Update: Maldives’ president concedes election loss

World 09/24/18, 04:14

The Latest on the Maldives presidential election (all times local):1 p.m.The Maldives' strongman President Yameen Abdul Gayoom has conceded he lost Sunday's election to his challenger.Gayoom said at a news conference televised live from the capital, Male: "I know I have to step down now."Maldives' opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed ...

Pope praises Latvians for keeping faith during occupation

World 09/24/18, 03:42

Pope Francis praised Latvians on Monday for resisting Soviet and Nazi occupation and persevering in their Christian faith, telling them: "You fought the good fight, you ran the race, you kept the faith."On the third day of his Baltic pilgrimage, Francis traveled to Latvia and placed flowers at the monument ...

French boat rescues injured Indian sailor from yacht

Europe 09/24/18, 02:52

A French ship on Monday rescued an Indian sailor who was injured in the remote southern Indian Ocean during a round-the-world solo yacht race, Indian officials said.India's defense minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, tweeted that it was "a sense of relief to know that naval officer" Abhilash Tomy was "rescued by the ...

Iran holds funerals for victims of terror attack in Ahvaz

World 09/24/18, 02:34

Funerals are underway in Iran for the victims of the weekend terror attack on a military parade in southwestern city of Ahvaz.Thousands gathered on Monday at the Sarallah Mosque at the city's Taleghani junction, carrying caskets in the sweltering heat.Of the 25 people killed at Saturday's parade, 12 were from ...

Iran’s politicians under pressure, 40 years after revolution

World 09/24/18, 02:09

Hard-liners batter President Hassan Rouhani over his faltering nuclear deal, sending his popularity plummeting. Women in the streets film themselves removing their mandatory headscarves, or hijabs, in protest. Meanwhile, state television airs moments from a major corruption trial.Welcome to the topsy-turvy world of Iranian politics.Ahead of the 40th anniversary of ...

Maldives’ provisional elections results show opposition win

World 09/24/18, 01:55

The Maldives Election Commission says provisional results show opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih winning Sunday's presidential election.Supporters of Maldives' opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih celebrate their victory in Male, Maldives, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. A longtime but little-known lawmaker Solih declared victory at his party's campaign headquarters in the ...

Mandela: A life of soaring symbolism, now harnessed by UN

America 09/24/18, 00:15

Nelson Mandela's South African journey from anti-apartheid leader to prisoner to president to global statesman — the "Long Walk to Freedom" of his autobiography title — is one of the 20th century's great stories of struggle, sacrifice and reconciliation. Now the United Nations is seeking to harness its soaring symbolism. The ...

In a first, Hong Kong bans pro-independence political party

World 09/23/18, 23:25

Authorities in Hong Kong on Monday took an unprecedented step against separatist voices by banning a political party that advocates independence for the southern Chinese territory on national security grounds.John Lee, the territory's secretary for security, announced that the Hong Kong National Party will be prohibited from operation from Monday.Lee's ...

Mystery around disappearance of Chinese star Fan Bingbing

China 09/23/18, 21:47

X-Men star Fan Bingbing's Beijing management office is dark and abandoned. Her birthday passed almost unremarked in China's hyper-adrenalized social media environment.For one of China's best known stars and a rising Hollywood actress, Fan's vanishing is stunning, coming amid vague allegations of tax fraud and possibly other infractions that could ...

Spain saves some 440 migrants; new crackdown on rescue boat

Europe 09/23/18, 15:54

Spain's maritime rescue service said Sunday it rescued more than 400 people from 15 small boats, most of them off the country's southern coast, while humanitarian groups lamented that the sole private rescue boat operating near the deadly central Mediterranean human trafficking route risked being put out of action by ...

Update: Maldives’ opposition candidate declares victory

World 09/23/18, 15:39

The Latest on the Maldives' presidential election (all times local):12:25 a.m.Opposition presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has declared victory in the Maldives' third-ever multiparty presidential elections.Independent newspaper website mihaaru.com reports that Solih has 58.3 percent of the vote, with nearly 92 percent of ballots counted.A Maldivian woman casts her vote ...

Pompeo: No end to NKorea sanctions until ‘denuclearization’

World 09/23/18, 14:54

Top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo says economic sanctions on North Korea won't be reduced until it completes "denuclearization" after leader Kim Jong Un offered to close the North's main nuclear site in exchange for U.S. concessions.Kim said last week he was willing to dismantle the Nyongbyon nuclear complex in the ...

3 Greek journalists set free after minister’s complaint

Europe 09/23/18, 14:43

Three journalists were released from custody Sunday following a complaint against them by Greece's defense minister.The publisher, editor-in-chief and political editor of daily paper "Fileleftheros" (Liberal) had voluntarily turned themselves in Saturday after Defense Minister Panos Kammenos said an article in the paper's Friday edition had defamed him.The article alleged ...

Update: German coalition reaches deal on spy chief

Europe 09/23/18, 14:35

The Latest on a standoff in Germany's governing coalition over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief (all times local):8:25 p.m.Germany's interior minister says leaders of the governing coalition have reached a deal to resolve a dispute over the future of the country's domestic intelligence chief.Horst Seehofer said Sunday ...

Update: Panama pulls migrant rescue boat’s registration

Europe 09/23/18, 14:19

The Latest on Europe's migrant crisis (all times local):8:10 p.m.Panama says that it has withdrawn the registration of the only private migrant rescue boat still operating in the central Mediterranean after complaints from Italy, which is cracking down on migrant arrivals.Panama's maritime authority said in a statement that Italy contends ...