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UN says there are 258 million international migrants today

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An estimated 258 million people have left their birth countries and are now living in other nations — an increase of 49 percent since 2000, says a U.N. report on international migration released Monday. The biennial report released on International Migrants Day said ...

US vetoes UN resolution against Trump’s Jerusalem decision

By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States on Monday vetoed a resolution supported by the 14 other U.N. Security Council members that would have required President Donald Trump to rescind his declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a vote that ...

Saudis intercept Yemen rebel missile targeting royal palace

By ABDULLAH AL-SHIHRI and AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels said it intercepted a missile fired over southern Riyadh on Tuesday, which the rebels said was targeting a "top leadership" meeting at the royal palace ...

Rome’s Christmas tree ‘Mangy’ needled for heavy shedding

ROME (AP) — Rome's official Christmas tree is shedding needles so quickly it has become a jolly joke for city residents. The 21-meter- (70-foot-) high tree, which was lit up on Dec. 8, started dropping needles at a fast clip as soon as it was hoisted into the middle of bustling Rome's main ...

South Africa’s ruling party counts votes for new leader

By KRISTA MAHR, Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Counting of votes for the next president of South Africa's ruling African National Congress party has begun, after the polling took place through the night and Monday morning, with the new leader of Nelson Mandela's storied liberation ...

Report: US soldier fought to end after ambush in Niger

By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson died in a hail of gunfire, hit as many as 18 times as he took cover in thick brush, fighting to the end after fleeing militants who had just killed three comrades in an October ambush in Niger, The ...

Putin thanks Trump for CIA tip he says stopped bomb plot

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin and the White House said. During the call, the two leaders' ...

Defiant Theresa May: UK ‘proving doubters wrong’ on Brexit

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday her government is "proving the doubters wrong" after European Union leaders agreed that Brexit negotiations can finally move on to their next phase in the new year. Leaders of the other 27 EU nations gave a boost to May on Friday ...

Pope Francis blows out birthday candle on extra-long pizza

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has blown out his birthday candle on an extra-long pizza at the Vatican to the delight of children. Francis, who turned 81 on Sunday, then told the children, who use a Vatican health service, to "eat all four meters (13 feet)" saying it will make them ...

Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 9

By ABDUL SATTAR, Associated Press QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Two suicide bombers struck a church in Pakistan on Sunday, killing nine people and wounding more than 50 others, authorities said, in the first attack on a church claimed by the country's Islamic State group affiliate. Hundreds of ...