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Danish ex-PM attacks Trump for comments on defense spending

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 2:16am

A former Danish prime minister has lashed out at U.S. President Donald Trump for his tweet about military spending, saying defense willingness is not just about the amount of money spent.

Syrian government opens corridor for civilians in rebel area

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 2:12am

Syria's Foreign Ministry says a "humanitarian corridor" has been opened so that civilians in a besieged, rebel-held area in the north of Hama province can leave.

German, Dutch governments meet to discuss climate change

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 2:05am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and key Cabinet ministers are meeting their Dutch counterparts to discuss ways of tackling climate change together.

No Rohingya turn up for repatriation to Myanmar

Tofayel Ahmad and Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 1:31am

Bangladesh's refugee commissioner said Thursday that no Rohingya Muslims turned up to return to Myanmar from camps in the South Asian nation.

China 'will not sit idly by' over US arms sale to Taiwan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 1:29am

A senior Chinese officer says the country "will not sit idly by" if the U.S. proceeds with a sale of advanced F-16V fighter jets to Taiwan, and warned of other potential countermeasures in addition to punishing foreign firms involved in the deal.

Iran's president says 'talks are useless' in dealing with US

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 1:06am

Iran's president struck a muscular tone on dealings with the U.S., saying Thursday that "talks are useless" as Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers crumbles further.

2 whistleblowers appear in Australian court over leaks

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:44pm

Two whistleblowers appeared in a Canberra court on Thursday charged separately with leaking classified government information that alleges Australia bugged East Timor's Cabinet and potential war crimes committed by Australian troops in Afghanistan.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 4:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:41pm

Planned Parenthood clinics in several states are charging new fees, tapping into financial reserves, intensifying fundraising and warning of more unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases in the wake of its decision to quit the federal family planning program in a dispute with the Trump administration over abortion. The impacts are especially severe in Minnesota and Utah.

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.

Killings by police divide Brazilian city weary of crime

Marcelo Silva By Sousa, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 21st - 10:01pm

It happens, on average, more than five times a day in Rio de Janeiro: Police open fire and someone dies.

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.