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German leader pledges stability

posted: 11/20/2017 2:35 a.m. Discuss

BERLIN -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged early today to maintain stability after the Free Democratic Party pulled out of talks on forming a new government with her conservative bloc and the left-leaning Greens, raising the possibility of new elections.

The world in brief

updated: 11/20/2017 4:58 a.m. Discuss

Argentines can’t link calls, missing sub

EU official decries Catalan push

updated: 11/20/2017 3:21 a.m. Discuss

BARCELONA, Spain -- Catalonia's secessionist push is nothing short of a "disaster" that the European Union will work to impede in support of a unified Spain, the European Commission's president said in comments published Sunday.

Mugabe still Zimbabwe president despite pressure to quit now

posted: 11/19/2017 3:19 p.m. Discuss

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on Sunday defied calls to quit immediately, saying he will preside over a ruling party congress in December in an announcement that could trigger impeachment proceedings in the parliament this week as well as more protests demanding his ouster.

102-year-old survivor reunites with newly discovered nephew

posted: 11/19/2017 10:35 a.m. Comment 1

Eliahu Pietruszka shuffled his 102-year-old body through the lobby of his retirement home toward a stranger he had never met and collapsed into him in a teary embrace.

Palestinians: Closing D.C. office will end talks

updated: 11/19/2017 3:34 a.m. Comments 3

WASHINGTON -- The Palestinians threatened Saturday to suspend all communication with the United States if President Donald Trump's administration follows through with plans to close their diplomatic office in Washington. The potential rupture in relations threatens to undermine Trump's bid for Mideast peace -- a mission he has handed to his son-in-law and senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner.

Zimbabwe crowds call for Mugabe to go

updated: 11/19/2017 3:29 a.m. Discuss

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- For the first time in decades, in a country where protests have often been violently dispersed, thousands of Zimbabweans marched through the streets of the capital demanding the resignation of their president, a swelling of public opposition that followed a military takeover last week.

Ex-mayor goes to Spain after fleeing Venezuela

updated: 11/19/2017 3:27 a.m. Discuss

MADRID -- The ousted mayor of Caracas pledged to spread his protest against Venezuela's socialist government across the world as he arrived in Spain on Saturday, a day after escaping from house arrest and slipping past Venezuelan security forces into Colombia.

Search area widens for Argentine sub

posted: 11/19/2017 3:27 a.m. Discuss

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina’s navy said Saturday that it was ramping up the search for a submarine that hadn’t been heard from in three days, and at least six other nations said they would join in the effort.

Lebanon prime minister to return

updated: 11/19/2017 3:21 a.m. Discuss

PARIS -- Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Saturday that he will return home in the coming days and declare a political stance for the first time since making a resignation announcement from Saudi Arabia that unleashed fears of a political crisis in Lebanon.

North Korea enigmatic on Chinese envoy's visit

updated: 11/19/2017 3:20 a.m. Discuss

SEOUL, South Korea -- A special envoy from President Xi Jinping of China discussed regional and mutual concerns with senior North Korean officials in Pyongyang on Saturday, the North's state media said.

Vatican again looks into teen-sex claim

posted: 11/19/2017 3:20 a.m. Discuss

VATICAN CITY — The Holy See says a fresh investigation has been opened into allegations a student had sex with a fellow student when they were teenagers at its youth seminary in Vatican City.

Taliban pressure Afghan soldiers to quit

posted: 11/19/2017 3:15 a.m. Discuss

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan -- Rahimullah served in the Afghan army for two years, deployed to the bloody front lines of the southern province of Helmand. When he quit, it was not because of the combat: It was when the Taliban went after his family back home, telling them that if he didn't leave the army there would be a fine of one Kalashnikov rifle, seven cartridge magazines and $1,000 -- or worse.

Climate delegates note rules' progress

updated: 11/19/2017 3:12 a.m. Discuss

BONN, Germany -- Delegates on Saturday concluded an all-night negotiating session at this year's global climate talks, expressing satisfaction at the progress made toward creating a comprehensive rule book for fighting global warming.

The world in brief

updated: 11/19/2017 5:03 a.m. Discuss

Boats save 500 migrants going to Spain

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