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In democracy's birthplace, pope warns of populist threats

Pope Francis has warned that the “easy answers” of populism and authoritarianism threaten democracy in Europe and called for fresh dedication to promoting the common good
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Pope Francis listens as Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou delivers her speech during a meeting with authorities, at the Presidential Palace, in Athens, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Pope Francis arrived to Greece Saturday for the second leg of his trip to the region with meetings in Athens aimed at bolstering recently-mended ties between the Vatican and Orthodox churches. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis, Pool)
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Biden, Putin set video call Tuesday as Ukraine tensions grow

Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin plan to speak in a video call Tuesday as tensions between the United States and Russia escalate over a Russian troop buildup on the Ukrainian border
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President Joe Biden talks with reporters at the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, as he prepares to leave for Camp David. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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Voters protest disqualification of Venezuelan candidate

About 500 people have protested in support of a Venezuelan gubernatorial opposition candidate who was retroactively disqualified as the vote count showed him ahead in the home state of the late President Hugo Chávez
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Opposition leader Freddy Superlano greets supporters in Barinas, Venezuela, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Superlano, who was leading the race for governor in Barinas State in the recent Nov. 21 regional elections, called for a protest this Saturday after a court ruling ordered new elections in the state and disqualified him from running(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
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Chile reports first case of omicron variant of coronavirus

Chile has reported its first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus
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December 04

Indonesia's Semeru volcano erupts, spews huge ash cloud

Indonesia's highest volcano on Java island has spewed thick columns of ash, searing gas and lava down its slopes in a sudden eruption triggered by heavy rains
December 04
Villagers rest at a temporary shelter after evacuating their homes following the eruption of Mount Semeru , in Sumberwuluh village, Lumajang, East Java, Indonesia, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. The highest volcano on Indonesia’s most densely populated island of Java has spewed thick columns of ash high into the sky, triggering panic among people living nearby. There were no immediate reports of casualties. (AP Photo/Rokhmad)
December 04

France's Macron meets Saudi crown prince in final Gulf stop

France’s president and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince held a joint phone call with Lebanon’s prime minister during Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the kingdom
December 04
In this photo released by Saudi Royal Palace, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman greets French President Emmanuel Macron, left, upon his arrival in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. (Bandar Aljaloud/Saudi Royal Palace via AP)
December 04

Gambia counts marble votes in 1st post-Jammeh election

Election officials in the West African nation of Gambia have started counting marble votes after polls closed for the first presidential election in decades that does not include former dictator Yahya Jammeh as a candidate
December 04
A woman leaves the polling station after voting in Gambia's presidential elections in Bakau, Gambia, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Gambians vote in a historic election that will for the first time not have former dictator Yahya Jammeh, who ruled for 22 years, on the ballot. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
December 04

Police kill Palestinian attacker after Jerusalem stabbing

Israeli police killed a Palestinian after he stabbed and wounded an ultra-Orthodox Jew near Damascus Gate just outside Jerusalem’s Old City
December 04
An Israeli policeman examines the body of a man shot near Damascus Gate to the Old City of Jerusalem, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Israeli police shot a Palestinian on Saturday after an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man was stabbed and wounded near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, a crowded area that is often the scene of demonstrations and clashes. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
December 04

Le Pen: The right takes step to build 'big European force'

The leaders of European right-wing populist parties say they will cooperate more closely at the European Union’s parliament in order to defend the sovereignty of their nations
December 04
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, left, pays respects at the memorial to the heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, in Warsaw, Poland, Friday Dec. 3, 2021. The memorial honors Jews who rose up against Nazi German forces during World War II. Le Pen is in Warsaw to attend a meeting of the leaders of right-wing and far-right parties on Saturday. (AP Photo/Adam Jankowski)
December 04

Protesting Orthodox priest heckles Pope on Greece visit

"Pope, you are a heretic!" the priest shouted three times as Francis arrived.
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A protesting Orthodox Priest shouts against the visit of Pope Francis at the Archbishopric of Greece in Athens, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Pope Francis warned Saturday that the "easy answers" of populism and authoritarianism threaten democracy in Europe and called for fresh dedication to promoting the common good. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)
December 04

Rio de Janeiro cancels NYE party due to omicron fears

Rio de Janeiro has canceled its New Year’s Eve party due to renewed COVID-19 fears
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Sudan group condemns UN's call to support reinstated PM

