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The European Parliament has overwhelmingly approved the departure terms of the United Kingdom from the European Union

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 10:37am

The European Parliament has overwhelmingly approved the departure terms of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Berlin zoo's panda twins take their 1st public tumbles

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 5:05am

Pit and Paule, the new star attractions at Berlin's zoo, have made their first foray into the limelight, climbing and tumbling around their cub-proof indoor enclosure to the delight of the cameras.

Russia arrests 5 ex-police in reporter's planted drugs case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 3:53am

Russia's Investigative Committee on Wednesday detained five former police officers involved in a controversial drug arrest of a prominent investigative journalist last year and said they will be charged with fabricating evidence.

Villages on Beijing's outskirts isolate selves amid outbreak

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 3:48am

With barricades and wary guardians, villages on the outskirts of Beijing are closing themselves off to outsiders to ward against infection from a new type of virus.

China, with 5,974 cases of new virus, has more infections than it did during the SARS outbreak; death toll still lower

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 3:38am

China, with 5,974 cases of new virus, has more infections than it did during the SARS outbreak; death toll still lower.

Israel postpones move to annex large parts of West Bank

Joseph Krauss, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 3:10am

Israel has postponed a move to annex large parts of the West Bank, a government minister said Wednesday, a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to quickly act on the Trump administration's Mideast plan despite fierce Palestinian opposition.

Confined at home, Chinese get creative to beat boredom

Penny By Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 2:08am

Chinese around the country confined to their apartments either by choice or by order are making the best of the situation as cities remain in lockdown in a desperate bid to contain a new, dangerous virus.

Allies worry as US ponders cutting military forces in Africa

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 2:00am

As extremist violence grows across Africa, the United States is considering reducing its military presence on the continent, a move that worries its international partners who are working to strengthen the fight in the tumultuous Sahel region.

Syrian troops capture key town in rebel-held Idlib province

Albert Aji and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 1:32am

Syrian government forces captured one of the largest and most strategic rebel-held towns in the country's northwest, the Syrian military and opposition activists said Wednesday, part of a Russian-backed military assault that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people fleeing to safer areas.

Giraffe still missing after 2 escape from truck in Thailand

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 1:20am

Has anyone seen a giraffe running on a highway in Thailand?

Virus in China affects sports events, Olympic qualifiers

Graham Dunbar, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 1:18am

Amid growing concern about the spread of a new virus in China, international sports in the country have been postponed and Olympic qualifying tournaments have been taken elsewhere.

Israel could clash with international court on settlements

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 11:26pm

Emboldened by a supportive White House, Israel appears to be barreling toward a showdown with the international community over its half-century-old settlement enterprise in the West Bank.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 1:45 p.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 10:40pm

President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is shifting to questions from senators, a pivotal juncture as Republicans lack the votes to block witnesses. Republican senators are straining for ways to deal with fallout from former national security adviser John Bolton's forthcoming book. That leaves them facing a potential setback in their hope of ending the trial with a quick acquittal. Trump's defense team rested Tuesday with a plea to “end now,” but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell privately told senators he doesn't yet have the votes to thwart Democratic demands for witnesses. Bolton asserts that Trump tied military aid from Ukraine to investigations into Democratic rival Joe Biden. Trump says Bolton's book is “nasty & untrue.” 

UAE confirms 4 Chinese tourists have virus, first in Mideast

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 10:34pm

A family of four Chinese tourists in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday became the first cases in the Mideast of a new Chinese virus that causes flu-like symptoms, with an Emirati doctor saying the first to fall ill only showed symptoms after over a week on vacation.

United Arab Emirates announces first confirmed case of Chinese coronavirus in the Middle East

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 10:30pm

United Arab Emirates announces first confirmed case of Chinese coronavirus in the Middle East.

Japanese evacuation flight brings back workers from Wuhan

Kaori Hitomi and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 9:01pm

The first group of Japanese evacuees from a virus-hit Chinese city arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday, a dozen of them with cough and fever including two who were later diagnosed with pneumonia.

Japanese officials say 4 evacuees on flight from Chinese city of Wuhan have cough and fever and were taken to hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 8:38pm

Japanese officials say 4 evacuees on flight from Chinese city of Wuhan have cough and fever and were taken to hospital.

The Latest: Finland reports 1st case of new virus from China

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 7:36pm

The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China that has sickened thousands of people and killed more than 100:

Health experts: Human-to-human spread of new virus worrying

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 5:34pm

World health officials, back from a visit to Beijing, expressed great concern Wednesday that a dangerous new virus is spreading between people outside of China, even as the number of illnesses continue to grow dramatically inside that Asian nation.