Climate activist's remarks downplaying Holocaust spark anger

BERLIN (AP) - A prominent British climate change activist sparked anger Wednesday after appearing to downplay the Holocaust in an interview with a German newspaper.

Germany offers expert group in bid to end NATO rift

BRUSSELS (AP) - Germany sought Wednesday to ease French worries about NATO by offering to set up a group of experts to examine the alliance's security challenges after President Emmanuel Macron lamented the "brain death" of the military organization.

Bosnia: Lawmaker shares photos of alleged child abuse

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) - A Bosnian lawmaker on Wednesday publicly shared shocking photos of children tied to beds and radiators in a public care home outside Sarajevo, triggering popular outrage and calls for mass protests against a perceived corrupt and inefficient government structure.

Malta arrests exec, apparently linked to journalist slaying

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) - Maltese authorities arrested a prominent businessman Wednesday who appears to be a "person of interest" in the assassination of a prominent investigative reporter on the Mediterranean island.

Britain's Prince Andrew says he is stepping back from public duties with queen's permission

LONDON (AP) - Britain's Prince Andrew says he is stepping back from public duties with queen's permission.


Survey: About 1 in 4 Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs

BERLIN (AP) - A new survey shows about one in four Europeans holding anti-Semitic beliefs, with such attitudes on the rise in eastern countries and mostly steady in the west.

UK Conservatives under fire for Twitter deception in debate

LONDON (AP) - Britain's Conservative Party was accused Wednesday of trying to deceive voters by changing the name of its press office Twitter account to "factcheckUK" during a televised election debate, raising concerns that political parties' online trickery is undermining democracy.

French probe into pregnant women killed by dogs in a forest

PARIS (AP) - French investigators are seeking to determine which dogs bit and killed a pregnant woman in a forest during a hunt with hounds last weekend.

The Latest: Ship rescues 30 more migrants off Libya

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - The Latest on migrants arriving in Europe (all times local):

Putin says US 'political dramas' diverting focus from Russia

MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin says he's pleased that the "political battles" in Washington have put on the back-burner accusations that Russia interfered in U.S. elections.


Serbia investigating alleged spying affair involving Russia

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) - Serbian authorities say they are investigating reports of an alleged spying affair involving Russia, sparked by a video posted on social media.

Spaniards convicted of rape also sentenced for videoing it

MADRID (AP) - Two Spaniards who were among a group of five men convicted earlier this year of raping a woman were each sentenced Wednesday to an additional three years and three months in prison for having made videos of the rape with their phones.

Media watchdog warns of pressure on independent Serbian TV

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) - A media watchdog group on Wednesday warned that an independent television in Serbia is facing intimidation and a smear campaign from pro-government media and officials.

Vatican expresses concern after US decision on Israel

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican is expressing concern that "recent decisions" could undermine regional stability in the Middle East, in an apparent reference to the U.S. reversal of position on Israeli settlements.

Son of former German president stabbed to death in Berlin

BERLIN (AP) - The son of former German president Richard von Weizsaecker was stabbed to death while he was giving a lecture at a hospital in Berlin where he worked as a head physician, police said Wednesday.

Spain has permits to build giant telescope blocked in Hawaii

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - The director of a Spanish research center says a giant telescope, costing $1.4 billion, is one step nearer to being built on the Canary Islands in the event an international consortium gives up its plans to build it in Hawaii.

Jewish group condemns Nazi auction in Germany

BERLIN (AP) - A Jewish group condemned an auction of Nazi memorabilia in Germany on Wednesday that included items such as Adolf Hitler's top hat, a silver-plated edition of his book "Mein Kampf" and a black cocktail dress owned by his long-time partner Eva Braun.

Norwegian Air taps Jacob Schram as new CEO

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle says it has tapped a new chief executive to succeed Bjoern Kjos, who turned the small domestic carrier into a global airline over 17 years as its CEO.

Greece announces major overhaul of migrant camp system

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - Greece's conservative government has announced plans to overhaul the country's migration management system, replacing existing open camps on the islands with detention facilities and moving 20,000 asylum seekers to the mainland over the next few weeks.

