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TS Ivo grows in Pacific off Mexico; Chantal ebbs in Atlantic

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:03pm

Newly formed Tropical Storm Ivo is gaining strength off the southwestern coast of Mexico but is not expected to pose a threat to land, while Tropical Storm Chantal has faded into a tropical depression while moving away from North America in the Atlantic.

UN: Don't worry about drinking microplastics in water

Jamey Keaten and Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 6:04pm

The World Health Organization says the levels of microplastics in drinking water don't appear to be risky, but that research has been spotty and more is needed into their effects on the environment and health.

UN warns of severe aid cuts in Yemen without new funds soon

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 5:25pm

The U.N. humanitarian chief in Yemen warned Wednesday that unless significant new funding is received in the coming weeks, food rations for 12 million people in the war-torn country will be reduced and at least 2.5 million malnourished children will be cut off from life-saving services.

New Puerto Rico governor names 2 members to Cabinet

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 4:54pm

Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez named two members of her new Cabinet on Wednesday, although the government's key secretary of state position remains vacant.

US Homeland Security head in Panama to talk drugs, migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 4:42pm

The U.S. acting homeland security secretary has arrived in Panama to discuss drug trafficking and migrant smuggling, though Kevin McAleenan says he isn't seeking any specific agreement during the visit.

Israeli aircraft hit Hamas naval base after Gaza rocket fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 4:23pm

The Israeli military says its aircraft have struck a Hamas naval base in the Gaza Strip after a rocket was fired into southern Israel from the territory.

UN to meet at Russia's request on recent US missile test

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 3:56pm

The U.N. Security Council will hold an open meeting Thursday at Russia's request on a U.S. missile test that would have been banned under a treaty that both Washington and Moscow abandoned earlier this month.

Israel appoints ambassador to Paraguay after embassy dispute

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 3:19pm

Yoed Magen has been accredited as the new Israeli ambassador to Paraguay amid tensions between the two nations, the Paraguayan state news agency said Wednesday.

99-year-old grabs spotlight at Argentine Tango championship

Almudena Calatrava, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 1:51pm

At the age of 99, James McManus embraces his partner and grabs the spotlight when he glides across the floor with his elegant two-toned shoes at the World Tango Championship in Argentina's capital.

Salvadoran woman restarting life after abortion case retrial

Marcos AlemÁn, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 1:43pm

A young woman who was acquitted of homicide after authorities accused her of having an abortion said Wednesday she feels she has gotten her life back after being caught up in a case that drew international attention to El Salvador's strict reproductive laws.

Prominent Palestinian family says son arrested in Egypt

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 1:24pm

The family of a prominent Palestinian politician says Egyptian security forces arrested their son last month.

Greenland fallout: Trump scolds Denmark over rejection

Jan M. Olsen and Laurie Kellman, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 1:07pm

Escalating an international spat , President Donald Trump said Wednesday he scrapped his trip to Denmark because the prime minister made a "nasty" statement when she rejected his idea to buy Greenland as an absurdity.

US says 2 troops killed in combat in Afghanistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 11:37am

Two U.S. service members have been killed in combat in Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday.

Putin says US missile test raises new threats to Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 11:29am

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty has raised new threats to Russia and will warrant a response.

Former Czech foreign minister to become new culture minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 11:21am

The Czech president has agreed to appoint a newly proposed candidate for a Cabinet minister, defusing a dispute that could have caused the government to fall.

Indian investigators arrest key opposition leader

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 11:15am

Federal investigators on Wednesday arrested a key opposition Indian National Congress party leader at his home in the Indian capital in a suspected money laundering case.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggests Irish 'backstop' hurdle may be resolved before Brexit deadline

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 11:01am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggests Irish 'backstop' hurdle may be resolved before Brexit deadline.

Putin says opposition protesters must abide by law

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:59am

Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned opposition protesters that they must abide by the law or face the consequences.

North Macedonia: Special prosecutor a suspect in scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:52am

Authorities in North Macedonia are seeking the detention of a special prosecutor after she was named as a suspect in a high-profile corruption scandal.