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Libya's Tripoli sees worst militias clashes in 2 years

Rami Musa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:23pm

Clashes continued for the second day among heavily-armed militias in the Libyan capital Tripoli, vying for power and control over the city, with one dislodging another in at least two posts, a five-star hotel and a barracks, in what appears to be the worst outbreak of violence the city has seen in two years.

Russian cargo ship runs aground in high winds near Istanbul

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 2:01pm

Turkish media reports say a Russian cargo ship has run aground off Istanbul and rescuers were trying to evacuate its 11 crew members.

6 people secured after failed armed robbery in Paris

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:51pm

Paris officials say six people have been found safe inside a travel agency after a failed armed robbery in the southern district of the French capital.

Japan seeks to keep pressure on NKorea over abductions

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:43pm

The government minister responsible for the issue of Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea during the 1970s and 80s says he believes growing international pressure will eventually lead to a return of the abductees or their remains.

Gambia's longtime president says he will step down after surprise election defeat

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:41pm

Gambia's longtime president says he will step down after surprise election defeat.

The Latest: Colombia repatriates dead, crash investigated

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:41pm

The Latest on the plane crash in Colombia that killed 71 people (all times local):

Philippines President Duterte phones Trump

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:31pm

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte telephoned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump late Friday and had a brief but "very engaging, animated conversation" in which both leaders invited each other to visit his country.

Saudi king shakes up top religious, advisory council

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:11pm

The Saudi king has ordered a shake up of the country's top religious institution and advisory councils in a series of royal decrees.

Clarification: Romania-National Day story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 1:01pm

In a story Dec. 1, The Associated Press reported that Romania and Transylvania reunified in 1918. Romania and Transylvania unified as a modern state for the first time in 1918.

Cyprus president: No bad peace deal will be put to a vote

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:41pm

Talks aimed at reunifying Cyprus were back on track Friday after the leaders of the ethnically split island ended a two-week stalemate by agreeing to meet next month to tackle the most difficult issues in the way of a peace deal.

Q&A: Candidates, issues in Austria presidential election

George Jahn, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:30pm

Austria holds presidential elections on Sunday in a contest pitting a left-leaning contender against a right-winger supported by a populist anti-immigration party. Beyond the contest for the largely ceremonial office, the vote is being watched in other EU countries as a barometer of how well their populist candidates will do in upcoming elections. A look at the candidates and the issues:

Kerry: US, Russia studying new ideas to stop Syria fighting

Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:11pm

The United States and Russia are studying new ways to break a monthslong diplomatic deadlock over how to stop the fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday. He said the "ideas" will be tested in follow-up discussions between American and Russian diplomats next week.

Bolivian president calls for sanctions against airline

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 12:01pm

Colombia's president is calling for "drastic measures" against aviation officials who signed off on the flight plan filed by the crew of the plane that crashed into a mountainside this week, killing all but six of the 77 people on board.

The Latest: Syrian army clears town near capital of rebels

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:50am

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Radical Pirate Party to seek to form government in Iceland

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:40am

Iceland's anti-authoritarian Pirate Party took the helm in talks to form a new coalition government for the island nation Friday, after two earlier rounds of negotiations broke down.

French candidate: Trump's win frees voters from 'diktats'

Sylvie Corbet and Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:22am

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen said Friday that the spring election will pit nationalists and patriots such as herself against supporters of globalization, the European Union and immigration.

UK foreign secretary underscores commitment to NATO

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 11:00am

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson underscored Britain's commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization on Friday, describing the alliance as the foundation of security in Europe.

Colombia repatriates dead as airline's licensing questioned

Luis Benavides and Carlos Valdez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:50am

Colombia began repatriating the victims of this week's tragic air crash in the Andes as Bolivia's president called for "drastic measures" against aviation officials who signed off on a flight plan that experts and even one of the charter airline's executives said should never have been attempted due to concerns over a possible fuel shortage.

Calls for ceasefire, massive displacement in Syria's Aleppo

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 2nd - 10:41am

The U.N. said Friday an estimated 31,500 residents have been displaced following Syrian government advances into the besieged eastern Aleppo enclave this weekend, as government media reported from those newly-captured areas, demonstrating its restoration and resettlement efforts there.