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Samoa shuts schools, declares emergency as measles kills 6

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 7:15pm

Samoa has closed all its schools, banned children from public gatherings and mandated that everybody get vaccinated after declaring a state of emergency due to a measles outbreak that has so far killed six people.

4 homeless men dead, 4 sick in suspected poisoning in Brazil

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 3:42pm

Police in Brazil say four homeless men are dead and four others hospitalized in critical condition after drinking from a bottle containing a “suspicious liquid” given to them by unidentified people in the city of Sao Paulo.

Fiery explosions as Hong Kong police storm into university held by protesters after all-night standoff

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 2:55pm

Fiery explosions as Hong Kong police storm into university held by protesters after all-night standoff.

Rights group: Nicaragua plans charges for detained activists

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 2:28pm

A Nicaraguan rights group says authorities will file charges against a group of government opponents, including 13 who were arrested for supporting protesters demanding freedom for people they consider political prisoners.

Greece marks 1973 student uprising anniversary; 28 arrested

Demetris Nellas, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 1:27pm

Heavy police presence in Athens appeared to have prevented serious clashes Sunday with anarchists and other extreme leftists on the 46th anniversary of a student uprising against the then-ruling Greek military dictatorship.

Lionel Messi in Israel despite rockets and boycott threats

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 11:00am

Soccer superstar Lionel Messi finally arrived in sports-crazed Israel on Sunday, after a Palestinian protest campaign derailed his previous visit and the latest round of cross-border fighting in Gaza threatened to scare him off once again.

The Latest: Iraq official: Protester dies in bridge clashes

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 10:39am

The Latest on Iraq’s anti-government protests (all times local):

Iraqi security and medical officials say one protester killed and 32 wounded in clashes on strategic Baghdad bridge

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 10:27am

Iraqi security and medical officials say one protester killed and 32 wounded in clashes on strategic Baghdad bridge.

TS Raymond fizzles, heavy rain forecast for Mexico’s Baja

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 10:14am

Tropical Storm Raymond has fizzled into a remnant low-pressure system over the Pacific off western Mexico and is forecast to likely avoid a direct hit on the resorts of Los Cabos.

Migrant shot and seriously wounded in Croatia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 9:28am

A Croatian hospital says a migrant is fighting for his life after being shot Friday by police.

Taiwan’s president predicts more pressure from China

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 8:46am

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen says China’s pressure on the self-governing island democracy will only increase amid a changing international situation.

Egypt officials: 3 security forces killed in Sinai blast

Ashraf Sweillam, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 7:54am

Egyptian officials say a roadside bomb has killed at least three members of the security forces in the restive northern Sinai province.

Lebanon’s outgoing PM blasts president’s party over delays

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 6:53am

Lebanon’s outgoing prime minister is harshly criticizing the party of the country’s president after weeks of delay in forming a new Cabinet.

Algeria kicks off presidential campaign, 5 candidates to run

Aomar Ouali, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 6:46am

Algeria’s presidential campaign officially kicked off Sunday with five candidates vying to replace the country’s longtime leader, who was pushed out in April amid sustained protests.

Alleged Norwegian spy returns home after Russian prison time

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 6:20am

A Norwegian man convicted of espionage in Russia has returned to his native country after a Cold War-style spy swap in Lithuania.

Afghan candidate halts another attempt at ballot recount

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 5:28am

The Afghan election commission has tried to launch another ballot recount but presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah halted the attempt by saying he won't let his observers participate.

Time for hip waders: Venice sees record 3rd exceptional tide

Colleen Barry and Luca Bruno, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 4:47am

Venice was hit Sunday by a record third exceptional tide in the same week while other parts of Italy struggled with a series of weather woes, from rain-swollen rivers to high winds to an out-of-season avalanche.

Airstrikes kill 5 in northwest rebel-held Syrian village

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 4:23am

Syrian opposition activists say airstrikes on a rebel-held village in the country’s northwest killed five people.

Yemen government delays return, officials blame separatists

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 17th - 4:03am

Yemeni officials say the government has been forced to delay its return to the city of Aden, blaming southern separatists for stalling on the key point of a power-sharing deal signed early this month to end their infighting.