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People offer funeral prayers for a victim of a toxic gas leak, during his funeral prayer, in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The toxic gas leak killed several people and sickened dozens of others in a coastal residential area in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, police said Monday. The source of the leak, which occurred on Sunday night, and the type of gas that had leaked were not immediately known. There was no suspicion of sabotage. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

Death toll from toxic gas leak rises to 14 in Pakistan

Feb. 18, 2020 9:19 AM EST

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — A gas leak in the southern port city of Karachi has killed 14 people and sickened hundreds more, Pakistani health officials said Tuesday. The leak set off a panic in Karachi and raised concerns because city officials could not immediately identify the source and the type of gas...

Fire destroys 3 businesses in downtown Hot Springs

Feb. 18, 2020 8:56 AM EST

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — Three downtown businesses in a small southwestern South Dakota community have been lost in a fire, according to the city's mayor. The Vault restaurant, China Buffet and the Quilt Shop were burned in the massive fire in Hot Springs, Mayor George Kotti said Tuesday. Officials said...

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2019 file photo, Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky arrives at the Paris courthouse, as he goes on trial after he set fire to the facade of France's central bank in Paris. Pyotr Pavlensky, noted for macabre, politically charged actions reportedly claimed responsibility for the online video posts that apparently prompted Benjamin Griveaux's resignation to become mayor of Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

French officials probe man who toppled Paris mayor hopeful

Feb. 18, 2020 7:49 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The Paris prosecutor's office said Tuesday it has opened investigations into a controversial Russian performance artist who claimed responsibility for releasing sex videos that brought down a high-profile candidate for Paris mayor. Pyotr Pavlensky, a refugee, is also being investigated over a...

Protesters shout slogans during a rally in Athens, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. A 24-hour strike in Greece has halted ferries, public transport, and municipal services in Athens and other parts of the country, as unions mounted protests against pension reforms by the center-right government. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

Greece: Ferries, urban transport halted by strikes, protests

Feb. 18, 2020 7:38 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 24-hour strike in Greece halted ferries, public transport, and municipal services in Athens and other parts of the country Tuesday as unions mounted protests against pension reforms by the center-right government. Flights, as well as national rail and bus services, were not...

In this Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, patients infected with the coronavirus take rest at a temporary hospital converted from Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. China reported thousands new virus cases and more deaths in its update Tuesday on a disease outbreak that has caused milder illness in most people, an assessment that promoted guarded optimism from global health authorities. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP)

Virus claims life of hospital director in hard-hit Wuhan

Feb. 18, 2020 7:02 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — As a mysterious new virus enveloped central China's Wuhan early this year, Liu Zhiming mobilized all the resources of his hospital in the city's Wuchang district to deal with the thousands of sick people arriving daily, threatening to overwhelm the local health care system. That dedication...

Relatives post a photo of Fatima, a 7-year-old girl who was abducted from the entrance of the Enrique C. Rebsamen primary school and later murdered, at her home in Mexico City, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The girl's body was found wrapped in a bag and abandoned in a rural area on Saturday and was identified by genetic testing. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Killing of 7-year-old stokes anger in Mexico over femicides

Feb. 17, 2020 10:11 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The killing of a 7-year-old girl on the southern outskirts of Mexico City has stoked rising anger over the brutal slayings of women, including one found stabbed to death and skinned earlier this month. The city prosecutor's office said Monday that investigators identified a body found...

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New Mexico public pension reform passes in state House

Feb. 17, 2020 7:28 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico House on Monday approved a proposal aimed at shoring up New Mexico's overextended pension fund for about 110,000 state and local government workers and retirees. House members voted 40-28 to send the bill back to the Democrat-controlled Senate. The Senate passed a...

Minnesota House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt and other Republicans announce a slate of bills during a news conference on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at the state Capitol in St. Paul that are aimed at reducing violent crime in Minneapolis and St. Paul and on the Metro Transit system. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Minnesota House GOP proposes crackdown on urban crime

Feb. 17, 2020 6:35 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The GOP minority in the Minnesota House announced a slate of bills Monday aimed at reducing rising violent crime in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and on the Metro Transit system, drawing a sharp retort from Democratic Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. Urban crime is already developing into...

Gunmen kill 24 in attack near church in Burkina Faso

Feb. 17, 2020 4:25 PM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Gunmen killed 24 civilians, including a church pastor, and kidnapped three others on Sunday in Burkina Faso, an official said. It was the latest attack against a religious leader in the increasingly unstable West African nation. The mayor of Boundore commune, Sihanri...

French town uncouples with its Polish twin over LGBT rights

Feb. 17, 2020 3:04 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Polish mayor on Monday deplored the decision by a sister town in France to suspend 25-year official ties with her town because it declared itself an area “free of LGBT ideology.” The mayor of the south-eastern town of Tuchow, Magdalena Marszalek, blamed the rare...