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UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 31, 2017, 9:06 p.m.

Fireworks, prayers as revelers around the world welcome 2018

A look at how revelers around the world are ringing in 2018.


World economy growing faster than in years, but not for long

The world economy is growing faster than it has in seven years and more and more people are working – but the high growth isn’t expected to last long, and …


World wine production hits a 56-year low

Global wine production plummeted to an almost six-decade low this year – and that isn’t even the worst news.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017, 3:35 p.m.

IMF: World economy is picking up speed

The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday raised its forecast for global growth to 3.6 percent this year and 3.7 percent in 2018. For both years, the outlook is up 0.1 …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 8:51 p.m.

South Korea looks to jumpstart diplomacy in North Korea standoff

In an effort to jumpstart diplomacy, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday he would consider sending a special envoy to North Korea for talks if the North stops its …


Eager-to-please tycoon drives Trump’s Russia connection

In 2013, the Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov and his son, Emin, arranged an extravagant party entrance for their guest, Donald Trump: an armored Mercedes stretch limo driving off a freight …


UPDATED: Sat., July 22, 2017, 3:39 p.m.

Venezuelans protest Maduro’s plan to rewrite constitution

A few thousand protesters attempted to reach Venezuela’s Supreme Court Saturday before clashing with national guardsmen and largely dispersing by late afternoon – a disappointing turnout for opponents of President …


Pakistani police say lynching organized by student’s enemies

Pakistani police say the lynching of a university student who was falsely accused of blasphemy was organized by other students from his own secular political group who viewed him as …


UPDATED: Sun., June 4, 2017, 11:06 p.m.

Police arrest 12 after night of terror in heart of London

British police arrested a dozen people Sunday in a widening terrorism investigation after attackers using a van and large knives turned a balmy evening of nightlife into a bloodbath and …


UPDATED: Sat., March 18, 2017, 9:21 p.m.

Death toll rises to 72 in Peru rains, flooding, mudslides

The intense rains, overflowing rivers, mudslides and flooding being experienced in the country are the worst seen in two decades, Peruvian authorities said Saturday, affecting more than half the nation …


China says defense budget to rise by about 7 percent in 2017

China will raise its defense budget by about 7 percent this year, a government spokeswoman said Saturday, continuing a trend of lowered growth amid a slowing economy.


Spy ship departs, worry about Russia remains

A Russian spy ship has left the waters off the coast of Connecticut, but Democratic lawmakers remain convinced its prowling up and down the East Coast is an act of …


California woman targets Spokane, other U.S. cities to help stop dog meat trade in Korea

Giny Woo grew up learning that dog meat, a main ingredient in soup prepared in her native South Korea, had medicinal qualities. She’s launched a petition-writing campaign, including Spokane, asking …


Early results: Ruling party winning Russian parliament vote

Early results on Sunday showed Russia’s ruling United Russia party winning in the parliamentary election amid reports of election violations and visible voter apathy in the country’s two largest cities.


Iran executes nuclear scientist who was convicted of spying

Iran executed a nuclear scientist convicted of spying for the United States, an official said Sunday, acknowledging for the first time that the nation secretly detained and tried a man …


New storm forms off Mexico; toll from earlier storm hits 39

The death toll from the remnants of Hurricane Earl grew to 18 in Mexico on Sunday as a new tropical storm formed off the country’s Pacific Coast.


Syrian rebels breach government-imposed siege on Aleppo

Rebels breached the Syrian government siege on opposition neighborhoods in the city of Aleppo, opening a corridor in the south and marking a major military breakthrough. The push prompted an …


Thai voters overwhelmingly approve junta-backed constitution

Thai voters on Sunday overwhelmingly approved a new junta-backed constitution that lays the foundation for a civilian government influenced by the military and controlled by appointed – rather than elected …


Macedonia declares emergency after flooding kills 21

Macedonia’s government declared a state of emergency Sunday in parts of the capital hit by torrential rain and floods that left at least 21 people dead, six missing and dozens …


IS claims Belgium machete attack that wounded 2 policewomen

The Islamic State group on Sunday claimed responsibility for a weekend machete attack that wounded two policewomen in the Belgian city of Charleroi, calling it an act of reprisal carried …


Massive Turkish anti-coup rally packs Istanbul waterfront area

Turkey will continue fighting whatever powers seek to undermine the government, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Sunday as he addressed a massive flag-waving rally in Istanbul in the wake of …


Egypt’s former grand mufti survives shooting west of Cairo

Egypt’s former grand mufti survived an attempt on his life in a western Cairo suburb when two masked gunmen opened fire as he was walking toward a mosque to hold …


U.N. ‘extremely’ concerned for children in Syria’s Aleppo

BEIRUT – The United Nations Children’s Fund said Wednesday it is “extremely” concerned for the safety and well-being of children caught up in the violence engulfing the northern Syrian city …


Hurricane Earl drenching Belize, then heading for Mexico

Hurricane Earl bore down on the coast of the Caribbean nation of Belize with the danger of high surf and winds, while also threatening neighboring Guatemala and southern Mexico with …


London police say knife attack leaves 1 dead, 5 hurt

A woman has died and five others were injured in a knife attack in a central part of London, the police said Thursday.


Armenia: 20 gunmen surrender, police station standoff over

All 20 gunmen inside a police compound in Armenia’s capital surrendered Sunday, ending a two-week standoff that left two police officers dead and several wounded on both sides, the security …


Syrian rebels launch push aimed at breaking Aleppo siege

Syrian rebels launched an offensive aimed at breaking the government’s siege of eastern Aleppo on Sunday, where the U.N. estimates some 300,000 people are trapped with dwindling food and medical …


Syria’s Nusra Front leader claims no more ties with al-Qaida

The leader of Syria’s Nusra Front said in a recording aired Thursday that his group is changing its name, claiming it will have no more ties with al-Qaida in an …


French ID second church attacker; police had warning about him

French officials on Thursday identified the second man who attacked a Normandy church during morning Mass, saying he’s a 19-year-old from eastern France who was spotted last month in Turkey …


Italy expels 2 Moroccans for threatening Catholic churches

Italy has expelled two Moroccans who caused disturbances in Catholic churches as part of a wider effort to reduce terrorism threats, the country’s top security official said Thursday.