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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 ...

Twin bombings in Baghdad kill 38, shatter post-IS calm

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and MURTADA FARAJ, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Twin suicide bombings rocked Baghdad on Monday, killing 38 people in the deadliest attack since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group last month, and raising fears ahead of national elections planned for ...

Police hunt for jewels, thieves after Ritz robbery in Paris

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Paris police have recovered some jewels stolen from the Ritz Hotel in a dramatic heist, but are still searching Thursday for two thieves and the rest of the missing luxury merchandise. The robbery on Wednesday evening raised questions about ...

N Korea: Popularity of ‘Fire and Fury’ foretells Trump’s end

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea has found good material to attack U.S. President Donald Trump: Michael Wolff's bombshell new book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House." The book paints Trump as a leader who doesn't understand the weight of ...

Russian gains in Syria threatened by series of rebel attacks

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Just weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared victory in Syria, Russian military outposts in the country have come under rebel attacks that are challenging Moscow's gains. Russian bases located in Syrian President Bashar ...

Trump open to US-NKorea talks ‘under right circumstances’

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON and KEN THOMAS, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump threw his weight behind the Olympics-inspired diplomatic opening with North Korea, telling South Korea's leader Wednesday that the U.S. was open to talks with Kim Jong Un's government under the ...

8 earthquakes strike along Iran-Iraq border, rattle Baghdad

By AMIR VAHDAT and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A series of eight earthquakes hit the Iran-Iraq border area and rattled Baghdad on Thursday, apparent aftershocks of a temblor that struck the mountainous region in November and killed over 530 people. Four people suffered ...

North Korea to join Olympics in South Korea as tensions ease

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas took steps toward reducing their bitter animosity during rare talks Tuesday, as North Korea agreed to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea and reopen a military hotline. The meeting, ...

France investigates Apple for slowing down old iPhones

By SYLVIE CORBET, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French prosecutors have opened an investigation into Apple over revelations it secretly slowed down older versions of its handsets. The Paris prosecutor's office said Tuesday a probe was opened last week over alleged "deception and planned ...

13,000 tourists stuck in Matterhorn town amid avalanche risk

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss authorities near the famed Matterhorn peak have closed ski slopes, hiking trails, cable cars, roads and train service into the nearby town of Zermatt amid a heightened risk of avalanches, stranding some 13,000 tourists in the town. Janine Imesch of the Zermatt tourism ...

Venue for Korea talks is potential flash point inside border

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The two Koreas' rare high-profile talks Tuesday took place at the jointly controlled area inside the world's most heavily fortified border — the same place where North Korean soldiers recently sprayed bullets at a comrade who was ...

Iran lawmaker says 3,700 arrested in days of protest, unrest

By AMIR VAHDAT and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian reformist lawmaker said Tuesday that some 3,700 people were arrested in the days of protests and unrest that roiled Iran over the past two weeks, offering a far higher number than authorities previously ...

Salvadorans fear their country not prepared for returnees

By MARCOS ALEMAN, Associated Press SANTA TECLA, El Salvador (AP) — Being deported to an El Salvador he hadn't seen in more than three decades was a trauma Hugo Castro recalls clearly. The 51-year-old said Monday that his country must begin preparing now to receive the nearly 200,000 ...

Iranian tanker collides with freighter off China; 32 missing

By GERRY SHIH, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — An Iranian oil tanker collided with a bulk freighter and caught fire off China's east coast, leaving the tanker's entire crew of 32 missing and causing it to spill oil into the sea, authorities said Sunday. Chinese authorities dispatched police ...

Malaysia OKs new search by private company for missing plane

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government said Saturday that it has approved a new attempt by a private company to find the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, nearly four years after its disappearance sparked one of aviation's biggest mysteries. The Houston, Texas-based ...