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Strong storm blasts northern Europe; 2 dead in Netherlands

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A powerful storm lashed Europe with high winds and snow Thursday, killing at least two people, grounding flights at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, halting trains and blowing over trucks in several countries. Dutch police said one ...

Pair of Chinese giant pandas get snowy welcome in Finland

By JARI TANNER, Associated Press HELSINKI (AP) — A pair of giant pandas has arrived in snowy Finland, China's gift to mark the small Nordic nation's 100 years of independence. Four-year-old male panda Hua Bao and three-year old female Jin Baobao were welcomed Thursday in a ceremony at ...

52 people die in bus fire in Kazakhstan

MOSCOW (AP) — A bus fire in Kazakhstan killed 52 people on Thursday in a vast snow-covered steppe, officials said. The tragedy happened near the village of Kalybai in the northern Aktobe region, the Emergencies Department of the former Soviet nation in Central Asia said. Authorities said ...

Pope wraps up Chile stop with visit to migrants, on to Peru

By NICOLE WINFIELD and PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Pope Francis wraps up his Chile visit Thursday by meeting with members of the South American nation's booming immigrant community, who are flocking to the region's strongest and most stable economy but are ...

Pence visit showcases dilemma facing Egypt, Jordan leaders

By HAMZA HENDAWI and ALICE SU, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's upcoming visit to the Middle East comes at a time of intensely publicized friction between his administration and the Palestinian leadership, posing a dilemma for his Arab hosts — Egypt's ...

Across the Mideast, Palestinians brace for Trump aid cuts

By FARES AKRAM, Associated Press SHATI REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip (AP) — Mahmoud al-Qouqa can't imagine life without the three sacks of flour, cooking oil and other staples he receives from the United Nations every three months. Living with 25 relatives in a crowded home in this teeming Gaza ...

Activists in Chile say pope must apologize for priest abuse

By EVA VERGARA and NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Hours before Pope Francis was set to arrive in Chile Monday, activists on issues related to sex abuse by priests called for sanctions against both abusers and anyone who helped cover up their actions. About 200 ...

North Korean orchestra, maybe joint hockey team at Olympics

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea's delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea will include a 140-member art troupe, the two sides agreed Monday, while discussions continue over fielding a joint women's hockey team. The two Koreas met Monday for ...

Twin bombings in Baghdad kill 38, shatter post-IS calm

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN and MURTADA FARAJ, Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — Twin suicide bombings rocked Baghdad on Monday, killing 38 people in the deadliest attack since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group last month, and raising fears ahead of national elections planned for ...

Police hunt for jewels, thieves after Ritz robbery in Paris

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Paris police have recovered some jewels stolen from the Ritz Hotel in a dramatic heist, but are still searching Thursday for two thieves and the rest of the missing luxury merchandise. The robbery on Wednesday evening raised questions about ...