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Spanish police protest in Madrid to demand better pay

Thousands of Spanish police officers have packed a central square in Madrid to demand higher salaries and better working conditions. The National Police and Civil Guard members were asking Saturday for the same pay received by the regional police forces that are exclusive to the regions of Catalonia and the Basque country. Many waved Spanish flags in the crowd that filled Madrid's Puerta del Sol square...
Palestinian official balking at US 'extortion or pressure'

Palestinian official balking at US 'extortion or pressure'

The Trump administration has put the Palestinians on notice that it will shutter their office in Washington unless they've entered serious peace talks with Israel, U.S. officials said, potentially giving President Donald Trump more leverage as he seeks an elusive Mideast peace deal. The Palestinian foreign minister denounced the U.S. move as an attempt at "extortion." Secretary of State...
German parties seek compromise on migrants, climate change

German parties seek compromise on migrants, climate change

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc and two smaller parties are pushing hard to reach an agreement on climate change and immigration, two key issues where compromises are needed if they are to move ahead with coalition talks. Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats and sister Bavarian-only Christian Social Union parties were meeting Saturday with the pro-business Free Democrats and the...

Spain saves 500 migrants crossing Mediterranean in 46 boats

Spanish authorities say around 500 migrants have been saved by rescue boats as they attempted the perilous crossing of the Mediterranean Sea from Africa. Francisco Bernabe, the Spanish representative in the region of Murcia, says 461 migrants have arrived at the southern port of Cartagena on Saturday after being pulled off of 44 different boats in the previous hours. The boats were reportedly launched...
3 more found dead in deadly Greek flood, raising total to 19

3 more found dead in deadly Greek flood, raising total to 19

Greek authorities say three more people have been found dead from a flash flood that hit a district west of Athens, raising the overall death toll to 19. The fire department says the body of a man was found Saturday on the grounds of a factory near the suburb of Mandra, 25 kilometers (16 miles) northwest of the Greek capital. The coast guard also announced Saturday that a patrol ship had found the...

Macron's upstart party chooses new leader, amid tensions

French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party has chosen a new leader, as the 19-month-old movement tries to overcome divisions and solidify its position after redrawing France's political landscape. Christophe Castaner, a government spokesman and Macron loyalist, was chosen Saturday as the Republic on the Move! party's leader for the next three years. He ran unopposed in a vote at the first meeting...

Finns scramble to calculate path of blazing Arctic meteorite

Finnish experts are scrambling to calculate the trajectory of a blazing fireball that lit up the dark skies of Arctic Finland for five seconds in an attempt to find the celestial body. Tomas Kohout of the University of Helsinki's physics department says Thursday night's fireball — allegedly a meteorite — "seems to have been one of the brightest ones." Kohout says the alleged...
Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance

Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance

As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year's global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming. The two-week meeting in Bonn, Germany, was billed as a "blue-collar" event designed to hammer out the technical...
Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance

Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance

As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year's global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming. The two-week meeting in Bonn, Germany, was billed as a "blue-collar" event designed to hammer out the technical...
Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance

Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance

As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year's global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming. The two-week meeting in Bonn, Germany, was billed as a "blue-collar" event designed to hammer out the technical...
Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance

Bonn climate talks end with progress despite US stance

As the first glimmer of dawn appeared across the Rhine River, delegates stumbled out of an all-night negotiating session at this year's global climate talks, expressing satisfaction Saturday at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming. The two-week meeting in Bonn, Germany, was billed as a "blue-collar" event designed to hammer out the technical...
The Latest: South Africa: 'Early days' in Zimbabwe talks

The Latest: South Africa: 'Early days' in Zimbabwe talks

The Latest on Zimbabwe's political turmoil (all times local): 3:10 p.m. South African President Jacob Zuma two days ago said Zimbabwe's political situation "very shortly will be becoming clear." Now Zuma says the situation is in "early days." Zuma says he's cautiously optimistic it will be "resolved amicably" as Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe resists stepping aside...
Mladic trial to end, where will next war crimes court start?

Mladic trial to end, where will next war crimes court start?

