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Magnitude-7.2 earthquake slams south, central Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook south and central Mexico Friday, causing people to flee swaying buildings and office towers in the country’s capital, where residents were still jittery after a deadly quake five months ago. Crowds gathered on Mexico City’s ...

New president in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Cyril Ramaphosa today was elected as South Africa’s new president by ruling party legislators after the resignation of Jacob Zuma, whose scandals brought the storied African National Congress to its weakest point since taking power at the end of apartheid. “I will ...

More than 100 killed in separate attacks in Afghanistan’s Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Islamic State militants attacked Afghan soldiers guarding a military academy in the capital of Kabul today, killing at least 11 troops and wounding 16. The attack was the latest in a wave of relentless violence in Kabul this month unleashed by the Taliban and the ...

Canadian billionaire wife murdered

TORONTO (AP) — Police said Friday they believe Canadian drug-company billionaire businessman Barry Sherman and his wife were both murdered. Det. Sgt. Susan Gomes said investigators came to the conclusion after six weeks of investigation, but said there are no suspects. The founder of ...

Trump arrives at Davos summit

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Armed with his “America First” philosophy, President Donald Trump arrived in Switzerland today to tout his economic agenda and lure foreign investment at a global summit that stresses free trade and international cooperation. Trump arrived in Zurich ahead of ...

Scientists clone monkeys

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time, researchers have used the cloning technique that produced Dolly the sheep to create healthy monkeys, bringing science an important step closer to being able to do the same with humans. Since Dolly’s birth in 1996, scientists have cloned nearly two dozen ...

Cow escapes to run with bison

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A farmyard cow in Poland has chosen freedom this winter, roaming with a herd of bison for three months after escaping its pen. The cow has been spotted following the bison across meadows bordering the Bialowieza Forest in eastern Poland as they forage for food. Rafal ...

Pakistan, US clash at UN over Afghanistan

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States urged Pakistan on Friday not to give sanctuary to “terrorist organizations” — and Pakistan demanded that the Trump administration address safe havens inside Afghanistan and its income from the narcotics trade. The exchange took place Friday at a ...

US Navy locates crashed plane deep on Pacific seabed

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. Navy has located a transport aircraft deep on the Pacific Ocean floor where it crashed in November, killing three sailors on board. The C-2A “Greyhound” aircraft, which was traveling to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan when it crashed the day before ...

Only half of Puerto Rico has power, months after hurricane

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico authorities said Friday that nearly half of power customers in the U.S. territory still lack electricity more than three months after Hurricane Maria, sparking outrage among islanders who accuse the government of mismanaging its response to the ...

Shootout at Cairo church kills nine

CAIRO (AP) — A gunman on a motorcycle opened fire Friday outside a church in a Cairo suburb and at a nearby store, sparking a shootout that killed at least nine people, including eight Coptic Christians, authorities said. It was the latest attack targeting Egypt’s embattled Christian ...

Catalan backs independence

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont called today for talks with his adversary, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, after snap regional elections that gave pro-independence parties a parliamentary majority. Puigdemont, who fled Spain almost two months ago to ...

Election hackers pursued reporters

PARIS (AP) — Russian hackers pursued journalists with the same gusto as when they went after U.S. politicians and intelligence figures, an Associated Press investigation has found. The espionage group known as Fancy Bear tried to break into Gmail inboxes of at least 200 reporters, ...

World unites against NKorea nuke ambitions — North ignores

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — North Korea’s friends and enemies joined forces Friday in opposing its determination to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and calling on leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula — but the North gave no sign of budging on its ...

15 UN peacekeepers killed in attack

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — In the deadliest single attack on a United Nations peacekeeping mission in nearly 25 years, rebels in eastern Congo killed 15 peacekeepers and wounded over 50 others in an assault on their base that was launched at nightfall and went on for hours. U.N. ...

11 Trade ministers reach deal on Pacific trade without US

DANANG, Vietnam (AP) — In a major breakthrough, trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries said they reached a deal Saturday to proceed with the free-trade Trans-Pacific Partnership deal that was in doubt after President Donald Trump abandoned it. A statement issued in the early hours ...

Spain cracks down on Catalonia

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain fired Catalonia’s regional government and dissolved its parliament Friday after a defiant Catalan declaration of independence that flouted the country’s constitution. Lawmakers in the Catalan parliament voted to unilaterally declare independence, prompting ...

Spain to halt Catalan break

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said his government will unveil on Saturday specific measures agreed with opposition parties to halt Catalonia’s independence bid, but refused to confirm if the deal includes plans to hold a regional election in January. The ...

Butter shortage in France

PARIS (AP) — French pastries and butter have become so popular abroad that the increased demand led to a mini shortage of the dairy product in French supermarkets. The price of butter has risen 60 percent in a year to reach 6.7 euros ($7.90) per kilogram in August, according to official ...

Nobel Peace Prize awarded to anti-nuclear campaign group

OSLO, Norway (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, an organization seeking to eliminate atomic weapons through an international treaty-based prohibition. The Geneva-based ICAN won the $1.1 million prize because it "has been ...