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Wednesday 12/11/2019
Saudi Aramco gains 10% in debut to clinch top seat at $1.8T
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 8:31 am

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia's oil company Aramco gained 10% in its first moments on the stock market Wednesday in a dramatic debut that held until closing and pushed its value up to $1.88 trillion, surpassing Apple as the largest listed company in the world.

Ex-Mexico security chief long haunted by corruption claims
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 8:02 am

Mexico City (AP) — Mexico's former security chief was dogged by so many allegations of corruption and wrongdoing for so long that some said it was only a matter of time before he would be arrested.

World shares mixed on reports Trump might delay tariff hike
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 7:16 am

BEIJING (AP) — Global markets were mixed Wednesday following reports that President Donald Trump's advisers were preparing for a possible delay in a weekend tariff hike on Chinese goods. Investors also had their eyes on central bank meetings in Europe and the U.S.

Rescuer describes horror of New Zealand's silent eruption
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 9:02 am

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — The eruption was so silent that Lillani Hopkins didn't hear it over the hum of the boat’s engines. She didn't turn around until her dad whacked her.

New Zealand volcano vents steam, delays recovery of bodies
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 6:15 am

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — A New Zealand island volcano vented more steam and mud Wednesday, prompting authorities to delay plans to recover the bodies of victims from a deadly eruption two days ago.

UK political leaders chase undecided voters on eve of vote
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 5:30 am

LONDON (AP) — British political leaders rose early Wednesday to pursue undecided voters on the eve of a national election, zigzagging across the country in hopes that one last push will get the wavering to the polls.

Suu Kyi denies Myanmar genocide allegations at top UN court
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 6:04 am

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Myanmar’s former pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday denied that her country’s armed forces committed genocide against the Rohingya minority, telling the U.N.’s top court that the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Muslims was the unfortunate result of a battle with insurgents.

Israeli parliament starts dissolving itself for 3rd election
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 4:45 am

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli parliament began voting to dissolve itself on Wednesday and pave the path to an unprecedented third election within a year. The preliminary vote passed without objections. Barring a nearly unfathomable about-face, three more measures are expected to pass and call a new election for March 2, 2020.

The people sing: 'Les Mis' soothes, breaks Hong Kong hearts
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 4:01 am

HONG KONG (AP) — For Hong Kong spectators mentally and physically drained from six months of pro-democracy protests that have convulsed the city, a rousing performance of “Les Miserables” proved almost too much to bear.

No Christmas tinsel in Iraq, in solidarity with protesters
Updated: December 11, 2019 - 12:45 am

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Christmas tree in the middle of a central Baghdad plaza occupied by anti-government protesters is bare, save for portraits of those killed under fire from security forces. A tribute, the demonstrators explained, to a recent decision by Iraq's Christians to call off seasonal festivities to honor the losses.

Tuesday 12/10/2019
AP Interview: Taiwan may help if Hong Kong violence expands
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 9:31 pm

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s top diplomat said Tuesday that his government stands with Hong Kong citizens pushing for “freedom and democracy,” and would help those displaced from the semi-autonomous Chinese city if Beijing intervenes with greater force to quell the protests.

India’s crackdown hits religious freedom in disputed Kashmir
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 9:31 pm

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — For years, Romi Jan’s mornings would begin with the plaintive call to prayer that rang out from the central mosque in disputed Kashmir’s largest city. The voice soothed her soul and made her feel closer to God.

Corruption allegations long dogged ex-Mexico security chief
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 9:01 pm

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's former security chief was dogged by so many allegations of corruption and wrongdoing for so long that some said it was only a matter of time before he would be arrested.

UK's Johnson pushes his Brexit message as election nears
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 8:45 pm

LONDON (AP) — With two days until Britain's election, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's final push to drive home his key message about Brexit was overshadowed Tuesday by criticism of his ham-fisted response to the image of a sick child sleeping on a hospital floor and allegations that he exploited a terrorist knife attack for political gain.

Photo of sick boy on floor roils British election campaign
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 8:45 pm

LONDON (AP) — A photo of a sick boy sleeping on a hospital floor because no beds were available has become one of the defining images of Britain’s bruising election campaign.

Afghanistan's Karzai tells AP that US cash fed corruption
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 7:31 pm

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s former president argued Tuesday that Washington helped fuel corruption in his nation by spending hundreds of millions of dollars over the past two decades without accountability.

Chile combs Antarctic for missing plane with 38 aboard
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 7:02 pm

PUNTA ARENAS, Chile (AP) — Search crews are combing the Antarctic for a Chilean military transport plane carrying 38 people that vanished en route to a base on the frozen continent and will tirelessly press ahead as the hunt gains widening international support, officials said Tuesday.

Increased activity on New Zealand volcano stymies recovery
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 8:32 pm

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — Experts said geothermal activity on a New Zealand volcanic island increased significantly on Wednesday, dealing a blow to relatives waiting for crews to recover the bodies that remain there following a deadly eruption two days earlier.

Adam Sandler on plunging into the Safdies' 'Uncut Gems'
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 6:33 pm

TORONTO (AP) — Adam Sandler was waiting to be thrown into a midtown fountain on Sixth Avenue for a scene in Josh and Benny Safdie’s “Uncut Gems” when he noticed a familiar face on the sidewalk.

Thousands rally around Holocaust survivor in Milan
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 6:33 pm

MILAN (AP) — A Holocaust survivor who has been put under police protection due to anti-Semitic threats was escorted Tuesday evening through the center of Milan by hundreds of Italian mayors and thousands of ordinary citizens behind a banner reading: "Hatred has no future.''

Bloomberg tells UN climate talks: You can count on the US
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:45 pm

MADRID (AP) — New York billionaire and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg led a high-powered charge against President Donald Trump's climate policies Tuesday, assuring activists, scientists and politicians from around the world that Americans are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions “even with a climate change denier in the White House."

Russia doping saga likely heads back to Switzerland's courts
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 2:31 pm

GENEVA (AP) — Sports punishments imposed on Russia this week closed one big body of work for the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Brazil's Bolsonaro calls activist Greta Thunberg a "brat"
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 1:01 pm

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday called young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg a “brat” after she expressed concern about the slayings of indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon.

Parisians dodge strikes by logging on to share rides, bikes
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 1:01 pm

ARGENTEUIL, France (AP) — Adrien Lachevre and Nailat Msoili live a few kilometers (miles) apart in Paris' northwest suburbs, but their paths had never crossed until Lachevre picked Msoili up in his gray Fiat on Tuesday morning.

Finland gets world's youngest prime minister, a woman age 34
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 12:47 pm

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland became the country with the world's youngest sitting head of government Tuesday when the Nordic country's parliament chose a 34-year-old woman who is a prolific user of social media and a keen advocate for environmental issues as prime minister.

Somalia forces kill 5 rebels who attacked president's house
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 12:47 pm

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Five heavily armed Islamic extremist rebels attacked the presidential palace in Somalia's capital Tuesday before all were killed by security forces in a shootout that spread from the heavily fortified government complex to a nearby hotel, police said.

World trade without rules? US shuts down WTO appeals court
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 12:16 pm

GENEVA (AP) — Global commerce will lose its ultimate umpire Tuesday, leaving countries unable to reach a final resolution of disputes at the World Trade Organization and instead facing what critics call “the law of the jungle.’’

Man kills 6 in Czech Republic with illegal gun, wounds 3
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 11:01 am

PRAGUE (AP) — A man with an illegal gun fatally shot six people and wounded three others at a hospital in the eastern Czech Republic on Tuesday, the prime minister and officials said. The gunman later killed himself as police approached his car.

Nobel winner Abiy says 'hell' of war fueled desire for peace
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 10:17 am

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize says his horrifying experiences as a young Ethiopian soldier fueled his determination to seek an end to the long conflict with a neighboring country.

Fallen rights icon at UN court for Rohingya genocide case
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 9:31 am

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Twenty-eight years to the day after Aung San Suu Kyi’s husband and sons accepted her Nobel Peace Prize while she remained under house arrest in Myanmar, the former pro-democracy icon appeared in a United Nations court ready to defend her country's army from allegations of committing genocide against the Rohingya minority.

Global stocks sink ahead of US tariff deadline
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 7:31 am

BEIJING (AP) — Stock markets around the world fell sharply Tuesday as nervous investors watched a rapidly approaching deadline for more U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports.

Stories of injured, missing in New Zealand volcano eruption
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 11:01 am

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Officials say 47 people from New Zealand, United States, Australia, Germany, Britain, China and Malaysia were on a New Zealand volcanic island when it suddenly erupted. Of those, dozens were killed, injured or are missing.

In Sweden's Arctic, ice atop snow leaves reindeer starving
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 5:46 am

KIRUNA, Sweden (AP) — Thick reindeer fur boots and a fur hat covering most of his face shielded Niila Inga from freezing winds as he raced his snowmobile up to a mountain top overlooking his reindeer in the Swedish arctic.

