Norway, China normalize ties after 6-yr Nobel spat 9:15 pm, December 20, 2016

  • OSLO/BEIJING (Reuters) — Norway and China on Monday normalized diplomatic and political ties, frozen since 2010 when Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Norwegian Foreig…

  • 12 killed as truck plows into Berlin market

    BERLIN (AP) — A truck rammed into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin on Monday evening, killing 12 people and injuring nearly 50 as it smashed through tables and wooden stands. Police sai…

  • Man held outside U.S. Embassy in Ankara

    ANKARA (AP) — Turkish police have detained a man who fired shots in front of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, several hours after the Russian ambassador to Turkey was killed in an attack. The state-ru…

  • Berlin police probe terrorism link in Christmas market killings

    BERLIN (Reuters) — Investigators suspect the driver of a truck that plowed into a crowd at a Berlin Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring 48, did so intentionally in a terrorist attack, …

  • Witnesses recall sudden change to festive spirit

    BERLIN (Reuters) — The Berlin evening air was cool, the mulled wine warm and festive spirits high. Then, suddenly, chaos: A truck plowed into the Christmas market, making no obvious attempt to stop,…

  • U.S. ready to help investigation

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the killing of the Russian ambassador to Turkey on Monday, and said the United States was ready to help Russia and Turkey investi…

  • Ankara attacker’s family detained

    ANKARA (Reuters) — Turkish police have detained six people over the killing of the Russian ambassador, state media said. The state-run Anadolu Agency said on Tuesday the attacker’s mother, fath…

  • Russian ambassador killed in Ankara

    ANKARA (AP) — A Turkish policeman fatally shot Russia’s ambassador to Turkey on Monday in front of a shocked gathering at a photo exhibit and then, pacing near the body of his victim, appeared to …

  • China smog 100 times over WHO guideline

    BEIJING (Reuters) — Concentrations of airborne pollutants in a major northern Chinese city exceeded a World Health Organization (WHO) guideline by 100 times on Monday as north China battled with poo…

  • How will Moscow react to killing?

    ISTANBUL (AFP-Jiji) — The assassination of Russia’s envoy to Turkey will likely not harm warming bilateral ties but its impact will be felt more in Syria, according to analysts surveyed by AFP. T…

  • Trump: Terrorists behind Turkey, Germany killings

  • NATO, Russia stall on Ukraine in talks

    BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO and Russia remain at loggerheads over Ukraine, the alliance’s top official said Monday, but have discussed a proposal to try to improve air safety over the Baltic Sea. NATO …

  • UNSC unanimously calls for Aleppo safeguards

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The United Nations Security Council on Monday unanimously called for U.N. officials and others to observe the evacuation of people from the last rebel-held enclave in Alep…

  • Lagarde keeps job, escapes penalty, wins full backing of IMF

    PARIS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) — International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde kept her job and escaped punishment on Monday despite a conviction on negligence charges by French judges over a sta…

  • 2016 officially a ‘surreal’ year

    CHICAGO (Reuters) — In a word, 2016 was “surreal.” Surreal, meaning “marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream” was looked up so much by online users that Merriam-Webster on Monda…

  • Trump assured of presidency after Electoral College vote

  • Austrian far right signs with Putin

    VIENNA (Reuters) — Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPO) offered on Monday to act as a go-between for U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin after signing a coop…

  • Jumping robot eyed to aid in rescues

    MIAMI (AFP-Jiji) — An agile jumping robot that was inspired by some of the animal world’s best leapers could one day help in rescue efforts after earthquakes or building collapses, U.S. scientists…

  • Study: Computer games help relieve phantom pain

    PARIS (AFP-Jiji) — Amputees who played computer games using a virtual on-screen arm experienced relief from the phantom pain that often afflicts people who have lost a limb, scientists said on Dec. …

  • Feathered dinosaur tail found in amber

    WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — Researchers have discovered the partial tail of a feathered dinosaur that was preserved in amber some 99 million years ago, according to a study released on Dec. 8. One of t…

  • Reindeer getting smaller

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Reindeer living on the Arctic island of Svalbard are getting smaller — and scientists say climate change may be the cause. Scientists from Britain and Norway have found that adul…

