• North at center of another concussion controversy in rugby

    NORTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Wales winger George North is at the center of another concussion controversy in rugby that is highlighting the limitations of the technology available to doctors to assess head injuries.

  • Merkel is last of Obama’s key European allies still standing

    In this April 25, 2016 file photo British Prime Minister David Cameron, U.S. President Barack Obama,  German Chancellor Angela Merkel,  French President Francois Hollande, and Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, clockwise from left, start their G-5 meeting in Herrenhaus Palace in Hannover, northern Germany. Just a few months ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel brought together the leaders of the U.S., Britain, France and Italy to discuss the world’s crises, a moment captured in a photo of the five seated around a conference table. When she hosts a summit of 20 leading global powers in July, she will be the only one of those leaders left _ and the policies her partners worked for may have been reversed.(Michael Kappeler/ File pool photo via AP)

    BERLIN (AP) — Just a few months ago, German Chancellor Angela Merkel brought together the leaders of the U.S., Britain, France and Italy to discuss the world’s crises, a moment captured in a photo of the five seated around a conference table. When she hosts a summit of 20 leading global powers in July, she will be the only one of them left — and many of the policies her partners worked for might be reversed.

  • Ransomed: The freeing of 226 Christians from Islamic State

    Zammo Marza, Sherineh Marza, Charli Kanoun and Abdo Marza, from left, kneel at the grave of Marza Marza in Saarlouis, Germany in this Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 photo. The Marza family were among 226 Assyrian Christians taken captive by the Islamic State group in a February 2015 attack on their villages in Syria’s Khabur River valley. It took a year to free the hostages, and only after three were killed and millions of dollars gathered by the Assyrian diaspora worldwide was paid to the militants, and in the end the Khabur region has been totally emptied of the tiny, centuries-old minority community. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    SAARLOUIS, Germany (AP) — The millions in ransom money came in dollar by dollar, euro by euro from around the world. The donations, raised from church offerings, a Christmas concert, and the diaspora of Assyrian Christians on Facebook, landed in a bank account in Iraq. Its ultimate destination: the Islamic State group.

  • Germany’s Merkel re-elected as conservative party leader

    German Chancellor and Chairwomen of the CDU, Angela Merkel, gestures after her speech as part of a general party conference of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Essen, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Merkel wants to secure the backing of her conservative party to head up the party's campaign for next September's election. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel won a new two-year term Tuesday as the leader of Germany’s main conservative party, gaining solid backing after stressing her determination to prevent a repeat of last year’s huge migrant influx.

  • French skier Thomas Fanara’s season ends after knee injury

    France's Thomas Fanara competes during an alpine ski, men's World Cup giant slalom, in Val d'Isere, France, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)

    VAL D’ISERE, France (AP) — French skier Thomas Fanara says his season is over after injuring his right knee near the end of a World Cup race.

  • IOC: Rio Olympics were ‘perfect imperfect games’

    International Olympic Committee, IOC, President Thomas Bach, center, speaks with IOC members Angela Ruggiero, right, of the US and Ser Miang Ng, left, of Singapore at the opening of the first day of the executive board meeting of the IOC, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A few months after the closing ceremony in Rio de Janeiro, IOC officials have a new tagline for South America’s first Olympics: “The most perfect imperfect games.”

  • Thomas Bjorn appointed Europe’s Ryder Cup captain for 2018

    LONDON (AP) — Thomas Bjorn is the first Scandinavian to be appointed captain of Europe’s Ryder Cup team.

  • English FA says scope of review into sexual abuse increased

    Former professional soccer player Steve Walters covers his face with his hands at the launch of the Offside Trust at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, England, Monday, Dec. 5, 2016. In a growing scandal being investigated by 18 police forces across Britain, about 350 people have reported incidents of child sexual abuse at soccer clubs. The Offside Trust has been formed by Andy Woodward, Steve Walters and Chris Unsworth as an independent trust to support players and their families who have suffered from abuse. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)

    LONDON (AP) — The English Football Association says its review of sexual abuse by youth soccer coaches is expanding and a new lawyer has been appointed.

  • Ransomed: The race to free 226 Christian hostages in Syria

    Zammo Marza, Sherineh Marza, Charli Kanoun and Abdo Marza, from right, stand at the grave of Marza Marza in Saarlouis, Germany in this Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 photo. The Marza family were among 226 Assyrian Christians taken captive by the Islamic State group in a February 2015 attack on their villages in northern Syria. Members of the Assyrian diaspora, including Kanoun, led a year-long campaign to raise ransom money that in the end succeeded in winning the captives’ freedom but put millions of dollars in IS pockets. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    SAARLOUIS, Germany (AP) — Deep inside Syria, a bishop worked secretly to save the lives of 226 members of his flock from the Islamic State group — by amassing millions of dollars from his community around the world to buy their freedom.

  • German chancellor denounces rape-killing of student

    In this Oct. 21, 2016 file photo flowers and candles sit in front of a tree close to the Dreisam river in Freiburg, Germany, where the body of a student was found.  A 17-year-old Afghan migrant, who entered Germany last year as an unaccompanied minor, was arrested Friday in connection with the killing. The 19-year-old medicine student vanished on her way home from a party in mid-October.  (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)

    BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday denounced the rape and killing of a university student as a “tragic event,” responding for the first time to a case that has inflamed passions since police arrested a 17-year-old Afghan migrant last week.