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  • Madagascar’s former president under house arrest

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Madagascar’s former president has been moved to house arrest in the capital Antananarivo, following months of detention, according to a representative on Saturday. Marc Ravalomanana was formally placed under house arrest following…

  • Lukashenko names new PM, central bank head

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The authoritarian president of Belarus has replaced his prime minister, the head of the national bank and an array of other top officials as the country weathers economic troubles. The economics…

  • Snow, ice sweep Britain, stranding drivers

    LONDON (AP) — Snow and icy weather have swept through parts of Britain, stranding drivers and leaving thousands of homes without power. Snow also covered parts of Switzerland and southwestern Germany on Saturday, and up…

  • Turkey: 2 killed in clashes between rival Kurdish groups

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities say a group of Kurdish youths have clashed with supporters of a Kurdish Islamist party in southeast Turkey. Two people were killed. The governor’s office for Sirnak province says…

  • Syria ‘ready to participate’ in Moscow peace talks

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media says the government is prepared to attend peace talks that Moscow plans to hold next month. On Saturday it cited a foreign ministry official as saying that the government…

  • Polish poet, translator Stanislaw Baranczak died in US

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s leading daily Gazeta Wyborcza says that poet, translator, dissident and former Harvard lecturer Stanislaw Baranczak has died at his U.S. home. He was 68. Baranczak suffered from Parkinson’s disease, which…

  • School error takes money from staff bank accounts

    PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Some employees in a Massachusetts school district feel like they got a visit from the Grinch. Instead of receiving their paychecks via direct deposit on the day after Christmas, Plymouth Public…

  • Ukraine says Crimea transport halt temporary

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A Ukrainian security official says suspension of transport connections with Crimea is expected to be only a temporary measure. Ukraine on Friday blocked rail and bus travel between the mainland and…

  • Crystal Palace fires manager Neil Warnock

    LONDON (AP) — Crystal Palace fired Neil Warnock after only four months in charge on Saturday, becoming the first English Premier League manager to lose his job this season. The 66-year-old Warnock’s second spell in…

  • Humbug: Playstation, Xbox Live, disrupted for the holidays

    WASHINGTON — UPDATE : Sony Playstation tweeted this morning at 3:30 a.m. ET, that service for its  PS4, PS3, and Vita network services are “gradually coming back online” after being out since Christmas day. As of…

  • Japan’s Abe unleashes stimulus plan to spur growth

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Cabinet approved 3.5 trillion yen ($29 billion) in fresh stimulus Saturday for the ailing economy, pledging to get growth back on track and restore the country’s precarious public finances. Prime Minister…

  • Woman who bared breasts in Vatican square is freed

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Holy See has released a Ukrainian activist who bared her breasts in St. Peter’s Square on Christmas Day and snatched the statue of Baby Jesus from the Vatican’s outdoor Nativity…

  • Sweden’s PM: No early elections next year

    HELSINKI (AP) — Sweden’s prime minister said on Saturday there will be no early elections next year as the left-leaning government has reached an agreement with opposition parties on a budget proposal. Prime Minister Stefan…

  • Iran’s army tests suicide drone in drills

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s army has deployed a suicide drone for the first time in massive ongoing military drills near the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Persian Gulf. Gen. Ahmad…

  • Pilot recalls last flight to Cyprus airport

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Capt. Adamos Marneros gazed with foreboding at the dots on the radar screen of his passenger jet as it prepared for landing on Cyprus. It was before dawn on July 20,…