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German politicians’ data posted online, government probes source

Personal data and documents on hundreds of German politicians and others have been posted online, and German cyber-defense experts were trying to figure out Friday how the information was obtained.


China begins first surface exploration of moon’s far side

A Chinese space rover explored the lunar terrain Friday in the world’s first mission on the surface of the far side of the moon.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 9:41 p.m.

North Korean envoy to Italy vanishes – did he defect?

North Korea’s top diplomat in Italy has gone into hiding along with his wife, according to a South Korean lawmaker, raising the possibility of a defection of a senior North …


Thailand braces for powerful storm at southern beach towns

Thai authorities suspended ferry services and began evacuations Thursday ahead of a powerful tropical storm that is expected to pound the Southeast Asian nation’s famed southern beach resorts during a …


Congo’s Catholic church says data show clear election winner

The Catholic church in Congo announced Thursday its data show a clear winner in Sunday’s presidential election, and it called on the electoral commission to publish the true results in …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 4:02 p.m.

A new space power is born as China lands on the far side of the moon

When China announced on Thursday that it had successfully landed on the far side of the moon, it wasn’t just a scientific breakthrough. To Beijing, its expanding space mission also …


Bail sought for ex-Marine held in Moscow for alleged spying

A Russian lawyer representing a former U.S. Marine who was detained in Moscow for alleged spying says his client is enduring custody well but he is trying to get him …


Chinese spacecraft makes first landing on moon’s far side

A Chinese spacecraft on Thursday made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon, state media said.


Fighting among rebels in northern Syria kills dozens

Two days of fighting in rebel-held parts of northern Syria killed dozens of people as al-Qaida-linked militants press their offensive against Turkey-backed rebels, a war monitor and activists said Wednesday.


Brazil’s Bolsonaro targets minorities on 1st day in office

Newly installed President Jair Bolsonaro issued executive orders targeting Brazil’s indigenous groups, descendants of slaves and the LGBT community in the first hours of his administration, moving quickly after a …


Police: Six people killed in train accident in Denmark

A Danish passenger train apparently hit falling cargo from a passing freight train Wednesday, an accident that killed six people and injured 16 others as it crossed a bridge linking …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 1, 2019, 5:56 p.m.

With Jair Bolsonaro’s inauguration, Brazil moves sharply to the right

Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain who has promised radical measures to cut soaring crime and widespread corruption, was sworn in as president on Tuesday, marking Brazil’s starkest shift to …


AP Exclusive: Vatican letter undermines U.S. cardinal on abuse

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 …


Manchester stabbings: UK police raid house, quiz suspect

Police in the English city of Manchester are quizzing a suspect and searching a house for clues about the “terror-related” stabbings of three people at a train station on New …


German police: Man intentionally drove into crowd, injured 4

A man ploughed his car into a crowd of people in western Germany early Tuesday, injuring at least four in what appears to have been an intentional attack against foreigners, …


Van slams into pedestrians on Tokyo road, injuring 8 people

A minivan slammed into pedestrians early Tuesday on a street where people had gathered for New Year’s festivities in downtown Tokyo, injuring eight people, police said.


American arrested in Russia as spy was there for a wedding

Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine arrested in Russia on espionage charges, was visiting Moscow over the holidays to attend a wedding when he suddenly disappeared, his brother said Tuesday.


Kim Jong Un says he hopes to extend nuclear summitry with Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says he hopes to extend his high-stakes nuclear summitry with President Donald Trump into 2019, but also warns Washington not to test North Koreans’ …


In France, protests planned amid New Year’s Eve celebrations

Paris is preparing to hold its annual New Year’s Eve celebrations on the Champs-Elysees under heavy security as some yellow vest protesters are planning to march on the famed avenue.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 31, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Hello, 2019: Revelry, reflection mark transition to new year

Revelers around the globe are bidding farewell Monday to a year filled with challenges to many of the world’s most basic institutions, including politics, trade, alliances and religion. Fireworks, concerts, …


2 dead, nearly 30 wounded in bomb blast at Philippine mall

Suspected Muslim militants remotely detonated a bomb near the entrance of a mall in the southern Philippines on Monday as people did last-minute shopping ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations, …


Vatican spokesman, deputy resign amid crisis period for pope

The Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke, and his deputy resigned abruptly Monday amid an overhaul of the Vatican’s communications operations and a crisis period in Pope Francis’ papacy.


Revelers say hello to 2019, goodbye to an unsettling year

Revelers around the globe are bidding a weary farewell to an unsettling year filled with challenges to many of the world’s most basic institutions.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 30, 2018, 1:32 p.m.

French police brace for New Year’s Eve unrest

France is deploying more than 147,000 security forces nationwide to gird for New Year’s Eve unrest as yellow vest protesters prepare to join the public revelry.


Journalist group counts 94 slayings of media staff in 2018

An international trade association says on-the-job slayings of journalists and news media staff rose again in 2018 following an overall decline during the past half-dozen years.


World’s tallest empty hotel lit up with N. Korean propaganda

In a brilliant flip of the script, the empty hotel that towers over the Pyongyang skyline has been reborn as a symbol of North Korean pride and ingenuity


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 1:26 p.m.

Yellow vest protesters target French media as movement ebbs

Yellow vest protesters marched on the headquarters of leading French broadcasters Saturday, as small groups turned out in Paris and around France despite waning momentum for their movement.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 1:25 p.m.

Egypt says its security forces killed 40 militants

Egypt said Saturday its security forces have killed 40 militants in raids on their hideouts in the Sinai Peninsula and the Greater Cairo area, just hours after a roadside bomb …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 6:45 p.m.

Germany: Drugged car driver tries to follow plane at airport

A man drove a car through the security perimeter at Hannover Airport in northern Germany on Saturday, police said, prompting authorities to suspend flights for more than four hours.


Trump says ‘progress being made’ with China after Xi call

President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he’d spoken at length with Chinese President Xi Jinping and that “big progress” is being made toward a deal between the world’s largest …