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Aborigine promoted in Australian Cabinet reshuffle

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 5:55pm

Australia's prime minister on Wednesday announced a limited reshuffle of his Cabinet in which he appointed the nation's first aboriginal federal minister.

Rolls Royce agrees to pay $808 million on bribery claims

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 5:55pm

Jet engine maker Rolls Royce has agreed to pay 671 million pounds ($808 million) to settle bribery and corruption charges brought by authorities in Britain, the U.S. and Brazil.

Italy convicts 8 South Americans in deaths from 1970s-80s

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 5:50pm

A Rome court on Tuesday convicted eight former South American political and military leaders in the disappearance and deaths of 23 people of Italian origin during the crackdown on leftists and intellectuals by the region's military dictatorships.

WikiLeaks hails Manning clemency, makes no mention of pledge

Danica Kirka and Raphael Satter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 5:40pm

WikiLeaks said President Barack Obama may have saved Chelsea Manning's life by granting clemency to the former Army intelligence analyst Tuesday. But the secret-spilling site said little about founder Julian Assange's promise that he would agree to extradition to the United States if Manning got clemency.

Australia defends end of MH370 hunt; investigation continues

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 5:10pm

Australia's Transport Minister Darren Chester said on Wednesday that experts will continue analyzing data and scrutinizing debris washing ashore from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in a bid to narrow down where it crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. But Chester declined to specify what kind of breakthrough would convince officials to resume the search for the missing airliner that was suspended this week after almost three years.

German nationalist calls for end to Nazi guilt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:51pm

A prominent member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party wants to end the country's decades-long tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past.

Mexico town fears nightclub shooting means drug war has come

Christopher Sherman and Gabriel Alcocer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:31pm

Gunmen attacked the state prosecutors' office in this Caribbean resort city Tuesday, and authorities said three people were killed, ratcheting up tensions just a day after a shooting at a music festival in a nearby town left three foreigners and two Mexicans dead.

Brazil struggles to curb prison violence that has killed 125

Peter Prengaman and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:10pm

Brazilian authorities are scrambling to stop a wave of prison violence that has killed at least 125 inmates in two weeks, many with their heads cut off or their hearts and intestines ripped out.

Nigerian air force bombs refugee camp, more than 100 dead

Haruna Umar and Bashir Adigun, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:33pm

A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers and wounding 200, a government official and doctors said.

AP PHOTOS: Argentine town digs out after mammoth mudslide

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:31pm

People in this small town in northern Jujuy province are scrambling to rescue what's left of their belongings a week after torrential rains unleashed a devastating mudslide that buried most of the homes.

Top NATO general echoes Trump's 'obsolete' criticism

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 1:52pm

A top NATO general is conceding that parts of the military alliance need to be brought up to date following U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's claim that NATO is "obsolete."

Markets cheer, EU wary as UK PM May signals 'clean Brexit'

Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 1:45pm

Britain's future outside the European Union became much clearer Tuesday: It's so long to the single market, goodbye to the European Court of Justice and farewell to the freedom of movement for workers.

Tajani elected president of European Parliament

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 1:41pm

Antonio Tajani of the EPP Christian Democrat group was elected president of the European Parliament on Tuesday in a daylong polling series during which he defeated his socialist opponent.

UN envoy warns any Israeli annexations risk peace prospects

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 1:23pm

Any attempt by Israel to annex part or all of the West Bank risks destroying prospects for peace with the Palestinians, the U.N. envoy trying to promote Middle East peace warned Tuesday.

Air France searcher recalls defeat's pain as MH370 hunt ends

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 1:12pm

Searchers' frustration over Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is difficult to overstate, from the monstrous waves that battered search crews in one of the world's most desolate stretches of ocean to the dearth of information on the plane's flight path that stymied investigators. And now, perhaps most brutal of all, comes the admission of defeat.

Al-Shabab video appears to show killing of Ugandan soldier

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 1:01pm

Somalia's al-Shabab extremist group has released a video that appears to show the killing of a Ugandan soldier who had been held captive since an attack on an African Union peacekeeping base in 2015.

The Latest: Greek lawmaker protests classes for refugee kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 1:01pm

The Latest on Europe's response to the inflow of asylum-seekers and migrants to the continent (all times local):

Putin: Obama administration trying to undermine Trump

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 12:23pm

President Vladimir Putin took a parting shot at the Obama administration Tuesday, accusing it of trying to undermine Donald Trump's legitimacy with fake allegations and "binding the president-elect hand and foot to prevent him from fulfilling his election promises."

$2 billion in aid sought for hardest-hit in Yemen civil war

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 12:22pm

About $2 billion in urgent aid is needed this year to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable victims of Yemen's civil war, or about 10 million of the country's 27 million people, the resident U.N. humanitarian chief said Tuesday.