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  • Correction: Japan-US-Reconciling the Past story

    FILE - In this Friday, May 27, 2016, file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama walks to lay a wreath at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western, Japan. U.S. President Barack Obama risked criticism at home when he decided to visit the memorial to the 140,000 killed in the atomic bombing of the Japanese city during World War II. Japanese generally welcomed his visit and praised his speech which called on humankind to prevent war and pursue a world without nuclear weapons. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama, File)In a story Dec. 6 about world leaders visiting war sites of former enemies, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Shinzo Abe will become the first Japanese prime minister to visit Pearl Harbor in Honolulu this month. Abe will be the first Japanese prime minister to visit the USS Arizona Memorial, but a predecessor visited the site of the 1941 Japanese attack in 1951, before that memorial was built.




  • Correction: Japan-US-Pearl Harbor story

    FILE - In this May 27, 2016 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, right, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan, as Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the world's first atomic bomb attack. Abe said Monday, Dec. 5, he will visit Pearl Harbor with Obama at the end of this month, becoming the first leader of his country to go to the U.S. Naval base in Hawaii that Japan attacked in 1941, propelling the United States into World War II. Atomic Bomb Dome is seen in the background. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)TOKYO (AP) — In a story published Dec. 5 about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's upcoming visit to Pearl Harbor, The Associated Press reported erroneously that he would be the first Japanese leader to do so. Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida visited in 1951.




  • Spain: Parents arrested for scam involving ill daughter
    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spanish police have arrested a couple suspected of fraud for exaggerating the illness of their child during a public campaign seeking money to pay for her treatment.

  • Ashwin spoils England fightback with 3-wicket burst

    England's batsman Keaton Jennings runs between the wicket on the first day of the fourth cricket test match between India and England in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)MUMBAI, India (AP) — India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took 3 wickets for 9 runs after tea to reduce England to 288-5 on day one of the fourth test in Mumbai.




  • Pakistan mourns 47 killed in air crash, as investigators seek answers

    Relatives console one another as they wait to supply DNA samples for the identification of remains of victims of the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane crash at PIMS hospital in IslamabadBy Mehreen Zahra-Malik and Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan on Thursday mourned the 47 victims of its deadliest plane crash in four years, including a famed rock star-turned-Muslim evangelist, as officials sought to pinpoint the cause of the disaster. Engine trouble was initially believed responsible, but many questions remain, stirring new worries about the safety record of money-losing state carrier Pakistani International Airlines. The ATR-42 aircraft involved in the crash had undergone regular maintenance, including an "A-check" certification in October, said airline chairman Muhammad Azam Saigol.




  • Strikes, anti-austerity rallies held across Greece

    Supporters of the communist-affiliated union PAME gather during a protest in Athens, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Public services in Greece have been disrupted by a general strike called by unions against ongoing austerity measures. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A nationwide strike in Greece against spending cuts disrupted public transport, state-run schools, ferries and national rail services and left public hospitals running with emergency staff.




  • Keaton Jennings century puts England in command against India

    England's Keaton Jennings celebrates after reaching his century on the first day of the fourth Test against India in Mumbai on December 8, 2016South African-born batsman Keaton Jennings scored a stunning century on his debut as England made a solid start to their must-win fourth Test against India in Mumbai on Thursday. The left-hander -- who switched allegiance to England to boost his international career prospects -- made 112 as the visitors ended the day on 288-5 at the Wankhede Stadium. Jennings, 24, was almost caught before he had scored and took until the 12th ball to get off the mark, but when he did there was no stopping the tall opener.




  • Paris rat catchers deployed to tackle rodent scourge

    Pest control experts estimate that there are around four million rats in central ParisParis officials have announced a crackdown on rats which blight parks and gardens around the City of Light and are thought to easily outnumber humans. "In order to stop the recent increase in the presence of rats around Paris, an immediate and targeted action plan has been put in place," Paris city hall announced on Wednesday.




  • Egypt president says his economic reforms are no 'picnic'
    CAIRO (AP) — The Egyptian president defended on Thursday the tough economic measures undertaken by his government, saying there was no other alternative in the face of the country's deteriorating economy.

  • Pakistan has poor 1st day on Australian cricket tour

    Australian teammates congratulate Steven Smith, third from left, after catching out New Zealand's BJ Watling during their one day international cricket match in Sydney Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)CAIRNS, Australia (AP) — Pakistan's cricket tour of Australia got off to a shaky start Thursday when the visitors were all out for 208 on the first day of a three-day tour match against a Cricket Australia XI.




  • China imposes hefty fines for fake or harmful news in Xinjiang
    China will fine anyone who spreads fake news in its western region of Xinjiang, state media has reported, as part of new measures to maintain stability in an area prone to ethnic unrest. China says it faces a serious threat from separatist Islamist militants in Xinjiang, which borders central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and is home to the largely Muslim Uighur minority group. Hundreds of people have been killed in violence there in recent years, but rights groups say at the root of the trouble are government policies that repress the religious and economic freedoms of the people.

  • Former French budget minister sentenced to 3 years

    Former French budget minister sentenced to 3 yearsPARIS (AP) — Former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison in one of the biggest political scandals of President Francois Hollande's government.




  • EU bans Iran's Aseman Airlines from flying in Europe
    By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union has banned Iran's Aseman Airlines from operating within the EU due to safety concerns, in a blow to Tehran which is buying new jets to renew the country's ageing fleet following the lifting of long-term sanctions. Aseman Airlines was added to the EU's air safety list of airlines which do not meet international safety standards, the European Commission said in a statement on Thursday. The privately owned regional carrier is Iran's third largest by active fleet size, according to the CAPA consultancy.

  • The Latest: EU: Turkey doing little to earn visa-free travel

    FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2016 file photo, migrants arrive at the new reception center in Paris. Samantha Power, the United States' U.N. ambassador says Wednesday Dec.7, 2016 that Western nations may face a security challenge down the road if they fail to do their share in sheltering arriving refugees today(AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Latest on the migrant situation in Europe (all times local):




  • Yazidi leader seeks protection for community after genocide

    Displaced children from the minority Yazidi sect, live at an unfinished house in Duhok province, northern IraqBy Maher Chmaytelli SHIKHAN, Iraq (Reuters) - The spiritual leader of Iraq’s Yazidis said his people need international help to recover from the worst atrocities they have suffered in more than a century and to reintegrate thousands of women who were enslaved by Islamic State. Khurto Hajji Ismail, the Yazidi Baba Sheikh, or religious leader, said an edict he issued to reintegrate former captives has helped overcome traditional resistance to accepting back women who were raped or members who converted to another faith, even if it was under force. Hundreds of women freed from captivity, either by escaping or in return for ransoms, have been baptized as Yazidis again in the spring that runs under temple of Lalesh, a ceremony that symbolized admission into the community.




  • Top Asian News 11:30 a.m. GMT
    MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) — Humanitarian organizations descended on Indonesia's Aceh province Thursday as the local disaster agency called for urgent food supplies and officials raced to assess the full extent of damage from an earthquake that killed more than 100 people. Volunteers and nearly 1,500 rescue personnel concentrated their search on the hard-hit town of Meureudu in Pidie Jaya district near the epicenter of the magnitude 6.5 quake that hit before dawn Wednesday. But the small number of heavy excavators on the scene meant progress was slow. Humanitarian assessment teams fanned out to other areas of the district. National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the death toll had risen to 102 and warned it could increase.

  • Indonesia quake stirs grim memories for tsunami survivors

    A man surveys a damaged mosque after Wednesday's earthquake in Meureudu, Aceh province, Indonesia, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. Thousands of people in the Indonesian province of Aceh took refuge for the night in mosques and temporary shelters after the strong earthquake killed a large number of people and destroyed dozens of buildings. (AP Photo/Heri Juanda)MEUREUDU, Indonesia (AP) — Now, thousands of people in Indonesia's Aceh province have two horrifying stories to tell.




  • EU starts legal action against 4 states over VW emissions
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is starting legal action against Britain, Germany, Luxembourg and Spain for not imposing penalties against Volkswagen for using illegal software to hide vehicle emissions.

  • Ghana opposition urges electoral commission to publish results
    A spokesman for Ghana's opposition candidate Nana Akufo-Addo's party urged the electoral commission on Thursday release results quickly, saying further delays would create suspicion it was trying to overturn its win in the poll. The delay "gives suspicion that the commission is trying to overturn the clearly expressed will of the people", spokesman Sammy Awuku told a news conference broadcast live on radio stations.

  • EU launches legal action against Germany over VW emissions scandal

    The logo of German carmaker Volkswagen (VW) pictured at the company's headquarters in Wolfsburg, northern GermanyThe European Commission launched legal action on Thursday against authorities in seven EU nations including Germany and Britain for failing to crack down on emissions cheating exposed by the Volkswagen "Dieselgate" scandal. The commission, the EU's executive arm, "is today acting against seven member states on the grounds that they have failed to fulfil their obligations" under EU law, said a statement. The Dieselgate scandal blew open when Volkswagen admitted in September 2015 that it installed software in 11 million cars worldwide that reduced emissions of harmful nitrogen oxides when it detected the vehicle was undergoing tests.




