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UK and French leaders reach border deal, disagree on Brexit

The leaders of Britain and France met Thursday against a military backdrop to pledge closer cooperation on defense, security and borders after Britain leaves the European Union. But President Emmanuel Macron also delivered a firm message: the U.K. cannot keep coveted access to the European Union for its financial sector after Brexit unless it continues to play by the bloc's rules once it leaves. "...
The Latest: Macron, May differ on UK's Brexit trade deal

The Latest: Macron, May differ on UK's Brexit trade deal

The Latest on the meeting Thursday between French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May (all times local): 7:30 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron warns the U.K. that a future trade deal with the European Union after Brexit won't give "full access" to the EU's single market and financial services. Macron said Thursday at Britain's Sandhurst military academy...
The Latest: Kazakhstan to NKorea: Abandon nuclear ambitions

The Latest: Kazakhstan to NKorea: Abandon nuclear ambitions

The Latest on a U.N. Security Council meeting on confidence-building measures to tackle the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (all times local): 2:10 p.m. Kazakhstan's president is calling on North Korea to follow his country's path and give up its nuclear ambitions. Nursultan Nazarbayev tells the U.N. Security Council that Kazakhstan has strengthened the country and its international reputation...
Haitians face hurdles after protected-status renewal delays

Haitians face hurdles after protected-status renewal delays

Thousands of Haitian immigrants living in the U.S. legally will face employment and travel hurdles because President Donald Trump's administration delayed the process of re-registering those with temporary protected status, Haitian community leaders and immigrant activists say. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released details Thursday about the next steps for the 60,000 Haitians with the...
Venezuela talks stalled over remark on slain rebel policeman

Venezuela talks stalled over remark on slain rebel policeman

A top official's claim that Venezuelan opposition leaders helped reveal the hideout of a rebel police officer who was later killed by security forces stalled talks Thursday on resolving the country's deep political and economic crisis. Opposition politician Luis Florido said representatives would not be at negotiations in the Dominican Republic and are demanding an explanation of the comments by Interior...
Airborne nuptials: Pope marries couple on papal plane

Airborne nuptials: Pope marries couple on papal plane

Pope Francis celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding on Thursday, marrying two flight attendants from Chile's flagship airline at 36,000 feet during a flight from Santiago. Bride Paula Podest, 39, and groom Carlos Ciuffardi, 41, said "I do" after telling Francis that they had been married in a civil service in 2010 but had been unable to follow up with a church ceremony because...
Airborne nuptials: Pope marries couple on papal plane

Airborne nuptials: Pope marries couple on papal plane

Pope Francis celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding on Thursday, marrying two flight attendants from Chile's flagship airline at 36,000 feet during a flight from Santiago. Bride Paula Podest, 39, and groom Carlos Ciuffardi, 41, said "I do" after telling Francis that they had been married in a civil service in 2010 but had been unable to follow up with a church ceremony because...

Turkey extends post-coup state of emergency

Turkey's parliament has extended for a sixth time the state of emergency that was imposed in the wake of a 2016 failed coup attempt. Legislators on Thursday voted to approve a government motion to prolong the state of emergency by a further three months, until April 19. The emergency powers have allowed the government to rule through decrees, often by-passing parliament, and to launch a massive crackdown...
Israel digs deep to thwart tunnel threat from Gaza Strip

Israel digs deep to thwart tunnel threat from Gaza Strip

Massive earthworks and mounds of sandy soil line the Israel-Gaza border as the Israeli military forges ahead with an ambitious subterranean barrier to detect and prevent attack tunnels from reaching southern Israel from the Palestinian enclave. Israeli military officials on Thursday touted the secretive project as a major deterrent against what Israel has seen as a strategic threat since the last...
Prince Harry, Meghan Markel visit Wales in whirlwind tour

Prince Harry, Meghan Markel visit Wales in whirlwind tour

Prince Harry has introduced his American fiancee to a new part of Britain ahead of their planned nuptials in May. On Thursday, the 33-year-old prince took Meghan Markle to Wales, where they delighted crowds outside Cardiff Castle despite arriving an hour late because of train problems as high winds buffeted Britain. The prince and his soon-to-be-royal bride greeted fans and shook hands with dozens...
AP Explains: Why Greece, Macedonia fight over nation's name

AP Explains: Why Greece, Macedonia fight over nation's name

Greece and neighboring Macedonia have been at loggerheads for more than a quarter-century over an issue at the heart of the newer nation's existence and identity: its name. The term "Macedonia" is a source of such nationalist fervor on both sides that the dispute has left the Balkan country without a universally recognized name and unable to join international institutions such as NATO....

