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Thai Red Shirt chiefs ordered to pay for 2010 arson damage

Oct. 16, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered three leaders of the Red Shirt political movement to pay 21 million baht ($691,000) compensation to business owners whose commercial buildings were set on fire at the climax of two months of aggressive street protests in 2010. The verdict on a...

The Latest: Imprisoned Catalan activist aims for amnesty law

Oct. 15, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on Catalan protests and politics (all times local): 10:20 p.m. The former head of a pro-independence group in Spain's Catalonia region says he will fight to get the European Court of Human Rights to overturn his sedition conviction and to secure amnesty from Spain. Jordi...

The Latest: Prince estate slams Trump use of 'Purple Rain'

Oct. 10, 2019 11:45 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 10 p.m. The estate of musical legend Prince is objecting to President Donald Trump's use of a Prince song before a campaign rally in Minneapolis Thursday night. The Trump campaign played Prince's "Purple Rain" as the audience at the...

Cross missing from burned historic church in Louisiana

Oct. 10, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — A large cross has disappeared from the wreckage of an African American church in Louisiana that was burned down in an arson case. News outlets report the white fiberglass cross belonged to Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Opelousas. It was one of three historic churches set ablaze in...

Wildfires destroy up to 30 homes in eastern Australia

Oct. 9, 2019 1:40 AM EDT

PERTH, Australia (AP) — About 500 firefighters were battling out-of-control wildfires in eastern Australia that have destroyed up to 30 homes. More than 40 bushfires were burning across New South Wales state. Temperatures were cooler Wednesday after strong winds and stifling heat restricted firefighting...

9-year-old charged with murder in 5 Illinois fire deaths

Oct. 9, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A 9-year-old child accused of causing a mobile home fire that killed three children and two adults in central Illinois has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder. The juvenile also was charged with two counts of arson and one count of aggravated arson, the (Peoria) Journal Star...

Hong Kong lawmakers challenge mask ban as protests persist

Oct. 5, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A group of pro-democracy Hong Kong legislators filed a legal challenge against the government's use of a colonial-era emergency law to criminalize the wearing of masks at rallies to quell anti-government demonstrations, which diminished in intensity but didn't stop. The mask ban that went...

The Latest: Gunmen attack TV offices in Baghdad amid unrest

Oct. 5, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — The Latest on anti-government protests in Iraq (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Unknown gunmen have attacked the offices of television stations in the Iraqi capital amid the unrest gripping the country. The Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel says masked gunmen who arrived in black cars wearing...

The Latest: Hong Kong lawmakers seek to block mask ban

Oct. 5, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local): 11:05 p.m. A group of pro-democracy Hong Kong legislators has filed a legal challenge against the government's use of a colonial-era emergency law to criminalize the wearing of face masks at rallies to quell anti-government...

California arson suspect also faced arson charge in Missouri

Oct. 2, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man suspected of setting more than a dozen wildfires after traveling to Northern California to attend his 50th high school reunion already faced a felony arson charge in his home state of Missouri. The Kansas City Star reports that prosecutors in Missouri allege 68-year-old...