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  • Blinded investigator to Indonesia graft fighters: Stay brave

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An anti-corruption investigator blinded by an acid attack is urging graft fighters to “stay brave” as he returns to Indonesia after months of medical treatment. Activists said they would dress in white to greet Novel Baswedan when he arrives Thursday at the Corruption Eradication Commission in Jakarta. Baswedan was leading a […]
  • Venezuelan pastor fills presidential void left by opposition

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — With two months to go before Venezuela’s presidential election, the only challenger to jump in the ring against President Nicolas Maduro is a little-known television evangelist who was once arrested for fuel smuggling and has a range of business ventures. Despite his questioned past and the steep odds against him, the […]
  • Philippine rebels reject terror tag but still open to talks

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Communist guerrillas say a Philippine government court petition to have them designated as terrorists is a desperate attempt to alienate them from the people and add they’re “heaven and earth” different from extremists notorious for beheadings and other atrocities. Rebel commander Jaime Padilla said Thursday that President Rodrigo Duterte will fail […]
  • China says fire in sacred Tibetan monastery not arson

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have ruled out arson as the cause of a fire that damaged a 1,300-year-old monastery that is considered the spiritual heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Saturday’s fire at the Jokhang in the center of the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, burned an area of about 50 square meters (538 square feet), the official […]
  • Mexican candidate: government erred in not going after arms

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Ruling-party presidential candidate Jose Antonio Meade said Wednesday the Mexican government made a mistake by focusing more on seizing drugs headed for the United States than on weapons headed into Mexico. Meade said that if he wins the July 1 election he would focus more on inspecting vehicles coming into Mexico […]
  • 5 teens in Australian hospital after drug overdose at school

    GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Five boys remained in an Australian hospital on Thursday, a day after suffering drug overdoses at a private school. Police said some of the students, aged 14 and 15, were critically ill. The Gold Coast University Hospital declined to say how many, but said in a statement “they are all […]
  • Colombia arrests cop who got Escobar for money laundering

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — The Colombian cop who commanded the operation that killed drug kingpin Pablo Escobar has been arrested for laundering money on behalf of a demobilized right-wing militia. Colombia*s chief prosecutor said retired Col. Hugo Aguilar was detained Wednesday. Authorities accuse Aguilar of amassing a fortune worth over $5.2 million from his ties […]
  • Mexico judge rules arrest of alleged cartel boss was illegal

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A judge in Mexico ruled Wednesday that this week’s arrest of an alleged top drug cartel boss in a city bordering Texas was illegal. The Federal Judiciary Council said in a statement that prosecutors had sought to have the Feb. 19 arrest upheld, saying he was detained while speeding in an […]
  • Magnitude-4.8 quake strikes off Greek island of Zakynthos

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 has struck off the western island of Zakynthos, but no injuries or damage have been reported. The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the quake occurred at 01:44 a.m. Thursday (1144GMT Wednesday) in the Ionian Sea west of Zakynthos, at a relatively […]
  • Judge orders gov’t review of Keystone pipeline documents

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal officials must go back and review documents related to the disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline, under a Wednesday court ruling that came after environmentalists accused President Donald Trump’s administration of withholding details on the project’s approval. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris said the government must provide any relevant documents by […]