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Rights group urges inquiry into Philippine drug war killings

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 27th - 12:50am

Human Rights Watch is calling on the U.N.’s top human rights body to launch an independent investigation into the Philippine government’s drug war that has left thousands dead, pointing in particular to its harmful effects on children.

World watches as South Korea cautiously returns to life

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 10:58pm

The baseball league is on. Students have begun returning to school. And people are increasingly dining out and enjoying nighttime strolls in public parks.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 2:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 10:40pm

South Korea has reported its highest number of new coronavirus infections in weeks and India reported another record single-day jump of more than 6,000 cases, as the pandemic expands its grip across much of the globe. Optimism over reopening economies from business shutdowns to fight the virus spurred a rally on Wall Street even as the official U.S. death toll approaches 100,000. Outbreaks are still climbing in much of the Americas, even as countries in Asia and much of Europe make steady progress in containing the pandemic. The 40 new cases reported Wednesday in South Korea was the biggest daily jump in nearly 50 days and raised alarm as millions of children were returning to school.

Protesters mass in Hong Kong before anthem law is debated

Zen Soo, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 8:56pm

Thousands of protesters shouted pro-democracy slogans and insults at police in Hong Kong before lawmakers later Wednesday debate a bill criminalizing abuse of the Chinese national anthem in the semi-autonomous city.

30 deported to Haiti, but ex-strongman remains in US

Evens Sanon, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 2:15pm

Thirty people were deported to Haiti on Tuesday, but a former paramilitary leader accused of murder and torture was not among them as a result of recent discussions with U.S. officials, according to a Haitian government spokesman.

Afghan government releases hundreds of Taliban prisoners

Kathy Gannon and Tameem Akhgar, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 10:14am

The Afghan government released hundreds of Taliban prisoners Tuesday, its single largest prisoner release since the U.S. and the Taliban signed a peace deal earlier this year that spells out an exchange of detainees between the warring sides.

Pandemic probe: Brazil police raid Rio governor's residence

Marcelo By Sousa and Diane Jeantet, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 8:06am

Brazilian police targeted a staunch opponent of President Jair Bolsonaro's push to lift measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in one of the world's disease hot spots, searching the residence of the Rio de Janeiro state governor on Tuesday.

Hong Kong leader says security law not a threat to freedoms

Zen Soo, Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 1:12am

Hong Kong's leader said Tuesday that national security legislation proposed by China's legislature will not threaten the semi-autonomous territory's civil rights, despite widespread criticism of the move as an encroachment on freedom of speech and assembly.

Military helicopter crash-lands in Russia, kills 4 on board

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 26th - 12:53am

A Russian military helicopter crash-landed on an airfield Tuesday in the far eastern region of Chukotka, killing four people, the military said.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 10:40pm

Joe Biden says that wearing a mask in public to combat the spread of the coronavirus is a sign of leadership and that President Donald Trump is a “fool” for suggesting otherwise. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said Tuesday that it was tantamount to “stoking deaths.” Biden's comments came a day after he wore a black face mask at a park near their Delaware home to lay a wreath at a veterans' memorial for Memorial Day. Trump later retweeted a post that appeared to make fun of Biden in his mask. The president insisted he wasn't being critical but has declined to wear a mask despite guidance from experts.

Greek resort island serial rapist held on new rape charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 1:19pm

A convicted serial rapist released early from a half-century prison term was under police guard in hospital on the Greek resort island of Corfu Monday after suffering severe injuries trying to evade arrest on new rape charges.

Israeli leader vows to push ahead with annexing West Bank

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 11:27am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday pledged to annex parts of the occupied West Bank in the coming months, vowing to move ahead with the explosive plan despite a growing chorus of condemnations by key allies.

Ruling party's candidate wins Burundi's presidential poll

Ignatius Ssuuna, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 11:02am

The candidate of Burundi's ruling party, Evariste Ndayishimiye, has been declared the winner of the country's presidential election.

Japan ends coronavirus state of emergency as it lifts restrictions in last areas including Tokyo

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 3:14am

Japan ends coronavirus state of emergency as it lifts restrictions in last areas including Tokyo.

Virus stalls work to keep alive a rare rhino subspecies

Joe Mwihia and Khaled Kazziha, Associated Press  |  Posted May 25th - 1:40am

It’s not quite a case of coitus interruptus, but efforts to create a very special baby are definitely on hold. Blame the pandemic.

Indonesian choreographers provide digital stage for dancers

Edna Tarigan, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 11:00pm

Before the coronavirus pandemic arrived, 2020 seemed fated to be a great year for Siko Setyanto’s dance career: touring Germany and South Korea, performances in Indonesia, classes and more classes.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 p.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 10:40pm

South Korea has reported 19 new cases of the coronavirus, most from the Seoul metropolitan area, where officials have been actively tracing transmissions linked to nightclubs and other entertainment venues. South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday also reported two more deaths, bringing national totals to 11,225 cases and 269 fatalities. Officials linked three of the new cases to international arrivals. South Korea has been reporting around 20 new cases per day over the past two weeks after health workers found hundreds of infections linked to club goers who went out in early May as the country eased social distancing measures. 

New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 4:47pm

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat when an earthquake struck during a live television interview Monday morning.

Spanish league wants to resume with Seville derby on June 11

Tales Azzoni, Associated Press  |  Posted May 24th - 4:03pm

The president of the Spanish soccer league said Sunday the competition could restart as early as June 11 with the Seville derby between Sevilla and Real Betis.