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Taliban officials: 3 Taliban in Qatar for prisoner swap

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 11:07pm

Taliban officials have told The Associated Press that three Taliban prisoners released by Kabul have been flown to Qatar for a swap for an American and an Australian hostage held by the insurgents.

Taliban officials tell AP that 3 released Taliban commanders arrived in Qatar for swap for American, Australian hostage

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 10:58pm

Taliban officials tell AP that 3 released Taliban commanders arrived in Qatar for swap for American, Australian hostage.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 12:40 a.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 10:40pm

Two top national security aides who listened to President Donald Trump’s call with Ukraine are preparing to testify in the impeachment hearings as Americans hear from those closest to the White House. Scheduled to testify publicly Tuesday morning are an Army officer at the National Security Council, and his counterpart in Vice President Mike Pence’s office. Both have said they had concerns about Trump’s call.

Ex-PM Sharif leaves Pakistan for medical treatment in London

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 10:35pm

Pakistan’s ailing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was convicted of corruption, has left the country and is traveling to London for medical treatment.

Smoke shrouds Sydney’s skyline as wildfires burn nearby

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 9:08pm

Thick smoke from wildfires has shrouded Sydney and its surrounding areas with health experts warning residents with medical conditions to remain indoors.

The Latest: China appoints new police chief in Hong Kong

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 8:45pm

The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local):

Britain’s Prince Charles meets New Zealand leader, public

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 8:10pm

Prince Charles met with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and later joined wife Camilla to greet people along the Auckland waterfront.

100 protesters surrounded by police at Hong Kong university

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 7:25pm

About 100 anti-government protesters remained holed up at a Hong Kong university Tuesday as a police siege of the campus entered its third day.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says about 600 protesters have left university campus surrounded by police, about 100 remain

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 7:18pm

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says about 600 protesters have left university campus surrounded by police, about 100 remain.

N. Korea snubs US move to postpone military drill with South

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 7:12pm

North Korea said Tuesday it won’t consider a recent U.S. decision to postpone a joint military exercise with South Korea a concession that can bring the North back to nuclear talks.

12 missing from South Korean fishing boat burned by fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 7:07pm

South Korea’s coast guard says 12 people are missing from a fishing boat that caught fire in waters near the southern island of Jeju.

Chilean leader acknowledges excess force used in protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 4:20pm

Chile’s president is still struggling to bring calm to the streets one month into a potent protest movement that has dramatically altered the political landscape of the South American nation.

Colombia church massacre victims ID’d with DNA put to rest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 3:06pm

Relatives of those killed in a Colombia massacre are putting their loved ones to rest nearly two decades after the attack – while also warning the government hasn’t done enough to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again.

At least 4 wounded by gunshots during protest in Haiti

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 2:32pm

At least four people were shot and wounded during a small protest in Haiti’s capital after a speech by embattled President Jovenel Moise.

UN envoy: Libya peace possible if outside interference ends

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 1:28pm

An agreement between Libya’s warring parties to end their conflict is possible, but only if all Libyans reject outside interference, the U.N. envoy for the oil-rich North African nation said Monday.

Venezuelan opposition struggling for momentum against Maduro

Scott Smith and Jorge Rueda, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 12:21pm

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó is struggling to draw protesters into Venezuela’s streets just days after calling for daily demonstrations to drive President Nicolás Maduro from power, trying to reignite a movement he started early this year.

UN expert: 100,000 kids in migration-related detention in US

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 12:08pm

An independent expert working with the U.N. human rights office estimates that over 100,000 children are being held in migration-related detention in the United States.

Nicaragua files weapons charges against opposition activists

Gabriela Selser, Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 11:22am

Sixteen Nicaraguan opposition activists, including 13 social leaders who were arrested as they tried to deliver water to hunger strikers protesting the jailing of relatives they say are political prisoners, were charged Monday with allegedly transporting weapons.

Dutch court sentences Pakistani of threat to kill Wilders

The Associated Press  |  Posted Nov 18th - 11:13am

A Dutch court sentenced a Pakistani man Monday to 10 years in prison for plotting a terror attack on anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders.