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AP Exclusive: Vatican letter undermines US cardinal on abuse

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican blocked U.S. bishops from taking measures to address the clergy sex abuse scandal because U.S. church leaders didn't discuss the legally problematic proposals with the Holy See enough beforehand, according to a letter ...

US fires tear gas across Mexico border to stop migrants

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — U.S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the first hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants who tried to breach the border fence in Tijuana. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement later Tuesday that the gas was used to target rock ...

Russian baby rescued after nearly 36 hours in frozen rubble

By JIM HEINTZ, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Laboring through sub-freezing temperatures, Russian rescue workers were digging into a sprawling heap of jagged rubble from a collapsed apartment building when one heard the faintest sound. It was the sound of life. On Tuesday, to everyone's ...

Poet fears for his people as China ‘Sinicizes’ religion

By SAM MCNEILL, Associated Press JINAN, China (AP) — Cui Haoxin is too young to remember the days of his people's oppression under Mao Zedong. The 39-year-old poet was born after the Cultural Revolution of 1966-76, when the Hui — China's second-largest Muslim ethnic group — were among ...

Furious Iraqi lawmakers demand US troop withdrawal

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — President Donald Trump's surprise trip to Iraq may have quieted criticism at home that he had yet to visit troops in a combat zone, but it has infuriated Iraqi politicians who on Thursday demanded the withdrawal of U.S. forces. "Arrogant" and ...

Father of dead Guatemalan boy heard rumors they could cross

By SONIA PEREZ D., Associated Press GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The father of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. custody took his son to the border after hearing rumors that parents and their children would be allowed to migrate to the United States and escape the poverty in their ...

Boy, 12, survives avalanche that buried him for 40 minutes

PARIS (AP) — A 12-year-old boy in the French Alps was found alive and uninjured after being buried under an avalanche for 40 minutes, an event his rescuers are calling a true "miracle." French police in the town of Bourg Saint-Maurice said the boy was skiing off piste at the La Plagne ski ...

2nd man nears end of historic solo trek across Antarctica

By AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press A British adventurer was close to becoming the second person to traverse Antarctica completely unassisted just a few days after an American became the first to conquer the feat, which was previously said to be impossible. Louis Rudd's expedition blog on ...

Quake from Mount Etna volcano jolts Sicily, sparks panic

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press ROME (AP) — A quake triggered by Mount Etna's eruption jolted eastern Sicily before dawn Wednesday, injuring at least 10 people, damaging churches and houses on the volcano's slopes and prompting panicked villagers to flee their homes. Italy's Civil ...

Indonesia says avoid coast near volcano, fearing new tsunami

By NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities asked people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed at least 430 people last weekend in a fresh warning issued on the anniversary of the catastrophic 2004 Asian earthquake and tsunami. The ...

Japan to resume commercial whaling, but not in Antarctic

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Japan announced Wednesday that it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts for the animals for the first time in 30 years, but said it would no longer go to the Antarctic for its much-criticized annual ...

Russia’s Putin oversees test of hypersonic weapon

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin says the Russian military has successful tested a new hypersonic glide vehicle. It said Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw the test launch of the Avangard vehicle from the Defense Ministry's control room. In Wednesday' test, the weapon was launched from the ...

Digitally enhanced: Estonia plots the end of bureaucracy

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press TALLINN, Estonia (AP) — In the Estonian capital of Tallinn, three-day-old Oskar Lunde sleeps soundly in his hospital cot, snuggled into a lime green blanket decorated with red butterflies. Across the room, his father turns on a laptop. "Now we will register ...

Koreas break ground on railways but sanctions block project

By KIM TONG-HYUNG, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea broke ground Wednesday on an ambitious project to modernize North Korean railways and roads and connect them with the South, but without progress in nuclear negotiations, regular trains won't be crossing the ...

Tsunami set off by volcanic eruption kills 222 in Indonesia

By NINIEK KARMINI, Associated Press CARITA BEACH, Indonesia (AP) — An eruption of one of the world's most infamous volcanic islands is believed to have triggered a tsunami that killed at least 222 people in Indonesia during a busy holiday weekend. The waves smashed onto beaches at night ...

French police defend pulling out gun against protesters

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French authorities on Sunday defended aggressive police actions to contain violence at yellow vest protests after a policeman was seen briefly brandishing a gun at a surging crowd in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron called for "the ...

Trump loses US envoy to anti-IS coalition over Syria plan

By MATTHEW LEE and SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy to the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group, has resigned in protest over President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, joining Defense Secretary ...

UK police free 2 drone suspects in Gatwick travel chaos

By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — British police on Sunday freed two people who been arrested in connection with the drone incursions at London's Gatwick Airport, saying they were no longer suspects. The move left the public with no answers about who had disrupted the holiday ...

9 bodies found in burning potash mine in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Rescue teams on Sunday found the bodies of nine construction workers who were trapped inside a burning potash mine in Russia's Ural Mountains. A fire erupted Saturday at the mine operated by fertilizer company Uralkali in the Perm region. , Uralkali said two teams of workers ...

After delays, Egypt’s new mega-museum set to open in 2020

By BRIAN ROHAN, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — On the Giza Plateau outside Cairo, thousands of Egyptians are laboring in the shadow of the pyramids to erect a monument worthy of the pharaohs. The Grand Egyptian Museum has been under construction for well over a decade and is intended to ...