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Maldives opposition set to regroup for 2nd night of protests

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 28th - 1:40am

The Maldives' opposition on Saturday vowed to regroup for a second night of demonstrations hours after police broke up a planned 72-hour protest demanding the release of the country's ex-president and other political leaders.

Suicide attack aimed at Afghan official kills guard

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 11:50pm

Afghanistan's election commission says one of its officials escaped unharmed after a suicide bomber targeted his vehicle in the capital, Kabul, killing his bodyguard and wounding his driver.

The Latest: Tens of thousands Ugandans await pope's Mass

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 9:30pm

The latest on Pope Francis' first trip to Africa. (All times local.)

Australian Christmas tree sets record with 518,838 lights

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 5:40pm

An Australian set his third Christmas-themed world record in as many years Friday by illuminating a tree in downtown Canberra with 518,838 twinkling lights.

Mexico issues pollution alert for Mexico's Bacalar lagoon

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 5:00pm

Mexico's environmental protection agency has issued an "urgent" call for local authorities to stop sewage and waste discharges into the Yucatan Peninsula's coastal, fresh-water lake of Bacalar.

Magnitude 6.2 quake strikes Chile, but no damage

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 3:01pm

A magnitude-6.2 earthquake has struck Chile's northern region but authorities say there are no reports of injuries or damage.

Dominican Republic union leader held in murder investigation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 3:01pm

A judge in the Dominican Republic has ordered the leader of a public transportation union held for one year while authorities investigate allegations of his involvement in several killings.

11 killed in Mexico, including 2 police in town on US border

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 2:41pm

Mexican authorities said attackers killed four members of a civilian police patrol in the turbulent southern state of Guerrero, while two city police officers and five gunmen died in a series of gunbattles in the northern border town of Rio Bravo.

In Haiti, No. 2 presidential candidate undecided on runoff

David McFadden, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 2:30pm

Campaign season for the final round of Haiti's elections has gotten started, but the second-place finisher in the presidential vote said Friday he hasn't decided whether he will participate in a runoff or continue to press for a recount.

The Latest: French court keeps 2 suspects under house arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 2:11pm

The latest on the attacks in Paris and security alert in Brussels. All times local:

Chilean mom restricted access to baby for smoking marijuana

Eva Vergara and Luis Andres Henao, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 1:32pm

A Chilean mother says a hospital is restricting her right to see her newborn daughter because she acknowledged smoking marijuana days before she gave birth.

Hundreds gather in Cuba in frustration at Ecuador visa rule

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 1:21pm

Hundreds of angry Cubans confronted police and Ecuadoran embassy officials in an unusual display of public discontent on Friday after the surprise announcement of a new visa requirement aimed at choking off this year's historic overland emigration of Cubans across more than 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers) of South and Central America to the U.S. border with Mexico.

Hungary: 2 suspects hoped to 'execute' government members

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 1:21pm

Hungarian officials said Friday that two suspects detained last week after weapons were found in their car sought to "execute" members of the government.

Drowned Syrian boy's aunt says family will settle in Canada

Charmaine Noronha, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 1:11pm

The aunt of a Syrian boy whose lifeless body was photographed on a Turkish beach, sparking worldwide outrage at the refugee crisis, said Friday that she hopes her family members will be in Canada by Christmas.

2 Palestinians killed after attacking Israeli troops

Ian Deitch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 1:01pm

Israeli troops shot and killed two Palestinians after they rammed their cars into soldiers in separate attacks in the West Bank on Friday as the country's defense minister urged Israelis to brace themselves for more violence, saying he cannot see an end to the near-daily Palestinian attacks.

Maldives police break up protest for ex-president's release

Sinan Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 12:51pm

Maldives police on Friday broke up an opposition protest demanding the release of the country's former president, other jailed politicians and activists.

Queen Elizabeth II opens Commonwealth meeting in Malta

Stephen Calleja, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 11:50am

Queen Elizabeth II opened the Commonwealth summit Friday on the Mediterranean island of Malta — a meeting that will focus on climate change and the threat of extremist violence.

Israel 'soon' to open Abu Dhabi office for renewable energy

Ian Deitch and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 11:40am

Israel "soon" will open an office focused on renewable energy in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates — even though the two nations have no diplomatic relations, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.

Likud lawmaker's antics make him bad boy of Israeli politics

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Nov 27th - 11:10am

Over the years, the Israeli parliament has seen its fair share of questionable characters. But it's unlikely anyone has ever been so perpetually engulfed in scandal in so short a time as freshman Likud lawmaker Oren Hazan.