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ATHENS, Greece (AP) — President Barack Obama has gotten a close-up look at the Acropolis, the famed ancient citadel in Athens. Obama will also deliver a speech to the Greek people as he winds up the first leg of his final foreign tour as president. The president is expected to touch on both Greece's efforts to emerge from its financial crisis, and on its role as a way station for hundreds of thousands of refugees.

NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump hadn't been seen in public for days when he walked into New York's 21 Club to applause from fellow diners. The unannounced evening out with family came amid suggestions of a less-than-smooth transition. Trump offered reassurances in a tweet, calling the process "very organized." Before dinner, Trump met with the head of his transition team, Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

UNDATED (AP) — Some world leaders are weighing in on Donald Trump. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) is criticizing protests in the United States, saying the president-elect should be respected. Syrian President Bashar Assad says Trump could be a "natural ally" in its civil war. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (doo-TEHR'-tay), who has been hostile to President Barack Obama, congratulated Trump for a "well-deserved victory."

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand military leaders say they've almost completed the evacuation of more than 700 tourists and residents from a small coastal town, two days after a powerful earthquake cut off train and vehicle access. The magnitude 7.8 quake left two people dead, triggered a small tsunami, and brought down rocks and mud that swept across highways.

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Britain's Prince William is visiting Vietnam, where he's urged leaders to step up the fight against trafficking in wildlife species. The Duke of Cambridge, who is president of United for Wildlife, met the Vietnamese prime minister and vice president. He will attend a two-day conference on illegal wildlife trade starting tomorrow in Hanoi.

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