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The Latest: China says holding writer on security charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 2:04am

The Latest on the Chinese-Australian writer held in China (all times local):

China says it has detained Chinese-Australian writer for 'criminal activities endangering China's national security'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 1:59am

China says it has detained Chinese-Australian writer for 'criminal activities endangering China's national security'

Alleged cocaine smuggler appears in Australian court

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 1:11am

An Australian businessman who was allegedly part of a criminal syndicate that smuggled 1.28 metric tons (1.41 U.S. tons) of cocaine inside a shipment of prefabricated steel from China faced a Sydney court on Thursday after becoming the last of three accused conspirators to be extradited from Serbia.

Malaysian royals pick Pahang sultan as new king

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 12:59am

Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah of central Pahang state was named Malaysia's new king on Thursday, replacing Sultan Muhammad V who abdicated unexpectedly after just two years on the throne.

The Latest: Iran backs Maduro in Venezuela crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 12:29am

The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):

Indonesian in North Korea trial wins appeal for statements

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 11:52pm

An Indonesian woman jointly accused of killing the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader won an appeal Thursday to obtain witness statements given to police as part of her defense.

Amnesty criticizes Iran's mass arrests as US frees reporter

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 11:33pm

Iran arrested more than 7,000 people last year, including dozens of journalists, in what Amnesty International on Thursday called a "shameless campaign of repression" as the U.S. released an American anchorwoman for Iranian state television held for days as a material witness.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 10:41pm

President Donald Trump has conceded that there's no place like the House for a State of the Union address and will postpone this year's message until after the partial government shutdown ends. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had withdrawn her invitation to use the chamber as scheduled Tuesday night. While the White House considered other venues for a time, Trump tweeted Wednesday night that he would wait after all.

Maduro faces off with US over Venezuela rival's power claim

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 10:04pm

Venezuelans headed into uncharted political waters Thursday, with the young leader of a newly united and combative opposition claiming to hold the presidency and socialist President Nicolas Maduro digging in for a fight with the Trump administration.

Death toll from Indonesian floods, landslides rises to 30

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 9:19pm

Floods and landslides in a central Indonesian province hit by torrential rains this week have killed 30 people and left more than two dozen missing, the national disaster agency said Thursday.

Spokesman for former Jakarta governor who was imprisoned for blasphemy says he was released early Thursday

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 7:30pm

Spokesman for former Jakarta governor who was imprisoned for blasphemy says he was released early Thursday.

Maduro foe claims Venezuela presidency amid protests

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 5:27pm

Venezuela's crisis quickly escalated Wednesday as an opposition leader backed by the Trump administration declared himself interim president in a direct challenge to embattled socialist Nicolas Maduro, who retaliated by breaking off relations with the United States, his biggest trade partner.

North Korea says Kim orders preparations for 2nd Trump meet

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 5:07pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered preparations for a second summit with President Donald Trump, saying he'll "wait with patience and in good faith" to work toward a common goal, the North's state media reported Thursday.

UN envoy urges Colombia to act quickly to protect leaders

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 4:25pm

The new U.N. envoy for Colombia urged the government on Wednesday to swiftly implement its plan to protect social leaders, saying seven leaders were killed in just the first week of January.

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro gives US diplomats 72 hours to abandon country

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 1:23pm

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro gives US diplomats 72 hours to abandon country.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he is breaking off relations with the US

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 1:20pm

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says he is breaking off relations with the US.

Top Jordanian politicians arrested on corruption charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 12:58pm

Jordan's state security court has arrested several high-profile politicians on charges of illegal tobacco production, smuggling and bribery.

French protest group to field candidates for EU parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 12:29pm

A group of France's yellow vest protesters says it is fielding a slate of candidates for the European Parliament elections.

Official: Canada recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 12:18pm

Official: Canada recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela.