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Germany arrests suspect in 2005 killing of Sri Lankan FM

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 2:45am

German authorities say they have arrested a suspected member of the Tamil Tigers alleged to have been involved in the 2005 assassination of Sri Lanka's foreign minister.

Years after Westgate, Kenya reacts swiftly to similar attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 2:43am

Kenya's information minister says the government's quick reaction to a deadly extremist attack in Nairobi this week reflects improvements in its ability to respond to such brazen assaults on civilian targets.

Human Rights Watch: global pushback against autocrats grows

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 2:39am

Human Rights Watch says there is a growing resistance around the world against the abuses of autocrats by coalitions of states, civic groups and popular movements, which are all pushing back against populists seeking to curtail freedoms.

Yemeni group: Houthi rebels hold, torture female detainees

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 2:26am

A prominent Yemeni group says the Houthi rebels are holding dozens of women without trials or charges, torturing them and blackmailing their families.

US peace envoy in Pakistan seeking end to 17-year Afghan war

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 2:00am

Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan on the last leg of his regional tour aimed at finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war, which will allow American troops to go home, ending Washington's longest military engagement.

Australian prime minister begins 2-day visit to Fiji

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 1:30am

Australia's prime minister sidestepped a diplomatic dispute over a suspected extremist's nationality and brushed off criticism that he is burdening Pacific neighbors with unsustainable debt as he began a two-day visit on Thursday to Fiji.

Gaza authorities: 6 Egyptian fishermen rescued, 1 missing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 1:24am

Gaza's Hamas authorities say they have rescued six Egyptian fishermen in the stormy Mediterranean Sea but that one is still believed to be missing.

Rights lawyers challenge Indonesia detention of 3 activists

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 12:30am

Human rights lawyers said Thursday they were mounting a court challenge to Indonesia's detention of three Papuan activists on charges of treason.

Saudi women runaways rebel against system of male control

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 11:44pm

Another Saudi woman has turned to social media for protection from her father, just days after Canada granted refuge to Rahaf al-Qunun, the 18-year-old Saudi who fled her family.

North Korean official reportedly heading to US for talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 11:22pm

A senior North Korean official arrived in Beijing on Thursday, reportedly en route to the United States for talks ahead of a possible second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 10:41pm

The European Union's Brexit negotiator says the U.K.'s so-called red lines on how much ground it is willing to give in negotiations for its departure from the EU have "shut doors" to a broader agreement. Michel Barnier says of the EU's negotiating position, "If (the red lines) change, we'll change." He has told lawmakers in Lisbon, Portugal that the withdrawal agreement is "balanced, respectful," adding that the EU hadn't reached such an "ambitious" agreement with any other non-EU country.

Belarus model who claimed Trump info deported from Thailand

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 10:34pm

A Belarusian model who claimed last year that she had evidence of Russian involvement in helping elect Donald Trump president was deported from Thailand on Thursday, police said.

Australian police investigate street slaying of Israeli

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 10:12pm

Australian police were looking Thursday for at least one attacker who killed an Israeli woman as she was walking on a city street speaking to her sister by phone.

Paraguayan firefighters get naked in calendar to raise funds

Jorge Saenz and Emilio Sanabria, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 10:02pm

Fatima Olmedo was first to pose naked for the calendar, holding a rolled-up hose in her hands that barely covered her pregnant belly.

Taiwan holds live-fire exercises following China threats

Johnson Lai, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 9:59pm

Taiwan held live-fire exercises along its east coast Thursday amid renewed threats from China to bring the island under its control by force if deemed necessary.

Indonesian presidential campaign heats up with first debate

Stephen Wright, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 8:54pm

Echoing the campaign tactics of Donald Trump, former Indonesian Gen. Prabowo Subianto says his country, the world's third-largest democracy, is in dire shape and he is the leader who will restore it to greatness.

Survey: Offensive sexual jokes top harassment list at UN

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 5:02pm

A survey of sexual harassment within the far-flung United Nations system found a third of respondents experienced at least one incident in the last two years — most commonly sexual stories or jokes that were offensive.

Venezuela: 12 charged in detention of opposition leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 3:36pm

Venezuelan authorities say 12 officials with the country's intelligence agency will be tried for their role in the brief detention of an opposition leader whose confinement sparked international outrage as he ramps up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro.

Unbearable stench: Giant sewage spill befouls Peru's capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 16th - 2:54pm

Amid an unbearable stench, thousands of workers, police and soldiers struggled Wednesday to contain and clean up a flood of sewage that has caused the government to declare a health emergency in one of the most populous parts of Peru's capital.