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Saturday 01/18/2020
Mexico blocks hundreds of migrants from crossing border span
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 6:06 pm

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities closed a border entry point in southern Mexico on Saturday after thousands of Central American migrants tried to push their way across a bridge spanning the Suchiate River between Mexico and Guatemala.

Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 7:03 pm

LONDON (AP) — Goodbye, your royal highnesses. Hello, life as — almost — ordinary civilians.

UK treasury chief: Some businesses may hurt after Brexit
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 3:30 pm

LONDON (AP) — The British government has announced plans for special events on the night of Jan. 31 when the country officially leaves the European Union but the country's treasury chief has admitted that some U.K. business sectors will suffer as a result.

English 2nd-tier soccer game stopped for homophobic chants
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 2:35 pm

LONDON (AP) — A game in English soccer's second tier between Millwall and Reading was briefly stopped due to apparent homophobic chants on Saturday.

Riots in Lebanon's capital leave more than 150 injured
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 2:03 pm

BEIRUT (AP) — Police fired volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets in Lebanon's capital Saturday to disperse thousands of protesters amid some of the worst rioting since demonstrations against the country's ruling elite erupted three months ago. More than 150 people were injured.

Iran to send flight recorders from downed jet to Ukraine
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 10:00 am

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran will send the black box flight recorders from the Ukrainian jetliner that it accidentally shot down last week to Ukraine for further analysis, an Iranian official said Saturday.

Putin's moves leave Russian opposition with few options
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 9:16 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin played it differently this time.

Venezuelan theater becomes Plan B in lawmakers' turf battle
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 8:45 am

EL HATILLO, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan opposition lawmakers are expected in the coming days to make their third attempt to get inside the legislative chamber in downtown Caracas, after twice this month being blocked by forces loyal to President Nicolás Maduro.

Australia firefighters save world's only rare dinosaur trees
Posted: January 18, 2020 - 3:26 am

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Specialist firefighters have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from wildfires that razed forests west of Sydney, officials said Thursday.

Correction: Australia-Dinosaur Trees story
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 3:45 am

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — In a story on Jan. 17, 2020, about specialist firefighters who have saved the world’s last remaining wild stand of a prehistoric tree from Australia's wildfires, The Associated Press erroneously reported the size of Wollemi National Park. It is 5,000 square kilometers (1,930 square miles), not 5,000 hectares (12,400 acres).

Friday 01/17/2020
Brazil fires top culture official over Nazi-linked comments
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 8:47 pm

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Outrage rained on Brazil's government from across the political spectrum after the culture secretary used language similar to that of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels in launching an arts initiative focused on nationalism and religion, forcing President Jair Bolsonaro to fire him Friday.

South Korea to decide fate of 1st transgender soldier
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 6:45 pm

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In the first such case in South Korea, military officials will determine next week whether to discharge a soldier who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, officials said Friday.

Iran's top leader strikes defiant tone amid month of turmoil
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 5:31 pm

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader lashed out at Western countries as he led Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time in eight years, dismissing “American clowns” who he said pretend to support the Iranian nation but want to stick their "poisoned dagger” into its back.

Mexico readies for Central American migrants at south border
Updated: January 18, 2020 - 3:01 am

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico (AP) — Border security forces in southern Mexico were preparing Friday for the expected arrival of hundreds of Central Americans traveling through Guatemala and vowed to prevent a repeat of the headline-grabbing “caravans” of past years when massive flows of migrants and asylum seekers overwhelmed agents.

IOC, Paralympics join Russian doping court case
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 3:30 pm

BONN, Germany (AP) — The International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee want to have a say on Russia's doping ban.

Officials, activists: 2 Iraqi protesters killed in Baghdad
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 2:46 pm

BAGHDAD (AP) — Two protesters were killed and over a dozen wounded in central Baghdad on Friday in renewed violence between anti-government demonstrators and Iraqi security forces, activists and officials said. The deaths followed weeks of calm.

Portrait found in gallery's walls verified as missing Klimt
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 2:17 pm

PIACENZA, Italy (AP) — Art experts have confirmed that a painting discovered hidden inside an Italian art gallery's walls last month is Gustav Klimt's “Portrait of a Lady,” which was stolen from the gallery nearly 23 years ago.

Ukrainian president rejects prime minister's resignation
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 1:46 pm

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy rejected his prime minister's offer to resign and asked him to stay on the job Friday after he was caught on tape saying Zelenskiy — a former sitcom star with no previous political experience — knows nothing about the economy.

Cyprus FA suspends all matches after ref walkout over attack
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 1:16 pm

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Cypriot soccer federation decided Friday to suspend all matches after a referee walkout because of a bombing attack against a colleague's car.

China's 2019 economic growth weakens amid trade war
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 1:32 pm

BEIJING (AP) — China’s economic growth sank to a new multi-decade low in 2019 as Beijing fought a tariff war with Washington, but forecasters said a U.S.-Chinese trade truce might help to revive consumer and business activity.

'Days of God': A look at Iran's mounting crises
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 10:45 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's supreme leader says his nation is living through “days of God.”

Locust outbreak, most serious in 25 years, hits East Africa
Posted: January 17, 2020 - 8:02 am

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The most serious outbreak of locusts in 25 years is spreading across East Africa and posing an unprecedented threat to food security in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries, authorities say. Unusual climate conditions are partly to blame.

Germany: Ugly anti-Semitic remnant at center of court battle
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 6:46 am

WITTENBERG, Germany (AP) — High on the wall of a German church where Martin Luther once preached, an ugly remnant of centuries of anti-Semitism is now at the center of a court battle.

Putin's, Xi's ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 6:46 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping have established themselves as the world’s most powerful authoritarian leaders in decades. Now it looks like they want to hang on to those roles indefinitely.

Bayern Munich fans accuse club of turning blind eye to Qatar
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 6:01 am

MUNICH (AP) — Bayern Munich fans fed up with the club’s longstanding links with Qatar are taking a stand against the club's lack of action in response to allegations of human rights abuses in the country.

Royal rift: UK monarchy will look smaller when dust settles
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 2:16 am

LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles, the future king, has long been seen as a potential modernizer who wants a more modest monarchy in line with other European royal households — and the streamlining process has already begun with the astounding developments of recent months.

Philippine volcano still 'life threatening' despite lull
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 2:16 am

TAGAYTAY, Philippines (AP) — An erupting Philippine volcano remains life threatening despite weaker emissions and fewer tremors, an official said Friday and advised thousands of displaced villagers not to return to the danger zone.

World's biggest yearly human migration begins again in China
Updated: January 17, 2020 - 2:16 am

BEIJING (AP) — As the Lunar New Year approaches, Chinese travelers flocked to train stations and airports Friday to take part in a nationwide ritual: the world's biggest annual human migration.

Thursday 01/16/2020
It's a boy for 1st Japan Cabinet member on paternity leave
Posted: January 16, 2020 - 10:25 pm

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's environment minister became father to a boy and is going ahead with his planned paternity leave — still a rarity in Japan where men are under pressure to put work before family.

Putin fast-tracks effort to extend his rule in Russia
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 2:32 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fast-tracked work on constitutional changes that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024 while lawmakers quickly sealed his choice for new prime minister.

Ukraine opens probe of possible surveillance of ambassador
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 2:16 pm

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Police in Ukraine are investigating whether the U.S. ambassador came under illegal surveillance by an unknown party before the Trump administration recalled her from Kyiv, Ukrainian authorities said Thursday.

Taliban say they handed cease-fire offer to US peace envoy
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 1:15 pm

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have given the U.S. envoy their offer for a temporary cease-fire in Afghanistan that would last between seven and 10 days, Taliban officials familiar with the negotiations said Thursday.

Prince Harry takes on first duties since royal crisis talks
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 10:31 am

LONDON (AP) — Prince Harry went back to work Thursday, mixing with children playing rugby and offering no hint of the days of turmoil that followed his recent announcement that he wished to step back from royal duties and become financially independent.

1st malaria vaccine tried out in babies in 3 African nations
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 11:45 am

TOMALI, Malawi (AP) — A pinch in the leg, a squeal and a trickle of tears. One baby after another in Malawi is getting the first and only vaccine against malaria, one of history's deadliest and most stubborn of diseases.

