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Former landscaper pleads guilty to 8 murders in Canada

A former landscaper charged with killing eight men with ties to Toronto’s Gay Village district has pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 1:28 p.m.

Denmark builds barrier to keep out German swine in hopes of stopping spread of disease

Denmark has won praise from Sen. Bernie Sanders and other left-wing politicians for its socialist policies. Its latest project, however, seems like it could have come straight from the playbook …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 7:09 p.m.

U.S. hits Venezuela with oil sanctions to pressure Maduro

The Trump administration on Monday sanctioned Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, ratcheting up pressure on socialist President Nicolas Maduro to cede power to the U.S.-backed opposition in the oil-rich nation in …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 3:48 p.m.

Strongest tornado in 8 decades hits Cuba; 3 dead, 172 hurt

Neighborhood brigades and teams of government workers hacked at fallen trees and hauled chunks of concrete out of collapsed homes Monday as the Cuban capital attempted to recover from what …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 11:09 a.m.

UK leader under new pressure to secure EU Brexit concessions

Pro-Brexit British lawmakers were mounting a campaign Monday to rescue Prime Minister Theresa May’s rejected European Union divorce deal in a parliamentary showdown, as major retailers warned the U.K. could …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 9:45 a.m.

U.S. close to reaching deal with Taliban for troop withdrawal in Afghanistan

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called on Taliban insurgents Monday to “begin serious talks” with his government and reach a “speedy peace,” following six days of negotiations between U.S. and Taliban …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 8:33 p.m.

France: ‘Yellow vest’ violence prompts ‘red scarves’ rally

Some 10,000 people wearing red scarves marched through Paris on Sunday to protest acts of violence and vandalism on the sidelines of anti-government demonstrations by the largely peaceful yellow vest …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 9:21 p.m.

Auschwitz survivors pay homage as world remembers Holocaust

Former prisoners of Auschwitz have placed flowers at an execution wall at the former Nazi German death camp on the 74th anniversary of the camp’s liberation and what has now …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 9:48 p.m.

Pope seeks peace in Venezuela crisis but doesn’t pick sides

Pope Francis is calling for a “just and peaceful solution” to Venezuela’s political crisis as he wraps up a visit to Panama for a World Youth Day rally that was …


Pope seeks to end stigma of AIDS with visit to church home

Pope Francis is wrapping up his first trip to Central America with a final World Youth Day Mass and a visit to a church-run home for people living with AIDS.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, 10:29 p.m.

Bombs target cathedral in south Philippines; at least 21 dead

Two bombs exploded outside a Roman Catholic cathedral on a southern Philippine island where Muslim militants are active, killing at least 21 people and wounding more than 70 during a …


Experts, images suggest a Saudi ballistic missile program

A military base deep inside Saudi Arabia appears to be testing and possibly manufacturing ballistic missiles, experts and satellite images suggest, evidence of the type of weapons program it has …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, 6:39 p.m.

Venezuela backtracks on order to expel U.S. diplomats

Nicolas Maduro’s government backtracked Saturday from its order for U.S. Embassy personnel to leave Venezuela, moving to defuse tensions with Washington just hours after international diplomats traded heated rhetoric at …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 26, 2019, 10:01 p.m.

40 dead, many feared buried in mud after Brazil dam collapse

The death toll from the collapse of a dam holding back mine waste in southeastern Brazil rose to 40 on Saturday as searchers flying in helicopters and rescuers laboring in …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019, 7:43 p.m.

Dam with mine waste collapses in Brazil; 7 dead, 200 missing

A dam that held back mining waste collapsed Friday in Brazil, inundating a nearby community in reddish-brown sludge, killing at least seven people and leaving scores of others missing.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 25, 2019, 7:29 p.m.

Japan court upholds sterilization to register gender change

Human rights and LGBT activists on Friday denounced a ruling by Japan’s Supreme Court upholding a law that effectively requires transgender people to be sterilized before they can have their …


Yellow vests, opponents gearing up for protests in France

Thousands of demonstrators will again take to the streets across France this weekend in protest at French president Emmanuel Macron’s policies, while anti-yellow vest groups also plan to use street …


‘It’s going to be worse’: As Venezuela’s crisis grew, more babies died

New research published this week in the Lancet Global Health journal estimated that Venezuela’s infant mortality rates have risen from 15 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2008 to 21.1 …


Backed by military, Venezuela’s Maduro hits back at rival

Backed by Venezuela’s military, President Nicolas Maduro went on the offensive against an opposition leader who declared himself interim president and his U.S. supporters, setting up a potentially explosive struggle …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 7:28 p.m.

Congo’s surprise new leader in first peaceful power transfer

Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was sworn in as Congo’s president Thursday, marking the country’s first peaceful transfer of power since independence from Belgium nearly 60 years ago, and immediately announced …


Official: Asylum seekers to wait in Mexico starting Friday

The Trump administration on Friday will start forcing some asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. courts, an official said, launching what could become one …


‘The milkman model’: Big brand names try reusable containers

A new shopping platform announced Thursday at the World Economic Forum aims to change the way we buy many brand-name products. “Loop” would do away with disposable containers for things …


Ukrainian court convicts ex-president of treason

A Ukrainian court on Thursday sentenced former President Viktor Yanukovych in absentia to 13 years in prison after finding him guilty of treason and helping Russian aggression.


North Korea’s leader orders preparations for 2nd Trump meet

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered preparations for a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, saying he’ll “wait with patience and in good faith” to work toward …


Alex Salmond, former leader of Scotland, charged with attempted rape

The former leader of Scotland, Alex Salmond, was charged in court Thursday with multiple counts of sexual assault and two of attempted rape.


Maduro faces off with U.S. over Venezuela rival’s power claim

Venezuelans headed into uncharted political waters Thursday, with the young leader of a newly united and combative opposition claiming to hold the presidency and socialist President Nicolas Maduro digging in …


Governor convicted of blasphemy freed from Indonesian prison

A polarizing Christian politician whose campaign comments ignited protests that were the largest in Muslim-majority Indonesia in years was freed Thursday after serving nearly two years in prison for blasphemy.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 10:37 p.m.

Swedish teen takes climate activism to jet-setters in Davos

There aren’t many people who spend 32 hours on a train to get to the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos and plan to sleep in …


Amid wall debate, pope says fear of migration makes us crazy

Pope Francis said Wednesday that fear of migration is “making us crazy” as he began a trip to Central America amid a standoff over President Donald Trump’s promised wall at …


Turkey’s president in Moscow for Syria talks with Putin

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sat down for Syria-focused talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday as their governments bargain over zones of influence in the war-torn country.