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  • Major ivory network dismantled in Congo, wildlife group says

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Authorities in Congo have dismantled a major ivory network, arresting three traffickers in a blow to poaching operations that threaten the survival of the African forest elephant, the conservation group WWF…

  • Shiffrin’s comeback could be in jeopardy due to heavy snow

    CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin’s comeback race could be in jeopardy. The Olympic and world champion was set to return from injury in Monday’s World Cup slalom in Crans-Montana, Switzerland. It would have been…

  • For refugees, finding work in Europe an uphill battle

    VIENNA (AP) — Antonio Piani appears to have beaten the odds stacked against refugees finding work in Europe, but the hotel where he works was set up specifically to employ people like him. The 40-year-old…

  • Kerry takes aim at Russia over Ukraine and Syria

    MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is sharply criticizing Russia for its actions in Ukraine and Syria, accusing Moscow of “repeated aggression” in both places. Speaking to the Munich Security Conference on…

  • Germany presses Russia, Ukraine to implement peace deal

    MUNICH (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister pressed for progress on a year-old peace plan for eastern Ukraine as he met Saturday with senior officials from Russia, Ukraine and France, saying he hopes that Moscow and…

  • 2 Indian soldiers, 5 rebels killed in Kashmir fighting

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Five suspected rebels and two soldiers were killed in a fierce gunbattle Saturday in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, officials said. Police and soldiers cordoned off a village in the northern…

  • 114 bodies pulled from toppled Taiwan building; 1 missing

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Workers have pulled out 114 bodies from the rubble of a high-rise apartment building that collapsed in an earthquake in Taiwan’s oldest city, leaving only one missing, authorities said Saturday, a…

  • The Latest: Polish leader says beefed-up NATO is necessary

    MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on the security conference in Munich (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Poland’s president says comments from Russian politicians underline why increased military security is the top priority for eastern European…

  • Amid multitude of woes, Egypt leader says democracy is back

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s president says his country has established a democratic system and rebuilt constitutional institutions after years of turmoil following the 2011 uprising. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi declared the transition complete in a 32-minute…

  • Pope opens Mexico visit after historic stop with patriarch

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Pope Francis kicks off his first trip to Mexico on Saturday with speeches to the country’s political and ecclesial elites, riding in on the success of his historic meeting in Cuba…

  • Officials: 5 Afghan security men killed in Taliban attack

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say at least five security personnel have been killed by Taliban insurgents who attacked their checkpoints in the southern Helmand province. Gen. Abdul Rahman Sarjang, provincial police chief in…

  • Influential Iraqi Shiite cleric calls for government reforms

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called for government reform Saturday, demanding greater accountability and threatening to withdraw from the political process if his proposal is not accepted and the government does…

  • Russian PM: West rekindling the Cold War

    MUNICH (AP) — Russia’s prime minister accused the West on Saturday of rekindling the Cold War, telling a meeting of top defense officials, diplomats and national leaders that sanctions imposed after the annexation of Crimea…

  • Gunmen kill police officer, wound 2 in Pakistani capital

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police say two gunmen shot and killed a police officer and wounded two others in an attack on a patrol on a main road in the capital, Islamabad. Police officer Tariq…

  • Steve Coogan film at Berlin fest puts death penalty on trial

    LONDON (AP) — Is it possible to discuss an emotive topic like the death penalty with both passion and reason? Steve Coogan hopes so. The British actor-comedian plays a lawyer battling to keep his client…