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Gas leak repaired in central London after evacuation

British officials say a leaky gas pipe has been repaired after shutting down parts of central London. Officials say normal traffic and train service has resumed in the Strand area after around 1,450 people had been evacuated as a precaution. The leak was reported at around 2 a.m. Tuesday (0200 GMT; 9 p.m. EST Monday), causing a nightclub and nearby hotel to be cleared of partygoers and guests. The...

Inventor 'tortured reporter' before killing her on sub

Prosecutors say Danish inventor Peter Madsen tied up and tortured Swedish reporter Kim Wall before he either cut her throat or strangled her during a trip on his private submarine in August. Madsen, 47, is charged with murder, dismemberment and indecent handling of a corpse for the way he disposed of Wall's body. The charges were made public Jan 16. but not in detail. A charge sheet obtained Tuesday...
Russia revokes permit for satire about Stalin's death

Russia revokes permit for satire about Stalin's death

Russia's Culture Ministry banned a satirical film about Soviet leader Josef Stalin's death from movie theaters Tuesday following criticism from communists and others that the British-French production made a mockery of Russia's history. The Culture Ministry declared it was rescinding the permit that would have allowed Scottish writer-director Armando Iannucci's "The Death of Stalin" to be...

Troubled French nuclear producer relaunches with new name

France's influential but troubled nuclear company Areva is seeking a new start with a new name. The state-controlled company unveiled its new name — Orano — and logo Tuesday. Areva, originally named after a Spanish abbey, had a roller-coaster history since it was created in 2001 to group together France's nuclear industry manufacturers under one company. It was split up last year after...

Poll: Deep partisan divide among Americans over Israel

A new opinion poll shows a significant gap between Republicans and Democrats in support for Israel, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen as a divisive figure between the two camps. The findings by the Pew Research Center could be a cause for concern for Israel, which has traditionally relied on broad bipartisan support in America. The poll found that 79 percent of Republicans sympathize...
Seine River overflows its banks in Paris

Seine River overflows its banks in Paris

The Seine River overflowed its banks in Paris on Tuesday, prompting authorities to close several roads and cancel boat cruises. Paris City Hall closed roads along the shores of the Seine from the east of the capital to the area around the Eiffel Tower in the west as water levels rose at least 3.3 meters (nearly 11 feet) above the normal level. Forecasters said Tuesday that the water is expected to...
4 dead after small plane, chopper crash in Germany

4 dead after small plane, chopper crash in Germany

German police say a small aircraft has crashed midair with a helicopter northwest of Stuttgart, killing four people. Police in Karlsruhe told the dpa news agency Tuesday the two aircraft crashed outside of Philippsburg, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from Stuttgart. Police couldn't immediately be reached for further details.
The Latest: Puigdemont says he hopes to return to Catalonia

The Latest: Puigdemont says he hopes to return to Catalonia

The Latest on former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont's visit to Denmark (all times local): 2:15 p.m. Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says he hopes to return to Catalonia and believes it would be a good thing toward helping solve the Catalan crisis. Puigdemont was re-elected to the Catalan parliament last month and is the candidate to form a new government. But he is on the run from Spanish...
Egypt's military arrests presidential hopeful, ex-general

Egypt's military arrests presidential hopeful, ex-general

Egypt's military on Tuesday arrested its former chief of staff, who was planning to run in upcoming elections against President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, accusing him of inciting against the armed forces and forgery, in what appeared to be a calculated move to push him out of the race. With his bid to run now all but dead, Sami Annan becomes the latest in a string of potential competitors to el-Sissi...
Avalanche prompts Italy hotel evacuation, snow blankets Alps

Avalanche prompts Italy hotel evacuation, snow blankets Alps

Four helicopters were evacuating some 100 tourists and hotel workers from a four-star mountainside hotel and a nearby guesthouse in northern Italy after an avalanche overnight, civil protection authorities said Tuesday as heavy snow caused disruption across the Alps. The Langtauferer Hotel, located near the Austrian border at 1,870 meters (6,135 feet) above sea level and some 100 kilometers (about...
Bandmates, family attend funeral of Cranberries singer

Bandmates, family attend funeral of Cranberries singer

Hundreds of mourners gathered in Dolores O'Riordan's Irish hometown Tuesday for the funeral of the Cranberries singer, who died last week at the age of 46. The funeral mass at the parish church of St. Ailbe in Ballybricken, southwest Ireland, opened with a recording of "Ave Maria," sung by O'Riordan and Luciano Pavarotti. Items associated with the singer, including a guitar and a platinum...

