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  • *Decision moves Germany closer to stable government. BONN, Jan 21- Germany's Social Democrats voted on Sunday to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, moving Europe's economic powerhouse closer to a stable government after months of political deadlock. "We are of course all relieved," SPD leader Martin Schulz told...

  • CAMARILLO, Calif.— The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline jumped 4 cents nationally over the past two weeks to $2.58. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the increase is due to higher crude oil costs. Gas in San Francisco was the highest in the contiguous United States at an average of $3.26 a gallon.

  • LIMA, Jan 21- Pope Francis wrapped up his trip to Chile and Peru on Sunday by warning that Latin America was in a deep crisis from corruption, with politics in most countries "more sick than well." Politics is in crisis, very much in crisis in Latin America, "he said, while also mentioning tax havens and drug trafficking. Days after surviving an impeachment vote in...

  • PARIS— Lanvin and Paul Smith capped a masculine and utilitarian menswear season in Paris as design veteran Hedi Slimane was named the new creative chief at Celine. Lanvin owner and enigmatic Taiwanese media magnate Shaw- Lan Wang— who's reportedly been behind the recent tumultuous creative changes at the house— clapped vigorously. French notables including...

  • LOS ANGELES, Jan 21,- Sony's "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" has won its third weekend box office title with ease, topping newcomers "12 Strong" and "Den of Thieves," with $20 million at 3,704 North American locations. Afghan war drama "12 Strong" took second with $16.5 million at 3,002 sites for Warner Bros. and STXfilms' "Den of Thieves" followed with $15.3 million from 2,432...

  • NEW YORK— Many everyday appliances are connecting to the internet these days, allowing people to control them with apps and voice commands. More homes are embracing this, especially as people get comfortable using smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home. SmartThings' founder and CEO, Alex Hawkinson, spoke with The Associated Press recently about...

  • PARIS, Jan 21- France has dropped its bid to host the 2025 World Expo in Paris, authorities said on Sunday, confirming a report in French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche. In September 2017, France lodged a bid with the Bureau International des Expositions, which is due to decide on the bids in November. Three other countries are candidates to host World Expo 2025: Japan,...

  • *Decision moves Germany closer to stable government. BONN, Jan 21- Germany's Social Democrats voted on Sunday to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, moving Europe's economic powerhouse closer to a stable government after months of political deadlock. "We are of course all relieved," SPD leader Martin Schulz told...

  • "Jumanji," starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, sold $20 million in tickets, according to studio estimates Sunday, bringing its five-week domestic total to $317 million. The Warner Bros. release, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, is a fact-based tale, adapted from Doug Stanton's best-seller "Horse Soldiers," about a group of Special Forces soldiers sent into...

  • Please note that the media slug for stories about tourist destinations affected by the U.S. government shutdown has been changed to USA- SHUTDOWN/TOURISTS from USA- CONGRESS-SHUTDOWN/TOURISTS.

  • CAIRO, Jan 21- Average yields on Egypt's three-. and nine-month treasury bills dipped slightly at an auction. on Sunday, central bank data showed.

  • Please note that the media slug for stories about tourist destinations affected by the U.S. government shutdown has been changed to USA- CONGRESS/TOURISTS from USA- CONGRESS-SHUTDOWN/TOURISTS.

  • KABUL, Jan 21- Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed more than 30 people and wounded many more, although the final toll of dead and wounded may still be higher. Wahid Majroh, a spokesman for the ministry of public health, said that 19 bodies had been brought...

  • *Decision moves Germany closer to stable government. BONN, Jan 21- Germany's Social Democrats voted on Sunday to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, moving Europe's economic powerhouse one step closer to a stable government after months of political deadlock. Just before delegates voted, SPD leader Martin Schulz...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 21- U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday that the House of Representatives would accept a bill funding the government through Feb. 8 and ending the current shutdown of federal agencies if the Senate can pass the measure. "We've agreed that we would accept that in the House," Ryan said on CBS's Face the Nation. Senate Republican leaders have said...

  • TUNIS, Jan 21- Libya's National Oil Corporation, NOC, announced on Sunday the reopening of the eastern As-Sarah oil fields, where more than 50,000 barrels per day had been shut in by a blockade since November. The NOC said the municipality of the Jakhira oasis decided to reopen the fields under pressure from the NOC and Libya's public prosecutor.

  • KABUL, Jan 21- Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed at least 19 people and wounded 12 more, although the final toll of dead and wounded may still be higher. Local airline Kam Air said around 40 of its pilots and air crew, many of whom are foreigners, were staying...

  • MUNICH, Jan 21- Facebook executives are fanning out across Europe this week to address the social media giants slow response to abuses on its platform, seeking to avoid further legislation along the lines of a new hate speech law in Germany it says goes too far. Facebook's communications and public policy chief used an annual meeting in Munich of some of Europe...

  • SEATTLE, Jan 21- Amazon.com Inc will open its checkout-free grocery store to the public on Monday after more than a year of testing, the company said, moving forward on an experiment that could dramatically alter brick-and-mortar retail. The Seattle store, known as Amazon Go, relies on cameras and sensors to track what shoppers remove from the shelves, and what...

  • KABUL, Jan 21- Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul's Intercontinental Hotel on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces for 13 hours overnight caused heavy casualties among hotel guests and staff, with the total number of dead and wounded still not known. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danesh said at least five people- four Afghans and one...