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Germany jails man for tricking women into electric shocks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 9:37am

A court in Germany has convicted a 31-year-old man of attempted murder in more than a dozen cases for tricking women into giving themselves electric shocks while he watched over the internet.

3 killed, 100-plus hurt in collapse during Ethiopia ceremony

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 8:48am

At least three people were killed and more than 100 others injured when a wooden stand erected for the colorful Epiphany celebration collapsed in Ethiopia on Monday, an official and hospital source said.

Head of Chinese government expert team confirms human-to-human transmission of new coronavirus, state media says

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 8:31am

Head of Chinese government expert team confirms human-to-human transmission of new coronavirus, state media says.

Spain walloped by heavy snow, rain, gales that leave 3 dead

Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 6:11am

Heavy snow, rain and gale-force winds lashed many parts of Spain on Monday, killing at least three people and prompting five provinces to go on top emergency alert.

Bangladesh court sentences 5 ex-cops to death for killing

Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 4:53am

A Bangladesh court sentenced five former police officials to death Monday for opening fire on a motorcade of then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina 31 years ago, killing 24 of her supporters during an anti-government rally.

US envoy say it's his mustache; South Koreans say otherwise

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 2:24am

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea has some unusual explanations for the harsh criticism he's faced in his host country. His mustache, maybe? Or a Japanese ancestry that raises unpleasant reminders of Japan's former colonial domination of Korea?

Unhealthy levels of smog choke Thai capital for over a week

Busaba Sivasomboon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 2:08am

Unhealthy levels of smog have choked Bangkok for more than a week, as the Thai capital's residents fume over the ineffectiveness of government measures to combat the problem.

Heating pipe bursts in Russian hotel, boiling water kills 5

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 12:45am

A heating pipe burst Monday in a small Russian hotel, flooding rooms with boiling water that killed five people and left six others injured in the central city of Perm, emergency officials said.

Abe says new unit will defend Japan from space tech threats

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 11:09pm

Japan's prime minister said Monday that his country will form a space defense unit to protect itself from potential threats as rivals develop missiles and other technology and the new unit will work closely with its American counterpart recently launched by President Donald Trump.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 10:40pm

President Donald Trump's legal team is asserting that he did “absolutely nothing wrong" and calling the impeachment case “flimsy” and a “dangerous perversion of the Constitution." The brief from Trump's lawyers was filed before arguments expected this week in the Senate impeachment trial. It offered the most detailed glimpse of the defense they intend to use against Democratic efforts to convict the president and oust him from office. It is meant as a counter to a brief filed by House Democrats that summarized weeks of testimony from more than a dozen witnesses in laying out the impeachment case.

Migrants ford river from Guatemala to Mexico

Maria Verza and Sonia Perez D., Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 10:02pm

Hundreds of Central American migrants began wading across the Suchiate River into southern Mexico Monday in a new test of U.S. President Donald Trump's Central America strategy to keep them away from the U.S. border.

Human-to-human transmission confirmed in China coronavirus

Yanan Wang and Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 6:30pm

The head of a Chinese government expert team said Monday that human-to-human transmission has been confirmed in an outbreak of a new coronavirus, a development that raises the possibility that it could spread more quickly and widely.

China reports sharp rise in coronavirus cases including two in Beijing and one in Shenzhen

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 6:23pm

China reports sharp rise in coronavirus cases including two in Beijing and one in Shenzhen.

Prince Harry: 'No other option' but to cut royal ties

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 5:04pm

Prince Harry said Sunday that he felt “great sadness” but found “no other option” to cutting almost all of his and his wife Meghan’s royal ties in the hopes of achieving a more peaceful life.

At least 75 flee from Paraguay prison; many from Brazil gang

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 1:24pm

At least 75 inmates, many of them members of a notorious Brazilian gang, escaped from a Paraguayan prison in a border town on Sunday, according to authorities who said they immediately fired the prison's director.

Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government

Samya Kullab and Qassem Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 12:50pm

Iraqi security forces wounded dozens of protesters on Sunday as renewed anti-government demonstrations gripped the capital and Iraq's south, activists and officials said.

Many options await Prince Harry and Meghan after royal split

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 9:42am

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, have made their choice: a radical break from palace protocol, constant press intrusion and a lavishly funded lifestyle.

Dutch police arrest 4 after suspected failed prison breakout

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 9:33am

Dutch police detained four suspects Sunday following a suspected failed attempt to break one or more prisoners out of a prison, authorities said.

Pompeo angry over death of US citizen jailed in Egypt

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 7:29am

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “expressed outrage” to Egypt’s president on Sunday at the death of an American citizen who insisted he had been wrongfully held in Egyptian prison, according to a state department spokeswoman.