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Austrian woman feared kidnapped surfaces unharmed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:48am

Austrian police say an 88-year-old woman with links to Austro-Hungarian nobility who was the feared victim of a brazen daytime kidnapping has surfaced unharmed at her daughter's house.

The Latest: Thailand sets post-coup election for March 24

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:48am

The Latest on a date set for Thailand's first election since 2014 coup (all times local):

Aid group warns of Central African Republic 'catastrophe'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:40am

The leader of an international aid group says Central African Republic "is steering toward a catastrophe" unless a new round of peace talks in Sudan this week succeed.

Thailand election authorities set March 24 for general election, first since May 2014 military coup

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:31am

Thailand election authorities set March 24 for general election, first since May 2014 military coup.

In Congo, the Tshisekedi no one had expected takes power

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 2:07am

Felix Tshisekedi has emerged from his father's shadow to become Congo's next president. For decades that post eluded his father, the venerated opposition politician, Etienne, whose death in 2017 helped catapult his son into the limelight.

Sonia Gandhi's daughter enters India politics ahead of vote

Ashok Sharma, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 1:07am

A scion of India's most famous political dynasty on Wednesday formally entered politics, with the opposition Congress party assigning her a position as it prepares for national elections due before May.

Seoul accuses Japanese patrol plane of threatening flight

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 12:56am

South Korea's military accused Japan of a "clear provocation" over what it said was a threatening low-altitude flight by a Japanese patrol plane over a South Korean warship on Wednesday.

Sudan's president, facing protests, looks for aid from Qatar

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 12:54am

Sudan's embattled president is in Qatar looking for support amid weekslong protests against his 29-year rule in the African nation.

Report: Apartment fire in Syria's capital kills 7 siblings

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 12:44am

A fire broke out overnight in an apartment in the old quarter of the Syrian capital Damascus killing seven siblings and causing wide material damage, state news agency SANA said Wednesday.

Hong Kong's legislature takes up China national anthem bill

Violet Law, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 12:34am

Hong Kong's legislature took up a controversial bill Wednesday that would punish anyone who "publicly and intentionally insults" the Chinese national anthem with up to three years in prison, raising concerns about Beijing's growing influence in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

AP Explains: Brexit awakens old fears in Northern Ireland

Tamer Fakahany, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 12:19am

Northern Ireland's wounds are deep: Bloody Sunday, Enniskillen, Belfast's sectarian killings of Catholics and Protestants by paramilitaries on both sides and British Army and Royal Ulster Constabulary shootings and crackdowns.

Family of slain Mongolian seeks answer as lawsuit begins

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 11:44pm

The family of a Mongolian woman murdered in Malaysia 13 years ago hopes to find answers with a lawsuit that opened in court this week, their lawyer said Wednesday.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 10:40pm

Two different votes are set in the Republican-controlled Senate with the aim to end the partial government shutdown. One vote Thursday will be on a bill reflecting President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funding in exchange for temporary protections for some immigrants. A second vote is set for a measure already passed by the Democratic-controlled House to reopen the government through Feb. 8. It doesn't allow money for a border wall but gives bargainers more time to talk.

Thailand sets date of first general election since coup

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 10:15pm

Thailand's Election Commission on Wednesday announced that the nation's first general election since the military seized power in a 2014 coup will be held on March 24.

Venezuela's invigorated opposition take streets in key test

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 10:03pm

Venezuela's re-invigorated opposition faces a crucial test Wednesday as it seeks to fill streets nationwide with protesters in an appeal to the military and the poor to shift loyalties that until recently looked solidly behind President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government.

Landslides, flooding from dam kill 8 in central Indonesia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 9:38pm

Torrential rains overwhelmed a dam and caused landslides that killed at least eight people and displaced more than 2,000 in central Indonesia, officials said Wednesday.

Australia asks about dual citizen reported missing in China

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 8:37pm

The Australian government said Wednesday it is seeking information about a Chinese-Australian writer who has been reported missing in China in what a friend suspects is part of a Chinese backlash against Canada's arrest of a top Chinese telecommunications executive.

A look at Malaysia's monarchy before sultans pick next king

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 7:13pm

After stripping Malaysia's royal families of some of their powers during his 22-year stint as prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad almost didn't make it to the premiership a second time.

UN envoy: No access for UN peacekeepers to Lebanon tunnels

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 2:36pm

The United Nations' envoy to the Mideast said Tuesday that peacekeepers in Lebanon have not been given access to tunnels stretching into Israel, which U.N. officials say violate a case-fire resolution that ended a devastating war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.