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Who are the 8 richest people? All men, mostly Americans

By CARLO PIOVANO, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The eight individuals who own as much as half of the rest of the planet are all men, and have largely made their fortunes in technology. Most are American, with one European and one Mexican in the mix. Several have pledged to give it all to ...

Stark inequality: Oxfam says 8 men as rich as half the world

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an ...

Kyrgyzstan: Cargo plane crash kills 37, destroys village

By LEILA SARALAYEVA, Associated Press BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — A Turkish cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, destroying half of a village and killing at least 37 people in the plane and on the ground, the Emergency Situations ...

EU nations react with surprise, defiance to Trump remarks

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER and RAF CASERT, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — European Union nations reacted with surprise and defiance Monday to comments by President-elect Donald Trump, who said in an interview that he believed NATO was "obsolete" and that more member states would leave the ...

‘One China principle’ not negotiable, China tells Trump

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Responding to remarks by Donald Trump, China's Foreign Ministry on Monday said the country's "one-China principle" regarding Taiwan is not negotiable and any attempt to reconsider the issue would be self-defeating. Ministry spokeswoman Hua ...

Police: 5 killed in shooting at nightclub at Mexican resort

By GABRIEL ALCOCER, Associated Press CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — A shooting attack at an electronic music festival resulted in the deaths of at least five people and left 15 injured Monday at a nightclub at Mexico's Caribbean coast resort of Playa del Carmen, authorities said. The shooting ...

In long-shot Mideast peace bid, France sees nothing to lose

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — It sounds far-fetched at best: holding a Mideast peace conference without Israelis, Palestinians or the incoming U.S. government. But the French organizers say that's the whole point. They want Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and ...

In talks with Palestinians, Vatican cites sacred Jerusalem

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican stressed the sacred nature of Jerusalem on Saturday as the Palestinian leader warned that peace could suffer if the incoming Trump administration goes ahead with plans to move the U.S. embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to ...

Iraq makes swift territorial gains against IS in Mosul

By SUSANNAH GEORGE, Associated Press MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces have won a string of swift territorial gains in Mosul in the fight against the Islamic State group after months of slow progress. Government troops retook the eastern edge of a third bridge in Mosul Saturday and a cluster ...

‘We waited for decades’: Polish govt welcomes US troops

By VANESSA GERA, Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish leaders welcomed U.S. troops to their country Saturday, with the defense minister expressing gratitude for their arrival and calling it the fulfillment of a dream Poles have had for decades. The ceremony in the western Polish ...

Berlin mayor seeks dismissal of official with Stasi past

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin's mayor on Saturday sought the dismissal of an official who has faced increasing pressure over his former ties with communist East Germany's secret police, the Stasi, an affair that has marred the new city government's start. Andrej Holm was appointed Berlin's deputy ...

Egypt slams EU, UK for criticizing ruling on activists

By HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press CAIRO (AP) — Egypt blasted the EU and Britain on Saturday for criticizing a recent court decision to freeze the assets of three rights activists, accusing both of double standards, telling them to mind their own business, and demanding that it be left alone ...

Le Pen’s world: French nationalism at heart of campaign

By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — France is partnered with the United States and Russia in a global battle against Islamic militants. Francs, not euros, fill the pockets of French citizens. Borders are so secure that illegal immigration no longer fuels fears of terror attacks ...

Norwegian mass murderer says isolation made him more radical

By MATTI HUUHTANEN, Associated Press SKIEN, Norway (AP) — Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik told a court Thursday that his isolation in prison had deeply damaged him and caused him to be even more radicalized. The 37-year-old right-wing extremist, who murdered 77 people in a ...

ECB extended stimulus as ‘steady hand’ in turbulent year

By DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Top officials of the European Central Bank wanted to extend stimulus measures in December in part to protect the eurozone economy from what could be a turbulent political year at home and globally. The concerns were recorded in a ...

Jordan seeks $7.6 billion over 3 years for Syria refugees

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan says it needs $7.6 billion through 2019 to deal with the fallout from the six-year-old Syria crisis, including hosting 650,000 refugees. The appeal was presented Thursday to diplomats from donor countries. Jordanian Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki said the 2016 aid ...

Small plane carrying gold cargo crashes in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Authorities in Zimbabwe say a small aircraft carrying gold reportedly worth almost $1 million has crashed. But the two people on board, and the treasure, were rescued. Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said Thursday that the Cessna 206 plane crashed while ...

US military: November fight with Taliban killed 33 civilians

By RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. military in Afghanistan said on Thursday that its investigation into a November firefight with the Taliban in northern Kunduz province has shown that 33 civilians died in the raid during which U.S. troops fired on Afghan ...

UAE mourns 5 diplomats killed in mysterious Afghan bombing

By JON GAMBRELL and MIRWAIS KHAN, Associated Press KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — The killing of five diplomats from the United Arab Emirates in a bombing in southern Afghanistan marks the deadliest attack ever for the young nation's diplomatic corps, though it's too soon to tell who was ...

Moscow denies having compromising information about Trump

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — A spokesman for President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday denied allegations that the Kremlin has collected compromising information about U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, deriding the claim as a "complete fabrication and utter ...