• St. Mark’s Square reopens in Venice, but water remains high

    VENICE, Italy (AP) — Tourists and residents were allowed back into St. Mark’s Square in Venice on Saturday, a day after it was closed due to exceptionally high tidal waters that swept through most of the lagoon city’s already devastated center.

  • Czechs use anniversary of Velvet Revolution to pressure PM

    PRAGUE (AP) — More than 200,000 Czechs have gathered on the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution that brought an end to decades of communist rule in the country to give Prime Minister Andrej Babis an ultimatum — sell your business or quit your job.

  • Colombia adoptees find family decades after volcano tragedy

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Jenifer de la Rosa was just a week old when Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz volcano exploded, unleashing a wall of mud that buried an entire town and left 25,000 dead.

  • 3 protesters killed in Baghdad as bloody clashes continue

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi security forces fired live ammunition and tear gas in renewed clashes with anti-government protesters in central Baghdad on Friday, killing three people, while Iraq’s top Shiite religious leader warned its government to heed calls for sweeping political reforms.

  • Venice flooded again 3 days after near-record high tide

    VENICE, Italy (AP) — Exceptionally high tidal waters rolled relentlessly through Venice again on Friday, forcing the closure of St. Mark’s Square to the public and flooding most of the lagoon city’s already devastated center before easing.

  • AP PHOTOS: Flooding threatens Venice and its treasures

    VENICE, Italy (AP) — Severe flooding in Venice is threatening the Italian city famed for its canals and architecture.

  • Historic flooding highlights Venice’s vulnerability

    VENICE, Italy (AP) — The historic lagoon city of Venice exists on the edge of a double threat: As it sinks, the seas rise.

  • AP Interview: Evo Morales wants UN mediation in Bolivia

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Bolivia’s Evo Morales called for the United Nations, and possibly Pope Francis, to mediate in the Andean nation’s political crisis following his ouster as president in what he called a coup d’etat that forced him into exile in Mexico.

  • Translation issues mar start of Sun Yang doping case hearing

    MONTREUX, Switzerland (AP) — Chinese Olympic champion swimmer Sun Yang defended his failure to take a doping test by testifying at a rare public hearing Friday that inspectors drawing blood and urine samples failed to have the proper identification papers.

  • Leaders of Russia, Ukraine to meet to discuss conflict

    PARIS (AP) — The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France will meet in Paris on Dec. 9 to try to seek a settlement for the five-year conflict in eastern Ukraine that has killed 13,000 people.