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Fire kills 8 at asylum for mentally ill in Czech Republic

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 1:37am

A fire official says eight people have been killed in a fire at an asylum for the mentally ill in the Czech Republic.

Hong Kong police fire tear gas as thousands rally

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 12:35am

Hong Kong police fired tear gas at a public park Sunday that was overflowing with thousands of protesters calling for electoral reforms and a boycott of the Chinese Communist Party.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 10:40pm

A public park in Hong Kong is overflowing with thousands of protesters calling for electoral reforms and a boycott of the Chinese Communist Party. Sporting their movement's trademark black clothing and face masks, rally participants Sunday packed into Chater Garden, not far from the city's Legislative Council building. They held up signs “Free Hong Kong" and waved American and British flags. A former British colony, Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997. Frictions between democracy-minded Hong Kongers and the Communist Party-ruled central government in Beijing came to a head last June, when proposed extradition legislation sparked mass demonstrations that have continued for eight months.

Yemeni officials: 25 troops killed in Houthi missile strike

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 1:45pm

A missile attack launched by Shiite rebels in Yemen hit an army camp Saturday, killing at least 25 troops, Yemeni officials said.

Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 11:44am

Goodbye, your royal highnesses. Hello, life as — almost — ordinary civilians.

Buckingham Palace says Prince Harry and Meghan will give up "royal highness" titles and repay home renovation money.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 11:37am

Buckingham Palace says Prince Harry and Meghan will give up "royal highness" titles and repay home renovation money.

Olympic site used for 2016 Rio games shut over safety issues

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 10:53am

The Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro has been closed over concerns about the safety of the complex used for the 2016 games in Brazil.

Newfoundland reeling after blizzard buries capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 8:39am

Canada's weather agency ended a blizzard warning for the St. John's, Newfoundland, area on Saturday, but a rare state of emergency and storm surge warning remained in effect following a monster storm that buried Newfoundland's capital city.

Iran to send flight recorders from downed jet to Ukraine

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 8:18am

Iran will send the black box flight recorders from the Ukrainian jetliner that it accidentally shot down last week to Ukraine for further analysis, an Iranian official said Saturday.

SUV on grounds of Beijing's Forbidden City sparks outrage

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 12:43am

A Chinese woman sparked social media outrage in her country by posting photos of herself and a friend with a Mercedes-Benz on the grounds of Beijing's Forbidden City. The reaction prompted an apology from the management of China's 600-year-old former imperial palace.

4 SKoreans, 3 Nepal guides missing in avalanche; 30 rescued

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 11:53pm

An avalanche swept a popular trekking route in Nepal's mountains, leaving at least four South Koreans and three Nepali guides missing, authorities said Saturday.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 10:40pm

Police in Utah say a boy opened fire inside a home, killing three children and a woman. The shooting happened Friday night in Grantsville, a town of 11,000 west of Salt Lake City. Police officials say the juvenile suspect was arrested at a nearby hospital after someone drove him and a fifth shooting victim there. They say that person is in stable condition with a gunshot wound and is expected to survive. Investigators believe the victims are all related to one another. Authorities have not released any identities and say they don't yet know the motive for the shooting. 

Puerto Rico to open schools after 6.4 quake despite concerns

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 1:30pm

Puerto Rico’s government is opening public schools in late January without knowing if they can withstand a big earthquake as concerns grow about weakened infrastructure that is displacing thousands of students.

Iraqi officials and activists say 2 anti-government protesters killed and over a dozen wounded in renewed violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 12:12pm

Iraqi officials and activists say 2 anti-government protesters killed and over a dozen wounded in renewed violence.

Haitian president says he wants to reform constitution

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 11:14am

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse says he wants to use his new power to rule by executive order to reform the constitution and make his country easier to govern.

2 dead, 1 gravely hurt in Mexico fireworks explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 10:53am

An explosion of a fireworks cache killed two people and critically injured another in a town on the northern outskirts of Mexico City.

Iran says it's been banned from hosting international soccer

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 10:33am

Iran's soccer federation said Friday it has been told it will not be hosting any international matches on Iranian soil.

Canada provides money to families after plane shot down

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 10:25am

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday his government will give Canadian $25,000 ($19,122) to families of each of the 57 citizens and 29 permanent residents of Canada who perished in the downing of a Ukrainian jetliner in Iran last week.

Guatemala sends troops to fight gangs in 2 high-crime areas

Sonny Figueroa, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 10:13am

Guatemala’s new president announced a state of alert for two municipalities with high crime rates to combat gang activity Friday, a measure that allows the deployment of military troops.