  • Park confidante denies charges

    SEOUL (AP) — The jailed confidante of disgraced South Korean President Park Geun-hye denied on the first day of her trial on Monday that she used her ties to the president to extort money from big …

  • Impeachment sets off early ROK race

    SEOUL (AFP-Jiji) — The impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye has set off an early scramble among her potential successors, even before the final decision has been made to remove her fr…

  • Hundreds evacuated from Aleppo

    ALEPPO, Syria (AFP-Jiji) — More than 1,000 people left the rebel enclave of Aleppo on Monday, raising hope for many others still stranded, as Russia eased its objections to sending U.N. observers to…

  • Malaysia calls for ASEAN to arrange Rohingya aid

    YANGON (Reuters) — Malaysia said Monday the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar was a regional concern and called for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to coordinate humanitaria…

  • Gunmen kill 10 in series of attacks on Jordan police

    KARAK, Jordan (AP) — Gunmen assaulted Jordanian police in a series of attacks Sunday, including at a Crusader castle popular with tourists, killing seven officers, two local civilians and a woman v…

  • Anti-abortionists, buoyed by Trump, get new wind

    WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — Emboldened by Donald Trump’s imminent arrival at the White House, abortion opponents are mobilizing, taking severe measures that some say threaten constitutional freedoms….

  • New Lebanon unity Cabinet announced

    BEIRUT (AP) — A new 30-member national unity Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri was announced Sunday in Lebanon nearly two months after a new president was elected, and the premier vowed …

  • U.S. senators seek probe of cyber-attacks by Russia

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. Republican and Democratic senators called on Sunday for a special bipartisan panel to investigate cyber-attacks against the United States by foreign countries with a foc…

  • West Bank settlers agree to relocation

    AMONA OUTPOST, Palestine (AFP-Jiji) — Residents of a wildcat settlement in the occupied West Bank agreed to a plan Sunday to relocate their hilltop outpost peacefully that could allow Israel’s go…

  • Poland’s president talks with opposition

    WARSAW (AP) — Police removed several protesters blocking a prominent Polish governing party member’s car Sunday in a southern city as the president met in the capital with opposition leaders to h…

  • UNSC agrees on draft resolution for Aleppo monitoring

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) — The U.N. Security Council agreed on a draft resolution aimed at ensuring that U.N. officials can monitor evacuations from the Syrian city of Aleppo and will vote on the t…

  • Iran calls for meeting over U.S. sanctions

    DUBAI (Reuters) — Iran has requested a meeting of a commission overseeing the implementation of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, Iranian state media reported Saturday, in response to what T…

  • U.K. faces Christmas strikes to mail, train, air travel

    LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom faces a Christmas of discontent as labor unions threaten to disrupt airports, rail services and mail deliveries. The Unite union and aviation services company Swiss…

  • 30 soldiers killed in Yemen suicide blast

    ADEN (AFP-Jiji) — A suicide bomber killed at least 30 Yemeni soldiers in Aden on Sunday, the latest in a string of deadly bomb attacks against recruits in the war-torn country’s second city. Mil…

  • Anne Frank may have been caught ‘by chance,’ not betrayed

    THE HAGUE (AFP-Jiji) — Anne Frank may have been discovered “by chance” and not because she was denounced to Holland’s Nazi overlords by unknown betrayers as long thought, the museum in her ho…

  • Smoggy Beijing under red alert

    BEIJING (Reuters) — Beijing’s city government ordered 1,200 factories near the Chinese capital, including a major oil refinery run by state oil giant Sinopec, to shut or cut output on Saturday af…

  • Gunmen kill 5 female airport staff in Kandahar

    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) — Five female Afghan guards working in the airport in southern Kandahar were killed by unknown gunmen as they were on their way to work, security officials said Satu…

  • Analysis / 5 ways Kim has changed North Korea

    TOKYO (AP) — It’s been five years since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un took power following the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, whose demise was observed at monuments and on city center plazas …

  • Winter storm socks Midwest, East, spawning accidents, deaths

    A winter storm of snow, freezing rain and bone-chilling temperatures socked the nation’s mid-section and East Coast on Saturday, causing hundreds of accidents on icy roads and putting a crimp on Ch…

  • Pope eats with homeless on 80th birthday, gets 70,000 emails

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis celebrated an active if low-key 80th birthday on Saturday, sharing breakfast with eight homeless people before celebrating Mass with cardinals as greetings poured i…

