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APNewsBreak: US soldier fought to end after ambush in Niger

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:27:07 GMT2017-12-17T21:27:07Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson died in a hail of gunfire, hit as many as 18 times as he took cover in thick brush, fighting to the end after fleeing militants who had just killed three comrades in an October ambush in Niger, The Associated Press has learned....



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....



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

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:28:21 GMT2017-12-17T14:28:21Z

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



South Africa's ruling ANC party to vote for new leader

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:57:15 GMT2017-12-17T17:57:15Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The vote to choose the next president of South Africa's ruling African National Congress party was set to get underway Sunday evening, after the party officially nominated two candidates to lead Nelson Mandela's historic liberation movement....



3 astronauts blast off for International Space Station

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:36:23 GMT2017-12-17T10:36:23Z

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) -- A capsule carrying three astronauts from Russia, Japan and the United States has blasted off for a two-day trip to the International Space Station....



Kremlin says Putin thanked Trump for CIA tip on bombings

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:30:16 GMT2017-12-17T21:30:16Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin and the White House said....






Pope Francis blows out birthday candle on extra-long pizza

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 13:35:12 GMT2017-12-17T13:35:12Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has blown out his birthday candle on an extra-long pizza at the Vatican to the delight of children....



Thousands rally in support of Libya's military strongman

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 19:14:35 GMT2017-12-17T19:14:35Z

BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- Thousands of supporters of Libya's military strongman Khalifa Hifter rallied Sunday in several cities, calling on him to take charge of the country following the expiry of a two-year mandate of a U.N.-backed administration based in the capital, Tripoli....



Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 9

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:49:16 GMT2017-12-17T18:49:16Z

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Two suicide bombers struck a church in Pakistan on Sunday, killing nine people and wounding more than 50 others, authorities said, in the first attack on a church claimed by the country's Islamic State group affiliate....