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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.

Southern Madagascar to suffer drought impact into 2017

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

Some rain fell in southern Madagascar last week, a rare piece of good news for a drought-hit region where nearly a million people face 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.

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.

SKorean president to 'calmly' accept impeachment outcome

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

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

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.

Thousands mourn beloved leader Jayalalithaa in south India

Aijaz Rahi and Nirmala George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:23am

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

UNICEF survey: 80 percent of Filipino youth suffer violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 12:10am

A United Nations agency that promotes children's rights says its survey shows a high prevalence of violence against Filipino children, with eight out of 10 suffering some form of physical or psychological abuse, with the highest number of incidents found among lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender youth.

Assyrian Christians describe to the AP a year-long campaign to win freedom for 226 members taken hostage by IS in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:10pm

Assyrian Christians describe to the AP a year-long campaign to win freedom for 226 members taken hostage by IS in Syria.

'We have lost everything': Syrians return to ravaged Aleppo

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:00pm

Amina Hamawy burst into tears and then fainted when she returned to eastern Aleppo to find that looters had ransacked her home. "Where am I? What happened?" she asked after her husband and daughter revived her. "We have lost everything."

Rohingya who fled Myanmar recount killings, rapes, burnings

Julhas Alam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 10:00pm

The Myanmar soldiers came in the morning, the young mother says. They set fire to the concrete-and-thatch homes, forcing the villagers to cluster together. When some of her neighbors tried to escape into the fields, they were shot. After that, she says, most people stopped running away.

China sends another 120 army peacekeepers to South Sudan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 9:31pm

China has sent 120 troops to South Sudan as part of a 700-member U.N. peacekeeping force, deepening its commitment to the troubled East African nation where two Chinese peacekeepers were killed in fighting over the summer.

Japanese leader Abe won't apologize at Pearl Harbor

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 9:21pm

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won't apologize for Japan's attack when he visits the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor later this month, the government spokesman said Tuesday.

Race to replace New Zealand leader Key grows to 3

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 8:53pm

The race to replace New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who stunned the nation by resigning this week, got a little crowded Tuesday with three conservative lawmakers saying they want the top job.

Mexico: 14 gunmen killed in gunbattle with patrol of marines

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 8:11pm

Police in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz say 14 criminal suspects have been killed in a gunbattle with a patrol of Mexican marines.

El Salvador congress strips ex-defense minister of immunity

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 7:11pm

El Salvador's congress has voted to strip a former defense minister of immunity from prosecution, so he can be faced with accusations he used his position for arms trafficking.