Austria: 3 arrested over video that brought down government

BERLIN (AP) - Austrian prosecutors say three people have been arrested in connection with a video that triggered the collapse of the government earlier this year.

Apple cancels premiere of 'The Banker' over 'concerns'

This image released by Apple TV Plus shows, from left, Nicholas Hoult, Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie in a scene from “The Banker.

Sheriff: School-based deputy had sex with student, arrested
Snowden: Lawsuit targeting his book is selective enforcement

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2013 file image made from video and released by WikiLeaks, former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden speaks in Moscow. Snowden says the government is unfairly singling him out in a lawsuit that seeks to block him from profiting off his best-selling memoir. The U.S. says Snowden’s book, “Permanent Record,” violates secrecy agreements he signed when he worked for the CIA and as a contractor for the National Security Agency.(AP Photo, File)

Native Americans honor 50th anniversary of Alcatraz

Jason Morsette, of New Town, North Dakota, looks out toward the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge through barred windows during ceremonies for the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in San Francisco. About 150 people gathered at Alcatraz to mark the 50th anniversary of a takeover of the island by Native American activists. Original occupiers, friends, family and others assembled Wednesday morning for a program that included prayer, songs and speakers. They then headed to the dock to begin restoring messages painted by occupiers on a former barracks building. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

It's World Children's Day and anniversary of child rights

Young members of the Guatemalan delegation find UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham in the audience during a high-level meeting on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at United Nations headquarters. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Syrian shelling of camp housing displaced people kills 15
Netanyahu challenger fails to form coalition

Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz addresses media in Tel Aviv,Israel. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Gantz has failed to form a new government by a deadline, dashing his hopes of toppling the long-time Israeli prime minister Netanyahu and pushing the country closer toward an unprecedented third election in less than a year. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Syrian opposition activists say government shelling of camp housing displaced people in northwestern Idlib kills 15
Main Gulf port in southern Iraq shut for a third day

Protesters sit-in on the bank of Tigris River during ongoing protests in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. Anti-government protesters blocked access to a second major commercial port in southern Iraq on Tuesday, as bridge closures effectively split the capital in half, causing citizens to rely on boats for transport to reach the other side of the city. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Iran blames deadly unrest on outsiders, including US

Mourners surround the flag-draped coffin of Revolutionary Guard member Morteza Ebrahimi, seen in a poster at the bottom left, during a funeral procession that passed protest-damaged buildings in the town of Shahriar, Iran, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of the capital, Tehran, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Ebrahimi was killed during protests over government-set fuel prices rising last week, demonstrations that quickly spiraled in violence. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Last campus protesters hold out as Hong Kong schools reopen

A man is evacuated by medics past graffiti of Pepe the Frog, which has been used a s symbol of the youth-led protest, from the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Hong Kong schools have reopened after a six-day shutdown but students were facing transit disruptions as the last protesters remained holed up on a university campus. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Myanmar: Suu Kyi to lead team to fight genocide accusation
India to create registry to identify undocumented immigrants

FILE- In this Aug. 30, 2019 file photo, a boy gives his thumb impressions at a National Register of Citizens (NRC) office on the eve of the release of the final NRC draft in Gauhati, India.India’s home minister announced in Parliament on Wednesday that the government will carry out a citizen survey across the country to weed out those living illegally in the country. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath, File)

Sri Lankan PM to step down, clearing way for new president

FILE- In this Oct. 30, 2019 file photo, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe attends a meeting with media representatives and civil society members at his office in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Wickremesinghe plans to step down, clearing the way for Parliament to choose a new prime minister to work with newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)

A Hong Kong protester on why he won't surrender to police

In this image made from video, a frontline protester One of the last remaining protesters on the campus of Polytechnic University who goes by the name Hei speaks to the Associated Press, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Hong Kong. A small band of anti-government protesters, their numbers diminished by surrenders and failed escape attempts, remained holed up at a Hong Kong university early Wednesday as they braced for the endgame in a police siege of the campus. (AP Photo)