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Cambodian PM hits opposition chief with new defamation suit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:50am

Cambodia's exiled opposition leader is facing two new defamation lawsuits stemming from a Facebook post that accused Prime Minister Hun Sen of offering a young political operative $1 million to attack the opposition.

Caroline Kennedy boosted US-Japan ties as US ambassador

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:30am

Caroline Kennedy stepped down Wednesday after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan, where she was welcomed like a celebrity and worked to deepen the U.S.-Japan relationship despite regular flare-ups over American military bases on the southern island of Okinawa.

China's top judge attracts criticism with remarks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 11:50pm

China's top judge has drawn criticism from legal professionals after he dismissed the concept of judicial independence as an "erroneous Western ideal."

Clashes over illegal Arab building in Israel, 1 killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 11:50pm

At least one Israeli Arab has been killed in clashes between police and demonstrators in southern Israel during a court-ordered operation to demolish illegally built homes.

In final speech, Hong Kong leader warns on independence push

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 11:21pm

Hong Kong's outgoing leader warned in his farewell policy speech Wednesday that independence for the Chinese-controlled territory is not possible.

Gambia leader, pressured to go, declares state of emergency

Abdoulie John, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 10:41pm

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, just two days before he is supposed to cede power after losing elections last month.

In Africa, Obama's presidency couldn't help but be personal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 10:21pm

Africa was electrified by the rise of Barack Obama, the first U.S. president of African descent. It was in Africa that he signaled a historic opening toward Cuba, took aim at the twin scourges of corruption and dictatorship and sent thousands of troops to fight one of the most terrifying disease outbreaks in decades.

The Latest: Relatives unhappy Flight 370 plane search ends

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 10:11pm

The Latest on the official suspension of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (all times local):

4 dead in new shooting in Mexico's Caribbean resort region

Christopher Sherman and Gabriel Alcocer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 9:21pm

Gunmen attacked the state prosecutors' office in this Caribbean resort city Tuesday, and authorities said four 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.

Puerto Ricans cheer commutation for nationalist Oscar Lopez

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:51pm

Car horns rang out across Puerto Rico and people celebrated in the streets Tuesday after President Barack Obama announced he had commuted the prison sentence of 74-year-old nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera.

Czech man in Thailand arrested for alleged sexual offense

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:31pm

Thai police say they have arrested a Czech man in Phuket who is believed to be infected with HIV and is wanted by Interpol for alleged sexual offenses against minors back home.

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.

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.