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In this image taken on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, people walk at the Burano island, Italy. The Venetian island of Burano's legacy as a fishing village remains the source of its charms: the small colorful fishermen's cottages, traditional butter cookies that were the fishermen's sustenance at sea and delicate lace still stitched by women in their homes. As the island's population dwindles, echoing that of Venice itself, so too are the numbers of skilled artisans and tradespeople who have kept the traditions and economy alive. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Venetian islands revamp traditions to counter depopulation

Jan. 21, 2020 4:48 AM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — The Venetian island of Burano’s charms are rooted in its fishing legacy: the colorful fishermen's cottages, the traditional butter cookies that kept fishermen going at sea and the delicate lace hand-stitched by their women. But as the island’s population dwindles, like...

US bans charter flights to Cuban cities besides Havana

Jan. 10, 2020 3:24 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — The Trump administration is banning charter flights to Cuban cities besides Havana in a new tightening of U.S. restrictions on the island. In October, the administration banned commercial flights to cities outside the capital. The State Department said in a press release Friday that charter...

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2019, file photo, Iowa Auditor of State Rob Sand speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. A group that insures local governments across Iowa is going to court to try to block the state auditor from reviewing its spending, including travel to out-of-state vacation destinations. The Iowa Communities Assurance Pool, which is owned by cities, counties and other governments, argues in a legal petition that it is not a

Iowa risk pool, under fire for travel, seeks to block audit

Jan. 3, 2020 1:18 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A group that insures local governments across Iowa is going to court to try to block the state auditor from reviewing its spending, including on board members’ travel to out-of-state vacation destinations. The Iowa Communities Assurance Pool, which is owned and funded by...

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2019, file photo provided by Michael Schade, tourists on a boat look at the eruption of the volcano on White Island, New Zealand. The death toll from a volcanic eruption in New Zealand has risen to 19 after police said Monday, Dec. 23, another person died at an Auckland hospital overnight. (Michael Schade via AP, File)

New Zealand police: Atlanta woman among volcano victims

Jan. 3, 2020 12:37 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta area woman was among the 19 people killed by a volcanic eruption in New Zealand last month, police confirmed Friday. Mayuari Singh, 42, died after the Dec. 9 eruption on White Island, New Zealand Police said in a news release. Singh and her husband, Pratap Singh, were hospitalized...

Greece: Squats raided in popular Athens tourist area

Dec. 18, 2019 3:02 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Police have detained at least eight people in a central Athens neighborhood after raiding three squats where occupants had been campaigning against short-term vacation rental services that have pushed up rents in the area. The simultaneous raids occurred early Wednesday in the central...

Police chief shot in central Mexico city of Cuernavaca

Dec. 6, 2019 3:30 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Armed attackers shot to death the acting police chief in the central Mexico city of Cuernavaca, a once-tranquil tourist destination just south of Mexico City, city officials said Friday. The killing late Thursday was the latest in a series of violent events that have marred the city's...

Riot police officers secure an area during a demonstration in Paris, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. Small groups of protesters are smashing store windows, setting fires and hurling flares in eastern Paris amid mass strikes over the government's retirement reform. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Paris police arrest scores amid strike over pension reform

Dec. 5, 2019 6:01 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Paris police fired tear gas at demonstrators Thursday as the Eiffel Tower shut down, France’s high-speed trains came to a standstill and hundreds of thousands marched nationwide in a strike over the government’s plan to overhaul the retirement system. At least 90 people were...