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Sonia Gandhi's daughter formally enters politics in India

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 1:07am

A scion of India's most famous political dynasty has formally entered politics, with the opposition Congress party assigning her a position as it prepares for national elections due before May.

Sudan's president, facing protests, looks for aid from Qatar

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 12:54am

Sudan's embattled president is in Qatar looking for support amid weekslong protests against his 29-year rule in the African nation.

Report: Apartment fire in Syria's capital kills 7 siblings

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 12:44am

Syria's state news agency says seven siblings were killed by a fire that broke out overnight in their apartment in the old quarter of the country's capital.

Hong Kong's legislature takes up China national anthem bill

Violet Law, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 12:34am

Hong Kong's legislature took up a controversial bill Wednesday that would punish anyone who publicly and intentionally insults the Chinese national anthem with up to three years in prison, raising concerns about Beijing's growing influence in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

AP Explains: Brexit awakens old fears in Northern Ireland

Tamer Fakahany, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 23rd - 12:19am

Northern Ireland's wounds are deep: Bloody Sunday, Enniskillen, Belfast's sectarian killings of Catholics and Protestants by paramilitaries on both sides and British Army and Royal Ulster Constabulary shootings and crackdowns.

Family of slain Mongolian seeks answer as lawsuit begins

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 11:44pm

The family of a Mongolian woman murdered in Malaysia 13 years ago hopes to find answers with a lawsuit that opened in court this week, their lawyer said Wednesday.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 2:40 a.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 10:40pm

Two different votes are set in the Republican-controlled Senate with the aim to end the partial government shutdown. One vote Thursday will be on a bill reflecting President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funding in exchange for temporary protections for some immigrants. A second vote is set for a measure already passed by the Democratic-controlled House to reopen the government through Feb. 8. It doesn't allow money for a border wall but gives bargainers more time to talk.

Thai royal palace authorizes 1st election since 2014 coup

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 10:15pm

Thailand's royal palace issued a decree Wednesday authorizing the first general election since the military took power in 2014.

Venezuela's invigorated opposition take streets in key test

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 10:03pm

Venezuela's re-invigorated opposition faces a crucial test Wednesday as it seeks to fill streets nationwide with protesters in an appeal to the military and the poor to shift loyalties that until recently looked solidly behind President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government.

Landslides, flooding from dam kill 6 in central Indonesia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 9:38pm

Torrential rains that overwhelmed a dam and caused landslides killed at least six people and displaced more than 2,000 in central Indonesia, officials said Wednesday.

Australia asks about dual citizen reported missing in China

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 8:37pm

The Australian government said on Wednesday it is seeking information about a Chinese-Australian writer who has been reported missing in China.

A look at Malaysia's monarchy before sultans pick next king

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 7:13pm

After stripping Malaysia's royal families of some of their powers during his 22-year stint as prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad almost didn't make it to the premiership a second time.

UN envoy: No access for UN peacekeepers to Lebanon tunnels

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 2:36pm

The United Nations' envoy to the Mideast said Tuesday that peacekeepers in Lebanon have not been given access to tunnels stretching into Israel, which U.N. officials say violate a case-fire resolution that ended a devastating war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.

ELN negotiator denies advance knowledge of Colombia attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 2:29pm

The head negotiator for Colombia's rebel National Liberation Army is denying advance knowledge of a bombing attack on a police academy that killed 21 people last week and is demanding that the Colombian government allow negotiators to return safely from Cuba.

US: Upcoming Mideast conference not aimed at demonizing Iran

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 12:33pm

The United States said Tuesday an international conference next month to promote peace and stability in the Middle East is not aimed at demonizing Iran, which has denounced the gathering as America's anti-Iran "circus."

Iran summons Swiss envoy over detention of US-born TV anchor

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 11:49am

Iran's Foreign Ministry has summoned the Swiss envoy in Tehran over the "illegal" detention of an American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television.

Italy's Salvini lashes out at Macron as 'terrible president'

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 11:47am

Italy's interior minister on Tuesday called the French leader Emmanuel Macron "a terrible president," in comments that were sure to further add to tensions with Italy's trans-Alpine neighbour over immigration.

German prosecutors drop decades-old Chilean murder case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 11:03am

German prosecutors say they've dropped their investigation into possible accessory to murder charges against a man for a crime allegedly committed in a secretive German colony in Chile more than four decades ago.

France: Ex-champ swimmer admits 'shame' at child rape trial

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 10:19am

A court in southwest France heard on Tuesday how a French former swimming champion who went on to manage one of France's most successful ice hockey teams wormed his way into the trust of admiring families to sexually abuse their children.