iran is ready to restore ties with Saudi Arabia if it stops bombing Yemen and cuts its alleged ties with Israel....



Prominent Shiite cleric in Bahrain home after surgery

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:07:55 GMT2017-12-10T08:07:55Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Supporters say a prominent Shiite cleric who lost his citizenship and remains under house arrest in Bahrain has returned home after undergoing surgery....



Arab ministers demand reversal of Trump Jerusalem decision

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 04:07:38 GMT2017-12-10T04:07:38Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Arab foreign ministers on Sunday demanded that the United States rescind President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, calling it a "grave" development that puts Washington on the same side as "occupation" and the violation of international law....