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UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Jury selection in Weinstein case could prove to be drawn-out

The judge at Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault trial pressed ahead with the start of jury selection Tuesday, rejecting a defense request for a “cooling-off period” because of the burst of …


Venezuela’s would-be congress leader shrugs off accusations

The would-be new leader of Venezuela’s congress is digging in against accusations that he facilitated a takeover of the country’s last democratic institution by socialist allies of President Nicolas Maduro.


Australia bush fires generate vast areas of violent weather

Among the many apocalyptic scenes from the Australian bush fires has been the presence of explosive, towering clouds appearing in the skies above the fire zones of southeastern Australia. These …


‘Most prolific rapist’ in Britain sentenced to life for assaulting 48 men

A graduate student from Indonesia living in Manchester, England, was sentenced Monday to life in prison for raping or sexually assaulting 48 men.


Merkel to meet Putin in Moscow for talks on Mideast crises

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Moscow on Saturday to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin amid growing tensions in the Middle East and elsewhere, officials said Monday.


Kenya police: 3 arrested trying to enter British Army camp

Kenyan police say they arrested three “terrorist suspects“ who tried to force their way into a British Army training camp on the same day al-Shabab extremists attacked a military base …


Iranian leader’s tears a sign of respect for slain general

In a rare display of emotion from the typically reserved and measured supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei cried openly Monday at the funeral of slain Gen. Qassem Soleimani, …


France enters crucial week of talks with unions on pensions

French President Emmanuel Macron says he wants to reach a “quick compromise” in talks this week with worker unions as nationwide protests and strikes rage on against the government’s plans …


Asian countries brace to evacuate workers in Iraq, Iran

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the military to prepare to deploy its aircraft and ships “at any moment’s notice” to evacuate thousands of Filipino workers in Iraq and Iran should …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 6, 2020

Australia to pay ‘whatever it takes’ to fight wildfires

Australia’s government said Monday it was willing to pay “whatever it takes” to help communities recover from deadly wildfires that have ravaged the country.


Guaido blocked from legislature as Venezuelan conflict deepens

Venezuelan security forces have blocked opposition leader Juan Guaido from attending a special session of Congress where rivals tried to install a substitute leader.


Blowback: Iran abandons nuclear limits after U.S. killing

The blowback over the U.S. killing of a top Iranian general mounted Sunday as Iran announced it will no longer abide by the limits contained in the 2015 nuclear deal …


Renovation chief: Notre Dame Cathedral is not saved yet

The French general overseeing the reconstruction of fire-devastated Notre Dame Cathedral says the Paris landmark is not saved yet because there’s still a risk its vaulted ceilings might collapse.


Japan vows to improve border checks, bail after Ghosn flight

Japan’s justice minister has vowed to strengthen border departure checks and review bail conditions after Nissan’s former chairman, Carlos Ghosn, fled the country.


2 more missing in Australian wildfires as rain brings relief

Two more people are missing in remote parts of New South Wales state as rain and cooler temperatures brought some measure of relief today to Australian communities battling wildfires.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

Rockets fired after day of mourning for slain Iranian leader

Thousands of militiamen and other supporters chanting “America is the Great Satan” marched in a funeral procession in Baghdad for Iran’s top general, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

Iran general steps out of Soleimani’s shadow to lead proxies

A new Iranian general is stepping out of the shadows to lead the country’s elite Quds Force after the U.S. killed its previous head, Qassem Soleimani.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Iran vows revenge for U.S. attack that killed powerful general

Iran has vowed to retaliate after a U.S. airstrike in Iraq killed the mastermind of its interventions across the Middle East. Tensions between the two countries have soared


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Trump: Aim of killing Iranian general was to ‘stop a war’

President Donald Trump said Friday he ordered the killing of a top Iranian general “to stop a war,” not start one, but in the tense aftermath the Pentagon braced for …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

‘A more dangerous world’: Iran killing triggers global alarm

Global powers warned Friday that the world became a more dangerous place after the U.S. assassinated Iran’s top general, urging restraint on all sides. Britain and Germany also suggested that …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

‘Millions of sparks’: Weather raises Australia’s fire danger

Navy ships plucked hundreds of people from beaches and tens of thousands were urged to flee before hot weather and strong winds in the forecast worsen Australia’s already-devastating wildfires


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

U.S. kills Iran’s most powerful general in Baghdad airstrike

An airstrike killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran’s elite Quds Force and architect of its regional security apparatus, at Baghdad’s international airport Friday, Iranian state television and three Iraqi …


Leaders of Greece, Israel, Cyprus to sign gas pipeline deal

The leaders of Greece, Israel and Cyprus met in Athens on Thursday to sign a deal for an undersea pipeline that would carry gas from new offshore deposits in the …


Australian prime minister is jeered in wildfire-ravaged zone

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was confronted by angry residents who cursed and insulted him Thursday as he visited a wildfire-ravaged corner of the country.


Somali mourners march against extremist blast that killed 79

Hundreds of mourners and government officials in Mogadishu gathered at the capital’s Police School on Thursday to mourn the 79 people killed by a tragic truck bomb last week.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020

Copter crash kills Taiwan’s top military officer, 7 others

Taiwan’s top military official was among eight people killed in an air force helicopter crash in mountainous terrain outside Taipei on Thursday, the defense ministry said. Five others survived.


Australia sending aid to wildfire towns as death toll rises

Australia has deployed military ships and aircraft to help communities ravaged by apocalyptic wildfires that have left at least 17 people dead nationwide and sent thousands of residents and holidaymakers …


North Korea’s Kim touts strategic weapon amid stall in talks

Expressing deep frustration over stalled nuclear talks, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned of unspecified “shocking” action and that his country will soon reveal a new “strategic weapon” to …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Militiamen withdraw from U.S. Embassy but Iraq tensions linger

Iran-backed militiamen have withdrawn from the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad after two days of clashes with American security forces


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 1, 2020

Apes, monkeys among 30 animals killed in German zoo fire

A fire raced through a zoo in western Germany in the first few minutes of the new year, killing more than 30 animals, including apes, monkeys, bats and birds, authorities …