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5 Afghan teens in Sweden charged with raping Afghan boy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:33am

Swedish authorities on Tuesday charged five teenagers from Afghanistan with aggravated rape for allegedly dragging another Afghan boy into a forest, threatening him with a knife and raping him.

UK man found guilty in case linked to Brussels bomb suspect

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:12am

A British man was found guilty Tuesday of providing cash to a key suspect in the deadly Brussels and Paris bombings in a case that linked England to the Islamic State group attacks in Europe.

Gulf Arab leaders, British PM gather for talks in Bahrain

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:02am

Top officials from six Gulf Arab nations gathered Tuesday in the tiny island kingdom of Bahrain for talks expected to focus on regional security and cooperation.

Syrian government forces advance on 2 fronts in Aleppo

Philip Issa and Howard Amos, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 9:00am

Syrian government forces and allied militias captured Aleppo's centrally located al-Shaar neighborhood from rebels on Tuesday as the government and its ally Russia rejected a cease-fire for the war-torn city.

Southern Madagascar to suffer drought impact into 2017

Christopher Torchia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:51am

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.

Cambodia PM wants official protest venue moved out of town

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:51am

Cambodia's leader has taken a poke at pro-democracy activists and a slap at the United States, suggesting that if the capital's designated political protest venue is not moved out of town, it might be situated in front of the U.S. Embassy.

Lebanese women protest against rape law

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:34am

A dozen Lebanese women, dressed as brides in white wedding dresses stained with fake blood and bandages, have gathered outside government buildings in Lebanon's capital to protest a law that allows a rapist to get away with his crime if he marries the survivor.

Egypt says organ-trafficking network uncovered

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:31am

Egypt's official anti-corruption body says it has uncovered a network for human organ trafficking, including physicians whom it said exploited the victims' poverty in persuading them to sell their organs.

Iraqi troops enter another IS-held neighborhood in Mosul

Susannah George and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 8:12am

The Iraqi army on Tuesday pushed into another neighborhood held by the Islamic State group on the southeastern edge of Mosul, according to a military statement and Iraqi commanders on the ground.

Iranians accused of filming office of Kenya's president

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:50am

Two Iranian nationals and a Kenyan accused of collecting information to facilitate a terrorist act after allegedly being found with video footage of the Israeli embassy also filmed the office of Kenya's president, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Iraqi man convicted in Sweden of war crimes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:40am

A Swedish court has convicted a 24-year-old Iraqi man of war crimes for posting macabre pictures on Facebook after fighting extremists in Iraq — in the first such case in Sweden.

Helicopter crash in Tehran kills 2

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:30am

Iran's state TV is reporting that a rescue helicopter carrying eight people has crashed into a lake in western Tehran, killing two people.

Armed men attack Mali prison; inmates freed, guard killed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:21am

A military spokesman says a dozen armed men on motorcycles have attacked a prison in central Mali, freeing prisoners and leaving at least one person dead.

Israel artist displays golden statue of Netanyahu in protest

Ami Bentov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:13am

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

Database helps Holocaust survivors reclaim Warsaw property

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:11am

A Jewish organization has launched a database aimed at helping more than 2,000 Holocaust survivors or their heirs regain property lost in Warsaw due to World War II and communism.

Syrian suspected of terror for arson attack in Sweden

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:11am

Swedish prosecutors have arrested a Syrian man on suspicion of terrorism for an arson attack against a Muslim group two months ago.

Annan urges respect for civilians in west Myanmar violence

Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:11am

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, seeking reconciliation among ethnic groups in fractious western Myanmar, urged the army on Tuesday to respect civilians' rights as concerns rise about treatment of the Muslim Rohingya minority.

The Latest: Syrian forces take more east Aleppo districts

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 7:00am

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Venezuela opposition to skip planned meeting with government

Hannah Dreier, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 6th - 6:50am

Venezuela's opposition said Tuesday it would skip a meeting with the government, endangering ongoing talks aimed at diffusing the country's political crisis.