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The Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 18th - 1:41pm

Officials have again increased the number of homes and other structures burned by a huge Southern California wildfire. The figure rose Sunday to 1,130 buildings destroyed _ many of them homes _ and 300 damaged. The tally is continuing. The blaze broke out Nov. 8 and tore through communities west of Los Angeles from Thousand Oaks to Malibu. More evacuees have been allowed back in their homes and the 151-square-mile blaze is now 88 percent contained.

Peru says ex-president has sought asylum in Uruguay

Franklin Briceno, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 18th - 1:26pm

Former Peruvian President Alan Garcia has sought asylum in Uruguay's diplomatic mission hours after a judge retained his passport as part of a corruption probe, Peru's foreign ministry announced Sunday.

Migrants from Iran showing up on England's Dover coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 1:06pm

British authorities say they found nine suspected migrants from Iran after they landed on a coast in southeastern England.

Sri Lankan leaders' crucial talks fail to solve crisis

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 18th - 12:06pm

A crucial meeting among Sri Lanka's political party leaders on Sunday failed to reach a breakthrough to resolve the political turmoil that has engulfed the island nation for several weeks, opposition lawmakers say.

Netanyahu takes on defense post amid call for early polls

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 18th - 12:02pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he would take on the defense minister portfolio, rejecting calls to dissolve his government even as early elections appeared increasingly likely.

Chilean police resign over shooting of indigenous youth

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 11:58am

Two senior police officials have resigned in Chile after the discovery that officers destroyed video showing the shooting of a young indigenous man whose death set off large protests.

The Latest: Israeli PM Netanyahu takes over defense ministry

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 11:38am

The Latest on the political developments in Israel (all times local):

Israeli PM Netanyahu says he will take over temporarily as defense minister as early elections still loom

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 11:30am

Israeli PM Netanyahu says he will take over temporarily as defense minister as early elections still loom.

Finland's president rakes memory for source of Trump remark

The Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 18th - 10:40am

Finland's president isn't sure where U.S. President Donald Trump got the idea that raking is part of his country's routine for managing its substantial forests.

Migrants get cool reception in Mexican border town

Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 10:24am

Many of the nearly 3,000 Central American migrants who have reached the Mexican border with California via caravan said Saturday they do not feel welcome in the city of Tijuana, where hundreds more migrants are headed after more than a month on the road.

Iraq's president meets Saudi king after visiting rival Iran

Abdullah Al-Shihri, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 18th - 10:04am

Saudi Arabia's King Salman received Iraq's president in Riyadh on Sunday, a day after the Iraqi official visited the kingdom's rival, Iran.

Official: Car bomb in Iraq's Tikrit kills 5

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 18th - 9:48am

Iraqi officials said five people were killed in a car bomb blast in the city of Tikrit on Sunday, the latest security breach to rattle the country in recent weeks.

Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 18th - 9:08am

The Taliban have held three days of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group said Sunday.

Feminist activists interrupt Franco memorial event in Madrid

The Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 18th - 9:04am

Spanish police intervened Sunday to keep trouble from erupting at a rally in Madrid marking the anniversary of military dictator Francisco Franco's death after feminist protesters interrupted the event.

Iraqi cleric linked to Basra protests killed outside home

Nabil Al-Jurani, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 18th - 8:34am

Hundreds of Basra residents mourned a Muslim cleric on Sunday who police said was killed outside his home after he suggested that protesters should take up arms over poor public services in the city.

Painting found in Romania studied as possibly stolen Picasso

The Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 18th - 8:04am

Romanian prosecutors are investigating if a painting by Pablo Picasso that was snatched from a museum in the Netherlands six years ago has turned up in Romania.

Madagascar heads to runoff election on Dec. 19

Laetitia Bezain, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 18th - 8:00am

In Madagascar, two former heads of state qualified for the second round of the presidential election, to be held on Dec. 19.

Interpol meets to select new president after China's arrest

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 18th - 6:58am

Police chiefs from around the world gathered in Dubai on Sunday for Interpol's general assembly to select a new president after the agency's former official in the post was detained in China.

Grenade attack on northern India prayer hall kills 3

The Associated Press  |  Updated Nov 18th - 6:46am

Three people were killed and over a dozen injured on Sunday when two men on a motorbike targeted a prayer hall with a grenade in northern India, police said.