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November 25, 2015 - 4:03am
1 day 21 hours ago

BERLIN (AP) — A strike at Germany's flagship airline, Lufthansa, has been averted after a cabin crew union announced it would hold further negotiations with the company.

The cabin crew union UFO said Wednesday that it would cancel previously announced walkouts for Thursday, Friday and Monday.

The union for flight attendants said there would be further talks leading up to a so-called jobs summit with Lufthansa on Dec. 2.

The labor...

November 25, 2015 - 4:00am
2 days 1 hour ago

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldovan authorities have detained five people who they say are part of a paramilitary group that was planning armed attacks on Moldovan institutes.

The General Police Inspectorate said Wednesday that authorities searched the homes and cars of 11 people in the capital Chisinau and northern Moldova. Five people were detained including the suspected ringleader who is Ukrainian from the eastern Donbas region.

Police said the...

November 25, 2015 - 3:39am
1 day 3 hours ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on the attacks in Paris and security alert in Brussels. All times local:

9:15 p.m.

Occupancy rates at some Paris hotels have plunged by more than 30 percent in the days since the Nov. 13 attacks, according to a company that tracks hotel industry data.

STR Global said that compared with the same dates in 2014, occupancy rates were 39 percent lower last Saturday and 33 percent lower on Sunday, the two...

November 25, 2015 - 3:18am
1 day 5 hours ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on the war in Syria, including a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey. All times local:

10:20 p.m.

Britain's U.N. ambassador says Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet must lead to redoubled efforts to end the Syrian conflict.

Matthew Rycroft told reporters in New York on Wednesday that the longer the conflict goes on, "the more scope there is for these sorts of incidents to happen, and they...

November 25, 2015 - 3:11am
2 days 1 hour ago

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's Supreme Court has cleared the way for the cremation of a transgender woman who committed suicide, rejecting an appeal by her religiously observant family for a traditional Jewish burial.

May Peleg killed herself this month and asked in her will to be cremated. Peleg's family is ultra-Orthodox, a deeply conservative community, and Jewish law forbids cremation.

The family's lawyer argued that Peleg was psychologically unstable...

November 25, 2015 - 2:58am
1 day 22 hours ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukraine's prime minister says his government has decided to close the country's airspace to all Russian planes.

Ukraine last month banned all Russian airlines from flying into Ukraine but Russian planes have been allowed to fly over its territory.

The decision to shut the airspace was announced by Arseny Yatsenyuk at a televised government session on Wednesday. It comes as tensions simmer between Russia and Ukraine following Russia's...

November 25, 2015 - 2:58am
2 days 2 hours ago

DJERBA, Tunisia (AP) — When school lets out, the streets around the ancient synagogue on this Tunisian island fill with rambunctious boys wearing Jewish kippahs and girls in long skirts, shouting to each other in Hebrew, Arabic and French.

The Jewish community in the resort island of Djerba traces its roots all the way back to Babylonian exile of 586 B.C., and is one of the few communities of its kind to have survived the turmoil around the creation of Israel, when more...

November 25, 2015 - 2:15am
2 days 2 hours ago

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has begun a pilgrimage to three African nations.

The Alitalia jetliner with the pope and his entourage aboard departed at about 8 a.m. (0700 GMT) Wednesday from Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport, bound for the first stop in Kenya.

Francis is also scheduled to visit Uganda and Central African Republic before he is due back in Rome on Nov. 30.

Francis has described himself as a messenger of peace to a...

November 25, 2015 - 2:13am
2 days 2 hours ago

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A third ship will join the hunt for a missing Malaysian airliner as the 13-month-old search of a huge expanse of the Indian Ocean ramps up during the southern hemisphere summer.

The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was scaled back to two ships towing sonar equipment during the winter when the remote target area southwest of Australia was buffeted by gale-force winds and mountainous waves.

The Australian Transport...

November 25, 2015 - 1:53am
2 days 2 hours ago

TOKYO (AP) — The U.N. refugee chief, Antonio Guterres, says Japan should be doing more to help with the global catastrophe of asylum seekers.

Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said Wednesday that he hoped Japan could admit more refugees, especially Syrians, on a "humanitarian basis."

He said Japan needs also to improve its asylum system and do a better job of integrating the refugees it accepts into its society....

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