Haiti's leader marks independence day amid security concerns

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian President Jovenel Moïse broke with tradition on Wednesday and celebrated the country's independence day in the capital for security reasons following months of pol...

Climate change, Brexit divorce: EU faces challenges in 2020

BRUSSELS (AP) — December served up a warning of the massive challenges ahead for the European Union. Freak storms wreaked havoc on parts of southern Europe, showing...

US strikes on Iran-backed militia in Iraq, Syria killed 25

BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iranian-backed militia said Monday that the death toll from U.S. military strikes in Iraq and Syria against its fighters has risen to 25, vowing to exact revenge for the "aggression ...

Hong Kong’s GDP estimated to have shrunk by 3% in 2nd half of 2019

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Hong Kong’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to have contracted by more than 3 percent during the second half of 2019 amid the months-long anti-government pr...

Montenegro: Pro-Serb lawmakers released from detention

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — A Montenegrin court early Saturday released from detention three pro-Serb opposition lawmakers who were jailed following turmoil in parliament over the vote on a contested...

Israel's Netanyahu shores up base but obstacles remain

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shored up his base with a landslide primary victory announced early Friday, but he will need a big win in national elections in March if he h...

Burundi's president again says he won't run for another term

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Burundi’s president has again indicated he will not run for another term next year in the politically volatile East African nation. President Pierre Nkurunziza ...

Algeria buries military chief, de facto ruler amid protests

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria is holding an elaborate military funeral for the general who was the de facto ruler of the gas-rich country amid political turmoil throughout this year. ...

Wild Oats XI looks for 10th Sydney to Hobart line honors win

SYDNEY (AP) — Wild Oats XI begins its quest for a 10th line honors win in the Sydney to Hobart race beginning Thursday from Sydney Harbour. In early November that didn't seem possible after the super ...

Editorial Roundup: US

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Dec. 24 The New York Times on Christmas as Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral ...

Business Highlights

___ Former Uber CEO Kalanick severs ties with ride-hailing giant NEW YORK (AP) — Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is severing ties to the ride-hailing company he co-...

Boeing ousts its CEO after two deadly 737 Max crashes

NEW YORK (AP) — Boeing ousted CEO Dennis Muilenburg on Monday with no end in sight to the crisis that has engulfed the vaunted American aircraft manufacturer since the crash of two of its 737 Max airl...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2019

A lauded writer who brought to light stories overshadowed by prejudice. An actress and singer who helped embody the manufactured innocence of the 1950s. A self-made billionaire who rose from a childho...

Lebanon’s vital tourism industry takes huge hit amid turmoil

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s unprecedented economic and financial crisis has taken a huge toll on the hospitality sector, a mainstay of the Lebanese economy, with hundreds of restaurants closing and hotel ...

Iraq protests take toll on economy, vulnerable suffer most

BAGHDAD (AP) — With wisps of smoke still rising from the remnants of another night of violence, the workers came in the morning to salvage what merchandise they could from the torched warehouses in Ba...