Pope: Corruption is 'social virus' infecting Latin America

Peru Pope

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Pope Francis strongly condemned corruption in Latin America as a “social virus”...


The Latest: US's Ross says China could retaliate on trade

Trump Davos

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos (all times local): 10:15 a.m. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has conceded that China could slap retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products following President Donald Trump’s decision this week to impose tariffs on imported...


Russia accuses US of trying to derail Syria peace initiative

MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian diplomat on Wednesday accused the United States of promoting unverified reports about chemical weapons attacks in Syria in order to cloud Russia’s peace initiatives. Russia is hosting Syria peace talks in the Black Sea resort of Sochi next week that some Syrian...


Myanmar building, but no sign Rohingya are returning

Myanmar Rohingya-4

TAUNGPYO, Myanmar (AP) — Workers on the Myanmar side of the border with Bangladesh laid bricks, dug ditches and drilled holes in building frames in preparation Wednesday for the possible repatriation of some of the Rohingya Muslims who have poured into Bangladesh in what’s become the world’s worst...


Terror trial likely to be disrupted by prison guards strike

France Paris Attacks

PARIS (AP) — The trial of a man accused of providing assistance to the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks could be disrupted by prison guards protesting their working conditions. Jawad Bendaoud is scheduled to appear in a Paris court Wednesday. He is accused of lodging Islamic State-linked...


Chung's stunning run continues into Australian Open semis

Australian Open Tennis

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serving for a spot in the Australian Open semifinals and with the score at 40-love, Hyeon Chung started thinking how he might celebrate being the first Korean to reach the last four of a Grand Slam. Not so fast. He hadn’t let up when upsetting No. 4 Alexander Zverev or...


Foreigners linked to Palestinians face Israeli visa troubles

Israel Turning Away Foreigners

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — American Kate Hamad doesn’t dare leave Ramallah, fearing trouble, even deportation, if stopped at an Israeli checkpoint on the outskirts of the autonomous Palestinian city in the West Bank. Israel rejected her request for a visa renewal three months ago, she said, even...


Export figures, Turkish tanks fuel German arms sales debate

BERLIN (AP) — Newly released figures show Germany’s centrist coalition approved more weapons exports over the past four years, fueling debate over the country’s weapons sale policy. Public broadcaster ARD reported Wednesday that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Union bloc and the center-left...


AP PHOTOS: The struggles of Rohingya in camps, fearing home

Myanmar Rohingya Photo Gallery

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — AP photographer Manish Swarup has been capturing imagery of the struggles of the more than 680,000 Rohingya Muslims now living in sprawling refugee camps in Bangladesh. The Rohingya, a long-persecuted minority denied citizenship at home in Myanmar, began pouring...


Sweden calls on China to release detained book publisher

China Missing Bookseller

BEIJING (AP) — Sweden said it expects China to release a Swedish book publisher who was taken off a train by Chinese police four days ago while in the company of his country’s diplomats. Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallstrom said in a statement Tuesday that China has given no clear...


Europe takes center stage in Davos ahead of Trump arrival

Switzerland Davos Forum

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — It’s day two at the World Economic Forum and there’ll be no escaping Europe. The leaders of France and Germany, President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, are set to headline the roll-call of leaders Wednesday, two days before President Donald Trump is...

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