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Big quake in Pacific prompts tsunami warnings in islands

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:45am

The U.S. Geological Survey says a powerful magnitude-7.7 earthquake has struck near the Pacific's Solomon Islands, prompting the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center to warn that tsunami waves were possible in several South Pacific islands.

MSF: Jordan closure blocked 70 Syrians from life-saving care

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:41am

Seventy severely wounded Syrians, including 16 children, have been prevented from getting life-saving treatment since Jordan closed its border with Syria six months ago, an official from the medical aid group Doctors Without Borders said Thursday.

Greek court rejects extradition for 2 Turkish servicemen

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:24am

A Greek court on Thursday rejected Turkey's extradition request for the last two of eight Turkish servicemen who fled to Greece after a failed July military coup, their lawyer said.

11 more political prisoners released in Gambia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 11:22am

In Gambia, 11 more people who were jailed for peacefully protesting have now been released on bail, said a human rights group.

The Latest: Russia to discuss Aleppo rebel pullout with US

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:53am

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

Azerbaijan sentences youth activist to 10 years

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:51am

A court in Azerbaijan has handed a 10-year prison sentence to a youth activist who was convicted on heroin possession charges in a verdict that Amnesty International is denouncing as politically motivated.

Rights group says US may be complicit in Yemen 'atrocities'

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:31am

Human Rights Watch on Thursday called for an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia over the war in Yemen, and said the United States might be complicit in "atrocities" by supplying bombs.

UN concerned about upswing in Libya violence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:20am

The U.N. Security Council says it is concerned by the recent escalation of violence between armed groups in Tripoli.

May disclaims foreign minister's remark on Saudi 'proxy war'

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:12am

Britain's outspoken foreign secretary has claimed that U.K. ally Saudi Arabia was engaging in "proxy wars" in the Middle East — comments that Prime Minister Theresa May said do not represent Britain's position.

Putin: NGO restrictions needed to stem foreign influence

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 10:00am

President Vladimir Putin says Russia will continue to counter foreign influence over its domestic affairs through non-government organizations.

Fugitive arrested in Amsterdam after Advent calendar promo

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 9:41am

Dutch police have arrested a man suspected of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl in Britain in 2008 thanks to his image being uploaded to a European "most-wanted" website that was publicized with an Advent calendar .

Syria's Assad says victory in Aleppo won't end the war

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 9:40am

President Bashar Assad said in comments published Thursday that Syrian forces' victory in the battle for Aleppo will be a "big gain" for his government but that it will not end of the country's civil war.

Hungary's leader urges Hungarian minority to vote in Romania

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 8:40am

Hungary's prime minister urged the Hungarian minority in Romania to vote in Sunday's parliamentary election there and "speak up for their own interests."

Amnesty calls for release of jailed Egyptian photojournalist

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

Amnesty International has urged Egyptian authorities to release a photojournalist jailed for more than three years in what the London-based rights group calls a "politically motivated" case.

AP Interview: UN envoy says Erdogan ready to deal on Cyprus

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:50am

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is ready to "play ball" on reaching a deal to reunify ethnically divided Cyprus because it would help resolve overarching regional issues including mending Turkey's relations with the European Union, a United Nations envoy said Thursday.

Gunbattle triggers anti-India clashes in Kashmir

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:40am

At least one civilian was killed and dozens of others injured Thursday in protests against Indian rule in disputed Kashmir that erupted following a gunbattle between rebels and government forces, officials and witnesses said.

EU: Little progress from Turkey on visa conditions

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:31am

The European Union said Thursday that Turkey has made virtually no progress on meeting conditions to earn visa-free travel for its citizens, a key part of their deal to prevent refugees reaching Europe.

Egyptian authorities arrest son of ousted president Morsi

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:30am

An Egyptian official says security forces have arrested the son of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

Danish lawmaker: Warning shots should be fired at migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Dec 8th - 7:30am

A Danish lawmaker said Thursday that he regretted saying migrants sailing to Europe should "be fired at" if they cross the continent's "territorial waters." He clarified his remarks to say "warning shots" should be fired instead.