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Abe says new unit will defend Japan from space tech threats

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

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that Japan 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.

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

State officials and U.S. hate-monitoring groups are warning about the potential for violence ahead of a gun-rights rally in Virginia that's expected to draw a mix of militias, firearms advocates and white supremacists to Richmond. Citing credible threats of violence, Gov. Ralph Northam declared a temporary state of emergency days ahead of Monday’s rally, banning all weapons including guns from Capitol Square. The Southern Poverty Law Center says that threats of violence have been “rampant” online among anti-government and far-right groups. 

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 counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing

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

China reported Monday a sharp rise in the number of people infected with a new coronavirus, including the first cases in the capital. The outbreak coincides with the country's busiest travel period, as millions board trains and planes for the Lunar New Year holidays.

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.

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 11:40 p.m. EST

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

The New York Times has endorsed not one but two candidates for the Democratic nomination for president, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar from the party's moderate wing and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren from its progressive wing. The paper said Sunday it had chosen the two most effective candidates from the moderate and progressive sides of the party — without stating a preference for either approach. In passing over Joe Biden, the paper cited his age and occasional gaffes.

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.