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German chancellor denounces rape-killing of student
BERLIN (AP) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday denounced the rape and killing of a university student as a "tragic event," responding for the first time to a case that has inflamed passions since police arrested a 17-year-old Afghan migrant last week....

Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down after 'about a decade'
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) -- A fake U.S. embassy that operated for "about a decade" in Ghana's capital issuing counterfeit and fraudulently obtained visas has been shut down, the U.S. State Department announced....

Top Gambian opposition leader, 18 others out of prison
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) -- A top Gambian opposition politician and 18 other protesters were released from prison after an appeals court granted them bail on Monday, just days after strongman ruler Yahya Jammeh agreed to step aside after losing the presidential election....

By accident or design, Trump signals tougher China policy
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Whether by accident or design, President-elect Donald Trump is signaling a tougher American policy toward China, sparking warnings from both the outgoing Obama administration and Beijing....

European Union populists: Is the genie out of the bottle?
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Another crisis looms in an already shook-up European Union. Italian voters rocked Europe's boat more this weekend than Austrian voters were able to steady it. With its shaky banks and massive economy, Italy is now in the throes of energized populists who are no friends of EU leaders in Brussels....

2 Russian nurses killed in rebel shelling of Syria's Aleppo
ALEPPO, Syria (AP) -- Rebel shelling killed two Russian nurses and eight civilians Monday in Aleppo, and a Russian fighter jet crashed as it was returning to an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean after a sortie over Syria, but the pilot ejected safely, Moscow officials said....

'We have lost everything': Syrians return to ravaged Aleppo
ALEPPO, Syria (AP) -- Amina Hamawy burst into tears and then fainted when she returned to eastern Aleppo to find that looters had ransacked her home. "Where am I? What happened?" she asked after her husband and daughter revived her. "We have lost everything."...

UK Supreme Court hears landmark challenge to Brexit plans
LONDON (AP) -- Britain's top judges vowed Monday to consider with impartiality the contentious question of who has the power to trigger the U.K.'s exit from the European Union - the government or Parliament....

Trump's Taiwan call, tweets point to flashpoints with China
BEIJING (AP) -- Donald Trump's unprecedented phone conversation with Taiwan's president and tweets criticizing China point to the possibility of major friction between the world's two largest economies....

Now in Bangladesh, Rohingya describe rape, murder in Myanmar
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) -- The Myanmar soldiers came in the morning, the young mother says. They set fire to the concrete-and-thatch homes, forcing the villagers to cluster together. When some of her neighbors tried to escape into the fields, they were shot. After that, she says, most people stopped running away....

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Fake US embassy in Ghana shut down after 'about a decade'

Now in Bangladesh, Rohingya describe rape, murder in Myanmar

House where Austrian kept daughter as sex slave sold

Latin America/Caribbean
Mexico minimum wage rises to 80 pesos, falls in dollar terms

Middle East
Israel advances bill to legalize West Bank outposts