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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 10:40pm

Two different votes are set in the Republican-controlled Senate with the aim to end the partial government shutdown. One vote Thursday will be on a bill reflecting President Donald Trump's demand for border wall funding in exchange for temporary protections for some immigrants. A second vote is set for a measure already passed by the Democratic-controlled House to reopen the government through Feb. 8. It doesn't allow money for a border wall but gives bargainers more time to talk.

Venezuela's invigorated opposition take streets in key test

Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 10:03pm

Venezuela's re-invigorated opposition faces a crucial test Wednesday as it seeks to fill streets nationwide with protesters in an appeal to the military and the poor to shift loyalties that until recently looked solidly behind President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government.

Landslide, flooding from dam kill 6 in central Indonesia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 9:38pm

Torrential rains that overwhelmed a dam and caused a landslide have killed 6 people and displaced hundreds in the central Indonesian district of Gowa, an official said Wednesday.

Australia asks about dual citizen reported missing in China

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 8:37pm

The Australian government said on Wednesday it is seeking information about a Chinese-Australian writer who has been reported missing in China.

A look at Malaysia's monarchy before sultans pick next king

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 7:13pm

After stripping Malaysia's royal families of some of their powers during his 22-year stint as prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad almost didn't make it to the premiership a second time.

UN envoy: No access for UN peacekeepers to Lebanon tunnels

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 2:36pm

The United Nations' envoy to the Mideast said Tuesday that peacekeepers in Lebanon have not been given access to tunnels stretching into Israel, which U.N. officials say violate a case-fire resolution that ended a devastating war between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006.

ELN negotiator denies advance knowledge of Colombia attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 2:29pm

The head negotiator for Colombia's rebel National Liberation Army is denying advance knowledge of a bombing attack on a police academy that killed 21 people last week and is demanding that the Colombian government allow negotiators to return safely from Cuba.

US: Upcoming Mideast conference not aimed at demonizing Iran

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 12:33pm

The United States said Tuesday an international conference next month to promote peace and stability in the Middle East is not aimed at demonizing Iran, which has denounced the gathering as America's anti-Iran "circus."

Iran summons Swiss envoy over detention of US-born TV anchor

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 11:49am

Iran's Foreign Ministry has summoned the Swiss envoy in Tehran over the "illegal" detention of an American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television.

Italy's Salvini lashes out at Macron as 'terrible president'

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 11:47am

Italy's interior minister on Tuesday called the French leader Emmanuel Macron "a terrible president," in comments that were sure to further add to tensions with Italy's trans-Alpine neighbour over immigration.

German prosecutors drop decades-old Chilean murder case

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 11:03am

German prosecutors say they've dropped their investigation into possible accessory to murder charges against a man for a crime allegedly committed in a secretive German colony in Chile more than four decades ago.

France: Ex-champ swimmer admits 'shame' at child rape trial

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 10:19am

A court in southwest France heard on Tuesday how a French former swimming champion who went on to manage one of France's most successful ice hockey teams wormed his way into the trust of admiring families to sexually abuse their children.

Bolivia's Morales marks 13 years in power, seeks new term

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 10:05am

Bolivian President Evo Morales celebrated his 13 years in office on Tuesday amid controversy over whether he should be allowed to run again for the presidency.

Death toll in Mexico pipeline fire rises to 93

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 10:00am

The death toll in a massive fire at an illegally tapped pipeline in Mexico rose to 93 on Tuesday after four more injured people died at hospitals.

Pakistan probe finds police wrongly killed couple, daughter

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 9:20am

A provincial minister says five police officers have been charged with murder after a probe into a weekend shootout concluded that three people were wrongly killed in a botched operation on a highway.

Puerto Rico leaders meet to fight rise in brazen violence

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 8:58am

Hundreds of government officials and community leaders met in Puerto Rico's capital on Tuesday to brainstorm ways to fight drug trafficking and other crimes as the U.S. territory faces a dwindling police force and an increase in brazen daylight violence.

Greek police seize big hoard of allegedly looted antiquities

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 8:53am

Greek police have confiscated over a hundred antiquities allegedly excavated by grave robbers and arrested a man suspected of trying to sell them for 600,000 euros ($682,000).

Lagerfeld does not appear at Chanel show due to being tired

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 8:41am

Chanel's octogenarian designer Karl Lagerfeld, who has looked increasingly frail in recent seasons, did not come out to take a bow at the house's couture show in Paris, something the company attributed to him being tired.

Italy senator apologizes for tweet citing anti-Semitic text

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 8:30am

A senator with Italy's governing 5-Star Movement has apologized for a tweet citing a century-old anti-Semitic conspiracy theory, which he later deleted.