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German court convicts ex-IS member in Yazidi girl's death

German court convicts ex-IS member in Yazidi girl's death

BERLIN (AP) — A former member of the Islamic State group was convicted by a German court on Tuesday of genocide and committing a war crime over the death of a 5-year-old girl he had purchased as a slave and then chained up in the hot sun to die.
Far-right pundit to launch campaign for French presidency

Far-right pundit to launch campaign for French presidency

PARIS (AP) — A far-right former TV pundit with multiple hate-speech convictions was poised Tuesday to officially enter the race for France's presidency, having already shaken it up with his anti-immigration and anti-Islam invective.
Fire in Barcelona kills family of 4, including 2 children

Fire in Barcelona kills family of 4, including 2 children

MADRID (AP) — A fire in part of a building occupied by squatters in central Barcelona killed four members of the same family, including two children ages 1 and 3, on Tuesday morning, a local government spokeswoman said.
Japan confirms first case of new coronavirus variant

Japan confirms first case of new coronavirus variant

TOKYO (AP) — Japan confirmed on Tuesday its first case of the new omicron coronavirus variant, a visitor who recently arrived from Namibia, an official said.
Japan crown prince says royals should refute extreme attacks

Japan crown prince says royals should refute extreme attacks

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Crown Prince Akishino, the younger brother of Emperor Naruhito, has complained about harsh criticism of his daughter’s recent marriage and suggested that the imperial family should be allowed to refute false and extreme attacks.
Myanmar court postpones verdict for ousted leader Suu Kyi

Myanmar court postpones verdict for ousted leader Suu Kyi

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Myanmar postponed its verdict on Tuesday in the trial of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to allow testimony from an additional witness.
Maxwell, Epstein were 'partners in crime,' prosecutor says

Maxwell, Epstein were 'partners in crime,' prosecutor says

NEW YORK (AP) — Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein were “partners in crime” in the sexual abuse of teenage girls, a prosecutor said Monday, while Maxwell’s lawyers said she was being made a scapegoat for a man’s bad behavior as the British sociali

Barbados prepares to bid farewell to queen as head of state

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Caribbean island of Barbados on Monday prepared to wave goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II as head of state as it cuts ties with its colonial past and becomes a republic for the first time in history.
WHO warns that new virus variant poses 'very high' risk

WHO warns that new virus variant poses 'very high' risk

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization warned Monday that the global risk from the omicron variant is “very high” based on the early evidence, saying the mutated coronavirus could lead to surges with “severe consequences.
Jan. 6 panel sets contempt vote for former DOJ official

Jan. 6 panel sets contempt vote for former DOJ official

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee investigating the Jan.