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November 30, 2015 - 6:47am
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HELSINKI (AP) — Officials say that more than 35,000 people were without electricity in Sweden on Monday after a storm battered southern Scandinavia, damaging buildings, toppling trees, canceling trains and closing bridge links between Denmark and Sweden.

Danish meteorologist John Cappelen said the storm had wind speeds of up to 130 kilometers per hour (80 mph) with gusts reaching 165 kph. It hit Denmark late Sunday and blew over the region in about four hours, narrowly...

November 30, 2015 - 6:38am
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BRUSSELS (AP) — Turkey's prime minister says his country won't apologize to Russia for shooting down a warplane operating over Syria that crossed through Turkish airspace.

Ahmet Davutoglu also said Turkey also hopes that Moscow will reconsider economic sanctions it announced against Turkish interests in the wake of last week's incident.

Davutoglu told reporters Monday that "no Turkish prime minister or president will apologize ... because of doing...

November 30, 2015 - 6:23am
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OLONGAPO, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court plans to deliver its verdict in the emotion-charged case of a U.S. Marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipino after discovering her gender when they checked into a hotel.

Officials plan heavy security for the ruling in the case involving U.S. Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton. Left-wing activists plan protests in Olongapo City, northwest of Manila, where Pemberton is accused of strangling to death Jennifer Laude...

November 30, 2015 - 5:42am
40 min 46 sec ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia says it will reform its national anti-doping agency rather than shut it down.

The agency, known as RUSADA, was suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency on Nov. 18 after being accused of covering up positive drug tests by leading Russian athletes.

WADA has demanded extensive reforms.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko had suggested that RUSADA could be disbanded, causing a "collapse" in drug testing until a...

November 30, 2015 - 5:38am
40 min 46 sec ago

BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Pope Francis ventured into a volatile Muslim neighborhood of Central African Republic's capital on Monday and brought his message of reconciliation to the city's main mosque, insisting that Christians and Muslims have long lived peacefully together here and that religion can never justify violence.

Under heavy security, Francis crossed into the PK5 neighborhood where Bangui's Muslims have been unable to leave for months because of...

November 30, 2015 - 5:36am
50 min 47 sec ago

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Opposition lawmakers in Kosovo have again disrupted parliament with tear gas, in a continuing protest against deals with Serbia and Montenegro.

Glauk Konjufca of the main opposition Self-Determination Movement Party on Monday said members won't allow holding of the sessions until the government renounces a deal with Serbia giving more powers to ethnic-Serb communities in Kosovo and another with Montenegro on border demarcation.

November 30, 2015 - 5:34am
1 hour 46 sec ago

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Some immigration signs at Zimbabwe's main international airport are in Chinese, a sign of China's deep economic inroads in Africa, which Chinese President Xi Jinping will be visiting this week.

Xi arrives Tuesday in Zimbabwe before heading on Wednesday to South Africa. There, he will attend a forum on cooperation between Africa and China, whose investment on the continent hit more than $3.5 billion last year. Zimbabwe, whose economy is faltering,...

November 30, 2015 - 5:32am
1 hour 46 sec ago

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A reclusive great-grandson of Russian Tsar Alexander III had a funeral in the northern Australian city of Darwin after living his final years in obscurity and alone with his dog in an Outback trailer park where he was known by locals as Old Nick.

Officials say Leonid Gurevich Kulikovsky, a 72-year-old direct descendent of the penultimate Russian tsar and a distant relative of British Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, died of a...

November 30, 2015 - 5:29am
1 hour 10 min ago

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A European Union envoy has criticized Syria for "gaps and contradictions" in its declarations about its chemical weapons arsenal to the global watchdog overseeing the destruction of the toxic armaments.

Jacek Bylica of Luxembourg delivered the damning statement Monday on behalf of the EU at the annual meeting of member states of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

He says that the lack of clarity...

November 30, 2015 - 5:11am
1 hour 10 min ago

BEIJING (AP) — Beijing is experiencing its worst air pollution this year, with monitoring sites throughout the city reporting extremely hazardous levels of pollutants.

City authorities issued a rare orange alert, the second highest of four danger levels. Schools suspended outdoor activities and polluting factories were required to reduce production.

The city reported the level of tiny PM2.5 particles in the air to be more than 600 micrograms per...

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