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Members of the police forces of the Republic of Srpska, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, during a parade marking the 27th anniversary of the Republic of Srpska, in the Bosnian town of Banja Luka, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, celebrating a controversial holiday despite strong opposition from other ethnic groups in Bosnia who view it as discriminatory. The Jan. 9 holiday marks the date in 1992 when Bosnian Serbs declared the creation of their own state in Bosnia, igniting the country's devastating four-year war that killed over 100,000 people and left millions homeless. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
January 09, 2019 - 9:39 am
BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — In a show of nationalist defiance, Bosnian Serbs celebrated a holiday on Wednesday that has been criticized as discriminatory by other ethnic groups in Bosnia. Waving Serb flags, several thousand people lined up in the main Serb city of Banja Luka to watch a...
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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, prepares to shoot a fortress cannon, during a traditional midday cannon shot at the Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
January 07, 2019 - 7:46 am
MOSCOW (AP) — For Christmas, Vladimir Putin got to do something that many children dream of: fire a really big gun. Under the Russian Orthodox liturgical calendar, Christmas is observed on Jan. 7. During a visit to his hometown of St. Petersburg on Monday, the Russian president visited the...
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In this Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019 photo, a forensic investigator uses equipment at the site where a policeman was killed trying to defuse an explosive device, near a church in a residential district of Cairo, Egypt. The blast came just two days before the Orthodox Coptic Church, the dominant denomination among Egypt's estimated 10 million Christians, celebrates Christmas. (AP Photo/Sayed Hasan)
January 06, 2019 - 1:41 pm
CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president on Sunday inaugurated a new cathedral for the Coptic Orthodox Church and one of the region's largest mosques in a highly symbolic gesture at a time when Islamic militants are increasingly targeting the country's minority Christians. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, a general-...
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Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilos III holds mass in the Church of the Nativity, built atop the site where Christians believe Jesus Christ was born, to celebrate Christmas according to the Eastern Orthodox calendar, in the West Bank City of Bethlehem, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
January 06, 2019 - 10:36 am
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Dozens of Palestinians are protesting the arrival of the Greek Orthodox patriarch of the Holy Land at an Orthodox Christmas celebration in Bethlehem. The protesters shouted "traitor" at Patriarch Theophilos III as he made his way under heavy guard Sunday toward the...
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January 06, 2019 - 9:07 am
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Dozens of Palestinians are protesting the arrival of the Greek Orthodox patriarch of the Holy Land at an Orthodox Christmas celebration in Bethlehem. The protesters shouted "traitor" at Patriarch Theophilos III as he made his way under heavy guard Sunday toward the...
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Two Asian Elephants eat Christmas trees at Tierpark zoo in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. Vendors donate not sold Christmas trees to the zoo after Christmas to feed the trees to animals. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
January 04, 2019 - 8:25 am
BERLIN (AP) — Berlin's unwanted Christmas trees have ended their days as a festive snack for zoo elephants and stocking fillers for some of their fellow residents. The once-a-year treats arrived Friday at the Tierpark, one of the German capital's two zoos. The zoo takes only fresh, unsold trees...
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January 03, 2019 - 5:22 am
BERLIN (AP) — A woman in Germany died from a head injury as she stood outside her house on New Year's Eve to watch fireworks and an autopsy suggests it was a gunshot wound, authorities said Thursday. Police in the northern city of Kiel said the 39-year-old mother of three had stepped out of her...
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January 03, 2019 - 3:34 am
BERLIN (AP) — German police say a woman has died after being hit in the head by metal splinters on New Year's Eve. Police in the northern city of Kiel said Wednesday that the 39-year-old mother of three had stepped out of her house to watch fireworks shortly before midnight. A few minutes later,...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
January 02, 2019 - 7:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Home alone no more, President Donald Trump had a lot to share when he convened a rambling Cabinet meeting on Day 12 of the government shutdown. The president, eager for company after a lonely stretch in a near-empty White House, zigzagged for more than 90 minutes from his demands...
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Bastille performs on stage at the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Joe Russo/Invision/AP)
January 02, 2019 - 5:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Television ratings for New Year's Eve celebrations took a tumble this year — and you can probably partly blame the weather. Contrary to what the soggy celebrants in New York's Times Square might think, it is because of good weather. Last year's ABC's "New Year's Rockin' Eve" had its...
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