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Russia starts blocking LinkedIn after court ruling

MOSCOW — Russia’s communications regulator ordered public access to LinkedIn’s website to be blocked on Thursday to comply with a court ruling that found the social networking firm guilty of violating a data storage law.

Putin fires economy minister over bribery charges

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev on Tuesday over allegations he extorted a $2 million bribe from top oil producer Rosneft, a case which could expose fault lines in the Russian leader's inner circle.

Europeans agree on defense plan after campaign swipes by Trump

BRUSSELS — The European Union on Monday agreed a defense plan that could see it sending rapid response forces abroad for the first time, as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s criticism of allies appeared to galvanize Europe into revamping its strategy.

Prosecutors question Julian Assange at Ecuador embassy in London

LONDON — Prosecutors on Monday questioned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has been holed up for four years, in an investigation into allegations that he committed rape in Sweden in 2010.

Accused killer of lawmaker was acting ‘for Britain’

LONDON — The man accused of murdering British lawmaker (MP) Jo Cox in June was heard saying “this is for Britain” during an attack that was motivated by politics or ideology, a London jury was told at the opening of his trial on Monday.

Supermoon delights world’s star gazers

SYDNEY — From Beijing to Berlin, star gazers around the world admired the supermoon — the largest, brightest full moon in nearly seven decades — as it made its way across the skies on Sunday and Monday.

New Zealand begins evacuating tourists from quake-hit town

WELLINGTON — New Zealand emergency services and defense personnel began evacuating hundreds of tourists and residents from the South Island town of Kaikoura on Tuesday, a day after a powerful earthquake hit the region, killing two people.

Bomber kills 4 Americans

KABUL — A Taliban suicide bomber dressed as a laborer blew himself up at the NATO air base at Bagram north of the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, killing four Americans and wounding at least 17 people in one of the bloodiest attacks against U.S. forces since President Barack Obama took office.

Special underpass built for tiny penguins

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — A group of small blue penguins in New Zealand have had their own special underpass built to protect them from traffic and give them privacy from tourists keen to take pictures of the world's smallest penguin.

Obama unlikely to see assault on Islamic State’s Syria stronghold

WASHINGTON, D.C. —  A U.S.-backed assault on Raqqa, Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria, is unlikely to pierce the city itself before President Barack Obama leaves office in January, denying him the chance to claim the end of the group's "caliphate" as part of his legacy.

Delhi under cloud of smog

NEW DELHI — A million school children were forced to stay at home, thousands of employees reported sick and long queues formed outside shops selling face masks on Monday as New Delhi struggled with its worst pollution for nearly 20 years.

Philippines orders cancellation of U.S. police rifle deal

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the cancellation on Monday of Philippine’s purchase of police rifles from the United States, after U.S. senatorial aides said last month that Washington was halting the sale due to concerns about human rights violations.

Study finds seized ivory comes almost exclusively from poaching

JOHANNESBURG — Seized illicit shipments of elephant ivory are almost entirely made up of tusks from recently poached animals rather than siphoned from government stockpiles, scientists using a forensic technique reported on Monday.

Pope’s envoy warns of bloodshed if Venezuela talks fail

BUENOS AIRES — Venezuela is going through a “very ugly” situation and there could be bloodshed ahead if talks between the government and opposition fail, a papal envoy told an Argentine newspaper after his visit to Venezuela this week.

White House urges smooth ‘Brexit’ exit

ON BOARD AIR FORCE ONE — The White House on Thursday urged Britain and the European Union to ensure a flexible and smooth “Brexit” process after a British court ruled the government needed parliamentary approval to start the process of Britain leaving the EU.