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COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Danes erect fence on German border to stop swine fever

COPENHAGEN, Denmark—Jan 28, 2019— Workers in Denmark have begun erecting a 70-kilometer (43.4-mile) fence along the German border to keep out wild boars in the hope of preventing the spread of African swine fever, which could jeopardize Denmark’s valuable pork industry. The steel fence, which will be up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) tall, was … Continue reading COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Danes erect fence on German border to stop swine fever

PARIS | French police investigate theft of Banksy art at Bataclan

PARIS —Jan 28, 2019— A French judicial official says police are investigating the theft of an artwork by the British artist Banksy that was painted as a tribute to the victims of the 2015 terror attacks at the Bataclan music hall in Paris. The artwork, a black image appearing to depict a person mourning , … Continue reading PARIS | French police investigate theft of Banksy art at Bataclan

LOS ANGELES | Michael Jackson family condemns new documentary on accusers

LOS ANGELES—Jan 28, 2019— Michael Jackson‘s family members said Monday that they are “furious” that two men who accuse him of sexually abusing them as boys have received renewed attention because of a new documentary about them. The family released a statement denouncing “Leaving Neverland,” a documentary film featuring Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Michael Jackson family condemns new documentary on accusers

PARIS | European rights envoy talks with France about yellow vests

PARIS —Jan 28, 2019—The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights is traveling to Paris to meet with French authorities to discuss human rights issues related to the yellow vests protests. A day after yellow vests demonstrated for an 11th straight weekend in Paris and across France, Dunja Mijatovic said Monday on Twitter that she … Continue reading PARIS | European rights envoy talks with France about yellow vests

LONDON | UK leader under new pressure to secure EU Brexit concessions

LONDON—Jan 28, 2019—A leading Brexit supporter says he will back Prime Minister Theresa May‘s Brexit divorce deal with the European Union if she wins concessions on controversial language designed to prevent border checks in Northern Ireland. Boris Johnson, the former U.K. foreign secretary, writes Monday in the Daily Telegraph that it would be “unadulterated good … Continue reading LONDON | UK leader under new pressure to secure EU Brexit concessions

MADRID | Weeklong taxi strike against Uber hinders traffic in Madrid

MADRID—Jan 28, 2019— Spanish police are clearing away taxis that are blocking a main avenue in the capital of Madrid, the latest action in a weeklong standoff with authorities over the growth of app-based ride-hailing services that taxi drivers say threaten their livelihood. The striking Spanish taxi drivers want the regional government in Madrid to … Continue reading MADRID | Weeklong taxi strike against Uber hinders traffic in Madrid

TOKYO | Nissan says it’s ‘cooperating fully’ with inquiry by US SEC

TOKYO —Jan 28, 2019— Nissan Motor Co. says it has received an inquiry from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Japanese automaker said in a statement Monday that it “can confirm that we have received an inquiry from the SEC, and are cooperating fully. We cannot provide further details.” The statement followed reports by … Continue reading TOKYO | Nissan says it’s ‘cooperating fully’ with inquiry by US SEC

ORLANDO, Fla. | AP analysis: NFL centers seeing shorter career longevity

ORLANDO, Fla.—Jan 28, 2019— Pro Bowl center Alex Mack rattled off all he does before the snap: Checks for blitzes, keeps an eye on the play clock, makes blocking adjustments and communicates all the changes to everyone else. All that happens in seconds — and with 300-pound defenders a few inches away and ready to … Continue reading ORLANDO, Fla. | AP analysis: NFL centers seeing shorter career longevity

Guaranteed money could be key to avoiding NFL lockout

Jan 28, 2019—Though the next labor fight between the NFL and its players is more than two years off, one issue is already clear. Avoiding a work stoppage in 2021 could depend on whether players can secure more guaranteed money in the next collective bargaining negotiations with the league. “You can’t look at it in … Continue reading Guaranteed money could be key to avoiding NFL lockout

MOSCOW | Russian police recover painting stolen in broad daylight

MOSCOW —Jan 28, 2019—Police have found the painting that was stolen a day ago from Moscow’s famed museum of Russian art in broad daylight. The painting of mountain ridges by Arkhip Kuindzhi, titled “Ai-Petri. Crimea,” was stolen in front of confused visitors Sunday at the Tretyakov Gallery. Witnesses described a young man who removed the … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian police recover painting stolen in broad daylight