Sydney choked by hazardous haze from Australia bush fires
Updated: December 10, 2019 - 5:01 am

SYDNEY (AP) — Wildfires engulfed the Australian city of Sydney on Tuesday in haze so thick in some places it was 11 times worse than the level considered “hazardous," and was apt to trigger fire alarms.

Monday 12/09/2019
Russia, Ukraine to revive peace process amid little progress
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 7:03 pm

PARIS (AP) — The presidents of Ukraine and Russia agreed Monday to revive the peace process on the bloody separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine and exchange all their prisoners, but they failed to resolve crucial issues such as a timeline on local elections and control of the borders in the rebel-held region.

UN calls for truce around next year's Tokyo summer Olympics
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 7:03 pm

United Nations (AP) — The U.N. General Assembly unanimously approved a resolution Monday urging all nations to observe a truce during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan, saying sports can play a role in promoting peace and tolerance and preventing and countering terrorism and violent extremism.

Up to 13 feared dead in volcanic eruption off New Zealand
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 6:33 pm

TAURANGA, New Zealand (AP) — A volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted Monday with a towering blast of ash and scalding steam as dozens of tourists were exploring its moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving eight others missing and feared dead, authorities said.

3 arrested after home-made bombs detonated at Brazil stadium
Posted: December 09, 2019 - 3:31 pm

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian police have arrested three people after home-made bombs were detonated at Mineirão Stadium as Cruzeiro was being relegated to the second division for the first time.

Too much of a Greta thing? Activist urges focus on others
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 3:33 pm

MADRID (AP) — With dozens of cameras pointing at her across a room full of reporters, celebrity teen environmentalist Greta Thunberg had an unexpected message: Look the other way.

Finland's new young female prime minister breaks the mold
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 1:16 pm

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Finland's next government is breaking the mold in multiple ways.

Messi's hometown offers emotional trip to his childhood
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 1:03 pm

ROSARIO, Argentina (AP) — Soccer wasn't always Lionel Messi's favorite activity.

Anti-doping agency imposes 4-year ban on Russia
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 10:31 am

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Russia was slapped Monday with a four-year ban from international sports events, including next summer's Tokyo Olympics, over a longstanding doping scandal, although its athletes will still be able to compete if they can show they are clean competitors.

North Korea calls Trump 'erratic' old man over tweets
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 8:01 am

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea insulted U.S. President Donald Trump again on Monday, calling him a “heedless and erratic old man” after he tweeted that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wouldn’t want to abandon a special relationship between the two leaders and affect the American presidential election by resuming hostile acts.

Palestinians in Bethlehem look beyond religious tourism
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 7:02 am

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — For decades, the people of Bethlehem have watched tour buses drive up to the Church of the Nativity, disgorge their passengers for a few hours at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, and then return to Israel.

Deadly India fire in one of thousands of illegal factories
Posted: December 09, 2019 - 5:44 am

NEW DELHI (AP) — Day laborers in one of New Delhi's most congested neighborhoods demonstrated against unsafe working conditions on Monday, a day after at least 43 people were killed in a devastating fire at an illegal factory there.

World Anti-Doping Agency imposes 4-year ban on Russia using its flag, anthem, team names from Olympics, sports events
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 4:46 am

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — World Anti-Doping Agency imposes 4-year ban on Russia using its flag, anthem, team names from Olympics, sports events.

Britain faces most history-shaping election since WWII
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 3:15 am

LONDON (AP) — Britain is facing the most testing and significant period in its modern history since World War II.

China claims everyone in Xinjiang camps has 'graduated'
Updated: December 09, 2019 - 1:54 am

BEIJING (AP) — People who were at vocational training centers in China's far west Xinjiang have all ”graduated" and are living happy lives, an official said Monday. But Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities from the region say their family members continue to be arbitrarily detained in camps and prisons.

Sunday 12/08/2019
Asian shares rise after buying mood on Wall Street ends week
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 11:46 pm

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Monday, cheered by a wave of buying late last week on Wall Street that was spurred by strong U.S. jobs numbers and optimism over China-U.S. trade.

Baseball star Ortiz makes first appearance since being shot
Updated: December 08, 2019 - 7:33 pm

SANTO DOMINGO (AP) — Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz made his first public appearance in the Dominican Republic on Sunday nearly six months after he was shot in what authorities called a case of mistaken identity.


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