  • EU launches legal case against Germany, UK over Volkswagen scandal

    Volkswagen logo is pictured at the newly opened Volkswagen factory in WrzesniaThe European Union opened legal action on Thursday against seven nations including Germany and Britain for failing to police emissions cheating by carmakers after the Volkswagen scandal. Germany, Britain, Spain and Luxembourg stand accused of not imposing the same kind of penalties VW faced in the United States over its use of illegal software to mask emissions of health-harming nitrogen oxide (NOx) on tests. The European Commission, the bloc's executive arm, has further called Germany and Britain to account for refusing to share details on breaches of EU emissions laws uncovered in national investigations this year.




  • Giraffes 'threatened with extinction'

    Wild giraffe numbers have plummeted by 40 percent in the past three decadesWild giraffe numbers have plummeted by 40 percent in the past three decades and the species is now "vulnerable" to extinction, a top conservation body said Thursday. The population of the world's tallest land mammal dropped to below 100,000 in 2015, mainly due to habitat loss and illegal hunting, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reported. "These majestic land animals are undergoing a silent extinction," Julian Fennessy, co-chairman of the IUCN's specialist group on giraffes, said in a statement.




  • Kerry warns Europe, others against 'authoritarian populism'

    US Secretary of State, John Kerry, uses his mobile phone in Hamburg, Germany, Wednesday Dec. 7, 2016. Kerry will attend the meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, OSCE, council of ministers on Dec, 8 and Dec. 9 2016. (Bodo Marks/dpa vis AP)BERLIN (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned countries from Europe and beyond on Thursday to beware of an increasing "danger of authoritarian populism."




  • Airlines project 'soft landing' in 2017 after record profits
    GENEVA (AP) — The world's leading association of airlines is lowering its projection for record industry net profit this year, while predicting a 16 percent drop next year due to rising oil prices.

  • Trump's choice of China envoy a positive sign for ties, Xinhua says

    Governor of Iowa Terry Branstad speaks to the press meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New YorkU.S. President-elect Donald Trump's pick of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as ambassador to China sends a positive sign for ties, Chinese state media said, but the envoy will have to live up to earlier statements rejecting confrontation with Beijing. The appointment of Branstad, seen in China as a longstanding friend who first forged ties with President Xi Jinping 30 years ago during an agricultural research trip to Iowa, may help ease trade tension between the world's two largest economies, diplomats and trade experts have said.




  • French ex-budget minister Cahuzac jailed for tax fraud

    Former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac arrives at a courthouse in Paris for the verdict in his tax fraud trial on December 8, 2016Former French budget minister Jerome Cahuzac, whose brief in government was to crack down on tax dodgers, was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday for tax fraud and money laundering. Cahuzac's ex-wife Patricia Menard was given a two-year prison sentence for her role in stashing millions of euros abroad from the couple's lucrative hair transplant business. The Paris court also gave Francois Reyl, a Swiss banker, a one-year suspended prison sentence and fined him 375,000 euros ($405,000) for assisting the couple.




  • Aleppo displaced hide out in last rebel districts as army closes in
    By John Davison BEIRUT (Reuters) - Years of siege conditions mean the citizens living in rebel-held parts of Aleppo are accustomed to danger, fear and tragedy. "We've long accepted that if we die we die, from barrel bombs and so on, but now we're scared that the army will come in and take my husband." The options facing Reem and others caught up in the rapid government advance are bleak: men of fighting age could be arrested whether they stay put or head to government-held districts. "We want to get out, but to Idlib or Jarablus," Abu Youssef, 34, and from the same neighborhood said, listing two rural areas still in rebel hands.

  • Turkey conducting intense talks with Russia for Aleppo ceasefire, Erdogan spokesman says
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is conducting intense talks with Russia for a ceasefire in Syria's Aleppo and to allow humanitarian aid into the war-ravaged city, President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman said on Thursday. Ibrahim Kalin also told a news conference in Ankara that Syrian government forces were carrying out crimes against humanity and war crimes in the city. (Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz and Humeyra Pamuk; Writing by David Dolan; Editing by Daren Butler)

  • Cabrera Bello takes 1-stroke lead at Hong Kong Open

    2016 AP YEAR END PHOTOS - Justin Rose, of Great Britain, wins the gold medal during the final round of the men's golf event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)HONG KONG (AP) — Rafa Cabrera Bello had four birdies and an eagle Thursday for an opening 6-under 64 and a one-stroke lead at the Hong Kong Open.




