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Storm forecast to become hurricane far out in east Pacific

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 10:01pm

A strengthening tropical storm is swirling out in the eastern Pacific, while another named storm is moving across the open Atlantic. Neither Tropical storm Lane in the Pacific nor Subtropical storm Ernesto in the Atlantic poses any immediate threat to land.

Exiled jurists symbolically sentence Maduro to 18 years

Cesar Garcia, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 5:29pm

A panel of self-exiled Venezuelan judges holding a symbolic trial found President Nicolas Maduro guilty of corruption Wednesday and sentenced him to more than 18 years in prison.

Official: British PM to visit Kenya in first visit to Africa

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 2:43pm

Kenya's foreign minister says British Prime Minister Theresa May will visit the country at the end of the month, in her first visit to Africa since becoming head of the U.K. government in July 2016.

In defiant act, Brazil party registers Lula for president

Mauricio Savarese and Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 2:33pm

The Workers' Party registered jailed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as its candidate for president Wednesday, attempting to muscle him into the race to lead Latin America's largest nation and forcing a showdown with Brazilian electoral authorities.

3 kids heading on summer vacations among Italy bridge dead

Simone Somekh, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 1:13pm

Authorities in Italy, France and Albania have confirmed their citizens are among the 39 victims of Tuesday's highway bridge collapse in Genoa. They include three children, traveling with their respective families on summer holidays. Here are some of their stories:

British Columbia declares state of emergency over wildfires

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 12:47pm

The Canadian province of British Columbia has declared a state of emergency due to hundreds of wildfires burning across the Pacific Coast province.

Illegal border crossings in Canada rise from June to July

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 12:40pm

The number of border crossers entering Canada illegally from the U.S. rose from June to July, but remained sharply below the pace of last summer.

Palestinian president lashes out at US over Gaza situation

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 12:18pm

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has lashed out at the United States over its proposals to alleviate the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza.

A partial list of victims in the Genoa bridge collapse

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 10:43am

A partial list of the 39 people who died in the collapse of the Genoa highway bridge on Tuesday. Italian officials have released the names of 21 citizens whose identities have been confirmed and families informed. Four French citizens and two Albanians also were confirmed dead.

New president takes over in Paraguay, vows to cut poverty

Pedro Servin, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 10:39am

Mario Abdo Benitez took over as Paraguay's new president on Wednesday, replacing a seemingly disgruntled Horacio Cartes, who left the inauguration ceremony before it finished.

US official says UAE paid Yemen tribes to push al-Qaida out

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 10:38am

A senior U.S. official acknowledged Wednesday that the United Arab Emirates had paid money to tribal leaders in Yemen to rout al-Qaida militants from their strongholds in the war-torn county.

Russia says it's trying to help Syrian refugees' return home

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 10:30am

The Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday it is coordinating efforts to help Syrian refugees return home and rebuild the country's infrastructure destroyed by the civil war.

Israel: No criminal action in deadly Gaza 2014 war incident

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 10:14am

The Israeli military said on Wednesday its investigation into one of the bloodiest incidents of the 2014 war in the Gaza Strip found no criminal wrongdoing by Israeli forces and there were no grounds to prosecute any troops.

UK arrests Romanian who is one of Europe's most wanted men

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 9:42am

Britain's National Crime Agency says it has arrested one of Europe's most wanted men, nabbing the suspected head of a Romanian organized crime network.

Mattis says US will work more closely with Argentina

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 9:35am

The U.S. and Argentinian militaries will pursue closer cooperation on numerous fronts, including military education and training, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday after meeting with his counterpart during the first visit to Argentina by an American defense chief in 13 years.

Flash flood sweeps away 11 picnickers in India

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 9:34am

At least 11 people were swept away by a flash flood while picnicking at a waterfall in central India on Wednesday, an official said.

Unified Korean women's basketball team wins at Asian Games

Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 9:34am

Three North Korean basketball players were part of a unified Korean women's basketball team that defeated Indonesia 108-40 on Wednesday at the Asian Games.

Publisher John Calder, champion of edgy authors, dies at 91

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 9:22am

Influential publisher John Calder, who championed avant-garde authors and battled censorship, has died, a colleague said Wednesday. He was 91.

Forgotten remnant of Berlin Wall found in central district

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 15th - 9:00am

A local official has discovered a forgotten remnant of the Berlin Wall close to the new headquarters of Germany's foreign intelligence service. It's the second long-lost piece of the barrier to be identified and given protected status this year.