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Venezuela quells soldiers’ revolt, top court blasts congress

Venezuela plunged deeper into turmoil on Monday as security forces put down a pre-dawn uprising by national guardsmen that triggered violent street protests and the Supreme Court outlawed the opposition-controlled …


Islamic State group targets US convoy in northeastern Syria

An Islamic State suicide bomber targeted a joint convoy of U.S. and allied Kurdish forces in northern Syria on Monday, marking the second attack against U.S. troops in less than …


World economy forecast to slow in 2019 amid trade tensions

The world economy absorbed more bad news Monday: The International Monetary Fund cut its growth forecast for 2019. And China, the world’s second-biggest economy, said it had slowed to its …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 7:10 p.m.

Tshisekedi declared Congo’s president, but runner-up revolts

Congo’s election crisis deepened early Sunday when the Constitutional Court confirmed the win of Felix Tshisekedi, rejecting claims of fraud, and runner-up Martin Fayulu promptly declared himself the country’s “only …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 19, 2019, 4:23 p.m.

Mexican pipeline explosion kills 71, leaves nightmare of ash

Gerardo Perez returned Saturday to the scorched field in central Mexico where he’d seen an illegal pipeline tap burst into flames to see if he could recognize missing friends. He …


Survivors: Up to 117 migrants missing in capsizing off Libya

Three survivors of a rubber dinghy that sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya say up to 117 other migrants were aboard at the time of the …


U.S. airstrike in Somalia kills 52 al-Shabab extremists

The U.S. military says it has carried out an airstrike in Somalia that killed 52 al-Shabab extremists in response to an attack on Somali forces.


Horrifying fireball at ruptured Mexico oil pipeline kills 21

A massive fireball that engulfed people scooping up fuel spilling from a pipeline ruptured by thieves in central Mexico killed 21 people and badly burned 71 others in what was …


Feds confirm jailed Iranian TV anchor not charged with crime

Federal officials confirmed Friday that a prominent American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television was jailed in the U.S. as a material witness and has not been charged with any crime, …


May’s foes gather as Britain’s Brexit stalemate drags on

Prime Minister Theresa May held talks Friday with European leaders and British Cabinet colleagues, but efforts to end Britain’s Brexit stalemate appeared deadlocked, with neither May nor Britain’s opposition leader …


Britain’s Prince Philip, 97, recovers after Land Rover crash

Queen Elizabeth II’s husband Prince Philip was recovering at the royal Sandringham estate after the Land Rover he was driving rolled over in a collision with another vehicle.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, 7:46 p.m.

Trump, North Korean leader to hold second summit

President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to broker a deal to coax the North to give up its nuclear …


Colombia blames ELN rebels for bombing that killed 21

Colombian authorities said Friday that a one-armed explosives expert belonging to the country’s last remaining rebel group carried out a car bombing against a police academy that left 21 dead


Spain: Technical setbacks slow search for boy in deep hole

Spanish rescuers on the fourth day of a frantic race to reach a 2-year-old boy trapped in a borehole clung to hope of finding the toddler alive despite massive setbacks …


10 dead in car bombing at police academy in Colombia capital

A car bomb exploded at a heavily guarded police academy in Colombia’s capital Thursday, killing 10 people and injuring dozens in an attack that recalled the bloodiest chapters of the …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 10:10 a.m.

From New Orleans to Tehran: Life of detained Iran newscaster

Marzieh Hashemi’s family is questioning why the 59-year-old grandmother was imprisoned by the U.S.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 8:58 a.m.

Sweden charges man in royal jewels heist

A man was charged Thursday with stealing a jeweled crown and two other pieces of Swedish royal treasure from a cathedral where the pieces worth 65 million kronor ($7.2 million) …


Volcano in southern Japan erupts; no injuries or damage

A small island volcano in southern Japan has erupted, blasting rocks and ashes into the air but causing no damage or injuries.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 1:51 p.m.

May wins no-confidence vote, but is still beset by Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday to remain in office – but saw more of her power ebb away as she battled to …


Iran state TV’s English channel says anchorwoman held in US

A prominent American anchorwoman on Iranian state television’s English-language service has been arrested by the FBI after flying into the U.S., the broadcaster reported Wednesday.


ICC judges say former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo should be released following acquittal

International Criminal Court judges said Wednesday that former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo and a former government minister should be released immediately following their acquittal on charges of involvement in …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 3:52 p.m.

Death toll in Nairobi attack climbs to 21, plus 5 attackers

The death toll from an extremist attack on a luxury hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi climbed to 21, plus the five militants killed, police said Wednesday in the aftermath …


Turkey seeks warrant for NBA player Enes Kanter

Turkish prosecutors are seeking an international arrest warrant for New York Knicks player Enes Kanter, accusing him of membership in a terror organization.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 9:21 p.m.

Syria attack kills 4 Americans, raising questions on pullout

A suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State killed at least 16 people, including two U.S. service members and two American civilians, in northern Syria on Wednesday, just a month …


Defense intel report fuels worries of China attack on Taiwan

A new defense intelligence assessment lays out U.S. concerns about China’s growing military might, underscoring worries that Beijing could decide it has the ability to attack Taiwan and win.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 9:22 p.m.

UK’s May faces no-confidence vote after Brexit plan crushed

British lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce deal with the European Union on Tuesday, plunging the Brexit process into chaos and triggering a no-confidence vote that could topple …


Taliban threaten to end talks with US on ending Afghan war

Taliban issued a statement threatening to end contact with the U.S. even as Washington’s peace envoy makes another round of the region


New migrant caravan sets out from Honduras for US

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – Hundreds of Hondurans trekked out of a violent northern city Tuesday, part of a new caravan of migrants hoping to reach the United States or …


Iran satellite fails to reach orbit in US-criticized launch

An Iranian satellite-carrying rocket blasted off into space on Tuesday, but scientists failed to put the device into orbit in a launch previously criticized by the United States as helping …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6:17 p.m.

Gunfire, blast at upscale complex in Kenya’s capital; people being carried from flaming scene

Extremists stormed a luxury hotel in Kenya’s capital on Tuesday, setting off thunderous explosions and gunning down people at cafe tables in an attack claimed by Africa’s deadliest Islamic militant …