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Gambia leader's upset heartens families of the disappeared

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:30am

Fatoumata Sawaneh tried to hold back tears while talking about her father, one of hundreds of people who disappeared during the 22-year reign of President Yahya Jammeh in this tiny West African country.

UAE calls Ohio police killing of Emirati 'painful incident'

Jon Gambrell and Mark Gillispie, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:22am

The United Arab Emirates has called the police killing of an Emirati man in Ohio a "painful incident" that the country's diplomats would investigate, just months after another citizen of the U.S.-allied Arab nation was wrongly accused in Ohio of being an Islamic militant.

China warns US on Taiwan leader's planned transit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:10am

China says an upcoming transit stop in the U.S. by Taiwan's president carries ulterior political motives.

NATO chief laments 'serious' security problems in Ukraine

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:10am

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg says security problems are undermining peace efforts in eastern Ukraine, as a routinely violated cease-fire barely holds in the separatist Donbass region.

Cambodian deputy opposition leader reconciles with premier

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:10am

Cambodia's deputy opposition leader who was pardoned from jail time for ignoring a court summons has returned to parliament, saying he and Prime Minister Hun Sen have agreed to reconcile.

Ghana president, longtime opposition leader face off in vote

Brennan Weiss, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:02am

Voters in Ghana are choosing Wednesday between their incumbent leader and a three-time opposition presidential candidate amid widespread concerns about the credibility of the country's electoral commission.

Chief of army in Indonesia's Aceh province tells TV that quake death toll rises to 97

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:00am

Chief of army in Indonesia's Aceh province tells TV that quake death toll rises to 97.

Army chief in Indonesia's Aceh province says 4 people have been rescued from quake rubble

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 2:00am

Army chief in Indonesia's Aceh province says 4 people have been rescued from quake rubble.

IS launches overnight attack against Iraqi troops in Mosul

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:50am

Islamic State militants have launched an overnight attack against Iraqi security forces in southeastern Mosul, a day after the troops advanced deeper into the city.

Thailand: 'No exceptions' on lese majeste for news outlets

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:50am

Thailand's prime minister said Wednesday that if a report published online last week by the Thai-language service of the BBC about the country's new king is found to violate the law safeguarding the monarchy's reputation, then the news service will be prosecuted.

Syrian rebels pull back further as military gains in Aleppo

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 7th - 1:41am

Syrian government troops and allied militiamen seized more ground in Aleppo's ancient quarters on Wednesday, further widening their control over an enclave in the divided city that has been in rebel hands since 2012, Syria's state media and an opposition monitoring group said.

Survey finds Afghans more pessimistic on security, future

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:15pm

Afghans are increasingly uncertain about their future, less confident in their government and more pessimistic than before on issues such as security, corruption, and rising unemployment, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

Army chief in Indonesia's Aceh province says 54 people killed in earthquake

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:10pm

Army chief in Indonesia's Aceh province says 54 people killed in earthquake.

Chinese ship pulls out of MH370 search, leaving lone ship

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:00pm

The seabed search for the missing Malaysian airliner has been left to a single ship, with a Chinese vessel heading home to Shanghai, officials said on Wednesday.

Time to reconcile: 2 cities overcome Pearl Harbor legacy

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 11:00pm

Seventy-five years after a Japanese admiral led the attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, the mayor of his hometown is joining his Honolulu counterpart to mark the anniversary — as friends.

Earthquake rocks Indonesia's Aceh province; at least 25 dead

Ayi Yufridar and Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:50pm

A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia's Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing at least 25 people and causing dozens of buildings to collapse.

Japan's defense chief says alliance with US will endure

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:21pm

Japan's defense chief said Wednesday she believes her country's alliance with the United States will endure in the Trump administration because it benefits both countries.

S Korea officials want woman at heart of scandal to testify

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:54pm

A South Korean parliamentary committee sent a squad of security officers on Wednesday to order the jailed woman at the center of a scandal that threatens to bring down the president to attend a hearing investigating her alleged manipulation of government affairs.

Mexico: 20 gunmen killed in shootouts in Veracruz

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:41pm

Twenty suspected criminals were killed in a series of shootouts with police and troops in recent days in Mexico's troubled Gulf coast state of Veracruz, authorities said Tuesday.