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Rights group draws attention to heavy smog in Pakistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 10:42pm

An international rights group says tens of thousands of people in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore are at risk of respiratory disease because of poor air quality related to thick smog hanging over the region.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 10:40pm

Democrats and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have made their closing arguments as they end the final impeachment hearing of the week. It was perhaps the final hearing before they hand the probe into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine over to the House Judiciary Committee. The Intelligence Committee’s Democratic chairman, Adam Schiff, said the hearings show the president believes “he is above the law.” The top Republican, Rep. Devin Nunes, called it a “show trial.”

Man found guilty of murdering British tourist in New Zealand

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 10:07pm

A New Zealand jury has found a man guilty of murder in the death of 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane.

A man in New Zealand is found guilty of murdering 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane after a 3-week trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 9:55pm

A man in New Zealand is found guilty of murdering 22-year-old British backpacker Grace Millane after a 3-week trial.

Parents of late US hostage chasing North Korean assets

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 9:46pm

The parents of a former U.S. hostage who died after being released from North Korea in a coma in 2017 say they are committed to finding and shutting down illicit North Korean business assets around the world in efforts to hold its government accountable for widespread human rights abuses.

Journalist arrested in Vietnam for ‘anti-state’ activities

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 9:21pm

State media in Vietnam say a journalist has been arrested for “anti-state” activities.

Police to guard polls for vote in protest-wracked Hong Kong

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 7:38pm

Police will be out in force at polling stations in Hong Kong this weekend as keenly contested local elections take place amid ongoing anti-government protests.

Somali official: 2020 could see first election in 50 years

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 7:21pm

The head of Somalia’s electoral commission told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that 2020 is “a pivotal year” for the country whose citizens have been denied the right to political participation for 50 years and are hoping for an election with universal voting.

New Zealand jurors to decide if British tourist was murdered

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 4:55pm

A New Zealand jury has been asked to decide whether a British backpacker was murdered or died accidentally after a sex game went wrong.

Mexico strikes automatic child custody for divorced moms

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 3:36pm

Mexico’s high court has struck down a clause in the capital’s family code automatically granting custody of young children to mothers in divorce cases.

Iraqi officials: 1 killed in renewed clashes in central Baghdad, bringing day’s death toll to 8 with 90 wounded

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 2:35pm

Iraqi officials: 1 killed in renewed clashes in central Baghdad, bringing day’s death toll to 8 with 90 wounded.

Amnesty reports violations by Chile’s security forces

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 1:49pm

Amnesty International is denouncing what it calls serious human rights violations by security forces in Chile.

Peaceful Uruguay heads to presidential runoff

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 1:43pm

It could have been a tense scene anywhere else in South America: With an election nearing, campaigners for Uruguay’s governing left-wing Broad Front faced off in a park with members of the opposing center-right coalition. Flags and signs waved as a loudspeaker blared the catchy campaign jingle of the Broad Front.

Ukrainians mark 6th anniversary of mass protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 1:28pm

About 5,000 people have gathered on the central square of the Ukrainian capital to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the beginning of protests that led to the president fleeing the country.

Venezuela students blocked in protest march to military base

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 12:58pm

University students in Venezuela have staged a protest calling for an end to President Nicolás Maduro’s rule.

Daddy Yankee to open reggaeton museum in Puerto Rico

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 12:50pm

Puerto Rico reggaeton star Daddy Yankee is opening a museum in the U.S. Caribbean territory that will be dedicated to his life and the music that made him famous.

Bolivia’s socialist party considers a future without Morales

Carlos Valdez, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 12:40pm

After a month of deadly unrest, the political party of former Bolivian President Evo Morales appears to be positioning itself for a future without the man who led the country for 14 years.

Report: 7 killed in shelling in Syrian government-held city

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 12:35pm

Syrian state media says at least seven civilians have been killed in the city of Aleppo amid shelling from rebel-held areas in the country’s northwest.

Trump thanks Khan, Ghani for helping with hostages’ release

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 21st - 12:06pm

U.S. President Donald Trump has called Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan and Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to thank them for facilitating the release of an American and an Australian who were held hostage by the Taliban since 2016.