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North Korean leader turns down visit to South Korea

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 11:20pm

North Korea says leader Kim Jong Un turned down an invitation by South Korean President Moon Jae-in to participate in a regional summit next week in the southern city of Busan and has blamed the South for a deep freeze in inter-Korean relations.

Southern Africa’s deadly drought leaving millions hungry

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 10:59pm

The worst drought some farmers have seen in decades is affecting much of southern Africa.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 10:40pm

House impeachment investigators will hear Thursday from two key witnesses who grew alarmed by how President Donald Trump and others in his orbit were conducting foreign policy in Ukraine. David Holmes, a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, and Fiona Hill, a former White House national security aide, are the last scheduled for public hearings.

Activists: Iran conservationists get prison time amid unrest

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 10:20pm

Six conservationists working to save the critically endangered Asiatic cheetah have been sentenced to prison on internationally criticized espionage charges in Iran, activists said Thursday, even as protests and unrest continue in parts of the country amid a government-imposed internet shutdown.

Hong Kong protesters, facing arrest, won’t leave university

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 9:06pm

A small but determined group of protesters remained inside a Hong Kong university campus Thursday, resisting pleas to turn themselves in to police.

Smoke blankets Sydney as wildfires spread across Australia

Tristan Lavalette, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 8:10pm

Hazardous smoke blanketed Sydney on Thursday as wildfires burned across eastern and southern Australia.

Pope in Thailand calls for action to protect women, children

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 7:54pm

Pope Francis called Thursday for women and children to be protected from exploitation, abuse and enslavement as he began a busy two days of meetings in Thailand, where human trafficking and forced prostitution help fuel the sexual tourism industry.

Esper doesn’t regret delaying drills, despite N. Korea snub

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 7:24pm

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Thursday he does not regret postponing a U.S.-South Korean military exercise, even though the gesture was rejected by North Korea as not enough to restart nuclear diplomacy.

Missing activist found dead in Mexico’s troubled Guerrero

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 6:02pm

A human rights activist has been found dead in southern Mexico more than a month after he disappeared.

Earthquake shakes Thailand, Laos, sways Bangkok high-rises

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 5:28pm

A strong earthquake shook a border area between northern Thailand and Laos on Thursday morning, swaying Bangkok high-rises.

It’s World Children’s Day and anniversary of child rights

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 3:34pm

It was World Children’s Day on Wednesday, and British teenage actress Millie Bobby Brown and former England soccer star David Beckham urged people everywhere to listen to youngsters and ensure their rights and their futures.

Climate activist’s remarks downplaying Holocaust spark anger

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 2:22pm

A prominent British climate change activist sparked anger Wednesday after appearing to downplay the Holocaust in an interview with a German newspaper.

Syrian shelling of camp housing displaced people kills 15

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 12:45pm

Syrian government troops bombarded a camp hosting displaced people near the Turkish border in the country’s northwest Wednesday, striking an area close to a maternity hospital and killing at least 15 people, including six children, Syrian opposition activists said.

Syrian opposition activists say government shelling of camp housing displaced people in northwestern Idlib kills 15

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 12:39pm

Syrian opposition activists say government shelling of camp housing displaced people in northwestern Idlib kills 15.

UN Security Council members rebuke US on Israel settlements

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 12:13pm

In a sharp rebuke to the Trump administration, the 14 other U.N. Security Council members on Wednesday strongly opposed the U.S. announcement that it no longer considers Israeli settlements to be a violation of international law.

Thunberg, Cameroon peace activist receive children’s award

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 11:17am

Greta Thunberg, a young activist who has gone from staging school strikes to scolding world leaders about their climate change inaction, was awarded the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize on Wednesday, along with Cameroon peace campaigner Divina Maloum.

Amid turmoil, Prince Andrew to step back from royal duties

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 11:02am

Following days of turmoil that have damaged the British royal family’s reputation, Prince Andrew announced Wednesday that he will step back from public duties “for the foreseeable future” because of his association with a notorious American sex offender.

Netanyahu challenger says he cannot form coalition, moving Israel closer to new election

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 11:00am

Netanyahu challenger says he cannot form coalition, moving Israel closer to new election.

Britain's Prince Andrew says he is stepping back from public duties with queen's permission

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 20th - 10:57am

Britain's Prince Andrew says he is stepping back from public duties with queen's permission.