28 aid workers killed in South Sudan last year, a new high

The United Nations says violence against aid workers in South Sudan reached a new high in 2017, with 28 killed. Nearly half of the 1,159 humanitarian access incidents reported last year by aid agencies involved violence including killing, looting and threats. The U.N. humanitarian office calls the trend "indicative of increasingly difficult times for aid workers in the country." It says...
Stars turn out for swansong of Louis Vuitton designer

Stars turn out for swansong of Louis Vuitton designer

The celebrity allure of Paris Fashion Week was at its height Thursday as notables from the worlds of sports, film and fashion attended the swansong show of Louis Vuitton designer Kim Jones. Here are some highlights of the fall-winter 2018-19 menswear shows: VUITTON DESIGNER'S LAST ACT DRAWS VIPS The stars were out in force to bid farewell to Jones after Michael Burke, Vuitton's chairman and chief...

Dozens of ex-US envoys to Africa urge Trump to reconsider

Dozens of former U.S. ambassadors to African countries have written to President Donald Trump expressing "deep concern" over his comments about the continent and warning that respectful engagement is crucial to protecting American interests. The letter to Trump is signed by 78 former envoys including former assistant secretaries of state for African affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield and Johnnie...
Uganda's leader to sign death warrants again after 19 years

Uganda's leader to sign death warrants again after 19 years

Uganda's president said Thursday he will sign the first death warrants in nearly two decades to create fear among criminals in the East African country, vowing to "hang a few." President Yoweri Museveni said he had not ordered executions in 19 years but was changing his mind because people were taking advantage of the "leniency." "I am going to revise this and hang a few,"...
UN chief: Threat from nukes, other weapons, gathers force

UN chief: Threat from nukes, other weapons, gathers force

Russia's foreign minister warned Thursday that a failure of the Iran nuclear deal, especially as a result of action by the Trump administration, would send "an alarming message" to North Korea and impact all international agreements. Sergey Lavrov took aim at President Donald Trump at a U.N. Security Council meeting on confidence-building measures to tackle the proliferation of weapons of...
Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps on warming

Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps on warming

Earth last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting. Either way, scientists say it showed a clear signal of man-made global warming because it was the hottest year they've seen without an El Nino boosting temperatures naturally. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United Kingdom's meteorological...
Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps on warming

Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps on warming

Earth last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting. Either way, scientists say it showed a clear signal of man-made global warming because it was the hottest year they've seen without an El Nino boosting temperatures naturally. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United Kingdom's meteorological...
Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps on warming

Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps on warming

Earth last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting. Either way, scientists say it showed a clear signal of man-made global warming because it was the hottest year they've seen without an El Nino boosting temperatures naturally. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United Kingdom's meteorological...
Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps on warming

Even without El Nino last year, Earth keeps on warming

Earth last year wasn't quite as hot as 2016's record-shattering mark, but it ranked second or third, depending on who was counting. Either way, scientists say it showed a clear signal of man-made global warming because it was the hottest year they've seen without an El Nino boosting temperatures naturally. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United Kingdom's meteorological...

Europe's top rights body urges Romania to fight graft

The Council of Europe's anti-corruption body on Thursday called on Romania to do more to prevent and combat high-level corruption. The anti-corruption arm of Europe's leading human rights organization said Romania should redouble its efforts to prosecute lawmakers, judges and prosecutors suspected of graft. It called on the National Integrity Agency, where public officials declare their assets, to...

