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French workers need to work until age 64 to get full pension

Dec. 11, 2019 7:06 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the minimum retirement age will remain 62, but workers will have to work until 64 to get a full pension. In a sweeping speech Wednesday, he said the implementation of the pension changes will be delayed. The new pension system will only apply to...

Protesters rally in India to oppose citizenship bill

Dec. 11, 2019 6:42 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Protesters burned tires and blocked highways and rail tracks in India's remote northeast for a second day Wednesday as the upper house of Parliament began debating legislation that would grant citizenship to persecuted Hindus and other religious minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and...

Experts quit police probe in blow to Hong Kong government

Dec. 11, 2019 5:23 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Foreign experts recruited to add legitimacy to Hong Kong's police watchdog quit Wednesday, saying the agency lacks teeth. The expert panel's decision to stand aside is likely to increase pressure on the territory's government for an independent probe of police behavior during six months...

The people sing: 'Les Mis' soothes, breaks Hong Kong hearts

Dec. 11, 2019 4:38 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — For Hong Kong spectators mentally and physically drained from six months of pro-democracy protests that have convulsed the city, a rousing performance of “Les Miserables” proved almost too much to bear. Audience members wept, dabbing their eyes with handkerchiefs, big tears...

No Christmas tinsel in Iraq, in solidarity with protesters

Dec. 11, 2019 1:08 AM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Christmas tree in the middle of a central Baghdad plaza occupied by anti-government protesters is bare, save for portraits of those killed under fire from security forces. A tribute, the demonstrators explained, to a recent decision by Iraq's Christians to call off seasonal festivities...

India’s crackdown hits religious freedom in disputed Kashmir

Dec. 10, 2019 9:59 PM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — For years, Romi Jan’s mornings would begin with the plaintive call to prayer that rang out from the central mosque in disputed Kashmir’s largest city. The voice soothed her soul and made her feel closer to God. Not anymore. For nearly four months, the voice that called...

Handke takes Nobel Literature Prize amid protest

Dec. 10, 2019 5:54 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Author Peter Handke received his Nobel Literature Prize on Tuesday amid criticism of him in Sweden and abroad as an apologist for Serb war crimes in the 1990s. Handke accepted the 9 million-kronor ($948,000) award from King Carl XVI Gustaf at a ceremony in Stockholm with the winners of...

Voting with their feet: French march against pension reforms

Dec. 10, 2019 3:15 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Cranking up the pressure on President Emmanuel Macron, thousands of union activists marched through French cities on Tuesday and airport employees and teachers joined nationwide strikes to demand that the government scrap changes to the national retirement system. As a crippling transportation...

Gulf leaders meet in Saudi Arabia under looming Iran threat

Dec. 10, 2019 2:56 PM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Arab Gulf leaders gathered in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for an annual summit that was intended to showcase their unity in the face of shared threats. But looming over the meeting were their frayed ties and heightened worries about Iran. For all their diverging views and...

Tens of thousands of Czechs call on prime minister to resign

Dec. 10, 2019 1:57 PM EST

PRAGUE (AP) — Tens of thousands of Czechs returned to the streets of Prague on Tuesday to urge Prime Minister Andrej Babis to resign. The protest at the central Wenceslas Square and a march followed two huge rallies earlier this year when a quarter of a million people demanded that Babis step down in the...