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The Latest: Aid group IDs British victim in Kenya attack

Jan. 16, 2019 11:32 AM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The Latest on the extremist attack on a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya (all times local): 7:30 p.m. The British aid group Gatsby says its Africa programs director is among those killed in the attack in Kenya's capital. A statement says the group is "shocked and saddened" to confirm...

Model who said she has dirt on Russian oligarch speaks out

Jan. 16, 2019 9:39 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — An imprisoned model from Belarus who claimed last year that she had evidence of Russian involvement in helping elect Donald Trump president has told Russian media that she can't wait to be released. Anastasia Vashukevich who has been in a Thai prison since February last year was given a...

World stocks rise but Britain slips on Brexit limbo

Jan. 16, 2019 7:30 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — World stock markets mostly rose on Wednesday, but fell in Britain, as investors reacted to the parliamentary defeat of British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for leaving the European Union. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, Germany's DAX rose less than 0.1 percent to 10,892 and France's CAC 40...

Malaysia's 2018 auto sales rebounded, flat growth seen

Jan. 16, 2019 6:40 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — New vehicle sales in Malaysia rebounded last year after two straight years of contraction, thanks to a three-month tax holiday, but growth is likely to remain flat this year amid uncertainties over government policies, an automotive group said Wednesday. The Malaysian...

Malaysia says it won't host any more events involving Israel

Jan. 16, 2019 5:22 AM EST

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's foreign minister said Wednesday that the government will not budge over a ban on Israeli athletes in a para swimming competition and has decided that the country will not host any events in the future involving Israel. Malaysia, a strong supporter of the Palestinian...

2 Cambodian opposition politicians get bans dropped

Jan. 16, 2019 3:43 AM EST

PHNON PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A veteran Cambodian politician and his son on Wednesday became the first among 118 opposition members banned from politics for five years to have the restriction lifted. Kong Korm and his son, Kong Bora, had their bans lifted when Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni signed a royal...

Philippines arrests, hands over to China corruption fugitive

Jan. 16, 2019 12:48 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials have turned over to China a former government official wanted for alleged economic crime and corruption. Xie Haojie (SHEE'-ye hao-JEE'-ye) was arrested on Sunday in Manila in an operation coordinated with Chinese authorities. The 49-year-old is wanted back...

Asian stocks mixed on poor Japanese data, growth fears

Jan. 15, 2019 11:20 PM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were mixed on Wednesday as poor Japanese data and worries about global growth put a damper on trading. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 index slipped 0.6 percent to 20,430.73 while South Korea's Kospi added 0.3 percent to 2,102.45. Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.3 percent to...

Breakfast with Manny Pacquiao on a rainy day in LA

Jan. 15, 2019 5:26 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Breakfast at Manny Pacquiao's house began with a silent prayer, followed by more silence around the big dining room table as his massive entourage waited for the fighter to take the first bite. On the morning menu in the Hancock Park house were steaming plates of rice, topped with slices...

Belarus model arrested for Thai sex seminar pleads guilty

Jan. 15, 2019 8:41 AM EST

PATTAYA, Thailand (AP) — A model from Belarus who claimed last year that she had evidence of Russian involvement in helping elect Donald Trump president pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Thai court in a case related to holding a sex training seminar and will be deported. A lawyer representing Vashukevich said...