Central African Republic hits new high in displaced people

Conflict-torn Central African Republic is seeing the highest number of displaced people since fighting erupted there in 2013. The United Nations refugee agency says more than 688,000 people were displaced inside the country as of the end of 2017, a 60 percent jump from the year before. In addition, more than 540,000 people have fled the impoverished nation where sectarian violence continues. U.N....
The Latest: Second Turkish soldier killed in Syria operation

The Latest: Second Turkish soldier killed in Syria operation

The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 2:20 p.m. Turkey's top diplomat has announced that a second Turkish soldier has been killed in action in Turkey's military offensive on a Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria. Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Twitter that 1st Lt. Oguz Kaan Usta was killed Tuesday. He said: "We will not leave the blood of our martyrs on the ground...
France, US urge Turkey to show restraint in north Syria

France, US urge Turkey to show restraint in north Syria

France's top diplomat and the U.S. defense secretary Tuesday urged Turkey to exercise restraint in its battle against a Syrian Kurdish militia as the Turkish military pressed its operations in north Syria for the fourth straight day. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said intense fighting between Turkish troops and a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia in recent days is a sign that new conflicts could erupt...
France, US urge Turkey to show restraint in north Syria

France, US urge Turkey to show restraint in north Syria

France's top diplomat and the U.S. defense secretary Tuesday urged Turkey to exercise restraint in its battle against a Syrian Kurdish militia as the Turkish military pressed its operations in north Syria for the fourth straight day. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said intense fighting between Turkish troops and a U.S.-allied Kurdish militia in recent days is a sign that new conflicts could erupt...
The Latest: Egypt presidential candidate to assess status

The Latest: Egypt presidential candidate to assess status

The Latest on events related to Egypt's elections (all times local): 4:25 p.m. A senior worker at the campaign of Egyptian presidential hopeful Khaled Ali says they are holding an emergency meeting to assess their position following the arrest of another hopeful, former military chief of staff Sami Annan. Khaled Abdel-Hameed tells The Associated Press that the campaign's meeting later Tuesday would...
Tillerson presses Europe on Iran deal, as France bristles

Tillerson presses Europe on Iran deal, as France bristles

The Trump administration on Tuesday pressed ahead with efforts to convince European allies to add tough new requirements to the Iran nuclear deal, a move met with deep skepticism in France where the foreign minister insisted "signatories must stand by their word." A day after similar talks in London with British officials, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with French Foreign Minister...
Skepticism, worry amid preparation for Rohingya repatriation

Skepticism, worry amid preparation for Rohingya repatriation

Myanmar says it's ready for a gradual repatriation of Muslim Rohingya refugees chased out by the Buddhist-majority country's military. Bangladesh says it's preparing for the transfer, but it might need more time. And the refugees themselves? In interviews in recent weeks with dozens of the nearly 700,000 Rohingya who've poured into Bangladesh since August in what's become the world's worst refugee...
The Latest: UN say Alps seeing remarkable amount of snowfall

The Latest: UN say Alps seeing remarkable amount of snowfall

The Latest on winter weather in Europe (all times local): 3:20 p.m. The U.N. weather agency says the Alps are seeing "remarkable snow quantities" even for this part of winter. A spokeswoman for the World Meteorological Organization says snow levels are starkly different from the previous year, when there was a drought in the mountain range. Clare Nullis told reporters in Geneva on Tuesday...
US says Turk offensive in Syria is disruptive

US says Turk offensive in Syria is disruptive

Turkey's air and ground offensive against Kurds in northwestern Syria has distracted from international efforts to finish off the Islamic State group and has disrupted humanitarian relief work, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday. Mattis raised the matter in an exchange with reporters after unrelated meetings in the Indonesia capital with senior government officials. He made clear that...

