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New scandal around fired Macron aide troubles France

Alexandre Benalla hasn’t finished causing trouble for the French president.


Extremists seize Nigerian town and key military base

Extremists have seized a Nigerian town and a key base for a multinational force fighting Boko Haram insurgents, raising their flag and sending many people fleeing, residents and military sources …


Official: Russian weapon 27 times faster than speed of sound

Russia’s new strategic weapon has rendered any missile defenses useless at a small fraction of their cost, officials said Thursday.


German journalist in scandal says he didn’t use donor money

Lawyers for a German journalist found to have fabricated information for numerous articles said Thursday that he denies having used for himself donations given by readers to help nonexistent Syrian …


Frenchman is traversing the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel

When Jean-Jacques Savin celebrates his 72nd birthday in January, he’ll probably be all alone inside an orange barrel somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. But don’t worry: He has a special …


Saudi king orders Cabinet shakeup after Khashoggi’s killing

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman issued a wide-ranging overhaul of top government posts on Thursday, including naming a new foreign minister, following international fallout from the killing of Saudi writer Jamal …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 27, 2018, 3:45 p.m.

Furious Iraqi lawmakers demand U.S. troop withdrawal following surprise Trump visit

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 …


Pope’s initial blind spot on sex abuse threatens legacy

It has been a wretched year for Pope Francis, whose blind spot on clergy sex abuse conspired with events beyond his control to threaten his legacy and throw the Catholic …


Japan to resume commercial whaling, but not in Antarctic

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 …


The cost of natural disasters this year: $155 billion

Natural disasters cost $155 billion this year, and several of them struck the U.S. particularly hard.


Israeli official confirms Syria airstrikes as Russia objects

An Israeli security official on Wednesday confirmed responsibility for overnight airstrikes in Syria, saying the air force had hit a series of targets involved in Iranian arms transfers to the …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 26, 2018, 9:13 p.m.

Indonesia widens exclusion zone around island volcano

Indonesian authorities urged people to avoid the coast in areas where a tsunami killed at least 430 people over the weekend in a fresh warning issued on the anniversary of …


Police block Chinese court where rights lawyer to be tried

Reporters, foreign diplomats and supporters were prevented from approaching the municipal court in Tianjin city where lawyer Wang Quanzhang was to be tried.


Mexico helicopter crash claims Puebla governor, ex-governor

A husband-and-wife political power couple who were the current and ex-governors of the central Mexican state of Puebla died in a Christmas Eve helicopter crash, officials announced.


Christians quietly mark Christmas in Muslim-majority Pakistan

The message of Christmas had special resonance this season among Pakistani Christians, an old but often persecuted minority of about 3 million in a country of 208 million that is …


Thailand’s legislature legalizes medical use of marijuana

Thailand’s legislature on Tuesday agreed to amend the country’s drug law to allow the licensed medical use of marijuana, as well as kratom, a locally grown plant traditionally used as …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 25, 2018, 3:49 p.m.

Queen Elizabeth II riffs on wisdom, family’s busy year

Queen Elizabeth II wove personal reflections into the latest edition of her annual Christmas message, saying she hoped her long life brought a measure of wisdom and noting her grandchildren’s …


Gunmen kill nearly 30 people in brazen attack in Kabul

Gunmen armed with assault rifles and explosives stormed a government building in the Afghan capital Monday, killing 29 people, wounding more than 20 and terrorizing hundreds in a brazen, eight-hour …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

Biblical city of Bethlehem boasts largest Christmas in years

Pilgrims from around the world flocked to Bethlehem on Monday for what was believed to be the biblical West Bank city’s largest Christmas celebrations in years.


Indonesia searches for tsunami victims; death toll hits 373

Efforts to collect hundreds of bodies and save the injured were stepped up in Indonesia on Monday following the country’s latest tsunami, as scientists collected evidence on how a volcanic …


Israeli government falls, early elections called for April

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government agreed Monday to hold early elections in April after the ruling coalition appeared to come up short on votes needed to pass a contentious …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 23, 2018, 9:34 p.m.

Turkey masses troops near Kurdish-held Syrian town

Turkey is massing troops near a town in northern Syria held by a U.S.-backed and Kurdish-led force, a war monitor said as Turkish media reported Sunday new reinforcements crossing the …


Tsunami hits without warning in Indonesia, killing over 220

At least 222 people were killed as waves smashed into houses, hotels and other beachside buildings Saturday night along Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, in a disaster that followed an eruption and …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

At least 62 killed in Indonesia volcano-triggered tsunami

The death toll from a volcano-triggered tsunami that hit both sides of Indonesia’s Sunda Strait late Saturday has risen to 62, the country’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Moroccans hold anti-terror vigil for slain Nordic hikers

Moroccans gathered Saturday in front of the Norwegian and Danish embassies in Rabat in a candlelight vigil to honor two Scandinavian university students killed in a terrorist attack in the …


Palestinian president to dissolve parliament, Hamas irate

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pledged on Saturday to implement a court ruling and dissolve the parliament controlled by his rival Hamas movement, triggering warnings of chaos from the Islamic militant …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Syria sends reinforcements east after Trump’s pullout plan

Syrian troops have sent reinforcements to the eastern province of Deir el-Zour close to an enclave controlled by the Islamic State group and along the front with U.S.-backed Kurdish-led fighters, …


Aid ship with 311 migrants ignored by Italy, heads to Spain

Spain’s Foreign Ministry says it has given permission to an aid boat carrying 311 rescued migrants to set course for Spain after Italy and other Mediterranean countries did not answer …


El Gordo fever: Spain enthralled by annual Christmas lottery

Those holding the ticket number 03347 struck it rich Saturday when they won the top prize in Spain’s bumper Christmas lottery.


9 new suspects arrested after murder of 2 women in Morocco

Nine more people have been arrested in Morocco for connections to the four initial suspects in the killing of two Scandinavian university students in a remote corner of the Atlas …