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FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 filer, a 21 meters (69 feet) high Christmas tree coming from Poland and a Nativity Scene are backdropped by St. Peter's Basilica after being lit in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. Sand castles are coming to the Vatican. The Vatican said Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 its Christmas Nativity scene this year will be built from sand and sculpted by an international set of artists. About 700 tons of sand will be shipped to St. Peter's Square for the sculpture, which along with a giant tree, will become the centerpiece of the Vatican's Christmastime decorations. The first phase of construction begins Saturday with the forming of a giant pyramid of sand in the square, from which blocks of pressed sand will be made. Four sculptors from the U.S., Russia, the Netherlands and Czech Republic, will then carve out the various figures, which will be formally unveiled Dec. 7. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Files)
November 14, 2018 - 11:12 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Sand castles are coming to the Vatican. The Vatican said Wednesday its Nativity scene this year will be built from sand and sculpted by an international set of artists. About 700 tons of sand will be shipped to St. Peter's Square for the sculpture, which will be the centerpiece...
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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., speaks to reporters as he arrives for a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, for the House Republican leadership elections. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
November 14, 2018 - 11:11 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Kevin McCarthy easily won an internal party election Wednesday to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus, a familiar role for the underestimated scrapper whose top priority will be to protect President Donald Trump's agenda and try to build the party back to retake the...
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November 12, 2018 - 6:51 am
NEW YORK (AP) — MTV is expanding its live events business in the U.S. by acquiring the SnowGlobe Music Festival. The three-day New Year's Eve festival takes place in South Lake Tahoe, California. This year's lineup includes Above & Beyond, Diplo, Eric Prydz, Rezz and RL Grime headlining among...
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Members of radical right-wing groups light up flares during a march by tens of thousands of people and hosted by President Andrzej Duda that marked 100 years since Poland regained independence in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
November 11, 2018 - 12:29 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's president, prime minister and other top political figures led an Independence Day march Sunday as part of a day of centenary celebrations, trailed by a huge crowd led by nationalist groups. More than 250,000 people marched in Warsaw to mark the 100th anniversary of...
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November 10, 2018 - 2:10 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree is in place and will soon be strung with 50,000 LED lights as one of New York City's star holiday attractions — the gift of a same-sex married couple. The 72-foot-tall, 12-ton Norway spruce arrived on a flatbed trailer Saturday morning and was...
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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2017 file photo, Polish President Andrzej Duda, left, hands new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki the document of his appointment as head of government at a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw. Duda and Morawiecki will be among Polish government officials who will take part in a yearly march organized by nationalist groups on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski, File)
November 10, 2018 - 1:20 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish government and the organizers of a yearly march organized by nationalist groups have agreed to hold a joint march on the 100th anniversary of Poland's rebirth as a state on Sunday. The announcement late Friday means President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz...
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A municipal worker with her daughter leaves after sweeping the India Gate area as a thick lawyer of pollution haze hangs a day after Diwali festival, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Toxic smog shrouds the Indian capital as air quality falls to hazardous levels with tens of thousands of people setting off massive firecrackers to celebrate the major Hindu festival of Diwali on Wednesday night. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)
November 07, 2018 - 10:41 pm
NEW DELHI (AP) — Toxic smog shrouded the Indian capital as air quality plummeted to hazardous levels Thursday after tens of thousands of people set off a multitude of firecrackers to celebrate the major Hindu festival of Diwali. With schools closed for holidays, many young children stayed indoors...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, file photo, Demonstrators burn flares and wave Polish flags during the annual march to commemorate Poland's National Independence Day in Warsaw, Poland. Thousands of nationalists marched in Warsaw on Poland's Independence Day holiday, taking part in an event that was organized by far-right groups. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
November 07, 2018 - 9:06 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The mayor of Warsaw banned a march that radical Polish nationalists planned on the centennial of Polish independence, saying Wednesday she made the decision due to security concerns and to curb "aggressive nationalism." Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz said she wanted to put a...
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A worker cleans a statue depicting late Polish President Lech Kaczynski after it was installed at a central square in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday Nov. 7, 2018. Kaczynski, who was killed in a 2010 plane crash in Russia, was the twin brother of Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the head of the current ruling party, Law and Justice. The statue will be official unveiled on Saturday as part of the centennial observances marking 100 years of Polish independence. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
November 07, 2018 - 5:32 am
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on independence commemorations planned in Poland (all times local): 2:25 p.m. The mayor of Warsaw is banning a march that radical Polish nationalists had planned for Sunday to coincide with Poland's Independence Day. Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz said Wednesday her...
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Hugh Hales-Tooke, a friend of victim Nicholas Cleves, kneels during a moment of silence during a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Hudson River Park bike path attack, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in New York. A year ago a terrorist drove a truck along the path, killing eight people and injuring eleven.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
October 31, 2018 - 3:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — As a jittery New York celebrates Halloween on Wednesday, city officials are taking heat for botching a ceremony meant to honor victims of last year's deadly truck attack. A last-minute invitation to the ceremony make it so one victim's mother couldn't attend, her friend, Hugh Hales-...
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