  • Supporters, opponents of Park stage big rallies

    SEOUL (Reuters) — Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye rallied on Saturday for her reinstatement while opponents gathered to repeat their demands that the leader impeached over a corr…

  • Protestors in Berlin demand humanity

    BERLIN (AFP-Jiji) — Protestors rallied in Berlin on Saturday against the war in Syria denouncing the international community for failing to help civilians, especially children, in the besieged city…

  • Desperate ‘thousands’ await evacuation from Aleppo

    ALEPPO, Syria (AFP-Jiji) — Trapped civilians and rebels waited desperately Sunday for evacuations to resume from an opposition-held enclave in Aleppo, as the U.N. Security Council prepared to vote o…

  • China to return seized U.S. drone, slams Washington

    BEIJING/WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) — China will return an underwater U.S. drone seized by a naval vessel this week in the South China Sea, both countries said on Saturday, but Beijing complain…

  • E-cigarettes a ‘major public health concern’ in U.S.

    MIAMI (AFP-Jiji) — E-cigarette use is exploding among young people and is now “a major public health concern,” the U.S. Surgeon General warned on Dec. 6, sparking disagreement from experts in Br…

  • Does parental depression affect teens’ symptoms?

    When parents have a history of depression, teens are at greater risk for developing the disorder themselves, and signs of being irritable, anxious and fearful may precede a first episode of depression…

  • Trump given warning over upending China policy

  • Philippines faces growing HIV epidemic

    MANILA (AP) — A human rights group says the Philippines is facing one of the fastest growing epidemics of HIV in the Asia Pacific, fueled by government policies that restrict intervention, including…

  • U.S. says Chinese warship seized Navy underwater drone

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Chinese warship seized a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater glider that was collecting unclassified scientific data in the South China Sea, and the U.S. is demanding its return, the …

  • China paper: Issue to be resolved

    BEIJING (Reuters) — China expects a smooth resolution to the seizure by its navy of “unidentified” equipment found in the South China Sea, a state-run newspaper said on Saturday, after U.S. off…

  • Duterte says he’ll set aside sea feud ruling against China

    MANILA (AP) — The Philippine president said Saturday he would “set aside” a ruling by an international arbitration tribunal that invalidated Beijing’s claims to most of the busy South China Se…

  • Obama, rapping Putin, says U.S. could strike back on cyber

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama put Russia’s Vladimir Putin on notice Friday that the U.S. could use offensive cyber muscle to retaliate for interference in the U.S. presidential electio…

  • White House alludes to Putin involvement in U.S. hacking

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration suggested Thursday that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally authorized the hacking of Democratic officials’ email accounts in the run-up to the …

  • Facebook moves to fight fake news posts

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is taking new measures to curb the spread of fake news on its huge and influential social network. It will focus on the “worst of the worst” offenders and partner with …

  • Park’s lawyers: No grounds for impeachment

    SEOUL (AP) — A lawyer for impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Friday that the country’s Constitutional Court should restore Park’s powers because there is not enough evidence to…

  • Hitler house expropriated

    VIENNA (AFP-Jiji) — Austrian members of parliament have approved the expropriation of the house where Adolf Hitler was born, ending years of bitter legal wrangling. A large majority approved the …

  • Galileo, Europe’s rival to GPS, starts service

    BERLIN (AP) — Eight years late and billions over budget, European officials flipped the switch Thursday on a satellite navigation system meant to rival the U.S.-made GPS service that has become a s…

  • EU agrees to extend Russia sanctions

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) — European Union leaders agreed on Thursday to extend economic sanctions against Russia over the turmoil in Ukraine until mid-2017, though some wanted a longer timespan over fea…

  • White supremacist convicted in Charleston church shooting

    CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Dylann Roof was convicted Thursday in the chilling attack on nine black church members who were shot to death last year during a Bible study, affirming the prosecution’s p…

  • Traces of explosives found in EgyptAir crash

    CAIRO (AP) — Traces of explosives have been found on some of the victims of an EgyptAir flight from Paris that crashed in the Mediterranean Sea in May, Egypt’s government said Thursday, a finding…

  • Thousands of residents leave Aleppo under ceasefire deal

    ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) — Thousands of people were evacuated on Thursday from the last rebel bastion in Aleppo, the first to leave under a ceasefire deal that would end years of fighting for …

  • EU rebuffs legislature’s bid for bigger role in Brexit talks

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of 27 European Union countries on Thursday rebuffed a bid by the EU legislature for a much bigger role in talks on Britain’s exit from the bloc, an argument that detrac…

  • France to extend state of emergency

    PARIS (AP) — French lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly to extend the national state of emergency a further six months to July 15. The French Senate, the parliament’s upper house, voted Thursday…

  • ‘Brexit’ to enter Oxford dictionary

    LONDON (AP) — Britain has yet to leave the European Union, but the term for its departure — Brexit — has earned a place in the Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford University Press said Thursday …

  • Think tank: Beijing installs weapons on S. China Sea islets

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — China appears to have installed weapons, including anti-aircraft and anti-missile systems, on all seven of the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea, a U.S. t…

  • Afghan boy scores big moment with superstar Messi

    It was an image that touched the hearts of millions: A 5-year-old Afghan boy wearing an improvised Lionel Messi jersey made from a plastic bag. Now, nearly a year later, Murtaza Ahmadi has finally …

  • Putin is world’s most powerful man in Forbes rankings

    NEW YORK (AFP-Jiji) — Vladimir Putin was the world’s most powerful person for a fourth straight year in 2016, with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in second place, Forbes magazine said Wednesda…

  • Duterte says he personally killed criminal suspects

    MANILA (AFP-Jiji) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said he personally killed suspected criminals when he was mayor of a southern city to set an example for police. Duterte made the comm…

  • Trump endorses Romney’s niece for RNC chair

  • Syria civil war could mar Obama’s legacy

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The fall of the last rebel-held areas in the Syrian city of Aleppo could seal the fate of the “Obama Doctrine,” deepening the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in decade…

  • Park’s ‘missing’ 7 hours scrutinized again

    SEOUL (Reuters) — Seven hours may have sealed the fate of South Korea’s beleaguered President Park Geun-hye. That was the time between the first news reports that the Sewol ferry carrying hundreds…

  • N. Korea rejects U.N. abductions report

    GENEVA (Reuters) — North Korea protested on Tuesday against a U.N. report on alleged abductions of foreign nationals by Pyongyang and the many Korean families forcibly separated across the divided p…

  • Taiwan urged to increase defense spending

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Defense spending in Taiwan has not kept pace with the threat posed by China and should be increased, a senior U.S. defense official said on Tuesday, days after U.S. President-…

  • Tillerson ties thorny for Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump is inviting a clash in the narrowly divided Senate by choosing Rex Tillerson for secretary of state in the face of well-publicized concerns from several GOP senators o…

  • Angry Mexican townsfolk kidnap drug lord’s mom

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — In one of the stranger chapters of Mexico’s drug war, angry people in a southern town kidnapped the mother of a gang leader to demand the release of their loved ones. The gove…

  • Trump meets ‘old friend’ Kanye West

  • Italy’s new PM wins confidence vote

    ROME (AP) — Premier Paolo Gentiloni easily won a vote of confidence Tuesday night from the Italian Parliament’s lower chamber for his new government, overcoming opposition outrage that his cabine…

  • Rouhani orders plans for building atomic boats

    TEHRAN (AP) — Iran’s president on Tuesday ordered officials to draw up plans to build nuclear-powered ships and to show how the United States violated last year’s nuclear deal, a response to a …

  • Rebels to surrender, pull out as Aleppo fighting ends

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels reached a ceasefire deal to evacuate from eastern Aleppo in an effective surrender on Tuesday, as Russia declared all military action had stopped and the Syrian governmen…

  • Zinke wanted for interior secretary job, reports say

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has offered Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke the job of interior secretary, though it’s unclear whether the congressman has accepted, two people with knowled…

  • Blasphemy trial under way for Christian Jakarta gov.

    JAKARTA (AP) — The minority Christian governor of the Indonesian capital, who is on trial for alleged blasphemy, sobbed in court on Tuesday as he recalled the role of Muslim godparents in his child…

  • China, Mexico move to deepen ties

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) — China and Mexico pledged on Monday to deepen ties at a meeting between their top diplomats following last month’s U.S. presidential election victory of Donald Trump, who h…

  • U.S. says China policy not a ‘bargaining chip’

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The White House on Monday insisted that Washington’s “one China” policy should not be used as a “bargaining chip” with Beijing after President-elect Donald Trump sai…

  • Senate GOP leader breaks from Trump over hacking

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The Senate’s top Republican broke with President-elect Donald Trump on Monday over whether Russian hacking during the U.S. election merited closer scrutiny, a fissure betwee…

  • Tillerson said pick for secretary of state

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has selected ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to lead the State Department, dismissing concerns about the businessman’s close ties with Russia, two peop…

  • Guterres sworn in as U.N. chief

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres was sworn in Monday as secretary general of the United Nations, becoming the ninth U.N. chief in the body’s 71-year history…

  • Israel gets F-35 jets

    NEVATIM AIR FORCE BASE, Israel (AP) — The vanguard of Israel’s new fleet of F-35 fighter jets roared onto the Nevatim air base Monday, ushering in a new era for Israeli air power and sharpening i…

  • Gas attack suspected near Palmyra ISIL territory

    BEIRUT (Reuters) — The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there had been a suspected gas attack in Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-held territory near Palmyra on Monday, amid heavy aeria…

  • Aleppo’s ‘doomsday’ imminent

    ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) — The Syrian army and its allies are in the “last moments before declaring victory” in Aleppo, a Syrian military source said, after rebel defenses collapsed on Mon…

  • Don’t sleep on it: Going to bed mad makes it worse

    PARIS (AFP-Jiji) — A good night’s sleep may reinforce negative memories in the brain, researchers said on Nov. 29, lending scientific credence to the time worn caution against going to bed angry. …

  • Spacecraft examines Saturn’s rings

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (AP) — Consider it a cosmic carousel with countless rings up for grabs. Saturn-orbiting spacecraft of U.S. National Aeronautic and Space Administration, Cassini, has begun an unp…

  • Swiss solar plane to soar into stratosphere

    PAYERNE, Switzerland (AFP-Jiji) — Just months after two Swiss pilots completed a historic round-the-world trip in a sun-powered plane, another Swiss adventurer unveiled a solar plane aimed at reachi…

  • Italy FM tapped to be prime minister

    ROME (AP) — Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni was tapped Sunday to form a new, Democrat-led government and end a political crisis so the country can quickly tackle pressing problems, which in…

  • Trump calls CIA report on election ‘ridiculous’

  • Twin Istanbul blasts leave 38 dead

    ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey declared a national day of mourning and paid tribute to the dead Sunday after two bombings in Istanbul killed 38 people and wounded 155 others near a soccer stadium. The carna…

  • Dylan sends message of thanks for Nobel Prize

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) — Nobel laureate Bob Dylan sent a message on Saturday thanking the Swedish academy for awarding him the Nobel Prize for Literature, an honor the American singer and songwriter b…

  • English sworn in as N.Z. prime minister

    WELLINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — New Zealand’s socially conservative finance chief Bill English was sworn in as the country’s new prime minister on Monday following last week’s shock resignation of hi…

  • Social Democrats win Romania elections

    BUCHAREST (AP) — Romania’s left-leaning Social Democrats easily won parliamentary elections a year after a major anticorruption drive forced the last Socialist prime minister from power, near-fin…

  • Tsang expected to run for top H.K. job

    HONG KONG (Reuters) — Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary John Tsang resigned on Monday, the city’s government said, and is widely expected to announce his intention to run for the city’s top job…

  • Bomb kills 25 at Cairo Coptic cathedral

    CAIRO (AP) — Sunday morning Mass was drawing to a close at the chapel next to St. Mark’s Cathedral, the seat of Egypt’s ancient Coptic Orthodox Church, when Magdy Ramzy said there suddenly was …

  • Trump questions ‘one China’ policy

  • Conservatives hold slim lead over leftists in Macedonia

    SKOPJE (AP) — Nearly complete results in Macedonia’s national election gave the conservative coalition a slim lead over its left-wing rival early Monday, though no bloc appeared headed to winning…

  • 2 ex-senior Park officials charged

    SEOUL (Reuters) — South Korean prosecutors indicted a former senior presidential aide and a former vice minister, an official said Sunday, as part of their investigation of a corruption scandal tha…

