Australian leader calls China’s graphic tweet ‘repugnant’

November 30, 2020

Australia’s prime minister says a Chinese official’s tweet showing a fake image of an Australian soldier appearing to slit a child’s throat is “truly repugnant” and merits an apology…

Report alleges Burundian refugees were disappeared, tortured

November 30, 2020

The men kicked down the door well before dawn…

Brazil’s Bolsonaro suffers wave of defeats in mayoral races

November 30, 2020

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro suffered heavy losses in mayoral elections that were completed with 57 runoffs on Sunday…

Cardinal’s prison dairy explores suffering, solitary lockup

November 30, 2020

Cardinal George Pell, who was convicted and then acquitted of sexual abuse in his native Australia, reflects on Pope Francis’ papacy and the humiliations of solitary confinement in his jailhouse memoir…

The assassination of top Iranian nuclear scientist raises the stakes for Biden

November 30, 2020

Both in Washington and Tehran, the room for maneuver may be shrinking.…

Asian stocks gain on stronger Chinese factory data

November 30, 2020

Asian stocks are higher after Chinese manufacturing improved, South Korea reported stronger exports and Australia’s central bank left its benchmark lending rate at a record low…

NATO mulls Afghan dilemma as US draws down, attacks mount

November 30, 2020

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the military alliance is grappling with a dilemma over its future in Afghanistan, as the United States starts pulling troops out while violence mounts…

Report: EU greenhouse gas emissions down 24% since 1990

November 30, 2020

Greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union have been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels, according to the bloc’s annual climate report…

New Zealand joins Australia in denouncing China’s tweet

November 30, 2020

New Zealand has joined Australia in denouncing a tweet posted by a Chinese official that shows a fake image of a grinning Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to a child’s throat…

Olympic rings back in Tokyo Bay; a sign of hope in pandemic

November 30, 2020

The five Olympic rings are back in Tokyo Bay…

Red Cross chief urges vaccine ‘fake news’ fight

November 30, 2020

The head of the world’s largest humanitarian network is urging governments and institutions to combat “fake news” about COVID-19 vaccines, which has become “a second pandemic…

As Iran buries slain nuclear scientist, leaders promise revenge and no negotiations with the West

November 30, 2020

Faced with an embarrassing security failure, Iran’s leaders may be under pressure to respond to the killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.…

‘World’s loneliest elephant’ arrives safely in Cambodia

November 30, 2020

The pachyderm dubbed the “world’s loneliest elephant” after languishing alone for years in a Pakistani zoo was greeted on his arrival in Cambodia by chanting Buddhist monks and is now on his way to a wildlife sanctuary…

The debate now is not whether Israel killed Iran’s top nuclear scientist, but why

November 30, 2020

The killing of Iran’s top nuclear physicist, which many blame on Israel, raises questions of motive and timing.…

Charity says shelling kills 11 civilians in Yemen’s Hodeida

November 30, 2020

Artillery fire has killed at least 11 civilians, including four children, near Yemen’s strategic port city of Hodeida amid that country’s grinding war…

Dance hall outbreak takes Hong Kong’s coronavirus fight two steps back

November 30, 2020

A growing cluster of infections linked to dance halls frequented by middle-aged women and their young dance instructors has prompted tight restrictions in the city.…

Britain races to become the first Western country to approve a coronavirus vaccine

November 30, 2020

Hope persist despite questions about Oxford’s vaccine candidate.…

Israel-Lebanon maritime border talks postponed

November 30, 2020

Israel and Lebanon’s negotiations over their disputed maritime borders that were scheduled to take place have been postponed…

Agnes Chow, revered in Japan as the ‘goddess of democracy,’ faces prison in Hong Kong

November 30, 2020

The activist’s plight has helped draw attention to Hong Kong’s struggle, but there’s little sign of a firmer approach from Tokyo.…

Chinese official fuels outrage with doctored image depicting Australian soldier cutting Afghan child’s throat

November 30, 2020

Australia’s leader demanded an apology from Beijing, as relations between the countries plumb new depths.…

‘Stop the madness,’ Tigray leader urges Ethiopia’s PM

November 30, 2020

The fugitive leader of Ethiopia’s defiant Tigray region is calling on Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to “stop the madness” and withdraw troops from the region as he asserted that fighting continues “on every front” two days after Abiy declared victory…

Deni Avdija is ‘the greatest talent in Israeli basketball history.’ But is he ready for the NBA?

