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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe re-elected as head of ruling party, paving way for up to three more years as Japan's leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 11:12pm

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe re-elected as head of ruling party, paving way for up to three more years as Japan's leader.

Vietnam jails teacher to 14 years over attempted subversion

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 10:31pm

A court in northern Vietnam has sentenced a former primary schoolteacher to 14 years in prison after finding him guilty on charges of attempting to overthrow the communist government.

AP PHOTOS: For Puerto Rico's poor, hurricane was heavy blow

Ramon Espinosa, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 10:03pm

After Hurricane Maria hit on Sept. 20, 2017, thousands of Puerto Ricans living below the poverty line were pushed to the brink of despair — struggling for food and housing, diapers and medicine.

Maria's death toll climbed long after rain stopped

Michael Weissenstein, Ana Campoy and Omaya Sosa, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 10:01pm

Disabled and elderly people were discharged from overwhelmed hospitals with bedsores that led to fatal infections. Medical oxygen ran out. People caught lung infections in sweltering private nursing homes and state facilities. Kidney patients got abbreviated treatments from dialysis centers that lacked generator fuel and fresh water, despite pleas for federal and local officials to treat them as a higher priority, according to patient advocates.

Mexico commemorates victims of deadly quakes

Peter Orsi and Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 9:42pm

Mexico's wounds remained open Wednesday as victims, relatives and rescuers marked the Sept. 19 anniversaries of last year's earthquake that killed more than 360 people and the devastating 1985 temblor that left at least 9,500 dead.

Doctor gets life term in Hong Kong over yoga ball killings

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 9:17pm

An anesthesiologist convicted of killing his wife and daughter by placing a yoga ball that leaked carbon monoxide in their car has been sentenced to life in prison in Hong Kong.

Officials say 15-year-old boy killed by Israeli fire in Gaza

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 8:49pm

Gaza's Health Ministry says a 15-year-old Palestinian boy was killed by Israeli army fire during a protest near the perimeter fence with Israel.

Rains set off landslide, burying several in mid-Philippines

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 8:46pm

A landslide set off by heavy rains buried homes under part of a mountainside in the central Philippines on Thursday, and several people are feared buried, including two who sent text messages seeking help. Officials said four people were killed and seven injured.

UN backs anti-graft investigator in standoff with Guatemala

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 5:13pm

U.N. Secretary-general Antonio Guterres on Wednesday rejected a request by Guatemala's government to name a new head of a U.N. commission investigating corruption in the Central American nation.

Mexico's rights agency faults army in fuel-theft killings

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 4:19pm

Soldiers executed two men and planted rifles on their bodies during a 2017 shootout between authorities and fuel thieves in the Mexican state of Puebla, the country's National Human Rights Commission said Wednesday.

Woman in critical condition after Barrier Reef shark attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 4:06pm

A woman was in a critical condition Thursday after she was mauled by a shark on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, officials said.

UN names special envoy to handle Venezuela's growing exodus

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 2:58pm

The United Nations has announced a special envoy to handle the growing number of Venezuelan migrants flooding into surrounding countries.

With a calmer Syria, Hezbollah may reduce its fighters there

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 1:12pm

The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah militia said Wednesday his group may reduce the number of its fighters in Syria because of an easing of the conflict, particularly after a recent Russian-Turkey agreement that prevented an offensive on the last rebel stronghold.  

Somali officials: Airstrike kills or hurts several al-Shabab

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 1:10pm

Several senior officials with the al-Shabab extremist group have been killed or wounded in an airstrike in southern Somalia, Somali intelligence officials said Wednesday, while the al-Qaida-linked group and a resident said children were among the dead.

German police halt forest eviction after journalist dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 12:57pm

Authorities in western Germany say they're suspending the eviction of protesters from a threatened forest after a journalist fell to his death.

UN says Colombia's coca production surges to record high

Cesar Garcia, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 12:19pm

A United Nations report said Wednesday that cultivation of the plant used to make cocaine has reached an all-time high in Colombia, adding pressure on President Ivan Duque to resume an aerial spraying program suspended by his predecessor over health concerns.

At least 27 dead after boat capsizes on river in Congo

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 11:23am

A local official says at least 27 people are dead after a passenger boat capsized along Congo's Mongala River in the country's north.

Hungary summons Spanish ambassador over xenophobia charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 11:04am

Hungary's foreign ministry has summoned the Spanish ambassador over comments made by the Spanish foreign minister that labelled Hungary as xenophobic.

Russia to study Israeli data related to downed plane

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Sep 19th - 10:47am

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted Israel's offer to share detailed information on the Israeli airstrike in Syria that triggered fire by Syrian forces which downed a Russian reconnaissance plane, the Kremlin said Wednesday.