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Heavy rains in Brazil cause flooding, landslides; 11 killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 25th - 7:14am

Heavy rains caused flooding and landslides in southeast Brazil, killing at least 11 people, authorities said Saturday.

Hong Kong declares virus emergency, closes schools for two more weeks after Lunar New Year holiday

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 25th - 2:46am

Hong Kong declares virus emergency, closes schools for two more weeks after Lunar New Year holiday.

Virus-hit city in China bans most vehicles from downtown to limit movement in bid to keep disease from spreading

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 25th - 1:57am

Virus-hit city in China bans most vehicles from downtown to limit movement in bid to keep disease from spreading.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 10:40 a.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 10:40pm

President Donald Trump's lawyers have opened their impeachment trial defense by asserting that he “did absolutely nothing wrong" when he asked Ukraine to investigate a political rival, Joe Biden. They accused Democratic prosecutors of omitting key evidence when they presented their case. The president's lawyers are pushing the Republican-led chamber for his impeachment acquittal on charges he abused his power and obstructed Congress. Trump's legal team plans an aggressive defense that will assert an expansive view of presidential powers and portray him as besieged by opponents determined to undo the results of the 2016 election and to ensure his defeat this November. 

Wuhan bans cars, Hong Kong closes schools as virus spreads

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 6:10pm

The virus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan, already on lockdown, banned most vehicle use downtown and Hong Kong said it would close schools for two weeks as authorities scrambled Saturday to stop the spread of an illness that has infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41.

China reports number of cases of new virus has increased to 1,287 and the death toll has risen to 41

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 5:57pm

China reports number of cases of new virus has increased to 1,287 and the death toll has risen to 41.

UN alarm at education crisis: 258 million kids not in school

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 5:43pm

The U.N. deputy chief said Friday there is an “alarming” crisis in education, pointing to the 258 million children under the age of 17 who are not going to school — and only 49 percent completing secondary education.

France confirms 3 cases of virus from China, 1st in Europe

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 12:33pm

France on Friday announced the first cases outside Asia and the United States of the deadly new virus from China, and the country's health minister said Europe should brace for other new cases from the spreading epidemic that she said must be fought like a wildfire.

France confirms two cases of deadly new virus from China, the first in Europe

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 12:26pm

France confirms two cases of deadly new virus from China, the first in Europe.

Turkey's interior minister says 4 people have died in earthquake in the country's east

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 12:21pm

Turkey's interior minister says 4 people have died in earthquake in the country's east.

At least 18 dead, hundreds hurt as quake hits eastern Turkey

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 11:19am

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake rocked a sparsely-populated part of eastern Turkey on Friday, killing at least 18 people, injuring more than 500 and leaving some 30 trapped in the wreckage of toppled buildings, Turkish officials said.

Turkey's emergency management agency says a strong earthquake has shaken the country's east.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 11:12am

Turkey's emergency management agency says a strong earthquake has shaken the country's east.

Top EU officials sign Brexit deal in closed door ceremony

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 11:01am

The leaders of two of the European Union’s main institutions on Friday signed the divorce agreement governing Britain’s departure from the bloc next week, sealing the penultimate step in Brexit at a ceremony held without media access.

French govt defends teen girl bullied for anti-Islam posts

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 10:51am

The cyber-bullying must stop.

Fire kills 11 youths hunting animals in field in Venezuela

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 9:24am

Eleven young people, mostly teenagers, who were hunting small animals died in a fire that swept through a sugarcane field in Venezuela, authorities said Friday.

Legal chaos in Poland deepens, posing major challenge for EU

Vanessa Gera and Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 8:07am

Legal chaos has deepened dramatically in Poland, with the government and the country’s high court judges clashing over who administers justice — a rift that some experts say is an assault on the young democracy and could lead to a break from the European Union.

Italy: Anti-Semitic scrawl on Nazi camp survivor's door

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 7:27am

Anti-Semitic writing was scrawled overnight on the door of a now-deceased member of the Italian anti-Fascist resistance who survived a Nazi concentration camp, a family friend and historian wrote Friday on Facebook.

Virus puts damper on Lunar New Year, China's biggest holiday

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 6:41am

Temples have locked their doors. The Forbidden City, Shanghai Disneyland and other major tourist destinations are closed. Restaurant reservations are being cancelled.

6 killed in Germany shooting, including suspect's parents

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 24th - 6:20am

Six people were killed and another two wounded in a shooting in the southwestern German town of Rot am See on Friday, police said. The suspect's parents were among the dead and the other victims also were believed to be relatives.