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Pakistani shopping mall blaze kills at least 10 people and injures more than 20

Pakistani police say a blaze has killed at least 10 people in a shopping mall. The multi-story RJ Mall is in a high-rise commercial building that also houses call centers and software firms.

Avalanche in west Iran kills 5 mountain climbers and injures another 4

Iran’s state news agency says an avalanche killed five mountain climbers and injured four others from an all-Iranian climbing team in west Iran Rescue teams recovered the bodies of five climbers from San Boran peak, some 300 kilometers (about186 miles) southwest of the capital Tehran, IRNA news agen

Mexico cancels conference on 1960s and 1970s rights violations raising claims of censorship

Mexico’s Department of the Interior reportedly revoked funding on Friday for a conference on the government’s violent anti-insurgency policy from the 1960s to the 1980s, raising claims of censorship.

Canada, EU agree to new partnerships as Trudeau welcomes European leaders

Canada and the European Union say they are making strides toward new partnerships on green energy, digital transformation and research funding, as a Canada-EU Summit got underway in the Atlantic coast province of Newfoundland.

AP Week in Pictures: North America

People paid respects to former first lady Rosalynn Carter, SpaceX launched a massive rocket, and President Biden pardoned two turkeys, Liberty and Bell.

Putin’s first prime minister and later his opponent has been added to Russia’s ‘foreign agent’ list

Russia’s Justice Ministry has added President Vladimir Putin’s first prime minister who later became an opponent to its register of “foreign agents.”

Nice soccer player Atal will face trial Dec. 18 after sharing an antisemitic message on social media

French prosecutors say Nice defender Youcef Atal must stand trial next month on charges of inciting hatred after he shared an antisemitic message online.

NATO member N Macedonia to briefly lift flight ban in case Russia’s Lavrov wants to attend meeting

NATO member North Macedonia says it will briefly lift a ban on flights from Russia next week. That would let Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attend an international conference in the country should he accept the invitation.

Israel summons Spanish, Belgian ambassadors following criticism during visit to Rafah

The Israeli government says it will summon the Belgian and Spanish ambassadors following remarks by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his Belgian counterpart Alexander de Croo on the war between Israel and Hamas.

A newly formed alliance between coup-hit countries in Africa’s Sahel is seen as tool for legitimacy

Three West African nations led by military juntas met this week to strengthen a newly formed alliance which some analysts describe as an attempt to legitimize their military governments.

Victims in Niagara Falls border bridge crash identified as Western New York couple

The two people killed when their car crashed into a border checkpoint in Niagara Falls have been identified as a western New York couple whose family owns a lumber business and several hardware stores.

Argentina and Brazil charged by FIFA after fan violence delays World Cup qualifying game at Maracana

FIFA has opened disciplinary cases against Argentina and Brazil after fan violence at the Maracana Stadium delayed the start of a World Cup qualifying game.

Germany’s leader vows to fix a spending crisis that’s worsening gloom in the struggling economy

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has promised quick action to fix a budget crisis after a court decision blew a large hole in the almost-finished plan for next year.

Putin to boost AI work in Russia to fight a Western monopoly he says is ‘unacceptable and dangerous’

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that he will endorse a national strategy for the development of artificial intelligence.

Slovak leader calls the war between Russia and Ukraine a frozen conflict

Slovakia’s new prime minister, Robert Fico, says he considers the war between Ukraine and Russia a frozen conflict that cannot be solved by sending arms to the Ukrainian armed forces.

Ringo Starr takes fans on a colorful tour of his past in book ‘Beats & Threads’

Ringo Starr’s latest project is for fans of music and of fashion. Published Friday, “Beats & Threads” is an illustrated journey through the former Beatles drummer’s long career, featuring images of everything from his drum kits to his trend-setting wardrobe.

Activists call on France to endorse a consent-based rape definition across the entire European Union

Activists wearing masks depicting President Emmanuel Macron have urged France to change its position and endorse a law proposed by the European Union that would define rape as sex without consent in the bloc’s 27 countries.

The second installment of Sri Lanka’s bailout was delayed. The country hopes it’s coming in December

The governor of Sri Lanka’s Central Bank says he is confident it will receive the second instalment of a $2.9-billion bailout package from the International Monetary Fund before the end of the year.

Ukraine aims a major drone attack at Crimea as Russia tries to capture a destroyed eastern city

Russian officials say Ukraine has launched one of its biggest drone attacks on the Moscow-annexed Crimean Peninsula since the full-scale war began.

Vietnam’s plan for spending $15.5 billion for its clean energy transition to be announced at COP28

A plan for how Vietnam will spend $15.5 billion to transition to cleaner energy has been finalized and will be announced formally at the COP28 climate conference, which begins in Dubai next week.

Nissan will invest $1.4 billion to make EV versions of its best-selling cars at its UK factory

Nissan will invest $1.4 billion to update its factory in northeast England to make electric versions of its two best-selling cars.

Indian authorities release Kashmiri journalist Fahad Shah after 21 months in prison

Indian authorities have released a prominent Kashmir journalist on bail nearly two years after he was arrested on accusations of publishing “anti-national content” and “glorifying terrorism.”

From Dec. 1, citizens of five European countries and Malaysia can enter China without a visa

China has announced that it will allow visa-free entry for citizens of five European countries and Malaysia as it tries to encourage more people to visit for business and tourism.

Rescuers in India trying to evacuate 41 workers from a collapsed tunnel are delayed again

Rescue teams trying to reach 41 construction workers trapped in a collapsed tunnel in northern India for nearly two weeks have stopped drilling again.

French foreign minister says China’s cooperation is vital in ending Russia-Ukraine war

French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna says China’s cooperation is vital on an issue that has divided it and much of Europe: ending the war in Ukraine.

Russian consumers feel themselves in a tight spot as high inflation persists

The shelves at Moscow supermarkets are full of fruit and vegetables, cheese and meat. But many of the shoppers look at the selection with dismay as inflation makes their wallets feel empty.

AP Week in Pictures: Latin America and Caribbean

Nov. 17-23, 2023

Miss Nicaragua won the Miss Universe competition in El Salvador, the first to wear the crown from her country.

AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

Nov. 17-23, 2023

Protests around the world continue as a four-day cease-fire in Gaza between Israel and Hamas begins Friday morning.

Make noise! A murder and a movie stir Italians to loudly demand an end to violence against women

Anger has erupted in Italy over the slaying of a college student allegedly by an ex-boyfriend who resented her success and wouldn’t accept their breakup.

Stock market today: Wall Street ends mixed in half-day session, marks fourth straight winning week

Stocks drifted to a mixed finish after a half-day trading session capped a holiday shortened week that left the major indexes with their fourth straight winning week.