Hello, 2019: Revelry, reflection mark transition to new year

Goodbye, 2018: Revelry, reflection mark the transition to a new year

Israel bids farewell to author and peace advocate Amos Oz

UN threatens to slash Yemen food aid over theft by rebels

The Latest: House Democrats unveil plan to open government

Syria deaths at wartime low in 2018 as Assad made gains

France: Protest planned amid revelry; Macron defends agenda

US Ambassador: Major trade deal with UK may not be possible

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US citizen arrested in Russia on spying charges

Russia: 4 die in building collapse; searchers race weather

South Africa's Zuma will head to recording studio in 2019

2 dead, nearly 30 wounded in bomb blast at Philippine mall

Congo cuts internet after presidential poll beset by delays

Gambia's journalists, free from dictator, work to win trust

China factory activity shrinks for the first time in 2 years

China factory activity falls amid tariff fight, economic downturn

Guatemala village mourns 2nd child to die in US custody

Flickering candles and white flowers adorn a makeshift altar in a simple wooden home in Guatemala, remembering 8-year-old Felipe Gomez Alonzo, who on Christmas Eve became the second Guatemalan child to die while in U.S. border custody

Bangladesh prime minister denies accusations of rigged vote

Bangladesh Prime Minister-elect Sheikh Hasina is trumpeting her accomplishments and dismissing opposition claims that an election giving her a record fourth term in power was rigged

AP photographer Desmond Boylan dies in Havana at 54

Desmond Boylan, a photographer who covered war and conflict across the world before dedicating his life to documenting the joys and tribulations of daily life in Cuba for The Associated Press, died suddenly on Saturday afternoon in Havana

French police brace for New Year's Eve unrest

Morocco: Terror charges brought in Nordic tourists' deaths

Putin tells Trump in New Year's letter he's open to meeting

Germany: Hannover Airport intruder ordered held in custody

Former Afghanistan commander warns of plans to cut troops

Russia resettles 30 Russian children from war on IS in Iraq

Journalist group counts 94 slayings of media staff in 2018

An international trade association says on-the-job slayings of journalists and news media staff rose again in 2018 following an overall decline during the past half-dozen years

6 Iranians found on English beach as Channel crossings mount

The governments of France and Britain are scrambling to respond to a mounting number of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel

Afghan official: New date for presidential polls is July 20

Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission says presidential polls initially scheduled for April, will now be held July 20 to allow time to fix technical problems that surfaced during October parliamentary elections

Sudan unions call for 2nd march on Bashir's palace

Sudanese professional unions calls for 2nd march on presidential palace to demand that Bashir step down

The Latest: Bangladesh opposition calls election 'farcical'

Bangladesh opposition alliance leader Kamal Hossain has called the country's general election "farcical," and says any outcome will be rejected

Syria's Assad authorizes Iraqi forces to strike IS in Syria

Syria's state news agency says President Bashar Assad has authorized Iraqi forces to attack the Islamic State group inside Syria without waiting for permission from authorities in Damascus

Israel protests image of Jordanian minister stepping on flag

Israel's Foreign Ministry says its embassy in Jordan has filed a strong condemnation with the kingdom over a picture of a Jordanian government minister stepping on an image of the Israeli flag

Congo voters barred over Ebola vote anyway, by the thousands

Congo voters barred over Ebola outbreak vote anyway, by the thousands, in makeshift election

Former Botswana president feuds with government over Trump

Donald Trump is a contentious topic in Botswana, where the government is uneasy over a former leader's harsh criticism of the American president

N. Korean leader calls for more talks with South in new year

South Korea says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sent a letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in calling for more talks between the leaders in the new year

The Latest: Congo counts ballots after day of voting snags

Election officials in Congo are counting ballots from Sunday's presidential election after a day in which numerous problems hampered voting across the vast Central African nation

AP Explains: Why groundbreaking Congo vote could stumble

AP Explains: Why Congo's groundbreaking presidential election could stumble

2nd child dead in US custody mourned in Guatemala village

Relatives of Felipe Gomez Alonzo, who on Christmas Eve became the second Guatemalan child to die in U.S. border custody, are remembering the boy in his home village with flowers, candles and photographs

Vote counting begins in Congo, after polling beset by delays

Congo's election officials began counting ballots Sunday evening, after closing time for polling stations, although many voting centers stayed open to make up for lengthy delays

World's tallest empty hotel lit up with N. Korean propaganda

In a brilliant flip of the script, the empty hotel that towers over the Pyongyang skyline has been reborn as a symbol of North Korean pride and ingenuity

Bangladeshi opposition leader rejects vote as 'farcical'

Bangladesh's opposition alliance leader has called the country's general election "farcical," saying any outcome will be rejected and demanding that a new election be held under the authority of a "nonpartisan government."

Israeli hard-line ministers to form new party ahead of vote

Two senior Israeli Cabinet ministers say they are forming a new party to run in April elections

5 arrested in suspected Dutch terror attack plot

Dutch and German police have arrested five people suspected of preparing a terrorist act in the Netherlands

Helicopter crashes near world's longest zipline in UAE

A rescue helicopter has crashed near the world's longest zipline, killing its entire crew in Ras al-Khaimah in the northeastern area of the United Arab Emirates

Germany: Drugged driver forces car onto airport tarmac

German police say a man forced open a locked gate on the security perimeter of Hannover Airport and drove a car onto the airfield before coming to a halt underneath an airliner and being detained

Trump says 'big progress' made in talks with China

President Donald Trump says "big progress" is being made in talks between the U.S. and China to head off further escalation in a yearlong trade war

Boy whose Yemeni mom fought US travel ban to see him dies

A 2-year-old boy whose Yemeni mother fought the Trump administration's travel ban to see her son again has been buried a day after he was taken off life support at a California hospital

Russian and Turkish ministers meet for Syria talks

Russian, Turkish foreign and defense ministers meet in Moscow to discuss northern Syria

Congo's top archbishop pleads for peace on eve of election

Congo's top archbishop pleads for peace on election eve; no reason to 'light country on fire'

Fears of intimidation, violence as Bangladesh set to vote

As Bangladeshis get set for Sunday's parliamentary elections, there are fears that violence and intimidation could keep many voters away

Yellow vest protesters target French media as movement ebbs

Yellow vest protesters are turning out in small groups in Paris and elsewhere in France, even as momentum for their movement appears to be waning

Former Nigerian President Shehu Shagari dies at 93

Former Nigerian President Shehu Shagari dies at 93; ruled in an era rocked by military coups

UK police: 2 drones found near Gatwick Airport not involved

British police say two drones found near London's Gatwick Airport were not involved in the incidents that led to the shutdown of the busy airport just days before Christmas

Yemen's rebels say they left Hodeida port, claim disputed

Yemen's Shiite rebels say they handed over control of the main port in the Red Sea city of Hodeida to the coast guard and local administrators, but the government denies this, calling it a ploy

Congo on Sunday faces a troubled, long-delayed election

Congo on Sunday faces a troubled, long-delayed election; 'We will contest the results'

Trump and China loom over a tumultuous year in Asia

Across Asia, there are pockets of optimism but also a pervasive feeling of disquiet as 2018 closes, a lot of which is linked to the twin political behemoths whose presence has been felt this year in every corner of Asia: China and Trump

UK honors cave rescue divers, Twiggy, Monty Python's Palin

British divers who came to the rescue of young soccer players trapped inside a flooded cave in Thailand are among those being recognized in Britain's New Year's Honors List

The Latest: WHO warns against Congo 'prolonged insecurity'

The Latest: WHO chief warns against 'prolonged insecurity' in Congo amid Ebola outbreak

Bomb strikes tourist bus near Egypt's Giza Pyramids, kills 4

A roadside bomb has hit a tourist bus near the Giza Pyramids, killing three Vietnamese and their Egyptian guide

Health officials: Palestinian killed at weekly Gaza protests

Health officials say Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian during protests along Gaza-Israel frontier

