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Romanian king's funeral sees family feuds in the spotlight

Romania King's Funeral

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The death of the late King Michael is a solemn and sad time for many Romanians, but beyond the tears it’s proving a colorful — and awkward family reunion. Michael, who ruled Romania twice and was forced to abdicate by the communists in 1947, died Dec. 5 in Switzerland at...


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Russian court: ex-minister guilty of taking $2 million bribe

Russia Corruption

MOSCOW (AP) — A court has found a former Russian economic development minister guilty of accepting a $2 million bribe from a top ally of President Vladimir Putin. Alexei Ulyukayev, the highest-ranking Russian official to have been arrested since 1993, was detained last year at the headquarters of...


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US special envoy backs unconditional talks with N. Korea

United States North Korea

BANGKOK (AP) — The U.S. special envoy for North Korea on Friday expressed hope that Pyongyang would accept Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s diplomatic offer of unconditional talks, although the overture has already been contradicted by the White House. Joseph Yun told reporters in Bangkok that...


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Peru's president fights back against calls to resign

Peru Corruption Scandal

LIMA, Peru (AP) — President Pedro Pablo Kucyznski scrambled for his political survival Thursday as opponents demanded he resign over revelations of decade-old payments from a Brazilian construction company at the center of Latin America’s biggest graft scandal. In a televised address to the nation...


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Asian stocks mostly lower as US tax bill uncertainty weighs

Hong Kong Financial Markets-1

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly lower Friday as uncertainty about the progress of a sweeping U.S. tax revamp outweighed an optimistic Japanese economic survey. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index fell 0.9 percent to 22,498.85 while South Korea’s Kospi climbed 0.4...


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Holocaust survivors worldwide celebrate Hanukkah

Germany Hanukkah Holocaust Survivors

BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of Holocaust survivors participated in the third candle lighting of Hanukkah in Berlin, Jerusalem and New York on Thursday — part of a tribute to survivors worldwide that was organized by the Jewish Claims Conference. In Berlin, three survivors lit candles after sundown at...


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EU's Tusk warns of bruising Brexit battle ahead, urges unity

Belgium EU Summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union chief Donald Tusk warned Thursday of a bruising Brexit battle ahead as Britain and the remaining 27 EU countries move onto to discussions over their future trade relations. As all 28 EU leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, arrived in Brussels for a...


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The Latest: New Polish leader expects formal warning from EU

Belgium EU Summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the European Union summit (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Poland’s prime minister says he expects the European Commission to formally warn his country next week that it is violating the European Union’s fundamental values. The step would embarrass Poland and could bring...


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UN chief: It's key to avoid miscalculations on North Korea

Japan UN

TOKYO (AP) — United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday for urgent efforts to create conditions for talks on North Korea’s growing missile and nuclear threat, saying it’s important to avoid miscalculations and misperceptions that “make us sleepwalk into a war.” Guterres, who...


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US F-22s fired warning flares at Russian planes in close call over Syria, Pentagon says

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. A pair of U.S. jets intercepted two Russian fighter aircraft over Syria on Tuesday, the Pentagon said, the kind of highly dangerous yet common encounter that’s occurring with more regularity despite agreements between the countries to avoid potentially deadly mistakes....


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