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Ex-Nissan chief skips bail, flees Japan to avoid ‘injustice’

By YURI KAGEYAMA and SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Nissan's former Chairman Carlos Ghosn skipped bail while awaiting trial in Japan on allegations of financial misconduct, confounding authorities by showing up in Lebanon, where he announced Tuesday that he had fled to avoid ...

Iran-backed Iraqi militia vows revenge to US strikes

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA Associated Press BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iranian-backed Iraqi militia vowed Monday to retaliate for U.S. military strikes in Iraq and Syria that killed 25 of its fighters and wounded dozens, raising concerns of new attacks that could threaten American interests in the ...

Kim calls for measures to protect North Korea’s security

By KIM TONG-HYUNG Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for his military and diplomats to prepare unspecified "offensive measures" to protect the country's security and sovereignty, the North's state media said Monday, before his end-of-year ...

Spain: Socialists pin future government on Catalan’s release

By ARITZ PARRA Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Spain's state attorney called Monday for an imprisoned Catalan politician to be allowed to be sworn in as a member of the European Union parliament, a step that could ease the way for a center-left governing alliance to take office in the ...

China convicts 3 researchers involved in gene-edited babies

By KEN MORITSUGU Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese scientist who set off an ethical debate with claims that he had made the world's first genetically edited babies was sentenced Monday to three years in prison because of his research, state media said. He Jiankui, who was convicted ...

Pompeo to visit Ukraine as Senate weighs impeachment trial

By MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Ukraine this week, making his first trip to the country at the heart of President Donald Trump's impeachment. As the Senate weighs options for a trial, Pompeo will depart Thursday on a ...

Thousands of koalas feared dead in Australia wildfires

By TRISTAN LAVALETTE Associated Press PERTH, Australia (AP) — Thousands of koalas are feared to have died in a wildfire-ravaged area north of Sydney, further diminishing Australia's iconic marsupial, while the fire danger increased in the country's east on Saturday as temperatures ...

Trump faces raft of foreign policy challenges in new year

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump starts the new year knee-deep in daunting foreign policy challenges at the same time he'll have to deal with a likely impeachment trial in the Senate and the demands of a reelection campaign. There's still no end in ...

Drawn-out sex crimes case rattles Israel-Australia ties

By TIA GOLDENBERG Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Nicole Meyer endured years of sexual abuse allegedly at the hands of her former school principal. She's had to watch as her alleged abuser fled her residence in Australia for Israel, evaded justice for years and is now undergoing a ...

Rwanda avoids US-style opioids crisis by making own morphine

By CARA ANNA and CLAIRE GALOFARO Associated Press BUSHEKELI, Rwanda (AP) — It was something, the silence. Nothing but the puff of her breath and the scuff of her slip-on shoes as Madeleine Mukantagara walked through the fields to her first patient of the day. Piercing cries once echoed down ...