When a panel of U.N. judges hands down a verdict next week in the trial of former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic, it will mark the end of a ground-breaking era in international law. Yet a new age of international justice is already underway, with other temporary courts and tribunals springing up around the world to prosecute atrocities. Mladic's trial is the last at the International...
Giddy Zimbabweans gather in capital to march against Mugabe

Giddy Zimbabweans gather in capital to march against Mugabe

In a euphoric gathering that just days ago would have drawn a police crackdown, crowds marched through Zimbabwe's capital on Saturday to demand the departure of President Robert Mugabe, one of Africa's last remaining liberation leaders, after nearly four decades in power. Zimbabweans giddy with joy raced through intersections, raising their arms in triumph. Young men shouted, laughed and embraced...
Giddy Zimbabweans gather in capital to march against Mugabe

Giddy Zimbabweans gather in capital to march against Mugabe

In a euphoric gathering that just days ago would have drawn a police crackdown, crowds marched through Zimbabwe's capital on Saturday to demand the departure of President Robert Mugabe, one of Africa's last remaining liberation leaders, after nearly four decades in power. Zimbabweans giddy with joy raced through intersections, raising their arms in triumph. Young men shouted, laughed and embraced...
The Latest: Hariri meets Macron for talks on Lebanon crisis

The Latest: Hariri meets Macron for talks on Lebanon crisis

The Latest on developments surrounding Lebanon's crisis with Saudi Arabia in the wake of Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris after a tense stay in Saudi Arabia that unleashed fears of a new political crisis in Lebanon. Hariri arrived Saturday in France on Macron's invitation...
Ousted Caracas mayor reaches Spain after fleeing Venezuela

Ousted Caracas mayor reaches Spain after fleeing Venezuela

The ousted mayor of Caracas pledged to spread his protest against Venezuela's socialist government across the world as he arrived in Spain on Saturday, a day after escaping from house arrest and slipping past Venezuelan security forces into Colombia. Antonio Ledezma's flight from Bogota landed at Barajas airport in Spain's capital, Madrid. With a Venezuelan flag draped over his shoulder, he hugged...
Lebanon's PM Hariri in France, may be in Beirut next week

Lebanon's PM Hariri in France, may be in Beirut next week

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri is expected to return home next week for the first time since making a strange resignation announcement from Saudi Arabia that unleashed fears of a political crisis in Lebanon. Hariri and his family met Saturday with French President Emmanuel Macron, who invited the Lebanese leader to Paris to dispel fears that he was being held in Saudi Arabia against his will...
Hospital says N. Korean soldier's condition stabilizing

Hospital says N. Korean soldier's condition stabilizing

The condition of a North Korean soldier severely wounded by gunfire while escaping to South Korea is gradually improving after two surgeries but it's too early to tell whether he makes a recovery, hospital officials said Saturday While the soldier's vital signs are stabilizing, he continues to remain unconscious and relying on a breathing machine. After consecutive surgeries to repair internal organ...
Lebanon's PM Hariri leaves Saudi Arabia for France

Lebanon's PM Hariri leaves Saudi Arabia for France

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri left Saudi Arabia for France early Saturday, two weeks after declaring his resignation from the kingdom and sparking speculation that he was forced to do so. The surprise resignation announcement by Hariri on Nov. 4 plunged his country into turmoil and stunned the Lebanese, many of whom saw it as a sign the Sunni kingdom — the prime minister's chief ally &mdash...
Russia again vetoes extension of chemical experts in Syria

Russia again vetoes extension of chemical experts in Syria

Russia again vetoed a U.N. resolution Friday that would extend the mandate of the expert body charged with determining responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, dooming its operation and making it exceedingly difficult to hold anyone accountable for the deaths of hundreds of civilian victims. It was Russia's second veto in 24 hours of a resolution to keep the Joint Investigative Mechanism...
Russia again vetoes extension of chemical experts in Syria

Russia again vetoes extension of chemical experts in Syria

Russia again vetoed a U.N. resolution Friday that would extend the mandate of the expert body charged with determining responsibility for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, dooming its operation and making it exceedingly difficult to hold anyone accountable for the deaths of hundreds of civilian victims. It was Russia's second veto in 24 hours of a resolution to keep the Joint Investigative Mechanism...
Polish leader says country was slandered in EU Parliament

Polish leader says country was slandered in EU Parliament

Poland's prime minister told other European leaders at a summit Friday that it is not acceptable that Poles who took part in an Independence Day march in Warsaw were denounced as "fascists" in the European Parliament. Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said she would never let Poles to be "slandered and insulted" in such a way in an international forum. Some 60,000 people joined a march...
Violence in Greece breaks out after annual US Embassy march

Violence in Greece breaks out after annual US Embassy march

Hundreds of youths attacked police in Greece's two largest cities on Friday, hurling rocks, flares and gas bombs, following a large, peaceful march to mark the anniversary of the 1973 crackdown on a student uprising against Greece's former military dictatorship. At least two people were injured. In Athens, protesters hurled dozens of gas bombs as they confronted police in the city's narrow streets...
The Latest: 2 bystanders hurt in Greek clashes with police

