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Sri Lankan lawmakers question Rajapaksa's parliamentary seat

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 5:29am

Members of Sri Lanka's Parliament on Tuesday questioned whether Mahinda Rajapaksa, who recently quit as prime minister, can hold his seat after earlier relinquishing membership in the political party he represented in the last election.

Terror charges issued in France's Christmas market attack

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 5:17am

A man suspected of supplying the gun used in the Christmas market shooting attack that killed five people in Strasbourg has been handed preliminary terror charges, according to a French judicial official close to the investigation.

Scary stat: 90.5 percent of plastic is not recycled

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 4:47am

The burgeoning crisis in plastic waste has won the attention of Britain's Royal Statistical Society, which chose 90.5 percent — the proportion of plastic waste that has never been recycled — as its international statistic of the year.

Warrant issued for arrest of 'Schwimmer lookalike' suspect

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 4:36am

A British judge has issued an arrest warrant for an alleged shoplifter whose striking resemblance to David Schwimmer made international headlines, after he failed to show up for a court appearance.

Thai police say sunken ship failed to meet design standards

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 3:53am

Police in Thailand say their investigations found that a boat that sank in July in rough weather off Thailand's southern resort island of Phuket, killing 47 Chinese tourists, didn't meet regulatory standards.

Fighting in Yemeni city dies down as cease-fire takes hold

Ahmed Al-Haj and Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 3:47am

Yemen's key port city of Hodeida was calm Tuesday morning, hours after a U.N.-mediated cease-fire went into effect between government-allied forces and the country's rebels, Yemeni officials said.

Iraq: Militia leader returns as national security adviser

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 3:47am

The former head of Iraq's Iran-linked Popular Mobilization militias returned to his dual posts as chairman of the militias and national security adviser to Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, ahead of a Parliament session to consider new cabinet appointments Tuesday.

AP PHOTOS: Muslims worry about fate of relatives in China

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 3:39am

The woman wipes at a tear as she talks about her daughter in China's Xinjiang region. Nurbakyt Kaliaskar, who lives in neighboring Kazakhstan, says her 25-year-old daughter is a college graduate who had a white-collar job. Then she got swept up in a Chinese crackdown on Muslims in Xinjiang.

Morocco arrests suspect after deaths of 2 European tourists

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 3:24am

Moroccan authorities say one person has been arrested in connection with the deaths of two female Scandinavian tourists in the Atlas Mountains, a popular hiking destination.

Indonesian defendant suffers setback in Kim murder trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 3:12am

An Indonesian woman due to begin her defense next month in her trial for the murder in Malaysia of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half brother suffered a setback Tuesday when a judge rejected her bid to secure statements given to police by seven witnesses.

German high court throws out far-right complaint on migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 2:50am

Germany's highest court has thrown out complaints from the far-right Alternative for Germany party claiming Chancellor Angela Merkel's 2015 decision to allow in hundreds of thousands of migrants was a constitutional violation.

French interior minister to meet police union reps

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 2:09am

France's interior minister is to meet with representatives of police unions, following complaints about strained resources in the wake of five straight weekends of violent protests.

Spanish court gears for high-stakes trial of separatists

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 1:31am

Spain's Supreme Court is holding a preliminary hearing ahead of a trial of 18 former Catalan officials and activists accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds for their parts in last year's attempt to secede from Spain.

Asylum seekers stake claims on patch of US soil at border

Moises Castillo, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 12:43am

Several asylum seekers, joined by two members of the U.S. Congress, waited on a small patch of U.S. soil for hours demanding that their claims be processed immediately, challenging a U.S. policy to make people wait in Mexico if there are capacity constraints.

German authorities raid mosque in Berlin in terrorism probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 12:33am

German authorities say police are searching a Berlin mosque as part of an investigation into its imam on suspicion he raised money to support an Islamic fighter in Syria.

3 South Korean teens presumed dead, 7 unconscious at motel

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 12:03am

South Korean fire department officials said Tuesday that three teenage boys were presumed dead and seven other boys were being treated for injuries after they were found unconscious at a motel in the seaside town of Gangneung.

AP PHOTOS: Editors' picks for 2018 from the Middle East

Maya Alleruzzo, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 11:30pm

In 2018, Associated Press photographers in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan captured searing images from relentless armed conflicts, but they also found moments of levity and offered a glimpse into daily life in a constantly changing region.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EST

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

President Donald Trump is wishing ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn "good luck" in court as Flynn awaits sentencing for lying to the FBI. Trump tweeted hours before Flynn's sentencing Tuesday in federal court in Washington that it "will be interesting to see what he has to say, despite tremendous pressure being put on him, about Russian Collusion" in his political campaign, adding there "was no Collusion!" Flynn has cooperated with the Russia investigation.

US defeated trying to rid references to reproductive health

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 17th - 8:18pm

The United States has faced overwhelming defeat in two attempts to eliminate references to "sexual and reproductive health" from U.N. General Assembly resolutions on preventing violence and sexual harassment of women and girls and on child, early and forced marriage.