British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018.

UK ramps up 'no-deal' Brexit preparations amid impasse

Britain's government ramped up preparations Tuesday for the possibility that the country could leave the European Union in 101 days without a divorce deal — putting soldiers on standby and warning thousands of businesses and millions of households to get ready for the worst.

New business aims to mend broken family trees, from Sweden to Minnesota

Kris Overby and Magnus Rydholm stayed at a Minneapolis hotel while nailing down the logistics for a trip they're planning. They will bring 30 Swedes t
New business helps make genealogy links, guides tours for Minnesotans.

Instagram was a bigger Russian election tool than Facebook, Senate report says

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Some of the Facebook and Instagram ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process and stir up tensions around divisive socia
The troll farm that sought to divide Americans with misinformation and meme content around the 2016 election received more engagement on Instagram than it did on any other social media platform.
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SoftBank mobile unit begins trading on Tokyo Stock Exchange

SoftBank Group Corp.'s Japanese mobile subsidiary has begun trading in one of the world's biggest share offerings rivaling that of China's Alibaba Group.
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Cuba eliminates gay marriage language from new constitution

Cuba's government said Tuesday that language promoting the legalization of gay marriage will be removed from the draft of a new constitution after widespread popular rejection of the idea.
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Border impasse ends as US lets 6 Hondurans apply for asylum

The asylum claims of six Hondurans were accepted for processing Tuesday, ending a 17-hour standoff involving U.S. authorities, the migrants and two U.S. lawmakers supporting them on a tiny piece of American soil at the country's border with Mexico.
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UK business groups plead for deal to prevent no-deal Brexit

Britain's five leading business groups are pleading with the government to act to prevent the country's departure from the European Union without a deal.

Guatemala pulls diplomatic credentials of UN body's workers

Guatemalan authorities said Tuesday that they have withdrawn diplomatic immunity from 11 workers with a U.N.-sponsored anti-graft commission who have investigated cases of alleged corruption — including ones targeting President Jimmy Morales' son and brother.

China will 'never seek hegemony,' Xi says in reform speech

China will never pursue hegemony, President Xi Jinping said Tuesday as global concerns persist over the country's growing economic influence.

The Latest: Standoff ends as US processes asylum seekers

The latest on Honduran asylum seekers camped on U.S. soil to be processed for asylum claims (all times local):

Mourinho fired by Man United with his career at crossroads

Wanted: A coach to restore Manchester United to its former status as a major force in European soccer.It was a task that proved beyond even…
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UN: South Sudan still fragile but there's a chance for peace

The U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday there is a chance for peace in South Sudan, with more progress since the warring sides signed a new peace deal in September than at any time since the conflict erupted five years ago.

The Latest: Has Norwegian PM let slip Solskjaer appointment?

The Latest on Jose Mourinho's departure from Manchester United (all times local):

Hungary: Opposition vows renewed protests after holiday lull

Street demonstrations against recent labor law changes in Hungary appeared to wane on their sixth day, but opposition lawmakers vowed Tuesday to pursue legal and parliamentary avenues to thwart the government while allowing for a Christmastime lull.

Blaze destroys at least 600 houses in Brazil neighborhood.

SAO PAULO —Fire swept over a low-income neighborhood in the northern Brazilian city of Manaus, destroying at least 600 wooden houses, authorities said Tuesday.Civil defense…

Belgian PM offers to resign after migration tears government

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel submitted his resignation Tuesday amid pressure on his government after the biggest coalition party quit over Michel's support for a United Nations compact on international migration.

Victims, accountability on agenda at pope's sex abuse summit

The Vatican on Tuesday released the first details of Pope Francis' upcoming high-stakes sex abuse prevention summit, making clear that bishops attending the gathering must reach out to victims before they get to Rome and that accountability is very much on the agenda.

UN urges 'violence-free environment' for Congo elections

The U.N. Security Council is calling for "a violence-free environment" for what could be historic elections in Congo on Sunday, noting with concern recent incidents that resulted in loss of life and significant damage.

Greek lawmakers approve new budget _ with more austerity

Greek lawmakers approved the heavily indebted country's budget for 2019 late Tuesday, the first since Greece exited an eight-year bailout program.

US pledges $10.6B aid for Central America, southern Mexico

The United States pledged $5.8 billion in aid and investment Tuesday for strengthening government and economic development in Central America, and another $4.8 billion in development aid for southern Mexico.

French govt offers 300-euro bonus to protest-weary police

Seeking to soothe police forces demanding improved working conditions, the French government on Tuesday proposed giving 300-euro ($340) bonuses to officers deployed to the aggressive and disruptive protests that started last month.

Truce brings hope for Yemen, but peace could prove elusive

A cease-fire on Tuesday halted months of heavy fighting in Yemen's port city of Hodeida, raising hopes that the latest U.N.-led peace efforts can end the civil war and alleviate the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Guatemala: Body of girl who died in US custody set to return

Guatemalan authorities say they have completed documentation needed to clear the way for repatriation of the body of a 7-year-old migrant girl who died in U.S. Border Patrol custody.