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5 detained as France hunts Christmas market terror suspect

STRASBOURG, France (AP) — French authorities detained five people as they hunted Wednesday for a suspected extremist who sprayed gunfire at one of Europe's most famous Christmas markets in the eastern city of Strasbourg, killing three and wounding at least 13 and putting the whole country on ...

France: Suspected gunman named, had long police record

By LORI HINNANT, SYLVIE CORBET and JOHN LEICESTER, Associated Press STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Hundreds of police and soldiers hunted Wednesday for a suspected extremist who sprayed gunfire near one of Europe's most famous Christmas markets, killing three and wounding at least 13 in the ...

UK disarray: May to face no-confidence vote from her party

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — A no-confidence vote in British Prime Minister Theresa May Wednesday threw U.K. politics deeper into crisis and Brexit further into doubt. May vowed to fight for the leadership of her party and the country "with everything I've got" after ...

China mum on detained Canadian, queries status of employer

By KEN MORITSUGU and CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China's foreign ministry denied knowledge Wednesday of the detention of a former Canadian diplomat but said the organization he was working for, the International Crisis Group, is not registered in China and so any of ...

Palestinians offer new details of Israel’s botched Gaza raid

By FARES AKRAM and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH, Associated Press GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The small town of Abassan in the Gaza Strip is a tough place to infiltrate: Everyone knows everyone and outsiders passing through quickly attract attention. So when strangers drove through town, suspicious ...

UN chief returns as climate talks teeter closer to collapse

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The United Nations secretary-general flew back to global climate talks in Poland Wednesday to appeal to countries to reach an agreement, as some observers feared the meeting might end without a deal. U.N. chief Antonio Guterres ...

As May faces leadership vote, a look at what happens next

By The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a no-confidence vote from Conservative lawmakers angry about the divorce deal she has struck with the European Union. Here's a look at how the Conservative Party goes about challenging and changing ...

UK’s May: ‘Uncharted waters’ if lawmakers reject Brexit deal

By SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — With a crucial parliamentary vote on Brexit looming, British Prime Minister Theresa May warned lawmakers Sunday that they could take Britain into "uncharted waters" and trigger a general election if they reject the divorce deal she struck with ...

Nobel peace winners demand action against sex abuse

By DAVID KEYTON, Associated Press OSLO, Norway (AP) — One of the winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize says the attention the prize has drawn to sexual violence against women in war zones must be followed by action against the abuses. Dr. Denis Mukwege spoke Sunday at a news conference ...

At scene of South Sudan mass rape, ‘no one could hear me’

By SAM MEDNICK, Associated Press NHIALDIU, South Sudan (AP) — Wrapping an arm around her stomach, the young woman hung her head and recounted the day in early November when she and a friend were bound, dragged into the bush and raped by four men with guns. "My body hasn't been the same ...

Italian police probing deadly stampede find pepper spray can

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press ROME (AP) — Italian police investigating a deadly disco stampede said Sunday they found a pepper spray can and were questioning dozens of witnesses Sunday following accounts by concertgoers that a teenage boy had sprayed an irritating substance, ...

Armenians vote for parliament; PM looks to bolster support

By AVET DEMOURIAN, Associated Press YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) — Armenians cast ballots Sunday in an early parliamentary election that is expected to further consolidate the power of the nation's new prime minister. The charismatic 43-year-old Nikol Pashinian took office in May after ...

Hunger, lice, filth: Moroccan camp shows migrant challenges

By AMIRA EL MASAITI, Associated Press CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — As Morocco prepares to host the signing of a landmark global migration agreement, hundreds of migrants are languishing in a Casablanca camp rife with hunger, misery, lice and filth. These sub-Saharan Africans who dream of ...

OPEC delays oil output decision pending Russia talks

By KIYOKO METZLER and CARLO PIOVANO, Associated Press VIENNA (AP) — OPEC countries hoping to support the price of oil put off their decision Thursday on how much to reduce oil production until they negotiate with ally Russia on Friday on how much it will contribute to the cut. Some saw it ...

Prisoner swap deal adds to hopes for downplayed Yemen talks

By DAVID KEYTON and BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — Yemen's warring sides agreed to a broad prisoner swap Thursday, sitting down in the same room together for the first time in years at U.N.-sponsored peace talks in Sweden aimed at halting a catastrophic war that has ...

UK leader may let Parliament decide on Brexit backstop

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday she may give Parliament a greater role in implementing her controversial Brexit deal as she sought to rescue the agreement from a widely expected defeat. May's efforts to win support came as ...

Paris riots over fuel taxes dim hopes for climate fight

By SETH BORENSTEIN and ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The "yellow vests" in France are worrying greens around the world. The worst riots in Paris in decades were sparked by higher fuel taxes, and French President Emmanuel Macron responded by scrapping them Wednesday. But ...

Nobel laureates: Despite progress, cancer won’t be wiped out

By IVANA BZGANOVIC, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — The winners of this year's Nobel Prize for Medicine say they expect substantial advances toward treating cancer in the next several decades, although it is unlikely the disease could be eradicated. James Allison of the United States and ...

Climate talks shift to nitty-gritty details of Paris accord

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Negotiators at the U.N. climate talks got down to the nitty-gritty task Tuesday of finalizing the rules for the Paris accord, a landmark agreement by countries three years ago to curb global warming. The 2015 accord set a goal of ...

Macron caves in to French protesters — too late, they say

By THOMAS ADAMSON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The French government caved in after the worst riots in decades and delayed an increase in energy taxes Tuesday — but it was seen as "too little, too late" by many protesters whose anger seems increasingly focused on embattled President ...