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Sri Lanka attacks boost feared ex-official's bid for power

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 11:14pm

He is a feared former defense official accused of condoning rape, torture and shadowy disappearances of critics, but to many Sri Lankans, the opposition's presidential candidate is the best choice to protect the South Asian island nation after attacks that killed over 250 people this year.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 10:40pm

Democratic voters appear to be reassessing their approach to health care, and pragmatic ideas are getting a closer look. "Medicare for All" remains hugely popular, but in a recent poll, majorities of Democratic liberals and moderates said they would prefer to build on "Obamacare" to expand coverage. In the Kaiser poll, 55% said they'd prefer that approach, compared to 39% who said they'd favor launching a new government program that would replace America's mix of private and public insurance.

Canada halts Hong Kong consulate staff travel after UK case

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 10:26pm

The Canadian Consulate in Hong Kong said Friday that local staff would not be allowed to leave the city on official business, following the detention of a British Consulate worker in mainland China.

UN envoy challenges Malaysia's claim to near zero poverty

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 10:13pm

A U.N. special rapporteur on Friday challenged Malaysia's claim to have nearly ended poverty, saying there was "significant poverty" with an estimated one in six people in the Southeast Asian country considered poor.

Tropical Storm Ivo peaks and not likely to become hurricane

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 10:02pm

Tropical Storm Ivo continues to move northwestward off Mexico's western coast, though it appears to have peaked in power and is no longer forecast to grow into a hurricane.

Japan leader says S. Korea ending intel deal damages trust

Kaori Hitomi, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 9:24pm

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said South Korea's decision to cancel a deal to share military intelligence is damaging mutual trust, and he vowed Friday to work closely with the U.S. for regional peace.

Japan's prime minister says South Korean decision to scrap agreement to share military intelligence damages trust.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 8:56pm

Japan's prime minister says South Korean decision to scrap agreement to share military intelligence damages trust.

North Korea foreign minister calls Pompeo 'poisonous plant'

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 8:05pm

North Korea's foreign minister on Friday called U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a "poisonous plant of American diplomacy" and vowed to "shutter the absurd dream" that sanctions will force a change in Pyongyang.

UN: Possible to eradicate malaria, but probably not soon

Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 6:03pm

The World Health Organization says it's theoretically possible to wipe out malaria, but probably not with the flawed vaccine and other control methods being used at the moment.

Guatemala certifies result of Aug. 11 presidential vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 5:14pm

Guatemala's Supreme Electoral Tribunal made it official Thursday: Alejandro Giammattei will be the country's next president.

Global worry over Amazon fires escalates; Bolsonaro defiant

Marcelo Silva By Sousa, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 4:07pm

Amid global concern about raging Amazon fires, Brazil on Thursday said it was the target of a smear campaign by critics who contend President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough to curb widespread deforestation.

2 more El Salvador ex-officers to face trial in '81 massacre

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 3:34pm

Two ex-military officers were notified Thursday that they will join more than a dozen others in being prosecuted for the 1981 El Mozote massacre, a particularly infamous moment from El Salvador's nation's civil war.

US and Russia blame each other for abandoning missile treaty

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 2:31pm

Russia and the United States blamed each other Thursday for abandoning a landmark arms control agreement on missiles, with Moscow warning of a new arms race and the Trump administration demanding details of a recent mysterious explosion that killed five Russian nuclear engineers.

France presses India to opt for dialogue in Kashmir crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 2:09pm

French President Emmanuel Macron has met with India's prime minister, discussing climate and other concerns ahead of the G-7 summit but also pressing for dialogue with Pakistan over the crisis in Kashmir.

Polish authorities say 5 dead, more than 100 people injured in lightning strikes in Tatra Mountains

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 1:24pm

Polish authorities say 5 dead, more than 100 people injured in lightning strikes in Tatra Mountains.

Mexico struggles: whether to talk to vigilantes or jail them

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 1:04pm

Mexico's government appears to be split about whether it should talk to armed vigilante groups, or treat them as criminals.

US-Central America talks focus on drug, migrant trafficking

Juan Zamorano, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 12:53pm

Officials from the United States, Central America and Colombia agreed Thursday at a meeting on drugs and migrant-trafficking to adopt unspecified increased controls to combat people-smuggling as part of a regional effort.

Navalny to be released Friday, court rejects term extension

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 12:33pm

A Moscow court has rejected an attempt to prolong the jail sentence of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, clearing the way for him to be released on Friday morning.

Mexico arrests 6 police in 2015 killings of civilians

Maria Verza, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 10:56am

Prosecutors in Mexico said Thursday they have arrested six federal police officers in connection with a series of shootings in 2015 in which at least eight demonstrators died.