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Bangladesh court sentences 5 ex-cops to death for killing

Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 4:53am

A Bangladesh court sentenced five former police officials to death Monday for opening fire on a motorcade of then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina 31 years ago, killing 24 of her supporters during an anti-government rally.

US envoy say it's his mustache; South Koreans say otherwise

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 2:24am

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea has some unusual explanations for the harsh criticism he's faced in his host country. His mustache, maybe? Or a Japanese ancestry that raises unpleasant reminders of Japan's former colonial domination of Korea?

Unhealthy levels of smog choke Thai capital for over a week

Busaba Sivasomboon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 2:08am

Unhealthy levels of smog have choked Bangkok for more than a week, as the Thai capital's residents fume over the ineffectiveness of government measures to combat the problem.

Heating pipe bursts in Russian hotel, boiling water kills 5

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 20th - 12:45am

A heating pipe burst Monday in small Russian hotel, flooding rooms with boiling water that killed five people and left six others injured in the city of Perm, emergency officials said.

Abe says new unit will defend Japan from space tech threats

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 11:09pm

Japan's prime minister said Monday that his country will form a space defense unit to protect itself from potential threats as rivals develop missiles and other technology and the new unit will work closely with its American counterpart recently launched by President Donald Trump.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 7:40 a.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 10:40pm

The nation is marking the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on the holiday memorializing the civil rights leader. Monday's holiday in King's name comes against the backdrop of a presidential election year. In Atlanta, Monday's commemorations could draw attention to the continuing leadership role of the clergy in African American politics. U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, a Georgia Republican appointed by Gov. Brian Kemp, plans to attend Monday's tribute at Ebenezer Baptist Church, which King and his father both led. And in an early tribute to King, Vice President Mike Pence spoke Sunday in Memphis, Tennessee, at a church service recalling the challenges and accomplishments of the slain civil rights leader. 

Migrants marooned in Guatemala plan surge into Mexico

Sonia Perez D. and Maria Verza, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 10:02pm

Denis Contreras, a Honduran making a second try at reaching the U.S., laid out the plan Sunday night to his fellow migrants marooned in this Guatemalan border town: First the men will go, then the families and the women traveling alone with children.

China's Xi says coronavirus outbreak must be taken seriously

Yanan Wang and Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 6:30pm

Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that it's “extremely crucial” to take every possible measure to combat a new coronavirus that has infected 217 people in the country.

China reports sharp rise in coronavirus cases including two in Beijing and one in Shenzhen

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 6:23pm

China reports sharp rise in coronavirus cases including two in Beijing and one in Shenzhen.

Prince Harry: 'No other option' but to cut royal ties

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 5:04pm

Prince Harry said Sunday that he felt “great sadness” but found “no other option” to cutting almost all of his and his wife Meghan’s royal ties in the hopes of achieving a more peaceful life.

At least 75 flee from Paraguay prison; many from Brazil gang

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 1:24pm

At least 75 inmates, many of them members of a notorious Brazilian gang, escaped from a Paraguayan prison in a border town on Sunday, according to authorities who said they immediately fired the prison's director.

Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government

Samya Kullab and Qassem Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 12:50pm

Iraqi security forces wounded dozens of protesters on Sunday as renewed anti-government demonstrations gripped the capital and Iraq's south, activists and officials said.

Many options await Prince Harry and Meghan after royal split

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 9:42am

Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, have made their choice: a radical break from palace protocol, constant press intrusion and a lavishly funded lifestyle.

Dutch police arrest 4 after suspected failed prison breakout

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 9:33am

Dutch police detained four suspects Sunday following a suspected failed attempt to break one or more prisoners out of a prison, authorities said.

Pompeo angry over death of US citizen jailed in Egypt

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 7:29am

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “expressed outrage” to Egypt’s president on Sunday at the death of an American citizen who insisted he had been wrongfully held in Egyptian prison, according to a state department spokeswoman.

Japan's leader vows to boost nation's role in US alliance

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 3:55am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Sunday to bolster his country's role under its security pact with the U.S. in “outer space and cyberspace,” as the allies marked the 60th anniversary of a treaty that has been the basis for their postwar defense alliance.

Bodies of 11 Ukrainians killed in Iran plane crash sent home

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 3:40am

The bodies of the 11 Ukrainians who died when an Iranian missile shot down a passenger plane have arrived in Ukraine on Sunday for a farewell ceremony.

Violence escalates in Beirut as protesters clash with police

Sarah El Deeb and Andrea Rosa, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 2:18am

Security forces fired tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets in clashes Sunday with hundreds of anti-government protesters outside Lebanon's Parliament, as violence continued to escalate in a week of rioting.

Fire at Czech asylum for mentally ill kills 8 patients

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 1:37am

A fire swept through a Czech asylum for the mentally ill on Sunday, killing eight male patients, officials said.