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MOSCOW (AP) — Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, the popular music.Putin says "if it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it."But Putin said at …
PARADISE, Calif. (AP) — The remaining residents who fled from the deadliest wildfire in California history were allowed to return to their home Saturday and assess the damage.All evacuation orders were lifted in Paradise more than a month after the fire broke out Nov. 8, killing at least 86 …
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada's new attorney general wants to find a way to implement a stalled, voter-approved gun background check law when he takes office early next year after his predecessor said the measure couldn't be enforced.Democrat Aaron Ford, in an interview with The Associated Press, …
ROME (AP) — Genoa's mayor is promising that his city will have a new bridge by Christmas 2019 to replace the one that collapsed in the summer, killing 43 people.Mayor Marco Bucci on Saturday inaugurated a site that will demolish the pillars and parts of the span that remained standing when …
BERLIN (AP) — German police say they have a man in custody suspected in the stabbing of three women in the southern city of Nuremberg.Police said Saturday that the 38-year-old man was arrested in connection with the Friday attacks that left all three victims wounded. None are in …
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Braving snow and cold weather, thousands have rallied in Serbia's capital of Belgrade to express discontent with the autocratic rule of President Aleksandar Vucic and his government.The whistle-blowing crowds marched Saturday through central Belgrade, some carrying …
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian Orthodox leaders on Saturday approved the creation of a unified church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head that new church — a move that could exponentially raise tensions with neighboring Russia.The vote, held at a …
PARIS (AP) — Tear gas billowed Saturday across the protest-scarred Champs-Elysees after a day of largely peaceful demonstrations in Paris and a water cannon shot a frigid stream at the crowd on the fifth straight weekend of protests by France's "yellow vest" movement.The demonstrations …
SAO PAULO (AP) — About forty gay couples have gotten married in downtown Sao Paulo, tying the knot partly out of fear that the new administration of President-elect Jair Bolsonaro could restrict same sex marriage.Bolsonaro has attracted criticism for his controversial views. In an interview …
PARIS (AP) — The Latest on France protests (all times local):6:25 p.m.French police have pushed protesters off the Champs-Elysees in Paris with tear gas and water cannon, and re-opened the French capital's famed avenue to traffic.Police were telling protesters to remove their yellow vests, …
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston should be happy to pay this tax bill.The World Series champion Red Sox owe $11,951,091 in luxury tax for having baseball's top payroll, according to final calculations by the commissioner's office obtained by The Associated Press. The only other team that owes is the …
LONDON (AP) — A fire broke out Saturday in an enclosure at one of Britain's largest zoos, forcing keepers to evacuate visitors and move animals away from the flames.Witnesses said the blaze broke out about 11:30 a.m. in the Monsoon Forest habitat area, with winds fanning flames in the …
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Police in the Maldives said they questioned the country's defeated former strongman president over complaints of alleged illegal financial transactions on Saturday, a day after they froze bank accounts with millions of dollars.Police said in a statement that they found …
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The Latest on the split between Orthodox Churches in Ukraine and Russia (all times local):6:25 p.m.Ukrainian Orthodox leaders say they have approved the creation of a unified church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate and elected a leader to head the new church.The …
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian Orthodox leaders have approved the creation of a unified Church independent of the Moscow Patriarchate .
IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho (AP) — A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a nearly quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants.The …
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's ruling party on Saturday approved President Emmerson Mnangagwa as its candidate in 2023, just five months after a bitterly disputed election.The ZANU-PF at its party conference passed a resolution making its preference for the 76-year-old Mnangagwa …
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia has decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but won't move its embassy until there's a peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Saturday.Morrison said in a speech that Australia would …
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland (all times local):4:30 p.m.Attempts by developed nations at the U.N. climate talks in Poland to create watertight rules for international carbon emissions trading have prompted new, last-minute demands from …
BEIRUT (AP) — Fighting against the Islamic State group in its last enclave in eastern Syria "is going very well," a U.S. official said Saturday as U.S.-backed Syrian fighters battled the extremists on the edge of the largest urban area they still hold.Spokesman for the U.S.-led Coalition …

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