President Donald Trump says he's looking forward to signing into law a sweeping criminal justice bill supported by many conservative and liberal advocacy groups. The bill gives judges more discretion when sentencing some drug offenders and boosts prisoner rehabilitation efforts. The Senate passed the bill Tuesday night, and the House is expected to pass it and send it to Trump sometime this week.
Voters have begun casting their ballots are across the Indian Ocean island nation of Madagascar Wednesday to select a new president in a runoff election that pits two former leaders against each other.
Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press | PostedDec 18th - 3:03pm
The U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday there is a chance for peace in South Sudan, with more progress since the warring sides signed a new peace deal in September than at any time since the conflict erupted five years ago.
The U.N. Security Council is calling for "a violence-free environment" for what could be historic elections in Congo on Sunday, noting with concern recent incidents that resulted in loss of life and significant damage.
Sonia Perez D., Associated Press | PostedDec 18th - 1:05pm
Guatemalan authorities said Tuesday that they have withdrawn diplomatic immunity from 11 workers with a U.N.-sponsored anti-graft commission who have investigated cases of alleged corruption — including ones targeting President Jimmy Morales' son and brother.
Joshua Goodman and Jim Mustian, Associated Press | PostedDec 18th - 11:12am
The former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's high-profile office in Colombia has been cleared of wrongdoing following a probe of misconduct allegations, including accusations that he used government resources to hire prostitutes.
The United Arab Emirates has thrown its support behind Saudi Arabia's rebuke of the U.S. Senate, which passed a resolution last week blaming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press | PostedDec 18th - 9:29am
U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley gave a hint, but no details, of the Trump administration's peace plan for Israel and the Palestinians on Tuesday, saying it's long, takes advantage of new technology, and has a lot both sides will like and things they won't like.
The foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey agreed Tuesday to facilitate convening the first session of a committee to draft a new Syrian constitution early next year, saying they hoped it will lead to the launch of a "viable and lasting" peace process.