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Egypt says kidnapped Christian man is police forensic expert

Ashraf Sweilam, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 4:10am

Egyptian security officials say a Christian man who has been kidnapped by suspected Islamic militants in the Sinai Peninsula is a police forensic expert.

Ethiopia readies 'massive offensive' on al-Shabab in Somalia

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 3:32am

The Ethiopian National Defense Force is confirming an ambush by al-Shabab extremists on an Ethiopian peacekeeping convoy in neighboring Somalia and says Ethiopian forces are preparing a "massive offensive" in response.

Sen Graham: Syria withdrawal without plan can lead to chaos

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 2:15am

A U.S. withdrawal from Syria that has not been thought through would lead to "chaos" and "an Iraq on steroids," Sen. Lindsey Graham warned Saturday, urging President Donald Trump not to get out without a plan.

French yellow vest protests planned despite Macron outreach

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 1:19am

Yellow vest protesters are planning rallies in several French cities despite a national debate launched this week by President Emmanuel Macron aimed at assuaging their anger.

Indonesia cleric to be freed despite holding to radicalism

Niniek Karmini and Stephen Wright, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 12:09am

An Islamic cleric who was the ideological leader of the Bali bombers and other Indonesian militants is being released early from a 15-year prison sentence after the country's president relented on a condition that he renounce radical beliefs, lawyers confirmed Saturday.

Man charged with murder in death of Israeli in Australia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 11:25pm

A 20-year-old man appeared in an Australian court on Saturday charged with murder and rape in a savage attack on an Israeli student that had shocked Australia.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EST

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

President Donald Trump is seizing on the special counsel's office disputing the accuracy of a critical report about Trump. The statement said "BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the Special Counsel's Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony are not accurate." BuzzFeed says, "We stand by our reporting, and we are working to determine what exactly the Special Counsel is disputing."

Colombia blames ELN for bomb, presses Cuba to arrest leaders

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 10:04pm

Colombia called on Cuba to arrest 10 National Liberation Army commanders currently in Havana for stalled peace talks after a car bombing blamed on the leftist rebels killed 21 people and injured dozens at a police academy in Bogota.

Peru medical board says Fujimori fit to return to jail

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 8:27pm

A medical board has determined that former Peruvian strongman Alberto Fujimori is healthy enough to return to jail and finish a long sentence for his role in the killing of 25 people.

The Latest: 20 killed in huge fire at Mexican fuel pipeline

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 7:43pm

The Latest on a pipeline fire in Mexico (all times local):

Governor: 20 people killed in huge fire at pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 7:40pm

Governor: 20 people killed in huge fire at pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico.

21 dead, 71 burned in fire at illegal tap on Mexico pipeline

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 7:32pm

A huge fire exploded at a pipeline leaking fuel in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least 21 people and badly burning 71 others as locals were collecting the spilling gasoline in buckets and garbage cans, officials said.

Colombia's president reactivates arrest orders against ELN leadership following deadly car bombing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 5:17pm

Colombia's president reactivates arrest orders against ELN leadership following deadly car bombing.

Mothers of slain Nicaraguan students unite to seek justice

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 10:39am

The two mothers walked shoulder-to-shoulder ahead of a casket in the northern Nicaraguan city of Esteli, wailing in shared grief at the killings of their sons during a wave of anti-government protests.

2 purloined penguins returned to UK zoo; both are fine

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 9:32am

Nottinghamshire Police in England have located and returned two purloined penguins missing from a local zoo since November.

Man sets himself on fire amid Czech commemoration event

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 9:01am

Czech officials say a man has been seriously injured after he set himself on fire in downtown Prague amid commemorative events to remember a student who burned himself to death 50 years ago to inspire resistance against the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.

Iran's FM mocks John Bolton with '10-year challenge'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 8:31am

Iran's foreign minister has mocked the U.S. national security adviser's calls for a strike on Iran, in a play on the viral 10-year challenge meme on social media.

The Latest: Airstrike in IS-held area in Syria kills 20

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 8:03am

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Airstrike on IS-held area in Eastern Syria kills 20

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 7:48am

An airstrike hit militants and civilians trying to flee the last area controlled by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria on Friday, killing at least 20, the country's state media and opposition activists reported.