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  • Australia urges China to treat detained writer fairly

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s foreign minister has urged China to treat a Chinese-Australian writer fairly and says there is no evidence that his detention is part of a backlash against Canada’s arrest of a top Chinese telecommunications executive. Spy novelist and online commentator Yang Hengjun was a Chinese diplomat before he became an Australian […]
  • Showdown in Venezuela as US backs Maduro rival’s power claim

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans are heading into uncharted political waters, with the young leader of a newly united and combative opposition claiming the presidency and socialist President Nicolas Maduro digging in for a fight with the Trump administration. Violence flared again Wednesday during big protests across Venezuela, and at least seven deaths were reported […]
  • A glance at the political turmoil rocking Venezuela

    A 35-year-old opposition leader who up until two weeks ago was a complete unknown to the vast majority of Venezuelans has declared himself the embattled nation’s interim president as leader Nicolas Maduro clings to power. Here’s a look at what happened in Venezuela on Wednesday: ___ MASS PROTEST After years of infighting, Venezuela’s opposition united […]
  • Venezuela’s Guaido leaps from back-bench to center stage

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The rise of Juan Guaido from back-bench obscurity to the U.S-backed, self-declared interim president of Venezuela in just three weeks has been meteoric – and by his own recognition risky. Few Venezuelans had even heard of the fresh-faced, 35-year-old lawmaker when he was plucked from anonymity and named as president of […]
  • Death toll from Indonesian floods and landslides rises to 26

    MAKASSAR, Indonesia (AP) — The death toll from flooding and landslides in central Indonesia has risen to 26, the governor of a province that has been inundated by torrential rains said Thursday. South Sulawesi Gov. Nurdin Abdullah said in a TV interview that displaced people were still being evacuated. Ten districts and cities in the […]
  • Governor convicted of blasphemy freed from Indonesian prison

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A polarizing Christian politician whose campaign comments ignited protests that were the largest in Muslim-majority Indonesia in years was freed Thursday after serving nearly two years in prison for blasphemy. Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, the former governor of Jakarta, left a paramilitary police prison outside the capital early Thursday with members […]
  • North Korea says Kim orders preparations for 2nd Trump meet

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered preparations for a second summit with President Donald Trump, saying he’ll “wait with patience and in good faith” to work toward a common goal, the North’s state media reported Thursday. Despite Kim’s determination for another meeting with Trump, the two remain at […]
  • Many Latin American governments support Venezuela’s Guaido

    Numerous governments in the Western Hemisphere quickly recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president of his crisis-torn country Wednesday. The United States and all but one member of the Lima Group of regional nations threw their support behind Guaido after he declared himself interim president in a defiant speech before masses of […]
  • Swedish teen takes climate activism to jet-setters in Davos

    DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — There aren’t many people who spend 32 hours on a train to get to the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos and plan to sleep in a tent. Someone who did is 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg, who received clearance to miss her classes in Stockholm to […]
  • 13 miners die in Ghana after blast, regional official says

    ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — A regional official in Ghana says 13 miners have died after inhaling smoke from a blast they detonated. Paulina Abayage says the miners who died Wednesday were working at the Chinese-owned Shaanxi Mining Ghana Ltd. at Gbane in Upper East Region. She says others affected were taken to a regional hospital […]