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Poland searches for 5 missing after deadly lightning storm

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 3:59am

Rescuers in Poland say they are searching for five people who are missing after a deadly thunderstorm with multiple lightning strikes hit the Tatra Mountains, killing five people and injuring over 150.

Polish rescue workers say 5 people still missing in lightning storm that killed 5, injured over 150

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 3:53am

Polish rescue workers say 5 people still missing in lightning storm that killed 5, injured over 150.

China criticizes Australian move to close language schools

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 3:47am

China is criticizing a decision by the government of Australia's New South Wales state to close more than a dozen Chinese-sponsored language programs in more than a dozen public schools over political concerns.

Baltics mark 30th anniversary of key anti-Soviet protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 3:46am

Estonia's prime minister says one should never forget the 1989 "Baltic Way" in which nearly 2 million people of then-Soviet Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia formed a human chain more than 600 kilometers (370 miles) long to protest Soviet occupation.

Young dugong dies in Thailand in blow for vulnerable species

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 3:42am

Marine resources officials in Thailand say an ailing 5-month-old dugong has died during surgery, just days after the much-publicized death of another dugong from what biologists believe was a combination of shock and ingesting plastic waste.

Security in Kashmir tightened following call for march

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 3:32am

Authorities have intensified patrols in the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir after posters appeared calling for a public march to a United Nations office to protest New Delhi's tightened grip on the disputed region.

Syrian TV: Troops in control of northern Hama countryside

Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 3:26am

Syrian President Bashar Assad's troops seized control of a string of villages in the northern countryside of Hama province, completing their takeover of the formerly rebel-held region just south of Idlib province for the first time since 2012, Syrian state TV and a war monitoring group said Friday.

Yemeni government forces rout separatists from southern city

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 2:59am

Yemeni security officials say forces loyal to the country's internationally recognized government have taken full control of a key southern city after overnight clashes with separatists.

Russian opposition leader Navalny released from jail

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 2:46am

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released on Friday after spending a month in jail for calling for an unsanctioned protest.

3 Israelis seriously wounded in West Bank explosion

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 2:33am

Israeli paramedics say three Israelis have been seriously wounded in an explosion near a West Bank settlement.

US officials confirm Israeli strike in Iraq

Lolita Baldor and Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 23rd - 1:38am

U.S. officials have confirmed that Israel was responsible for the bombing of an Iranian weapons depot in Iraq last month, an attack that would mark a significant escalation in Israel's years-long campaign against Iranian military entrenchment across the region.

Sri Lanka attacks boost feared ex-official's bid for power

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 11:14pm

He is a feared former defense official accused of condoning rape, torture and shadowy disappearances of critics, but to many Sri Lankans, the opposition's presidential candidate is the best choice to protect the South Asian island nation after attacks that killed over 250 people this year.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 5:45 a.m. EDT

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

Democratic presidential candidates who have staked out the boldest positions on health care in the 2020 campaign may have a problem. It seems most voters are more cautious in how they want to see health care changed. "Medicare for All" remains hugely popular, but in a recent poll, majorities of Democratic liberals and moderates said they would prefer to build on "Obamacare" to expand coverage. This could put progressive candidates who favor dramatic changes in an awkward position.

Canada halts Hong Kong consulate staff travel after UK case

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 10:26pm

Accountants in Hong Kong marched Friday in support of the pro-democracy movement, while the Canadian Consulate banned its staff from leaving the city on official business after a British Consulate employee was detained in mainland China.

UN envoy challenges Malaysia's claim to near zero poverty

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 10:13pm

A U.N. special rapporteur on Friday challenged Malaysia's claim to have nearly ended poverty, saying there was "significant poverty" with an estimated one in six people in the Southeast Asian country considered poor.

Tropical Storm Ivo peaks and not likely to become hurricane

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 10:02pm

Tropical Storm Ivo continues to move northwestward off Mexico's western coast, though it appears to have peaked in power and is no longer forecast to grow into a hurricane.

Japan leader says S. Korea ending intel deal damages trust

Kaori Hitomi, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 9:24pm

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said South Korea's decision to cancel a deal to share military intelligence, mainly on North Korea, is damaging mutual trust and vowed Friday to work closely with the U.S. for regional peace.

Japan's prime minister says South Korean decision to scrap agreement to share military intelligence damages trust.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 8:56pm

Japan's prime minister says South Korean decision to scrap agreement to share military intelligence damages trust.

North Korea foreign minister calls Pompeo 'poisonous plant'

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug 22nd - 8:05pm

North Korea's foreign minister on Friday called U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a "poisonous plant of American diplomacy" and vowed to "shutter the absurd dream" that sanctions will force a change in Pyongyang.