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Iraq sends reinforcements to eastern Mosul after IS attack

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 9:53am

Reinforcements have been sent to eastern Mosul after a major Islamic State counterattack drove troops back last week, further slowing a nearly two-month-old offensive to retake the city, according to an Iraqi commander.

Gambia's president-elect says Jammeh can't demand new vote

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 9:50am

Gambia's president-elect said Saturday that the outgoing leader who now rejects his defeat has no constitutional authority to call for another election, and he called on President Yahya Jammeh to help with a smooth transition in the interest of the tiny West African country.

UK: Sunday Times critic AA Gill dies after cancer battle

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 9:40am

Britain's Sunday Times says its long-standing restaurant critic and columnist Adrian Gill, better known as AA Gill, has died after a short battle with cancer. He was 62.

Mexico Culture Secretary Rafael Tovar y de Teresa dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 9:30am

The Mexican government says Secretary of Culture Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, a diplomat, historian and promoter of the arts, has died. He was 62.

Iran summons UK ambassador in Tehran

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 9:20am

Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that the country's Foreign Ministry has summoned the British ambassador in Tehran over the British prime minister's recent comments on Iran.

Turkey closer to expanding powers for President Erdogan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 9:20am

Turkey's ruling party submitted a constitutional amendment bill to parliament in a move that could expand the powers and extend the mandate of the country's president.

John Kerry awarded French Legion of Honor for peace-making

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 9:20am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is now an officer in France's Legion of Honor.

Syrians stream out of eastern Aleppo as fighting rages

Philip Issa and Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 9:10am

Hundreds more civilians fled what remained of the Syrian opposition's enclave in Aleppo on Saturday as rebels and government forces exchanged artillery and mortar fire across the northern city.

Suicide bomber kills 23 in southern Yemeni city of Aden

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 9:02am

A suicide bomber on Saturday blew himself up inside an army base in the southern city of Aden, killing 23 soldiers and wounding another 30, security officials said.

Yemeni officials: Suicide bomber blows himself up at an army base in the southern city of Aden, killing 15 soldiers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 8:10am

Yemeni officials: Suicide bomber blows himself up at an army base in the southern city of Aden, killing 15 soldiers.

Gambia president-elect says outgoing leader has no authority to call new election

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 7:50am

Gambia president-elect says outgoing leader has no authority to call new election.

Santos accepts Nobel for peace deal, urges shift in drug war

Karl Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 7:50am

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday accepted the Nobel Peace Prize, saying it helped his country achieve the "impossible dream" of ending a half-century-long civil war.

S. Koreans rally again, this time to celebrate impeachment

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 7:40am

The previous time South Korea's parliament voted to impeach a president, ruling party lawmakers bawled and hurled ballot boxes, a man set himself on fire in front of the National Assembly, and thousands glumly held candlelight vigils night after night to save late liberal President Roh Moo-hyun.

Macedonia votes in early election

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 7:30am

Macedonians will vote on Sunday in a general election called two years early in a bid to defuse a deep political crisis sparked by a wiretapping scandal.

Indonesia nabs woman, others in thwarted Jakarta bomb plot

Niniek Karmini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 7:30am

Indonesian police said they safely detonated a bomb in a neighborhood on the outskirts of the capital on Saturday after arresting a female would-be suicide bomber and other suspected Islamic militants who were planning to attack the presidential palace this weekend.

Adding 200 more troops to Syria, US deepens involvement

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 7:22am

Drawing the U.S. deeper into the Syria conflict, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Saturday he is sending 200 more troops to accelerate the push on the Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa.

Syria: Kerry, diplomats seek help for Aleppo's opposition

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 6:50am

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and leading diplomats pleaded Saturday for safe passage for civilians and respect for Syria's crippled opposition, as Syrian government forces neared victory over rebels in Aleppo after a devastating blitz.

French government seeks extension of state of emergency

Philippe Sotto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 6:30am

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says 17 attacks have been thwarted in the country so far this year and he is asking Parliament to extend the state of emergency until July 15.

Toll rises to 57 in suicide bombings in northeast Nigeria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 10th - 6:00am

An official says the toll from a double suicide bombing in a marketplace in northeast Nigeria has risen to 57 dead and 177 wounded.