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  • Japan sees transfer at sea that may violate NKorea sanctions

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s military has witnessed a ship-to-ship transfer on the high seas that it “strongly suspects” violates U.N. sanctions on North Korea, in the third such incident reported by Japan in the past month. A maritime Self-Defense Force PC-3 surveillance plane and an escort ship saw a North Korean-flagged tanker alongside a smaller […]
  • El Salvador detains 3 officers in torture, abduction case

    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Police in El Salvador arrested two military colonels and a lieutenant colonel Tuesday in connection with the case of eight soldiers who were convicted last year of abducting and torturing two people, one of them a minor. One of the colonels was recently named military attache at the country’s […]
  • Australia helps Indian Ocean neighbors enhance rescue skills

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian authorities say they have helped make the Indian Ocean safer for air and sea travelers since the Malaysian airliner vanished in the vast expanse four years ago through search and rescue training with island nations. Search and rescue officials from Mauritius, Maldives and Sri Lanka are visiting the Australian Maritime […]
  • US Navy rescues 3 fishermen adrift in Pacific for 8 days

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The U.S. Navy said it rescued three fishermen Tuesday who were adrift on a boat in the Pacific Ocean for eight days. The men were reported missing Feb. 12 after failing to return from a fishing trip in Micronesia, the Navy said. The men had food and water aboard their […]
  • Vatican investigator meets with Chilean sex abuse victims

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The Vatican’s sex abuse investigator on Tuesday began a series of meetings in Chile with victims and others who have opposed the appointment of a bishop accused of covering up for the country’s most notorious pedophile priest. Pope Francis has strongly backed Bishop Juan Barros, who is accused by victims of […]
  • Invasive bloody red shrimp discovered in Lake Superior

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An invasive species with a jarring name has turned up in Lake Superior: the bloody red shrimp. Researchers found a single specimen of the tiny shrimp in a sample collected from the Duluth-Superior harbor last summer as part of routine surveillance for invasive species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said. That […]
  • UK Labour chief says Communist spy claims ‘ridiculous smear’

    LONDON (AP) — The leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party says a claim that he gave information to a Czechoslovak spy during the Cold War is “a ridiculous smear.” Jeremy Corbyn says claims in British newspapers “are increasingly wild and entirely false.” The Sun tabloid last week published details of documents from Czechoslovakia’s intelligence archives […]
  • Romanian museum defends screening of AIDS film amid protest

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Romanian museum has defended its screening of French AIDS drama “120 Beats Per Minute” amid protests over gay themes which feature in the film. Lila Passima, director of the Romanian Peasant Museum, told The Associated Press that despite coming under pressure from far-right groups not to show the film, the […]
  • Ukraine’s president signs bill on Russia-backed regions

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a bill aimed at reintegrating the territory in the country’s east controlled by Russia-backed separatists. The bill passed last month designates the areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions as “temporarily occupied” by “aggressor country” Russia. It envisages the use of military force to get […]
  • Kosovo to vote on revised demarcation deal with Montenegro

    PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s government has asked parliament to vote later this week on a revised version of a border demarcation deal with Montenegro. Opposition parties have steadfastly rejected the 2015 agreement, saying that Kosovo would lose territory. But the previous government and international experts deny that would happen. Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj said […]