  • The Latest: Syria activists report intense bombing in Aleppo

    FILE -- In this Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 file photo, a ball of fire rises following an air strike hits insurgents positions in eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo, Syria. Aleppo shakes with explosions and gunfire day and night in both the government and rebel sides. But for supporters of President Bashar Assad at least, there is comfort in the growing sense of imminent victory in the city. A rebel defeat in Aleppo, Syria’s largest city and former commercial center, is likely to reverberate across the war-torn country, where opposition forces continue to hold out in smaller, more disconnected areas. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):




  • France's Le Pen calls for end of education for illegal migrants

    France's far-right leader Marine Le PenFrench far-right leader Marine Le Pen proposed Thursday that the children of illegal immigrants should be refused school places as part of tough proposals to restrict public services. The leader of the National Front (FN) is forecast by opinion polls to finish second in next year's presidential election but she is hoping for new momentum after the victory of Donald Trump in the United States.




  • Dozens in student dormitories held in Turkish post-coup probe: agency
    Turkish police detained dozens of people on Thursday in an investigation of student dormitories suspected of ties to the network of a U.S.-based cleric accused by Ankara of masterminding July's failed coup, state-run Anadolu agency said. Turkey has jailed some 36,000 people pending trial and has suspended or dismissed more than 100,000 state personnel over links to the cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States. Arrest warrants were issued for 136 people in the dormitories' operation across 20 provinces, Anadolu said.

  • Intelligence agency: Russia trying to destabilize Germany
    BERLIN (AP) — Germany's domestic intelligence agency says Russia is trying to destabilize German society and the state with propaganda campaigns and cyberattacks.

  • Syria's Assad confident of victory in Aleppo

    Syrian troops patrol the newly captured al-Sakhour neighbourhood in the eastern part of AleppoPresident Bashar al-Assad said victory for his forces in Aleppo would be a "huge step" in ending Syria's war, as government troops battled Thursday to retake more rebel ground. Repeated diplomatic efforts this week to end the fighting have stalled, with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov failing to make a breakthrough in their latest talks on Wednesday.




  • EU unblocks visa-free travel for Ukraine, Georgia

    People hold up Georgian and Ukrainian flags during celebrations for signing of association agreement with EU in TbilisiBy Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will soon let Ukrainians and Georgians visit the bloc without needing a visa after diplomats and lawmakers struck a deal on Thursday to end an internal EU dispute that had been holding up the promised measures. Agreement on a mechanism for suspending such visa waivers in emergencies ends mounting embarrassment for some EU leaders who felt the bloc was reneging on pledges to ex-Soviet states it has promised to help as they try to move out from Moscow's shadow. European Council President warned on Wednesday that the EU was risking its credibility by failing to reward Georgia and Ukraine for painful reforms.




  • Exclusive: Risking Beijing's ire, Vietnam begins dredging on South China Sea reef

    Vietnamese-held Ladd Reef, in the Spratly Island group in the South China SeaBy Lincoln Feast and Greg Torode SYDNEY/HONG KONG (Reuters) - Vietnam has begun dredging work on a disputed reef in the South China Sea, satellite imagery shows, the latest move by the Communist state to bolster its claims in the strategic waterway. Activity visible on Ladd Reef in the Spratly Islands could anger Hanoi's main South China Sea rival, Beijing, which claims sovereignty over the group and most of the resource-rich sea. Ladd Reef, on the south-western fringe of the Spratlys, is completely submerged at high tide but has a lighthouse and an outpost housing a small contingent of Vietnamese soldiers.




  • Iran minister says in U.S. interest to stay committed to nuclear pact

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida attend a joint news conference in TokyoBy Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday it was in the interest of the United States to remain committed to a multilateral nuclear treaty. The U.S. Senate voted last week to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for 10 years, and Iran vowed to retaliate, saying it violated last year's agreement with six major powers to curb its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of international financial sanctions. A diplomatic thaw between the United States and Iran over the past two years appears in jeopardy with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump taking office next month.




  • Rebels seek ceasefire with Syrian army closer to retaking Aleppo

    Rebel fighters ride on a pick-up truck mounted with a weapon as they drive in a rebel-held area of AleppoBy Lisa Barrington and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian rebels in besieged eastern Aleppo called on Wednesday for an immediate five-day ceasefire and the evacuation of civilians and wounded, but gave no indication they were ready to withdraw as demanded by Damascus and Moscow. The Syrian army and allied forces have made rapid gains against insurgents in the past two weeks and look closer than ever to restoring full control over Aleppo, Syria's most populous city before the war, and achieving their most important victory of the conflict now in its sixth year. In a statement calling for the truce, the rebels made no mention of evacuating the several thousand fighters who are defending an ever shrinking area of eastern Aleppo.




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