  • Many doctors use wrong food allergy test

    NEW YORK (Reuters) — Primary care doctors often use the wrong test to diagnose food allergies in children, new research shows. The practice can lead to overdiagnosis, with potentially harmful eff…

  • Menopause tied to decline in women’s lung function

    Age-related decline in women’s lung function may speed up during and after menopause, a recent study suggests. Past research has shown that young women can boost their lung function through their…

  • Obama orders full review of 2016 election cyber-attacks

    WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — President Barack Obama has ordered a review of all cyber-attacks that took place during the 2016 election cycle, the White House said Friday as concerns over Russian interfer…

  • Trump to name Goldman exec to key economic post

    BATON ROUGE, La. (Reuters) — U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will likely ask a senior Goldman Sachs banker to coordinate economic policy across his administration, turning again to Wall Street f…

  • Plant-based diets good for anyone, if well balanced

    Plant-based diets are tied to a lower risk of health problems like heart disease, diabetes, obesity and certain cancers — and pretty much anyone can eat this way, according to a leading group of nu…

  • Suicide attackers kill 30 at Nigeria market

    KANO, Nigeria (AFP-Jiji) — Two female suicide bombers struck at a busy market in Nigeria on Friday, killing at least 30 people, the military said, in the latest bloodshed to hit the country’s res…

  • Gambia’s longtime ruler refuses to bow out, demands fresh polls

    BANJUL (AFP-Jiji) — Gambia’s leader of about 22 years Yahya Jammeh announced late Friday he would no longer accept defeat in recent elections, plunging the West African country into turmoil with …

  • Santos accepts Nobel for peace deal, urges shift in drug war

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, saying it helped his country achieve the “impossible dream” of ending a half-century-long civ…

  • Dutch firebrand found guilty of discrimination against Moroccans

    SCHIPHOL, Netherlands (AFP-Jiji) — Populist anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders was found guilty on Friday of discrimination against Moroccans, but acquitted of hate speech in a closely-watched trial…

  • Exxon CEO leads for secretary of state post

    WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) — Exxon Mobil Corp. Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson has emerged as the leading candidate for secretary of state in U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s administration,…

  • Laureates to receive Nobels, except Bob Dylan

    OSLO (AFP-Jiji) — In the absence of rock icon Bob Dylan, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will be the star of Saturday’s Nobel ceremonies when he receives his Peace Prize in Oslo, crowning …

  • Separate blasts in Egypt kill 7 people

    CAIRO (AFP-Jiji) — Two separate bomb attacks in Egypt on Friday killed six policemen and a civilian, the latest in a string of attacks targeting security forces and officials, the interior ministry…

  • South Korea’s impeachment crisis: What happens now?

    SEOUL (AFP-Jiji) — The South Korean parliament’s successful impeachment of President Park Geun-hye on Friday will do little, in the short term, to alleviate the deep sense of political uncertainty…

  • Risking Beijing’s ire, Vietnam begins dredging on South China Sea reef

    SYDNEY/HONG KONG (Reuters) — Vietnam has begun dredging work on a disputed reef in the South China Sea, satellite imagery shows, the latest move by the Communist state to bolster its claims in the …

  • Trump campaign spent less than rival’s

  • ROK lawmakers impeach Park / Prime minister takes over presidential power

    SEOUL (AP) — South Korean lawmakers on Friday impeached President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country’s first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets i…

  • Russia says Aleppo combat suspended

    BEIRUT (AP) — Russia said the Syrian Army was suspending combat operations in Aleppo late Thursday to allow for the evacuation of civilians from besieged rebel-held neighborhoods, but residents and…

  • Le Pen: No schooling for illegal migrants

    PARIS (AFP-Jiji) — French far-right leader Marine Le Pen proposed Thursday that the children of illegal immigrants should be refused public school places as part of tough proposals to restrict stat…

  • N. Korea ‘can mate warheads to missiles,’ U.S. official says

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — North Korea appears able to mount a miniaturized nuclear warhead on a missile but is still struggling with missile re-entry technology necessary for longer range strikes, a se…

