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Researchers: Hacking campaign linked to Lebanese spy agency

Researchers say a major hacking operation tied to Lebanon’s main intelligence agency has been revealed after careless spies left hundreds of gigabytes of stolen data exposed to the open internet.

One of the World’s Oldest Clocks Stops Ticking, Briefly

With its soaring Gothic cathedrals and ancient alleyways lined with baroque architectural marvels spread beneath a majestic castle that overlooks the city, Prague can seem a place frozen in time.

Powerful gale lashes Europe, 6 dead amid traffic chaos

A powerful storm pummeled Europe with high winds and snow Thursday, killing at least six people in three countries, grounding flights, halting trains, ripping roofs off buildings and flipping over trucks.

52 people die in bus fire in Kazakhstan

A bus fire in Kazakhstan killed 52 people on Thursday in a vast snow-covered steppe, officials said.

Abortion protesters throw red paint at Polish party building

Polish police say balloons filled with red paint were thrown at the headquarters of the ruling conservative party during a protest calling for changing the country’s strict abortion laws.

Israel says it killed Palestinian sought in settler slaying

Israeli officials said special forces hunting the killers of a West Bank settler raided a home before dawn Thursday, killing a Palestinian suspect in a firefight that also wounded two Israeli officers.

Gunmen kill two polio workers in Pakistan

Gunmen shot and killed a mother and her daughter who were working for an anti-polio campaign underway in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta on Thursday, police said.

Pope Francis shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

The pope’s remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their advocates.

Syria threatens to down Turkish jets over its Kurdish region

Syria said its air defense would shoot down any Turkish jets that carry out attacks within Syria, a stark warning as tensions soar over apparent preparations by the Turkish military to invade a northern Syrian Kurdish enclave.

UK, French leaders pledge cooperation on defense but differences remain about Brexit

The leaders of Britain and France met Thursday to pledge closer cooperation on defense, security, and borders.

Ukraine passes bill to get occupied regions back from Russia

Ukraine’s parliament on Thursday passed a bill that aims to reintegrate the eastern territories currently controlled by Russia-backed separatists, and goes as far as to declare support for taking them back by military force if necessary.

Warming, Water Crisis, Then Unrest: How Iran Fits an Alarming Pattern

UNITED NATIONS — Nigeria. Syria.

Merkel allies warn of German ‘catastrophe’ unless SPD falls in

Almost four months after an inconclusive election in Europe’s biggest economy, the German chancellor’s fourth term continues to hang in the balance.

Pope marries couple on papal plane in Chile

The groom said Pope Francis told him the wedding was “historic” and that no pope had ever before married a couple aboard a plane.

North and South Korean teams to march as one at Olympics

North and South Korea agreed Wednesday to march their athletes together under one flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics next month and field a joint women’s hockey team.

U.K. Appoints a Minister for Loneliness

LONDON — Since Britain voted to leave the European Union more than a year ago, Europeans have mockingly said that the decision will result in an isolated, lonely island nation.

Turkey to extend state of emergency amid freedom concerns

Turkey is set to extend a state of emergency for the sixth time since the failed 2016 coup attempt, worrying both government opponents and allies who fear the special powers are driving Turkey in an increasingly authoritarian direction.

Families of captive French jihadis seek to bring them home

Six families of French jihadis captured during Islamic State’s retreat filed a complaint Wednesday demanding that the government bring them home.

Saudi Arabia to transfer $2 billion after urgent Yemen plea

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the transfer of $2 billion to Yemen on Wednesday, a day after Yemen’s Saudi-backed prime minister made an urgent appeal on the kingdom and its allies to save the local currency from “complete collapse.”

Palestinian teen to be held until trial for slapping troops

An Israeli military court denied bail Wednesday to a 16-year-old Palestinian girl, ordering her held until her trial for slapping two Israeli soldiers in a West Bank scuffle that was captured on video and brought her to international attention.

France abandons plans to build new airport in the west

France will abandon plans to build a new airport in the west, the prime minister announced Wednesday, ordering the activists who have been protesting the project for nearly a decade to leave their makeshift settlement and unblock nearby roads.

Ethiopia releases top opposition figure from prison

Ethiopia’s top opposition figure and hundreds of others were released from prison on Wednesday as part of the government’s recent pledge to free detained politicians and “widen the democratic space for all” after the worst anti-government protests in a quarter-century.

May Says Don’t Blame Me If Trump Not Invited to Royal Wedding

Prime Minister Theresa May tried to paper over the cracks in the U.K.’s so-called “special relationship” with the U.S., after Donald Trump scrapped a planned visit to London.

Sri Lanka reinstated ban on selling alcohol to women

Sri Lanka’s government has reinstated a ban on women buying alcohol and being employed in places where the drinks are produced and sold, saying it’s in line with the country’s cultural values, a senior official said Wednesday.

