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US sanctions 5 South Sudan agents it says killed 2 critics

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 12:13pm

The United States has imposed sanctions on five South Sudan officials, who it says are responsible for the abductions and likely murders in 2017 of two human rights activists.

Afghanistan's Karzai tells AP that US cash fed corruption

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 10:50am

Afghanistan’s former president argued Tuesday that Washington helped fuel corruption in his nation by spending hundreds of millions of dollars over the past two decades without accountability.

Brazil's Bolsonaro calls activist Greta Thunberg a "brat"

Marcelo By Sousa and Helena Alves, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 9:59am

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday called young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg a “brat” after she expressed concern about the slayings of indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon.

Armed men attack presidential residence in Somalia's capital

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 9:31am

A Somali police officer says at least five heavily armed men attacked security forces stationed outside the presidential palace in what appears to be an attempt to storm the heavily fortified residential and office complex.

Ready for prisoner swaps, Iran says US holding 20 Iranians

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 8:53am

Iran said American authorities are holding about 20 Iranian nationals in jail, its official news agency reported Tuesday, a day after Tehran said it was ready for more prisoner swaps with the U.S.

Trump, Obama advisers say Russia, Iran remain threats to US

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 8:23am

Russia's challenge to NATO and democratic nations, as well as Iran's influence on the wider Middle East, remain two of the top threats to world peace, two former White House advisers to presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump said Tuesday.

Erdogan names Trump, Putin among leaders whom he admires

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 8:17am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday named U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Qatar's Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani as the leaders whom he most admires.

Stories of injured, missing in New Zealand volcano eruption

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 4:26am

Officials say 47 people from New Zealand, United States, Australia, Germany, Britain, China and Malaysia were on a New Zealand volcanic island when it suddenly erupted. Of those, dozens were killed, injured or are missing.

AP Interview: Taiwan may help if Hong Kong violence expands

Adam Schreck, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 4:16am

Taiwan’s top diplomat said Tuesday that his government stands with Hong Kong citizens pushing for “freedom and democracy,” and would help those displaced from the semi-autonomous Chinese city if Beijing intervenes with greater force to quell the protests.

Taiwan FM tells AP his government would aid those fleeing Hong Kong if China intervenes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 4:10am

Taiwan FM tells AP his government would aid those fleeing Hong Kong if China intervenes.

Cyclone hits Madagascar, killing 2 and making 1,400 homeless

Sarah Tetaud, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 3:37am

Cyclone Belna has hit northwestern Madagascar, with 2 dead and three missing from the first tropical storm of the season, according to local officials.

Police say an injured person has died in a New Zealand hospital, bringing the death toll from volcanic eruption to 6

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 3:07am

Police say an injured person has died in a New Zealand hospital, bringing the death toll from volcanic eruption to 6.

Algerian court convicts 2 ex-prime ministers of corruption

Aomar Ouali, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 2:48am

Two former prime ministers of Algeria were convicted and sentenced to prison Tuesday for corruption-related charges in a landmark trial, unleashing cheers of joy from pro-democracy activists who want an overhaul of the gas-rich country's political system.

Algerian court convicts, imprisons 2 former prime ministers for corruption in landmark trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 2:37am

Algerian court convicts, imprisons 2 former prime ministers for corruption in landmark trial.

Fallen rights icon at UN court for Rohingya genocide case

Aleks Furtula and Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 1:37am

Twenty-eight years to the day after Aung San Suu Kyi’s husband and sons accepted her Nobel Peace Prize while she remained under house arrest in Myanmar, the former pro-democracy icon appeared in a United Nations court ready to defend her country's army from allegations of committing genocide against the Rohingya minority.

Man kills 6 in Czech Republic with illegal gun, wounds 3

Karel Janicek, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 1:13am

A man with an illegal gun fatally shot six people and wounded three others at a hospital in the eastern Czech Republic on Tuesday, the prime minister and officials said. The gunman later killed himself as police approached his car.

Officials say 4 people dead, 2 wounded in shooting in a hospital in eastern Czech Republic; shooter is at large

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 1:10am

Officials say 4 people dead, 2 wounded in shooting in a hospital in eastern Czech Republic; shooter is at large.

South Korea says North's recent test was of rocket engine

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 10th - 12:21am

South Korea's defense minister said Tuesday that North Korea's recent unspecified test at a rocket liftoff site was of a rocket engine, amid speculation the North was making preliminary steps toward a prohibited long-range rocket launch.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 9th - 10:40pm

The House Judiciary Committee is expected to debate and vote on the two articles of impeachment later this week. The articles, one charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and the other charging him with obstruction of Congress, would be considered separately. The committee's vote would send the impeachment articles to the House floor for a vote by Christmas. Next would come a Senate trial, likely in 2020.  Senators would act as jurors and select House members to act as prosecutors, or impeachment managers. If the Senate approves an article of impeachment with a two-thirds vote of “guilty,” the president is convicted and removed from office. If articles are rejected, the president is acquitted.