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Taliban rockets hit near Kabul presidency; no injuries

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 11:41pm

Afghan police say the Taliban have fired rockets toward the presidential palace in Kabul as President Ashraf Ghani was giving his holiday message for the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Adha. No injuries were reported.

Afghan police: Taliban fire rockets toward presidential palace as president was giving his holiday message; no injuries

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 11:31pm

Afghan police: Taliban fire rockets toward presidential palace as president was giving his holiday message; no injuries.

Image-conscious China appoints new global propaganda czar

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 11:10pm

China's increasingly image-conscious government has appointed a trusted member of the ruling Communist Party to head up its international propaganda operation.

Indonesia: Lombok quakes don't meet national disaster status

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 10:23pm

Indonesia's disaster agency says earthquakes that killed more than 500 people on the island of Lombok in the past month and caused half a billion dollars in damage don't rise to the level of a national emergency.

Abstentions in Brazil election could hurt governability

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 10:13pm

Attorney Carlos Gomes is a political junkie who plunged into campaigning for national and local candidates as a teenager. Two years ago, he even moved to Sao Paulo to work for a law firm that represents several candidates for office.

Salvadoran town deeply rooted in DC unfazed by US politics

Martha Mendoza, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 10:07pm

In a quiet, cobblestoned town near the Pacific coast of El Salvador, residents are unfazed by the fact that the Trump Administration is seeking to lock up families indefinitely and ending temporary protected status for people from their country. They're still going north.

42 weeks pregnant, New Zealand minister cycles to hospital

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 9:59pm

It was a beautiful morning, according to New Zealand's minister for women, so after 42 weeks of pregnancy she decided to hop on her electric bicycle and ride to the hospital to give birth to her first child.

El Salvador, Taiwan break ties as China isolates island foe

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 8:27pm

Taiwan broke off diplomatic ties with El Salvador on Tuesday as the Central American country defected to rival Beijing in the latest blow to the self-ruled island China has been trying to isolate on the global stage.

Taiwan breaks off ties with El Salvador as Beijing ramps up campaign to diplomatically isolate self-ruled island rival

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 8:15pm

Taiwan breaks off ties with El Salvador as Beijing ramps up campaign to diplomatically isolate self-ruled island rival.

OAS commission: 'precautionary measures' over separated kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 7:30pm

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights says it has granted "precautionary measures" for migrant children separated from their families in the U.S.

Australia's Turnbull survives leadership vote; Dutton leaves

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 6:29pm

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called on his government to unite behind him after he survived an internal leadership challenge Tuesday, defeating a senior minister in a ballot that is unlikely to settle questions about whether he's the right person to lead the party into elections due next year.

The Latest: Australian prime minister survives challenge

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 6:13pm

The Latest on uncertainty over Australia's political leadership (all times local):

Korean reunions: Tears as mother and son meet for first time in 68 years

James Griffiths, Paula Hancocks and Sophie Jeong, CNN  |  Posted Aug 20th - 5:48pm

"Sang Chol!" 92-year-old Lee Keum-seom exclaimed, as she fell into her long lost son's arms at a holiday resort in North Korea Monday.

Brazil rules out closing border to Venezuelan immigrants

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 3:17pm

Brazil won't close its border with Venezuela despite tensions that led to attacks on migrants who had fled to the border town of Pacaraima in the northern state of Roraima, an official said Monday.

Shootouts leave 13 dead, including 2 soldiers, in Rio

Beatrice Christofaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 2:23pm

At least 11 suspects and two soldiers died during shootouts with military personnel and police in greater Rio de Janeiro on Monday as violence erupted in several areas of the city that hosted the Summer Olympics two years ago.

Old-time union boss returns triumphant in Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 1:01pm

One of Mexico's powerful old-time union bosses has made an unrepentant, triumphal return to the public spotlight after being freed from nearly five years of prison and house arrest.

Greece wants new talks with Britain on Parthenon Sculptures

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 12:22pm

The Greek government has launched a new bid to engage Britain in talks over the return to Athens of a celebrated group of ancient sculptures originally ornamenting the Parthenon Temple on the Acropolis.

Mexican state confirms ICE detainee wanted for homicide

Mark Stevenson, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 12:09pm

An official of the Mexican state of Guanajuato confirms that a man detained by immigration agents in California is wanted on an arrest warrant for homicide in Mexico.

Flash flood hits hikers in gorge in southern Italy; 8 dead

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 20th - 11:43am

Heavy rain flooded a gorge filled with hikers Monday in the southern region of Calabria, killing at least eight, Italy's civil protection agency said. At least another five were missing.