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Taliban launches 2 days of attacks in Afghanistan, 14 killed

Amir Shah and Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 2:09am

Taliban fighters launched a wave of attacks against security outposts in the east and south of Afghanistan over the last two days, even as efforts to jump-start peace talks were renewed. The violence left 14 police dead and 10 others wounded, officials said Friday.

S. Korean ex-leader sentenced to 8 more years in prison

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 2:07am

A South Korean court on Friday sentenced former South Korean President Park Geun-hye to an additional eight years for abusing state funds and violating election laws.

Russian envoy to US says Russia 'open' to Putin visit to Washington after Trump invite

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 2:07am

Russian envoy to US says Russia 'open' to Putin visit to Washington after Trump invite.

Gunmen kill radio commentator in Philippines

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 1:38am

Assailants have shot a Filipino radio commentator about a dozen times while leaving for work in a northeastern province in a new fatal attack in a country with an alarming record of killings of journalists.

Officials: Missing Pakistani peace activist returns home

Zaheer Babr, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 1:06am

Pakistani officials say a peace activist who mysteriously went missing in December has returned home in the eastern city of Lahore after his abductors freed him.

N. Korea puts reunion of war separated families in doubt

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 12:47am

North Korea said Friday that an August reunion of Korean families separated by war may not happen if South Korea doesn't immediately return some of its citizens who arrived in the South in recent years.

South Korea court sentences jailed ex-President Park Geun-hye to additional 8 years for abusing state funds, elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 12:43am

South Korea court sentences jailed ex-President Park Geun-hye to additional 8 years for abusing state funds, elections.

Israeli east Jerusalem plan gets cool Palestinian reception

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 20th - 12:27am

A landmark half-billion-dollar Israeli plan to develop Palestinian areas of east Jerusalem and hoist residents out of poverty is getting a cool reception from the very people who are supposed to benefit.

Vietnam convicts, deports US man who joined rare protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 11:32pm

A Vietnamese court on Friday convicted an American man of disturbing public order after he took part in a rare protest and ordered him deported.

Boat with 160 African migrants reportedly capsizes off Yemen

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 8:45pm

Yemeni security officials and tribal leaders say a boat carrying more than 160 African migrants has capsized off the southern province of Shabwa. It is not immediately clear if there have been any fatalities or if any migrants have been rescued.

Australia continues bid to return IS suspect from Turkey

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 8:06pm

Australia will not give up its quest to prosecute an Australian Islamic State group suspect despite a Turkish court rejecting an extradition application, the Australian prime minister said on Friday.

Nicaragua's president celebrates crackdown on opposition

Luis Manuel Galeano, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 7:53pm

President Daniel Ortega used Thursday's 39th anniversary of the 1979 revolution against dictator Anastasio Somoza to celebrate strengthening his grip on power after three months of anti-government protests and to attack Nicaragua's Roman Catholic Church as allies of "coup mongers."

Judicial chief resigns in latest scandal rocking Peru

Franklin Briceno, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 7:49pm

The head of Peru's judicial branch resigned Thursday in the wake of a mounting corruption scandal involving secret phone recordings capturing numerous judges making behind-the-scenes deals on everything from promotions to criminal sentences.

Brazilian police arrest 'Dr. Bumbum' after patient dies

Marcelo Silva By Sousa, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 5:29pm

Police arrested celebrity plastic surgeon Denis Cesar Barros Furtado on Thursday, five days after he went on the run following the death of a patient he gave injections to enlarge her buttocks.

Congo's president still coy on role in long-delayed election

Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 4:34pm

President Joseph Kabila said in a national address Thursday that Congo's long-delayed December election will go ahead but he still gave no indication what role he will play as the deadline for candidate announcements approaches.

Boat that took on migrants denied entry, pointed to Tunisia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 2:34pm

Four humanitarian groups say a commercial boat carrying 40 migrants who had been stranded in the Mediterranean Sea has been waiting to get a green light to dock in the Tunisian port of Zarzis for more than 48 hours.

Montenegro more puzzled than affronted by Trump's attention

Predrag Milic, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 2:29pm

World War III? Not us, say the puzzled people of Montenegro.

Syria rebels agree to surrender frontier with Israel

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 2:09pm

Syrian rebels agreed to surrender their last pockets of control in southwest Quneitra province to the government, state media reported Thursday, making way for Damascus to re-establish its authority along the Israeli frontier.

The Latest: Boat that took on migrants pointed to Tunisia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 19th - 1:45pm

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