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  • Putin urges compliance with safety rules after mine blast

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday warned officials to strictly observe industrial safety regulations in the wake of last week's coal mine explosion that killed 51 miners and rescuers.
  • Ball for 1st Black St. Pete mayor canceled over circus theme

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A ball planned for the first Black mayor of a major Florida city has been canceled amid concerns its circus theme was inappropriate in the once-segregated city.
  • Wildfire burns into central Montana town, destroys houses

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A late-season wildfire pushed by strong winds ripped through a tiny central Montana farming town overnight, burning several homes and grain elevators that had stood for more than a century, authorities said.
  • Norway reports omicron cases linked to company party

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — At least 50 people in and around Norway's capital have been infected with the omicron coronavirus variant, and the cases are connected to a Norwegian company’s Christmas party in an Oslo restaurant, officials said Thursday.
  • Sister of man imprisoned in Saudi Arabia writes to Hamilton

    PARIS (AP) — The sister of a man who was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia is asking seven-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton to help save her brother's life.
  • Russia sends missiles near Pacific Islands claimed by Japan

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military has deployed coastal defense missile systems near Pacific Islands also claimed by Japan, a move intended to underline Moscow's firm stance in the dispute.
  • Spacewalking astronauts replace antenna after debris scare

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Spacewalking astronauts replaced a broken antenna outside the International Space Station on Thursday after getting NASA’s all-clear for orbiting debris.
  • Paris archbishop who had 'ambiguous' relationship resigns

    PARIS (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignation of the archbishop of Paris, who unexpectedly offered to step down last week after admitting to an “ambiguous” relationship with a woman in 2012.
  • Belgium to reinforce measures to contain pandemic on Friday

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The Belgian government has vowed to reinforce measures to contain the coronavirus even more with fresh measures to be decided Friday, possibly including more school closures and further reducing opening times of bars and restaurants.
  • A weary pope urges Cyprus to welcome migrants, heal division

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Pope Francis praised the “mosaic” of Cyprus’ multiethnic people as he arrived Thursday on the ethnically divided Mediterranean island and urged it to welcome migrants and heal the divisions that have lacerated the country for nearly a half-century.

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