Russian performance artists requests asylum in FranceMOSCOW (AP) ? A controversial Russian performance artist says he has requested asylum in France after being informed of rape charges against him.
U.S. Congress will not allow Trump to pull out of NATO: German officialChancellor Angela Merkel "read with interest" U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's interview with the Bild newspaper in which he called NATO "obsolete", her spokesman said, adding Berlin still aimed for close cooperation with Washington. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert declined to comment on specific remarks in the interview, saying many of Trump's positions were known. "We will wait for the inauguration of President Trump and then will work closely with the new administration," Seibert told a regular government news conference.
Egypt court rules against handing islands to Saudi Arabia
CAIRO (AP) ? An Egyptian court ruled on Monday against the government's decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia ? a landmark verdict likely to deepen tensions with the kingdom and embarrass President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.
May agrees on changing economic model post-Brexit if forced - spokeswoman
Prime Minister Theresa May shares her Chancellor's view that Britain stands ready to consider alternative economic models following Brexit if forced to, her spokeswoman said on Monday. Philip Hammond was quoted on Sunday as saying the country could change its economic model to regain competitiveness if it were to leave the EU without an agreement on access to the single market. "But if we are forced to do something different because we can't get the right deal, then we stand ready to do so." The spokeswoman declined to comment on a fall in sterling to three-month lows over fears May will use a speech on Tuesday to say Britain is set for a "hard" Brexit, making a clean break from the EU's single market.
Murray, Kerber win their 1st major matches as top seeds
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) ? In his first Grand Slam match with the elevated status of having a knighthood and the No. 1 ranking, Andy Murray berated himself when he made mistakes and frequently yelled during a 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Illya Marchenko.
Kyrgyzstan ministry says cargo plane crash kills 37
A Turkish cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, killing 37 people on the ground and in the plane, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. The Boeing ...
Trump says NATO is obsolete but still 'very important to me'
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said NATO was obsolete because it had not defended against terror attacks, but that the military alliance was still very important to him, The Times of London reported. ?I took such heat, when I said NATO was obsolete," Trump told the newspaper in an interview. ?A lot of these countries aren?t paying what they?re supposed to be paying, which I think is very unfair to the United States," Trump said.
Inauguration in sight, Trump continues Twitter assault
NEW YORK (AP) ? His inauguration days away, President-elect Donald Trump is continuing to lash out at critics in the intelligence community and Democrats in Congress who are vowing to skip his swearing-in ceremony.
Trump's offer to Russia: an end to sanctions for nuclear arms cut - London Times
By Guy Faulconbridge and William James LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will propose offering to end sanctions imposed on Russia over its annexation of Crimea in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal with Moscow, he told The Times of London. Criticizing previous U.S. foreign policy in an interview published on Monday, he described the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 as possibly the gravest error in the history of the United States and akin to "throwing rocks into a beehive".
Andy Murray defies heat at Australian Open as stars struggle
Top-ranked Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber fought their way into the second round as tournament favourites struggled in hot conditions on day one at the Australian Open on Monday. As temperatures topped 32 Celsius (90 Fahrenheit), Murray came through a two hours, 47 minutes test against Ukraine's Illya Marchenko 7-5, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2.