ARE, Sweden | The Latest: Shiffrin fights illness in bid for slalom gold

ARE, Sweden (AP) — The Latest on the skiing world championships (all times local): 11:35 a.m. Mikaela Shiffrin is fighting a chest illness as she looks to win gold in the slalom at the world championships. After Shiffrin finished behind leader Wendy Holdener and Anna Swenn Larsson in her first run, U.S. ski team spokeswoman … Continue reading ARE, Sweden | The Latest: Shiffrin fights illness in bid for slalom gold

KABUL, Afghanistan | AP Interview: Karzai worries Pakistan talks risks peace pact

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has expressed fear that previously unscheduled peace talks between the Taliban and the United States in Pakistan on Monday risk engulfing the country in regional rivalries. In an interview in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, Karzai worried the accelerated peace process was being hijacked by … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | AP Interview: Karzai worries Pakistan talks risks peace pact

MUNICH | Merkel urges China to join disarmament efforts

MUNICH (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel is calling on China to join international disarmament negotiations after the collapse of a Cold War-era treaty on nuclear weapons in Europe. The U.S. earlier this month announced that it was pulling out of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, accusing Russia of violating it. Moscow followed suit, … Continue reading MUNICH | Merkel urges China to join disarmament efforts

YOLA, Nigeria | The Latest: Nigerian president ‘disappointed’ by poll delay

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on Nigeria’s postponed presidential election (all times local): 11:10 a.m. Nigeria’s president says he is “deeply disappointed” by the last-minute delay of Saturday’s election until Feb. 23 and says he is going back to the capital to hear the electoral commission’s explanation. President Muhammadu Buhari‘s statement says the commission … Continue reading YOLA, Nigeria | The Latest: Nigerian president ‘disappointed’ by poll delay

YOLA, Nigeria | The Latest: Top Nigerian challenger urges patience on delay

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — The Latest on Nigeria’s postponed presidential election (all times local): 11:05 a.m. The top challenger to Nigeria’s president in the now-delayed election is urging Nigerians to be patient and says he is heading back to the capital to consult with other “stakeholders” on the way forward. Atiku Abubakar spoke to reporters … Continue reading YOLA, Nigeria | The Latest: Top Nigerian challenger urges patience on delay

BEIRUT | US-backed fighters squeezing IS gunmen in eastern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — A commander with the U.S.-backed force in Syria says they are fighting members of the Islamic State group in a tiny area in Deir el-Zour province. Ciya Furat, a commander with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, said Saturday his group will “very soon bring good news to the whole world.” It was … Continue reading BEIRUT | US-backed fighters squeezing IS gunmen in eastern Syria

ARE, Sweden | Weather turns ugly as Shiffrin goes for 2nd gold at worlds

ARE, Sweden (AP) — The weather’s turned ugly for Mikaela Shiffrin‘s last race at the skiing world championships. Fog has descended over the course at Are, Sweden, and the wind has slightly picked up again ahead of the slalom, which Shiffrin starts as favorite. The American is looking to capture her second gold medal of … Continue reading ARE, Sweden | Weather turns ugly as Shiffrin goes for 2nd gold at worlds

ROME | Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

ROME (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession. The punishment announced on Saturday for the once-powerful prelate and Archbishop of Washington comes a few days before Pope Francis is to lead an extraordinary gathering of … Continue reading ROME | Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse