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Elections in the time of Ebola: Congo votes amid disease

Al-Hadji Kudra Maliro, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 3:07am

What's an election campaign without shaking hands with potential voters? Congolese candidates in the thick of an Ebola outbreak, now the second deadliest in history, are finding out in uncomfortable ways.

Belgian king consults party leaders after PM offers to quit

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 2:44am

Belgium's King Philippe is consulting leaders of political parties to work out who should govern the country until the next elections after Prime Minister Charles Michel handed in his resignation.

Singapore bans former Goldman Sachs exec with 1MDB links

Annabelle Liang, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 19th - 1:41am

Singapore regulators placed a lifetime ban Wednesday on a former Goldman Sachs banker who faces criminal charges in the United States and Malaysia for ransacking the 1MDB state investment fund.

Children fight, kill and die in Yemen's civil war

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 11:34pm

At the age of 13, Mohammed was an unflinching fighter for Yemen's Houthi rebels. Indoctrinated in their camps, he went into battle even as gunfire filled the air and the earth shook from airstrikes. He says he tortured and killed. He didn't care if he lived or died.

Children as young as 10 fight, kill and die in Yemen's war

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 11:17pm

The number etched on the bracelet around Mohammed's wrist gave the 13-year-old soldier comfort as missiles fired from enemy warplanes shook the earth beneath him.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 10:45pm

Some drug offenders sentenced to life under the "three strikes" law may be getting their federal prison sentences reduced to 25 years. President Donald Trump is expected to sign a sweeping criminal justice bill that also would allow about 2,600 federal prisoners sentenced for crack cocaine offenses before August 2010 the opportunity to petition for a reduced penalty.

Madagascar goes to the polls in runoff presidential election

Laetitia Bezain, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 8:47pm

Voters have begun casting their ballots are across the Indian Ocean island nation of Madagascar Wednesday to select a new president in a runoff election that pits two former leaders against each other.

Madagascar begins voting in runoff presidential election between 2 former leaders

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 8:42pm

Madagascar begins voting in runoff presidential election between 2 former leaders.

The Latest: Standoff ends as US processes asylum seekers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 4:24pm

The latest on Honduran asylum seekers camped on U.S. soil to be processed for asylum claims (all times local):

UN: South Sudan still fragile but there's a chance for peace

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 3:03pm

The U.N. peacekeeping chief said Tuesday there is a chance for peace in South Sudan, with more progress since the warring sides signed a new peace deal in September than at any time since the conflict erupted five years ago.

UN urges 'violence-free environment' for Congo elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 2:31pm

The U.N. Security Council is calling for "a violence-free environment" for what could be historic elections in Congo on Sunday, noting with concern recent incidents that resulted in loss of life and significant damage.

Guatemala: Body of girl who died in US custody set to return

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 1:12pm

Guatemalan authorities say they have completed documentation needed to clear the way for repatriation of the body of a 7-year-old migrant girl who died in U.S. Border Patrol custody.

Guatemala pulls diplomatic credentials of UN body's workers

Sonia Perez D., Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 1:05pm

Guatemalan authorities said Tuesday that they have withdrawn diplomatic immunity from 11 workers with a U.N.-sponsored anti-graft commission who have investigated cases of alleged corruption — including ones targeting President Jimmy Morales' son and brother.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has announced his resignation in address at parliament, says he will notify king

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 12:05pm

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has announced his resignation in address at parliament, says he will notify king.

Macedonia offers partial amnesty for storming of parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 11:38am

Macedonian lawmakers have approved a law offering amnesty to some suspected perpetrators of a violent storming of parliament last year, seeking to boost reconciliation in a deeply polarized society.

The US is pledging $10.6 billion for Central America, southern Mexico to discourage migration

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 11:35am

The US is pledging $10.6 billion for Central America, southern Mexico to discourage migration.

Ex head of DEA post in Colombia cleared in misconduct probe

Joshua Goodman and Jim Mustian, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 11:12am

The former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's high-profile office in Colombia has been cleared of wrongdoing following a probe of misconduct allegations, including accusations that he used government resources to hire prostitutes.

UAE backs Saudi rebuke of US Senate over Khashoggi killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 10:34am

The United Arab Emirates has thrown its support behind Saudi Arabia's rebuke of the U.S. Senate, which passed a resolution last week blaming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Zimbabwe inquiry finds army, police killed 6 during protest

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec 18th - 9:39am

Zimbabwean soldiers and police used "unjustified and disproportionate" force to kill 6 people during election protests in August, according to an official report released Tuesday.