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UK lawyer to join British teen's team in Cyprus rape case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 2:38am

Court proceedings against a 19 year-old British woman who faces a public nuisance charge for falsely accusing 12 Israelis of rape have been adjourned until Aug. 27 in order to give her new legal team time to prepare their defense.

General accused of war abuses named Sri Lanka's army chief

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 2:33am

A general accused of grave human rights abuses during Sri Lanka's long civil war has been appointed as the country's new army chief.

Cleanup work resuming at fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 2:18am

Workers are gradually returning to Notre Dame Cathedral to clear out hazardous debris and consolidate the fire-damaged medieval monument, after a month-long delay prompted by fears of lead contamination.

Danish PM: Trump's idea of buying Greenland is 'absurd'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 2:14am

Denmark's prime minister says U.S. President Donald Trump's idea of buying Greenland from Denmark is "an absurd discussion," reiterating that the semi-autonomous Danish territory in the Arctic is not for sale.

Putin, Macron to meet for French-Russian talks before G-7

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 2:04am

French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin are meeting in southern France to discuss the world's major crises, including Ukraine, Iran and Syria, and try to improve Moscow's relations with the European Union.

Prince Andrew rejects involvement in Epstein sex scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 2:02am

Britain's Prince Andrew has rejected renewed suggestions he may have been involved in the alleged sex crimes of his one-time friend Jeffrey Epstein.

German, Hungarian leaders commemorate '89 freedom picnic

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 1:09am

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are commemorating the 30th anniversary of the "Pan-European Picnic," an event on the border of Austria and Hungary considered to have helped lead to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Protesters torch parliament building in Indonesia's Papua

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 1:05am

Thousands of protesters in Indonesia's West Papua province have set fire to a local parliament building.

Pakistan says Indian fire kills 2 civilians in Kashmir

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 12:51am

Pakistan said Indian troops have fired across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region, killing two civilians and wounding another.

Police say 10 killed in Uganda after fuel tanker explodes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 12:51am

Ugandan police say 10 people have been killed in an explosion following an accident involving a fuel tanker in western Uganda.

Turkey removes 3 pro-Kurdish mayors from office

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 19th - 12:29am

In a new government crackdown on a pro-Kurdish party, Turkey on Monday removed from office the elected mayors of three cities in the mostly Kurdish-populated southeast region over their alleged links to rebels, replacing them with government appointees.

Afghanistan vows to crush Islamic State havens after attack

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 11:34pm

Afghanistan's president on Monday vowed to "eliminate" all safe havens of the Islamic State group as the country marked a subdued 100th Independence Day after a horrific wedding attack claimed by the local IS affiliate.

China lashes out at Taiwan over Hong Kong asylum offer

Kelvin Chan and Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 11:18pm

China lashed out at Taiwan on Monday over its offer of political asylum to participants in Hong Kong's pro-democracy protest movement, a day after hundreds of thousands of people marched peacefully in the latest massive demonstration in the Chinese territory.

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 10:54pm

A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 10:41pm

Afghanistan's president is vowing to eliminate all safe havens of the Islamic State group as the country marks a subdued 100th Independence Day after a horrific wedding attack claimed by the local IS affiliate. President Ashraf Ghani's comments come as Afghanistan mourns at least 63 people killed in the Kabul bombing. Many outraged Afghans ask whether an approaching deal between the United States and the Taliban to end nearly 18 years of fighting will bring peace to long-suffering civilians.

AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 10:03pm

The U.S. has made secret contact with Venezuela's socialist party boss as close allies of President Nicolás Maduro's inner circle seek guarantees they won't face prosecution for alleged abuses and crimes if they cede to growing demands to remove him, according to a senior Trump administration official.

AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 5:59pm

The U.S. has opened up secret communications with Venezuela's socialist party boss as members of President Nicolás Maduro's inner circle seek guarantees they won't face retribution if they cede to growing demands to remove him, a senior U.S. administration official has told The Associated Press.

AP Exclusive: US talks secretly to Venezuela socialist boss

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 5:12pm

The U.S. has opened up secret communications with Venezuela's socialist party boss as members of President Nicolás Maduro's inner circle seek guarantees they won't face retribution if they cede to growing demands to remove him, a senior administration official has told The Associated Press.

Major players shaping troubled Afghanistan's future

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 18th - 4:57pm

Saturday night's devastating attack on a wedding in Afghanistan's capital comes amid huge uncertainty about the country's future. The United States and the Taliban say they are nearing a deal to end America's longest conflict, one that has lasted a generation and left tens of thousands dead. The U.S.-Taliban talks have sidelined the government in Kabul, which is increasingly frustrated.