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Updated at 7:23 AM

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) " With a 10-minute phone call and two tweets, Donald Trump inspired banner headlines and renewed hopes across Taiwan for a stronger partnership with the United States, while also inflaming the complex relationships between the U.S., mainland China, and the self-governing island China regards as a renegade province. Whether the U.S. president-elect meant to jump into the generational fight between China and Taiwan remains an open question. But by speaking to...

Updated at 7:10 AM

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) " President Mahmoud Abbas' long-dominant Fatah movement has concluded a special conference by cementing the rule of the longtime leader and shutting out his key rival. Final results of the Fatah conference election...

Updated at 7:03 AM

PARIS (AP) " The patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church is consecrating a new church near the Eiffel Tower seen as a controversial symbol of President Vladimir Putin's influence in Europe. Patriarch Kirill, an ally of Putin, is presiding...

Updated at 6:27 AM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) " The converted warehouse known as the "Ghost Ship" where a deadly fire ripped through a late-night dance party was an artist workspace and illegal home for a rotating cast of a dozen or more residents, those who lived there...

Updated at 6:22 AM

HELSINKI (AP) " Local officials in Finland say that three people have been fatally shot in a southeastern town overnight. The South Karelia Social and Health Care District says on its website that the shooting happened in the town of...

Updated at 6:14 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) " Iran's President Hassan Rouhani demanded Sunday that U.S. President Barack Obama not sign an extension of U.S. sanctions, saying the bill is a violation of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. On...

Updated at 6:05 AM

MILAN (AP) " Italians are voting in a referendum on constitutional reforms that is being closely watched abroad to see if Italy is the next country to reject the political status quo. Premier Matteo Renzi says he will resign if the reforms...

Updated at 5:37 AM

VIENNA (AP) " In an election sure to reverberate across Europe, Austrian voters are choosing between a right-wing populist and a left-leaning former politician for their next president. Austria's presidency is a mostly ceremonial post. But...

Updated at 5:22 AM

The College Football Playoff selection committee was given something to ponder by Penn State. How much value does a conference championship have? How about a head-to-head victory? The Nittany Lions now have both of those over Ohio State...

Updated Dec 4, 2016 at 4:32 AM

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) " France committed $30 million toward protecting cultural heritage sites during wartime on Saturday, a first step in the creation of an international fund aimed at preventing destruction like that carried out...

Updated at 4:03 AM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) " The Latest on a deadly fire in a converted warehouse in Oakland, California (all times local): 9 p.m. The NBA Golden State Warriors say the team is donating $50,000 to help families affected by the deadly...

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