The Latest: 2 bystanders hurt in Greek clashes with police

The Latest on riots in Greece (all times local): 9:25 p.m. Youths have clashed with police in Greece's two largest cities, injuring two bystanders. Police say a woman was hospitalized with burns in Athens after being hit in the thigh with a flare during the clashes. In Thessaloniki, in northern Greece, a motorcycle driver was taken to the hospital after driving into a barricade set up by protesters...
EU leaders warn broadening of Brexit talks could be in doubt

EU leaders warn broadening of Brexit talks could be in doubt

European Union leaders warned Britain on Friday that it must do much more to convince them that Brexit talks should be broadened to cover future relations and trade from next month onward. With British Prime Minister Theresa May mired in political disputes at home, Friday's EU summit in Sweden again showed that the negotiations on Britain's divorce from the bloc are moving as slow as ever despite...
The Latest: Again, Riyadh asks citizens to leave Lebanon

The Latest: Again, Riyadh asks citizens to leave Lebanon

The Latest on developments surrounding Lebanon's crisis with Saudi Arabia in the wake of Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation (all times local): 1:30 a.m. Saudi Arabia has asked its citizens for the second time in less than two weeks to leave Lebanon "as soon as possible" given the tension over the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The announcement early Saturday was posted...
Italy buries 26 Nigerian women _ most without a name

Italy buries 26 Nigerian women _ most without a name

More than two dozen young Nigerian women who drowned during a migrant crossing from Libya were honored Friday with an interfaith funeral, closing out a gruesome new chapter in the years-long tragedy of desperate migrants trying to reach Europe and dying along the way. To date, only two of the 26 women whose bodies were recovered Nov. 3 by Spanish rescue ships have been identified: Marian Shaka, a...

UN panel agrees to move ahead with debate on 'killer robots'

A U.N. panel agreed Friday to move ahead with talks to define and possibly set limits on weapons that can kill without human involvement, as human rights groups said governments are moving too slowly to keep up with advances in artificial intelligence that could put computers in control one day. Advocacy groups warned about the threats posed by such "killer robots" and aired a chilling video...
Turkish envoy: Cleric's network has infiltrated US justice

Turkish envoy: Cleric's network has infiltrated US justice

Turkey's top diplomat says followers of a U.S.-based Muslim cleric blamed for last year's failed coup have infiltrated the "American system" of justice and are behind accusations leveled against a Turkish-Iranian businessman in the U.S. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also told journalists Friday that cleric Fethullah Gulen "has entered American missions here through their local staff...
Sicilian town had long, bloody past before

Sicilian town had long, bloody past before "Godfather" fame

Corleone is a Sicilian medieval hill town whose bloody past began generations before "The Godfather" novels and films borrowed its name for a fictional Mafia don. It is the birthplace of several convicted real-life Mafia bosses, among them Salvatore "Toto" Riina, the reputed "boss of bosses," who died Friday at 87 in a prison ward of a northern Italian hospital. Corleone...
After Bonn: where next for the global climate caravan?

After Bonn: where next for the global climate caravan?

As negotiations at the global climate conference in Bonn, Germany, draw to a close Friday, here's a look at which steps will be taken in the coming years to further international efforts to curb global warming: — Dec. 12, 2017: French President Emmanuel Macron has invited more than 100 world leaders to Paris for the second anniversary of the landmark climate accord forged in the city in 2015...
Military dog wins British prize for valor under fire

Military dog wins British prize for valor under fire

A British military dog that saved the lives of troops in Afghanistan in 2012 was decorated Friday for bravery. Mali, an 8-year-old Belgian Malinois, won the Dickin medal — a prize awarded by the PDSA veterinary charity and billed as the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, Britain's top award for military valor. The charity says Mali was twice sent through direct fire to conduct searches...

Spain 'no comment' on reports attacks imam was informer

Spain's government says it can't comment on news reports that the imam police say was the key figure behind the cell that killed 16 people in extremist attacks in Barcelona and a nearby town in August had once been an intelligence agency informer. Leading newspaper El Pais said Abdelbaki Es Satty was an informer for the CNI service at least while he was jailed 2010-2014 for drug offences. The report...
AP Interview: Russia must be more tolerant, candidate says

AP Interview: Russia must be more tolerant, candidate says

A celebrity Russian TV host who intends to run for president in next March's election said Friday that she hopes to make the nations' tightly-controlled political system more inclusive and democratic. The 36-year-old Ksenia Sobchak has cast herself as a "candidate against all" in the March 18 vote. She's seeking to reach out to those who have grown tired of President Vladimir Putin's domination...
Pope to feed hundreds of poor at special Sunday lunch, Mass

Pope to feed hundreds of poor at special Sunday lunch, Mass

Pope Francis will be offering several hundred poor people — homeless, migrants, unemployed — a lunch of gnocchi, veal and tiramisu when he celebrates his first World Day of the Poor in the spirit of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi. Francis begins the events Sunday with a Mass for an estimated 4,000 people in St. Peter's Basilica. Afterward, about 1,200 will join him for lunch in the...
Pope to feed hundreds of poor at special Sunday lunch, Mass

Pope to feed hundreds of poor at special Sunday lunch, Mass

Pope Francis will be offering several hundred poor people — homeless, migrants, unemployed — a lunch of gnocchi, veal and tiramisu when he celebrates his first World Day of the Poor in the spirit of his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi. Francis begins the events Sunday with a Mass for an estimated 4,000 people in St. Peter's Basilica. Afterward, about 1,200 will join him for lunch in the...
Defying Russia, Serbia holds military drills with Americans

Defying Russia, Serbia holds military drills with Americans

American and Serbian paratroopers held joint military exercises Friday in Serbia, watched with unease by Russia, which is trying to increase its influence in the Balkans and keep the country within its fold. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic attended the last day of the four-day drill that included joint jumps by Serbian and U.S. parachutists from two U.S. Air Force C-130J Hercules transport planes...

Saudi-led forces "extract" 2 French journalists from Yemen

France's Foreign Ministry said a Saudi-led coalition has "extracted" two French female journalists from war-torn Yemen. Ministry spokeswoman Agnes Romatet-Espagne said Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed how to bring them back safely to Riyadh during his visit to Saudi Arabia on Thursday. The journalists are freelancers working for Paris Match magazine. She said they were back...

Britain names first woman to ceremonial role of Black Rod

Queen Elizabeth II has approved the appointment of the first woman as Black Rod, the House of Lords official who is instrumental in the state opening of Britain's Parliament. Sarah Clarke, currently director of the Wimbledon tennis championships, will assume the 650-year-old post early next year. The most visible role of Black Rod is to summon the House of Commons to hear the Queen's Speech in the...
Ousted Caracas mayor flees house arrest, heads to Europe

Ousted Caracas mayor flees house arrest, heads to Europe

Ousted Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma said he plans to take his fight against Venezuela's socialist government to Europe after he escaped house arrest and fled to Colombia on Friday. The flight was an apparent embarrassment for security forces who had been keeping close watch over one of Venezuela's most prominent opposition leaders. "I'm more useful fighting for Venezuela's democracy abroad than...
The Latest: Interfaith ceremony for drowned Nigerian women

The Latest: Interfaith ceremony for drowned Nigerian women

The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Catholic and Muslim preachers in Italy have celebrated a funeral for 26 young Nigerian women who drowned in a crossing from Libya, as prosecutors work to contact their relatives using phone numbers they had hidden in their clothes. To date, only two of the women whose bodies were recovered Nov. 3 have been identified: A Christian...
Argentine navy loses contact with submarine carrying 44

Argentine navy loses contact with submarine carrying 44

Argentina's Navy said Friday it has lost contact with a submarine carrying 44 crew members off the country's southern coast and has mounted an extensive search. The Navy said that ships and aircraft were searching near the last known location of the ARA San Juan, a German-built diesel-electric vessel, which had not been heard from since Wednesday. The Navy said it was scanning all possible radio transmission...

UK agency investigates mid-air collision with casualties

An aircraft and helicopter collided in mid-air Friday northwest of London and a "number of casualties" were reported, authorities said. Fire and ambulance services rushed to the scene at 12:06 p.m. GMT (7:06 a.m. EST) near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. Two ambulance crews, two ambulance officers and a rapid response vehicle were deployed, the South Central Ambulance Service said. "We're...

UK agency investigates mid-air collision with casualties

An aircraft and helicopter collided in mid-air Friday northwest of London and a "number of casualties" were reported, authorities said. Fire and ambulance services rushed to the scene at 12:06 p.m. GMT (7:06 a.m. EST) near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. Two ambulance crews, two ambulance officers and a rapid response vehicle were deployed, the South Central Ambulance Service said. "We're...
The Latest: Spain: Catalonia violence claims 'intolerable'

The Latest: Spain: Catalonia violence claims 'intolerable'

The Latest on the political crisis in Catalonia (all times local): 6:55 p.m. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dismissed as "intolerable" claims by a leading pro-independence Catalan politician that Spain's government had threatened to send in troops and that there would be "bodies on the streets" if the region pushed ahead with its independence drive. Republican Left of Catalonia...
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