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BEIJING (AP) — A former employee of the British Consulate in Hong Kong says he was detained and tortured by Chinese secret police trying to extract information about massive anti-government protests in the territory.Simon Cheng said in an online statement and media interviews that he was …
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister urged calm on Wednesday as millions of citizens held a referendum on whether to create a new regional state along ethnic lines.The Sidama referendum “is an expression of the democratization path …
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Twenty-two farmers were arrested in northern India on Wednesday for burning stubbles and causing some of the worst air pollution in the country, a government official said.Those arrested in Uttar Pradesh state’s Pilibhit district face charges of disobeying a ban …
TOKYO (AP) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made history Wednesday by becoming Japan’s longest-serving political leader, though he hasn’t achieved his biggest goal of revising the nation’s pacifist constitution.Abe marked his 2,887th day in office, surpassing Taro Katsura …
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military said it struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria on Wednesday, carrying out a “wide-scale” strike in response to rocket fire on the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights the day before.A Britain-based war monitoring group said the Israeli …
CHATILLON, France (AP) — Celebration is the mot du jour in France’s Beaujolais region on the third Thursday of November, when winemakers and sellers uncork the season’s Beaujolais Nouveau with feasting and fanfare.But considerable uncertainty is clouding this year’s …
BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO foreign ministers are gathering in Brussels to prepare a leaders’ summit in two weeks amid tensions over French President Emmanuel Macron’s complaints about the “brain death” of the alliance.France says it’s concerned about a lack of …
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that the maverick leader of a new political party that finished third in a general election in March violated election laws and cannot keep his seat in Parliament.The court said Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, leader of the …
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Police in Malta have arrested a businessman on a yacht as it tried to leave Maltese waters.The yacht was intercepted on a course for Sicily by the Maltese military early Wednesday and forced back to port.Authorities arrested prominent businessman Yorgen Fenech. No …
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police with riot gear fired tear gas and struck people who gathered on Wednesday to hear a speech by the country’s top opposition leader.Dozens of people ran and dodged baton blows in the capital, Harare. Officers cordoned off the Movement for …
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the situation in the Mideast following latest Israeli airstrikes in Syria (all times local):9:25 a.m.A war monitoring group says Israeli airstrikes in Syria early this morning killed 11 people, including seven non-Syrians who are most likely Iranians.The …
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Sebastien has strengthened in the Atlantic but is expected to stay over open waters.The storm’s maximum sustained winds Wednesday are 50 mph (80 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says some slight strengthening is possible over the next 48 hours but …
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The insect-eaten money fluttered in pieces to the floor. For global music star Angelique Kidjo, that image of her grandmother having to use a closet as a bank is driving her desire to see African women leap the many obstacles to obtaining credit — and respect.The …
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo prosecutors have filed terrorism charges against two people suspected of supporting or fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria.A prosecutors’ statement Tuesday said they had accused a woman, identified only as F.Z., as fighting with the Islamic …
BEIJING (AP) — Shares retreated Wednesday in Europe and Asia after the U.S. Senate passed a resolution supporting human rights in Hong Kong following months of increasingly violent protests.The resolution has added to worries over prospects for Beijing and Washington to resolve a tariff war …
BERLIN (AP) — The son of former German president Richard von Weizsaecker was stabbed to death while he was giving a lecture at a hospital in Berlin where he worked as a head physician, police said Wednesday.A 57-year-old man is in custody after a man jumped up from the audience at the …
NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s home minister said Wednesday that normalcy has returned in most areas in Indian-controlled Kashmir but the detention of politicians and the blockade of the internet and social media were continuing because of security concerns.Home Minister Amit Shah said …
LONDON (AP) — Britain's Conservative Party has been accused of trying to deceive voters by changing the name of its press office Twitter channel to “factcheckUK” during Tuesday's night's debate between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn.Twitter …
BERLIN (AP) — Austrian authorities say the house where Adolf Hitler was born in 1889 will become a police precinct, ending years of uncertainty over the building that’s become a pilgrimage site for people who glorify the Nazi dictator.Interior Minister Wolfgang Peschorn said late …
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the United States is providing Vietnam with a surplus American ship for its coast guard.Esper made the announcement during a speech Wednesday at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, a government university in Hanoi. He said it would …

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