November 30, 2020

Is chipper Deni Avdija — with the patchy goatee, a devotion to family game nights and an aversion to controversy — ready to join the Washington Wizards and play in today’s NBA?…

Explosions in 3 Malian cities amid jihadist attacks

November 30, 2020

Three cities in northern Mali were hit by simultaneous attacks on Monday against military camps housing international forces, according to residents and a United Nations official…

New Zealand files 13 safety charges after volcano killed 22

November 30, 2020

New Zealand authorities have filed safety violation charges against 10 organizations and three individuals after a volcanic eruption at White Island last year killed 22 people…

Pro-Kremlin TV ridicules Obama with blackface skit

November 30, 2020

The roughly 90-second segment features a conversation between the actor posing as Obama and the show’s host, Tigran Keosayan.…

‘I’ve got you, babe’: How Cher helped save the world’s loneliest elephant

November 30, 2020

Kaavan has been freed from a notorious zoo in Pakistan and will begin a new life in Cambodia.…

Four French police officers charged in brutal beating of Black music producer

November 30, 2020

The incident comes amid a national debate about the value of filming officers on active duty.…

Militants massacre at least 110 civilians on Nigerian rice farms

November 30, 2020

Borno state has grappled with a relentless insurgency for more than a decade.…

Center-right mayor faces socialist in Brazilian metropolis

November 29, 2020

The mayor of the largest city in the Americas is trying to fend off a reelection challenge from the socialist leader of a squatters movement…

AP Interview: HK lawmaker says democracy fight needs rethink

November 29, 2020

After nearly three decades in politics, the chairman of Hong Kong’s largest pro-democracy party is stepping down…

Thai pro-democracy protesters rally outside army base

November 29, 2020

Thailand’s indefatigable pro-democracy activists have taken to Bangkok’s streets again, this time to protest the army as they push forward with their campaign for sweeping reforms, including to the nation’s monarchy…

Thai pro-democracy protesters rally outside army base

November 29, 2020

Thailand’s indefatigable pro-democracy activists have taken to Bangkok’s streets again, this time to protest the army as they push forward with their campaign for sweeping reforms, including to the nation’s monarchy…

Biden chooses an all-female senior White House press team

November 29, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden will have an all-female communications team at his White House, led by campaign communications director Kate Bedingfield…

Sri Lankan prison riot leaves 6 inmates dead, 35 injured

November 29, 2020

Sri Lankan officials say six inmates were killed and 35 others were injured when guards opened fire to control a riot at a prison on the outskirts of the capital…

Center-right mayor beats socialist in Brazil’s biggest city

November 29, 2020

The mayor of the largest city in the Americas has easily fended off a reelection challenge from the socialist leader of a squatters movement as 57 Brazilian cities held runoff elections…

Police search home and office of Maradona’s doctor in death investigation

November 29, 2020

Investigators seized medical records, cellphones and computers. Neurosurgeon Leopoldo Luque said he was not responsible for the soccer star’s unexpected death.…

Japan and South Korea see surge of suicides among young women, raising new questions about pandemic stress

November 29, 2020

There are no comprehensive studies of suicide rates and lockdowns, but the data from East Asia has added to the debate.…

Turkey’s military campaign beyond its borders is powered by homemade armed drones

November 29, 2020

Drones helped shift Libya’s civil war in Turkey’s favor and aided Azerbaijan, Ankara’s ally, in prevailing over Armenian forces.…

Mexico charges ex-security chief who faces trial in US

November 29, 2020

Mexican officials say they want to prosecute former security chief Genaro Gará Luna in his own country, despite the fact he faces trial in the U.S. for allegedly protecting a drug gang…

Car bombing at Afghan base kills at least 30

November 29, 2020

Violence has been on the rise despite peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.…

Iran newspaper: Strike Haifa if Israel killed scientist

November 29, 2020

An opinion piece published by a hard-line Iranian newspaper has suggested that Iran must attack the Israeli port city of Haifa, if Israel carried out the killing of a scientist who founded the Islamic Republic’s military nuclear program in the early 2000s…

UN: Ethiopia’s victory claim doesn’t mean war is finished

November 29, 2020

The United Nations refugee chief says Ethiopia’s announcement that it has completed its military offensive in its defiant Tigray region “does not mean the conflict is finished.”…

1 inmate dead, 3 wounded in Sri Lanka prison riot

November 29, 2020

Officials say at least one inmate has been killed and three others injured when inmates clashed with prison officers Sunday at a facility on the outskirt of the capital Colombo…

North Korea toughens rules of entry to sea to fight virus

November 28, 2020

North Korea says it’s further toughening restrictions on entering seawaters as part of elevated steps to fight the coronavirus pandemic, two days after South Korea said the North had banned sea fishing…

Wilton Gregory becomes first Black American cardinal — after three coronavirus tests and a quarantine

November 28, 2020

Amid the pandemic, the Vatican’s ceremony to elevate new cardinals had less pomp and more rules.…

Hong Kong leader says she has ‘piles of cash at home,’ no bank account, due to U.S. sanctions

November 28, 2020

“The government is paying me cash for my salary because I don’t have a bank account,” Lam said Friday.…

Pope elevates 13 new cardinals then puts them in their place

November 28, 2020

Pope Francis has raised 13 new cardinals to the highest rank in the Catholic hierarchy during a formal ceremony marked from beginning to end by the coronavirus pandemic…

Pope elevating 13 new cardinals in ceremony marked by COVID

November 28, 2020

Pope Francis is formally elevating 13 new cardinals in a ceremony marked in every way by the coronavirus pandemic…

AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts military role in vaccines

November 28, 2020

From the get-go, President Donald Trump has suggested that the military would be central in developing, producing and distributing vaccines for the pandemic…

French protesters decry bill outlawing use of police images

November 28, 2020

Tens of thousands of critics of a proposed security law that would restrict sharing images of police have participating in protests across France…