• Belgian prosecutors office says man arrested in Brussels, charged with "terrorist attacks"

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian prosecutors office says man arrested in Brussels, charged with "terrorist attacks"

  • Russian foreign minister says Moscow will suspend visa-free travel with Turkey

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian foreign minister says Moscow will suspend visa-free travel with Turkey.

  • Art program gives Boston's homeless a place to create

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    BOSTON (AP) — In an elegant church in one of Boston's most chic shopping districts, homeless people from across the city gather once a week to express themselves in ways not possible when living on the streets. As winter approaches, attendance at Common Art increases, and as many as 100 homeless and low-income people paint, draw, knit, sew, make jewelry or engage in other crafts that allow them to boost their self-esteem and make a little cash. Chris Haubrich started coming to Common Art about 10 years ago when he was homeless and still comes regularly even though he now has an apartment. "This is the place that saved me," Haubrich said, dabbing at a colorful painting of a parrot. "This is my safety net.

  • Mali arrests 2 over attack on luxury hotel in Bamako

    Updated: 14 hr ago

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian special forces have arrested two men over last week's attack on a luxury hotel in the capital, according to a statement distributed Friday morning, as the government provided a breakdown by nationality of the 20 people killed in the attack. The statement identified the suspects as two Malians, both arrested in Bamako, but provided no other details on their background or their potential roles in the operation. "Questioning of these suspects will shed more light on the motivations of the perpetrators of the sordid terrorist attack perpetrated" at the Radisson Blu hotel on Nov. 20, said the statement sent by army Maj. Modibo Naman Traore. Two gunmen armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and exp

  • Italy Ferrari Test Drive

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    In this photo taken on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, a man holds the price list at the Push-Start test-drive service, in Maranello, Italy. Just outside the gates of the Ferrari Museum in the carmaker’s birthplace of Maranello, entrepreneurial spirit is clashing with communal concerns for safety and even decorum as a growing gaggle of unaffiliated, independent Ferrari test-drive businesses say they are fighting for survival amid tightening rules imposed by the city.

  • After Paris attacks, increased resolve for UN climate talks

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    PARIS (AP) — Still gripped by shock and grief, Paris will play host to a long-awaited U.N. climate conference under tragic circumstances that none could have foreseen. But delegates to the two-week talks starting Monday insist they won't let the Nov. 13 attacks that killed 130 people in the French capital distract them from the task at hand: crafting a landmark deal to fight global warming. If anything, some say, the bloodshed could make countries more determined to reach a deal to address a problem that's widely seen as a factor that contributes to conflict. "There may be even more awareness of how important it is to address climate change, given the impact of climate change on the stability of countries," said Dutch

  • Japan plans extra budget, handouts, to pump up recovery

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered Cabinet ministers to prepare an extra spending package, including cash handouts for the poorest pensioners, seeking to breathe fresh life into Japan's stalling recovery. The amount of the supplementary budget has not been decided, the chief government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said Friday after the Cabinet met. Local media said the package will likely exceed 3 trillion yen ($24.5 billion) and will be prepared in December, for approval early in the new year. It will likely include one-time subsidies of 30,000 yen ($245) for cash-strapped pensioners.

  • Teen killed by Chicago officer had broken, troubled family

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — A black teenager shot 16 times by a white Chicago police officer was a ward of the state when he died, having spent years being shuttled between different relatives' homes and foster care from the time he was 3. Laquan McDonald, whose name demonstrators have shouted for two days and will shout again during a planned rally to disrupt the city's famed Magnificent Mile shopping corridor Friday, lived a troubled, disadvantaged life and had at least one previous brush with the law. School officials and the McDonald family lawyer say there were signs Laquan was trying to get his life in order, though prosecutors say he had drugs in his system and was burglarizing cars on Oct. 20, 2014 — the night a squad-car vide

  • Big balloons, heavy security for NYC Thanksgiving parade

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Americans paused Thursday to celebrate their blessings despite terrorism fears and racial tensions over fatal police shootings across the country. A record number of police officers patrolled the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, while St. Louis resumed its annual parade, canceled last year amid protests over Michael Brown's death. At the White House, President Barack Obama spent a quiet holiday with a traditional meal. Here's a look at how other Americans celebrated: ___ TIGHT SECURITY FOR SNOOPY AND SPONGEBOB Spectators at the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York noted a stepped-up police presence, with officers perched on buildings like Radio City Music Hall and watching

  • Asia stocks lower amid Thanksgiving trading lull


    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks markets were lower in muted trading Friday after Wall Street was closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, and investors continued to watch for developments in tense relations between Russia and Turkey. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 inched down 0.3 percent to 19,886.35 while South Korea's Kospi was up 0.1 percent at 2,031.99. Hong Kong's Hang Seng dropped 1 percent to 22,269.02 and China's Shanghai Composite fell 0.8 percent to 3,605.64. Other regional markets were also lower, falling in Taiwan, Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore. EUROPE BUOYED: Shares rose in Europe on Thursday on hopes the European Central Bank might announce further stimulus measures next week. Britain

  • Hurricane Sandra still powerful Category 3 storm


    MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Sandra is still a powerful Category 3 storm in the eastern Pacific, but it is expected to weaken significantly before it reaches Mexico's mainland. The hurricane's maximum sustained winds Thursday night were 120 mph (195 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says rapid weakening is expected: Sandra is forecast to weaken to a tropical storm Friday night and become a remnant low on Saturday before it reaches the coast of Mexico's Sinaloa state. Sandra is centered about 340 miles (545 kilometers) south of the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California peninsula and is moving north at 13 mph (20 kph). A tropical storm watch is in effect for the Baja California peninsula from Todos Santos to Los Bar

  • Mideast Egypt Antiquities


    FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, file photo, the gold mask of King Tutankhamun is seen in its glass case during a press tour, in the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s antiquities ministry said on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015 that exploration has begun inside King Tutankhamun’s 3,300 year-old tomb, in the search for alleged hidden chambers, one of which may include Queen Nefertiti, according to a new theory.

  • Australian wildfire kills at least 2 and injures 13 others

    Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Firefighters contained a large wildfire Thursday that had caused at least two deaths, 13 injuries and destroyed at least 16 homes near the southern Australian city of Adelaide, officials said. Two bodies of a 56-year-old woman and a 69-year-old man were recovered on Wednesday, South Australia state Premier Jay Weatherill said. Their names were not released. At least two firefighters were among the 13 people hospitalized on Wednesday by the fast-moving blaze that had scorched 85,000 hectares (210,000 acres) of farm and woodland and threatened several towns near Adelaide, the state's capital and largest city, Weatherill said. Five of the injured were in critical or serious conditions with burn

  • Ukraine stops buying Russian gas, closes airspace

    Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) — Tensions between Russia and Ukraine escalated Wednesday as Ukraine decided to stop buying Russian natural gas — hoping to rely on supplies from other countries — and closed its airspace to its eastern neighbor. Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March 2014 and its support for separatist rebels in the east has brought relations between the two countries to a post-Soviet low. Ukraine has since been trying to cut its dependence on Russian gas. Russia's state-controlled gas company, Gazprom, said Wednesday that it stopped sending gas to Ukraine on Wednesday morning and will supply no more because Ukraine has not paid in advance for more deliveries.

  • The Latest: UK envoy: Jet downing must spur end to Syria war

    Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on the war in Syria, including a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey. All times local: 10:20 p.m. Britain's U.N. ambassador says Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet must lead to redoubled efforts to end the Syrian conflict. Matthew Rycroft told reporters in New York on Wednesday that the longer the conflict goes on, "the more scope there is for these sorts of incidents to happen, and they are very dangerous." He said the way to end the conflict is by implementing the 2012 Geneva communique calling for a transitional government in Syria — and the way to speed this is through the Vienna talks involving about 20 key parties which have spurred "some momentum.

  • Palestinian assailant killed after stabbing Israeli soldier

    Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — A Palestinian assailant was shot and killed by Israeli forces after stabbing and seriously wounding an Israeli soldier in the West Bank on Wednesday, the latest in an unrelenting, two-month wave of violence. The Israeli military said the soldier was stabbed at a junction near the West Bank city of Hebron. Troops on the scene shot the attacker, who later died in a Jerusalem hospital. The attack comes a day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited the region to try to calm tensions. The violence erupted in mid-September over tensions surrounding a sensitive Jerusalem holy site and quickly spread across Israel and into the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The past week has been the deadliest of the outburst s

  • Biden meets Balkan leaders at summit on refugees, threats

    Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Former Balkan rivals on Wednesday pledged joint efforts with the United States and the European Union in protecting European borders from a record surge of asylum-seekers amid fears that Islamic militants may have infiltrated the flow. Southeast European leaders met at an urgent summit in the Croatian capital attended by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to discuss the crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa cross the Balkans.

  • Woman ordered to pay $600 for throwing rock at drone

    Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    HARWICK, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania woman has been ordered to pay $600 for hurling driveway gravel at her next-door neighbor's drone. Mark Shock says he was finishing up a flight in Harwick on Aug. 30 when Martina Wlodarski hurled a stone and hit the remote-controlled aircraft. A video shows the drone going haywire after being hit. Shock says two blades flew off and nearly hit him in the face. Wlodarski says she was frightened by the 3.5-pound aircraft and acted in self-defense. Criminal mischief charges were dropped on Monday as the neighbors agreed that Wlodarski would pay Shock restitution.

  • Brussels schools reopen, maximum threat alert still in place

    Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) — When Annelaure Leger dropped off her two children at school on Wednesday, it was like nearly every other day — except for the machine gun-toting policeman. After a two-day school shutdown sparked by a threat alert across the Belgian capital, Brussels resident Leger was relieved that classes were back in session, even though she and her kids had to take their bikes since the subway was still not running in her neighborhood. "It was like Christmas come early for the children," Leger said. "They stayed at home and played with the neighbors' kids." She said the family lives partly in Paris and that the children are very aware of what's happening both there and in Belgium.

  • Revised nuclear deal between South Korea, US takes effect

    Updated: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A new nuclear treaty with the United States governing South Korea's commercial nuclear activities during the next 20 years went into effect Wednesday, the South Korean government said. The treaty, which replaces a previous accord reached in 1972, opens the possibility of South Korea gaining the ability to enrich uranium to produce non-weapons-grade nuclear fuel depending on future negotiations with the United States. The new treaty took effect after South Korea's foreign minister and the U.S. ambassador exchanged documents in Seoul, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. The countries agreed to the revised treaty in April after spending several years arguing over whether South Korea should