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Southeast Asian navies to hold drills with China next week

Oct. 19, 2018 3:35 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Southeast Asian navies are heading to their first joint exercises with China in its southern waters next week, and defense officials agreed Friday to conduct a similar drill with the U.S. next year. Singapore's Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said the drills next week in waters surrounding...

The Latest: Pakistan closes Afghanistan border crossings

Oct. 19, 2018 3:30 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Latest on the situation in Afghanistan ahead of the country's parliamentary election on Saturday (all times local): 11:50 a.m. Pakistan's two official border crossings with Afghanistan have closed for two days at the request of the government in Kabul, worried about the...

Rwanda names 50 percent female Cabinet, following Ethiopia

Oct. 19, 2018 3:20 AM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Two days after Ethiopia announced one of the world's few "gender-balanced" Cabinets with 50 percent women, Rwanda has done the same. The East African nation late Thursday announced that women now make up half of the slimmed-down, 26-seat Cabinet. Rwanda joins a handful of countries,...

Indian temple priests turn back women, defying court ruling

Oct. 19, 2018 3:19 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Dozens of Hindu priests on Friday joined conservative protesters to block women of menstruating age from one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, defying a ruling from India's top court to let them enter. The priests threatened to stop rituals and prayers in hillock Sabarimala...

Prince Harry raises Invictus Games flag over Sydney Harbor

Oct. 19, 2018 3:00 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Prince Harry has scaled the Sydney Harbor Bridge to raise a flag marking the arrival of the Invictus Games, his brainchild and the focus of his current royal tour of Australia and the South Pacific. The sporting event, founded by Harry in 2014, starts on Saturday. It gives sick and injured...

Afghans set to vote despite Taliban threats, corruption

Oct. 19, 2018 2:44 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans will return to the polls for parliamentary elections on Saturday, hoping to bring change to a corrupt government that has lost nearly half the country to the Taliban. In the eight years since Afghanistan last held parliamentary elections, a resurgent Taliban have carried...

Far from fame, poverty blossoms in 'forgotten California'

Oct. 19, 2018 2:43 AM EDT

HURON, Calif. (AP) — A rooster signals the start of the day as workers wearing sombreros and ball caps emerge from the shadows and shuffle past boarded-up businesses in this tiny farm town. They converge on a dimly lit dirt lot outside Panaderia de Dios, a bakery sweetening the air with the aroma of...

Far from fame, poverty blossoms in 'forgotten California'

Oct. 19, 2018 2:42 AM EDT

HURON, Calif. (AP) — A rooster signals the start of the day as workers wearing sombreros emerge from the shadows and shuffle past boarded-up businesses in this tiny farm town. They converge on a dimly lit dirt lot outside Panaderia de Dios, a bakery sweetening the air with the aroma of Mexican cookies and...

China says ex-Internet czar on trial over corruption charges

Oct. 19, 2018 2:34 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China's former internet censor, who once held high-profile meetings with industry leaders such as Apple chief executive Tim Cook and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, was standing trial Friday on corruption allegations, state media reported. Lu Wei is accused of accepting 32 million yuan...

A look at Afghanistan's parliamentary elections on Saturday

Oct. 19, 2018 2:18 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan is holding parliamentary elections on Saturday despite deep security concerns and ongoing fighting in as many as 20 out of the country's 34 provinces. The vote comes amid a particularly vicious campaign by the Taliban and the Islamic State group, which have been...