Underwear dance in dorm nearly gets Russian cadets expelled

An underwear dance video filmed in a college dormitory nearly got some Russian cadet pilots expelled and sparked a discussion among Russia's political elite. The mock striptease recorded by cadets at the Ulyanovsk Civil Aviation Institute went viral earlier this week. Some Russian politicians called on the public training school located in Lenin's birthplace to expel the students. The Federal Agency...
Top Italian criminal lawyer to run as candidate for League

Top Italian criminal lawyer to run as candidate for League

One of Italy's top criminal defense lawyers is giving law-and-order credibility to the anti-migrant League party by running as a candidate in Italy's March 4 parliamentary election. Giulia Bongiorno appeared Thursday in Rome to announce her candidacy alongside League leader Matteo Salvini, indicating that she wanted to work on justice reform. Bongiorno successfully defended former Premier Giulio Andreotti...
Emirates throws Airbus A380 a lifeline with $16 billion deal

Emirates throws Airbus A380 a lifeline with $16 billion deal

The Middle East's largest airline, Emirates, is throwing Airbus a lifeline for its troubled A380 jumbo jet. The carrier said Thursday it struck a deal with Airbus to buy 20 of its A380 double-decker jets, with the option to buy 16 more, in a deal worth $16 billion. Airbus had said earlier this week that if it didn't close the deal with Emirates, it would end production altogether of the jet. The plane...
Report links hacking campaign to Lebanese security agency

Report links hacking campaign to Lebanese security agency

A major hacking operation tied to one of the most powerful security and intelligence agencies in Lebanon has been exposed after careless spies left hundreds of gigabytes of intercepted data exposed to the open internet, according to a report published Thursday. Mobile security firm Lookout, Inc. and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group, said the haul, which includes nearly half...
Drought-stricken Cape Town tightens water restrictions

Drought-stricken Cape Town tightens water restrictions

The South African city of Cape Town announced new water restrictions Thursday to combat drought, saying it was looking more likely that it will have to turn off most taps on "Day Zero," or April 21. Mayor Patricia de Lille said 60 percent of residents are "callously" using more than the current limit and that the city will fine households that use too much water. "We have...
Migrants shift to old, risky route to Spain and Europe

Migrants shift to old, risky route to Spain and Europe

The smugglers took Rodriguez Tankeu's savings and disappeared, leaving the 25-year-old bewildered near Tripoli, the Libyan capital. The former car mechanic headed to Algeria, where he saw, one by one, all the spots on engine-powered boats go to wealthier migrants. Broke, tired and desperate, he moved further west. "Morocco was my last hope," he says. "It was either making it to Europe...

German lawmakers vote to install anti-Semitism commissioner

German lawmakers have voted to install a commissioner who would coordinate government activities against anti-Semitism. The lower house approved by a wide majority Thursday a motion proposed by four of the six parliamentary groups to install the official, who would be chosen by independent experts. The center-left Social Democrats called for the commissioner to be installed at the chancellery. The...

5 detained over fire bombs thrown at Tunisia synagogues

A judge in Tunisia has ordered the detention of five people suspected of throwing Molotov cocktails at two synagogues during protests over price hikes. A court spokesman told The Associated Press on Thursday that the judge in Medenine ordered the suspects held pending trial. The suspects all are between 19 and 22 years old. The Medenine court spokesman says early evidence makes authorities think the...
Outdoor artworks illuminate London in Lumiere Festival

Outdoor artworks illuminate London in Lumiere Festival

The dark January streets of London are being transformed into an illuminated outdoor gallery as part of the Lumiere arts festival . The festival, which runs for four nights starting Thursday, features more than 50 light-based artworks across the city. Some sit in alleyways or parks, while others light up buildings including Westminster Abbey and the National Theatre. Organizers say more than 1 million...
Love in the air: Pope marries couple on papal plane in Chile

Love in the air: Pope marries couple on papal plane in Chile

Pope Francis celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding on Thursday, marrying two flight attendants from Chile's flagship airline at 36,000 feet during a flight from Santiago. Bride Paula Podest, 39, and groom Carlos Ciuffardi, 41, said "I do" after telling Francis that they had been married in a civil service in 2010 but had been unable to follow up with a church ceremony because...
Love in the air: Pope marries couple on papal plane in Chile

