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BERLIN (AP) — President Barack Obama is on his way to Peru after concluding his final official visit to Germany where he met with European leaders. In Peru, Obama will turn his focus to his final Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' meeting. The organization, which focuses much of its energy on improving trade relations among the 21 participating nations, is figuring out how to counter resistance from the incoming administration.

NEW YORK (AP) — A fierce critic of President Barack Obama's foreign policy is President-elect Donald Trump's choice for national security adviser but it's unclear if former military intelligence chief Michael Flynn has accepted. Flynn has called for Washington to work more closely with Moscow, echoing similar statements from Trump. But his warmth toward Russia has worried some national security experts.

GENEVA (AP) — Mediterranean shipwrecks continue to take a devastating toll on migrants trying to reach Europe in rickety boats, and a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration calls it "a calamity in plain sight." The U.N.'s migration watcher says it now believes 365 people died or are missing and presumed dead in recent days. Spokesman Leonard Doyle says more than 4,500 people have died this year.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There's concern in Philadelphia today that a rival union faction could derail the tentative contract that put an end to a weeklong transit workers strike. Members of Transport Workers Union Local 234 will vote on the ratification at 30 polling places around the city this evening. Union president Willie Brown says the vote will be close. A rejection means it's back to the bargaining table but not the picket lines.

BEIJING (AP) — Two Chinese astronauts are back on Earth after spending a month aboard China's own experimental space station. It's China's sixth and longest crewed mission. Veteran mission commander Jing Haipeng and first-time space traveler Chen Dong are reported in good health after landing in Mongolia. Their mission is the latest step toward a fully functioning, permanently crewed space station six years from now.

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