MELBOURNE, Australia | Australian Open champ Osaka is Asia’s 1st No. 1 in tennis

MELBOURNE, Australia —Jan 28, 2019— Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka is the youngest woman to make her debut at No. 1 in nine years and the first man or woman from Asia to lead the tennis rankings. Simona Halep’s 48-week stay atop the WTA ended Monday. She slid to No. 3 after a fourth-round loss … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Australian Open champ Osaka is Asia’s 1st No. 1 in tennis

BERLIN | Alstom, Siemens seek to calm EU concerns over rail merger

BERLIN—Jan 28, 2019—France’s Alstom says that it and Germany‘s Siemens have offered new concessions in an effort to overcome European authorities’ concerns about the planned merger of their train-building operations. A European Union decision on whether to allow the deal to go ahead is expected soon. The two countries’ governments favor what they view as … Continue reading BERLIN | Alstom, Siemens seek to calm EU concerns over rail merger

WASHINGTON | AP-NORC poll: Most Americans oppose Trump’s foreign policy

WASHINGTON—Jan 28, 2019—A majority of Americans disapprove of the way President Donald Trump is handling U.S. foreign policy and about half think the country’s global standing will deteriorate during the next year, according to new poll that highlighted the nation’s partisan divide on foreign issues. The poll, conducted by Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP-NORC poll: Most Americans oppose Trump’s foreign policy

BANGKOK | Asian markets fall back on caution over China-US trade talks

BANGKOK —January 28, 2019— Asian shares fell back Monday from early gains as caution over looming trade talks between Washington and Beijing displaced relief over the end of the partial U.S. government shutdown. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index sank 0.6 percent to 20,649.00. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was flat at 27,562.20 and … Continue reading BANGKOK | Asian markets fall back on caution over China-US trade talks

CANBERRA, Australia | Thousands of fish die in 3rd mass death in Australian river

CANBERRA, Australia—January 28, 2019— Hundreds of thousands of fish died on Monday in the third mass death in recent weeks on a stretch of a major Australian river that local officials blamed on drought but critics said at least partly stemmed from water mismanagement. The latest deaths began overnight in the Darling River near the … Continue reading CANBERRA, Australia | Thousands of fish die in 3rd mass death in Australian river

MOSUL, Iraq | Iraqis amid Mosul’s silent ruins fear the loss of a dialect

MOSUL, Iraq— January 28, 2019—For centuries, residents of Mosul have spoken a unique form of Arabic enriched by the Iraqi city’s long history as a crossroads of civilization, a singsong dialect that many now fear will die out after years of war and displacement. Much of Mosul’s Old City, where speakers of the dialect are … Continue reading MOSUL, Iraq | Iraqis amid Mosul’s silent ruins fear the loss of a dialect

KABUL, Afghanistan | US envoy briefs Afghan officials on talks with the Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan —January 28, 2019—The Afghan president’s office says U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad shared details of his recent talks with the Taliban in Qatar with President Ashraf Ghani and other government officials. Monday’s statement quotes Khalilzad as saying he held talks about a cease-fire with the Taliban but that there was no progress yet … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | US envoy briefs Afghan officials on talks with the Taliban

WASHINGTON | Trump warns Europeans not to try to evade Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON —January 28, 2019— The Trump administration is closely eyeing efforts in Europe to set up an alternative money payment channel to ease doing business with Iran and avoid running afoul of sanctions the U.S. has levied on the Islamic republic. The White House is putting the Europeans on notice, saying that if they try … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump warns Europeans not to try to evade Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON | Big donors on the sidelines in early days of 2020 primary

WASHINGTON—January 28, 2019—The presidential primary is jolting to life without a traditional mainstay: the big money donor class. More specifically, their contribution checks. With as many as two dozen Democrats potentially running for the White House and no immediate front-runner, the money race in the early days of the primary is largely frozen, according to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Big donors on the sidelines in early days of 2020 primary

CHICAGO | Companies navigate dementia conversations with older workers

CHICAGO —January 27, 2019—Faced with an aging American workforce, companies are increasingly navigating delicate conversations with employees grappling with cognitive declines, experts say. Workers experiencing early stages of dementia may struggle with tasks they had completed without difficulty. Historically punctual employees may forget about scheduled meetings. And those who have traveled to the same office … Continue reading CHICAGO | Companies navigate dementia conversations with older workers

