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Southern Madagascar to suffer drought impact into 2017

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:42am

Some rain fell in southern Madagascar last week, a rare piece of good news for a drought-hit region where nearly 1 million people face severe hunger because of failed harvests. But aid groups warn that more rain is needed for the current crop-planting season to succeed and they expect the dire humanitarian situation to stretch into 2017.

Lawmakers: South Korean leader to accept impeachment outcome

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:40am

South Korean President Park Geun-hye is willing to "calmly" accept the outcome if the opposition-controlled parliament votes for her impeachment this week, but prefers to resign on her own terms, lawmakers from her party said Tuesday.

Israel artist displays golden statue of Netanyahu in protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:40am

Tel Aviv residents have woken up to an unusual site — a golden statue of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu displayed prominently in front of City Hall in an act of protest.

Ugandan rebel pleads not guilty to rape, murder charges

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:20am

An alleged senior commander in the militia of fugitive warlord Joseph Kony pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 70 charges including murder, rape, forced marriages and using child soldiers during the group's insurgency in northern Uganda.

French premier steps down to focus on presidential election

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:20am

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls stepped down Tuesday to focus on running for president in next year's election and was replaced by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, a man who embodies the fight against Islamic extremism.

In Denmark, officer hit by shooting outside police station.

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:11am

Authorities say a police officer has hit by shots fired near a police station in suburban Copenhagen. The condition of the officer was unknown.

The Latest: Russia upset by muted response to Aleppo attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:10am

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

Syrian government: Aleppo truce must include rebel pullout

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:00am

The Syrian government says it rejects any cease-fire for embattled Aleppo unless it includes the departure of all rebels from the eastern part of the city.

Amnesty slams lasting, forced displacement of Turkey's Kurds

Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 3:00am

Turkish authorities have forcibly evicted tens of thousands of people in security operations in a predominantly Kurdish district of southeast Turkey, a human rights group said Tuesday.

Thousands mourn beloved leader Jayalalithaa in south India

Aijaz Rahi and Nirmala George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:40am

Hundreds of thousands of people thronged the southern Indian city of Chennai on Tuesday to honor their late beloved leader, Jayaram Jayalalithaa, a former film actress and popular politician.

Sri Lanka's former strongman sets stage for comeback attempt

Bharatha Mallawarachi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:20am

A year after losing Sri Lanka's presidency in a stunning electoral upset, strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa is making unusual political moves to regain power in the South Asian island nation — through a newly launched political party in which he has no actual stake.

In a first, Israel denies entry to foreign boycott activist

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 2:00am

In a first such move, Israel has denied entry to a foreign activist involved in efforts to boycott the Jewish state.

China sends another 120 army peacekeepers to South Sudan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:40am

The first 120 troops of a 700-member Chinese U.N. peacekeeping force have departed for South Sudan, deepening China's commitment to the troubled East African nation, where two of its peacekeepers were killed in fighting over the summer.

French president appoints Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve as new prime minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:21am

French president appoints Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve as new prime minister.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls steps down to focus on running for president in next year's election

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:20am

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls steps down to focus on running for president in next year's election.

Carter: US to return Okinawa land to Japanese government

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:20am

The U.S. and Japan announced Tuesday that Washington will give back to the Japanese government nearly 10,000 acres of land on Okinawa that U.S. Marines use for jungle warfare training.

Group: China's opaque anti-graft probes rife with abuse

Gerry Shih, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:10am

Torture, solitary confinement and coerced confessions are rife in investigations of Chinese Communist Party officials detained on suspicion of corruption, according to a report issued Tuesday by Human Rights Watch that analyzes one of the most secretive aspects of China's one-party system: the supervision of its own party members.

Thailand's new king appoints a smaller council of advisers

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 1:00am

Thailand's new king named an 11-member council of advisers on Tuesday, bringing in three new officials, including a former army chief and two representatives of the ruling junta.

Iran says UN atomic agency chief to visit Tehran again

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:50am

Iran's top nuclear official says the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog will visit Iran later this month.

Group: China's opaque anti-graft probes rife with abuse

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:30am

A new report from a human rights group says torture, solitary confinement and coerced confessions are rife in investigations of Chinese Communist Party officials detained on suspicion of corruption.