LONDON (AP) — They were the best of lines, they were the worst of lines — and the desk where Charles Dickens wrote them has been saved for the British public.
London's Dickens Museum has received a 780,000 pound ($1.2 million) grant from a government-backed heritage fund to buy the desk at which the 19th-century novelist wrote books including "Great Expectations."
The desk remained in the Dickens family until it was sold for charity in 2004....
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia has announced that it will join negotiations to establish a new a Chinese-led Asian regional bank.
The U.S. has expressed concern the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, or AIIB, will allow looser lending standards for the environment, labor rights and financial transparency. The U.S. also worries the new bank will undercut the World Bank, where the U.S. has the most clout, and the Asian Development Bank, where it is the second-...
PARIS (AP) — The Eiffel Tower has gone dark briefly, with lights going out to mark Earth Hour, the campaign to raise awareness about climate change.
The five-minute dark-out on Saturday night was a symbolic gesture in the City of Light.
France has been preparing for months to host an international climate conference in Paris at the end of the year, pressing nations to set attainable goals for reducing greenhouse gases and mobilizing international...
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's highest court has ruled that a police officer convicted of murdering Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding an AP correspondent almost one year ago should serve 20 years in prison.
Documents sent to the country's attorney general on Saturday reduce the final sentence for former Afghan police unit commander Naqibullah — who was originally sentenced to death last year.
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — Guinea has deployed security forces to the country's southwest in response to reports that people from Sierra Leone are crossing the border to flee an Ebola lockdown intended to stamp out the deadly disease.
Officials in Guinea say residents reported tension resulting from a large influx of Sierra Leoneans in recent days. The lockdown went into effect Friday and ends Sunday.
SISTERON, France (AP) — The father of one of the victims of this week's plane crash in the French Alps is calling for airlines to take greater care over pilots' welfare.
French prosecutors have said they believe German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately crashed the Germanwings flight. Authorities have since said Lubitz hid evidence of an illness from his employers — including a sick note for the day of the crash.
PARIS (AP) — The French president's office says that a fourth French citizen, seriously injured in the March 18 attack on Tunisia's National Bardo Museum, has died, bringing the total number of victims to 22.
The announcement on Saturday identified the woman only as Madame Dupeu.
Police killed two gunmen in the attack in the most renowned museum in the North African country.
News of the death came a day before President Francois...