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Heavy rain causes floods, paralyzes Lebanon's capital

Dec. 9, 2019 10:25 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A rainstorm paralyzed parts of Lebanon's capital Beirut on Monday, turning streets to small rivers, stranding motorists inside their vehicles and damaging homes in some areas. The flooding came as protesters have been holding nearly two months of demonstrations against the country's...

Peace in sight? Paris summit seeks solution for Ukraine war

Dec. 9, 2019 10:15 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany began talks Monday to find a way to end the five years of fighting in eastern Ukraine that has killed 14,000 people, emboldened the Kremlin and reshaped European geopolitics. The four leaders are holding a series of meetings at the Elysee...

Greta asks media to focus on other young climate activists

Dec. 9, 2019 9:13 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Celebrity environmentalist Greta Thunberg is urging media to pay more attention to other young climate activists. The 16-year-old Swede, who first inspired fellow students by skipping school to pressure her country's leaders, has drawn huge crowds at demonstrations and conferences in the past...

Bosnian police forcibly break up protest over landfill site

Dec. 9, 2019 8:35 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Authorities in the southern Bosnian city of Mostar dispatched police Monday to remove residents who have been blocking access to the city’s only landfill over concerns that it poses serious health and environmental risks. Police, including officers in full riot...

Tally of arrests in Hong Kong protests surges past 6,000

Dec. 9, 2019 5:04 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police say they have made 6,022 arrests and fired nearly 16,000 tear gas rounds during six months of anti-government protests that have shaken the city. Police say the arrests included 11 people detained in raids over the weekend that netted a pistol and other weapons. Police...

Main Lebanon PM candidate withdraws from consideration

Dec. 8, 2019 6:50 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — A possible candidate for prime minister of Lebanon said Sunday he is withdrawing from consideration for the post, prolonging the country's political crisis. Samir Khatib said the country's top Sunni religious authority told him the community supports the re-appointment of former Prime...

France braces for even worse travel woes, govt seeks answers

Dec. 8, 2019 3:02 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — France braced for even worse transportation woes when the new work week begins Monday due to nationwide strikes over the government's redesign of the national retirement system. French President Emmanuel Macron convened top officials to strategize for the high-stakes week ahead. Sunday saw...

Iraqi state forces, militia man checkpoints after bloodshed

Dec. 8, 2019 12:22 PM EST

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces on Sunday set up checkpoints and manned them alongside unarmed members of a militia group, Iraqi police officials said, to protect anti-government protesters in central Baghdad plazas, two days after a deadly attack by unknown gunmen. The militia group, Saraya Salam or...

Protesters: Ukraine's leader must defend nation at summit

Dec. 8, 2019 10:26 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Several thousand people rallied Sunday in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv to demand that the president defend the country's interests in this week's summit with Russia, Germany and France on ending the war in eastern Ukraine. Many Ukrainians are concerned that President Volodymyr...

Protesters in Belarus against deeper ties with Moscow

Dec. 8, 2019 10:13 AM EST

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Several hundred protesters have braved the repressive climate in Belarus to hold a demonstration against deepening the country's ties with Russia. The Sunday protest by about 500 people in the capital of Minsk was the second consecutive day of protest in a country that usually...