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'I'm better than that': Serena stunned at Australian Open

'I'm better than that': Serena stunned at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Down to what sure felt like her last chance, Serena Williams came through with a cross-court forehand winner to close a 24-stroke point, then raised her arms, held that celebratory pose and looked over toward her guest box.
Legal chaos deepens in Poland in new challenge for the EU

Legal chaos deepens in Poland in new challenge for the EU

WARSAW, Poland — Legal chaos has deepened dramatically in Poland following the passing of legislation that will allow the government to fire judges whose rulings it does not like — even when those rulings respect EU law.
NFL player Antonio Brown turns himself in at Florida jail

NFL player Antonio Brown turns himself in at Florida jail

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. — NFL free agent Antonio Brown turned himself in at a Florida jail on Thursday night following accusations that he and his trainer attacked another man. Brown, 31, arrived at Broward County Jail around 10 p.m.

Thousands gather for Baghdad rally to demand US troops leave

BAGHDAD — Thousands of supporters of an influential, radical Shiite cleric gathered Friday in central Baghdad for a rally to demand that American troops leave the country amid heightened anti-US sentiment after a drone strike ordered by Washington ea
China building a hospital to treat virus, expands lockdowns

China building a hospital to treat virus, expands lockdowns

BEIJING — China is swiftly building a 1,000-bed hospital dedicated to patients infected with a new virus that has killed 26 people, sickened hundreds and prompted unprecedented lockdowns of cities during the country's most important holiday.
New strikes, protests as France unveils retirement bill

New strikes, protests as France unveils retirement bill

PARIS — French unions are holding last-ditch strikes and protests around the country Friday as the government unveils a divisive bill redesigning the national retirement system.
Mexico sees rise in gangs, vigilantes recruiting children

Mexico sees rise in gangs, vigilantes recruiting children

MEXICO CITY — One day after a vigilante group revealed that it was using children as young as 8 as “recruits” for armed defence patrols, Mexico's president said Thursday that drug cartels too are recruiting ever-younger kids.
Philippine leader threatens to end US pact over ally's visa

Philippine leader threatens to end US pact over ally's visa

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine president has renewed a threat to terminate an accord that allows American forces to train in the country unless Washington restored a visa of a political ally linked to human rights violations.
Social controls, SARS experience help China close off cities

Social controls, SARS experience help China close off cities

BEIJING — Cutting off access to entire cities with millions of residents to stop a new virus outbreak is a step few countries other than China would consider, but it is made possible by the ruling Communist Party’s extensive social controls and exper

Book reveals 2 fathers linked by grief to 2015 Paris attacks

PARIS — Lola Salines happily accepted the last-minute concert ticket from a friend the night of Nov. 13, 2015.