NEW YORK | Wade’s visit brings Carmelo back to Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK —January 27, 2019—Dwyane Wade considered ending his NBA career after last season. Carmelo Anthony was one of the people who told him he needed a proper goodbye. On Sunday, Wade’s final lap around the league even brought Anthony back to Madison Square Garden. Anthony sat courtside at his former home to watch Wade … Continue reading NEW YORK | Wade’s visit brings Carmelo back to Madison Square Garden

WASHINGTON | Trump casts doubt on seeing a budget deal that he’d accept

WASHINGTON  —January 27, 2019— President Donald Trump said the odds congressional negotiators will craft a deal to end his border wall standoff with Congress are “less than 50-50.” As hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers prepared to return to work, Trump told The Wall Street Journal that he doesn’t think the negotiators will strike … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump casts doubt on seeing a budget deal that he’d accept

WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s shift on concrete wall, tariff myth

WASHINGTON —January 27, 2019— Forced to back down on a government shutdown, President Donald Trump is shifting his story regarding his campaign promise to build a border wall. He’s also once again inflating the number of immigrants in the U.S. illegally. The president insists he never proposed a concrete wall, promoting instead a “see-through” barrier … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s shift on concrete wall, tariff myth

OAKLAND, Calif | Kamala Harris kicks off 2020 campaign, warns of divisions

OAKLAND, Calif. — January 27, 2019—Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, standing outside of Oakland’s city hall, formally kicked off her campaign for the White House by presenting herself as the leader who can best unite an America that is at an “inflection point” and facing a critical question. “We are here because the American Dream and … Continue reading OAKLAND, Calif | Kamala Harris kicks off 2020 campaign, warns of divisions

BRUMADINHO, Brazil | Firefighters search mud after Brazil dam collapse; 58 dead

BRUMADINHO, Brazil — January 27, 2019—Firefighters are carefully moving over treacherous mud, sometimes walking, sometimes crawling, in search of survivors or bodies left by a dam collapse that buried mine buildings and surrounding neighborhoods with iron ore waste. The confirmed death toll rose to 58, with up to 300 people still missing, authorities said. In … Continue reading BRUMADINHO, Brazil | Firefighters search mud after Brazil dam collapse; 58 dead

MANILA, Philippines | Duterte to see site of fatal bombings, Abu Sayyaf suspected

MANILA, Philippines —January 27, 2019—President Rodrigo Duterte and his top security officials planned on Monday to visit a Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines where suspected Islamic militants set off bombs that killed at least 20 people and wounded more than 100. The first blast sent people, some of them wounded, fleeing out the church’s … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | Duterte to see site of fatal bombings, Abu Sayyaf suspected

BANGKOK | Asian markets gain after US suspends government shutdown

BANGKOK —January 27, 2019— Shares rose in Asian markets gain on Monday after President Donald Trump temporarily re-opened the U.S. government. Japan was the main regional outlier, as the Nikkei 225 index lost 0.5 percent to 20,759.48 with uncertainty over China-U.S. trade talks bringing a lull in buying sentiment. KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong’s Hang Seng … Continue reading BANGKOK | Asian markets gain after US suspends government shutdown

NEW YORK | Actor in Fox’s ‘Rent’ is injured and the show wasn’t live

NEW YORK —January 27, 2019—One of the stars of the live broadcast of the musical “Rent” on Fox was injured during a rehearsal Saturday, forcing the producers to use pre-recorded material Sunday night. Brennin Hunt, who plays the role of rocker Roger Davis, broke his right foot. The show used Saturday night’s pre-taped show, only … Continue reading NEW YORK | Actor in Fox’s ‘Rent’ is injured and the show wasn’t live

NEW YORK | ‘Black Panther’ wins top honor at SAG Awards, ‘Maisel’ soars

NEW YORK —January 27, 2019— “Black Panther” took the top award at Sunday’s 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards, giving Ryan Coogler’s superhero sensation its most significant awards-season honor yet and potentially setting up Wakanda for a major role at next month’s Academy Awards. The two leading Oscar nominees — “Roma” and “The Favourite” — were … Continue reading NEW YORK | ‘Black Panther’ wins top honor at SAG Awards, ‘Maisel’ soars