Trump's global gag rule goes far beyond abortion, groups say

President Donald Trump's dramatic expansion of a ban on U.S. funding to foreign organizations that promote or provide abortions has left impoverished women around the world without treatment for HIV, malaria and other diseases, health groups say, calling it "devastating" because Trump went where no administration had gone before. Trump in his first working day in office revived the so-called...

Trump's global gag rule goes far beyond abortion, groups say

President Donald Trump's dramatic expansion of a ban on U.S. funding to foreign organizations that promote or provide abortions has left impoverished women around the world without treatment for HIV, malaria and other diseases, health groups say, calling it "devastating" because Trump went where no administration had gone before. Trump in his first working day in office revived the so-called...
The Latest: Hamas leader says US prefers Israel over Arabs

The Latest: Hamas leader says US prefers Israel over Arabs

The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's visit to Israel (all times local): 2:50 p.m. The top Islamic Hamas leader is accusing the United States of preferring its alliance with Israel over its interests in other parts of the Middle East. Ismail Haniyeh says Tuesday that U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's tour in Israel was "unwelcome," adding that his speech before the Israeli parliament...
US says multiple Americans among casualties in Kabul attack

US says multiple Americans among casualties in Kabul attack

Multiple American citizens were among the dead and wounded in the Taliban's 13-hour siege of an upscale hotel in the capital Kabul over the weekend that left 22 dead, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday. No exact figures were immediately available for either the U.S. fatalities or injuries. The dead included 14 foreigners, Afghan officials said. Eleven of the 14 foreigners had been previously identified...
The Latest: Modi sees Indian economy doubling by 2025

The Latest: Modi sees Indian economy doubling by 2025

The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 1:50 p.m. Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India's economy would more than double and touch $5 trillion by 2025. Modi made the comments in his keynote speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Speaking in Hindi, Modi added that when an Indian prime minister was in Davos last in 1997 India's GDP was a "...
Catalan ex-leader says he's working to return home

Catalan ex-leader says he's working to return home

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said Tuesday that he is working to return home to be re-elected as the regional president, but stopped short of saying when and how. Puigdemont, who faces almost-certain arrest if he returns to Spain's Catalonia region, spoke after meeting a small group of lawmakers at the Danish Parliament. "My return (to) Barcelona will not be only good news for Catalan...
South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela dies at 78

South African jazz musician Hugh Masekela dies at 78

Legendary South African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist Hugh Masekela has died at the age of 78 after a decade-long fight with cancer, according to a statement from his family on Tuesday. Often called the "Father of South African jazz," Masekela died in Johannesburg after what his family said was a "protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer." Masekela was...
Pence visits Western Wall amid tensions with Palestinians

Pence visits Western Wall amid tensions with Palestinians

Extending his hand at the holiest site where Jews can pray, Vice President Mike Pence visited the Western Wall on Tuesday amid tensions with the Palestinians over President Donald Trump's recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Wearing a Jewish skullcap on his head, Pence quietly approached the wall and placed a small white note of prayer in its cracks. The vice president held...
UK regulator says Fox takeover of Sky not in public interest

UK regulator says Fox takeover of Sky not in public interest

British regulators said Tuesday that 21st Century Fox's takeover of London-based pay TV company Sky is not in the public interest because it would give Rupert Murdoch too much control over the country's news media. But they offered remedies that may pave the way for the deal go ahead. The regulator's preliminary finding is the latest hurdle for Fox's effort to buy the 61 percent of Sky PLC it doesn't...
UK regulator says Fox takeover of Sky not in public interest

UK regulator says Fox takeover of Sky not in public interest

British regulators said Tuesday that 21st Century Fox's takeover of London-based pay TV company Sky is not in the public interest because it would give Rupert Murdoch too much control over the country's news media. But they offered remedies that may pave the way for the deal go ahead. The regulator's preliminary finding is the latest hurdle for Fox's effort to buy the 61 percent of Sky PLC it doesn't...
Philippine volcano spews lava fountains, 56,000 people flee