  • John Glenn, 1st American to orbit Earth, dies at 95

    WASHINGTON (AP) — John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. Th…

  • Trump picks fast-food exec for labor secretary

  • U.S. official: 50,000 ISIL militants killed in 2 years

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S.-led coalition has killed 50,000 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants in the last two years in Iraq and Syria, a senior U.S. military official said Thursd…

  • South Korean President Park is impeached in stunning fall

    SEOUL (AP) — South Korean lawmakers on Friday voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country’s first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the s…

  • Syria rebels seek ceasefire as Assad nears retaking Aleppo

    BEIRUT (Reuters) — Syrian rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo called on Wednesday for an immediate five-day ceasefire and the evacuation of civilians and wounded, but gave no indication they were read…

  • S. Korea lawmakers set up impeachment vote

    SEOUL (AP) — South Korea’s opposition-controlled parliament introduced an impeachment motion Thursday against President Park Geun-hye, setting up a likely vote Friday on whether to suspend her po…

  • Giraffes, rarer than elephants, put on extinction watch list

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The giraffe, the tallest land animal, is now at risk of extinction, biologists say. Because the giraffe population has shrunk nearly 40 percent in just 30 years, scientists put i…

  • Pakistan plane crash kills all 47 aboard

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) — Pakistan on Thursday mourned the 47 victims of its deadliest plane crash in four years, among them a famed-rockstar-turned-Muslim evangelist, two infants and three foreigners,…

  • Parliament backs May’s schedule for Brexit

    LONDON (Reuters) — British lawmakers backed Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit timetable on Wednesday after she headed off a rebellion in her Conservative Party over a lack of insight into the g…

  • Italian president accepts Renzi’s offer to resign

    ROME (AP) — Italian Premier Matteo Renzi resigned Wednesday evening, his self-inflicted penalty for staking his job on constitutional changes voters resoundingly rejected earlier in the week. He wi…

  • Trump’s choice for top China diplomat has long ties to Xi

  • Time names Trump Person of the Year

  • Trump selects climate-change denier for EPA

  • DiCaprio meets Trump on green jobs to boost economy

  • N.Y. wants $35 mil. to protect Trump; Congress offers $7 mil.

  • Non-interventionist military policy proclaimed by Trump

    FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Reuters) — President-elect Donald Trump laid out a U.S. military policy on Tuesday that would avoid interventions in foreign conflicts and instead focus heavily on defeating the …

  • Pearl Harbor attack victims remembered

    LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON (Jiji Press) — A memorial ceremony was held at Pearl Harbor on Wednesday to mark the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the harbor in Honolulu that led to war between …

  • Fallout from S. Korea scandal could reach as far as U.N. chief Ban

    SEOUL (Reuters) — Besides South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the biggest casualty of the country’s mushrooming political corruption scandal may be the presidential aspirations of United Nations…

  • Pipeline opponents to ride out snowstorm in casino

    MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Some protesters who have been fighting the Dakota Access pipeline retreated to a nearby casino and area shelters overnight as a blizzard blew through, but many remained at a cam…

  • Trump Taiwan call ‘calculated’

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  • China tells Taiwan: Stay out of H.K. issue

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  • U.N. warns Myanmar on Rohingya situation

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  • Protesters gather for 5th week

  • France’s Fillon makes patriotic pitch for final votes

  • Trump names McGahn counsel, McFarland to security post

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  • De Niro among Obama’s good fellas and females

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  • Pope extends to all priests power to forgive abortions

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  • Sarkozy defeated in conservative primary

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  • Protocol on press access bucked

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  • Hollywood in mourning over Trump victory

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  • Michelle Obama excoriates Trump over sexual assault

  • Trump campaign hit by new allegations of sexual assault

  • House Speaker Ryan dumps Trump

  • Forgiveness, praise focus of Pence’s resurfacing

  • 2nd debate marked by personal insults

  • More Republicans condemn Trump

  • Ryan ‘sickened’ by comments

  • Trump caught making lewd remarks about women

  • Clinton edges out in front of Trump in national poll

  • Twitter, ‘lies’ and videotape: Trump shames beauty queen

  • Clinton hits Trump over Cuba embargo ‘violation’

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  • Cruz endorses Trump, whom he called ‘utterly amoral’

  • Clinton leads Trump by 4 points

  • Politics takes center stage at Emmys

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