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Justice suspends president of Brazil's Senate from duties

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:01pm

A Brazilian Supreme Court justice has suspended the president of the Senate from his duties as the body's leader because the high court has ordered him to stand trial on corruption charges.

Defendant in recovery doesn't halt 9/11 case at Guantanamo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 3:01pm

A U.S. military judge has turned down a request to halt the latest round of Sept. 11 war crimes proceedings at Guantanamo Bay while one of five defendants recovers from a surgical procedure.

Mexico president creates 4 new protected biological reserves

Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 2:42pm

Mexico's president signed decrees creating four new biological reserves and five other protected areas Monday, setting aside about 160 million acres (65 million hectares) for environmental conservation.

Russia and China block Syria truce in UN vote

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:40pm

Russia and China used their veto power in the U.N. Security Council to block a draft resolution on Monday calling for a seven-day humanitarian truce in the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo.

In signal to Trump, China, Iran say nuclear deal must stand

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:38pm

The foreign ministers of China and Iran on Monday urged governments not to violate the deal that limits Iran's nuclear activity in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, in remarks apparently directed at President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration.

The Latest: Russia, China block UN Aleppo truce resolution

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:30pm

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Top US diplomat tells anxious allies: 'We're going to be OK'

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 1:11pm

U.S. envoy John Kerry had a message for America's allies in Berlin, rattled by the recent political upheaval in Europe and the United States: "We're going to be OK."

PM Valls bids for French presidency under Socialist banner

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:30pm

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced his candidacy Monday for next year's presidential election, saying he will step down immediately from his current job to focus on his bid.

The Latest: Italy's leader asks Renzi to delay resignation

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:30pm

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Rights officials concerned about Polish freedom of assembly

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 12:01pm

European human rights officials voiced serious concerns Monday over proposed legislation in Poland that would limit the right to freedom of assembly.

Gambia court orders release of opposition leader, 18 others

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:53am

An appeals court in Gambia ordered the release of a top opposition politician and 18 other protesters on bail Monday, just days after strongman ruler Yahya Jammeh agreed to step aside after losing the presidential election.

Ex-Israeli mayor convicted for naming street after mistress

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:51am

An Israeli court has convicted a former mayor in a series of scandals — including naming a city street after a mistress.

As fall of Sirte nears, female suicide bombers attack

Rami Musa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:31am

As Libyan fighters make their final push to dislodge Islamic State militants from their last bastion in Libya, female suicide bombers, including one who appeared to be carrying a baby, were among the group's last desperate attempts to slow down the fall of the city, officials said on Monday.

Carter's Asia trip spotlights issues for next Pentagon head

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:24am

Ash Carter's final swing across Asia as Pentagon chief shines a spotlight on tough issues his successor will inherit. The issues include concern in Tokyo and Seoul about being forced to pay more for U.S. military protection and worries across the region about North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

Iran: US threatens nuclear deal, warns of 'strong reaction'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:21am

Iran's nuclear chief warned the United States on Monday of a "firm and strong reaction" if it persists in actions he says are endangering a nuclear deal aimed at curbing programs that Tehran could use to make atomic arms.

UN identifies 41 peacekeepers in connection with CAR abuse

Michael Astor, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 11:04am

A U.N. investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic has identified 41 of the alleged perpetrators, a spokesman said Monday.

UK Supreme Court hears landmark challenge to Brexit plans

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 10:52am

Britain's top judges vowed Monday to consider with impartiality the contentious question of who has the power to trigger the U.K.'s exit from the European Union — the government or Parliament.

Families of Flight MH370 victims offer reward for debris

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 10:52am

Anyone who finds a piece of debris from a Malaysia Airlines plane that is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean in 2014 could receive a financial reward, relatives of those who were on the plane said Monday in Madagascar.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announces his candidacy in next year's presidential election

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 5th - 10:41am

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls announces his candidacy in next year's presidential election.