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Philippine volcano spews lava fountains, 56,000 people flee

By BULLIT MARQUEZ, Associated Press LEGAZPI, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines' most active volcano spewed fountains of red-hot lava and massive ash plumes anew Tuesday in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption that has sent more than 56,000 villagers fleeing to evacuation ...

As US raises tariffs, India’s Modi defends free trade

By TIM SULLIVAN and PAN PYLAS, Associated Press DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Tuesday against a new wave of protectionism, saying that trade barriers pose a danger to the world on par with climate change and extremist attacks. Modi delivered the ...

Skiers injured by flying rocks on Japanese volcano

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Twelve people, including eight soldiers, skiing on the slopes of a volcano in central Japan were injured Tuesday by flying rocks during a sudden eruption, officials said. One soldier later died. The eight soldiers were in a group of 30 who ...

Turkey shells Syrian city as it pushes into Kurdish enclave

BEIRUT (AP) — A Kurdish militia spokesman says Turkey has shelled a city in northeastern Syria as Turkish forces press into a Syrian Kurdish enclave for the fourth straight day. Nureddine Mehmud says Turkey fired on Qamishli and other towns along the Syrian-Turkish border on Tuesday, calling ...

Skepticism, worry amid preparation for Rohingya repatriation

By FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar says it's ready for a gradual repatriation of Muslim Rohingya refugees chased out by the Buddhist-majority country's military. Bangladesh says it's preparing for the transfer, but it might need more time. And the refugees ...

Strong storm blasts northern Europe; 2 dead in Netherlands

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A powerful storm lashed Europe with high winds and snow Thursday, killing at least two people, grounding flights at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, halting trains and blowing over trucks in several countries. Dutch police said one ...

Pair of Chinese giant pandas get snowy welcome in Finland

By JARI TANNER, Associated Press HELSINKI (AP) — A pair of giant pandas has arrived in snowy Finland, China's gift to mark the small Nordic nation's 100 years of independence. Four-year-old male panda Hua Bao and three-year old female Jin Baobao were welcomed Thursday in a ceremony at ...

52 people die in bus fire in Kazakhstan

MOSCOW (AP) — A bus fire in Kazakhstan killed 52 people on Thursday in a vast snow-covered steppe, officials said. The tragedy happened near the village of Kalybai in the northern Aktobe region, the Emergencies Department of the former Soviet nation in Central Asia said. Authorities said ...

Pope wraps up Chile stop with visit to migrants, on to Peru

By NICOLE WINFIELD and PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis wraps up his Chile visit Thursday by meeting with members of the South American nation's booming immigrant community, who are flocking to the region's strongest and most stable economy but are ...

Pence visit showcases dilemma facing Egypt, Jordan leaders

By HAMZA HENDAWI and ALICE SU, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's upcoming visit to the Middle East comes at a time of intensely publicized friction between his administration and the Palestinian leadership, posing a dilemma for his Arab hosts — Egypt's ...

Across the Mideast, Palestinians brace for Trump aid cuts

By FARES AKRAM, Associated Press SHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Mahmoud al-Qouqa can't imagine life without the three sacks of flour, cooking oil and other staples he receives from the United Nations every three months. Living with 25 relatives in a crowded home in this teeming Gaza ...

Activists in Chile say pope must apologize for priest abuse

By EVA VERGARA and NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Hours before Pope Francis was set to arrive in Chile Monday, activists on issues related to sex abuse by priests called for sanctions against both abusers and anyone who helped cover up their actions. About 200 ...

North Korean orchestra, maybe joint hockey team at Olympics

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea will include a 140-member art troupe, the two sides agreed Monday, while discussions continue over fielding a joint women's hockey team. The two Koreas met Monday for ...

Twin bombings in Baghdad kill 38, shatter post-IS calm

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and MURTADA FARAJ, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Twin suicide bombings rocked Baghdad on Monday, killing 38 people in the deadliest attack since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group last month, and raising fears ahead of national elections planned for ...

Police hunt for jewels, thieves after Ritz robbery in Paris

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Paris police have recovered some jewels stolen from the Ritz Hotel in a dramatic heist, but are still searching Thursday for two thieves and the rest of the missing luxury merchandise. The robbery on Wednesday evening raised questions about ...

N Korea: Popularity of ‘Fire and Fury’ foretells Trump’s end

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has found good material to attack U.S. President Donald Trump: Michael Wolff's bombshell new book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House." The book paints Trump as a leader who doesn't understand the weight of ...

Russian gains in Syria threatened by series of rebel attacks

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Just weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory in Syria, Russian military outposts in the country have come under rebel attacks that are challenging Moscow's gains. Russian bases located in Syrian President Bashar ...

Trump open to US-NKorea talks ‘under right circumstances’

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump threw his weight behind the Olympics-inspired diplomatic opening with North Korea, telling South Korea's leader Wednesday that the U.S. was open to talks with Kim Jong Un's government under the ...

8 earthquakes strike along Iran-Iraq border, rattle Baghdad

By AMIR VAHDAT and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A series of eight earthquakes hit the Iran-Iraq border area and rattled Baghdad on Thursday, apparent aftershocks of a temblor that struck the mountainous region in November and killed over 530 people. Four people suffered ...

North Korea to join Olympics in South Korea as tensions ease

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas took steps toward reducing their bitter animosity during rare talks Tuesday, as North Korea agreed to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea and reopen a military hotline. The meeting, ...