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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.

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.

New avalanches in Nepal interrupt search for 7 trekkers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 12:52am

New avalanches falling on a popular trekking route in Nepal forced rescuers to halt their search for four South Korean trekkers and three Nepali guides who were believed to have been swept by a snowslide, an official said Sunday.

Thousands-strong Hong Kong protest cut short by clashes

Alice Fung and Carol Mang, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 19th - 12:35am

Clashes broke out between protesters and police in Hong Kong on Sunday, cutting short a rally after thousands had gathered at a park to call for electoral reforms and a boycott of the Chinese Communist Party.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 10:40pm

SpaceX has completed the last big test of its crew capsule before launching astronauts within the next few months to the International Space Station. The company founded and led by Elon Musk mimicked an emergency launch escape Sunday in the skies above Cape Canaveral, Florida. A Falcon rocket blasted off as normal, but just over a minute into flight, the Dragon capsule catapulted off the top with a pair of mannequins aboard. The Falcon engines deliberately shut down, and the booster tumbled out of control and crashed into the Atlantic. The capsule, meanwhile, parachuted into the ocean. The flight lasted about nine minutes.

Yemeni officials: 25 troops killed in Houthi missile strike

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 1:45pm

A missile attack launched by Shiite rebels in Yemen hit an army camp Saturday, killing at least 25 troops, Yemeni officials said.

Harry, Meghan to quit royal jobs, give up 'highness' titles

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 11:44am

Goodbye, your royal highnesses. Hello, life as — almost — ordinary civilians.

Buckingham Palace says Prince Harry and Meghan will give up "royal highness" titles and repay home renovation money.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 11:37am

Buckingham Palace says Prince Harry and Meghan will give up "royal highness" titles and repay home renovation money.

Olympic site used for 2016 Rio games shut over safety issues

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 10:53am

The Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro has been closed over concerns about the safety of the complex used for the 2016 games in Brazil.

Newfoundland reeling after blizzard buries capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 8:39am

Canada's weather agency ended a blizzard warning for the St. John's, Newfoundland, area on Saturday, but a rare state of emergency and storm surge warning remained in effect following a monster storm that buried Newfoundland's capital city.

Iran to send flight recorders from downed jet to Ukraine

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 8:18am

Iran will send the black box flight recorders from the Ukrainian jetliner that it accidentally shot down last week to Ukraine for further analysis, an Iranian official said Saturday.

SUV on grounds of Beijing's Forbidden City sparks outrage

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 18th - 12:43am

A Chinese woman sparked social media outrage in her country by posting photos of herself and a friend with a Mercedes-Benz on the grounds of Beijing's Forbidden City. The reaction prompted an apology from the management of China's 600-year-old former imperial palace.

4 SKoreans, 3 Nepal guides missing in avalanche; 30 rescued

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 17th - 11:53pm

An avalanche swept a popular trekking route in Nepal's mountains, leaving at least four South Koreans and three Nepali guides missing, authorities said Saturday.