Lawyer: McCarrick repeatedly touched youth during confession

The Vatican's sexual abuse case against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has expanded significantly with a man's testimony that the retired American archbishop sexually abused him for years starting when he was 11

US seeks close ties with Brazil's new leader

The Trump administration seeks to cement close ties with Brazil's incoming far-right leader with a visit to the country next week by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Extremists seize Nigerian town and key military base

Extremists seize Nigerian town and key military base, raise flag as residents flee

New scandal around fired Macron aide troubles France

France's Foreign Ministry is threatening legal action against a former security aide to President Emmanuel Macron, amid reports that he continued using his diplomatic passports after being fired for beating a protester

Romanian president keeps army chief amid warship debate

Romania's president extends the mandate of the Army's chief of staff against the wishes of the government who allegedly was in a dispute with him over the acquisition of warships

The Latest: Turkey-backed Syrians brace for key town clash

Turkey-backed Syrian fighters say their forces are on alert and ready for an offensive in a flashpoint Kurdish-held town after Syrian troops announced that they have entered it and raised the government's flag there

Bosnian prosecutors charge 13 with war crimes against Serbs

Bosnian prosecutors have charged 13 former fighters in two separate cases of war crimes against Serb civilians and prisoners during the country's 1992-95 ethnic war

Italy's premier insists budget deal not dictated by EU

Italy's premier denies that the new budget was dictated by the European Commission, saying that he held firm on key points like the basic income and the rollbacks in an unpopular pension reform

Acclaimed author Amos Oz dies at 79

Israeli media say renowned Israeli author Amos Oz has died at the age of 79. Oz, author of novels, prose and a widely acclaimed memoir, had suffered from cancer

Macedonian president urges rejection of Greece name deal

Macedonia's president urges parliament to reject a deal with Greece under which his country would amend its constitution and change its name to North Macedonia in return for gaining access to joining NATO.

Thousands demonstrate in Sudan against Bashir's rule

Activists say thousands are demonstrating in nearly two dozen neighborhoods of the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, calling for President Omar Bashir to step down

Pakistani police detain suspects in politician's killing

A senior Pakistani police officer says officers have detained some suspects over links to the murder of a former lawmaker who was assassinated last week in the southern port city of Karachi

Yellow vest protests target French Riviera presidential fort

A small group of yellow vest protesters has been trying to enter the grounds of a presidential fortress on the French Riviera, but have been blocked by authorities

Boat with 300 migrants arrives in Spain after week at sea

A Spanish aid boat carrying over 300 migrants rescued at sea has ended a weeklong journey across the western Mediterranean Sea on arrival to Spain

Eritrea closes border crossings to Ethiopian travelers

Eritrea closes border crossings to Ethiopians, official says, weeks after historic opening

Kurds seek help from Syrians as US prepares to withdraw

Syria military claims it entered flash-point Kurdish-held town in a deal with the Kurds to avert a Turkish offensive as US prepares to withdraw

Japan shows video of alleged radar lock-on by SKorea warship

Japan has released video footage it says proves a South Korean warship locked its fire-control radar onto a Japanese warplane off the northeastern coast in the latest move of an escalating row

Weather hampers efforts to inspect Indonesia tsunami volcano

Bad weather hampered efforts to assess whether an Indonesian volcano could trigger another deadly tsunami

Protests as Congo leader warns of Ebola election 'disaster'

Protests erupt as Congo's leader warns of 'disaster' if Sunday's vote is allowed in Ebola zone

Promising growth, Bangladesh's iron lady seeks re-election

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is poised to win re-election as critics question whether the nation's tremendous economic success has undermined its fragile democracy

Seoul says personal info of 1,000 NKorean defectors stolen

South Korea says it's responding to a hacking attack that stole the names and addresses of nearly 1,000 North Korean defectors who resettled in the South

Bahrain says embassy work in Syria continues after UAE move

Bahrain has announced that "work is continuing at its embassy" in Syria, reflecting new efforts by Gulf Arab states to improve relations with President Bashar Assad as the war winds down

Rome zoo opens new area for African penguins

A new area for penguins has opened at Rome's Bioparco zoo