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Trump: Kim meeting likely in January or February

President Donald Trump says his next meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is likely to happen in January or February.


Pope says he’s worried about homosexuality in the priesthood

Pope Francis has been quoted in a soon-to-be published book as saying that having gays in the clergy “is something that worries me” and remarking that some societies are considering …


Thousands attend Christmas tree lighting in Bethlehem

Thousands of faithful and dignitaries have attended the lighting of the giant Christmas tree outside the Church of the Nativity in the traditional birthplace of Jesus.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018

Ukraine cites massive buildup of Russian forces along border

Russia is building up its land forces and weapons along the border, Ukraine’s president said Saturday as German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Russia not to block Ukrainian ports in the …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018

French police, protesters clash in Paris riot; 80 injured

France’s most violent urban riot in more than a decade engulfed some of central Paris on Saturday as “yellow jacket” activists torched cars, smashed windows, looted stores and tagged the …


Mexico gets 1st leftist leader after 32 years of technocrats

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took the oath of office Saturday as Mexico’s first leftist president in more than 70 years, marking a turning point in one of the world’s most …


British zoo defends decision to kill escaped snow leopard

A British zoo has defended its decision to kill a rare snow leopard that got out of its enclosure when a door was left open.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018

Planet Earth working on 3 Mars landers to follow InSight

As Mars’ newest resident settles in, Planet Earth is working on three more landers and at least two orbiters to join the scientific Martian brigade.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018

U.S., China reach 90-day ceasefire on tariffs in trade dispute

The United States and China reached a 90-day ceasefire in a trade dispute that has rattled financial markets and threatened world economic growth. The breakthrough came after a dinner meeting …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018

Belgian police, protesters clash in Brussels over high taxes

Police and hundreds of yellow jacket protesters upset over high taxes and living costs clashed Friday in Brussels. Dozens were detained as the grassroots movement that started in France two …


Dutch church holds 24/7 service to shield asylum-seekers

For more than a month, a rotating roster of preachers has been leading a non-stop, round-the-clock service at a small Protestant chapel in The Hague in an attempt to shield …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018

U.S. stands apart as G-20 summit stumbles on trade, climate

The United States has been blocking progress at the Group of 20 summit on fixing world trade rules, fighting climate change and tackling migration, according to European officials involved in …


‘One family’: Party members take homestays in far west China

The two women in the photograph were smiling, but Halmurat Idris knew something was terribly wrong.


As G-20 summit opens, contentious issues loom on sidelines

Heads of state from the world’s leading economies were invited to the Group of 20 summit to discuss issues like development, infrastructure and investment. As the gathering officially kicks off …


Ukraine urges NATO to deploy ships in dispute with Russia

The president of Ukraine is urging NATO to deploy warships to the Sea of Azov, a proposal that has been sharply criticized by Russia as a provocation that could worsen …


Putin derides Ukraine’s martial law as political trick

Ukraine’s president donned combat fatigues to implement martial law in much of the country on Wednesday, a move Russia denounced as a cynical political trick as both sides ratcheted up …


Flash flood swamps Sydney, killing three

At least three people died after a deluge that brought chaos to Australia’s largest city Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

WSU scientist: Serious questions for scientist who claims to have gene-edited embryos

Chinese scientist He Jiankui received backlash in the scientific community when he announced the birth of twin girls whose genes he had edited. WSU scientist Lisette Maddison said his research …


Putin blames Ukraine for standoff, boosts defenses in Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday blamed the latest standoff with neighboring Ukraine on the presidential ambitions of Ukraine’s leader, as the Russian military announced it was boosting its defenses …


22 dead in blast outside northern China chemical plant

An explosion outside a chemical plant in northeastern China early Wednesday killed at least 22 people and destroyed scores of vehicles, in the latest challenge to efforts to boost industrial …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018

Pilots struggled to control plane that crashed in Indonesia

Black box data show Lion Air pilots struggled to maintain control of a Boeing jet as its automatic safety system repeatedly pushed the plane’s nose down, according to a draft …


Global lawmakers grill Facebook exec; Zuckerberg’s a no-show

LONDON – A cohort of international lawmakers is trying to turn up the pressure on Facebook, grilling one of its executives and making a show of founder Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal …


Gene-editing scientist under scrutiny by Chinese officials

A scientist who claimed he helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies is now under investigation by Chinese government bodies and by his own university.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018

UK’s May fights to sell Brexit deal to a skeptical country

Prime Minister Theresa May made a blunt appeal to skeptical lawmakers on Monday to back her divorce deal with the European Union: It isn’t perfect, but it’s all there is, …


Ukraine demands Russia release vessels as tensions build

Ukraine’s president demanded Monday that Russia immediately release Ukrainian sailors and vessels seized in a standoff around Crimea that sharply escalated tensions between the two countries and drew international concern.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018

Mexico to up security at border after migrants try to cross

Mexico looked set to shore up security near its border with the United States on Monday, and local authorities said that 39 migrants were arrested after a peaceful march devolved …


Over 400 hurt in magnitude 6.3 earthquake in western Iran

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck western Iran near its border with Iraq on Sunday night, injuring more than 400 people and sending fearful residents running into the streets, authorities said.


Swiss reject plan to entice herders to save cow, goat horns

GENEVA – Swiss voters on Sunday rejected a national referendum on a cattle farmer’s proposal to have the government subsidize herders of goats and cows if they let their animals …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 25, 2018

Ukraine, Russia tensions soar after Black Sea naval incident

Russia’s coast guard opened fire on and seized three of Ukraine’s vessels Sunday, wounding two crew members, after a tense standoff in the Black Sea near the Crimean Peninsula, the …


Spain to back Brexit deal after U.K. agrees to Gibraltar terms

BRUSSELS – The European Union removed the last major obstacle to sealing an agreement on Brexit after Spain said it had reached a deal Saturday with Britain over Gibraltar on …