Love in the air: Pope marries couple on papal plane in Chile

Pope Francis celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding on Thursday, marrying two flight attendants from Chile's flagship airline at 36,000 feet during a flight from Santiago. Bride Paula Podest, 39, and groom Carlos Ciuffardi, 41, said "I do" after telling Francis that they had been married in a civil service in 2010 but had been unable to follow up with a church ceremony because...
Russia marks 75 years since breaking Nazi siege of Leningrad

Russia marks 75 years since breaking Nazi siege of Leningrad

Russian President Vladimir Putin is attending events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Russia's breaking the Nazi siege of Leningrad. The Red Army broke the nearly 900-day blockade of the city on January 19, 1943, after fierce fighting. Putin was born in Leningrad, which regained its historic name of St. Petersburg after the 1991 Soviet collapse. His father was a World War II veteran who was...
The Latest: Francis arrives in Peru for 4-day visit

The Latest: Francis arrives in Peru for 4-day visit

The Latest on Pope Francis' visit to South America (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Pope Francis has landed in Peru for a four-day trip that will take him into the sweltering Amazon jungle to meet with indigenous communities and put him face-to-face with a president narrowly escaped impeachment in December. Francis arrived in Lima Thursday afternoon after finishing a trip to Chile. Francis will meet with...
Escaped wolf recaptured in Britain after hour-long lockdown

Escaped wolf recaptured in Britain after hour-long lockdown

A wolf escaped from its British sanctuary Thursday as high winds battered the country, triggering hours of concern and a lockdown at a nearby school. The animal was eventually recaptured unharmed but questions remained about exactly how it escaped. Witnesses initially said high winds had knocked down a fence at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust near Reading, 45 miles (73 kilometers) west of London, which...
Escaped wolf recaptured in Britain after hour-long lockdown

Escaped wolf recaptured in Britain after hour-long lockdown

A wolf escaped from its British sanctuary Thursday as high winds battered the country, triggering hours of concern and a lockdown at a nearby school. The animal was eventually recaptured unharmed but questions remained about exactly how it escaped. Witnesses initially said high winds had knocked down a fence at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust near Reading, 45 miles (73 kilometers) west of London, which...
Syria threatens to down Turkish jets over its Kurdish region

Syria threatens to down Turkish jets over its Kurdish region

Syria said on Thursday its air defense would shoot down any Turkish jets that carry out attacks within Syria, a stark warning as tensions soar over apparent preparations by the Turkish military to invade a northern Syrian Kurdish enclave. From Damascus, Deputy Foreign Minister Faysal Mekdad said a military incursion into Syria's Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin would be "no picnic" for...
NATO head urges Macedonia to end dispute with Greece, reform

NATO head urges Macedonia to end dispute with Greece, reform

NATO's secretary-general urged Macedonia on Thursday to solve its 25-year-old name dispute with alliance member Greece and proceed with wide-ranging reforms if it wants its membership bid to succeed. Jens Stoltenberg said he "strongly welcomes" the small Balkan country's efforts to join NATO — a decade after the dispute with neighboring Greece halted an earlier accession effort. "...
Terminally ill Briton's bid for assisted death can proceed

Terminally ill Briton's bid for assisted death can proceed

A terminally ill British man has been granted permission to challenge the country's law on assisted dying, after an earlier decision that rejected his case. Noel Conway, 68, has motor neuron disease. He applied to the High Court last July, asking for a declaration that Britain's outlawing of suicide is incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights. The court rejected his bid in October...
Powerful gale lashes Europe, 7 dead amid traffic chaos

Powerful gale lashes Europe, 7 dead amid traffic chaos

A powerful storm pummeled Europe with high winds and snow Thursday, killing at least seven people in three countries, grounding flights, halting trains, ripping roofs off buildings and flipping over trucks. The Dutch national weather service recorded wind gusts of up to 140 kph (87 mph) in the southern port of Hook of Holland as the storm passed over. Amsterdam's Schiphol briefly halted flights for...
The Latest: 6 dead as high winds sweep across western Europe