A Sudanese pro-democracy group has condemned comments by the U_N_ chief urging citizens to support a deal that reinstated Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok so the country can have “a peaceful transition towards a true democracy.”
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Protesters call for a civilian government during demonstrations near the presidential palace in Khartoum, Sudan, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. Security forces have fired tear gas at anti-coup protesters in the Sudanese capital on Tuesday, in the latest demonstrations against a military takeover that took place last month. (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)
December 04

21 die when bus heading to wedding swept into river in Kenya

Bus taking choir members to a wedding plunged into a river in Kenya on Saturday.
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Kremlin says Biden, Putin to have call Tuesday as tensions escalate over Russian buildup on border with Ukraine

Kremlin says Biden, Putin to have call Tuesday as tensions escalate over Russian buildup on border with Ukraine
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Protesters block roads in Serbia to criticize mining plans

Thousands of protesters have gathered in Belgrade and other Serbian towns and villages to block roads and bridges despite police warnings and an intimidation campaign launched by authorities against the participants
December 04
Protesters stand on the highway during a protest in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Thousands of protesters have gathered in Belgrade and other Serbian towns and villages to block roads and bridges despite police warnings and an intimidation campaign launched by authorities against the participants. Thousands of protesters have gathered in Belgrade and other Serbian towns and villages to block roads and bridges despite police warnings and an intimidation campaign launched by authorities against the participants. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
December 04

5 bodies found in house just outside Berlin

German authorities say five bodies with gunshot and stabbing wounds have been found Saturday in a house just outside Berlin
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Police have cordoned off a single-family home in Senzig, a district of the town of Kownigs Wusterhausen in the Dahme-Spreewald district, Saturday, Dec.4, 2021. Police found five dead bodies in a home there. The police assume a homicide, a spokesman said. (Patrick Pleul/dpa via AP)
December 04

France's Republicans pick a woman as presidential candidate

Valérie Pécresse, the head the Paris region and a former conservative minister, has been chosen to run in France’s presidential race for The Republicans party
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Valerie Pecresse speaks during a press conference at her campaign headquarters, with losing candidate Xavier Bertrand at her side, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 in Paris. Valerie Pecresse, a moderate conservative, will go into a runoff as the favorite to represent the conservative Les Republicains' candidate in the French presidential election in April. Valerie Pecresse will face Eric Ciotti, a right-winger in the party. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
December 04

At least 30 civilians reported killed in Mali truck attack

A local official in central Mali says gunmen attacked a truck carrying civilians in central Mali, killing at least 31 people
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Traditional wrestling continues as a Friday fixture in Kabul

Through clouds of billowing dust, two men circle each other warily before one plunges forward, grabbing his rival’s clothing
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Afghan men wrestle in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Dec. 3 , 2021. The scene is one played out each week after Friday prayers in the sprawling Chaman-e-Huzori park in downtown Kabul, where men, mainly from Afghanistan's northern provinces, gather to watch and to compete in pahlawani, a traditional form of wrestling. (AP Photo/ Petros Giannakouris)
December 04

Hong Kong's new Catholic bishop hopes to foster healing

The new head of Hong Kong’s Catholic diocese has expressed hope that he could foster healing in a congregation and a city divided by the continuing fallout from massive anti-government protests in 2019
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Stephen Chow waves at the episcopal ordination ceremony as the new Bishop of the Catholic Diocese, in Hong Kong, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. The new head of Hong Kong's Catholic diocese expressed hope Saturday that he could foster healing in a congregation and a city divided by the continuing fallout from massive anti-government protests in 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
December 04

Police: Pakistan detains scores in lynching of Sri Lankan

Officials say police have arrested 13 suspects and detained dozens of others in the lynching of a Sri Lankan employee at a sports equipment factory in eastern Pakistan
December 04
Hassan Khawar, right, spokesman for the Pakistan's Punjab government, and Punjab police chief Rao Sardar brief journalists regarding initial investigation on lynching of a Sri Lankan citizen, in Lahore, Pakistan, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. Police arrested 13 suspects and detained dozens of others in the lynching of a Sri Lankan employee at a sports equipment factory in eastern Pakistan, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo)
December 04

