Russia set to move closer to decriminalize domestic violence
Maduro sacks the head of Venezuela's Central Bank
President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday announced the firing of Venezuela's Central Bank chief, amid a deep economic crisis worsened by the recent bungled release of bigger denomination banknotes. Speaking on his weekly television program, Maduro announced that Central Bank head Nelson Merentes -- who has been under intense pressure over the banknote debacle -- has handed in his resignation. "I would like to thank Nelson Merentes for all the effort he has made at various battlefronts, but I want us to initiate a new stage in the development of the Central Bank of Venezuela," the left-wing Venezuelan leader declared, announcing that he has tapped economist Ricardo Sanguino to succeed Merentes.
Partial results: Valls, Hamon advance in French primary
PARIS (AP) ? Partial results suggest that Manuel Valls, a center-leaning former prime minister who rallied France together after extremist attacks, will confront stalwart Socialist Benoit Hamon in the country's left-wing presidential primary runoff next week.
Adviser to Gambia president: Exiled leader emptied state coffers, shipped out luxury vehiclesDAKAR, Senegal (AP) ? Adviser to Gambia president: Exiled leader emptied state coffers, shipped out luxury vehicles.
Trump offers scattershot response to global protests
Avalanche survivors: sipping tea, then world crashed down
FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) ? Some of the lucky ones were sipping hot tea near the fireplace in their mountain resort hotel, waiting for snowplows to arrive so they could finally go home, after a winter holiday made nerve-wracking by a day of ground-shaking earthquakes and heavy snowfall.
Trump nomination to lead State picks up support in SenateWASHINGTON (AP) ? Rex Tillerson, the former Exxon Mobil executive with close business ties to Russia, saw his prospects of becoming secretary of state brighten Sunday after gaining the support of two influential Republican senators who had wavered on the nomination.
Gambia's old leader emptied coffers, shipped out luxury cars
Israel OKs more settler homes ahead of Trump talks
Israel approved hundreds of new settler homes in east Jerusalem Sunday hours before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to speak with US President Donald Trump for the first time since his inauguration. "This evening there will be a telephone conversation between President Trump and myself," Netanyahu told a cabinet meeting on Sunday. The White House confirmed that such a call was scheduled, but did not give further details.
Israeli leader delays West Bank annexation vote
JERUSALEM (AP) ? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delayed a vote Sunday on an explosive proposal to annex one of the West Bank's largest settlements, apparently to coordinate his policy toward the Palestinians with the new administration of President Donald Trump.