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Turkey's Armenian church elects new patriarch

Dec. 11, 2019 8:56 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's Armenian community on Wednesday voted in Bishop Sahak Masalyan as its new patriarch, in an election critics say was overshadowed by Turkish government intervention. Delegates elected Masalyan, 57, as the 85th patriarch of the Armenian Orthodox Christians in Turkey, the...

Russian boxers to boycott Olympics if sanctions not lifted

Dec. 11, 2019 8:48 AM EST

Russian boxers will only take part in the Tokyo Olympics if doping sanctions forcing them to compete as neutral athletes are overturned, the general secretary of the Russian Boxing Federation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Umar Kremlev said he has spoken with the Olympic boxing team and they...

French government spells out pension plan to calm strikes

Dec. 11, 2019 8:36 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France's prime minister said Wednesday the full retirement age will be increased for the country's youngest, but offered a series of concessions in an effort to calm a nationwide protest against pension reforms that critics call an erosion of the country's way of life. The government is trying...

Protesters rally in India's Assam to oppose citizenship bill

Dec. 11, 2019 8:01 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Protesters burned tires and blocked highways and rail lines 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...