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Report: Iran court sentences whistle-blower to 5 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 11:51am

The official IRNA news agency reports that an Iranian court has sentenced a prominent journalist to five years in prison.

Pakistan opposition asks PM to quit over killing civilians

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 11:02am

Pakistan's opposition leader has asked the country's prime minister to resign after an investigation concluded that police killed an innocent couple and their teenage daughter in a botched operation.

Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido declares himself interim president before thousands cheering in support

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 10:50am

Venezuela opposition leader Juan Guaido declares himself interim president before thousands cheering in support.

In Congo, some party on eve of opposition taking presidency

Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 10:45am

Memorial caps, vibrant T-shirts, plenty of food. The surprise win by Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has breathed new life into one neighborhood of the capital, Kinshasa, as supporters celebrate ahead of his Thursday inauguration.

UK man who killed date in boat crash arrested in Georgia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 10:31am

A British man who went on the run after killing a woman in a speedboat crash on their first date has turned himself in at a police station in the country of Georgia, U.K. and Georgian officials said Wednesday.

Israel calls on EU to stop funding groups backing BDS

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 10:17am

Israel has accused the European Union of financing organizations that promote boycotts of Israel.

Italian convert to Islam held on inciting terror charge

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 9:44am

Police in Sicily have arrested a 32-year-old Italian convert to Islam on terrorism charges for allegedly inciting contacts to participate in a holy war.

US accepts Congo's president-elect despite disputed election

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 9:03am

The United States says it welcomes the certification by Congo's Constitutional Court of Felix Tshisekedi as the country's next president, joining others in the international community in accepting the results of the disputed vote.

Explosion near US Consulate in Geneva; no injuries

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 8:56am

An electrical fault triggered an explosion Wednesday near the U.S. Consulate in Geneva, police and officials said. The U.S. Embassy in the Swiss capital, Bern, issued a security alert over the blast, but no one was injured.

Zimbabwe and world music star Oliver Mtukudzi dies at 66

Farai Mutsaka and Andrew Meldrum, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 8:41am

One of Zimbabwe and Africa's most iconic musicians, Oliver Mtukudzi, died on Wednesday at age 66, a fellow musician confirmed.

Zimbabwean musician and world music star Oliver Mtukudzi dies in Harare at age 66

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 8:31am

Zimbabwean musician and world music star Oliver Mtukudzi dies in Harare at age 66.

French minister dismisses Italian insult as 'insignificant'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 7:34am

France's European affairs minister has dismissed insulting remarks about the French president made by the Italian interior minister, saying that they were insignificant and won't trigger a "competition of the stupidest."

The Latest: Germany pulls frigate out of EU migrants mission

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 7:23am

The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):

Latvia gets 5-party govt nearly 4 months after election

Jari Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 7:08am

Latvia's parliament on Wednesday approved the Baltic country's new five-party, center-right coalition government, nearly four months after a general election, breaking the deadlock on the formation of a Cabinet in the small nation's highly fragmented political scene.

The Latest: US says Maduro should go; recognizes new leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 7:03am

The Latest on nationwide protests in Venezuela (all times local):

Widow of slain Polish mayor blames killing on state TV

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 6:52am

The widow of Poland's slain mayor has blamed his death on "hate speech" used against him on government-controlled television.

Central African Republic war crimes suspect sent to court

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 6:16am

A war crimes suspect who is also head of Central African Republic's soccer federation has been sent to the International Criminal Court, where he faces allegations of leading a mainly Christian militia that targeted Muslims in deadly interreligious fighting.

Asylum numbers in Germany drop by 16.5 percent in 2018

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 6:13am

Germany's top migration official says the number of asylum applications has dropped to 185,853 in 2018 — a decrease of 16.5 percent compared to the year before.

Russian singer with ties to Trump cancels US tour

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 6:10am

A Russian singer whose family has business ties to U.S. President Donald Trump has canceled his upcoming shows in the U.S.