The Latest: 6 dead as high winds sweep across western Europe

The Latest on a storm affecting parts of Europe (all times local): 5:40 p.m. Authorities say three people have died in Germany as a storm with high winds and snow sweeps across western Europe. Police in the eastern German state of Thuringia say a fireman was killed Thursday when a tree fell on him in the town of Bad Salzungen. Another fire officer was seriously injured. In Lippstadt, in western Germany...
Italian prosecutors break up Chinese transport mafia

Italian prosecutors break up Chinese transport mafia

Italian law enforcement has broken up a Chinese organized crime ring that used money from criminal activities to force its way into European trucking companies and control the movement of Chinese-made goods in much of Europe, anti-Mafia prosecutors said Thursday. Top anti-Mafia prosecutor Federico Cafiero de Raho told reporters in Florence that the organization used mafia methods, including intimidation...
UK media: Police probe 3rd Spacey sex assault allegation

UK media: Police probe 3rd Spacey sex assault allegation

Britain's media say police in London are investigating a third allegation of sexual assault against two-time Academy Award winning actor Kevin Spacey. The Metropolitan Police force said Thursday it had received an allegation "that the man sexually assaulted a man (Victim 3) in 2005 in Westminster." The force didn't identify Spacey as the alleged perpetrator, as authorities in Britain don't...
Ukraine passes bill to get occupied regions back from Russia

Ukraine passes bill to get occupied regions back from Russia

Ukraine's parliament on Thursday passed a bill that aims to reintegrate the eastern territories currently controlled by Russia-backed separatists, and goes as far as to declare support for taking them back by military force if necessary. The bill describes the areas in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions as "temporarily occupied" by "aggressor country" Russia. President Petro...
Turkey uses large crane to remove skidded plane from slope

Turkey uses large crane to remove skidded plane from slope

Turkish authorities are using a large crane to lift a passenger plane that skidded off a runway in northern Turkey and stopped on the side of a slope just meters away from the Black Sea. The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800, with 168 people on board, overshot the runway while landing at Trabzon Airport on Jan. 13. All passengers and crew were evacuated and no one was injured. Ambulances and fire extinguishing...

German court convicts Algerian of supporting IS group

A German court has convicted an Algerian man of supporting the Islamic State group for helping plan the smuggling of a would-be fighter to IS-held terrority in Syria. He was sentenced to a year and nine months in prison. The Berlin district court said it convicted the 32-year-old, identified only as Fayssal M.B. in line with German privacy rules, of supporting a terrorist organization. The defendant...
Pair of Chinese giant pandas get snowy welcome in Finland

Pair of Chinese giant pandas get snowy welcome in Finland

A pair of giant pandas has arrived in snowy Finland, China's gift to mark the small Nordic nation's 100 years of independence. Four-year-old male panda Hua Bao and three-year old female Jin Baobao were welcomed Thursday in a ceremony at Helsinki airport attended by the Chinese ambassador to Finland and Finnish officials. "We think this is the best gift that Chinese people can give to Finland...
Pair of Chinese giant pandas get snowy welcome in Finland

Pair of Chinese giant pandas get snowy welcome in Finland

A pair of giant pandas has arrived in snowy Finland, China's gift to mark the small Nordic nation's 100 years of independence. Four-year-old male panda Hua Bao and three-year old female Jin Baobao were welcomed Thursday in a ceremony at Helsinki airport attended by the Chinese ambassador to Finland and Finnish officials. "We think this is the best gift that Chinese people can give to Finland...
Zimbabwe's leader: 1st post-Mugabe elections in May or June

Zimbabwe's leader: 1st post-Mugabe elections in May or June

Zimbabwe's president says elections will be in May or June, as he faces pressure at home and abroad to deliver a credible vote to cement his legitimacy. President Emmerson Mnangagwa took power from longtime ruler Robert Mugabe with the military's help in November, and this will be the first election without Mugabe since Zimbabwe gained its independence in 1980. The state-run Herald newspaper quoted...
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