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Comedy or not, ‘Get Out’ is a unique Oscar contender

(Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:30:49 +0000)

NEW YORK (AP) — The movie year seems destined to conclude the way it essentially began: With everybody talking about “Get Out.” Jordan Peele’s horror sensation is again the subject of debate after it was reported that Universal Pictures submitted the film for Golden Globe Awards consideration as a comedy, rather than a drama. The […]

Nicaragua’s Sergio Ramirez wins Spain’s Cervantes prize

(Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:30:23 +0000)

MADRID (AP) — The Spanish government says Nicaraguan author and former politician Sergio Ramirez Mercado has won the 2017 Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world’s highest literary honor. Ramirez has written more than 20 novels, including “Margarita, esta linda la mar” (Margarita, How Beautiful the Sea), which won Spain’s prestigious Alfaguara award in 1998. An active […]

Panama’s president visits China following break with Taiwan

(Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:30:12 +0000)

BEIJING (AP) — Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela was making his first state visit to Beijing on Friday after breaking off relations with Taiwan and establishing formal ties with China five months ago. Varela was to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People after officially opening the new Panamanian […]

Japan’s Abe vows to bolster defense amid North Korea threat

(Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:30:23 +0000)

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Friday to bolster his country’s defenses, calling the threat from North Korea the gravest security concern Japan has faced since World War II. Outlining his priorities in a policy speech to parliament, Abe described North Korea’s sixth nuclear test earlier this year and two missile launches […]

EU leaders warn broadening of Brexit talks could be in doubt

(Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:30:27 +0000)

GOTEBORG, Sweden (AP) — European Union leaders warned Britain Friday that it must do much more to convince them that Brexit talks should be broadened to cover future relations and trade from December. At an EU summit in Sweden, Prime Minister Theresa May’s government was urged to clarify how much Britain will pay in settlement […]

Global hit ‘Despacito’ dominates Latin Grammys with 4 awards

(Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:55:01 +0000)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The global hit “Despacito” was the big winner at Thursday’s Latin Grammy Awards, making good on all four of its nominations, including record and song of the year. Singer-songwriter Luis Fonsi dedicated his awards to his native Puerto Rico, as did several other artists throughout the three-hour show, which opened with […]

Senior Chinese envoy heads to North Korea amid chill in ties

(Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:30:57 +0000)

BEIJING (AP) — China was preparing to dispatch its highest-level envoy to North Korea in two years on Friday in a bid to improve chilly relations after President Donald Trump last week urged Beijing to use its influence to convince Pyongyang to cease its nuclear weapons program. Song Tao will report on the outcomes of […]

Keystone pipeline leak days before Nebraska expansion ruling

(Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:16:20 +0000)

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone pipeline leaked an estimated 210,000 gallons of oil onto agricultural land in northeastern South Dakota, but state officials don’t believe the leak polluted any surface water bodies or drinking water systems. State officials and pipeline operator TransCanada Corp. disclosed the leak Thursday, and the company shut down the […]

Doing nothing, Trump may witness US goal in Mugabe’s ouster

(Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:30:04 +0000)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Without lifting a finger, the Trump administration may be witnessing the culmination of nearly two decades of U.S. efforts to pry Zimbabwe from the powerful grasp of its authoritarian President Robert Mugabe. Yet with Mugabe’s fate and Zimbabwe’s political future in limbo, neither Trump nor previous administrations can claim credit or celebrate. […]

Sock advances with Federer to semifinals at ATP Finals

(Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:30:35 +0000)

LONDON (AP) — In his ATP Finals debut, Jack Sock joined Roger Federer in the semifinals. Sock, the first American to reach the final weekend at the season-ending tournament since Andy Roddick in 2007, beat Alexander Zverev 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 to advance from his round-robin group on Thursday. “I didn’t expect to be in London […]