CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An official says Australia's prime minister has told government colleagues that an early general election within weeks is "a live option."
Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull alone decides the timing of the next election. He has maintained that he plans for his government to run a full three-year term which would make the election due around September.
But a government minister said Turnbull told his colleagues Tuesday at their...
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest has been largely protected from logging in a landmark agreement between aboriginals, forest companies, environmental groups and the government.
The land-sharing deal, 20 years in the making, will protect 85 percent of the world's largest intact temperate rainforest, located about 435 miles (700 kilometers) northwest of Vancouver.
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Amnesty International has called on Republic of Congo authorities to unconditionally release an opposition leader detained for more than two months.
The organization said Monday that Paulin Makaya was detained and charged for exercising his right to freedom of expression by participating in an October protest against amendments to the constitution in Brazzaville.
Amnesty International says Makaya and others arrested are...
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A retired military officer and a former paramilitary have gone on trial in Guatemala for alleged abuses against women during the Central American nation's long and bloody civil war.
Former 2nd Lt. Esteelmer Francisco Reyes Giron and Heriberto Valdez Asij are accused of crimes against humanity for the presumed rape, sexual enslavement, killing and disappearance of at least 15 women.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' president has warned U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon that time is needed to negotiate a deal reunifying the ethnically-split island without "deficiencies, gaps and ambiguities" that may lead Greek and Turkish Cypriots to reject it in referendums.
Nicos Anastasiades said progress has been made on "an important number" of issues including power sharing. But he said differences remain in "all chapters" and raising expectations that a deal...
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has sharply criticized the country's constitutional watchdog for barring moderate candidates from running in elections for a top clerical body — including Hassan Khomeini, a grandson of the Islamic Republic's founder.
The Guardian Council barred Khomeini from running in the Feb. 26 election for the Assembly of Experts. The council screens candidates before allowing them to run. It has disqualified...