AP EXCLUSIVE: Afghan judges in Brazil still fear the Taliban

A female judge was hiding from the newly empowered Taliban in Afghanistan when an apparent reading mistake 7,000 miles away changed her life
December 04
An Afghan judge who asked that her true name not be used, sits during an interview with The Associated Press in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. Seven Afghan female judges have taken refuge in Brazil due to fears of retribution from the Taliban. (AP Photo/Raul Spinasse)
December 04

Clashes rock Arab town in Israel, alleged car-rammer killed

Police have shot and killed a man in an Arab town in northern Israel who had allegedly been involved in a car-ramming attack that wounded two officers
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Storm weakens after heavy rain, evacuation in southern India

A tropical storm has weakened after dumping heavy rains overnight in parts of southern India off the Bay of Bengal as more than 50,000 people evacuated to government-run camps
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This Thursday, Dec, 2, 2021, satellite image released by NASA shows a storm brewing in the Bay of Bengal. Indian authorities issued an alert, shut schools and canceled trains in parts of the country on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, as rescue teams braced for the tropical storm to possibly make landfall. (NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) via AP)
December 04

210 migrants found packed into truck in central Mexico

Mexican immigration authorities say they have discovered 210 migrants packed into a truck trailer in the central part of the country
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December 03

Laos opens railway to China as debt to Beijing rises

The prime minister of Laos has ridden the first run of a $5.9 billion Chinese-built train connecting his isolated, mountainous country with southern China
December 03
Women in ethnic dresses perform on a passenger carriage of the first regular train service on the Chinese section of the railway between Kunming and Vientiane, the Laotian capital, after its debut ceremony in Kunming in southwestern China's Yunnan province, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. The railway is one of hundreds of projects under Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative to build ports, railways and other facilities across Asia, Africa and the Pacific. (Chinatopix via AP)
December 03

Ukraine says Russia amassed over 94,000 troops at border

Ukraine; Over 94,000 Russian troops at border.
December 03
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on the situation of coal mining enterprises in Kuzbass, via videoconference in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. Putin has warned officials about the need to strictly observe industrial safety in the wake of last week's coal mine explosion that killed 51. A methane explosion rocked the Listvyazhnaya mine in the Kemerovo region in southwestern Siberia last week, killing 46 miners and five rescuers in the deadliest mine accident in Russia since 2010. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
December 03

Santas ride scooters to Christmas celebration

Santas in the U.K. skipped the sleigh and opted for scooters instead on their way to a Christmas lighting celebration.
December 03
Santas in the U.K. skipped the sleigh and opted for scooters instead on their way to a Christmas lighting celebration.
December 03

China's Didi to leave US stock market amid tech crackdown

Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Global Inc. says it will pull out of the New York Stock Exchange and shift its listing to Hong Kong as the ruling Communist Party tightens control over tech industries
December 03
FILE - The logo for Didi is seen on the headquarters in Beijing on July 16, 2021. Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Global Inc. said Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 it will pull out of the U.S. stock market and shift its listing to Hong Kong as the ruling Communist Party tightens control over tech industries. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
December 03

Cult killers sentenced to 50 years prison in Panama

A court has imposed Panama’s maximum sentence of 50 years in prison on seven members of a cult who killed a woman and six children in a religious rite in a remote part of the Central American nation
December 03
FILE - An accordion sits on a bench inside a New Light of God temple in El Terron, Panama, Jan. 17, 2020, where a woman and six children were killed by cult members days earlier. A court on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, imposed Panama's maximum sentence of 50 years in prison on seven members of the cult who killed the woman and six children in a religious rite in the Ngabe Bugle hamlet on Panama's Caribbean coast. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)
December 03

Gambia will head to polls in 1st post-Jammeh election

Gambians are getting ready to vote in a historic election that won't have former dictator Yahya Jammeh on the ballot
December 03
FILE - Gambians celebrate the victory of Opposition coalition candidate Adama Barrow against longtime President Yahya Jammeh in the streets of Serrekunda, Gambia, Dec. 2, 2016. Gambians vote Saturday Dec. 3, 2021 in a historic election that will for the first time not have former dictator Yahya Jammeh, who ruled for 22 years, on the ballot. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)
December 03