Officials block villagers as quakes shake Philippine volcano
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 9:31 am

LEMERY, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine volcano that erupted last weekend belched smaller plumes of ash but shuddered frequently with earthquakes Thursday, prompting authorities to block access to nearby towns due to fears of a bigger eruption.

World shares subdued after signing of China-US trade pact
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 7:01 am

BANGKOK (AP) — Global markets were subdued Thursday after the signing of a preliminary China-U.S. trade agreement that investors hope will bring better relations between the world's two biggest economies.

UN body welcomes 'milestone' in Qatar labor reforms
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 6:15 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar abolished exit visa requirements for virtually all migrant workers on Thursday in a move the U.N. labor organization said was a “milestone” in reform efforts ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Hong Kong leader says special status can endure beyond 2047
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 5:15 am

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam said Thursday that the ''one country, two systems'' framework under which the city enjoys freedoms unknown in China could continue after a 2047 deadline if loyalty to Beijing is upheld.

Experts say Med Sea altered by Suez Canal's invasive species
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 1:46 am

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — As Egypt marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suez Canal, marine biologists are bemoaning one of the famed waterway’s lesser known legacies — the invasion of hundreds of non-native species, including toxic jellyfish and aggressive lionfish.

Wednesday 01/15/2020
Despite danger, Filipinos made restive volcano their home
Updated: January 15, 2020 - 7:03 pm

TALISAY, Philippines (AP) — It's the second-most active volcano in the Philippines, a designated permanent danger zone long declared off-limits to human settlements. Yet to more than 5,000 people the Taal volcano is home.

Virgin Islands suit alleges decadeslong abuse by Epstein
Updated: January 15, 2020 - 6:30 pm

HAVANA (AP) — A lawsuit filed by prosecutors in the Virgin Islands says multimillionaire sex offender Jeffery Epstein used two private islands in the U.S. territory to engage in a nearly two-decade conspiracy to traffic and abuse girls.

Putin engineers shake-up that could keep him in power longer
Updated: January 15, 2020 - 6:31 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin engineered a surprise shake-up of Russia's leadership Wednesday, proposing changes to the constitution that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024.

Retailers Welcome Phase One Trade Deal With China But Say Remaining Tariffs Must End
Posted: January 15, 2020 - 12:31 pm


Grrrrr! Angry herders secure bear ban from France's Macron
Updated: January 15, 2020 - 12:45 pm

PARIS (AP) — The bears have cute names — Bubble, Feather, Snowflake and the like — and look so soft and huggable when caught on video by remote cameras that study their habits. But to herders high in the Pyrenees mountains of southwest France, the animals are stone-cold killers, ravaging flocks and undermining farming livelihoods.

Documents suggest Thomas Markle may testify in Meghan suit
Updated: January 15, 2020 - 12:31 pm

LONDON (AP) — The estranged father of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex could be called to testify against the royals in her lawsuit against the Mail on Sunday newspaper, court papers reveal.

Ahead in the clouds: Alibaba plans to change the Olympics
Updated: January 15, 2020 - 11:45 am

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Alibaba’s promise to the Olympic family is to bring its technological might to help organizers, broadcasters and fans.

Video: 20 seconds of terror between missiles in Iran crash
Updated: January 15, 2020 - 11:30 am

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's top diplomat acknowledged Wednesday that Iranians “were lied to" for days after the Islamic Republic accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner. The admission came as new surveillance footage purported to show two surface-to-air missiles 20 seconds apart shred the airplane and kill all 176 people aboard.

Russian prime minister submits resignation to Putin
Updated: January 15, 2020 - 11:15 am

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a constitutional overhaul Wednesday to boost the powers of parliament and the Cabinet, a move signalling Putin's intention to carve out a new position for himself after his current term ends.

World shares slip on jitters over China-US trade deal
Updated: January 15, 2020 - 7:16 am

BANGKOK (AP) — World shares were mostly lower on Wednesday as conflicting reports raised concerns over the likely outcome of a trade deal to be signed by the U.S. and China.

Smoke haze again forces delay in Australian Open qualifying
Updated: January 15, 2020 - 5:30 am

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian Open officials delayed the start of play by two hours Wednesday on the second day of qualifying until smoke from regional wild fires cleared.


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