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FILE  - In this, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 1988 file photo, a police officer walks by the nose of Pan Am flight103 in a field near the town of Lockerbie, Scotland where it lay after a bomb aboard exploded, killing a total of 270 people. The family of a Libyan convicted in the Lockerbie bombing has lost an appeal in a court in Scotland on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 to have his conviction overturned posthumously.  Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was found guilty in 2001 of mass murder for the attack on Pan Am flight 103, which was traveling from London to New York on Dec. 21, 1988.  The bombing killed all 259 people aboard the plane and another 11 on the ground. Al-Megrahi was jailed for life, but the family of the former intelligence officer has long claimed his innocence. They plan to appeal to the U.K. Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Martin Cleaver, File)

Lockerbie bomber family loses appeal to overturn conviction

Jan. 15, 2021 9:06 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The family of a Libyan man convicted in the Lockerbie bombing has lost an appeal in a court in Scotland to have his conviction overturned posthumously. Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was jailed for life in 2001 for his involvement in the attack on Pan Am flight 103, which crashed in Scotland during a...

A woman waits at a bus stop in Zurich, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The traffic situation is difficult after persistent snowfalls in eastern Switzerland. (Ennio Leanza/Keystone via AP)

Avalanche warnings aired after heavy snowfall in Switzerland

Jan. 15, 2021 9:03 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Switzerland have warned of high avalanche risk in mountainous regions of the Alpine nation after heavy snowfall in recent days. Zurich's public transport company halted all tram and bus services in Switzerland's biggest city Friday, saying snow had brought down trees and...

Alexander Gassner of Germany during the Men's Skeleton World Cup in St. Moritz, Switzerland, on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)

Germans win skeleton golds; Uhlaender leads US sliders

Jan. 15, 2021 8:55 AM EST

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — Tina Hermann of Germany won a World Cup skeleton race on the historic St. Moritz track Friday, and Katie Uhlaender posted the best finish of any U.S. sliding athlete so far this season. Hermann prevailed with Austria’s Janine Flock finishing second and Germany’s...

FILE- In this Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, file photo, Prime Minister Mark Rute, center left, and Dutch King Willem-Alexander, center, pose with the ministers for the official photo of the new Dutch government on the steps of Royal Palace Noordeinde in The Hague, Netherlands. The Dutch Cabinet was meeting Friday Jan. 15, 2021, amid strong speculation that Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government will resign to take political responsibility for a scandal involving child benefit investigations.(AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Dutch government resigns over child welfare scandal

Jan. 15, 2021 8:52 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his entire Cabinet resigned Friday to take political responsibility for a scandal involving investigations into child welfare payments that wrongly labeled thousands of parents as fraudsters. In a nationally televised speech, Rutte said he...

Tugboats get into position on the Russian pipe-laying vessel

Germany approves resuming Russia gas pipeline work

Jan. 15, 2021 8:36 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities gave permission Friday for work to resume on a subsea pipeline bringing natural gas from Russia that's been the target of U.S. sanctions threats. The decision by the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency can be appealed, meaning there could be another halt to the...

Norway: Former minister's ex-partner gets 20-month sentence

Jan. 15, 2021 8:31 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The ex-partner of Norway’s former justice minister was convicted and sentenced to 20 months in jail Friday for setting a fire outside the politician’s home and other threatening behavior. The Oslo District Court found Laila Bertheussen guilty of setting fire to a...

FILE - In this June 28, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin walk to participate in a group photo at the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. Russia says it will withdraw from an international treaty allowing observation flights over military facilities following the U.S. exit from the pact. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 that the U.S. withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty last year “significantly upended the balance of interests of signatory states,” adding that Moscow’s proposals to keep the treaty alive after the U.S. exit have been cold-shouldered by Washington’s allies. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Russia follows US to withdraw from Open Skies Treaty

Jan. 15, 2021 8:18 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia said Friday it will withdraw from an international treaty allowing observation flights over military facilities following the U.S. exit from the pact. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the U.S. withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty last year...

A medical worker gives a coronavirus vaccine shot to a patient at a vaccination facility in Beijing, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. A city in northern China is building a 3,000-unit quarantine facility to deal with an anticipated overflow of patients as COVID-19 cases rise ahead of the Lunar New Year travel rush. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: David Kessler tapped for vaccine rollout

Jan. 15, 2021 7:58 AM EST

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden also is tapping former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler to help lead the incoming administration’s vaccine rollout and development program. Kessler has been advising Biden as a co-chair of his advisory board on the coronavirus pandemic....

Dutch media report Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government is resigning over scandal involving child welfare fraud probes

Jan. 15, 2021 7:43 AM EST
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch media report Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government is resigning over scandal involving child welfare fraud probes.
FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2020 file photo, Italian former Premier Silvio Berlusconi adjusts his face mask as he leaves the San Raffaele hospital after testing positive for COVID-19, in Milan, Italy. Berlusconi, 84, was released Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 from a hospital in the principality of Monaco, where he underwent medical tests for heart problems, his press office said. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, file)

Former Italian leader Berlusconi released from hospital

Jan. 15, 2021 7:31 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi was released Friday from a hospital in the French Riviera city-state of Monaco where he underwent medical tests for heart problems, his press office said. The 84-year-old three-time premier said in a message to supporters that his health was good and...