Pakistan police: mob kills Sri Lankan over alleged blasphemy

Pakistani police say a Muslim mob descended on a sports equipment factory in eastern Punjab province, killing a Sri Lankan and burning his body over allegations of blasphemy
December 03
Local residents gather at the site where a Sri Lankan citizen was lynched by Muslim mob outside a factory in Sialkot, Pakistan, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. A Muslim mob attacked a sports equipment factory in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province on Friday, killing a Sri Lankan over allegations of blasphemy, police said. (AP Photo/Shahid Akram)
December 03

School tragedy, Congressional discord, Santa is coming : Week in Photos

A look at the week's top photos from around the globe.
December 03
VIDEO: School tragedy, Congressional discord, Santa is coming : Week in Photos
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Lebanese minister resigns in bid to ease crisis with Saudis

Lebanon’s information minister has resigned in a bid to ease an unprecedented, weekslong diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab countries
December 03
Lebanon's Information Minister George Kordahi speaks during a press conference to announce his resignation at the Ministry of Information in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Kordahi announce his resignation Friday, in a bid to ease an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
December 03

Libya's foreign minister slams European migration policy

Libya’s foreign minister has sharply criticized a system of deterring migrants from reaching European shores that she argues has so far only served the interest of EU states
December 03
FILE - Libyan Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush speaks during a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey following their talks in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021. Mangoush on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 criticized a system of deterring migrants from reaching European shores that she argued fails to address the root of the problem and has so far only served the interest of EU states. (Maxim Shipenkov/Pool Photo via AP, File)
December 03

Struggling Chinese developer warns it could run out of money

A troubled Chinese developer struggling under $310 billion in debt has warned it may run out of money to “perform its financial obligations."
December 03
FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2021, file photo, a security guard stands at the headquarters of China Evergrande Group in Hong Kong. On Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, troubled Chinese developer China Evergrande Group, struggling under $310 billion in debt, warned it may run out of money to “perform its financial obligations,” sending regulators scrambling to reassure investors that China’s financial markets can be protected from a potential impact. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)
December 03

Portugal’s interior minister quits after series of scandals

Portugal’s interior minister has resigned after a series of gaffes and missteps that could have made him a political liability for his center-left Socialist Party ahead of elections for a new government on Jan. 30
December 03
FILE - Portugal's Interior Minister Eduardo Cabrita speaks to journalists as he arrives to chair the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting at the Belem Cultural Center in Lisbon, on June 22, 2021. Cabrita announced his resignation Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, after a series of gaffes and missteps that could have made him a political liability for his center-left Socialist Party ahead of elections for a new government on Jan. 30. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File)
December 03

Iran nuclear talks pause, will reconvene in Vienna next week

Officials say diplomats negotiating in Vienna to revive Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers have paused after five days of talks to consult with their governments, and will reconvene next week
December 03
FILE - Mohammad Eslami, new head of Iran's nuclear agency (AEOI), left, and Iran's Governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Kazem Gharib Abadi, left, leave the International Atomic Energy's (IAEA) General Conference in Vienna, Austria, Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. Diplomats negotiating in Vienna to revive Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers have paused after a five days of talks to consult with their governments and will reconvene next week, officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Lisa Leutner, File)
December 03

Belarus mother imprisoned for 'unsanctioned mass gatherings'

The leading human rights group in Belarus says a court has sentenced a neighborhood activist to four years in prison for creating an “extremist group” on the messaging app Telegram
December 03
This undated handout photo released by Human Rights Center "Viasna" spring96.org on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, shows a Belarus activist Volha Zalatar, Minsk, Belarus. A Belarus court has sentenced Volha Zalatar to four years in prison for creating an "extremist group" on the messaging app Telegram, the country's top rights group, Viasna, reported. Zalatar, a 38-year old mother of five underaged children, has been held in custody since March. (Human Rights Center "Viasna" spring96.org via AP)
December 03

Serbia and Russia pledge to combat 'color revolutions'

Serbia's interior minister says Serbia and Russia have pledged to jointly combat popular revolts known as “color revolutions.”
December 03
In this photo provided by the Serbian Interior Ministry, Serbian Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin, left, poses with Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Kremlin's Security Council, in Moscow, Russia, on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Serbia and Russia pledged Friday to combat "color revolutions" they said are instruments of the West to destabilize "free states," according to a statement issued by Serbia's interior minister. (Serbian Interior Ministry Press Service via AP)
December 03

