World
January 13

Sudanese military helicopter crashes near Ethiopian border

A Sudanese military helicopter loaded with weapons and ammunition crashed Wednesday, shortly after taking off from an airport in an eastern province bordering Ethiopia, officials said.
World
January 13

Advocacy group: Biden should revamp US human rights policy

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden should bring "fundamental change" to U.S. policy on human rights and allow criminal investigations of President Donald Trump, the head of Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.
World
January 13

Ex-premier yanks ministers from Italy's coalition government

A former leader of Italy yanked his party's ministers Wednesday from Premier Giuseppe Conte's government, triggering a political crisis in the middle of a pandemic that could lead to a revamped Cabinet, a different coalition leader or the early election eagerly sought by right-wing opposition parties.
World
January 13

Jerusalem approves location for new US Embassy

Jerusalem municipal authorities said Wednesday they have given preliminary approval to a location for a new U.S. Embassy in the city.
World
January 13

Israel's benefactor Adelson leaves controversial legacy

Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is mourned by official Israel as a powerful benefactor with direct access to U.S. presidents. Others on Wednesday saw a legacy tinged with controversy and touched by deadly conflict.
World
January 13

Belgian judge asked to investigate death of young Black man

Belgian prosecutors have requested the appointment of an investigative judge following the death of a 23-year-old Black man who was detained by police last week in Brussels.
World
January 13

Portugal goes into lockdown amid record-breaking virus surge

Portugal's government ordered the country into a coronavirus lockdown Wednesday, but with exceptions so a presidential election can go ahead on Jan. 24.
World
January 13

Spain: Judge orders incapacitated woman to get virus vaccine

A judge in northwest Spain has overruled a family's objections and decided to allow health authorities to administer a coronavirus vaccine to an incapacitated woman in a nursing home.
Politics
January 13
People walk past a supermarket in London, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 during England’s third national lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Britain's Johnson pledges UK vaccine program will run 24-7

Britain's coronavirus vaccine program will operate around the clock seven days a week "as soon as we can," Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged Wednesday as the U.K. accelerates efforts to inoculate millions of its most vulnerable people against coronavirus.
World
January 13

Gaza's Hamas rulers bar patients from US charity's hospital

Gaza's Hamas rulers said Wednesday they would bar patients from the Palestinian territory from going to a field hospital opened by a U.S. charity in protest of what they say are insufficient services.
World
January 13

US sanctions controversial deputy of Iraqi paramilitaries

The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on an influential Iraqi militia leader and deputy of a powerful Iran-backed umbrella of mostly Shiite paramilitary groups, designating him a global terrorist figure.
World
January 13
Security forces patrol the streets near opposition leader Bobi Wine headquarters in Kampala, Uganda Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. The United States ambass

Internet 'blackout' in Uganda on eve of tense election

Ugandan authorities appeared to cut off internet access in the country Wednesday night on the eve of a tense presidential election, while a lawyer for leading opposition candidate Bobi Wine said all contact had been lost with him.
World
January 13
Children shelter under an umbrella as the snow falls at the Canada Real shanty town, outside Madrid, Spain, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. Canada Real, a shant

Spain: Snow adds to misery in Madrid slum area without power

As record snowfall and sub-freezing temperatures enveloped much of normally temperate Spain, few residents suffered as severely as the thousands who live in La Cañada Real Galiana, a mega-shantytown outside Madrid that is ranked as one of the biggest slum areas in Europe.
Business
January 13

Turkey approves China-based Sinovac vaccine's emergency use

Turkish authorities gave the go-ahead for the emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd. on Wednesday, paving the way for the rollout for Turkey's vaccination program starting with health care workers and other high-risk groups.
Business
January 13

German government defends slow vaccination campaign

Germany's health minister on Wednesday defended the government's decision to procure and approve vaccines against the coronavirus along with the rest of the European Union amid criticism that the rollout of shots in the country has been too slow.
World
January 13

Rare Tintin comic book art set to sell for millions in Paris

Not even the coronavirus can get in the way of intrepid Belgian reporter and comic book legend Tintin.
Business
January 13

EU court opinion leaves Facebook more exposed over privacy

Any EU country can take legal action against companies like Facebook over cross-border violations of data privacy rules, not just the main regulator in charge of the company, a top court adviser said Wednesday.
World
January 13
President Faustin-Archange Touadera speaks to the media after casting his vote at the Lycee Boganda polling station in the capital Bangui, Central Afr

Central African Republic soldiers repel rebels at capital

Security forces in Central African Republic repelled attacks by rebels trying to seize the capital early Wednesday after intense fighting on the city's outskirts, officials said, in a major escalation of violence that has rocked the country since last month.
Business
January 13

Climate activist Thunberg to appear on Swedish postal stamp

Swedish teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg will appear on a postal stamp that will be issued Thursday in her native Sweden and is part of a series focusing on the environment.
World
January 13

German regional spy chief fired over Christmas attack probe

The domestic intelligence chief in Germany's northeastern state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has been fired over his agency's failure to pass on information about a 2016 truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin that killed 12 people.