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Russian, US and other ministers expected at UN meetings

Two high-level Security Council meetings this week will focus on “confidence building” measures to deal with weapons of mass destruction where North Korea is expected to be in the spotlight and Afghanistan’s partnership with Central Asia “as a model to link security and development.” Deputy Russian Ambassador Petr Iliichev said Monday that Foreign Minister Sergey …

In Chile, pope met with protests, passion and skepticism

SANTIAGO, Chile — Pope Francis flew in to Chile’s capital Monday night for a visit expected to be met with protests over sexual abuse by priests and confronted by many Chileans deeply skeptical about the Roman Catholic Church. It’s the pope’s first visit to the Andean nation of 17 million people since taking the reins …

Venezuela president orders probe of priests for hate speech

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has called for an investigation into Roman Catholic priests he says have made comments critical of the government. Maduro said in an address Monday that church officials may have committed hate crimes, an accusation he frequently levels at government critics. He called on the pro-government chief prosecutor and …

Young Hong Kong activists in court to appeal prison terms

HONG KONG — Three young Hong Kong activists, including Joshua Wong, are making a last-ditch attempt to overturn prison sentences for their roles in sparking 2014’s massive pro-democracy protests in the semiautonomous Chinese city. Lawyers for the three were presenting arguments Tuesday in an appeal hearing at Hong Kong’s top court. Wong, Nathan Law and …

10 workers die in bridge collapse, Colombian officials say

BOGOTA — Colombian officials say 10 workers died after a bridge they were building outside the nation’s capital collapsed. Civil Defence authorities say the labourers were working on drainage along the bridge when the structure fell Monday about 95 kilometres (60 miles) from Bogota. Nine people were killed at the scene and the 10th died …

Thai junta boss eyes staying on with little stopping him

BANGKOK — When Prayuth Chan-Ocha seized control of Thailand in a military coup, he vigorously denounced politicians as responsible for the country’s ills and positioned himself and his fellow generals as the cure. Four years on, with many of the country’s problems still festering and the public growing impatient for long-delayed elections, the junta leader …

Myanmar says 1st camp for Rohingya will be ready next week

BANGKOK — A top Myanmar official said Monday that a camp to house Rohingya Muslim and Hindu refugees who return from Bangladesh will be ready by its promised deadline next week. More than 650,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh since Myanmar’s military launched a brutal crackdown in August following attacks on police posts by …

Wallaby hops across Sydney Harbor Bridge, captured uninjured

SYDNEY, Australia — A wayward wallaby disrupted downtown traffic by bounding across the Sydney Harbor Bridge on Tuesday with police in pursuit. The adult male was captured without any apparent serious injury and is expected to be released back into the wild within days. Swamp wallabies, which are smaller marsupials than their kangaroo cousins, are …

Venezuela forces take down fugitive group in deadly shootout

CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuelan special forces on Monday captured five members of a band led by a rebellious police officer who has been on the run since stealing a helicopter and launching grenades at government buildings in the capital last year, officials said. It wasn’t clear if the renegade officer, Oscar Perez, himself had been …

Germany’s elite unit to grow by a third due to terror fears

BERLIN — The head of Germany’s elite paramilitary unit says it will be increased by a third and will open a second base due to increased terror threats. Jerome Fuchs told rbb Inforadio Monday that in addition to the GSG-9’s base near Bonn in western Germany they will add another base, likely in Berlin, “because …

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