Catalan Parliament reconvenes, elects pro-secession speaker

Catalonia’s new Parliament virtually guaranteed the push for independence from Spain will continue.

Syrian Kurds appeal to UN as Turkey prepares to attack

ecretary of State Rex Tillerson on Wednesday committed the United States to an indefinite military presence in Syria, citing a range of policy goals that extend far beyond the defeat of the Islamic State.

UK appoints a minister for loneliness

More than 9 million people in the country often or always feel lonely, a study indicates.

North, South Korea to march together during Olympics opening ceremony

The two countries also agreed to have their athletes march together during the opening ceremony of next month’s Winter Olympics in the South.

Sri Lanka reinstated ban on selling alcohol to women

Sri Lanka’s government has reinstated a ban on women buying alcohol and being employed in places where the drinks are produced and sold, saying it’s in line with the country’s cultural values, a senior official said Wednesday.

Even the eyelashes freeze: Russia sees minus 88.6 degrees F

Even thermometers can’t keep up with the plunging temperatures in Russia’s remote Yakutia region, which hit minus 67 degrees Celsius (minus 88.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in some areas Tuesday.

Submarine Inventor Charged With Murder in Death of Journalist

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Danish inventor Peter Madsen was formally indicted Tuesday on charges of homicide in connection with the death in August of Kim Wall, a Swedish journalist who had boarded his submarine to interview him.

Germany: Number of asylum-seekers drop but still ‘too high’

The number of asylum-seekers arriving in Germany dropped significantly to some 186,000 last year, but the country’s interior minister said Tuesday he still considers that figure “much too high.”

Bangladesh, Myanmar aim to finish Rohingya return in two years

Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed that they will try to complete the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled from violence in Myanmar within two years, Bangladesh’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

Ivanovic, moderate Kosovo serb leader, assassinated

RIJEKA, Croatia — A prominent Serb politician in Kosovo, a rare voice for coexistence of ethnic Albanians and Serbs, was shot and killed Tuesday, heightening tensions between Kosovo and Serbia, which has refused to recognize Kosovo’s independence.

France’s president visits Calais to preview new migrant policy

President Emmanuel Macron traveled to Calais, epicenter of France’s migrant crisis, to lay out a new approach to immigration.

Japan follows Hawaiian missile launch false alarm with one of its own

Japan’s public broadcaster on Tuesday accidentally sent news alerts that North Korea had launched a missile and that citizens should take shelter — just days after the government of Hawaii had sent a similar warning to its citizens.

New US embassy, mocked by Trump on Twitter, opens in London

The gleaming new US embassy in London opened Tuesday with little fanfare and no official ribbon cutting.

In Chile, Francis begs forgiveness for ‘irreparable’ harm from sex abuse

The former archbishop of Buenos Aires has returned to the South American country for his first visit there as Pope.

Taliban fighters using high-tech gear kill Afghan forces

The officials blamed what they said was a Taliban Red Unit, an insurgent formation that has increasingly featured in attacks on government positions, especially at night. “The unit is equipped with American weapons and night vision,” said Imamuddin Rahmani, a spokesman for the police in Kunduz.

Tillerson opens summit with a vow to keep up pressure on North Korea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday that the United States would not stop joint military exercises with South Korea in exchange for North Korea freezing its nuclear weapons program, and promised to keep squeezing Pyongyang economically and diplomatically until it abandons its quest.

Danish man charged with killing reporter on his submarine

Inventor Peter Madsen was charged Tuesday with killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall during a trip on his private submarine.

Japan public TV sends mistaken North Korean missile alert

Japan’s public broadcaster retracted the warning minutes after issuing it, just days after a similar error in Hawaii.

Fifth-largest diamond ever found weighs more than a baseball, is worth millions

The 910-carat stone weighs more than a baseball and is worth tens of millions of dollars.

In rewriting alphabet, Kazakhstan’s leader looks to leave his mark

Nursultan Nazarbayev’s push to create a new Kazakh script dominated by apostrophes is ruffling some feathers.

Thousands threatened by volcanoes in two Pacific nations

Authorities in Papua New Guinea and the Philippines are removing thousands of people threatened by eruptions.

Indonesia Stock Exchange balcony collapses, injuring dozens

A large number of university students were said to be on the balcony when it suddenly fell.

Gun battle in Libya’s capital kills 20, closes airport

The Health Ministry said another 63 people were wounded in the fighting between two militias.

UK air force scrambles 2 fighters to intercept Russian jets

The RAF said two Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack bombers from Russia approached Britain.

Spain warns Catalan leader against swearing-in from Brussels

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the government will keep control of Catalonia if the former regional leader resumes his post.

Rising Great Lakes water levels keep Michigan companies busy

Water levels for the two lakes averaged 580 feet in December, nearly 2 feet higher than the long-term average.