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Asia welcomes Year of the Pig with banquets, temple visits

BEIJING (AP) — Asia welcomed the lunar Year of the Pig on Tuesday with visits to temples, family banquets and the world's biggest travel spree. Celebrations took place throughout the region, from Beijing and Seoul to Hanoi and Singapore. The streets of Beijing and other major Chinese cities ...

Pope Francis celebrates historic Mass in Arabian Peninsula

By NICOLE WINFIELD and AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pope Francis ministered on Tuesday to the thriving Catholic community in the United Arab Emirates as he concluded his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula with the first-ever papal Mass here and a ...

US officials fear IS fighters are lying low, not defeated

By MATTHEW LEE, AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to declare near-total triumph over the Islamic State group in Syria in his State of the Union address, but U.S. defense officials are increasingly fearful that the militants are simply biding their time ...

UK’s Theresa May traveling to Northern Ireland in Brexit bid

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May is traveling to Northern Ireland seeking support for her stalled withdrawal plan from the European Union. May plans to speak to business leaders Tuesday and will also meet with Democratic Unionist Party chief Arlene Foster. The prime minister ...

Feuding UK politicians seek elusive unity as Brexit looms

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — With Brexit just seven weeks away, Britain's ruling Conservative Party was locked in tense negotiations with itself Monday to rework the U.K.'s divorce deal with the European Union — as the EU stood firm in ruling out any ...

EU countries step up pressure on Venezuela’s defiant Maduro

By BARRY HATTON, Associated Press LISBON, Portugal (AP) — A key group of European Union countries endorsed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country's interim president on Monday, piling the pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to resign and let the country hold a new ...

Iran’s revolutionaries have mixed feelings, 40 years later

By MOHAMMAD NASIRI, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Forty years after he defected from the shah's Imperial Guard to join the Islamic Revolution, Mohammad Reza Tajik, like many Iranians from that time, looks back wistfully at the youthful excitement they felt and the losses they suffered ...

UAE gives pope pomp-filled welcome ceremony at visit’s start

By NICOLE WINFIELD and JON GAMBRELL, Associated Press ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pope Francis received a grandiose, pomp-filled welcome on Monday as he opened his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula by meeting with Emirati rulers ahead of an address to faith leaders gathered ...

Searching for her son: A mother’s quest in Brazil dam breach

By LEO CORREA, Associated Press BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — My first day covering the devastating dam collapse in southeastern Brazil, I was on the phone with my editor when a crying woman approached me. "Sir, sir, can you help me to find my son?" she asked, looking at me with glassy eyes ...

Firefighters search mud after Brazil dam collapse; 58 dead

By MARCELO SILVA DE SOUSA and PETER PRENGAMAN, Associated Press BRUMADINHO, Brazil (AP) — Firefighters on Monday carefully moved over treacherous mud, sometimes walking, sometimes crawling, in search of survivors or bodies, four days after a dam collapse that buried mine buildings and ...