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OAS rights' commission asks protection for Guatemala judge

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 6:40pm

The Inter-American Human Rights Commission is calling on Guatemala's government to provide protection for a judge involved in high-profile anti-corruption cases.

Experts: Mexico storms led to deaths of millions of monarchs

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 6:20pm

Storms earlier this year blew down more than a hundred acres of forests where migrating monarch butterflies spend the winter in central Mexico, killing more than 7 percent of the monarchs, experts reported Tuesday.

North Korea seeks UN meeting on US-South Korea exercises

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 5:10pm

North Korea on Tuesday warned that joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States are pushing the situation on the Korean Peninsula "to the brink of a war" and asked for an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

Montenegro's Luksic drops out of race to be next UN chief

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 5:10pm

Montenegro's Foreign Minister Igor Luksic withdrew from the race to be the next U.N. secretary-general on Tuesday, leaving 10 candidates vying to succeed Ban Ki-moon.

Utah man describes 'nightmare' conditions in Venezuela jail

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 5:00pm

A Utah man being held in Venezuela on weapons charges described living a "horrible nightmare" of police harassment and recurrent illnesses in his first communication from jail.

South Korea military says North Korea has test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 4:01pm

South Korea military says North Korea has test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile.

Half of 117 bodies buried in common grave not linked to file

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:20pm

Academics and human rights activists in Mexico say a preliminary analysis shows that little attempt was made to identify bodies buried by government officials in a common grave in the central state of Morelos.

Private lives are exposed as WikiLeaks spills its secrets

Raphael Satter and Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 3:11pm

WikiLeaks' giant data dumps have rattled the National Security Agency, the U.S. Democratic Party, and the Saudi foreign ministry. But its spectacular mass-disclosures have also included the personal information of hundreds of people — including sick children, rape victims and mental health patients, The Associated Press has found.

Campaign season opens quietly for Haiti's presidential redo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 2:51pm

Campaigning for Haiti's presidential redo election has gotten off to a very quiet start, with major candidates waiting for the weekend to hold their first events.

Turkey, Syrian Kurds on track for conflict in northern Syria

Suzan Fraser and Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 2:42pm

Turkey signaled Tuesday it would step up its engagement in the Syrian war, as Turkish-backed Syrian rebels massed along the border to assault one of the last Syrian frontier towns held by Islamic State militants.

UN: 4.5 million need food assistance in northern Nigeria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 2:00pm

The United Nations' World Food Program is warning that the number of people in need of food assistance in northeast Nigeria has risen to 4.5 million — nearly twice as many as in March.

Chile issues alert over faulty condoms

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 1:51pm

Chilean authorities are issuing a health alert, saying they distributed more than 712,000 defective condoms.

The Latest: UN says 65,000 fled fighting in Syria's Hasakeh

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 1:11pm

The Latest on the Syrian civil war (all times local):

Turkish, US officials discuss US-based cleric's extradition

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 1:02pm

Turkish and American justice officials met on Tuesday to discuss Turkey's demands for the extradition of a U.S.-based cleric accused of masterminding last month's failed coup attempt.

Biden: US committed to protecting Baltic states from Russia

Pietro Decristofaro, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 12:50pm

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday reaffirmed America's determination to defend the Baltic nations of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia against any aggression from neighboring Russia.

UN: Over a million could be displaced by Mosul offensive

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 12:40pm

The United Nations says more than a million people could soon be displaced as a result of the fighting in Iraq.

Ex-Dutch general to lead probe into South Sudan attacks

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 12:33pm

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed a retired Dutch general on Tuesday to lead an independent investigation into allegations that U.N. peacekeepers did not take action to prevent multiple cases of abuse and sexual violence against civilians and foreigners in South Sudan's capital.

Sudan says it has South Sudan's former rebel leader who fled

Mohamed Osman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 12:22pm

South Sudan's former rebel leader and vice president who fled the country last week has re-emerged in neighboring Sudan, which announced Tuesday that he had needed "urgent medical attention." Riek Machar's whereabouts had been largely unknown for weeks, leaving an already fragile peace deal in limbo.

UN chief calls for renewed focus on mass destruction weapons

Dave Bryan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Aug 23rd - 12:11pm

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday that technological advances have made it easier for terrorist and criminal groups to obtain materials needed to make weapons of mass destruction, and some are actively trying to obtain nuclear, biological and chemical weapons to target civilians.