Philippine volcano spews lava fountains, 56,000 people flee

The Philippines' most active volcano spewed fountains of red-hot lava and massive ash plumes anew Tuesday in a dazzling but increasingly dangerous eruption that has sent more than 56,000 villagers fleeing to evacuation centers. Lava fountains gushed up 700 meters (2,300 feet) above Mount Mayon's crater and ash plumes rose up to 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) Monday night. At least three major blasts followed...
As US raises tariffs, India's Modi defends free trade

As US raises tariffs, India's Modi defends free trade

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Tuesday against a new wave of protectionism, saying that trade barriers pose a danger to the world on par with climate change and extremist attacks. Modi delivered the message in a speech just hours after the U.S. government of President Donald Trump approved tariffs on imported solar-energy components and large washing machines in a bid to help U.S. manufacturers...
US says it wants to help Indonesia provide maritime security

US says it wants to help Indonesia provide maritime security

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Trump administration wants to help Indonesia play a central role in maritime security in the Asia-Pacific region. Mattis spoke briefly to reporters Tuesday after meeting with his Indonesian counterpart. His visit to Jakarta reflects one of the key tenets of the broad national security strategy that he publicly unveiled last Friday in Washington — building...
Skiers injured by flying rocks on Japanese volcano

Skiers injured by flying rocks on Japanese volcano

Twelve people, including eight soldiers, skiing on the slopes of a volcano near a famous hot spring resort in central Japan were injured Tuesday by flying rocks during a sudden eruption, officials said. One soldier later died. The eruption quickly darkened the ski slope at Mount Kusatsu-Shirane with black ash, as volcanic rocks rained down on gondolas and people skiing down the slopes, sending them...
Skiers injured by flying rocks on Japanese volcano

Skiers injured by flying rocks on Japanese volcano

Twelve people, including eight soldiers, skiing on the slopes of a volcano near a famous hot spring resort in central Japan were injured Tuesday by flying rocks during a sudden eruption, officials said. One soldier later died. The eruption quickly darkened the ski slope at Mount Kusatsu-Shirane with black ash, as volcanic rocks rained down on gondolas and people skiing down the slopes, sending them...
Skiers injured by flying rocks on Japanese volcano

Skiers injured by flying rocks on Japanese volcano

Twelve people, including eight soldiers, skiing on the slopes of a volcano near a famous hot spring resort in central Japan were injured Tuesday by flying rocks during a sudden eruption, officials said. One soldier later died. The eruption quickly darkened the ski slope at Mount Kusatsu-Shirane with black ash, as volcanic rocks rained down on gondolas and people skiing down the slopes, sending them...
S. Korean advance team goes to North for pre-Olympic events

S. Korean advance team goes to North for pre-Olympic events

A team of South Korean officials travelled to North Korea on Tuesday to check logistics for joint events ahead of next month's Winter Olympics in the South, as the rivals exchanged rare visits to each other amid signs of warming ties. The head of the North's popular girl band triggered a media frenzy during her two-day visit to South Korea this week to check potential venues for North Korean artistic...
The Latest: Mexico slams US decision on solar panels tariff

The Latest: Mexico slams US decision on solar panels tariff

The Latest on President Donald Trump's tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines (all times local): 9:55 p.m. Mexico says it regrets the United States' decision not to exclude it from tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels. It says it will "use all available legal resources in response to the U.S. decision." It says its inclusion in the application of protections...
The Latest: Trump's trip to Davos meeting appears to be on

The Latest: Trump's trip to Davos meeting appears to be on

The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 9:00 p.m. President Donald Trump's trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, appears to be on. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that if "all things go as expected" with reopening the government, the delegation will travel Tuesday and the president will go later in the week...
AP Explains: Turkey's 'Operation Olive Branch' in Afrin

AP Explains: Turkey's 'Operation Olive Branch' in Afrin

Turkey has launched an air and ground campaign into Afrin, a Kurdish-controlled enclave in northwestern Syria. Codenamed "Operation Olive Branch," it's the latest chapter in a decades-long conflict between Turkey and Kurdish militants. Here's a look at why this is happening now and what's at stake: ___ WHAT'S THE GOAL? Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said Turkey wants to create...
Dior gets surreal as stars talk Time's Up at Paris couture

Dior gets surreal as stars talk Time's Up at Paris couture

Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri projected a ludic mood at the Rodin Museum as top actresses weighed in on the Time's Up movement against sexual harassment at the start of Paris couture week. Here are highlights from Monday's spring-summer 2018 collections: MAGIC AND ILLUSION AT DIOR Chiuri channeled surrealism for her predominantly black-and-white Dior show that brimmed with optical illusion and...
French president hosts 140 world business leaders

French president hosts 140 world business leaders

French President Emmanuel Macron promoted his government's changes to French tax and labor laws Monday in front of 140 world business leaders in a bid to convince them to invest and hire in France. At the same time, the 40-year-old Macron, elected last May, hopes to persuade the French themselves of the merits of his economic policies. Macron visited a Toyota plant in northern France before heading...
Head of Britain's army warns of eroding capability

Head of Britain's army warns of eroding capability

Britain's army chief warned Monday that the country's ability to withstand attack and respond to threats is being eroded by a lack of investment in the military, increasing pressure on the government to boost defense spending. Gen. Nick Carter said Britain has been left exposed to adversaries such as Russia, which already boast capabilities Britain would struggle to match. "The threats we face...
Guards block French prisons as assault protest enters week 2

Guards block French prisons as assault protest enters week 2

Protesting guards blocked dozens of France's 188 prisons Monday as a conflict triggered by inmate attacks entered its second week. Two new assaults over the weekend fanned the fervor. About 100 guards protested in front of the Marseille prison, setting a small fire and blocking the entrances until riot police moved them out, some forcibly. At Europe's largest prison, Fleury-Merogis, south of Paris...

German director resigns as festival chief after abuse claims

A prolific director of German television dramas has resigned as head of a theater festival following allegations of sexual misconduct. Dieter Wedel has denied claims by several women that he pressured them for sex. The allegations, first published by respected weekly Die Zeit, mostly date back several decades. In a statement Monday, the 75-year-old said the allegations had left him "deeply disturbed...
Russian Orthodox bishop assails Putin, won't vote for him

Russian Orthodox bishop assails Putin, won't vote for him

A Russian Orthodox bishop has said that he wouldn't vote for President Vladimir Putin in March's election — an unprecedented show of dissent by a high-ranking clergyman in the church whose hierarchs have maintained warm ties with the Kremlin. Bishop Yevtikhiy of Ishim in Siberia said on social networks site VKontakte that he wouldn't "vote for darkness" himself and wouldn't advise...
Maldives ex-leader says Chinese projects akin to land grab

Maldives ex-leader says Chinese projects akin to land grab

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The exiled former leader of the Maldives said Monday that this year's presidential election could be the last chance to extricate his country from increasing Chinese influence, which he described as a land grab in the guise of investments in island development. Mohamed Nasheed told reporters in Sri Lanka's capital that current President Yameen Abdul Gayoom has opened...
The Latest: Pence calls report on Trump affair

The Latest: Pence calls report on Trump affair "baseless"

The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's interview with The Associated Press (all times local): 12:02 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence says reports that an adult film star had an alleged affair with President Donald Trump are "baseless allegations." Pence spoke to The Associated Press during a visit to Jerusalem on Monday. He said he was "not going to comment on the latest baseless allegations...

Militia leader convicted in Central African Republic

Human rights groups in Central African Republic say a former warlord who fought in the anti-Balaka militia has been sentenced to life in prison, a first for this conflict-wracked country. The International Federation for Human Rights said Monday that the conviction of Rodrigue Ngaibona, known as "General Andjilo," is the first of its kind since communal tensions erupted in 2013. A coalition...
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