UK Commons speaker deals new blow to Johnson's Brexit plan
LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to lead Britain out of the European Union at the end of this month hit another roadblock Monday when the speaker of the House of Commons rejected his attempt to hold a new vote of lawmakers on his Brexit divorce deal.
US may now keep some troops in Syria to guard oil fields
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. may leave some forces in Syria to secure oil fields and make sure they don't fall into the hands of a resurgent Islamic State, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday, even though President Donald Trump has insisted he is pulling troops out of the country and getting out of "endless wars."
Canada votes in election that could see Trudeau lose power
TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced the threat of being knocked from power after one term as the nation held parliamentary elections on Monday.
In Congo, an Ebola survivor with a motorbike helps ease fear
BENI, Congo (AP) — When Germain Kalubenge gets a request for a ride on his motorcycle it can be a matter of life or death. The 23-year-old is a survivor of the Ebola virus and often is the only driver his community trusts to help if someone suspects they are infected.
Former SS camp guard tells court he's "haunted" by killings
BERLIN (AP) — A 93-year-old German former Stutthof guard on trial in Hamburg on thousands of counts of accessory to murder testified Monday he regrets having served in the Nazi concentration camp.
N Ireland laws on abortion, same-sex marriage, set to change
LONDON (AP) — Northern Ireland is set to decriminalize abortion and set the stage for legalization of same-sex marriages as of midnight Monday, bringing its laws in line with the rest of the U.K.
Bolivia's Evo Morales likely forced to presidential runoff
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — President Evo Morales came out ahead in the first round of Bolivia's presidential election, but appeared to have failed to get enough votes to avoid the first runoff in his nearly 14 years in power.
The Latest: UK speaker deals new blow to govt Brexit plan
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Britain's impending departure from the European Union (all times local): 3:40 p.m. The speaker of Britain's House of Commons has turned down the government's bid for a new vote on its Brexit divorce deal, in a blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to take the country out of the European Union at the end of the month.
Zimbabwe says 55 elephants have starved to death in 2 months
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — At least 55 elephants have starved to death in the past two months in Zimbabwe's biggest national park as a serious drought forces animals to stray into nearby communities in search of food and water, authorities said on Monday.
The Latest: Catalan leader urges for talks with Spain
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the Catalonia protests (all times local): 4:25 p.m. The leader of Catalonia says that the massive protests that have often spiraled into violent clashes with police this week won't cease until the Spanish government accepts to listen to separatists' demands.
Russia's new focus on Africa takes advantage of US drift
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is following China's lead and making a splashy bid for influence in Africa, hosting the continent's leaders this week in the first-ever Russia-Africa Summit.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange loses bid to delay hearing
LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in a U.K. court Monday to fight extradition to the United States on espionage charges, and he lost a bid to delay proceedings so that his legal team would have more time to prepare his case.
Duchess of Sussex calls 1st year of marriage difficult
LONDON (AP) — The Duchess of Sussex says her first year of marriage to Britain's Prince Harry has been difficult because of the pressure from Britain's tabloid press.
French probe into Paris Nov. 2015 attacks has finished
PARIS (AP) — French counterterrorism prosecutors have announced that the judicial investigation into the deadly Nov. 13, 2015, attacks in and around Paris has been completed.
Spain to exhume dictator Franco's remains to discreet grave
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Socialist government says it will exhume and relocate the remains of dictator Gen. Francisco Franco on Thursday, bringing closer to an end a move that has sparked much criticism and legal battles.
AP Interview: Montenegro PM: Wrapping up Brexit is positive
PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — The prime minister of Montenegro, a small Balkan nation that is the next in line to join the European Union, has expressed hope that once Brexit is finalized, the EU's enlargement policy would regain importance.
The Latest: Assange's legal team seeks delay to UK case
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (all times local): 10:55 a.m. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's legal team is seeking to delay his full extradition hearing which is now set for five days in February.
US: Russian hackers use Iranians to mask their identities
LONDON (AP) — The United States and the U.K. say they have exposed how a group of Russian hackers hijacked the tools of their Iranian counterparts to attack dozens of countries around the world.
American ambassador defends rules for Chinese diplomats
BEIJING (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to China defended plans to require Beijing's diplomats to report contacts with some Americans and said Monday that Washington is considering additional rules for employees of entities controlled by the ruling Communist Party.
Japan set to celebrate Emperor Naruhito's enthronement
TOKYO (AP) — Japan is abuzz ahead of a ceremony Tuesday marking Emperor Naruhito's ascension to the Chrysanthemum Throne. It is one of several formal ceremonies for Naruhito, 59, who has been a full-fledged emperor since succeeding in May after the abdication of his father, Akihito.
Australian papers redact front pages to expose govt secrecy
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's major newspapers published redacted front pages on Monday in a coordinated campaign to highlight government secrecy that is often justified on national security grounds.
Chile violence continues despite gov't retreat on fare hike
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Protests and violence in Chile spilled over into a new day and raged into Sunday night despite the president cancelling a subway fare hike that has prompted violent demonstrations.
South Korean prosecutors seek arrest of ex-minister's wife
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Prosecutors said Monday they are seeking to arrest the wife of South Korea's former justice minister, who resigned last week amid allegations of financial crimes and academic fraud surrounding his family that sparked huge protests and dented the popularity of President Moon Jae-in.
Morales leads in Bolivia vote, but seems headed for runoff
LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — President Evo Morales led in early returns from the first round of Sunday's presidential election, but he appeared to have failed to get enough votes to avoid a runoff in the tightest political race of his life.
US defense chief in Afghanistan for firsthand look at war
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Mark Esper sought a firsthand assessment Sunday of the U.S. military's future role in America's longest war as he made his initial visit to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief.