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Macron ex-security aide: Diplomatic passports given back

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 10:03am

French President Emmanuel Macron's former security aide, at the heart of a damaging political scandal, has told a Senate commission that he turned in his two diplomatic passports after being fired last summer but they were returned to him two months later.

Authorities conduct controlled explosion in Northern Ireland

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 8:57am

Authorities in Northern Ireland have carried out a controlled explosion on a hijacked vehicle, two days after another vehicle exploded outside a courthouse.

Venezuela's supreme court declares congressional leadership invalid, nullifies recent anti-Maduro legislation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 8:56am

Venezuela's supreme court declares congressional leadership invalid, nullifies recent anti-Maduro legislation.

Kenyan court orders 4 more attack suspects to be held

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 8:38am

Four people suspected of helping Islamic extremists attack a hotel and office complex in the Kenyan capital last week have appeared in court.

Kosovo's president will go to Hague court, if summoned

Florent Bajrami, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 8:20am

Kosovo's president on Monday said he would respond positively if summoned by a European Union-funded court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the 1998-99 independence war with Serbia.

Fear and zeal over more guns in violence-plagued Brazil

Peter Prengaman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 8:19am

Fearing for his safety amid rising crime in Latin America's largest nation, Paulo Alberto joined a gun club three years ago and learned to shoot. But he says Brazil's tight carry laws that mean he can't take his gun anywhere but to the club limit his ability to protect himself outside his home.

Iran not invited, Russia snubs meeting over Iran concerns

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 8:08am

Poland's foreign minister says Iran has not been invited to an international conference on the Middle East next month in Warsaw, while Russia has declined the invitation.

Zimbabwe's High Court rules internet shutdown illegal, orders government to restore full internet to the country.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 7:58am

Zimbabwe's High Court rules internet shutdown illegal, orders government to restore full internet to the country.

Albania opposition leader fined for defaming ruling lawmaker

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 7:30am

An Albanian court has convicted the main opposition Democratic Party leader of defamation over drug-related allegations he made against a senior governing lawmaker.

Congo inauguration postponed; Police stop opposition rally

Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 7:20am

Congo's police dispersed a gathering Monday of supporters waiting to hear a speech by presidential runner-up Martin Fayulu, his spokeswoman said.

Accidental blast in Yemen kills 5 demining specialists

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 7:16am

Five foreign demining specialists were killed in an accidental explosion in Yemen while transporting mines and explosives to be destroyed, their employer said Monday.

Sweden: Envoys' talks 'good preparation' for Trump and Kim

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 7:12am

Sweden's foreign minister said Monday she hopes talks between American, South Korean and North Korean diplomats her country is hosting "will serve as a good preparation for an upcoming summit" between U.S President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

8 drown when boat capsizes in river in southern India

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 7:05am

At least eight people drowned when their boat capsized in a river in southern India on Monday as they were returning home from a religious festival on a nearby island, police said.

Rights group criticizes Italy, EU's Libya migrant policy

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 6:57am

Human Rights Watch is urging Italy and the European Union to condition their support to Libya on tangible improvements in detention conditions for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

Romania minister prepares decree to invalidate graft cases

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 6:51am

Romania's justice minister said Monday that he has prepared an emergency decree that could invalidate hundreds of corruption cases involving the country's most senior officials.

The Latest: Venezuela court annuls challenge to Maduro

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 6:29am

The Latest on a reported national guard uprising in Venezuela (all times local):

Indonesia cleric's release uncertain as gov't starts review

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 6:24am

Indonesia's government is reviewing the president's decision to release radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir, the top security minister said Monday, following domestic and international criticism.

Venezuela's military says it has detained national guardsmen who stole weapons, kidnapped officers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 6:16am

Venezuela's military says it has detained national guardsmen who stole weapons, kidnapped officers.

Germany transfers more asylum seekers to other EU countries

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 6:13am

The German government says that in a first, more asylum-seekers were transferred to other European Union countries than Germany took in last year.