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1st malaria vaccine tried out in babies in 3 African nations

Malaria is one of the world’s deadliest and most stubborn diseases


UN report lays out agonies faced by Syrian children amid war

A new report by U.N.-backed investigators into Syria’s war is for the first time focusing solely on the plight of the children caught up in the conflict: rape of girls, …


7 killed, 14 tortured in Panama exorcism terror rituals

Seven people were killed in a bizarre religious ritual in a jungle community in Panama, in which indigenous residents were rounded up by about 10 lay preachers and tortured, beaten, …


Nations of Iran crash victims seek compensation for families

The governments of countries that lost citizens when Iran shot down a Ukrainian airliner demanded Thursday that Tehran accept “full responsibility” and pay compensation to the victims’ families.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 16, 2020

Ukraine opens probe of possible surveillance of ambassador

Ukrainian police said Thursday they have opened an investigation into the possibility that the U.S. ambassador came under illegal surveillance by an unknown party before she was recalled from her …


Hong Kong leader says special status can endure beyond 2047

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam said Thursday that the ”one country, two systems” framework under which the city enjoys freedoms unknown in China could continue after a 2047 deadline if …


Bangladesh says once-submerged island ready for Rohingya

An island in Bangladesh that was regularly submerged during monsoon seasons is ready to house 100,000 Rohingya refugees, but no date has been announced to begin relocating people from crowded …


Parnas used access to Trump’s world to help push shadow Ukraine effort, new documents show

Documents and text messages released Wednesday evening by House Democrats show how Lev Parnas, the former associate of Rudy Giuliani, used the extensive entree he had to President Donald Trump’s …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

100s of migrants gather in Honduras to attempt new caravan

Hundreds of mainly Honduran migrants started walking and hitching rides Wednesday from the city of San Pedro Sula, in a bid to form the kind of migrant caravan that reached …


Kosovo president hurt from intl’ ‘amnesty’ on Serbia crimes

Kosovo’s president on Wednesday denounced what he called “an international amnesty” for Serbia’s crimes in the 1998-1999 war.


Video: 20 seconds of terror between missiles in Iran crash

Iran’s top diplomat acknowledged Wednesday that Iranians “were lied to“ for days after the Islamic Republic accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner. The admission came as new surveillance footage purported …


Airline forced woman to take pregnancy test

Midori Nishida thought she knew what to expect when flying from Hong Kong to Saipan, an island in the Northern Mariana Islands where she grew up. Then, as she was …


UN court to rule next week in Rohingya genocide case

The United Nations’ top court announced Wednesday that it will issue a decision next week on a request to order Myanmar to halt what has been cast as a genocidal …


Fever chart: Earth had its hottest decade on record in 2010s

The decade that just ended was by far the hottest ever measured on Earth, capped off by the second-warmest year on record, two U.S. agencies reported Wednesday. And scientists said …


Protests take toll on Hong Kong tourism

Visitor numbers to Hong Kong fell by nearly 40% in the second half of last year amid clashes between police and anti-government protesters.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 15, 2020

Putin engineers shakeup that could keep him in power longer

President Vladimir Putin engineered a surprise shakeup of Russia’s leadership Wednesday, proposing changes to the constitution that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Philippine volcano trembles more, spews lava half-mile high

A volcano near the Philippine capital spewed lava into the sky and trembled constantly Tuesday, possibly portending a bigger and more dangerous eruption, as tens of thousands of people fled …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

EU pressures Iran on atom deal in last-ditch bid to save it

Britain, France and Germany on Tuesday ratcheted up pressure on Iran to stop violating its landmark nuclear deal in a last-ditch effort to resolve their differences through talks while also …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Nigel Farage gets his way, and last laugh: Brexit is coming

Nigel Farage, the self-declared “pantomime villain” of Brexit, is leaving his favorite theater – the European Union’s parliament in Strasbourg – this week with a sense of mission accomplished.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Spain: Chemical plant explosion kills 1, injures at least 9

A massive explosion at a petrochemical plant in northeastern Spain killed one person and gravely injured at least six others Tuesday, regional authorities said.


Mexico can’t sell presidential jet, tries odd sales pitches

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has made selling off the luxurious presidential jet a centerpiece of his austerity program, but there’s just one problem: Nobody, it seems, wants to …


Big Ben, big bucks: Brexit bell plan hits financial hurdle

Will Big Ben bong for Brexit? Not unless British taxpayers cough up the bucks.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Iran announces arrests over downing of plane that killed 176

Iran said Tuesday that authorities have made arrests for the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger plane, which killed all 176 people on board and set off protests in the …


Lawyers on strike too, as French pension resistance rages on

In France, even lawyers go on strike. Magistrates draped their black robes on the staircase leading to Lyon’s main courthouse Monday to protest the government’s plans to end the special …


Pakistan court overturns death penalty for ex-president

A Pakistani court on Monday overturned the death sentence given to the country’s ex-military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, a former close U.S. ally in the war against terror.


Russia hosts Libya’s rival leaders amid peace summit plans

Libya’s rival leaders were in Moscow Monday for talks as part of a joint Russian and Turkish mediation to bring an end to the country’s long-running civil war.


Queen agrees to let Harry, Meghan move part-time to Canada

Queen Elizabeth II said Monday that she has agreed to grant Prince Harry and Meghan their wish for a more independent life that will see them move part-time to Canada.


For decades Iranians have risen up, only to be put down

The demonstrations that erupted after Iran admitted to accidentally shooting down a passenger plane during a tense standoff with the United States last week are the latest of several waves …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 12, 2020

Australia turns from defense to offense in wildfire battle

Crews battling Australia’s wildfires say they have been able to turn from defense to offense for the first time in weeks thanks to a break in the weather.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 12, 2020

Lava gushes from Philippine volcano as ash spreads to Manila

Red-hot lava is gushing out of a Philippine volcano after a sudden eruption of ash and steam that forced villagers to flee and shut down Manila’s airport, offices and schools.