Mexico overhauls handling of migrants to release pressure

Benjamín Villalta, a 39-year-old Nicaraguan, couldn’t believe that a Mexican immigration office would open in the middle of the night to give him and some 40 other migrants humanitarian visas that would allow them to move about Mexico and work
December 03
Migrants begin their walk north from the community of La Lima in southern Veracruz state, Mexico, early Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. The Mexican government has recently opted for a new strategy to relieve pressure on Tapachula, the city on its southern border with Guatemala where tens of thousands of migrants accumulate, and to deactivate the caravans that have emerged in recent months: grant humanitarian visas and offer transfers to other states. (AP Photo/Felix Marquez)
December 03

Study: New German govt's plans fall short of climate goal

A research institute’s analysis has concluded the incoming German government’s plans for curbing greenhouse gas emissions are insufficient to put Germany on course to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris climate accord
December 03
A bucket wheel excavator is mining coal at the Garzweiler open-cast coal mine in Luetzerath, Germany, Monday, Oct.25, 2021. An analysis of the incoming German government's climate plans has concluded that they aren't sufficient to put the country on course to meet the goals of the 2015 Paris accord. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
December 03

Vatican takes in 12 migrants as pope denounces indifference

Pope Francis has denounced the “indifference” that the West shows migrants as the Vatican confirmed at least a dozen asylum-seekers would be transferred from Cyprus to Italy
December 03
Pope Francis waves as he arrives at the Apostolos Varnavas Orthodox Cathedral in Nicosia, Cyprus, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Pope Francis is urging Greek Cypriots and breakaway Turkish Cypriots to resume talks on reunifying the Mediterranean island nation. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)
December 03

Germany arrests suspected Libyan extremist

German authorities have arrested a 29-year-old man on suspicion of being part of a Libyan extremist group and extorting money through kidnappings
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Britain wants suspected Russian spy extradited from Germany

German authorities say they have received a request from Britain to approve the extradition of a suspected Russian spy who worked at the U.K.‘s Embassy in Berlin
December 03
FILE - The Union Jack waves at the the British embassy in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021. German authorities said Friday they have received a request from Britain to approve the extradition of a suspected Russian spy who worked at the U.K.'s Embassy in Berlin. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)
December 03

EXPLAINER: Turkey's currency is crashing. What's the impact?

Turkey’s beleaguered currency has been plunging to all-time lows against the U.S. dollar and the euro in recent months as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presses ahead with a widely criticized effort to cut interest rates despite surging consumer prices
December 03
A man sells Turkish flags in a commercial area in Kadikoy neighbourhood in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. Turkey’s beleaguered currency has been plunging to all-time lows against the U.S. dollar and the euro in recent months as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan presses ahead with a widely criticized effort to cut interest rates despite surging consumer prices. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
December 03

France signs weapons mega-deal with UAE as Macron tours Gulf

France has announced multibillion-euro deals to sell fighter planes and combat helicopters to the United Arab Emirates
December 03
FILE - France's President Emmanuel Macron, left, shakes hand with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan, prior to a meeting, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Still reeling from the recent submarine deal rapture by Western allies, French President Emmanuel Macron is visiting the energy-rich Arab countries of the Persian Gulf on Friday Dec. 3, 2021, with an aim to close a lucrative arms deal and strengthen France's leadership role in renewed international efforts to revive Iran's cratered nuclear deal with world powers. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)
December 03

Remains of bus crash victims returned to North Macedonia

Two Bulgarian military planes have landed in North Macedonia to return the remains of 45 people killed in a bus crash in Bulgaria ten days ago to their families for burial
December 03
Army soldiers carry a coffin containing the remains of a passenger killed in a bus crash in Bulgaria ten days ago, during the repatriation ceremony at Skopje Airport, North Macedonia, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. Two Bulgarian military planes have landed Friday at North Macedonia's main airport carrying remains of 45 people killed in bus crash in Bulgaria ten days ago to be handed to their families for burials. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)
December 03

Pakistani activist, 3 retired officers convicted of spying

Pakistani security officials say the country's military courts have convicted a prominent rights activist and three retired army officers on charges of espionage and sedition, sentencing them to prison terms ranging from 12 to 14 years
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