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Greece looks to repay IMF early as bond yields tumble

The Greek government on Monday said it is in talks with European bailout lenders to repay its debts to the International Monetary Fund early as market borrowing rates have tumbled …


Dutch fertility doctor may have more than 49 children

A Dutch fertility doctor who used his own sperm to father 49 children, without telling their mothers he was the donor, may have even more children.


Sudan’s protesters optimistic after weekend talks with army

The Sudanese protest movement on Monday welcomed the “positive steps” taken by the ruling military council, which held talks with opposition leaders over the weekend and released some political prisoners.


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 12:31 a.m.

Massive fire engulfs beloved Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

A catastrophic fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris’ soaring Notre Dame cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world …


Pope Francis ushers in Holy Week

Pope Francis has warned against being judgmental and too full of oneself in his Palm Sunday homily.


Study finds diabetes drug may prevent, slow kidney disease

A new study shows that a drug used to help control blood sugar in people with diabetes also can help prevent or slow kidney disease.


NRA has history of promoting gun rights outside U.S.

NRA meeting with Australians is just one of many times its sought to influence the gun debate outside the United States.


Removal of fuel in pool at Fukushima’s melted reactor begins

The operator of the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant has begun removing fuel from a cooling pool at one of three reactors that melted down in the 2011 disaster – a …


Kim open to another summit with Trump, with conditions

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says he’s open to a third summit with President Donald Trump if the United States could offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement by …


Religious symbols proposal ignites fiery debate in Quebec

A proposal to ban many public employees from wearing religious symbols is creating a fiery debate in the Canadian province of Quebec, where people are fighting to freely practice their …


Endangered whale experiencing mini-baby boom off New England

Whale researchers say an endangered species of whale is experiencing a mini baby boom in New England waters.


Sudan army removes leader, rejects al-Bashir extradition

The Sudanese military on Friday swiftly replaced the country’s transitional leader linked to the Darfur genocide after street rallies against him and said that it wouldn’t hand over ousted President …


Clashes mar peaceful protests as Algerians march anew

Police fired intense volleys of tear gas and used water cannons in clashes in the Algerian capital during the eighth week of massive Friday demonstrations that forced the president to …


S. Korean babies born Dec. 31 become 2-year-olds next day

Just two hours after Lee Dong Kil’s daughter was born on New Year’s Eve, the clock struck midnight, 2019 was ushered in, and the infant became 2-years-old. She wasn’t alone, …


European rights body urges Turkey to respect voters’ choice

Europe’s human rights watchdog is urging Turkey to respect voters’ decisions after electoral authorities blocked some newly elected district mayors from taking office despite winning local elections on March 31.


WHO says Congo’s Ebola outbreak not yet a global emergency

The World Health Organization said Friday that while the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo is of “deep concern,” the situation does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency.


Judges reject Afghanistan probe; cite lack of cooperation

In a decision decried as “deeply flawed” and a “devastating blow for victims,” International Criminal Court judges on Friday rejected a request by the court’s prosecutor to open an investigation …


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 11:20 a.m.

Nero’s opulent, newly restored Domus Transitoria reopens

The first palace built by Rome’s most notorious emperor, Nero, has reopened to the public after an extensive renovation.


Hugo Chavez’s longtime spy chief arrested in Madrid on U.S. arrest warrant for drug-trafficking offenses

A Spanish National Police spokeswoman says that Hugo Chavez’s longtime spy chief has been arrested in Madrid on a United States warrant for drug-trafficking offenses.


Sudan military ousts President al-Bashir, who took power in his own coup nearly 30 years ago

Sudan’s military ousted and arrested President Omar al-Bashir on Thursday, delivering the deathblow to the authoritarian’s nearly 30-year rule following months of intense protests.


Geoffrey Rush wins case against Sydney newspaper publisher

Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has won his defamation case against a Sydney newspaper publisher and journalist over reports he had been accused of inappropriate behavior toward an actress


Belarus leader blasts ally Russia for ‘insolent’ practices

The president of Belarus on Thursday threatened to retaliate against Russia for what he called its “insolent” trade restrictions.


4 killed in Indian election violence as voting kicks off

At least four people were killed in clashes Thursday on the first day of polling in India’s general elections, a six-week process that’s seen as a referendum on Prime Minister …


Polish senator: Nation should be ‘purged’ of the unworthy

Critics of Poland’s right-wing ruling party voiced outrage Thursday after one of its senators said Poland should be “purged” of those “not worthy of belonging to our national community.”


‘A monopoly on information’: Russia closes grip on internet

Russian lawmakers approved Thursday a bill that would expand government control over the internet and whose opponents fear heralds a new era of widespread censorship.


South Korean court orders easing of decades-old abortion ban

In a major reversal, South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered the easing of the country’s decades-old ban on most abortions, one of the strictest in the developed world.


Leader of Sudan coup on US sanction list for Darfur genocide

Sudan’s defense minister, who led the overthrow Thursday of autocratic ruler Omar al-Bashir, has had his assets blocked by the U.S. Treasury since 2007 for supporting and managing militias accused …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 11:26 a.m.

Sudan’s military overthrows president following months of popular protests

Sudan’s defense minister said Thursday that President Omar al-Bashir had been taken into military custody, effectively announcing a military coup to end his 30-year rule.


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019, 5:55 p.m.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrested at Ecuadorian Embassy in London on British, U.S. charges

A bearded and shouting Julian Assange was pulled from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and hauled into court Thursday, the start of an extradition battle for the WikiLeaks founder who …


Pence says U.S. wants Maduro out and ‘all options’ on table

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told the Security Council the Trump administration is determined to remove President Nicolas Maduro from power, preferably through diplomatic and economic pressure, but “all options …