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In this Aug. 25, 2011 photo, Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, papal delegate for the Legionaries of Christ, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Vatican City. Benedict XVI had entrusted De Paolis, one of the Vatican’s most respected canon lawyers, to turn the Legion around in 2010, after revelations that its founder, the late Rev. Marcial Maciel, had raped his seminarians, fathered three children and built a cult-like order to hide his crimes. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis)

Priests of disgraced Legion face trial for obstruction claim

Feb. 17, 2020 1:54 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The Vatican effort to reform the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order is coming under new scrutiny, with four Legion priests and a Legion lawyer due to stand trial on charges they tried to obstruct justice and extort the family of a sex abuse victim. The preliminary hearing is scheduled...

In this picture taken on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 Yolanda Martinez Garcia cries during an interview with the Associated Press at her home, in Milan. Her son was sexually abused by one of the priests of the Legion of Christ, a disgraced religious order. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Disgraced religious order tried to get abuse victim to lie

Feb. 17, 2020 1:52 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The cardinal’s response was not what Yolanda Martínez had expected — or could abide. Her son had been sexually abused by a priest of the Legion of Christ, a disgraced religious order. And now she was calling Cardinal Valasio De Paolis -- the Vatican official appointed by...

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz speaks on the first day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)b

Austria's Kurz: German conservatives right to shun far-right

Feb. 14, 2020 12:01 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who led a coalition with a far-right party in his first term, on Friday endorsed his German conservative counterparts' refusal to cooperate with the far-right Alternative for Germany. German politics has been thrown into turmoil by the election last week of...

Norway's Aleksander Aamodt Kilde celebrates at the finish area of an alpine ski, men's World Cup Super G, in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

Kilde goes top of World Cup standings with 1st win of season

Feb. 14, 2020 9:21 AM EST

SAALBACH-HINTERGLEMM, Austria (AP) — Aleksander Aamodt Kilde got his first win of the season Friday in a men’s World Cup super-G, sending the Norwegian to the top of both the discipline and overall standings. Racing on a shortened course with run times of under a minute, Kilde finished 0.15 seconds...

Workers pack bottles of alcohol disinfectant in a factory in Suining in southwest China's Sichuan province Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. China's daily death toll from a new virus topped 100 for the first time and pushed the total past 1,000 dead, authorities said Tuesday after leader Xi Jinping visited a health center to rally public morale amid little sign the contagion is abating. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUT

China's virus crisis hits global flows of letters, parcels

Feb. 11, 2020 6:30 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Postal operators in the United States, China and elsewhere say the suspension of flights to slow the spread of a deadly new virus is having a major impact on global flows of letters and parcels. In a note seen by The Associated Press, the U.S. Postal Service informed its counterparts around...

The roof of a house is damaged due to a strong storm in Rohozna, Czech Republic, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. A storm battered the U.K. and northern Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains Sunday, halting flights and trains and producing heaving seas that closed down ports. Soccer games, farmers' markets and cultural events were canceled as authorities urged millions of people to stay indoors, away from falling tree branches. (Lubos Pavlicek/CTK via AP)

Ferocious storm in Europe kills 8, causes travel disruptions

Feb. 11, 2020 9:50 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Ferocious winds, with gusts over 200 kph (125 mph), lashed Corsica and whipped up a forest fire that flared overnight on the French Mediterranean island on Tuesday, after a storm with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains battered northern Europe for days, killing at least eight people and...

Iran: US killing of Iranian general weakens IS fight

Feb. 10, 2020 9:44 AM EST

VIENNA (AP) — The head of Iran's nuclear program said Monday the U.S. killing of a high-ranking Iranian general has weakened the fight against the Islamic State extremist group in the region. Ali Akbar Salehi told a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna that last month's drone strike...

Switzerland's Corinne Suter reacts in the finish area of an alpine ski, women's World Cup super G, in Garmish Partenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

Suter wins 1st super-G, month after maiden downhill triumph

Feb. 9, 2020 8:07 AM EST

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — A month ago Corinne Suter had not won a women's World Cup downhill or super-G race in her career, now the Swiss skier is leading the season standings in both disciplines. Suter got her first win in a super-G on Sunday, four weeks after winning her first downhill....

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Germany, Austria at odds on European financial trade tax

Feb. 3, 2020 8:50 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany and Austria are at odds over plans for a new tax on financial transactions, raising more questions about the chances of the levy becoming reality after years of talks. The two countries are among 10 in the European Union that have been working on a financial transaction tax after a...

Passengers board buses after arriving on an airplane carrying U.S. citizens being evacuated from Wuhan, China, at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, Calif. Jan. 29, 2020.  The passengers will undergo additional screenings in California and be placed in temporary housing. Officials have not said how long they will stay there.  (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The Latest: Rival Koreas close liaison office over outbreak

Jan. 29, 2020 9:04 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China: 10 a.m. The rival Koreas have agreed to suspend operations at their liaison office in North Korea until the new virus outbreak comes under control. South Korea’s Unification Ministry said Thursday it plans to bring back 58 South...