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Trains park at the Hendaye train station, southwestern France, Sunday Dec.8, 2019 on the fourth day of nationwide strikes that disrupted weekend travel around France. France's prime minister is holding special meetings Sunday about the government's divisive redesign of the national retirement system, amid warnings that strike-related transport troubles will get even worse in the coming days. (AP Photo/Bob Edme)
December 08, 2019 - 3:01 pm
PARIS (AP) — France braced for even worse transportation woes when the new work week begins Monday due to nationwide strikes over the government's redesign of the national retirement system. French President Emmanuel Macron convened top officials to strategize for the high-stakes week ahead. Sunday...
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Pope Francis, framed by a Christmas tree, delivers the Angelus noon prayer in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
December 08, 2019 - 2:24 pm
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis says small gestures can improve a city's life, as he spoke at a religious ceremony to mark the official start of Rome's Christmas season. Francis prayed Sunday at the foot of a towering column topped by a statue of the Virgin Mary. Italians consider Dec. 8 — a national...
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FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2018 file photo, Manila Cardinal Luis Tagle smiles as he listens reporters questions during a press conference on the Synod at the Vatican. The Vatican announced on Sunday that Pope Francis named Manila's Cardinal Tagle to a major Vatican post, the Congregation for the Evangelization of the Peoples, in a move that could boost the Asian prelate's chances to perhaps someday become pontiff himself. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, file)
December 08, 2019 - 2:19 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to a major Vatican post, in a move that could boost the Asian prelate's chances of perhaps someday becoming pontiff himself. The Vatican announced Sunday that Tagle, 62, will head the Congregation for the Evangelization...
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Pope Francis prays in front of the statue of the Virgin Mary, near Rome's Spanish Steps, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, an annual tradition marking the start of the city's holiday season. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
December 08, 2019 - 2:03 pm
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis says small gestures can improve a city's life, as he spoke at a religious ceremony to mark the official start of Rome's Christmas season. Francis prayed Sunday at the foot of a towering column topped by a statue of the Virgin Mary. Italians consider Dec. 8 — a national...
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Reuben Panchol is shown Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at the North Dakota state capitol in Bismarck. Panchol, who immigrated from Sudan to North Dakota as a child, says he hopes to tell his personal story at a meeting Monday, Dec. 9 at which the Burleigh County Commission may vote against accepting any new refugees. It's believed the county would be the first to do so since President Donald Trump's executive order earlier this fall gave states and counties the ability to do so. (AP Photo/James MacPherson)
December 08, 2019 - 1:29 pm
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Reuben Panchol was forced to leave war-torn Sudan decades ago as a child, embarking on an odyssey that eventually brought him to the American Midwest and left him eternally grateful to the country that took him in. “I am an American citizen, a North Dakotan,” said Panchol, a...
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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 filer, Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi, second from left, poses for a photo with Holocaust survivors Sami Modiano, left, and Piero Terracina, right, during an event to commemorate the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the Rome's Capitol Hill. Piero Terracina, 91, one of the last survivors of Italy's tiny Jewish community who were deported to Nazi death camps during World War II, has died. Rome's Jewish Community said Terracina died on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. He was deported to the complex of Auschwitz-Birkenau camps with his family, where his parents, three siblings and other relatives perished. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
December 08, 2019 - 1:22 pm
ROME (AP) — Piero Terracina, described as the last survivor among the Roman Jews who were deported from the Italian capital to Nazi death camps during World War II, has died at 91. Terracina died on Sunday, Rome's Jewish Community said. As a 15-year-old, he escaped the roundup by German occupying...
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December 08, 2019 - 1:15 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has named Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to a major Vatican post, in a move that could boost the Asian prelate's chances of perhaps someday becoming pontiff himself. The Vatican announced Sunday that Tagle, 62, will head the Congregation for the Evangelization...
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FILE- In this Jan. 29, 2016 file photo shows the entrance to the Naval Air Base Station in Pensacola, Fla. The US Navy is confirming that an active shooter and one other person are dead after gunfire at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. Area hospital representatives tell The Associated Press that at least 11 people were hospitalized. The base remains locked down amid a huge law enforcement response. (AP Photo/Melissa Nelson, File)
December 08, 2019 - 1:11 pm
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The FBI is working under the presumption that a fatal shooting at a Florida naval base carried out by an aviation student from Saudi Arabia was an act of terrorism, the agency said Sunday. All international students at the Pensacola base have been accounted for, there have...
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FILE- In this Jan. 29, 2016 file photo shows the entrance to the Naval Air Base Station in Pensacola, Fla. The US Navy is confirming that an active shooter and one other person are dead after gunfire at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. Area hospital representatives tell The Associated Press that at least 11 people were hospitalized. The base remains locked down amid a huge law enforcement response. (AP Photo/Melissa Nelson, File)
December 08, 2019 - 12:57 pm
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The FBI says it's working under the presumption that the Florida naval base shooting was an act of terrorism, and that no arrests have been made in the fatal incident. In remarks Sunday, an FBI special agent also said all international students at the base have been accounted...
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FILE- In this Jan. 29, 2016 file photo shows the entrance to the Naval Air Base Station in Pensacola, Fla. The US Navy is confirming that an active shooter and one other person are dead after gunfire at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. Area hospital representatives tell The Associated Press that at least 11 people were hospitalized. The base remains locked down amid a huge law enforcement response. (AP Photo/Melissa Nelson, File)
December 08, 2019 - 12:50 pm
PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The FBI says that no arrests have been made in the deadly shooting at the Florida naval base shooting and that all international students at the base have been accounted for, The information comes three days after an aviation student from Saudi Arabia opened fire in a...
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