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Thai army says 6 drug smugglers killed in gunfight

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:31am

Six drug smugglers were fatally shot in a gunbattle in northern Thailand when they were confronted by soldiers, the military said.

Top Greek court to rule on Turkish servicemen

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:30am

The Greek Supreme Court will consider a request by Turkey to extradite eight military servicemen who fled to Greece by helicopter after a failed military coup in July.

Kenyan army says 4 al-Shabab extremists killed in firefight

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:30am

A Kenyan army spokesman says soldiers on patrol have killed four extremists suspected of being members of the al-Qaida-linked Somali group al-Shabab.

Bomb blasts kill 30 in northeast Nigeria; Boko Haram blamed

Ibrahim Abdulaziz and Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:23am

Two women suicide bombers blew themselves up at a bustling market in northeast Nigeria's Madagali town on Friday morning, killing at least 30 people and wounding 67, an army spokesman told The Associated Press.

South Korean president impeachment tarnishes family legacy

Foster Klug, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:20am

Park Geun-hye could always rely on one unwavering gift throughout a political career that saw a triumphant return as South Korea's first female president to the palatial Blue House where she'd lived as a girl: She enjoyed the reflected devotion, some might say worship, that half the country felt for her late dictator father.

Poland's PM, businessmen hold talks in Albania

Llazar Semini and Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:10am

Poland's prime minister has urged the European Union to move faster to start membership talks with Albania, saying the country is an "important element for security and stability in Europe and the region."

Military: Twin bomb blasts blamed on Boko Haram kill 30 in northeast Nigerian market

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 8:00am

Military: Twin bomb blasts blamed on Boko Haram kill 30 in northeast Nigerian market.

Dutch government to discuss US border checks in Amsterdam

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:50am

The Dutch government says it is going to open negotiations with U.S. authorities about the possibility of carrying out American border and customs checks at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport to save time for passengers flying to the United States.

Investigative journalist Phillip Knightley dies at 87

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:30am

A fascination with spies and scandals, combined with deep patience and persistence, made Phillip Knightley a legend among investigative journalists.

Spain to send more soldiers to help Iraq forces combat IS

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:30am

Spain says it plans to send an additional 150 soldiers and police to Iraq to help train Iraqi security forces combatting the Islamic State group.

Rats! Paris fights back against rodent infestation

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:20am

Both Nadine Mahe des Portes and the rat panicked when she inadvertently stepped on it on her walk back from work through Paris.

When neo-Nazis have doubts, there's a number to call

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:20am

Felix Benneckenstein was a rising star on Germany's far-right scene, a young songwriter whose rousing guitar anthems made white nationalism sound romantic and rebellious.

Hungarian leader defends central Europe from critics

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:11am

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban says critics should not spoil the growth and stability that Central Europe is building through cooperation.

Iraqi officials: Separate bombings kill 10 people in Baghdad

Murtada Faraj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 7:00am

Separate bombings in the Iraqi capital killed 10 people and wounded another 22 on Friday, according to Iraqi officials.

Macedonia: Final rallies take place ahead of elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:50am

Eleven political parties and coalitions in Macedonia are holding final rallies ahead of general elections called to defuse a nearly two-year political crisis sparked by a wiretapping scandal.

Colombian president to collect Nobel without rebels in tow

David Keyton and Karl Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:40am

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos brought no members of the leftist FARC rebel group to Oslo for the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony because he didn't want to "create a problem" for the Norwegian government, he said Friday.

Bombing on Cairo road to pyramids kills 6 Egyptian police

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:40am

A bombing on a main Cairo road leading to the Giza pyramids killed six police and wounded another three on Friday, the deadliest attack on security forces in the capital in more than six months.

Senior German politician Hildegard Hamm-Bruecher dies at 95

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 6:30am

Hildegard Hamm-Bruecher, the "Grand Dame" of Germany's pro-business Free Democratic Party who made an unsuccessful bid for the country's presidency in 1994, has died, her party said Friday. She was 95.

Suspect arrested over explosion at mosque in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 9th - 5:40am

German authorities have arrested a man suspected of setting off homemade explosive devices outside a mosque and a conference center in Dresden in September, prosecutors said Friday.