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Hip waders on: Venice braces for another exceptional tide

Nov. 17, 2019 6:48 AM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Venetians braced Sunday for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting records. City officials shut down St. Mark’s Square, removing elevated walkways and turning back curious onlookers. Tourists with scheduled departures rushed to grab the last water...

Belarus leader dismisses democracy even as vote takes place

Nov. 17, 2019 5:53 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus’ authoritarian president has disdainfully brushed off concerns that Sunday’s parliament election, from which many opposition figures have been excluded, would be regarded as neither free nor fair. After casting his ballot in a polling station in the capital of...

2 jets collide after landing in Frankfurt, no one injured

Nov. 17, 2019 5:28 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities say a collision between two passenger jets on the tarmac at Frankfurt Airport caused damage but left no one injured. The Korean Air Boeing and Air Namibia Airbus planes hit each other shortly after both landed at the airport on Saturday evening. News agency dpa reported that the...

Pope’s Asian agenda: Atomic bombs, martyrs, family reunion

Nov. 17, 2019 5:25 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has agendas both pastoral and personal for his trip to Asia, where he’ll appeal for global nuclear disarmament at the sites of the atomic bomb and minister to two tiny Catholic communities that have suffered gruesome periods of persecution. Emphasizing the dignity of...

Pope decries that “greed of a few” worsens poverty of others

Nov. 17, 2019 5:04 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is decrying that the “greed of a few” wealthy people is compounding the plight of the poor. Francis celebrated a Mass Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica dedicated to heightening awareness about poor people worldwide. He lamented that people aren’t...

Merkel party leader: No overhaul of German coalition deal

Nov. 17, 2019 4:49 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party is rejecting calls for an overhaul of the accord underpinning Merkel’s often-fractious coalition government. Merkel’s center-right Union bloc leads an alliance with the center-left Social Democrats. Halfway through the...

Aide recounts actions tying Trump to delay in Ukraine funds

Nov. 17, 2019 4:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump’s emissary to the European Union, had a message when he met with a top Ukrainian official. Sondland said vital U.S. military assistance to Ukraine might be freed up if the country’s top prosecutor “would go to the mike and...

UK media: Prince Andrew’s sex claims rebuttal a train wreck

Nov. 17, 2019 4:17 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — British media have slammed Prince Andrew’s effort to rebut claims that he had sex with a woman who says she was trafficked as a teenager by Jeffrey Epstein, branding the interview a public relations disaster. In a rare interview with BBC Newsnight broadcast Saturday, Andrew...

Leaked Russian interference report raises UK vote questions

Nov. 17, 2019 3:56 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A senior Labour party official says leaks from a report on Russian interference in British politics raises serious questions about the security of next month’s election. The Sunday Times says the report from Parliament’s intelligence committee concludes that Russian interference...

Venice braces for another exceptional tide, tourists flee

Nov. 17, 2019 3:29 AM EST

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Venetians are bracing for the prospect of another exceptional tide in a season that is setting records. Officials are forecasting a 1.6 meter (5 feet, 2 inch) surge of water Sunday through the lagoon city. That comes after Tuesday’s 1.87-meter flood, the worst in 53 years,...