• Protesters gather again outside Hong Kong government offices

    HONG KONG (AP) — Protesters in Hong Kong besieged police headquarters late into the night Friday, throwing eggs at the building and drawing graffiti on the walls, before ending a day of demonstrations in the Asian financial center with their demands unmet.

  • Minister: 8 tourism deaths in Dominican Republic not unusual

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The deaths of eight American tourists in the Dominican Republic this year are not part of a mysterious wave of fatalities but a medically and statistically normal phenomenon that has been lumped together by the U.S. media, the island’s tourism minister said Friday.

  • Toxic mix of gangs, vigilantes fuels rising Mexican violence

    XALTIANGUIS, Mexico (AP) — What now passes for the law in Xaltianguis, a little town on the road to Acapulco, arrived with a car bomb and butchery.

  • European leaders wary yet cautious in US-Iran spat

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European leaders are being guarded in their responses to the deepening tensions between the United States and Iran, urging both sides to step back from confrontation.

  • Who will choose the next UK leader? Mostly older white men

    LONDON (AP) — There’s an election underway to choose Britain’s next prime minister, but only one in 400 people gets a vote. And most of those are well-off older white men.

  • UK study shows seal singing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’

    LONDON (AP) — Researchers in Scotland say gray seals can copy the sounds of human words and songs including “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”

  • Mitsubishi Motors shareholders approve ouster of Ghosn

    TOKYO (AP) — Mitsubishi Motors Corp. shareholders approved on Friday the ouster of Carlos Ghosn, who was pivotal in the Japanese automaker’s three-way partnership with Nissan and Renault until he was arrested on financial misconduct charges last year.

  • Aldo Dávila set to be Guatemala’s 1st openly gay congressman

    GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Aldo Iván Dávila Morales is poised to take up a seat in Guatemala’s congress in January, making history as the first openly gay man elected to the country’s legislature.

  • German firefighters rescue squirrel stuck in manhole cover

    BERLIN (AP) — Firefighters, police and a veterinary clinic combined forces to rescue a red squirrel that had gotten its tiny head stuck in a manhole cover in the western German city of Dortmund.

  • North says Kim, China’s Xi discussed Korean Peninsula issues

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping offered encouragement for North Korea’s focus on economic development in a speech in Pyongyang, turning to a topic Beijing has long pressed with its communist neighbor amid wider concerns over the North’s nuclear weapons program.