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Australian prime minister backs security treaty with Vanuatu

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 10:56pm

Australia's prime minister has brushed off Vanuatu's resistance to a bilateral security treaty after a meeting in the South Pacific island nation that comes amid concerns about growing Chinese influence in the region.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 10:41pm

A no-confidence vote in the government of British Prime Minister Theresa May is set for Wednesday after lawmakers plunged Brexit into chaos and U.K. politics into crisis by rejecting May's divorce deal with the European Union. The 432 to 202 vote in the House of Commons was widely expected but still devastating for May, whose fragile leadership is now under siege.

The Latest: Nairobi hotel managers "devastated" by attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 10:34pm

The Latest on the extremist attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya (all times local):

Kenya forces still securing hotel after extremist attack

Ben Curtis, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 10:18pm

Kenyan police say there is still "an active security operation" Wednesday in and around the luxury hotel and shopping complex attacked by Islamic extremist gunmen.

New caravan of Honduran migrants makes first border crossing

Sonia Perez D. and Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 10:18pm

The latest caravan of Honduran migrants hoping to reach the U.S. has crossed peacefully into Guatemala, under the watchful eyes of about 200 Guatemalan police and soldiers.

Mexico's Supreme Court overturns state migrant ID law

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 6:56pm

Mexico's Supreme Court has overturned a law passed in Jalisco state that required migrants to show identification documents to police.

Fight against India joins 2 Kashmir teens in life and death

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 6:33pm

On a hot day in August, members of a Kashmiri youth soccer team watched their 16-year-old captain, Saqib Bilal Sheikh, and goalkeeper Mudassir Rashid Parray, two years his junior, walk off the field toward a man on a motorcycle. The two teenagers were not seen again until months later, when they were returned to their hometown in body bags.

Egyptian denied entry to Italy jumps from parked airplane

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 2:06pm

Italian news agency ANSA reports that Milan's Malpensa Airport was closed temporarily after an Egyptian passenger who was not allowed into Italy jumped from a parked airplane and evaded law enforcement.

Longtime AP journalist Ed Blanche has died at age 76

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 1:08pm

Ed Blanche, a longtime correspondent and Middle East editor for The Associated Press who covered transformative events from Northern Ireland to Lebanon, has died, his family said Tuesday. He was 76.

Kenya's interior minister says 'the situation is under control' and all buildings secure after deadly attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 12:58pm

Kenya's interior minister says 'the situation is under control' and all buildings secure after deadly attack.

Palestinians announce plans to again seek full UN membership

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 11:02am

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday he plans to reactivate an application for the Palestinians to have full membership in the United Nations, and his foreign minister said that will likely happen in a few weeks.

Greek tugboat found packed with cannabis, stimulants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 10:22am

Greek authorities say they have seized 6.5 tons of cannabis and a large quantity of pills containing the banned stimulant Fenethylline hidden in a tug boat on the south coast of the island of Crete.

UK's May faces no-confidence vote after Brexit plan crushed

Jill Lawless, Gregory Katz and Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 10:13am

British lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal with the European Union on Tuesday, plunging the Brexit process into chaos and triggering a no-confidence vote that could topple her government.

Police: Fire at home kills Pakistani bride to be, 4 others

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 9:19am

Pakistani police and relatives say a fire has broken out at a home in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, killing a bride to be and four other women who were preparing the woman's wedding.

Bolsonaro loosens gun laws in Brazil, world murder capital

Peter Prengaman and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 9:04am

President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday signed a decree making it easier for many Brazilians to own firearms, the first of many expected changes by the nascent administration to overhaul gun laws in the nation that leads the world in total homicides.

Police in Portugal, Belgium break up sham marriages ring

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 8:59am

The European Union's law enforcement agency says authorities in Belgium and Portugal have dismantled a gang suspected of organizing sham marriages between mostly Portuguese women and Pakistani men.

Kenyan police officer among attack's 1st responders says he saw bodies but 'no time to count the dead'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 8:55am

Kenyan police officer among attack's 1st responders says he saw bodies but 'no time to count the dead'

Romania official: No evidence prosecutor was communist spy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 8:53am

An official in charge of Romania's communist-era secret police files has brushed aside allegations that a top prosecutor collaborated with the Securitate.

Suspect in Brussels Jewish museum attack refuses to testify

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 15th - 8:31am

A French citizen charged with "terrorist murder" for the slayings of four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium refused to testify at his trial Tuesday, saying he didn't commit the killings but the court had barred witnesses who could have spoken on his behalf.