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Koreas try out Olympic diplomacy at North Korean ski resort

By ERIC TALMADGE, Associated Press MASIK PASS, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's only luxury ski resort is getting a taste of the Olympic spotlight, though it is a long way from hosting any events. The Masik Pass ski resort has become something of a symbol of a budding detente between the ...

Furniture for all: IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad dies at 91

By KARL RITTER, Associated Press STOCKHOLM (AP) — Ingvar Kamprad, the IKEA founder who turned a small-scale mail order business into a global furniture empire, has died at 91, the company said Sunday. IKEA Sverige, the chain's Swedish unit, said on Twitter that Kamprad died Saturday at his ...

US defends trade barriers as Davos braces for Trump

By JAMEY KEATEN and PAN PYLAS, Associated Press DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The United States is committed to free and fair trade while bracing itself for possible retaliation from China over new tariffs, top U.S. Cabinet members said Wednesday, ahead of a much-ballyhooed visit by President ...

UK’s Davis denies Brexit backtracking with transition period

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — European Union citizens will remain free to settle in the U.K for about two years after the country leaves the bloc in 2019, Britain's top Brexit official said Wednesday. Brexit Secretary David Davis said that during a transition period, ...

Refugees more than once, Rohingya fear return to Myanmar

By RISHABH R. JAIN, Associated Press KUTUPALONG REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (AP) — Mohammad Younus is a refugee for the second time. The 30-year-old Rohingya Muslim, who has been slowly rebuilding a shadow of a normal life in a sprawling and squalid refugee camp in Bangladesh, is no mood to ...

US pulled multiple ways in Syria as Islamic State recedes

By  MATTHEW LEE and JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — For the last few years, the United States could neatly sum its objective in Syria in a single, uncontroversial bullet point: fighting the Islamic State group. Now that the extremists have been squeezed from all but the ...

Car bombs kill at least 27 in east Libya city of Benghazi

By RAMI MUSA, Associated Press BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Twin car bombs exploded as people left a mosque in a residential area of the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, killing 27 and wounding over 30 in an attack timed to cause mass casualties among first responders, officials said. Capt. Tarek ...

Philippine volcano spews lava fountains, 56,000 people flee

By BULLIT MARQUEZ, Associated Press LEGAZPI, Philippines (AP) — 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 ...

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

By TIM SULLIVAN and PAN PYLAS, Associated Press DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — 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 ...

Skiers injured by flying rocks on Japanese volcano

By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Twelve people, including eight soldiers, skiing on the slopes of a volcano in central Japan were injured Tuesday by flying rocks during a sudden eruption, officials said. One soldier later died. The eight soldiers were in a group of 30 who ...

Turkey shells Syrian city as it pushes into Kurdish enclave

BEIRUT (AP) — A Kurdish militia spokesman says Turkey has shelled a city in northeastern Syria as Turkish forces press into a Syrian Kurdish enclave for the fourth straight day. Nureddine Mehmud says Turkey fired on Qamishli and other towns along the Syrian-Turkish border on Tuesday, calling ...

Skepticism, worry amid preparation for Rohingya repatriation

By FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — 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 ...

Strong storm blasts northern Europe; 2 dead in Netherlands

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A powerful storm lashed Europe with high winds and snow Thursday, killing at least two people, grounding flights at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, halting trains and blowing over trucks in several countries. Dutch police said one ...

Pair of Chinese giant pandas get snowy welcome in Finland

By JARI TANNER, Associated Press HELSINKI (AP) — 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 ...

52 people die in bus fire in Kazakhstan

MOSCOW (AP) — A bus fire in Kazakhstan killed 52 people on Thursday in a vast snow-covered steppe, officials said. The tragedy happened near the village of Kalybai in the northern Aktobe region, the Emergencies Department of the former Soviet nation in Central Asia said. Authorities said ...

Pope wraps up Chile stop with visit to migrants, on to Peru

By NICOLE WINFIELD and PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis wraps up his Chile visit Thursday by meeting with members of the South American nation's booming immigrant community, who are flocking to the region's strongest and most stable economy but are ...

Pence visit showcases dilemma facing Egypt, Jordan leaders

By HAMZA HENDAWI and ALICE SU, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's upcoming visit to the Middle East comes at a time of intensely publicized friction between his administration and the Palestinian leadership, posing a dilemma for his Arab hosts — Egypt's ...

Across the Mideast, Palestinians brace for Trump aid cuts

By FARES AKRAM, Associated Press SHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Mahmoud al-Qouqa can't imagine life without the three sacks of flour, cooking oil and other staples he receives from the United Nations every three months. Living with 25 relatives in a crowded home in this teeming Gaza ...

Activists in Chile say pope must apologize for priest abuse

By EVA VERGARA and NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Hours before Pope Francis was set to arrive in Chile Monday, activists on issues related to sex abuse by priests called for sanctions against both abusers and anyone who helped cover up their actions. About 200 ...

North Korean orchestra, maybe joint hockey team at Olympics

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea will include a 140-member art troupe, the two sides agreed Monday, while discussions continue over fielding a joint women's hockey team. The two Koreas met Monday for ...