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Airstrike on IS-held area in Eastern Syria kills 20

Jan. 18, 2019 3:46 PM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — An airstrike hit militants and civilians trying to flee the last area controlled by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria on Friday, killing at least 20, the country's state media and opposition activists reported. The airstrike on the IS-held village of Baghouz comes as the offensive...

Sudan activists: 3rd protester dies from gunshot wound

Jan. 18, 2019 2:45 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — A Sudanese protester who suffered a gunshot wound during clashes with police has died, raising to three the death toll from the violence in the capital Khartoum, activists said on Friday. They say the protester died in hospital early, a day after thousands of demonstrators demanding that the...

Police look for tie between killing of activist, another man

Jan. 18, 2019 1:33 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a Missouri man who implied on social media last month that he was involved in the killing of a community activist with a criminal record. Columbia police said they are looking into a possible connection between the deaths of 20-year-old Deonte...

Gillibrand hustles to Iowa, where potential rivals made mark

Jan. 18, 2019 1:02 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Unlike some of her potential rivals, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will be starting from scratch in early-voting Iowa when she makes her first visit as a 2020 Democratic presidential prospect on Friday. Gillibrand, who announced her intentions to run on "The Late Show with...

Thai military chief urges loyalty ahead of expected election

Jan. 18, 2019 10:22 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's military held its annual Armed Forces Day parade on Friday as the country prepares for expected elections more than four years after soldiers overthrew an elected government. Army Commander in Chief Gen. Apirat Kongsompong, who presided over the ceremony, declined last October to...

Opioid crisis brings unwanted attention to wealthy family

Jan. 17, 2019 5:50 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Sackler name is emblazoned on the walls at some of the world's great museums and universities, including the Smithsonian, the Guggenheim and Harvard. But now the family's ties to OxyContin and the painkiller's role in the deadly opioid crisis are bringing the Sacklers a new and unwanted...

Thousands protest against al-Bashir's rule across Sudan

Jan. 17, 2019 5:46 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Thursday in cities across Sudan, including the capital, where activists said two people were killed in clashes between police and protesters attempting to reach the presidential palace to demand longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir step down. The...

The Latest: Prosecutor hopes case cracks 'code of silence'

Jan. 17, 2019 5:16 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the trial of three Chicago police officers accused of trying to cover up the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald (all times local): 4:05 p.m. A prosecutor says she's disappointed by a judge's acquittal of three Chicago officers accused of trying to cover up the 2014 police...

Zimbabwe pastor faces subversion charge amid economic unrest

Jan. 17, 2019 2:02 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A prominent Zimbabwe pastor and activist who faces a possible 20 years in prison on a subversion charge said Thursday it is "heartbreaking" to see the new government acting like that of former leader Robert Mugabe, as alarm grew about a violent crackdown on people protesting a...

The Latest: UK minister summons Zimbabwe's ambassador

Jan. 17, 2019 1:33 PM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe unrest (all times local): 8:30 p.m. The UK's minister for Africa says she has summoned Zimbabwe's ambassador to discuss the country's growing crisis and "disturbing reports of use of live ammunition, intimidation and excessive force" against protesters....